Nov 30, 2023 - Things to Do

Weekender: 42 things to do in Charlotte this weekend including holiday markets and photos with Santa

Light the Knights at Truist Field. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

FRIDAY, December 1

56. Scattered Showers. 40% chance of rain.

Christmas Market at OMB: Expect a range of vendors selling everything from apparel to jewelry, food and photos with Santa. Free. Runs through Sunday. Details

Uptown Holiday Market at One South alleyway on Tryon Street: Shop from vendors selling traditional handmade crafts, gifts, Christmas items and foods. Free. Runs through Sunday. Details

Holiday Sip and Stroll at Fourth Ward: Enjoy seasonal live music, food and cocktail tastings while you stroll through the neighborhood. $30-$60. 5-9pm. Details

Joy Crafting Series: Candle Making Class at The Market At 7th Street: Create a holiday-scented candle to freshen up your home for the whole season. $40. 6-8pm. Details

Jazz Room Holiday Edition at Booth Playhouse: Vibe to traditional New Orleans jazz music and participate in a silent auction. $30+. 7:30pm. Details

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at McColl Family Theatre: Watch a comedic musical performance from the Children’s Theatre. $18-$28. Times vary. Details

Three-Day Holiday Market at The Coterie Concept: Shop from local vendors selling handcrafted items. Free. Runs through Sunday. Details

Winter Fest at Skiptown CLT: Expect a photoshoot backdrop that can turn into a snowflake ornament, snow machine and market. $12-$15. 4-8pm. Details

Friday Flea Vendor Market at Triple C Brewing Company: Spend the evening shopping at a local vendor flea market and grab dinner from Izzy’s Food Truck. Free. 5-9pm. Details

Poker Night at The Fairwood 226: Play two rounds of poker to win a prize. Free. 7pm. Details

VTGCLT Pop at 201 Camp Road: Pick up a vintage or handmade item to gift someone with. Free. 10am-7pm. Details

Ice Skating at Ford Factory: Slip on your ice skates for a couple of laps around the outdoor up rink. $10-$15. 4-9pm. Details

Phirst Friday at XOXO Cocktail Lounge: Party to celebrate 117 years of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Free. 9pm-2am. Details

Mad Miles 2023 Scholarship Ball & Spades Tournament at Gantt Center: Dance the night away in formal attire and participate in a spades tournament. Proceeds support the More Than Miles initiative. $100-$350. 8pm-1am. Details 

Line Dance Party at Harolds Ice Bar: Spend the evening learning and showing off your line dancing skills. $15-$20. 7-11pm. Details

Light the Knights at Truist Field: Celebrate the holiday season with tubbing, ice skating, holiday lights and a market. $15-$40. Times vary. Details

Comedy Jam at Tattooz & Booz: Laugh through the night with live performances from Wild-N-Out’s Big Radio Mack and Cortez Macklin. $15+. 7pm-2am. Details

Gaymer Gathering at Tabbris: Mix and mingle with drinks, gaming stations and music. $10. 7-10pm. Details

Holiday Cooking Class at Charlotte FIT South: Enjoy a chef-led presentation with light bites and drinks. $35. 6-8pm. Details

SATURDAY, December 2

64. Scattered showers. 40% chance of rain.

Luminous Lane Holiday Pop-Up Market in Uptown: Check out a holiday market with art, music and food. Free. 10am-8pm. Details

Geek and Grub Market at Victoria Yards: Dress up in ugly holiday sweaters for themed competitions and activities. Free. 12-4pm. Details

Daddy & Me High Tea at Urban Sweets Co.: Take your kids to enjoy sweet treats and holiday activities. Free. 9am-1pm. Details

Emo Night at The Barrel Room at Triple C: Party to popular emo hits from a live DJ. Free. 7-10pm. Details

Mistletoe Market 2023 at Camp North End: Expect a holiday series with vendors, live music, a movie premiere, plus food and drinks. Free. 3-8pm. Details

Charlotte Hornets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves at Spectrum Center: Cheer on the Charlotte Hornets as they take on the Timberwolves. $17.50+. 5pm. Details

ACC Football Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium: Watch Florida State and Louisville compete for the winning championship title. $61+. 8pm. Details

Girls Love Beyonce: The Brunch at Marquee: Enjoy a Beyonce-themed brunch and day party. Free. 1-9pm. Details

South End Merry Market at Pritchard Church: Purchase locally sourced items ahead of the holidays while you listen to festive music. Free. 10am-1pm. Details

African Drum Workshop at Harvey B Gantt Center: Participate in an African drum and dance circle workshop. $10. 10:30am-12:30pm. Details

Winter Wonderland Gala Ball at The Acopian Hall: Dress up in semi-formal attire to enjoy Congolese food, a silent auction, an art exhibition and ballet. Proceeds benefit local non-profit HOPE For All. $100-$150. 6-11:30pm. Details

Annual Gobble Wobble CLT and Toy Drive at XLNC Dance Studio: Take a dance fitness class by donating a new or unused toy for a toy drive. Free. 11am-1pm. Details

Football Championship Brunch at Sycamore Brewing: Celebrate the college football championship weekend with a brunch buffet and mimosas. $35. 10-11:30am. Details

SUNDAY, December 3 

65. Scattered showers. 30% chance of rain.

Front Porch Sundays at Atherton Mill: Check out a block party and local vendor market with live music, food and drinks. Free. 11am-4pm. Details

Cookies with Santa! at Triple C Brewing Company: Donate a new or gently used coat to Forgotten Now Family Rescue, plus take pictures with Santa or the Grinch, play games and enjoy food and drinks. Free. 12-4pm. Details

Wreath-making class at Charlotte Collective: Learn wreath-making techniques to use as holiday decor. $55. 3-5pm. Details

Winterfest at Carowinds: Take in the holiday season with a light display, ice skating, gift shops live entertainment and games. $24.99-$49.99. 5-10pm. Details

Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motorspeedway: Drive along the racetrack to view holiday lights, listen to music, watch a movie and shop from vendors. $35+. 6-10pm. Details

Christmas at the Mansion: Sip on hot chocolate as you stroll through the gardens listening to local carolers, plus expect a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. $25. 4-6pm. Details

ThriftCon at Park Expo Center: Shop from 100+ thrift vendors with thousands of products ranging from clothing to collectibles. $12-$30. 10am-5pm. Details

Ultimate Sneaker Trade Show at Charlotte Convention Center: Buy, sell or trade your shoes, clothing or accessories. $25. 1-6pm. Details

Farm to Fork Sunday Dinner at 2401 Primm Road: Enjoy a five-course dinner with craft beverages plus live music and entertainment. $115-$210. 3pm. Details

Ice skating at U.S. National Whitewater Center: Grab your skates and a few friends to skate across one of two ice trails or two free skate zones before taking a break to enjoy hot and cold beverages. $25. Hours vary. Details 

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