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Holidays at the Garden 2015

BELMONT • NOVEMBER 20-JANUARY 3 (EXCLUDES NOVEMBER 26 AND DECEMBER 25)
Even during the winter, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden dazzles with its twinkling botanical light displays. During your visit, enjoy visits with Santa, carriage rides, holiday crafts, and live music.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Adults $14.95. Children 12 and younger, $8.95. (704) 829-1252. dsbg.org.  

WBT Holiday on Ice  

CHARLOTTE • NOVEMBER 20-JANUARY 3
Lace up your skates and make your way onto one of the largest outdoor ice-skating rinks in North Carolina. As you twirl and spin — and perhaps fall — enjoy the regal, sparkling Queen City skyline.

NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Admission $10. Skate rental $3. (704) 390-3766. wbt.com.  

Speedway Christmas

CONCORD • NOVEMBER 21-DECEMBER 30 (EXCLUDES DECEMBER 25)
You’ll want to take a lap around the Charlotte Motor Speedway at a more leisurely pace than your favorite NASCAR drivers. Take in more than 3 million lights that line the track, and visit the Christmas Village, which includes a petting zoo and s’mores roasting.

6-10 p.m. Cars, $25-$30, depending on the day. (800) 455-3267 charlottemotorspeedway.com.

One Hundred Years of Christmas

HUNTERSVILLE • NOVEMBER 27-28
Take a step back in time as historic interpreters paint a picture of what Christmas was like from the Federalist through Victorian eras. Enjoy live music, tours, demonstrations, and visits with farm animals.

10 a.m.-4p.m. Historic Latta Plantation. Adults $8. Children 5 and younger free. (704) 875-2312. lattaplantation.org.

Christmas at The Library

CHARLOTTE • DECEMBER 1-23
Enjoy an evening with the family at The Billy Graham Library, which plays host each evening to Christmas carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday stories, and a live nativity featuring donkeys, lambs, and a camel.

5 p.m. The Billy Graham Library. Free admission. (704) 401-3200. billygrahamlibrary.org.

Christmas Town USA

MCADENVILLE • DECEMBER 1-26
Christmas Town USA is only a 20-minute drive from uptown Charlotte, and 2015 marks its 60th year of delivering seasonal cheer to the hundreds of thousands of people who visit each year. As you drive past decked out and sparkling houses, keep your windows rolled down — you’re guaranteed to hear more than a few hearty holiday greetings from passersby.

Monday-Friday, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 5:30-11 p.m. Free admission. mcadenville-christmastown.com.

Scrooge The Musical

MATTHEWS • DECEMBER 4-6, 11-13, 18-20
Featuring several lively musical numbers, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is reinterpreted in a fun, new way in Scrooge The Musical. Journey along with Ebenezer Scrooge as he explores Christmas past, present, and future.

Fullwood Theater. Adults $15. Children 10 and younger $10. (704) 846-8343. matthewsplayhouse.com

Gingerbread Lane

CHARLOTTE • DECEMBER 10-27
Marvel at extensive displays of gingerbread houses, made by professionals, amateurs, and children. Vote for your favorite entries with a monetary donation that will benefit the Levine Children’s Hospital.

The Ballantyne Hotel. Free admission. (704) 248-4000. theballantynehotel.com.

The 61st Annual Singing Christmas Tree

CHARLOTTE • DECEMBER 12 &13
This tree isn’t like the Fraser fir in your living room. A 32-foot behemoth, the Singing Christmas Tree features the members of the MainStage Choir performing a variety of classic holiday songs.

Saturday 7:30 p.m. Sunday 3 p.m. Knight Theater. Tickets $14-38. (704) 372-1000. carolinavoices.org.

Old Stone House Christmas

SALISBURY • JANUARY 2 & 3
As part of German tradition, grab a holly sprig and toss it into the the fire as you bid farewell to one year and look forward to another. Learn about Christmas customs that date back before the Revolutionary War. There will be musket-firing, woodworking, and candle-making traditions.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Old Stone House. Adults $5. Students $3. (704) 633-5946. rowanmuseum.org.


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