Ultimate Event Guide
Sure, Christmas gets a lot of attention in both religious and non-religious circles as one of the biggest holidays celebrated in December, but the entire month is full of significance for people around the world who represent a wide range of beliefs.
As the greater Charlotte area, and especially suburbs like Fort Mill, continues to grow, our local and regional holiday event calendar has started to reflect this diversity of beliefs more and more. Whether you’re interested in communing with nature as Winter officially begins, you want to do some holiday shopping for family and friends, or you just want to drink a cup of hot chocolate with Santa, there’s sure to be something - or many things! - on this list for you and your family to enjoy this month!
Fort Mill Events:
Weekends and select dates starting November 18 - $39; included with 2018 Season Pass
Carowinds comes alive with holiday spirit during WinterFest. Friends and families are treated to an ultimate holiday celebration as we magically transform our park into a winter wonderland - full of enchantment, cheer and classic family fun. WinterFest is packed with all the sights, sounds, food and experiences of the holiday season. The state line shines bright with over 5 million shimmering lights, a 70-foot tree and lavish displays. Live shows and strolling performers delight guests and spread Christmas cheer for all to hear. Festive fun and hands-on holiday activities are located throughout the park, and sweet aromas from special holiday dishes and desserts fill the midways. Plus, up to 24 of your favorite rides will be open to complete your night of memory making. Buy advance tickets online for discounts!
December 1, 11 a.m. - FREE
Join us on Saturday, December 1st at 11 am on Tom Hall Street for the Annual Fort Mill Christmas Parade that will usher the holiday season to town!
This year’s Grand Marshals, Fort Mill’s Final Volunteer Fire Firefighters, will lead the parade, beginning at Tom Hall and Unity Street, travel through historic downtown Fort Mill, exiting at Walter Elisha Park.
The more decorations you have on your unit makes you a perfect candidate for taking one of the coveted trophies in Most Holiday Spirit, Most Creative, Best Walking Group, Best Car! The Fort Mill Christmas Parade is becoming widely known for embracing the holidays with grand decorations and unique Christmas styles.
Select dates November 3-December 22 - tickets available online
TWO SHOWS IN ONE! See your favorite Christmas scenes! Hear your favorite Christmas songs! Then watch in awe-stricken wonder as NarroWay beautifully re-creates "The Real Christmas Story."
December 8, 10 a.m. - FREE
The York County Holiday Expo presented by Absolute Total Care on Saturday, December 8th, from 10:00-3:00pm at the Heritage Conference Center! Learn and shop with over 50 local businesses! FREE kids activities include pictures with Santa and the Frozen sisters, face painting, photo booth, bounce houses, balloon animals, and more. Parents can enjoy free health screenings and makeovers! For more information or to feature your business at this event, email email@example.com.
Beyond Fort Mill:
November 29-December 2 - FREE
All day events in Old Town Rock Hill include Santa appearances, kids crafts and activities, pony rides, an ice rink, and a “Jingle Bell March” each afternoon. Adults will enjoy the Artisan and Craft Market, a Bourbon and Scotch Tasting at Getty’s Art Center, and much more. Some events require pre-registration and have associated fees.
November 30-December 26, weeknights 5:30-9:30pm, weekends 5:30-11pm
Since 1956, McAdenville, NC, has been a premier destination for holiday lights. A large lake in the center of town features 38 lighted spruce trees, and there are more than 160 beautifully decorated homes on the route. In the common areas, 265 Evergreens are covered with more than 500,000 lights. Driving through is always fun (and crowded, so go early!), but walking along the sidewalks is an extra special way to enjoy this magical event.
Giant Menorah Lighting - SouthPark Mall, Charlotte, NC
December 2, 5:00 pm - FREE
Traditional Hanukkah treats and activities provided for kids. For the whole family! Come build Legos and watch the lighting of the Giant Lego Menorah! Special Children's Lego building activity 5-6 p.m. Giant Lego Menorah lit at 6:00 p.m.
Monday-Friday, after 3pm; weekends after 11am - FREE*
Relish the magic of the season at SouthPark's own Winter Wonderland, Charlotte's favorite open-air ice-skating rink and ultimate Instagram photo op bucket-list destination. Winter Wonderland's ice skating rink is now 40% bigger and features fun for the entire family including a daily afternoon snowfall, holiday lights and decor, as well as attractions such as Santa's Pub. Join us for special events, guests and activities throughout the season, including our partnership with 103.7 WSOC to bring a Country Christmas to the rink. (*ice skating has associated fees)
Dec 21, 6pm - FREE with online registration
Celebrate the shortest day of the year and the longest night of the year with a one mile hike followed by a campfire complete with roasting marshmallows. Participate in some of the traditions of this day and share community together as we officially bring in the winter season.
December 26-29 - tickets start at $19.99
A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary work set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music featuring rap legend Kurtis Blow as special guest MC. It is an evening-length production performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ, and violinist. Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her prince, Myron, travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of a palace of sugarplums into a romance set in 1980s Brooklyn. The dance work celebrates love, community, and the magic of New Year’s Eve.