Dec 14, 2023 - Things to Do

Weekender: 39 things to do in Charlotte this weekend including holiday bar crawls

OMB Christmas Market. Photo: Courtesy of Andy Weber/Axios

The Light the Knights Festival is back for another year and bigger than ever. Expect ice skating, snow tubing, a walk-through tunnel of lights, a holiday market, photos with Santa and more. Get tickets.

FRIDAY, December 15

56. Sunny. 0% chance of rain.

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

Oyster and Cocktail Pairing Class with Jimmy Pearls at The Cocktailery: Enjoy six oysters while you learn how to create three cocktails to prepare with them. $110. 6:30-8:30pm. Details

Poker Night at The Fairwood 226: Put on your poker face to play the game for a chance to win a prize plus sip on cocktails and enjoy food. Free. 7pm. Details

Duncan Trussell at The Comedy Zone: Laugh the night away with the stand-up comedian, podcaster and actor. $25-$30. Times vary. Details

Light the Knights Festival at Truist Field: Expect ice skating, tubing, Santa visits, a light show and live entertainment. $10-$99. 5-10pm. Details

Play N’ Parlay Second Annual Holiday Soiree at DUPP&SWAT: Play music trivia for a chance to win cash and prizes. $20. 7pm-12am. Details

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

Christmas Market at Old Mecklenburg Brewery: Shop from a range of vendors — from apparel to jewelry — and enjoy food and photos with Santa. Free. Runs through Sunday. Details

Tinseltown at Billy Sunday: Drink holiday-themed drinks in this Christmas pop-up bar. No cover. 4pm-12am. Details

SATURDAY, December 16 

57. Partly cloudy. 30% chance of rain.

Holiday Joy Candle Making Class at The Market At 7th Street: Learn how to create a custom scent for the holidays. $35. 4-6pm. Details

Wonka at Discovery Place IMAX: Watch a showing of the new film centered around Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Prices vary. 4-6pm. Details

Santa’s Holiday Mini Truck Toy Drive at Triple C Brewing Company: Donate new un-wrapped toys plus check out the vendor market and meet Santa. Proceeds support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Charlotte. Prices vary. 12pm. Details

Taylor Swift Pop-Up at Resident Culture Brewing: Vibe to a Taylor Swift-themed pop-up with more than 10 vendors, music and tattoos. Free. 9am-4pm. Details

Pugly Sweater Contest at Skiptown: Dress your pup in an ugly Christmas sweater while you sip on spiked hot cocoa. Price vary. 2-6pm. Details

The Nutcracker at Dale F. Halton Theater: Watch the Harris YMCA’s performance of the “Nutcracker” at the Halton Theater. $32. Details

Charlotte Hornets vs. Philadelphia 76ers at Spectrum Center: Cheer on the Hornets as they take on the 76ers. $22+. 7pm. Details

Charlotte Checkers vs. Bridgeport Islanders at Bojangles Coliseum: Watch the Charlotte Checkers take on the Bridgeport Islanders. $23+. 6pm. Details

Creative Photoshoots on a Budget at Harvey B Gantt Center: Learn how to do photoshoots on a budget with limited resources. $25. 11am-2pm. Details

Holiday Bliss Floral DIY Class at Charlotte Flower Market: Create a flower arrangement for the holiday season. $65. 4-5pm. Details

Global Rhythms Dance Workshop 2 at Harvey B Gantt Center: Put on some comfortable clothes to learn dance moves Soumayah Nanji in a rhythm workshop. $5. 11am-1pm. Details

Southern Spore Works/Spore Addict: Yule Love This Log at Innovation Barn: Learn how to grow your own edible fungi plus learn about mushrooms. $40. 1-2:30pm.  Details

Pinot Noir Super Tasting at The Bohemian: Taste five different pinot noirs from around the world. $50. 12-9pm. Details

I Love R&B Ugly Sweater Day Party at RSVP South End: Groove to popular R&B hits in your ugliest Christmas sweater. $10+. 4-9pm. Details

Charlotte Official Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl at Multiple Locations: Dress up in your best holiday costumes or ugly sweaters to enjoy music, drink specials and waved door covers at serval bars. $7.99+. 5pm. Details

Breakfast With Santa at The MilliUp Event Center: Eat breakfast with Santa and his elves, decorate cookies and take photos. $0-$10. 8:30-11:30am.  Details

12 Wines of Christmas at Matthews Ballroom + Events: Taste 12 different wines fit for the holiday season. $45. 7pm.  Details

Christmas Cocktails Cooking Class at The Perfect Beet: Get a hands-on cooking demonstration for four dishes from a chef while you sip on cocktails and vibe to music. $85. 7-9pm. Details

SantaCon Bar Crawl – Charlotte (South End) at Multiple Locations: Gather your crew and hop around to several bars offering drink specials. $13-$26. 4-11:30pm. Details

SUNDAY, December 17

54. Rain. 60% chance of rain.

Holiday Charlotte Vintage Market at Hi-Wire Brewing: Shop from over 30 vendors selling vintage clothing items. Free. 12-5pm. Details

SOUTH END GIRLGATE at Craft Tasting Room: Join the female-focused tailgate with yard games, friendship bracelet making, plus food and drinks. Free. 10am-1pm. Details

Ho Ho Ho Holiday Drag Show at The Fillmore: Enjoy a drag show featuring several drag queens including Buff Faye. $22+. 7:30pm. Details

Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium: Cheer on the Panthers as they take on the Falcons. $12+. 1pm. Details

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

Carolina Light Spectacular at Ballantyne’s Backyard: View more than a million light displays plus enjoy live music, visits from Santa, dance performances and a holiday market. $15-$39. 5:30-10pm. 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

Ugly Sweater Brunch & Day Party at El Thrifty: Optimist Hall: Put on your ugly sweaters to party to music from a live DJ and enjoy drinks during the day. $10+. 3-8pm. Details

Once Upon a Holiday Brunch at Pleasant Grove Farm: Celebrate the holiday season with Santa and Disney princesses plus expect a hot cocoa bar, brunch and special performances. $35+. 12-2pm.  Details

Ugly Christmas Sweater Mixology Class at 1001 East W.T. Harris Blvd.: Learn how to make three holiday drinks in your holiday sweater plus enjoy charcuterie. $40. 5-7pm.  Details

Front Porch Sunday at Atherton Mill: Shop from several local small businesses, plus donate toys to Hemby Children’s Hospital. Free. 11am-4pm.  Details

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the performers of the “Nutcracker” are with the Harris YMCA, not the Charlotte Ballet.

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