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Celebrate the magic of the holidays in Uptown Charlotte.

From one of the nation's largest (and oldest) Thanksgiving parades to Charlotte's official New Year's Eve fireworks bash, there's no better place to enjoy the holiday season than Uptown. Come for festive events, holiday bites and sips, and unique gifts for everyone on your list. Read on to find ways you can fill your season with cheer in Uptown Charlotte. 

Continue Traditions

Beginning with the 75th anniversary Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade on Wednesday, November 24, Uptown Charlotte comes alive with the sounds of laughter and cheer as families continue beloved traditions. Don't miss the Sugar Plum Fairy in Charlotte Ballet's rendition of Nutcracker, take in a holiday concert from the Charlotte Symphony, and ring in 2022 at CLT NYE presented by Ally. 

Sparkle & Shine

Twinkling lights and festive displays make the perfect backdrop for a dazzling night out in the Queen City. Find Uptown's giant tree at The Square at Trade and Tryon streets, feel the team spirit from a Panthers-themed display outside Bank of America Stadium, and Light the Knights with a Christmas village at Truist Field. If elegant décor is your thing, have a cocktail and take in the beautifully-decorated homes in historic Fourth Ward during the neighborhood's holiday Sip & Stroll December 2-4.

Support Local

Whether you're shopping for the perfect gift or searching for a place to host your holiday gathering, Uptown Charlotte is home to unique, local shops and some of Charlotte's best restaurants sure to fill your guests with holiday cheer. Explore gifts from local artisans and makers at Poptopia presented by Regions Bank, the first three Sundays in December at Victoria Yards on E. 7th Street. For a gift that will never go out of style, send your loved ones a QC Cash gift card, eligible at one of more than four dozen Uptown businesses. 

Toast the Season

Uptown is home to some of the city's swankiest spots for holiday parties and gathering. Raise a cocktail or a glass of bubbly to toast the season with friends and family, or plan the perfect getaway at Uptown Charlotte's newest hotels. Looking to celebrate with a little me time at the spa? Yeah, Uptown's got that covered, too.

Sparkle and Shine

Find the perfect selfie spot in these sparkly holiday lights.

Nov. 24 – Dec. 23

Light the Knights at Truist Field

Nov. 26 – Jan. 1

Light Show at Polk Park


Shop Local

Show some hometown pride and support small businesses.

Nov. 24 – Dec. 23

Charlotte Christmas Village at Truist Field

Dec. 4

Uptown Farmers Market

Dec. 5

Makers Market at D9 Brewing

Dec. 5, 12, and 19

Poptopia Holidays

Dec. 11

Uptown Farmers Market

Dec. 11 – 12

Charlotte Girl Tribe Holiday Pop-Up