It’s about that time to get into the holiday spirit — and Uptown Charlotte is just the place to do so.

Embrace the seasons cooler weather with ice skating, classic shows like the Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker, and support local while holiday shopping.

Here’s our guide to exploring Uptown this holiday season.

Holiday Events

The Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker will show at Belk Theater from Dec. 9 through Dec. 23. If this isn’t already a holiday tradition for your family, now’s the time to add it to your must do list. The classic story comes to life with a beautiful score and dancers in sparkling costumes. It’s not too late to get tickets.

Also, Light the Knight Festival returns to Truist Field as an expanded event. Visitors can ice skate on the outfield and even go snow tubing. Walk through the dazzling light show with hot chocolate and shop from vendors at Christmas Village. Light the Knights Festival is open most nights now through Jan. 6th.

New Year’s Eve Uptown

Usher in the new year at this free event Uptown. New Year’s Eve, Presented by Ally, in Charlotte will be action-packed with a live DJ, a performance by the band Mo’ Money and the annual lighting of the Queen City Crown. With its lively fireworks and dance-worthy atmosphere, this experience is sure to light up the Charlotte skyline at midnight.

The event begins at 8 p.m. on Tryon Street at Levine Avenue of the Arts.

Uptown Food and Shopping

The Market at 7th Street offers gourmet food and local finds this season. A great place to gather and shop multiple businesses at once, some of the places inside include CLT Find which offers all things Charlotte and supports more than 80 creatives.

Get the perfect gift for the wine-lover in your life at Assorted Table Wine & Shop which has one of the most comprehensive fine wine selections in the city.

Once you’ve gotten your fill of shopping, enjoy one of Charlotte’s best chicken sandwiches at Mad Dash, a Black-owned eatery.

The hub of emerging entrepreneurs at The Market at 7th Street, skillfully trained chefs, and artisans bring extra flavor to the Uptown scene in Charlotte. 

Be sure to check out Orrman’s Cheese Shop at The Market at 7th Street

Another great place to gather is Latta Arcade & Brevard Court, a walk-through mall that features food, retail, and a sky-view glass ceiling. The space is a living time capsule that’s filled with entertainment against the backdrop of its historic architecture. A few businesses inside include Dry Nail Bar, The Cotton Room, The Vintage Lounge Bar, and several restaurants, like family-owned Pudina, and Pie In The Sky Pizza.

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