October 10th, 2017

Tips for Entertaining Your Out-of-Town Holiday Guests

Leaves are falling, seasons are changing and it’s almost time for the holidays to creep up on us. The holidays can bring joyful memories, hefty plates of comfort food and extended family staying for, sometimes, an extended period of time. Here are a few ideas for entertaining these out-of-town guests in a way that only Charlotte-area residents can throughout the holiday season.

Carolina Panthers Games – In the months of November and December, there are five home Panthers games at Bank of America Stadium. Panthers football games could be fun for the whole family. From the pre-game tailgate to the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter, game days in Charlotte can appeal to every family member. Whether you’re inside the stadium for the game or not, there are plenty of Charlotte-specific hot spots around the city where you can cheer on your team! If you can’t make it in the game, head over to East Bland Street where you can find Hot Taco, Slate Billiard, and All American Pub. Each of these bars and restaurants are local favorites on game days when you’re not cheering from inside the stadium.


Charlotte Hornets Games – During November and December there are also over a dozen home Hornets games at the Spectrum Center. Bring friends and family for a night out in the city cheering on Charlotte’s home basketball team! Before the games, grab a bite to eat at any of the nearby restaurants uptown like Roosters Kitchen or Sea Level NC.

Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade – Known as the largest parade in the Southeast, families, friends and neighbors are invited to enjoy a classic tradition on Thanksgiving Day. The annual holiday parade will show off larger-than-life balloons, famous recording artists, marching bands, dance teams and plenty of surprises. Try to grab brunch at Cajun Queen, a New Orleans style restaurant and bar in Elizabeth that was voted Charlotte’s Best Cajun Restaurant! You could also get a coffee and breakfast at Sunflour Baking Company, a family-owned bakery café with homemade treats, or hit up a local favorite, Amelie’s French Bakery.

Christmas Town, USA: McAdenville, NC – Just miles away from Charlotte, tucked inside its neighboring Gaston County, is the small town McAdenville which is also known as Christmas Town USA. Guests are welcomed to drive or walk through the 1.3 mile long route boasting lit streets filled with exciting Christmas decorations on each house! This popular tourist attraction is available Monday – Friday 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 until 11:00 p.m. from December 1 through December 26. Nellie’s Southern Kitchen, in Belmont, is a perfect night cap after viewing the festive light show.

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Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker at the Belk Theater – Celebrate the sights and sounds of the season with one of the oldest holiday traditions. The Charlotte Ballet, accompanied by the Charlotte Symphony, will perform for guests at varied times from December 9 through December 23.