Weekday Planner: 26 things to do in Charlotte this week

Gingerbread Lane

The Ballantyne Hotel (The Carolina Room) | Now through Dec. 26; 11am to 7pm | Free, $1 to vote | Details 

Why you should go: Get some inspo for your next gingerbread house and vote for your favorite one at this gingerbread house display. There is a $1 minimum per vote and all proceeds will benefit the Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital.

Sip & Stretch

Billy Sunday | 4-6pm | $25 | Details 

Why you should go: Join fitness instructor Sydney Duarte for an early evening yoga class followed by light bites and warm cocktails. Ticket also includes a free yoga mat to take home after class.

McAdenville Christmastown

McAdenville, NC | Now through Dec. 26; 5:30-10pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: McAdenville, NC, also known as “Christmas Town USA” is officially open for the holiday season. Visitors can drive or walk along the 1.3 mile-long route and peruse the town’s local vendors and restaurants while enjoying the light displays.

Speedway Christmas

Charlotte Motor Speedway | Now through January 2; 6-10pm. | $30+ | Details 

Why you should go: Pull up to the Speedway to see a display of four million lights illuminate this four-mile course. Expect hundreds of creative light displays synchronized to Christmas-themed music that you can listen to from your car’s radio.

December Bourbon Tasting

The Manchester | 6:30-8pm | $60 | Details 

Why you should go: Experience a premium bourbon tasting and light food pairing hosted by The Manchester and Room 1812.

Holiday Tour

Historic Rosedale | 1-2pm | $18 | Details 

Why you should go: Experience a holiday-inspired walk through one of the oldest and most historic homes in Charlotte. Rooms in the house will be decorated for the holiday season, and light refreshments will be provided at the end of the tour.

Winter Wonder Bar

BOCADO | 11:30am to 2:30pm &  4:30-10pm | Prices vary | Details 

Why you should go: This holiday pop-up bar concept has a creative drink menu that would even get approval from the Grinch. Happening now through New Year’s Eve.

[Related story: 4 Christmas pop-up bars coming to Charlotte in 2021]

Wreath-Making Workshop

Birdsong Brewing Co. | 4-9pm | $10 | Details 

Why you should go: Get in the holiday spirit by making your own signature wreath out of upcycled materials. Ticket includes supplies.

Holidays at the Garden

Daniel Stowe Garden | 5-9pm | $14.95 for adults, $12.95 for seniors 60+, $7.95 for children 2-12, free for children under 2. | Details 

Why you should go: Walk along the trail and take in the dazzling light displays, then stop by one of the food trucks for a quick bite or a warm beverage.

Wednesday Night Live

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art | 5-9pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Gain free admission to The Bechtler, The Mint, Knight Theater and Harvey B. Gantt Center every Wednesday from 5-9pm and enjoy live entertainment or programming at one of the four venues each week.

Yule Log Making

Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen | 6-9pm | $70 | Details 

Why you should go: Learn how to make a traditional Yule log cake with chocolate buttercream and Christmas time garnishes. Then take it home to enjoy for the season.

French Wine Tasting

The Artisan’s Palate | 6:30-8pm | $85 | Details 

Why you should go: Enjoy a chef-curated tasting menu featuring ingredients reminiscent of French cuisine paired with five carefully selected wines.

Paint Your Pet: Holiday Style

Armored Cow Brewing  | 7-9pm | $20 | Details 

Why you should go: Create a personalized pet ornament with instruction by local artist Aimee-Rose Wilson.

Holiday Pies from Scratch

SkillPop | 7-8:30pm | $24 | Details 

Why you should go: Keia Mastrianni, owner of Milk Glass Pie, will walk you through the process of making several seasonal recipes including a holiday quiche and eggnog custard pie with gingersnap crust.

35th Annual Good Friends Luncheon

Charlotte Convention Center (Crown Ballroom) | 11:30am to 1pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Join in-person or virtually for the 35th annual “Gather & Give” Luncheon.

Birdsong Brewing 10 Year Anniversary Weekend

Birdsong Brewing | 3-10pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: In honor of turning 10 years old, Birdsong Brewing is throwing a four-day extravaganza with beer releases, limited edition merch, live music and even a holiday market.

Jingle City Pop-Up Bar: Karaoke Night

The Tavern | 5pm to midnight | $15+ | Details 

Why you should go: This gaudy Christmas pop-up bar has Christmas-themed cocktails, ugly sweater contests, igloos and activities that the whole family can participate in. The venue will be kid-friendly through 8pm.


Old Town Rock Hill | All-day | Free | Details 

Why you should go: ChristmasVille has a lineup of more than 70 events including horse-drawn carriage rides, historic tours, carolers, a gingerbread house contest and an ice skating rink.


The Metropolitan | Select dates and times now through December 22; 10am to 7pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Shop a selection of handmade and vintage items from more than 90 local and regional vendors.

OMB Christmas Market: Weekend 3

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery & Biergarten | Dec. 10-12; 3-11pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Head to the Biergarten for weekend 3 of OMB’s German Christmas Village. Expect a lineup of more than 40 vendors, holiday music, tons of lights, seasonal drinks like spiced wine and hot cocoa, and of course delicious German fare.


Carowinds | 3-11pm |  $24.99 | Details 

Why you should go: Catch dazzling light displays and live shows or do a hands-on activity like cookie decorating. Winterfest is jam-packed with fun and immersive holiday festivities that the entire family can enjoy.

Charlotte Christmas Village

Truist Field | 5-10pm | $5 | Details 

Why you should go: The ballpark has turned into a European-inspired Christmas market where you can find handcrafted gifts and specialty foods like Austrian strudels, Bratwurst and Sauerkraut.

Winter Juried Show Opening Reception

Charlotte Art League | 6-9pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Explore the artist studios and peruse the gallery walls. All artwork is for sale and makes for a great opportunity to do some holiday shopping.

Courtyard Cinema

Optimist Hall | 6-9pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Bring your own blanket and curl up by the fire pits for a screening of holiday classic, Elf. Honeysuckle S’mores kits will be available for purchase plus spirited beverages from the Spindle Bar truck.

Checkers vs. Syracuse Crunch

Bojangles Coliseum | 7-9pm | $21.50+ | Details 

Why you should go: Root for the Checkers as they go head-to-head with the Syracuse Crunch (amazing team name, btw).

Nutcracker Belk Theater

Blumenthal Performing Arts Center | December 3-26; 7:30pm | $25-$114 | Details 

Why you should go: One of the best holiday traditions in the city is back on stage at the Belk Theater. The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra accompanies the Charlotte Ballet with musical selections composed by Tchaikovsky like the well-known ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.’

Check out more upcoming events on our Event Board. Hosting an event? Reach more Charlotteans through an Event Listing, which includes placement on our Event Board and in our weekday newsletter. Have a scoop about a cool event? Email symphony.webber@axios.com.

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