Wine gardens, holiday markets, and coffee–oh my! This weekend is looking like it’ll be one for the books. Get your holiday shopping done early while drinking all of the hot chocolate your heart can handle.
Grab your festive friends, you won’t want to stay in bed all day this weekend. We promise! Oh, and the best part? Most of these events are free.
Check out our handpicked guide on the best things to do in Charlotte this weekend!
What do you get when you combine a winter wonderland garden with wine? You get McGill’s Winter Wonderland at Rosie’s Wine Garden!
This event is definitely on our radar. Stroll through the garden, enjoy some holiday lights, and sip on some hot chocolate to kick off the holiday season. There will also be s’mores available for the entire month!
Bring a new, unwrapped toy with you when you visit the gardens, and it will be donated to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots!
DEC 15 | 12PM–7PM
Rosie’s Wine Garden
’Tis the season for holiday markets, right? Right! Ballantyne Village is hosting its second annual gift market this weekend, and you know we’ll be there shopping our hearts out.
Not only will there be over 30 awesome local vendors, but there will also be live music. It’s a win-win! This event is perfect if you’re looking for any last-minute gifts.
Here are just some of the vendors that will be there: Candy Canine, 7th Star Leather, Positive Shift Jewelry, Paintings & Things, Amina’s Creations, Gamma Rae Crafts, and P&D Crafty Art.
DEC 14 | 11AM–4PM
Calling all coffee lovers! The Charlotte Coffee Expo is back this weekend and we’re so excited.
This expo celebrates Charlotte’s growing and vibrant coffee community, while featuring artisan coffee and teas, interactive tastings, and coffee demos from world-class baristas. There will also be street food on-site, live music, and more.
You definitely do not want to miss this event!
DEC 14 | 12PM–8PM
The Park Expo & Conference Center
Hey, your pups want to celebrate the holidays too! Lucky Dog CLT is kicking off the holiday season with Carolina Big Hearts Big Barks.
Bring your pup for some super adorable photos with Santa, which are free with a donation to the CBHBB Rescue. Each photo will be posted online, ready for you to print and turn into the cutest holiday card!
During this event, Lucky Dog CLT will be donating 10% of all bar sales to the CBHBB Rescue, so come thirsty!
Lucky Dog CLT is a 21 and over facility, furry children only! Also, all dogs must be fixed, friendly, and up to date on shots to enter the facility.
🗓 DEC 14 | 1PM–4PM
🗓 DEC 15 | 1PM–3PM
📍 Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Charlotte
A holiday-themed bar crawl? Count us in! The 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl is finally here, so grab your favorite holiday sweater and get ready jingle bell rock!
Tickets to this event include an ugly sweater-themes koozie, a Santa hat, registration party, exclusive drink specials, and access to some awesome giveaways!
Here’s a list of the bars that are currently participating: Slate Charlotte, All American Pub, The Brickyard, and Rosemont Bar.
DEC 14 | 2PM–10PM
If you love zoos and the holidays, this event is for you. Drive through the reindeer forest, the Christmas Wonderland of Lights, and watch an awesome light show every night at Zootastic Park!
Part of the zoo will be open to the public during this event. There will be tiger feeding, giraffe feeding, barn feeding, carousel rides, and s’mores! Plus, Santa will be there to take photos every night.
Admission is only $8 per person for people over the age of 2.