Weekday Planner: 17 things to do in Charlotte this Thanksgiving week

Weekday Planner: 17 things to do in Charlotte this Thanksgiving week

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Ice Skating

Whitewater Center | 9am to 8pm | $25 Day Pass, $6 parking | Details 

Why you should go: The Whitewater Center’s outdoor ice skating rink is open for the winter season with an all-new ice skating trail in the Upper Pond — increasing the total size of the rink to more than 24,000 square feet. Skate rentals are included in the ticket price.

[Related story: Ice skating is back at Whitewater Center, but not in Uptown]


Carowinds | 5-10pm | $24.99| Details


Why you should go: Catch dazzling light displays and live shows or do a hands-on activity like cookie decorating. Winterfest is jam-packed with fun and immersive holiday festivities that the entire family can enjoy.

Thanksgiving Cheeseboard Creation

SkillPop Online | 5:30-6:45pm | $24 | Details 

Why you should go: Cheese enthusiast and caterer, Tori Tippin will share her tips and tricks for styling the perfect cheese board for your Thanksgiving spread. You’ll learn the art of placement, cutting, board size, pairings and of course the classic salami river.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop

Vin Master Wine Shop | 6:30pm | $55 | Details 

Why you should go: Make a beautiful fall arrangement to add to your Thanksgiving table decor. Wine and bites will be provided along with materials and supplies.


Checkers vs. Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins

Bojangles Coliseum | Nov. 23-24; 7pm | $21.50-$50 | Details 

Why you should go: Watch the Checkers in action as they face off against the Scranton Penguins.


Thanksgiving Eve Party

Pinhouse | Noon to midnight | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Join Pinhouse on Thanksgiving Eve for a s’mores buffet, free bowling all-day long, plus drink specials like $8 Hot Toddy’s and $6 Fireball shots. There will also be food from Cutting Board food truck.

Cookies with Santa

Coco and the Director | 4-5:30pm | $35 | Details 

Why you should go: Children and families are invited to join Coco and the Director for milk and cookies plus a visit with Santa Claus before the Thanksgiving Parade. Tickets are $35 and include front-row seating at the parade.

Drinksgiving 2021

Brewers at 4001 Yancey | 5pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Drinksgiving festivities include live music from Lawrence Lambert starting at 5pm and a silent disco starting at 7pm.

Light the Knights & Charlotte Christmas Village

Truist Field | Nov. 24 through Dec. 23; 5pm | $5-$10 | Details 

Why you should go: Swing by the ballpark to enjoy the Charlotte Christmas Village — a European-inspired Christmas market where you can find handcrafted gifts and specialty foods like Austrian strudels, Bratwurst and Sauerkraut. Then by nightfall, the ballpark will illuminate with tens of thousands of lights, festive holiday displays and maybe even a bit of snow.

Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade

Tryon Street | 6pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: This year, the 75th Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade will be a nighttime event with lights and music along Tryon Street. You can watch it on WBTV Wednesday night at 6, Thanksgiving Day at 2pm and early Christmas morning.

[Related guide: Holiday guide: 18 festive things to do in Charlotte this winter]

A Pour Housegiving: Thanksgiving Eve Party

 QC Pour House | 7pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: QC Pour House is celebrating the season of giving by offering all-day drink specials like $7 Ace’s PB&J drinks or shots, $6 glasses of wine and $3 PBRs.



Charlotte Turkey Trot

South Park Mall (Macy’s) | 8am | $20-$45 | Details 

Why you should go: Start your Thanksgiving with a run/walk around the block at Charlotte’s 33rd annual Turkey Trot. Route options include an 8k, 5k and 1-mile distance.

Eat, Gay, Love Thanksgiving Dinner

Billy Sunday | 2-5pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Those in the LGBTQIA+ community are invited to enjoy a free Thanksgiving dinner. More event details can be found here.

[Related story: 20 Thanksgiving meal alternatives to your kitchen]


Post-Thanksgiving Festivities

Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill | 10am to 8pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Spend an afternoon at the orchard and enjoy hayrides, hard cider tastings and a fire pit.

OMB Christmas Market (Weekend 1)

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery & Biergarten | Nov. 26-28; 11am to 10pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: OMB is transforming its biergarten into a German-style Christmas Village for four weekends in a row. There will be more than 40 vendors, holiday music, tons of lights, seasonal drinks like spiced wine and hot cocoa, and of course delicious German-fare.

Black Friday Pop-Up

D9 Brewing Uptown | Noon to 5pm | Free | Details 

Why you should go: Support local vendors and shop for everyone on your list at this Black Friday pop-up market.

The Biggest 90s Party Ever

The Filmore | 8:30pm | $49.99-$80 | Details 

Why you should go: Relive what was arguably the best decade of all time at this ’90s-themed party complete with ’90s music and a ’90s costume contest.

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