Every year, we put together a list of festive spots in Uptown Charlotte that you can visit on foot.
This year, things are a little bit different, and a couple of the more interactive attractions aren’t taking place, including ice skating at NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza, and the Leonard Bearstein Symphony Orchestra.
But if this year has taught us anything, it’s that we need to appreciate what we do have.
So, with that in mind, here are some of the festive spots in Uptown Charlotte this holiday season.
Want to see it all in one night? Put on your comfortable shoes and try it yourself! And let us know what spots we missed, and, time permitting, we’ll add them.
This list has been updated for 2020.Subscribe to Charlotte on the Cheap
Some of the destinations are just for a quick look and others are places you’ll want to spend some time. Many of the attractions on this walk would be great day or night. Make sure to check the times for everything and to follow links for updates.
Need to park? Here’s a parking map from Center City Partners. You can park in several garages after 5 p.m. for just $6. (But don’t hold us to that.)
Also, on weekends through the end of the year, there is some free and discounted parking:
- Seventh Street Station, 225 E 6th Street: free
- Fifth Third Center, 109 W 6th Street: $1
- Truist Parking (formerly Hearst Building), 161 E 6th Street: $1
1. Bank of America Plaza
100 North Tryon Street
Stop by Trade and Tryon to see the massive Christmas tree, as well as Santa’s Mailbox, which is available Thursdays through Sunday, until December 19th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Once the child places their letter into the interactive mailbox, they will hear music and a special message from one of the Santa’s elves. Each child’s letter will be read and responded to from the North Pole.
A holiday attendant will host the mailbox during operational hours. Stationery, envelopes and pens will be available for letters to be written on site but please feel free to bring your own letter from home.
Another photo op could be the nutcrackers on the same block.
2. Truist Center
The Christmas tree inside Truist Center, on the College Street side, is pretty majestic. The entrance on College Street is just north of 5th Street, across from Mert’s Heart and Soul, where you should definitely order the macaroni and cheese.
3. Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon Street
The giant red ornament “half buried” in the ground is a popular photo op during the holiday season. It’s right in front of The Mint Museum Uptown, with a great skyline backdrop.
4. Ritz Carlton
201 East Trade Street
Visit any time
The model train set is not at Ritz Carlton this year, but the tree made from recycled bottles is. This picture is from a previous year.
5. NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East MLK Jr. Boulevard
We hope to get back to NASCAR Hall of Fame for a nighttime look at this tree, which is always one of our favorites! But it’s worth a daytime visit this year for families, because kids are admitted free through January 1st, 2021. Up to four kids age 12 and under can visit per paid admission. Use promo code CHEER if you purchase tickets online.
6. Carolina Panthers Christmas Tree
Outside Bank of America Stadium, at Mint and Graham Street.
7. Light the Knights and Charlotte Christmas Village
Truist Field, 324 S. Mint Street
Charlotte Christmas Village has moved to the concourse of Truist Field, and has been joined by Light the Knights, the Charlotte Knights stunning lights installation, which includes tons of Christmas trees, inflatables, and snow.
Shop for gifts, enjoy sweet treats, listen to music, but, most of all, take in the spectacular view. Santa and Homer will be there for photos.
Admission is $7 before 5 p.m., $10 after 5 p.m. Here’s all the info you need on Charlotte Christmas Village and Light the Knights.
Uptown Charlotte Holidays Map
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