Dec 11, 2023 - Things to Do

Weekday Planner: 23 things happening in Charlotte like The Nutcracker Ballet and a figure skating show

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Monday, December 11

Singles Ugly Sweater Mixer

ClubHouse Kitchen and Cocktails | 7pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Show off your most hideous holiday sweater and mingle with other single Charlotteans.

Figure Skating Show

Truist Field | 6pm | $15 | Details

Why you should go: Figure skaters of all levels will perform in an ice show by Extreme Ice Center.

Tinseltown at Billy Sunday

Billy Sunday | Now through Dec. 31 | Free | Details

Why you should go: Billy Sunday has transformed into a holiday pop-up called Tinseltown. It’s open Monday-Thursday 5pm-10pm, Friday 4pm-midnight, Saturday noon-midnight, Sunday noon-10pm.

  • Of note: Reservations aren’t available, but you can put your name on a waitlist (and head to Spindle Bar for a drink while you wait.)

Go deeper: 9 Christmas pop-up bars coming to Charlotte in 2023

Speedway Christmas

Charlotte Motor Speedway | 6-10pm through Jan. 7 | $35+ | Details

Why you should go: This four-mile drive-thru display features five million lights synched with holiday music that you can listen to on your car radio. Pro tip: Go on a weeknight for quicker entry.

Winter at Whitewater

Whitewater Center | Times vary | Prices Vary | Details

Why you should go: Winter at Whitewater is now open for the season with activities such as ice skating, pond hockey, winter races and a Christmas tree lot. Check details for times and pricing for each activity.

Ice Skating at Camp North Pole

Camp North End | 12-10pm through Jan. 7 | $10-$15 | Details

Why you should go: Camp North End’s new ice skating rink will run through the winter. Hours vary depending on the day, so double-check before you visit.

Go deeper: Holiday guide: 26 festive things to do in Charlotte this winter

Tuesday, December 12

Ugly Sweater Networking with Charlotte Entrepreneurs

Weathered Souls | 6:30pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Put on the ugliest sweater you can find and network with other Charlotte entrepreneurs.

Holiday Movie Night

Broken Promises | 8pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Broken Promises in South End is playing Christmas movies every Tuesday night during the month of December.

Elf Movie Trivia

Skiptown CLT | 6:30pm | Free-$15 | Details

Why you should go: Test your knowledge of the four main food groups for elves with Elf Movie Trivia at Skiptown. Hint: It’s candy. Enjoy a spiked hot beverage or seasonal cocktail while you play.

Mad Miles Run Club

YVY Training (Camp North End) | 6:30pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Mad Miles is open to people of all ages and paces. The free club meets every Tuesday, regardless of the weather. There’s no registration required; just show up ready to move and groove (every run turns into a dance party afterward).

Go deeper: I hate running but I’ll exercise with Mad Miles Run Club

Wednesday, December 13

Crafting Night with Monday Night Brewing

Monday Night Brewing | 6pm | $30 | Details

Why you should go: Make a candle, paint ornaments and wrap them as gifts. Crafty and Crafted in the Garden Winter Workshop Series is a collaboration with Monday Night Brewing and AlxRox. Each ticket includes a beer of your choice.

Taylor Swift Eras Tour Watch Party

Sip City | 6:30-9:30pm | $12 | Details

Why you should go: It’s a night for Swifties with a screening of the Eras Tour film, Eras-inspired ice cream cakes from Two Scoops, a BFF bracelet-making station and wine tastings.

Christmas Cookie Decorating Class

Sweet Spot Studio | 6:30pm | $65 | Details

Why you should go: You’ll make holiday-inspired cookies and learn royal icing techniques.

Wednesday Night Live: “And … Scene!” A Night of European Theatre

The Bechtler | 5-9pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: You’ll embark on a theatrical journey across Europe with performances that range from dramas to comedies.

Thursday, December 14

2023 Lights for Levine’s Childrens

1000 Blythe Blvd | 7-8pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: You’ll shine flashlights on the kids at Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital and they’ll shine back. Expect speakers, surprise guests, a station to make cards for kids in the hospital, hot chocolate and more.

Of note: The event is held on the top floor of the Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital Parking Deck at 1000 Blythe Blvd.

Sufganiyot Social: A Young Adults Gathering

Lenny Boy Brewing | 7pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Join Temple Beth El on the 8th night of Hanukkah for sufganiyot, a candle lighting, and good company at Lenny Boy Brewing. Hanukkah attire is highly encouraged.

Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet

Ovens Auditorium | 7pm | $28+ | Details

Why you should go: It’s the classic Nutcracker you know and love. Expect acrobatics, life-sized puppets, stunning costumes and more.

Vintage Charlotte Pop-Up 

201 Camp Road (Camp North End) | 10am-7pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Knock out your holiday shopping with handmade and vintage retail from 90+ local and regional creatives. The pop-up is now open daily from 10am-7pm through Dec. 23.

Light the Knights Festival

Truist Field | 5-1opm; Through Jan. 1 | $10-$40 | Details

Why you should go: Expect ice skating, snow tubing, shopping and holiday treats at the ballpark. It’s open 5-10pm on Thursday, but hours vary depending on the day — double check the schedule before you go. 

Friday, December 15

Hunnid Dollar Art Fair

Camp North End | Times Vary | Free | Details

Why you should go: Hosted by BLKMRKTCLT, it’s a takeover of Camp North End’s Mistletoe Market that’ll feature artwork from over 30 Charlotte artists for $100.

Holiday Pops with Charlotte Symphony

Knight Theatre | 7:30pm | $22+ | Details

Why you should go: It’s the Charlotte Symphony’s annual Holiday show, where you can expect sing-alongs and maybe even snow. Holiday Pops will run through the weekend — find additional showtimes online.

Oyster and Cocktail Pairing Class with Jimmy Pearls

The Cocktailery | 6:30pm | $110 | Details

Why you should go: Your ticket includes six Jimmy Pearls oysters (both raw and cooked) paired with three sparkling to spirit-forward cocktails.

STEM Day with the Charlotte Hornets

Spectrum Center | 11:30am | $25 | Details

Why you should go: The Charlotte Hornets are hosting a STEM Day that’s open to elementary and middle school students.

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