Weekender: 28 fun and festive activities to do in Charlotte this weekend


The Weekender is proudly presented by Christmas Speedway. Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Holiday Driving Light Show is open seven nights a week with The Grinch shown as the drive-through movie this weekend.


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VTGCLT Pop at The Metropolitan: Shop for a selection of handmade and vintage items from over 90 local and regional vendors. Select the dates and times until December 22; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. To free. Details.

OMB Christmas Market: Weekend 2 to Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and Biergarten: Meet at the Biergarten for weekend 2 of the OMB German Christmas Village. Expect a lineup of over 40 vendors, holiday music, tons of lights, seasonal drinks like spiced wine and hot chocolate, and of course delicious German food. December 3-5; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. To free. Details.

Ice skating at White water center: The seasonal rink features a brand new ice skating rink in the Upper Pond, increasing the total rink size to over 24,000 square feet. Skate rental is included in the price of the ticket. 5 pm-10pm (holiday hours). $ 25 daily pass, $ 6 parking. Details.

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Nutrient Rich: A Small Works Show opening day at Goodyear Arts: Join Goodyear Arts for the second annual Nutrient Rich Showcase – a collection of over 100 small, individual works of art created by 25 artists from the Goodyear Arts Collective. 6 p.m. To free. Details.

Ballantyne film series in the Cullman Building parking lot: Drive to enjoy an outdoor screening of the holiday classic, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”. There will be food from the International Truck of Tacos food truck and wine and beers from Sycamore Brewing. Tickets are per vehicle with proceeds going to Metrolina’s Second Harvest Food Bank. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. $ 20. Details.

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical in Auditorium des Fours: This show transports audiences to the North Pole to get a glimpse into the magical life of Santa’s elves. 6 p.m. $ 34.75 to $ 89.75. Details.

Christmas tree lighting in the Optimist room: Ring in the holidays like an Optimist room. Bring your friends and family to enjoy live music from DJ Vinchy, fire pit roast s’more, and even a buildable hot chocolate bar until the tree lights up at 6:30 p.m. The Optimist Room is also hosting a toy drive where visitors are invited to bring an unwrapped toy for children in need until December 12. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. To free. Details.

Leaves of love Gathering at The music court: Have you ever experienced music that does not correspond to a particular genre? It’s the vibe of the self-proclaimed genderless musician, TASKS. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. $ 10 to $ 150. Details.

Christmas speedway at Charlotte Motor Circuit: Drive up to the Speedway to see a display of four million lights illuminate this four mile course. Expect hundreds of creative light displays synced with Christmas-themed music that you can listen to from your car’s radio. Now until January 2; 6 pm-10pm. $ 30 and more. Details.

A Mean Girls Christmas Drag Show at NoDa Brewing Co.: Join the NoDa Brew for a fun and festive night of drag games and drag show while doing some good to the community. There is no charge for the show as 10% of the proceeds from tap room draft beer will go to the National Brain Tumor Society. 7-9 p.m. To free. Details.

The Nutcracker at the Belk Theater: One of the city’s best holiday traditions is back on stage at the Belk Theater. The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra accompanies the Charlotte Ballet with musical selections composed by Tchaikovsky. December 3-26; 7:30 p.m. $ 25 to $ 114. Details.

The Christmas tree singing to Gateway Village (900 W. Trade St.): The annual Singing Christmas Tree returns for its 67th birthday. There will be special appearances from dancers from the Chris Thompson Cultural Ensemble, Gray Seal Puppets and, of course, the fabulous Tree Band. December 3-5; times vary. $ 30 and more. Details.

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All Day 5K & 10K pajamas at Blakeney Professional Park: This run can be bright and early, but the good news is you can keep your pajamas on. Choose between a 5km and 10km route, then reward yourself with music, food, and plenty of fun activities. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Move For Jenn Foundation. 8:30 am. $ 40. Details.

