Well, I for one am happy that we made it through the end of the Mayan Calendar!
While today is officially the first day of winter, sadly, the chances of us having a white Christmas are slim and none (but if you follow Weather Brad, 2 days after Christmas could be a different story!) but that’s no reason to not get in the holiday spirit! We’re down to the last few days before the big holiday and if you’re like most, you’ll have family rolling in this weekend. Why not take a little break from all the hustle and bustle and spend some time together taking in the sights? With all the amazing neighborhoods in our city, you can spend some time looking at those lights or if you feel like “going big” here are some for the more grandiose displays the Queen City has to offer:
Holiday Lights at The Garden
Featuring the theme, “A Vintage Christmas,” Holiday Lights will showcase about a half million lights, a breathtaking Christmas tree created with hundreds of orchids, carriage rides, live entertainment, and even a visit from Santa in a room designed to capture the essence of Christmas Morning.
Visitors will create enduring memories as they experience lighting designs — featuring energy efficient LED lights — that combine contemporary and traditional displays with accents on nature. Brilliant white lights will sparkle in the White Garden, while the Canal Garden will feature a wide variety of colorful Christmas splendor. Visitors can warm up in The Orchid Conservatory, where the weather is always perfect and exotic tropical plants from poinsettias to orchids are always in bloom. Southern Breezes will provide carriage rides through a portion of the display Thursday through Sunday for an additional fee.
For more information, click here (http://www.dsbg.org/).
Christmas Town USA – McAdenville Lights
In its 56th year, this attraction glows nightly! Each December, hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights turn this small mill town into a spectacular holiday display. Visitors stroll down Main Street surrounded by the sights and sounds of Christmas. The Christmas Spirit fills the air and flows into hundreds of passing cars as they wind through the streets of this beautiful little village. This year celebrate Christmas with the folks of McAdenville, dubbed “Christmas Town USA” by
famed CBS TV announcer Charles Kuralt, who reported live from the event.
Here’s a tip: The best time to view the Christmas Lights is Monday through Thursday. You also can enjoy the lights Friday through Sunday, but traffic is heavier on these days, and waits of 30 to 45 minutes or longer are not unusual. For information, click here (http://www.mcadenville-christmastown.com/).
Carolina Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Holiday lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the newest of the Christmas displays in Charlotte NC. Home to NASCAR racing, the Charlotte Motor Speedway boasts that it has the largest animated LED display in the world. You can take a 2.5 mile ride through the Speedway grounds and see over a million lights. Other attractions at Carolina Christmas include Lowe’s Patriotic Alley, a tribute to the armed forces, a synthetic ice skating rink, a live nativity scene with choirs and storytelling, carriage rides, carnival rides and marshmallow roasting at the Johnson Concrete Marshmallow Pits.
Carolina Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway is open nightly from 6pm to 10pm through January 2.
No matter what you do, I hope that you enjoy the time you’ll spend with your family. I know that I will!