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10 Must-See Charlotte-Metro Communities during the Holidays

‘Tis the season to be festive. And while the holiday season may look a little different this year, we still have plenty to do and celebrate. Why not celebrate in the communities we love so much? 

At the Haven, we are all about creating community and nothing feels more like a celebration of community than a holiday community-wide event. While the 2020 event season looks a bit different this year, there are still ways to celebrate the holidays with your community. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite local holiday events hosted by a few of our NC clients and community partners. 

Here is our curated list of Top Ten communities to visit this holiday season:

1. Downtown Waxhaw, NC

Waxhaw will have its first-ever Reverse Christmas Parade Sunday, December 13th. In a reverse parade, parade attendees remain safely in their vehicles and drive through the parade route in downtown Waxhaw rather than large groups of spectators gathering along the streets. 

Pre-registration online is required for both parade float/display entries and parade-viewers. Learn more here: https://waxhaw.recdesk.com


2. MillBridge – Waxhaw, NC 


MillBridge - Waxhaw, NC

MillBridge – Waxhaw, NC – Photo courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/MillBridgeNC

Light Up MillBridge will take place Saturday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m. This year, Light Up MillBridge will be a drive-by event. As you drive through the MillBridge route to see all of the lights and luminaries, there will be different stops and exciting things to see and pick up along the way! Santa will also be there to give a quick hello. Those attending the event are being asked to stay in their vehicle for the duration of the route. 


3. McAdenville, NC 

Christmas Town U.S.A - McAdenville, North Carolina

Christmas Town U.S.A – Photo Courtesy: https://townofmcadenville.org/christmas-town-usa/

Christmas Town U.S.A – If you’ve never been, it’s an entire experience.

It’s like something you would see in a Hallmark movie. The whole town transforms into precisely what you’d expect Christmas Town U.S.A to look like. There will be some changes this year so check out this link before hopping in the car.

Traditionally, the annual count of visitors to McAdenville in December exceeds a half-million people. Christmas lights will be shining December 1-26, 2020 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

4. Belmont, NC 

Holidays at the Garden at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Though the show will be a bit smaller than in years past, you can still sing along to your wintertime favorites at the popular topiary display, take in the rolling lights of the Piedmont Prairie and stroll among the blossoming cherry trees. 


While you are in Belmont, check out the Festival of Trees. We are adding it to our list! 


5. Concord, NC 

Speedway Christmas has returned to Charlotte Motor Speedway, and it’s bigger and better than ever! The 11th edition of Charlotte’s spectacular drive-through light show features more than 4 million lights over a remarkable, 3.75-mile course that includes most of the oval as well as the infield and the ROVAL™! 




6. Uptown Charlotte 

Truist Field will become a destination this year with thousands of lights, trees, and displays as you stroll through the ballpark ending at the Charlotte Christmas Village. Start time varies by day for Light the Knights starting December 10th. 


7. Ballantyne, NC

Gingerbread Lane is back at the Ballantyne Hotel this year. Take a stroll through to find your dream gingerbread house and vote for your favorite one. $1 minimum per vote and all proceeds will benefit the Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital.


8. Camp North End (Charlotte)

Camp North End will transform into a drive-in movie theater on Thursdays in December. You will be able to enjoy a socially distant cold-weather activity, a beautiful view of the Uptown skyline & the historic water tower, and a variety of food options from the food trucks. 


9. Carowinds (Charlotte, NC) 

On the North and South Carolina border, Carowinds will host Taste of the Season. You can purchase a Tasting Card to choose among 30 samples of holiday sweets and savories, see dazzling holiday décor, and wrap up your Christmas shopping. A few family rides are open too!


10. U.S. National Whitewater Center

Creating a community of its own, the U.S. National Whitewater Center has a lot to offer this season. The ice skating rink includes 17,000 square feet of ice and an on-ice Airstream trailer serving craft beer, hot chocolate, and coffee. After you finish skating, check out the LIGHTS installation. This isn’t your typical Christmas light display. 


While we enjoy the many festivities in North Carolina, you can also read more about Christmas traditions around the world here.

What community events should be added to our list? Leave us a comment below!

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