Metropolitan market at the Metropolitan: Find handmade gifts for the whole family by shopping from over 70 local artists and small businesses at the Metropolitan Market. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To free. Details.

Cookie exchange class at Chef Alyssa’s kitchen: Participants in this course will be grouped into tables of six and each table will create a different cookie and swap it with another table at the end of the course. 10 a.m. to noon. $ 65. Details.

StarMed Community Holiday Party at Eastland StarMed Clinic: Get photos with Santa Claus, enjoy free food truck bites as well as music and raffle prizes every hour. StarMed will also offer COVID-19 vaccines on-site for adults and children ages 5 and older. Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson will be available. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To free. Details.

Buy Little Saturdays at the Design Center: Over 30 vendors will line up the aisles of the Design Center for the second Small Saturday Shop of the season. Buy people off your vacation listings or treat yourself to something. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To free. Details.

Winter garland workshop at Covet Atelier: Create your own winter garland using herbs, dried citrus fruits and greenery. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $ 25. Details.

Bourbon + Lures at Orvis SouthPark: This exhibition aims to showcase a variety of bird decoys created by renowned artists that have been featured in the pages of Garden & Gun magazine. There will be special cocktails and tasting experiences featuring the Blade and Bow bourbon. From noon to 5 p.m. Free, RSVP required. Details.

Work for Your Beer’s 5th Anniversary Party at Divine Barrel Brewing: In honor of her fifth birthday, Work for your Beer, a female-owned beer and fitness blog, is hosting a party at Divine Barrel Brewing with freebies, craft beer, and light bites. In addition, the first 50 guests will receive a free beer. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. To free. Details.

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Photos of dog with Santa Claus at D9 Brewing Uptown: Bring your puppy to take a photo with Santa Claus and shop for gifts and treats your furry friend will enjoy! All proceeds from donations will go to Family Addition Rescue. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free, donations appreciated. Details.

Black-owned pop-up shop at Town Brewing Company: Support local black businesses and shop from a selection of 18 vendors in this black owned commercial pop-up. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. To free. Details.

Opening day of the mistletoe market at Camp North End: Camp North End is once again turning into a winter wonderland for the holiday season. Mistletoe Market will feature Market Street with over 25 local and regional vendors curated by Vintage Charlotte (VTGCLT), larger-than-life party decor throughout the 76-acre Studio Cultivate-designed property, igloos, and a chill out area at Camp North Pole, an outdoor beer garden, an indoor lounge with holiday movie screenings and more. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. To free. Details.

Repeal day at The Vintage: On this historic day, 88 years ago, Prohibition ended in the United States. To celebrate, The Vintage has a Repeal Day party with cocktails and period appetizers (think Vespers, Manhattans, and shrimp cocktails). Guests are encouraged to dress to impress, in the style of the 1920s / 30s. 8:30 p.m. $ 35 for members; $ 45 for non-members. Details.

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A very vanity Christmas drag brunch: Jingle bell rock with the queens of Vanity House for this Christmas-themed drag brunch. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. 11h. $ 15. Details.

Sunday porch at Atherton Mill: Shop from over 60 local businesses on the last Front Porch Sunday of 2021. 11am to 4pm. To free. Details.

Poptopia at Victoria Yards: Enjoy a pop-up shopping experience in the middle of Uptown in Poptopia. There will be a variety of small shops and vendors offering gifts and stockings like hot chocolate bombs, candles and more. The event will also include activities such as ornament making and family portraits. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. To free. Details.

Celebration of the repeal of the ban at the craftsman’s palace: The Artisan’s Palate and Whiskey Women Charlotte are teaming up to throw a roaring 1920s-inspired party to celebrate the ban being repealed. Tickets include chef-prepared appetizers with a Great Gatsby twist. Prohibition-era cocktails will also be available for purchase. Proceeds from the event will go to Lily Pad Haven, a non-profit organization that provides housing for survivors of human trafficking. 6 p.m. $ 35. Details.


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