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Charlotte is brimming with holiday celebrations for families and friends! Joyful and fun activities with the Queen City as your charming host will be sure to thrill the little ones and entertain all!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and certainly BREAKFAST WITH SANTA is truly THE most important way to begin your holiday!

Maggiano’s Little Italy, 4400 Sharon road will have Santa as a breakfast guest on December 20th and December 22nd. Special events for the kids and a delicious chef attended buffet for all to enjoy!

Matthews Community Center is serving breakfast with Santa on December 20th. Take a photo with the big guy himself and enjoy creating holiday crafts.

For those late risers, BRUNCH with Santa might be more enjoyable. Tom Sykes Recreation Center will host a continental brunch with Santa and his sidekick elves 10:30-11:30am on December 22nd.

A more sophisticated young palate will enjoy a HOLIDAY TEA at the Ritz-Carlton on December 20th and 21st, 10:30am until 3:00pm. A special children’s tea menu will be offered.

Hanukkah will be celebrated with doughnut making and so much more at the Third Annual Chanukah Wonderland! Enjoy the fun at the Ballantyne Jewish Center on December 21st-23rd.


Christmas wouldn’t be the same without all those beautiful, twinkling lights!

Enjoy the bright lights of Christmas at a Speedway Christmas through December 30th! See more than 3 million Christmas lights while driving the track and then enjoy the infield Christmas Village.

McAdenville is a long-standing tradition amongst Charlotteans. McAdenville calls itself Christmas Town USA with holiday displays of hundreds of thousands of lights to certify its status! The amazing displays will glow nightly through December 26th.

Billy Graham Library will offer a Christmas celebration at Christmas at the Library through December 23rd. Enjoy celebrating the birth of Jesus with a live nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides, a Christmas dinner and much more!

Sports enthusiasts can enjoy the holidays with their choice of basketball, football, iceskating and hockey!

Holiday on Ice is open through January 4th and is great family fun! Located in beautiful Uptown Charlotte, the outdoor skating rink is a terrific way to enjoy the fantastic Carolina sunshine on the cool ice.

The Belk Bowl will be at Bank of America Stadium on December 30th. Charlotte will host the University of Georgia and the University of Louisville. This will be an exciting game as the Belk Bowl will, for the first time. feature a matchup between the Southeastern Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference. Bulldog or Cardinal, this will be a great game!

December 20th, 22nd, 27th and 29th will all be opportunities for Charlotte Hornets bball action! Gather the family and enjoy the games at Time Warner Cable Arena!

On December 21st enjoy the excitement of Hockey at Time Warner Cable Arena! The Charlotte Checkers will play the San Antonio Rampage.

We wish peace and happiness for all Charlotteans and their families this holiday season and in the New Year!




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Santa has landed in the Queen City a tiny bit early as a special present to all grown-ups ready to capture their children’s Christmas memories forever on film!

Santa’s magic allows him to be in several places at the same time in South Charlotte, and each visit will provide just a little different atmosphere to please all hurried adults and eager children!

Carolina Place Mall offers photo opportunities for all your little ones, including your favorite 4-legged babies! Babies of the human kind can get their cuteness captured through December 24th at Babies First Christmas located at the lower level in Dillard’s. Beloved pets can visit Santa at a special reserved time, on Mondays, 6:00p.m. through December 16th at the Dillard’s Santa Photo Set. Pajamas are always a cute donning for Christmas pics! Wriggle into your favorite snuggly jammies; bring stuffed animals and books to capture a nighttime moment Tuesdays, 6:00 pm at Pajama Party with Santa at Dillard’s.

Southpark Mall, at 4400 Sharon rd., offers a beautiful holiday display with Santa as the guest of honor! Santa will be available daily in the Center Court through December 24th.

Concord Mills is holding a Caring Santa event Sunday, December 8th. This special event is an opportunity for families with special needs children to enjoy a quieter environment at the Simon Santa Photo experience. Contact the mall manger, Holly Roberson at for details.

Santa through December 21st will visit Blakeney Shopping Center located in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte!  Free Photos with Santa at Old Navy will be available Sunday, December 15th 11am-7pm. December 20-21st, Santa and friends will be visiting and joining in carriage rides, kids crafts and hot cocoa with cookies!

