December vacation activities to do, events in Charlotte, NC


Try a holiday cocktail inspired by classic Christmas movies at Spindle Bar.

Editor’s Note: CharlotteFive has limited coverage of in-person and indoor events to help prevent the community spread of COVID-19. Masks are now mandatory in Charlotte and many places for interior spaces or close frames.


Sip DeLorean fuel at Vaulted Oak Brewing. The first in the brewery’s No Roads series, this lager will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s disease research. Expect notes of pear, melon and lychee. $ 2.50 +. 3726 Monroe Road.

Visit the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit before it disappears. Recently extended through January 2, due to popular demand, the Camp North End exhibit will give visitors the chance to peek inside Vincent van Gogh’s mind through iconic paintings including ‘Eaters de Potatoes ”(“ The Potato Eaters ”). and “Starry Night”. $ 24.99 for children, $ 39.99 for adults. Masks are recommended. Ford Building, Camp North End, 300 Camp Road.

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Plan to see the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit until January 2. Michael Brosilow / Lighthouse Immersive


Buy local at the University Town Night Market. This family-friendly outdoor shopping event features a wide selection of retailers of crafts, arts, jewelry, clothing and more. There will also be live music and holiday drinks throughout the evening. 6 pm-9pm Free. Shoppes at University Place, 8929 JM Keynes Dr.

Look for the perfect gift in the Winter Wonderland Girl Tribe Co. Pop-Up. This two-day event at the Charlotte Convention Center will feature a collection of over 100 women-led businesses. Expect items from specialty shops, artists, and manufacturers across the space, including clothing, jewelry, and handmade goods. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. for VIPs, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. (Sunday 12 p.m.-4 p.m.) general admission. $ 5 and more. 501 S. College St.


If you are looking for a place to take a vacation photo with your pooch, Santa will be on hand in Skiptown on Saturday, December 11 from noon to 4 pm; Sunday December 12 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday December 18 and 19 from noon to 4 p.m. Images cost $ 15, and ornaments cost an additional $ 12. 222 rue Rempart

Visit the premier bb.q Chicken location in the Charlotte area. This well-known Korean food restaurant recently opened in the Arboretum featuring fried chicken, with over 10 sauce and seasoning options. As well as chicken, enjoy side dishes like fried dumplings and corn salad or K-Food menu items like Ddeok-Bokki rice and kimchi fried rice. 8206, chemin de la Providence.

Enjoy crispy Korean fried chicken and a variety of sauces and seasonings at bb.q Chicken in the Arboretum. Courtesy of bb.q Chicken


Change up your training with a new CoreCLIMBER course from CORE 704. Offered alongside existing CoreFORMER courses, CoreCLIMBER will be held in a new studio adjacent to the CORE 704 South End site. Each full 30-minute workout will take place on a custom resistance-based machine to increase heart rate, burn fat, and build muscle during a low-impact cardio workout. All levels of fitness are welcome. Walk-in classes at $ 15 are available from December 13 to 31. 2729 boul. South, office B.

Try a new CoreCLIMBER class from CORE 704 in South End. Courtesy of Core 704

Fill up on winter reading at Book Buyers before its current location closes. As a result of the Plaza Midwood redevelopment, this long-standing family-owned second-hand bookstore will be relocating to a space approximately 2 miles from its current location, which will remain open until Christmas. 1306 La Place.


Book your tickets for the Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular. This all-new production will feature acrobats, acrobats and holiday songs performed by the cast of Cirque Musica at Auditorium Ovens. Dec 14 7:30 p.m. $ 25 +. 2700 E. Boulevard de l’Indépendance.

Decorate cookies in the Barrel Room at Catawba Brewing Co. Led by Alyssa Barefield and HC Bell, this Sweet Spot Studio event will feature a video tutorial for different designs you can create for classic cookie shapes. All cookies are flavored with gingerbread and can be made gluten free. All participants aged 4 and over must be registered, but children under 3 can decorate with a parent. 4 pm-7pm $ 20. 933 avenue Louise # 105.

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Decorate gingerbread cookies with Sweet Spot Studio at Catawba Brewing Co. Courtesy of Sweet Spot Studio


Take a lunch break at Tipsy Taco. This Stonecrest Mall staple will now have lunch specials under $ 10 Monday through Friday. Options include the ultimate burrito with fries and salsa, your choice of tacos, chicken quesadillas and more. 11 am-2pm, Monday to Friday. 7708 Rea Road.

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Check out the $ 10 lunch specials at Tipsy Taco. Courtesy of Tipsy Taco

Celebrate the holidays, alcohol-free. Learn tips from Molly Ruggere, alcohol freedom coach and founder of the Counterculture Club, so you can make the most of the holiday celebrations without compromising. Ruggere recommends alternative drink options, such as Updog Kombucha and Ritual Zero-Proof Non-Alcoholic Spirits, as well as setting limits and having an exit strategy.


Try out the new holiday menu at Spindle Bar. Optimist Hall favorite will serve specialties such as ‘Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal’ (eggnog, bourbon, whole egg, cream, nutmeg) and ‘Santa I Know Him’ (vodka, pomegranate, ginger, sparkling wine) , among others. 1115 N. rue Brevard

Sip on an iconic North Carolina drink at your favorite local spots. Cheerwine, founded near Salisbury, North Carolina, is teaming up with the Charlotte chefs to celebrate the return of its Holiday Punch. Locally, you can find Anthony Denning’s Cheerwine specialties from Another !? Food Truck (Cheerwine blondie with Cheerwine buttercream), Chris Coleman from The Goodyear House (Cheerwine buche de Noel chocolate), Jossie Lukacik from Sweet Spot Studio (chocolate cherry bundt cake) and Sam Allen from Wentworth & Fenn (Cheerwine banana bread chocolate chips ). Several locations.

Mark your calendar

Spend New Years Eve at an evening performance by the Actor’s Theater of Charlotte of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, complete with drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a ball drop, and special host Delighted Tobehere. Proof of vaccination and photo ID required. 9 p.m. $ 71.71 + Hadley Theater, 2132 Radcliffe Ave.

Celebrate the New Year with a night of music featuring American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle. The ticket includes a post-concert evening at the Belk Theater with champagne, appetizers and desserts, dancing on stage and more. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test required. $ 66 + 7:30 to 11 p.m. December 31 130 N. Tryon St.

Kick off the New Year with a healthy outing to Charlotte’s New Years 5K and Fun Run. The popular event will return this year along the LYNX rail line to University City. After the race, there will be a celebration with brunch, craft beer, mimosas, hot cider and music. The run, presented by Atrium Health, raises awareness of the challenges of hunger in Charlotte and the proceeds will go to Hope Street Food Pantry. January 1, 2022. 10:30 a.m. $ -45. All registered participants will receive a day pass to drive the LYNX.

Gather your friends and family for the 5K and New Years Eve fun run in Charlotte. Jack Rothwell for Third Rock Events

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Jessica is a writer fueled by coffee, cookies, and long walks in the Magic Kingdom. She is often found exploring the food scene (mostly pasta) and traveling. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @jessicaswannie.

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