North Carolina’s only outdoor skating rink is right in Uptown Charlotte for the holidays. At Holiday on Ice, enjoy beautiful views of the city skyline while sliding across the ice bundled up in your favorite hat and mittens.
Admission and skate rental is $14 per person and you can pre-purchase online. Be sure to check out their hours when planning your full day of holiday fun in Uptown!
Each year the hotel creates holiday displays that amaze children and adults alike. This year might top all others with the world’s largest croquembouche pastry tree, a tree made of thousands of macaroons, a 10 ft. gingerbread house, two upside-down trees hung from the lobby ceiling, and a 17 ft. tree made of 789 recycled green plastic soft drink bottles. The public is invited in between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.
While you’re at the Ritz-Carlton admiring the holiday decor, there are plenty of places to grab a bite, drinks or dessert. Right in the hotel you’ll find BLT Steak, desserts at Bar Cocoa, drinks in the Lobby Lounge and at The Punch Room on the 15th floor.
Uptown’s Romare Bearden Park has been transformed in to a quaint European-inspired Christmas Market. Vendors offer Christmas trees, beautiful hand-painted ornaments and gifts for the entire family.
Kids can enjoy specialty foods, including sweets from a German bakery, while parents treat themselves to hot mulled wine, cider and beer.
Santa will even be there for visits with children on Saturdays and Sundays so be sure to check the specialty hours.
The animatronic Bearstein Bears sing and play Christmas favorites in 45-minute performance repeated through each day in Founders Hall right by the Belk Theater. Whether you pause to take in a Christmas classic, or your child insists on staying until the end of the show, it’s hard not to walk away with a smile and an extra dose of holiday cheer.
At ImaginOn you’ll find the building overflowing with holiday fun, including a Letters to Santa mailbox and station to write your own and mail, a holiday scavenger hunt, book displays featuring stories ranging from the Nutcracker to Christmas to Kwanzaa, a Christmas tree built of books and hands-on holiday activities.