The Stonecrest Shopping Center at Piper Glen will celebrate Santa’s visit with a brunch celebration! Join Santa and help the Second Harvest Food Bank on December 14th, 10am-1pm. Santa’s elves will be helping with crafts and enjoying the balloon artist entertainment! Don’t forget your camera!

At the Arboretum Shopping Center located at 8008 Providence rd., families can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides on Saturdays 5:30-8:30 pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be roaming and greeting around the shopping center on December 22nd, 2-5pm.

Santa is always wonderfully excited to visit families in beautiful South Charlotte! Capturing those special moments of childhood excitement will be a cherished memory for many years to come.

Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas South Charlotte!



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Christmas is here! The Southern Christmas show has been a Charlotte holiday jump-start for 46 years and the excitement continues on November 14th!

The 46th annual Southern Christmas Show is a holiday explosion of shopping and shows! Featuring over 500 merchants and hundreds of gift ideas, the Park Expo and Conference Center is the place to be for all your holiday décor needs and Christmas presents!

The shopping experience is divided into sections. Stroll through Olde Towne with over 50 shops to browse, the Enchanted Village with amazingly intricate dollhouses and miniature scenes, and marvel at the dozens of decorated firs from the North Carolina Mountains in Christmas Tree Lane!

You can embrace the true meaning of Christmas by giving your used cell phone and help support Cell Phones for Soldiers generate free talk time for soldiers to call home for the holidays.

Santa himself will be at the Southern Christmas Show, collecting lists and hearing the wishes of all good little boys and girls!

Food samples are abundant and, of course, gift seekers need to taste the hand-dipped chocolates, strudel and old-fashioned fruitcake just to make sure of the excellent quality before buying as a gift! Christmas shoppers seeking gifts for the wine connoisseur will find delicious wines from local wineries!

The Southern Christmas show is an exciting way to start the holiday season! You will be ready for the love and giving that only comes with the magic of Christmas!









Charlotte is welcoming Santa at several locations throughout the Queen City! Wrestle the youngsters into Granny’s hand-knitted Christmas sweaters and holiday sparkly dresses for those priceless Christmas pictures with Jolly Ole Saint Nick!

Southpark Mall, located on the corner of Fairview and Sharon Roads, has Santa cozily tucked in his Santa Village from November 7-December 24th, 10:00a.m.-8:00p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-6:00p.m. or call the Santa Village directly (720)402-9714

Also in the Southpark Mall you can head to a Santa Breakfast at Maggiano’s (December 8th or 20th, 8-11am) where you can enjoy great food, photos, face-painting and more, or at Brio in nearby Piedmont Row (December 8th, 9-10:30) for a delicious plated meal, coloring activities, and a take-away treat bag!

Carolina Place Mall, located on Carolina Place Parkway, will have Santa visits on Saturdays 9 a.m.-9p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-8:00 p.m. On Christmas Eve, Santa will listen to wishes 11 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Concord Mills Mall, located off I-85 at exit 49 , has Santa preparing for the great outdoors, waiting to hear holiday present requests at the Brass Pro Shop! Santa will be available Monday-Friday 5p.m.-8:00p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-9:00 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m.-5:00p.m.

Blakeney Shopping Center, located at 9870 Rea Road, will be visited by Santa December 7th-8th, 5:30p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Brunch Buffet with Santa is offered at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge on December 2nd – call 704-248-4100 for reservations.  And later in December, don’t miss the fabulous Gingerbread Lane gingerbread house display in the grand halls of the hotel – clever and adorable!

Pancakes with Santa Saturday, December 8, 10am -1:00p.m. at SoneCrest at Piper Glen. Please bring a non-perishable food item to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, located at 6500 New Hope Road in Belmont has holiday fun for the entire family. Holidays at the Garden ,with visits from Santa,  will be Nov. 23 – Dec. 31, Noon – 9 p.m.

Santa has included Charlotte as one of his most important stops! Don’t miss the wonderful tradition of enjoying your child’s belief in the magic of Christmas with a visit to Santa!