Things to Do

Holiday Light Displays In and Around Charlotte

To truly get into the holiday spirit, make sure to visit these special spots in and around Charlotte.

The twinkling of Christmas lights make the world feel a touch magical. Put hundreds of thousands of those lights together and one can’t help but be overcome with awe and joy. To immerse yourself in the holiday spirit, don't miss these enchanted light displays.

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Light the Knights

Neighborhood: Uptown

In the heart of Uptown, Truist Field is hosting Light the Knights from November 26 to December 23. Stroll through the ballpark down Christmas Tree Lane to the Snowtastic Winter Wonderland where you will be treated to tens of thousands of lights, trees and displays, ending at the Charlotte Christmas Village. Santa will be in the Village everyday, along with live music, to add to the holiday reverie.

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Speedway Christmas

Area: Concord

The Speedway Christmas Lights give the phrase “go big or go home” a new benchmark. You can’t go bigger than this four-mile course featuring hundreds of creative displays and lights synchronized to Christmas-themed music. From November 19 to January 16, you’ll have a chance to tour one of the Southeast’s largest and most fun light shows.

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Festival of Trees

Area: Belmont

If you can’t resist a lovely, decorated Christmas tree, the City of Belmont’s 4th Annual Festival of Trees will delight you. Children and adults will enjoy visiting Stowe Park from November 29 to January 3 to appreciate this display of festive evergreens.

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Holidays at the Garden

Neighborhood: Belmont

Just down the road from Belmont’s Stowe Park is Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Each evening from November 26 to January 2, the Garden gets lit with Holidays in the Garden. Soak up the season’s cheer while singing wintertime favorites at the topiary display. Find the peace of the season while strolling through the Piedmont Prairie, twinkling cherry trees and by peaceful fountains. Finally, warm up by the roaring fire as you roast marshmallows or sip a hot beverage.

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Carowinds WinterFest

Area: South Charlotte

On select dates from November 13 to January 2, Carowinds WinterFest offers a fully immersive holiday experience with music, food, shops, games and a grand display of holiday lights and decorations, boasting one of the largest and most magnificent Christmas trees in the area. Each event night ends with the merry Wonderland Parade.

A Kannapolis Christmas

Neighborhood: Kannapolis

For a small-town Christmas festival reminiscent of your favorite Hallmark Movie, check out A Kannapolis Christmas. The Celebration of Lights kicks off with the annual Tree Lighting on November 20 and runs through December 30 at the Village Park. The Celebration features lights, displays, Santa and performances by the Kannapolis Singing Bears.

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Christmas Town USA

Area: McAdenville

You can’t miss Christmas Town USA (McAdenville, North Carolina). Walking or driving through this town entirely decorated for Christmas is a joyful tradition for many. Voted number four of the 10 Best Public Holiday Lights Displays in the Nation by USA Today, McAdenville boasts homes, parks and businesses decked out for the holidays from December 1 to 26. Make sure you read the website for instructions on driving into town before you go.