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Group Itinerary: Deck the Halls

From Christmas light displays to nativities and carriage rides, Charlotte is steeped in holiday spirit come winter.

Day 1: Light Show

Get into the holiday spirit with Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Carolina Christmas, a spectacular 2.5-mile drive-through Christmas light park and village located on the track and infield of the legendary superspeedway. Not just a light show, celebrate with a realistic Bethlehem-themed village, NASCAR souvenir rigs for Christmas shopping, carriage rides, ice skating, marshmallow roasting pits and themed areas for children with food, music, rides and photos with Santa. 

Visit Billy Graham Library’s Christmas at the Library, offering a glimpse into the awe of the first Christmas night. A live nativity complete with animals, carriage rides through the beautiful landscaping and light display, story time for kids, exclusive holiday ornaments and gifts, and holiday music and caroling complete the Christmas experience. 

Once night falls, the town of McAdenville, also known as Christmas Town USA, shines bright with the glow of holiday lights and decorations strung from every home, building and tree in sight. Everyone in this small town gets into the holiday spirit. You can’t help but share in the Christmas cheer – it’s contagious! 

Day 2: Gifts Galore

Make your way into Center City and head to the action-packed NASCAR Hall of Fame, where interactive exhibits, simulators, a state-of-the-art theatre and one-of-a-kind memorabilia will make a race fan out of every visitor. Celebrate the season with HALLidays at the Hall, including a series of special events, holiday movies, concerts, and more family-friendly fun. The Hall offers customized group planning, with perks like express entry and complimentary admission for escorts and drivers. 

Next up, it’s time to cross those names off your holiday gift list – the shopping at SouthPark Mall is too good to pass up. From Kate Spade to American Apparel, Pottery Barn to Louis Vuitton, this shopping mecca has everything you could ask for, from high-end to affordable. 

End the night with a glittering tribute to the Christmas season. More than 600,000 lights illuminate the landscape at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, where Holiday Lights at the Garden celebrates the season with old fashioned trains, visits from Santa Claus, carriage rides, holiday carols, and baked treats in addition to the light display.