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A Royal Holiday

Make this holiday season a regal endeavor as you create your own unique traditions in the Queen City. Pencil in these Charlotte holiday happenings sure to make your own royal celebrations merry and bright.
Take a self-guided tour through historic homes in Fourth Ward, all intricately decorated for the season. Drink in the cityâs beauty on a complimentary horse and carriage ride and revel in performances by local choirs. fofw.org
Take a self-guided tour through historic homes in Fourth Ward, all intricately decorated for the season. Drink in the city’s beauty on a complimentary horse and carriage ride and revel in performances by local choirs. fofw.org

By Lauren Levine

Prince and Princess Playtime
Little ones will light up as they partake in these favorite holiday festivities.

Christmas at the Library
Stop by the stately Billy Graham Library filled with spirited, imaginative events. Enjoy tea, treats and a plush stuffed animal parting gift at the Teddy Bear Tea Dec. 5, 2-3 p.m. Make an encore visit for family fun at Christmas at the Library, Dec. 1–23. Horse-drawn carriage rides, a live nativity scene and holiday story time are among the celebrations. billygrahamlibrary.org

T’was the Night Before…
Join in universal holiday fun at ImaginON: The Joe and Joan Martin Center Dec. 12-13 with a playful Children’s Theatre of Charlotte production that weaves together stories and music celebrating the spirit and traditions of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. It’s a veritable melting pot of cultural festivities. ctcharlotte.org

Holidays at the Hall
Visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame for breakfast with Santa on Dec. 5 and 19 or UnDeck the Hall on Dec. 26, where guests remove NASCAR trinkets from the trees, taking one home until all are gone. Also, enjoy ice skating with WBT Holiday on Ice all month and holiday movies in the High Octane Theater each weekend in December. holidaysatthehall.com

The Train to Christmas Town
Your royal chariot awaits. Hop aboard a hot cocoa and cookie-filled, 30-minute train ride along the Piedmont Northern Railway to the tune of a “the Train to Christmas Town” reading. Surprise guests include characters from the story, plus Santa! traintochristmastown.com

The Queen's Castles
Feast your eyes on decadent displays in some of the area's most elegant dwellings. This majestic merriment is fit for a queen.

Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour
Take a self-guided tour through historic homes in Fourth Ward, all intricately decorated for the season. Drink in the city’s beauty on a complimentary horse and carriage ride and revel in performances by local choirs. Tours are Dec. 4–6, and times vary. fofw.org

Christmas at Biltmore
Experience a most beloved family tradition. Through Jan. 10 (nighttime viewings end Jan. 2), take in the Biltmore Estate, adorned to the nines with hundreds of wreaths, dozens of trees and poinsettias as far as the eye can see. christmas.biltmore.com

Holiday Tea and Shopping at the Duke Mansion
On Sunday, Dec. 6 from 2-5 p.m., enjoy an hour of shopping followed by a refined high tea. dukemansion.com

Royal Gardens 
Get swept up in the magic as holiday splendor blankets some of Charlotte’s most scenic spots.

Holidays at the Garden
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s decade-old tradition invites guests to experience its winter wonderland through Jan. 3. dsbg.org

McAdenville, Christmas Town USA
Aptly dubbed “Christmas Town USA”, McAdenville, North Carolina, is famous for its elaborate display of Christmas lights, which have festooned the town since 1956. mcadenville-christmastown.com

Speedway Christmas
From Nov. 22-Dec. 30, head to Charlotte Motor Speedway and take in a breathtaking light show as you delight in a unique occasion to drive on the track. charlottemotorspeedway.com

Modern-Day Court Jesters
These Queen City holiday spectaculars are worthy of even the most distinguished eyes.

Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Nutcracker
The classic story of “The Nutcracker,” performed by the Charlotte Ballet, will dazzle with its costumes and music. The show runs at Belk Theater Dec. 10-23. charlotteballet.org

Charlotte Symphony: Magic of Christmas
Let the Charlotte Symphony, the Charlotte Symphony Chorus and a number of special guests get you into the holiday spirit with this moving performance, on deck at Belk Theater December 4-6. charlottesymphony.org

The 61st Annual Singing Christmas Tree
The perfect show for the whole family, watch the 32-foot Christmas tree, powered by the voices of the MainStage Choir, at Knight Theater. Performances are Dec. 12 and 13. carolinavoices.org

The Brian Setzer Orchestra: 12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour
The Grammy-award winning performer and his grand 18-piece orchestra perform Dec. 4 at Ovens Auditorium. ovensauditourium.com

Holiday Fare Fit for a King 
Delicious fare enriches the holiday season. Discover Charlotte’s secrets to dining like a royal.

Bar Cocoa
When you need a little something sweet to offset holiday stress, Bar Cocoa in the lobby of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte in Uptown has you covered. barcocoacharlotte.com

Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen
Hosting friends and family this holiday season? Fill your table with an unforgettable feast when you sharpen your culinary skills and study gourmet recipes at Chef Alyssa’s cooking classes. chefalyssaskitchen.com

If you aren’t up to cooking a turkey with all of the trimmings, opt for Upstream’s outstanding fresh seafood and sushi menu. The beautifully adorned restaurant also boasts an extensive fine wine list. It’s regularly named one of Charlotte’s most popular restaurants by Zagat. harpersgroup.com

Charlotte's Crown Jewels 
Make sure your loved ones unwrap the most special of gifts this year. And remember, there’s no harm in treating yourself to a little something.

Tour The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s German-style Christmas market, open weekends through Dec. 19. Imbued with an authentic taste of Europe, the market features an array of delectable baked goods, local crafts and other extraordinary knickknacks, which make thoughtful tokens of affection. oldmeckbrew.com

Downtown Christmas Village in Belmont
Transport yourself back to a historical small town Christmas on Dec. 12 from 6-9 p.m. as you stroll through holiday bedecked Main Street in Belmont. Browse local shops filled with gifts for everyone on your list, enjoy splendid performances from carolers and visit with Santa at City Hall. cityofbelmont.org 

Christmas in Davidson
Join in the annual holiday tour of Main Street in downtown Davidson. Shop the Holiday Village of vendors on the Village Green and visit Ten Thousand Villages at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation, which stocks beautiful items from more than 30 developing countries. christmasindavidson.com

This article ran in the December 2015 issue of Charlotte Happenings.

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