Seven things to do in Charlotte Thanksgiving weekend

So you've given your thanks and eaten the delicious food, now what? 

Here's some ideas of what to do this Thanksgiving and the following weekend in the Queen City with family and friends.

1. Novant Thanksgiving Day Parade

Charlotte's very own Thanksgiving Day Parade will kick off Thursday morning on the streets of Uptown.

The parade has been a beloved tradition for nearly 70 years. It begins at 9:30 a.m. and will travel along Tryon Street from Stonewall to 9th Street.

The 2016 lineup includes 18 marching bands, floats, performances, dignitaries, celebrities, ballons and even some surprises. For all the info, click here.

2. A Christmas Village fit for a Queen

Charlotte's first-ever German Christmas Village will open on Thanksgiving Day following the Novant Parade.

The village will be located in Uptown's Romare Bearden Park and will be made up of tents. Products will be sold from throughout the world as well as a local selection.

Of course, the village will feature a beer/wine tent and lots of food. The village will last through Christmas Eve. For more information, click here.

3. Hoppy Holidays!

Need a drink after Black Friday shopping? NoDa Brewery is releasing their new 'Spruce IPA' Friday and having a party to celebrate it.

The event will be held throughout the day from noon to 10 p.m. at the brewery located at 2921 N. Tryon Street.

Visit their Facebook page for more information.

4. South End Small Business Saturday

In recent years, the Saturday after Black Friday has become dedicated to supporting local businesses. 

Historic South End is putting on their very own small business Saturday to encourage local shoppers to support Charlotte's small businesses.

According to the event's website, 200 plus local businesses will gather as well as a three one-day-one markets and 70 places to eat and drink.

Free trolley rides will be offered throughout the district on Saturday between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

For more info, click here.

5. Botanical Christmas lights

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden transforms into a Christmas wonderland with over 600,000 lights and illuminated displays.

The garden also offers horse-drawn carriage rides from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., s'mores, holiday music and more. Children can also have a seat on Santa's lap and let him know what's on their Christmas list. The garden is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with lights illuminating at 5 p.m. nightly.

Admission for the holiday even costs $14.95/adult, $13.95/60+, and free for children under 2. For more info, click here.

6. Walk off that turkey

Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation is hosting an event to burn off those extra Thanksgiving calories.

Come out and enjoy the nature preserve with a walk in the woods at Reedy Creek Park on Friday. The event will be at 10 a.m. and last an hour and it's free!

Those interested must register by calling 980-314-1119. The event is for those ages 8 and up.

7. Get amped up for the holidays

The Second Annual Tree Lighting at NASCAR Hall of Fame will take place on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The multi-colored 39' tree will be lit at 7:15 p.m.

The event will feature lots of activities and Santa as well as NASCAR Hall of Fame Mascot, Champ the Cheetah, will be there. Better plan ahead to get their quick, the first 2,500 attendees will receive a free elf hat! Click here for more information.

 

RELATED: 12 Days of Carolina Christmas

Have an event that should be added to the list? Tweet Andie @andiejudsonnews or email at ajudson@wcnc.com

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