By Lauren McAlexander
Cupid’s got nothing on Santa! According to theknot.com, more than one in four proposals takes place during the holiday season, making it the perfect time to drop to one knee. Here are some of the most romantic places in Charlotte to propose or enjoy a holiday date night.
1. AT ROMARE BEARDEN PARK
Charlotte boasts plenty of parks, but if you are looking for one with a beautiful city backdrop, Romare Bearden Park is it. Go to the center of the park, where a luminous waterfall and skyline provide a picturesque backdrop.
2. ON A ROOFTOP
If breathtaking views are your thing, head over to sky-high culinary hub Fahrenheit in Center City. Located atop the Hyatt Place Charlotte Downtown, the restaurant’s famed patio, which is adorned with linear fire pits and cozy chairs, offers a stunning glimpose of the entire skyline.
3. IN A HELICOPTER
It’s no secret that Charlotte has a beautiful skyline, but have you ever seen it from above? With Heliventures Helicopters, you can experience the city in a completely different way. And what better way to feel like you’re on cloud nine?
4. AT BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM
If you and your significant other bond over cheering for your favorite sports team, consider proposing at Bank of America Stadium. With the new renovations at the stadium, your proposal message could even be featured on the 360-degree ribbon board.
5. TO THE TUNE OF LIVE MUSIC
There are plenty of concerts this holiday season at places like Spectrum Center, Ovens Auditorium, The Fillmore Charlotte at AvidXchange Music Factory, The Evening Muse and more. Ask the big question during one of your favorite songs or during the band’s most romantic ballad.
6. AT FREEDOM PARK
If you are looking for a park that offers a quiet romantic setting, check out Freedom Park in Dilworth. A sunset glistening over the 7-acre lake is picture-perfect.
7. AT A BED-AND-BREAKFAST
If you prefer a romantic getaway, check in at The VanLandingham Estate or The Duke Mansion. Both are luxurious inns where you can sleep-in and get away from the real world without leaving the city you love.
8. UNDER THE HOLIDAY LIGHTS
9. ON ICE SKATES
Make a grand gesture at Holiday on Ice on the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Rent your skates and take a few laps around the ice skating rink before heading to the center of the rink to propose for all to see.
10. IN A HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE
Enjoy Charlotte’s stunning beauty aboard Charlotte Center City Carriage Tours while cuddling under a blanket as you explore the streets of Uptown.
11. IN FRONT OF A BIG RED ORNAMENT
Take a stroll through Uptown before stopping for a photo opp in front of the large red ornament in front of the Mint Museum Uptown. As the photographer counts to three, drop to one knee and capture the special moment.
12. AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT
If you crave an exciting night filled with music, arts and culture, check out Charlotte’s New Year’s Eve celebration Romare Bearden Park. As the Queen City counts down to midnight, get down on one knee and pop the question. What better way to ring in a new year than with a beautiful ring on the hand of the one you love?
This article ran in the December 2014 issue of Charlotte Happenings and was updated in December 2016