Top 7 Holiday Events Throughout Lake Norman And Charlotte

Nicole Leininger December 5, 2022

The holidays are the best time of year to get together with family and friends, and Lake Norman and Charlotte are the perfect places to make those special memories. Singing under the Christmas tree, sipping warm drinks in front of a cozy fire, and watching the twinkling lights —these are just some of the ways to enjoy this season indoors.

But what if you want to bask in the magic of the season outdoors? Luckily, there are many festive Charlotte and Lake Norman events this weekend to enjoy. From festive parades to breathtaking concerts, these areas offer something for everyone during the holidays. 

Top 7 Holiday Events Throughout Lake Norman & Charlotte

Similar to the many fun summer activities in Lake Norman, there is no shortage of holiday cheer this time of year! Here are our top seven favorite Charlotte and Lake Norman holiday events you won’t want to miss.

1. Davidson Community Players Presents: ‘Winter Wonderettes’ by Roger Bean

Experience the nostalgia and joy of the holidays during this musical extravaganza at the Armour Street Theatre with the ‘Winter Wonderettes by Roger Bean. This four-part harmony show features some of the most beloved holiday songs from the ’50s and ’60s, including “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Run, Rudolph, Run,” and “Winter Wonderland,” and will have the whole family singing along to all the classic hits.

Running December 1-18, 2022, and recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, be sure to book your tickets early as seating is limited.

Bask in the energetic harmonious vibes and warm up your holiday spirit with a night out at the theater!

2. Lake Norman Christmas Boat Parade

Grab your family and friends and join the festive boat parade along Lake Norman. Decorated boats will cruise along the waters, while spectators line up on shore to watch this unique holiday light show. As is tradition, the boats will be lit up with dazzling decorations, and their captains dressed to impress in their best Christmas apparel.

On Saturday, December 17th, 2022, the 4th Annual Lake Norman Lighted Christmas Boat Parade will begin at Blythe Landing at 5:30 pm and can be viewed from many locations along the shore. It will end at Duke Energy Explorium at about 7 pm where there will be food, music and fun activities for the entire family.

The icing on the cake? Unwrapped gifts and toys will be collected by the non-profit organization, Little Smiles and donated to the kids at Levine Children’s Hospital.

So don’t forget to grab a small gift on your way to the parade!

3. North Mecklenburg Community Chorus Presents Holiday Classics

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and enjoy some seasonal music with the North Mecklenburg Community Chorus. This Lake Norman event will feature traditional holiday favorites such as “ Jingle Bells,” “Home for the Holidays,” and “Silver Bells.”

The North Mecklenburg Community Chorus Presents Holiday Classics will take place at Huntersville United Methodist Church on December 2, 2022, at 7:00 PM

The melodic voices and joyous tunes of the chorus will fill the air, making this a perfect event to take family and friends.

4. Polar Express at Pinspiration Lake Norman

All aboard! Climb aboard the Polar Express and take a magical ride to the North Pole. The little ones will love this train ride experience complete with Christmas carols, hot chocolate reindeer food-making, and a self-portrait snow globe.

Kids can dress in their PJs and enjoy the magic of Christmas, as they sip hot cocoa and snack on treats.

There’s also fun for the adults as well! Parents can enjoy good conversation, mimosas, and small bites at the Grown-Up Area.

The Polar Express train will be departing from Pinspiration Lake Norman on December 20, 2022, running from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Make sure to book your tickets in advance to enjoy this unique holiday experience!

5. Christmas Eve at Freedom House – Lake Norman Campus

Celebrate Christmas with freedom and grace. On Christmas Eve, December 24th., 2022 at noon, Freedom House Church in Lake Norman is hosting a special Christmas Eve at Freedom House Service.

Come and join us for an evening full of music, worship, and candle lighting. Plus, you and your whole family can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, family photography, animals, and hot cocoa.

Make sure to be there on time to enjoy this special evening, and don’t forget to grab a seat.

6. Light the Knights Festival 2022

From live entertainment to gift and craft vendors to food trucks, the Light the Knights Festival is a great way to kick off your holiday season.

Running from November 23rd to January 8th, the Light the Knights Festival will be filled with fun activities for the entire family.

Gather around to watch performances from local bands, skate on the skating rink, learn how to play ice hockey, and explore dozens of artisan booths featuring handmade crafts from local vendors. Plus, your kids can fully experience the Christmas magic with Santa appearances, Decked Out Carolers, and more.

7. Winterfest

Celebrate the winter season in your holiday best and join us for Charlotte’s Winterfest, hosted at the Carowinds.

You and your entire family can find dozens of attractions, with a fan favorite being the St. Nick’s Pics- a unique holiday photo opportunity with Santa.

Frolic through the snow and twinkling lights through Hometown Square, relish in mouthwatering s’mores at the S’more’s Corner, and create festive arts and crafts at Sally Christmas Crafts. 

Get your unlimited season pass now, and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of the holiday season.

Charlotte & Lake Norman Neighborhood Guide

Celebrate the holiday season with these seven events throughout Lake Norman and Charlotte. From the Davidson Community Players Presents: ‘Winter Wonderettes’ by Roger Bean, to the Light the Knights Festival, these Charlotte and Lake Norman events are full of festive cheer. 

So, don’t miss out on any of these unique experiences! Bundle up in your favorite winter coat, grab a cup of hot cocoa and explore all the fun and entertaining events this weekend.

Happy holidays!

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