Holiday Light Displays Around Charlotte
The Queen City is aglow with festive light displays.
by Arielle Patterson Nov 14, 2023
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Winter nights in Charlotte sparkle a little brighter during the holiday season. Whether you’re driving through festive scenes or walking along illuminated paths, these holiday light displays are sure to put you in the seasonal spirit.
When: Select nights Nov. 17-Jan. 1, 2024
Area: South Charlotte
WinterFest at Carowinds is one of the most immersive holiday events in the Carolinas. Surround yourself in the warm glow of holiday lights throughout the theme park. Take photos in front of the giant Christmas tree adorned with lights, then watch a brilliant light display set to holiday music.
When: Nov. 17-Jan. 7, 2024
Charlotte Motor Speedway glitters with more than five million lights on a four-mile course during Speedway Christmas. The largest drive-thru holiday light show in the Southeast offers a unique chance to travel along the Speedway’s legendary oval, pit road and in-field road course.
When: Nov. 18-Dec. 30
Celebration of Lights, part of A Kannapolis Christmas, showcases enchanting lights at Village Park. Area choirs and school groups will perfect on select evenings, creating the perfect ambiance for you to stroll the festive displays.
When: Nov. 21
The Carolina Panthers and Charlotte FC invite fans, friends and families to watch as a 50-foot Norway spruce tree, garnished with 50,000 string lights, is lit up for the season at Bank of America Stadium. This Charlotte tradition will also include appearances by Sir Minty, Sir Purr and Santa.
When: Select nights Nov. 22-Jan. 1, 2024
Truist Field, home to the Charlotte Knights, transforms into a winter wonderland. Nearly every part of the stadium, from the concourse to the seats and baseball diamond, are decorated with colorful lights. There’s even a choreographed light show set to the soundtrack of holiday music.
When: Nov. 22-Jan. 1, 2024
Area: Kings Mountain
Head to scenic Kings Mountain to gaze at a state-of-the-art light display. Every night through New Year’s Eve, Patriots Park will be aglow with over one million lights to create a holiday scene right out of a storybook.
When: Nov. 24-Dec. 23
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden dazzles during the holidays with light displays throughout the garden. As you make your way along the lighted paths, passing ornate decorations, stay warm with hot chocolate and cider then stop at one of the on-site food trucks for a bite to eat.
When: Nov. 27-Jan. 1, 2024
Stowe Park in Belmont is filled with festive trees throughout the month of December. This annual event kicks off with the tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 27. Find out which of the showcased trees took first, second and third place in each of the categories.
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When: Dec. 1-26
Area: McAdenville, N.C.
People come from all over the country to visit Christmas Town USA in McAdenville, located less than 20 miles from Uptown Charlotte. Walk or drive through McAdenville’s charming downtown, adorned with thousands of lights. The celebration kicks off with the annual Christmas tree lighting on Main Street.
When: Dec. 7-9
Celebrate the holiday season by taking a stroll around historic Fourth Ward. Take a self-guided tour of the area’s beautifully decorated homes and businesses, enjoying food and cocktail tastings along the way. An additional Holiday Home Tour is available for an upgraded ticket.
When: Dec. 7-30
Bring the whole family out to Ballantyne’s Backyard for the Carolina Holiday Light Spectacular. This year’s show features over one million marvelous lights and festive displays along a paved, half-mile walking trail. Along the way, you’ll find food trucks, larger-than-life holiday scenes and merry music.