The holiday season can be a blur, but if you live in an apartment in Charlotte, NC, there are several opportunities enjoy the season for an hour, an evening or a weekend. Here is some information on a just a few fun-filled events around town.
Weihnachtsmarkt at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery takes place December 4-6. The event follows the German tradition of transforming the town square into a marketplace. This year’s market will have plenty of room in Olde Meck’s expansive, new brauhaus and biergarten on Yancey Road. Sip craft beer as you browse local products and crafts.
The same weekend, Atherton Mill and Market in South End plays host to its Holiday Market all day on Saturday. Visit with Santa and enjoy live music and extended shopping hours. In addition to gifts, stock your kitchen with produce, meats, seafood, breads, cheeses, and other food products from local farmers, fishermen and chefs.
The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge offers several specials and socials this season. One of the highlights is Gingerbread Lane. Professional and amateur bakers submit gingerbread creations in early December. Judging takes place soon after, and the creations remain on display until Dec. 28.
Just to the west of Charlotte, McAdenville becomes Christmas Town USA beginning Dec. 1. At 5:30 that evening, the big switch is pulled in front of the Pharr Family YMCA to illuminate 500,000 red, white and green lights. The lights will glow throughout town every evening until Dec. 26. Admission is free.
Less than 10 miles away in Belmont, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden plays host to Holidays at the Garden. With a focus on natural beauty and decor, this year’s event includes new additions, such as the recently opened Lost Hollow children’s garden, as well as longtime favorites like the beautiful orchid tree.
For a reverent Christmas experience, The Billy Graham Library presents Christmas at the Library Dec. 1 through Dec. 23. The event involves a live nativity scene (with real animals), horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, and ornaments, books, and gifts available for purchase. On select evenings, a Christmas dinner will be served (reservations recommended).
Carolina Voices’ The Singing Christmas Tree at Ovens Auditorium celebrates its 60th anniversary Dec. 13-14. The performances include songs, dance, puppetry and comedy. Local broadcaster Mike Collins is this year’s emcee. A one-hour children’s edition, starring the Grey Seal Puppets, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Another Queen City classic, Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker runs Dec. 12 through Dec. 23. The Charlotte Symphony joins more than 100 performers at Belk Theater to present the familiar tale of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince.
The Charlotte Symphony stars in several concerts this season. Magic of Christmas, the December installation of the Pops Series, includes the Oratorio Singers and several musical guests. The Symphony also presents a one-time performance of Handel’s Messiah on Dec. 17. If you only have one night to spare, put away your shopping list, don your holiday finest and allow the symphony to share the season’s best sentiments.
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