Ready to start the Holdays?!! While there are still one or two Fall Fests left to enjoy, the holiday spectaculars are already starting. We’ve rounded up our top picks for November festivals and Holiday fun for now and to save the dates.
Eye On Tryon At Victoria Yards
Wednesday, November 13 – 16
Ride on the 80-foot tall Ferris wheel, which lights-up at night, for family fun and dramatic views of the Uptown skyline. Victoria Yards and the ferris wheel access is open for kids until 8:00 p.m.
Downton Abbey at the Biltmore
Now thru April 7, 2020
This immersive exhibition celebrates the global hit television series, offering never-before seen interactive elements that connect you to your favorite characters, as well as the fashions, locations, and historic events of the time period. Showcased in two estate locations—Amherst at Deerpark and The Biltmore Legacy—Downton Abbey: The Exhibition pairs seamlessly with the real-life story of the Vanderbilt family.
Carolina Renaissance Festival
Now – November 24
The Carolina Renaissance Festival is filled with charming cottages, castles, kitchens and pubs, all with simulated architecture of a 16th century European village.
Holiday on Ice
NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza
Opens November 15
Whether you’re looking for a family friendly activity, a romantic night with a loved one, a unique experience or a holiday tradition, Holiday On Ice is sure to have something for everyone.
Drive Thru Christmas Wonderland
November 15 – January 5
An immersive drive-through Christmas experience with hundreds of thousands of lights accompanied by Christmas tunes.
Queen City Fall Festival
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center | 4751 North Carolina 49 | Concord, NC
Sat, November 16, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Homemade crafts and local vendors are the backbones of the community. Food trucks, entertainment, face painting, bounce house, free giveaways, and more. This is a family friendly free event.
Bechtler Museum of Modern Arts at Levine Center for the Art | 420 South Tryon Street | Charlotte
Friday, November 22, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Every year, on the third week of November, the Beaujolais Nouveau is released. The Alliance Française de Charlotte invites you to join them at the Bechtler in celebrating the first grape harvest of the season.
Charlotte Christmas Village
Opens November 22 – Dec 24
Vendors will be selling treasured gifts, traditional German Christmas foods and beverages. Local performance groups will be on the stage.
USNWC Ice Skating
U.S. National Whitewater Center
Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice Airstream serving hot and cold beverages.
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Opens November 22
Drive through the more than four million lights illuminate the track.
Christmas Wonderland of Lights
November 22 – January 4
Drive through reindeer forest, the Christmas Wonderland of Lights, watch the light show dance to music, walk around part of the zoo and more.
Thanksgiving Day Parade
A spectacle of sight and sound, the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade is a Charlotte tradition with six decades of history behind it, growing to its impressive reputation as the fourth largest of its kind in the country and the biggest in the Southeast.
Lights Before Christmas
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Starting November 23, select Nights in November and December
Nearly one million lights, animated displays, parade, Santa and more.
November 24 – December 31
Shimmering lights, a 70-foot tree and lavish displays. Live shows, strolling performers and the culinary team adds holiday items to the menu, some rides will be open and decked out in festive decor.
Holidays in the Garden
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
November 29 – January 5
Hundreds of thousands of lights illuminate the Garden. Family-friendly fun ranges from marshmallow roasts to visits with Santa and holiday shopping.
Christmas In Davidson
Dec 5, 6, 7>
Horse Drawn Carriages, Strolling Carolers, Live Nativity, Santa, Holiday Shopping & more.
Ice on Main
November 15 – January 20
Located in the heart of downtown Greenville, is an open-air ice skating rink.
Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum
November 22, 2019 – January 4, 2020 | 6 – 10 p.m. Nightly
With more than half-a-million holiday lights covering three acres of cultivated and natural landscapes, there’s plenty of things to see and do at Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum.
Christmasville in Rock Hill
Rock Hill SC
December 5 – 8
Once again, Old Town Rock Hill will come alive as a charming, picturesque holiday village and outdoor art festival. The 14th annual ChristmasVille will take place December 5 – December 8, 2019. This award winning festival has over 70 events including horse drawn carriage rides, historic tours, strolling Dickens carolers, art, theater, dance, music, a gingerbread house contest, multiple Santa activities, and a REAL ice skating rink
Banner Elk Small Town Christmas Weekend
Banner Elk NC
December 6 – 8
Festivities start Friday evening and run through Sunday. Most events take place within walking distance in the downtown area of Banner Elk, and the 2019 schedule is listed here