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Christmas 2012 - Festivals, Parades, Tree Lightings, and More

This year's Christmas events and family holiday activities in Charlotte

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Christmas 2012 - Festivals, Parades, Tree Lightings, and More

Holiday on Ice returns for 2012

Wondering when your the Christmas tree in Uptown will be lit? Or when the Charlotte Christmas parade is? We've got all the information on all the holiday happening around Charlotte.

Want to see the best Christmas light displays around Charlotte? Here's where you'll need to go.

Check out our list of Christmas plays and concerts, ranging from Blumenthal theater to local churches.

December doesn't just mean Christmas. Here's the complete December 2012 calendar, with music, sports, arts and more.

Area Christmas Parades
Lincolnton - Sunday, Nov. 25
Mount Holly - Wednesday, Nov. 28
Rock Hill, S.C. - Friday, Nov. 30
Fort Mill - Saturday, Dec. 1
Kings Mountain - Saturday, Dec. 1
Gastonia - Sunday, Dec. 2
Indian Trail - Sunday, Dec. 2 Cramerton - Thursday, Dec. 6
Bessemer City - Friday, Dec. 7

Events that Run Throughout the Season

WBT Holiday on Ice 2012
Nov. 21 to Jan. 6
NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza

Holiday on Ice has become a favorite of many local families, and it's back again for 2012. Each year, an outdoor ice skating rink springs up in Uptown. The rink has been on The Green in Uptown in previous years, but now, it's at the corner of MLK Blvd and Brevard on The NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Regular Hours are Wednesday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Special and extended hours exist during holidays and school breaks. Admission to the rink is $9, admission with skate rental is $12. There's also a "Date Night" package this year, which include admission and skate rental for two, hot chocolate, keepsake photo for two people and a special gift from Allison Love's Fine Jewelers for $26. There's even the "Ultimate Date Night" package, which include everything listed in the regular package, plus a flower, chocolates, s'mores package for the campfire, and a carriage ride for $30. The ultimate package is valid on Dec. 15 only.

Christmas at the Billy Graham Library
Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28217
704-401-3200
Monday to Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.

At the Billy Graham Library, visitors can see a live Nativity that offers a glimpse into the awe of that first Christmas night, complete with live animals. You can also enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides through one of Charlotte's most beautiful light displays and hear heartwarming sounds of caroling and festive music. There will be Christmas story time for kids of all ages (5 to 9:30 p.m.) and a chance to pet live animals! (noon to 2 p.m.) Carriage rides are $3 for children 12 and under, $7 for adults.

The Polar Express
Nov. 20 to Dec. 29, 2012
226 Everett Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
1-800-872-4681

Over 30,000 passengers rode The Polar Express with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in 2010 and we hope to see you this year! The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children's faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the "North Pole" to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board The Polar Express, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot.

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