Where to Find Holiday Lights, Parades in Charlotte Area
Looking to light up your holiday in Charlotte with entertainment that's also light on your wallet?
Check out these Charlotte-area holiday light displays — official and otherwise — that brighten the early part of winter for residents all around the region.
If you only see one display
The area's best known display is in McAdenville, North Carolina, which transforms itself into Christmas Town USA each year. Homes and businesses in the town, predominately Pharr Yarns, decorate a 1.3-mile route that is open to the public each evening through Dec. 26. Lights come on at 5:30 p.m. and are on until 9:30 p.m. on weekdays and until 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday nights.
Drivers can roll down their windows and enjoy holiday music while taking in the christmas lights. It's a slow go, so be ready to relax. The drive takes about 30 to 40 minutes on the weekend. When the weather is pleasant, some people choose to walk the route instead.
Charlotte residents go all out with Christmas lights
Several homeowners in Charlotte also create notable holiday light displays. Here are two you don't want to miss.
You might enjoy the 15,000 lights hung by brothers Bryant and Marshall Stallings at their childhood home at 215 N. Linwood Ave. in the Hoskins neighborhood off Brookshire Boulevard.
An animated light show with about 75,000 bulbs and popular as well as religious music awaits at 10820 Bay Hill Club Drive in south Charlotte, where the Allen Light Show is back for another year.
Want to create your own awesome display? Check out the highly rated holiday decorators in Charlotte.
Other holiday events
- The Billy Graham Library offers Christmas lights, strolling carolers, and horse-drawn carriage rides from 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays through Saturdays. It's closed Sundays.
- Holiday on Ice — This outdoor ice rink at NASCAR Plaza is sponsored by WBT in uptown, at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Brevard Street. Admission is $10, and you also can rent ice skates. Hours through Dec. 21: 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. The ice rink is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Hours from Dec. 22 to Jan. 4: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, except Jan. 4, when it closes at 7 p.m..
- Speedway Christmas — 3 million lights on display at Charlotte Motor Speedway, U.S. 29 at Bruton Smith Boulevard, Concord. Admission is $20 per car Thursday through Sunday, and $15 per car Monday through Wednesday. Hours: 6 to 10 p.m. daily through Dec. 30 (closed on Christmas). Christmas Village is open Thursdays through Sundays in the Speedway infield.
Holiday parades and tree lightings around Charlotte
- Tuesday, Dec. 2 — Parades: Belmont, 4 p.m. and Morganton, 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, Dec. 3 — Parades: Mount Holly, 4 p.m.; Norwood, 5:30 p.m.; York, S.C., 4:30 p.m.
- Thursday, Dec. 4 — Parades: Cramerton, 4 p.m. with tree-lighting ceremony, 5:15 p.m.; Oakboro, 7 p.m.; Wadesboro, 4 p.m. Tree-lighting: Fort Mill, 6 p.m., Main Street; Mint Hill, 7-8:30 p.m., 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane
- Friday, Dec. 5 — Parades: Bessemer City, 4:30 p.m.; Lenoir, 6:30 p.m., College Avenue; Rock Hill, 6:30 p.m., from Winthrop University to downtown
- Saturday, Dec. 6 — Parades: Denver, 2:30 p.m., Pilot Knob Road; Fort Mill, 11 a.m., downtown; North Mecklenburg, 1 p.m., on N.C. 115, from Davidson to Cornelius
- Sunday, Dec. 7 — Parades: Clover, 3 p.m., downtown.; Gastonia, 2-4 p.m., downtown; Indian Trail, 3 p.m., Indian Trail Road
- Monday, Dec. 8 — Parade: Albemarle, 5:30 p.m., Main Street
- Friday, Dec. 12 — Parade: Dallas, 4 p.m., Main Street
- Saturday, Dec. 13 — Parades: Cherryville, 10:30 a.m., Main, Mulberry and First streets; Kannapolis, 6 p.m., Main and First streets to West Avenue; Lowell, parade at 3 p.m. and downtown tree-lighting, 5 p.m.; Mount Pleasant, 11 a.m., downtown
- Sunday, Dec. 14 — Parades: Shelby, 3 p.m., North Lafayette Street; Statesville, 3 p.m., downtown; Waxhaw, 3 p.m., downtown
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