Family-friendly events around the QC for the Thanksgiving weekend

Family-friendly events around the QC for the Thanksgiving weekend

The Thanksgiving holiday period is upon us! While many will hit the road to visit relatives, some may be sticking around the Queen City for the long holiday weekend and are perhaps looking to entertain visiting family members.

If you’re looking for something to do, there are a number of family-friendly events taking place over the Thanksgiving holiday.


Wednesday, Nov. 24

Novant Health Thanksgiving Eve Parade

This year’s Thanksgiving Parade will light up the night sky before the big day! See it in person on Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte or watch with your family on WBTV from 6 to 8 p.m.


Thursday, Nov. 25

Charlotte Turkey Trot

It’s listed as one of the 30 best Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trots in America.

Now in its 33rd year, it will start and finish at SouthPark Mall!

For more information, check out the race website.

Turkey Dash Charlotte

This 4-mile timed run/walk and 1-mile fun run/walk on Thanksgiving morning is at the Village at Robinson Farm. There are also several family activities, including a bounce house and “Family Village.”

It all starts at 10 am at 8410 Rea Rd, Charlotte, NC US 28277.


Speedway Christmas

This drive-thru light show features four million lights synchronized to Christmas-themed music on a four-mile course with hundreds of creative display. The show is open 6 to 10 p.m. rain or shine and also features synchronized lights to music on 101.3 FM.

It takes place Nov. 19, 2021, through Jan. 2, 2022 (except December 7th, 8th, and 24th). The cost $30 or $40 per car, depending on the date

Charlotte Motor Speedway is located at 5555 Concord Parkway South in Concord.

Kannapolis’ Celebration of Lights and Winterland Express

The event runs Nov. 20 through Dec. 30, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

There are more lights than 250,000 lights. Admission to the park and viewing the lights is free.

Hours are:

· Sunday through Thursday: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

· Friday and Saturday: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Rides on the Winterland Express will be available for a small charge TBA. Carousel rides cost $2.

Holidays at the Garden– Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

This light show at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, located at 6500 S. New Hope Road in Belmont, is imaginative and elaborate. The event offers food trucks, a marshmallow roasting, and a stroll through blossoming cherry trees.

It runs Nov. 26, 2021, through Jan. 3, 2022, on Wednesday to Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. The cost is $14.95 for adults, $12.95 for senior 60 and up, $7.95 for children 2 to 12, and free for children under 2.


Light the Knights and Charlotte Christmas Village

While the schedule is subject to change, any time Light the Knights is open, Charlotte Christmas Village is also open. The event runs Nov. 24 through Dec. 23, 2021.

· Wednesday, November 24th: Village and Light the Knights from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

· Thursday, November 25th: Closed

· Friday, November 26th: Village and Light the Knights from 12 to 10 pm

· Saturday, November 27th: Village and Light the Knights from 12 to 10 pm

· Sunday, November 28th: Village and Light the Knights from 12 to 8 pm

Home Alone in Concert

If you love the holiday favorite, you will love hearing the Charlotte Symphony perform John Williams’ beloved score live while the film is projected on a big screen.

Check it out Friday, Nov. 26, through Saturday, Nov. 27 at the Belk Theater.


Free pictures with Santa at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Nov 7 to Dec 24

*Reservations are required

You’ll need to make a reservation for your child’s free photo appointment with Santa. Reservations might go quickly.


Carowinds’ Winterfest

Full operation begins Nov. 19, and the nightly Wonderland Parade starts Nov. 22.

· Nov. 26 to Nov. 28, 2021

· Dec. 3 to Dec. 5, 2021

· Dec. 10 to Dec. 12, 2021

· Dec. 15 to Dec. 23, 2021

· Dec. 26, 2021, to Jan. 2, 2022

Polar Express at North Carolina Transportation Museum

The magic returns during the weekends through November and December at the North Carolina Transportation Museum. That includes Thanksgiving weekend!

Tickets are $38 for adults and $32 for kids

  • November 26-28 (weekends in December, as well!)

Chanukah Wonderland 2021

Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021Friday, Nov. 26, 2021Sunday, Nov. 28, 202110 a.m. to 1 p.m. each dayStonecrest Shopping Center, next to the fountain plazaReservations are required. Prices are $10 for children age 2 and up. Admission is free for children under age 2 and adults.


Chanukah Concert and Celebration with 8th Day

It starts Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, at 5 p.m. at Symphony Park, located at 4400 Sharon Road, CharlotteTickets are $18 per person or $54 per family. Children ages 5 and under are admitted for free.

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