Holiday Guide

Holiday Guide

There’s plenty of festive fun to be had in the Carolinas this holiday season. From Christmas light displays to holiday happenings, to recipes and gift ideas, check out our Holiday Guide and make sure your season is bright!

First Night Charlotte

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First Night Charlotte New Year's Eve Celebration

First Night Charlotte will be the center of activity this New Year’s Eve in uptown Charlotte. The family-friendly cultural event of the year will be held in Romare Bearden Park, which will come alive with artists, dancers, singers, circus performers, comedians and more on New Year’s Eve.

Featured Holiday Events

Zootastic Park's Christmas Wonderland of Lights

For the fifth year, Zootastic Park presents its annual Christmas Wonderland of Lights, a two-mile journey through the forest where you’ll see over 3.

Holidays at the Garden

Holidays at the Garden

The organic rhythms of nature and abundant fascinations come together to create a new holiday harmony this year at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden during Holidays at the Garden, Nov.

Speedway Christmas

Speedway Christmas

Speedway Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway and the spectacular holiday light show will be even bigger and better in its fourth year.

Holiday Shopping Deals & Advice


Amazon’s Fire TV Stick is the Streaming Deal of the Year

Amazon’s Fire TV? Meh. A $99 Roku competitor that hasn’t exactly set the world on… well, you know.

Pet Insurance Explained

People love their pets. A lot. Here in Los Angeles, for example, the spectrum runs from “My pet has its own Instagram account” to “My pet models for its own line of silk-screen couture.

Local Holiday Videos

Local Holiday Videos

Holiday How-Tos

How to make a candy wreath

Create a festive holiday wreath out of seasonal candy.

How to make traditional eggnog

Learn how to make a glass of creamy eggnog for Christmas.

Holiday Photo Galleries

Heavenly Cutouts

Holiday cookie recipes

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire simply can't compete with the scent of baking cookies. Here are some festive holiday favorites from the AJC archives.

Christmas Carol

Scrooge through the years

Many of us know of the Alastair Sim version of A Christmas Carol, even the Patrick Stewart one. But did you know that Vincent Price, the master of horror himself, was in an version, as well as the Fonz, Henry Winkler?

Tacky Christmas decorations

Have yourself a tacky little Christmas

The Christmas season can bring the beauty of the holidays. On the flip side, some people go a little, or a lot, over the top and plunge into the realm of tacky.

Holiday Gift Ideas

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