CHARLOTTE,N.C. - The Charlotte area has many great Holiday Lights display. Some you drive through and some you walk, but each year a great effort is put forth to give you and your family a special holiday experience. Here’s my guide to some of the more popular ones.
This place has built a reputation that draws people from all over the south east. Located just about 20 minutes south of Charlotte, the entire town of McAdenville lights up for the holidays. It’s free and you are welcome daily. Weekdays starting at 5:30 through 9:30 pm and weekends 5:30 through 11:00 pm. Official lighting ceremony for 2012 will takes place on Friday, November, 30 at Legacy Park on Elm Street in downtown McAdenville, starting at 4:30 pm.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens
Celebrating their 8th year, Christmas has never been brighter with more than 600,000 lights, old fashioned trains, visits from Santa Claus, carriage rides, holiday carols, baked treats, and other holiday fun on the 12 acres of the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens! This is unique because you walk through the garden of lights. (Most of the other displays you have to drive through.)
Adults $12, Seniors 60+ $11, Children 4-12 $6. Members free on Tuesdays; half-price other nights.
Speedway Christmas at the Charlotte Motor Speedway
There are 3.5 miles of animated lights at the Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway. They say it’s the largest drive-through Christmas Park in the country, with more than 800 displays made up of more than 3 million holiday lights! Individual car pass prices start at $15.
Thursday through Sunday nights, visitors can add even more holiday excitement with a stop at the Speedway Christmas Village, which will feature a Bethlehem Village presented by New Life 91.9 with live actors and animals, a petting zoo, games and activities in Santa’s Workshop, as well as the chance to visit Santa Claus for a photo.
Movie nights will be held every Friday and Saturday. Movie nights are presented by Great Wolf Lodge. Movies scheduled to be played at 7 p.m. each night are as follows:
Nov. 30 and Dec. 1: "It's A Wonderful Life"
Dec. 7 and 8: "Elf"
Dec. 14 and 15: "A Christmas Story"
Dec. 21 and 22: "Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
Dec. 28 and 29: "Christmas Vacation"
Tickets to Speedway Christmas are $15 per car Monday-Wednesday, when the Christmas Village is closed, and $20 per car Thursday-Sunday, when the Village is open.
New for 2012, visitors can feel the chill on the outdoor Coca-Cola ice rink, made with real ice and open throughout the holiday season. Group discounts, private skates and theme nights will also be part of the fun.
Christmas Wonderland of Lights at Zootastic Park
The Christmas Wonderland of Lights features over 1 Million Lights over a 2 mile drive-through and ends with a light show set to music in our Western Town. They also have Santa Claus every evening, pony rides, petting zoos, concessions, roasting pits for marshmallows, and much more. It’s just $5 to get in.