Weekender: 40 Things to Do in Charlotte This Thanksgiving Weekend

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November 23, 2022

Presented by Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway with Atrium Health, now through January 8th. Experience four million lights along a 3.75 kilometer path synchronized to

Christmas themed music, plus a Christmas village. Buy tickets.

Birkdale on Ice at Birkdale Village: Outdoor ice skating is the perfect excuse to get out of the house, and the whole family can join in. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. $14 children, $18 adults (including skates). Details

Christmas Speedway at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Get into the holiday spirit as you drive through Christmas lights through the Speedway’s four-mile course. Prices vary. 6-10 pm. Details

Eat, Gay, Love 2022: Thanks to the Community at Billy Sunday: Queen City Nerve hosts its fourth annual Thanksgiving for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Lunch is free, but you need to register here. 2-5 pm.

Ice Skating at the US White Water Center: Grab the ice skater and a few friends to skate on one of the two ice rinks or two free skate areas before taking a break to enjoy hot and cold drinks. Prices vary. 5-10 hours. Details

Opening day of the Charlotte Christmas Village at Truist Field: Get your fill of Glühwein (finally) and shop the annual German-inspired market. The village is part of Light the Nights. $10 admission. noon-10 p.m. Details

Light the Knights Festival at Truist Field: Expect ice skating, tubing, visits from Santa, a light show, live entertainment and holiday cheer. $10 – $99. noon-10 p.m. Details

“The Polar Express” Train Ride at the N.C. Transportation Museum: Create holiday magic with the kids (and maybe wear matching pajamas) with a ride on “The Polar Express.” $34 – $90. Dates and times vary. Details

World Cup Party at the Ford Building: Support your favorite teams on Friday and Saturday with food and drinks. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Details

Charlotte Hornets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves at Spectrum Center: Cheer on the Hornets as they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. Tickets start at $22. 5 p.m. Details

Doo-Wop “The Tour” Day Party at Oak Room: Bring your friends and family to enjoy a day party hosted by Sunshine Anderson while enjoying drinks and dancing to R&B hits. $0 – $30. 5-10 hours. Details

Charlotte Symphony at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: Hear a musical performance of the holiday classic “The Polar Express.” Prices vary. 6pm Details

Impromptu at the VAPA Center – Charlotte Comedy Theatre: Laugh the night away with comedic antics from The Betty Riots. $12.60. 8 o’clock in the evening. Details

Maker’s Market CLT at Blue Blaze Brewing: Sip a beer while doing some holiday shopping with a pop-up market. Free. noon-6 p.m. Details

Diva Royale Drag Queen Show at The Scorpio: Sing along with celebrity impersonators while enjoying a meal. $20 and up. 7 o’clock in the evening. Details

DIY Terrarium Building at Planthouse: Get hands on creating a terrarium through a guided class. $25. Times vary. Details

Black Friday Survival at Primal Brewery: Head to Primal if you’d rather consume mimosas than discounted produce. They will also have food trucks, live music and photo ops. Free to enter. All day. Details

World Cup Watch Party at Camp North End: Watch the two-day doubleheader and enjoy food and drinks. Admission is free. Details

VTGCLT Pop at 1100 Metropolitan Ave #160: Get holiday shopping from over 90 vintage and homemade brands. Free entry. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Details

Holiday in the Garden at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: Expect holiday decor, lights, outdoor bonfires and s’mores. $0 – $20.Various. Details.

OMB’s Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) at OMB: The annual German-style market is back with festive foods, fire pits, more than 40 vendors, seasonal favorites Yule Bock and Dunkel and festive lights. Details

Kannapolis Christmas at Village Park: Check out the light displays, get free photos with Santa and get into the holiday spirit. There will be a holiday market on Thanksgiving weekend, in addition to the usual festivities. Free entry. Various Details

WinterFest at Carowinds: Bring the whole family together to make holiday memories through an immersive holiday attraction. $32.99+. Various Details

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Small Biz Saturday NoDaHood Market at Divine Barel Brewing: Shop from 70 local small businesses and enjoy food trucks, live music and DJs all day. Free. 1-6 pm. Details

