North Carolina


Thru Dec. 31/CONCORD  – This is known as one of America’s largest holiday light shows, featuring more than three million lights along the three mile race track at Charlotte Speedway. Then the infield features a Christmas Village which includes live actors and animals at a Bethlehem Village, a petting zoo, games and activities in Santa’s Workshop. This year there is a new 50-foot ferris wheel attraction. On Thursday through Sunday nights, holiday movies are shown on the giant Speedway TV. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Tickets per vehicle are $30. >MORE

Tweetsie Christmas

Thru Dec. 29/BLOWING ROCK – Catch the arrival of Santa Claus as he enters on the train, or meet him in his homemade gingerbread house that is filled with candied furnishings.  Have your picture taken with him on his Gingerbread bench. Step into a snow globe of swirling (synthetic) snow. Enjoy holiday lights throughout the park and along the 3-mile track. Roast s’mores and devour other handmade goodies from Tweetsie Railroad‘s fudge shop. Take a night-time train ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains on a crisp winter’s night, as you enjoy Christmas carols and the tracks dazzlingly lit for the holidays. Remember to dress warm, the cars have open windows! The train runs every half hour. Tickets are $38. >MORE


Thru Dec. 31/CHARLOTTE – One of the South’s most popular theme parks, Carowinds transforms into WinterFest with more than 5 million shimmering lights, a 70-foot tree, lavish displays, live shows and strolling performers, and special holiday dishes and desserts fill the midways. Plus, as many as two dozen rides will be open. Hands-on holiday activities are located throughout the park. Open 5-10 p.m. Tickets start at $29.99 online. >MORE