Is there anything that says the Christmas season has arrived more than the lighting of a Christmas tree? In Charlotte you can usher in the holiday season at one or more of the numerous tree lighting events all around the Charlotte metro area. Here's where and when:
Thursday, December 1st:
Charlotte Uptown Lights On The Square tree lighting between 5:30 pm and 7:30pm pm on the Square at North Tryon and East Trade Streets, with the lighting of the tree at 6:30pm. And after the lighting at Founders Hall there'll be live performances, shopping, tastings, and more for you to enjoy.
Fort Mill, SC tree lighting at 7:00pm in Confederate Park at Main Street in downtown Fort Mill. Lots of holiday music to enjoy and a visit from Santa, as well. And don't forget about The Christmas parade on December 3rd, which begins at 11 am. This year’s parade theme is “Christmas Around the World,” which embraces the traditions and families around the world at Christmas.
Mint Hill, NC tree lighting at 7:00 pm at the Mint Hill Town Hall. In addition to the tree lighting, you can enjoy carolers, apple cider and cocoa, cookies, as well as a visit from Santa! Please bring a gender neutral toy to support the Mint Hill Police Department's Toy Drive.
Friday, December 2nd:
Waxhaw Festival of Lights: The Town of Waxhaw's Christmas festivities will officially begin at the Holiday Festival of Lights Ceremony from 6:00-9:00 pm. Downtown Waxhaw will be transformed into a winter wonderland and illuminated with over 500,000 lights. There will be a live Christmas Concert and a Santa visit with children. And don't forget about the 2016 Waxhaw Woman's Club Holiday Tour of Homes on December 2nd and December 3rd featuring eight exceptional homes specially decorated for the holidays.
Stallings, NC tree lighting between 4:30 pm and 8:30 pm in Stallings Park. You'll be able to enjoy Christmas carols, Santa, and holiday treats. And if you have little ones who'd like to meet Santa, come at 4:30 pm.
Huntersville, NC tree lighting between 6:00 pm and 7:15 pm in downtown Huntersville at the Hutnersville Town Center. Last year over 6,000 came to enjoy live music, hot chocolate, and all sorts of kid's activities.
Harrisburg, NC tree lighting between 6:00 and 8:30 pm in Veterans Park on Main Street (with the tree lighting at 7:00pm). Appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus, horse and carriage rides through the Town Center, live Nativity scene are just some of the activities you'll enjoy. Local school, church, and civic groups will provide live entertainment.
Saturday, December 3rd:
Pineville, NC tree lighting between 3:00 and 7:00 pm at the corner of Main Street and Church Street. In addition, Santa will arrive to light the tree at 5:30 pm, kids can enjoy a train ride, carols, cookies, crafts . And don't forget about the bonfire where you can toast S'mores!
Matthews, NC tree lighting between 3:00 and 6:00 pm at the Matthews Town Green. Known as the Hometown Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting, Matthews will be offering carriage rides, caricature artists, food vendors, children's crafts, and, of course, a visit from Santa!
Sunday, December 6th:
Indian Trail tree lighting and Christmas parade between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm at Crossing Paths Park. The parade begins at 3:00 pm. Festivities in the Crossing Paths Park begin at 4:00pm. Free photos with Santa. Local area schools and studios will be performing and you can also enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. Don't forget the ugly Christmas Tree Sweater Contest at 2:00 pm. The actual tree lighting will take place at dusk.
Saturday, December 12th:
Marvin, NC tree lighting between 4:30 and 6:30 pm at the Marvin Efird Park. There will be crafts and games for the kids, musical performances by local school choirs and instrumental groups and a visit from Santa!
Sunday, December 11th:
NODA Community tree lighting at 5:30 pm sponsored by Johnston YMCA, Queen City Church of Christ, and the NoDa community on the front lawn of the Johnston YMCA (3025 N. Davidson St.). You'll enjoy live music, carols, hot chocolate and cookies, Christmas crafts, face painting, and a special visitor from the North Pole.
So whether you live north, east, south or west of the Charlotte metro area, there's a tree lighting ceremony just waiting for you to attend and usher in the season in style.
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This information about Christmas tree lightings around the Charlotte metro area is brought to you courtesy of Nina Hollander and Carolinas Realty Partners with RE/MAX Executive, your Charlotte metro area real estate consultants.
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