Shop Small Saturdays in South End: Shop the open-air shopping markets alongside unique retail at Atherton Mill, off Camden Road, and at The Shops at The Winnifred in December as part of the tradition of the neighborhood. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Details

Harry Potter-inspired cocktail class at The Cocktailery: Enjoy an immersive Hogwarts-themed cocktail class that includes three cocktails. $95. 2:30-4pm. Details

Snap a Pic with Santa at LilBelle: Snag a picture with Santa during the Shop Small Saturday’s Event. Free. 12-3 pm. Details

Pre-Fixed Thanksgiving Dinner Menu at Leah & Louise: Celebrate Thanksgiving during the week with a full course dinner. $65. 4:30-9:30 p.m. Details

Small Business Saturday at Camp North End: Start your holiday shopping as you shop from 16 small businesses. Items vary. All day. Details

Euforia Latin Night At QC Social Lounge: Vibe to Latin music by Dj Morenine and Dj Wiz all night long. Free – $5. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Details

Grinch Giving Fundraiser at Primal Brewery: Take pictures with the Grinch and support your community at the same time. The profit will be used to feed local low-income elderly people a Christmas meal. 2-6 pm. Details

North Carolina Christmas Extravaganza Holiday Market at Cabarrus Arena: Shop small businesses this holiday season. Free admission, $7 parking. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Details

Holy Saturday at Blacklion (10635 Park Rd.): Bring your camera and get free photos with Old Saint Nick himself. Free entry. 1-4 pm. Details

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Brewers at 4001 Yancey: Assist in lighting the tree and sip some holiday beers. The tree lighting is at 7pm (Santa will do the honors, of course). Free entry. Details

11th Annual Light Up Cornelius at Lawn of Cornelius Town Hall (21445 Catawba Ave.): Expect live music and an appearance from Santa to celebrate the annual tree lighting. Free entry. 4-7 pm. Details

63. Scattered rains. 30% chance of rain.

FC at Victoria Yards: Play street football with all ages welcome. Free. 2-4pm Details

Goat Yoga at Hi-Wire Brewing: Relax through a one-hour guided class with goats. $27. 10-11 a.m. Details

Museum Store Sunday at Mint Museum: Shop unique finds for holiday gifts with 30% off items. Prices vary. 1-5 p.m. Details

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“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” at Discovery Place Science: Watch the early sequel to “Black Panther” showing at the Accenture IMAX Dome Theater. This may interest you : The documentary Moment Of Contact investigates a UFO in Brazil. $14 to $19.95. Multiple samples. Details

Carolina Panthers vs. Denver Broncos at Bank of America Stadium: Cheer on the Panthers as they play the Denver Broncos. Tickets start at $60. 1 p.m. Details

64th Annual Lincolnton Christmas Parade & Downtown Lincolnton Tree Lighting: This annual event makes you feel like you’re in a Hallmark (IYKYK) small-town holiday movie. Free entry. The parade starts at 4pm. Details

What is a livable salary in Charlotte NC?

Check out more upcoming events on our Event Board. Hosting an event? Reach more Charlotteans through an Event Listing, which includes placement on our Event Board and in our weekly newsletter. Got a scoop on a cool event? Email [email protected]According to PayScale, the cost of living in Charlotte is about 5% lower than the national average. This is mainly due to the reasonable prices of housing, utilities and food in the city.Is Charlotte a cheap city? Charlotte housing costs are 18% lower than the national average and utility prices are 6% lower than the national average. Transportation costs such as bus fares and gas prices are 6% lower than the national average. Charlotte has grocery prices that are 1% lower than the national average.
Is Charlotte still affordable? Median housing prices in the Charlotte market increased from $273,500 in January 2020 to $420,000 in September 2022. The affordability of middle income housing has become a significant challenge for the region. Rising interest rates and home prices have quickly made housing unaffordable in the Charlotte region.Family SizeLiving Wage (for now)
Annual salaryIndividual$12.58
$26,1661 Adult 1 child$24.69
$51,3551 Adult 2 children$28.66

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