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Weekender: 30 things to do in Charlotte this weekend including a holiday light show and caroling

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FRIDAY, December 2 

58. Partly Cloudy. 10% chance of rain.

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

Happy Camper Scavenger Hunt at Multiple Locations: Participate in a community scavenger hunt for a chance to win monetary prizes to places like Happy Camper, Fahrenheit and Mac Tabby Cat Cafe. $5. Time varies. Details

Jagged Little Pill at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: Watch a Broadway musical based on Alanis Morissette’s world-changing music. Tickets start at $29. Time varies. Details

Holiday Jazz at the Bechtler: Kick off the holiday season with jazz notes from Al Strong, performing with the Ziad Jazz Quartet, as they share some of their classic holiday favorites. $20. 6pm and 8:15pm. Details

Charlotte Young Professional Group Gala at NASCAR Hall of Fame: Enjoy an open bar, live music from Sol Fusion and hors d’oeuvres as the evening benefits two Charlotte youth-focused organizations, Wayfinders & Apparo. $185. 8pm. Details

Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte Presents: Believe at St Martin’s Episcopal Church: Enjoy traditional carols and popular festive songs to ring in the holiday season. $25-$35. 7:30pm. Details

Cocktails & Oysters With Jimmy Pearls at The Cocktailery: Learn how to prepare oysters and three cocktails from Chef Daryl Cooper from Jimmy Pearls. $125. 6:30-8pm. Details

Miracle Bar at Backstage Lounge: Step into a speakeasy styled as a winter wonderland everyday from now until New Years. Free entry. 5pm. Details

Mint to Move: Día de las Velitas at Mint Museum Uptown: Celebrate 10 years of Mint to Move and Día de las Velitas, a Colombian holiday that marks the beginning of Christmas, with dancing, live musicians and DJ Carlos Lebron playing Latin rhythms and Afro-beats, plus free dance lessons. $10-$13. 7-11:30pm. Details

Deck the Hall at Optimist Hall: Kick off the holiday season with live carolers and festive treats. Free. 7-10pm. Details

Cozy Swap at Free Range Brewing: Round up cozy items like blankets, coats or scarves to be donated, and enjoy food from De Carne Somos Grill. Free. 6-9pm Details 

Light the Knights Festival at Truist Field: Enjoy ice skating, tubing, Santa visits, a light show, live entertainment and holiday cheer galore. $10-$99. 5pm-10pm. Details

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


SATURDAY, December 3 

67. Cloudy. 30% chance of rain.

Holiday Pop-Up Market at 5925 Carnegie Blvd.: Shop from over 50 local vendors and small businesses offering a selection of jewelry, apparel, handmade food items plus bath and body care. Free. 10am. Details

Grinchmas at Metropolitan: Experience Whoville with a movie showing, face painting, hot cocoa bar, custom cookies, popcorn and a meet and greet with The Grinch himself. $5. 3pm. Details

Sea of Lights at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord: Dive into the holidays with an interactive aquarium experience with thousands of holiday lights and 35+ decorated Christmas trees to view as you visit the sea animals. $17.99. Times vary. Details

Shop Small Saturdays at Atherton Mill: Shop from over 40 vendors and the South End Farmers Market. Free. 8am-1pm. Details

Shop Small Saturdays at Camden Road: Search for the perfect holiday gift at the Camden Festival located along East/West Station to Park Avenue, with more than 80 local vendors. Free. 10am-5pm. Details

Shop Small Saturdays at Winnifred Street: Head to the street festival at The Winnifred to shop from more than 40 local vendors. Free. 10am-5pm. Details

ACC Championship Party at The Music Yard: Tailgate with friends and family as UNC takes on Clemson for the ACC Championship. $0-$5. 2pm. Details

Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl Charlotte at Tattoos & Booz Lounge: Ring in the holidays with hundreds of local partiers. Enjoy free cover at several bars in Charlotte; and other locations will offer themed drink and food specials. $15. 2-9pm. Details

USA World Cup Watch Party at Hickory Tavern: Cheer on USA  soccer team take on the Netherlands team while enjoy items off a limited brunch menu. Prices vary. 9:30am. Details


SUNDAY, December 4 

59. Cloudy. 20% chance of rain.

Holidays at NASCAR Hall of Fame: Take the family to enjoy festive fun including pictures in front of a large Christmas tree and thousands of LED lights. You can also browse for gifts for the NASCAR fans on your list in the Gear Shop. Prices vary. 10am-5pm. Details

Holiday Market at Dupp & Swat: Shop from holiday items filled with local flavor during the entire month of December. Free. 12-3pm. Details

Christmas at the Mansion: Celebrate Christmas by sipping on hot chocolate as you stroll through the gardens listening to sounds of local carolers. Enjoy festive face painting plus a visit from Santa and the elves. $20. 4-6pm. Details

Yoga on the Rooftop at The Harvey B Gantt center: Enjoy a one-hour workout and mindfulness practice before taking a self-guided tour through one of the galleries. 12:30-1:30pm. $10. Details

Dinner with HOV at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Vibe to an immersive Jay-Z inspired dinner event featuring a 12-course tasting menu paired with curated craft cocktails and mocktails. $150. 3:30pm. Details

Drag Divas Holiday Day Party at Merchant and Trade: Enjoy musical stylings from drag queens and a DJ while taking in rooftop views. A portion of ticket proceeds go toward the Trevor Project. $15. 4pm. Details

Ignite at Hi-Wire Brewing South End: Grab your mat and a few friends to enjoy a yoga class for all levels to wind down the weekend with a little zen. Free. 11am-12pm. Details

Gingerbread Lane at The Ballantyne: View gingerbread creations from novice to professional bakers before voting on your favorite entry with a donation that will benefit Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital. Minimum of $1 donation. 11am-7pm. Details


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