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You care about your eye, ear, nose, and throat health just as much as CEENTA does. Now that the holiday season is in full swing, why not use your senses to enjoy the festivities? Below is a list of...

six fun holiday activities your whole family can enjoy

Christmas Town USA

Arguably the most famous holiday celebration in North Carolina, Christmas Town USA is a two-mile holiday display through McAdenville, in Gaston County. Not only have a number of residents set up light displays on their own homes, but the town itself has decorated hundreds of trees, wreaths, and other displays around McAdenville Lake. The lights are turned on from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 5:30-11 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Build extra time into your trip, though, because traffic will be very heavy.

Few things are uniquely part of the holiday season as gingerbread houses. The Ballantyne Hotel is exhibiting these delicious-looking works of art from local creators through December 27. While admission is free, if you pay $1 you can vote for your favorite house, with all proceeds going to the Levine Children’s Hospital.

At the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, you can take a horse-drawn carriage ride around a lights display, listen to Christmas stories, and see a live nativity with real animals. Carriage rides are from 5-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 5-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. And if you go between noon and 2 p.m., you can pet the nativity animals.

If you’ve wanted to experience Carowinds at the holidays but SCarowinds is too scary, you can instead go to WinterFest. In addition to the open rides, the park has set up holiday displays, has performers wandering around the park, and has on-stage performances. The children can even make cookies with Mrs. Claus. Carowinds is located near Charlotte, on the border between North and South Carolina. WinterFest is open Fridays-Sundays through December 30 and Daily December 18-21 and December 26-28.

At the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord you can experience Speedway Christmas, a 3 ½-mile drive around a track where you can see millions of lights synced to music. The Speedway also has a Christmas Village with fun for the whole family, from a petting zoo to pictures with Santa. Speedway Christmas is open 6-10 p.m. now through December 31. The Christmas Village is open 6-10 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays until December 31, and every night the week of Christmas.

Charlotte Christmas Village, photo courtesy of Charlotte Agenda
From Charlotte Agenda

Charlotte Christmas Village at Romare Bearden Park in Uptown is a neat opportunity to visit a European-inspired Christmas market without leaving the Queen City. There you can buy delicious foods, watch live performances, and even visit Santa on the weekends. The village is open every day except Mondays starting at 11 a.m. from now until Christmas Eve.

Happy holidays

We hope you have fun this holiday season, and we hope to see you soon for your eye and ENT care.

To make an appointment at CEENTA, call 704.295.3000. You can also schedule an appointment online or through myCEENTAchart.


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