THE DELUGE of holiday events begins in November. Below, we’ve rounded up a few Christmas outings to know:
Pirates’ Christmas Takes Over Carolina Renaissance Festival
16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville
Even swashbucklin’ scurvy dogs celebrate the holidays. Carolina Renaissance Festival’s Pirates’ Christmas Weekend centers on pirate-themed entertainment and seasonal shopping. Musical group The Pyrates Royale, dressed in pirate garb and singing sea shanties, performs throughout the weekend. There’s even a Pirate Costume Contest for attendees, and prizes include scallywag swag and tickets to return to the festival later in the month.
Starting Nov. 23
Light the Knights and Charlotte Christmas Village Partner Again
Truist Field, 324 S. Mint St.
This annual Christmas festival includes a walkthrough experience with rows of vendors and a European-inspired menu. It moved to Truist Field last year and partnered with the Charlotte Knights’ holiday program, Light the Knights. The collaboration is on again for 2021. Starting Nov. 23, you can head to the stadium, grab a bratwurst or schnitzel (or both), sip some hot chocolate or beer (or both), and do some Christmas shopping.
Nov. 19-Jan. 2
Rev Up for the 11th Speedway Christmas
Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord
Charlotte Motor Speedway’s drive-thru event is back, with more than 4 million lights along a 3.75-mile course. In recent years, the event’s gained a national audience: Organizers say visitors from
38 states hit the track in 2018.
The Southern Christmas Show Returns
The Park Expo and Conference Center again hosts the popular seasonal market this month, with 440 vendor booths, Christmas Tree Lane, designer rooms, Olde Town, and Santa himself in tow. The LeafFilter Entertainment Stage will have dancers, vocal performances, and more; tastings throughout include strudels and cookies.
Holiday Shows Arrive at Blumenthal
The holiday lineup takes the stage at Blumenthal Performing Arts venues, beginning Nov. 16:
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at Belk Theater
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s Home Alone in Concert at Belk Theater
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis at Belk Theater
A Motown Christmas at Knight Theater