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A Charlotte Thanksgiving

posted by Chelsea Galusky November 20, 2017

Preparing and then feasting on your Thanksgiving meal will take up a good amount of time, but what will you do with your friends and family for the hours you’re not basting, mashing or warming up leftovers?  Fear not. We’ve pulled together a calendar full of Thanksgiving week events to entertain you and your guests in Charlotte. And even a few options for those who would rather opt to eat out rather than dirty up the kitchen. Now please pass the yams.

Join in on a Charlotte Thanksgiving tradition

Charlotte Thanksgiving Parade – Photo by Charlotte’s got a lot

Thursday, November 23 at 9:30 a.m.

Uptown Charlotte
Tickets: Free or $15 – $20 for a seat in the bleachers
Thanksgiving Parade Ticket Options

This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the Thanksgiving Day Parade, a holiday tradition in Charlotte since 1947. It travels along Tryon Street through Uptown Charlotte. The performance area will be at the intersection of Tryon St and Levine Avenue of the Arts and has tickets available. Then, after the parade, get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping at the Charlotte Christmas Village Christkindlmarkt, which runs from Nov. 23-Dec. 24, in Romare Bearden Park.

Sing with The Sound of Music cast

The Sound of Music on Tour – Photo by Matthew Murphy

November 24-26

Blumenthal Performing Arts Center-Belk Theater
Times: 8 p.m. Friday / 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday / 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday
Cost: Tickets start at $25
Blumenthal Broadway Events and Performances

The Hills Are Alive! A brand new production of The Sound of Music is coming to Charlotte. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

Get free gear and cheer on #BuzzCity

Spectrum Center – Photo by Charlotte’s got a lot

Saturday, November 25 at 7 p.m.

Spectrum Center
Cost: Tickets start at $19
Charlotte Hornets Promotional Schedule

The Charlotte Hornets season has started, and we have home court advantage for some incredible games. Sometimes there is a free giveaway to treat fans that come see a game. One of those games is during Thanksgiving weekend. The first 7,500 fans will receive a free Charlotte Hornets Dwight Howard bobblehead when you cheer for the home team vs. San Antonio Spurs.

Other home games this week – Minnesota Timberwolves (Nov. 20) and Washington Wizards (Nov. 22)

Slap Shots with the Charlotte Checkers

Checkers’ Checkmates – Photo by Charlotte’s got a lot

Saturday, November 25 at 6 p.m.

Bojangles’ Coliseum
Cost: Tickets start at $18.25
Charlotte Checkers Promotions Schedule

You’ve practiced your skills at the outdoor Holiday on Ice rink, so now it’s time to see if you’ve got what it takes to take a shot on the ice. The Charlotte Checkers hockey team will host Slap Shot Saturday for fans after the game vs. Providence. This game is also a part of their monthly Husqvarna Homegrown Series, which features locally inspired food and merchandise from the best our community has to offer. The first 40 people to donate a checkers board game for Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital will also receive an autographed Checkers item.

Other home game themes that week – Giving Tuesday hosted by SHARE Charlotte (Nov. 21), College Night and Teacher Appreciation Night (Nov. 22), Teddy Bear Toss and Superhero Appearance (Nov. 26)

Hop aboard The Polar Express

The Polar Express – Photo by N.C. Transportation Museum

November 17 – December 22

N.C. Transportation Museum
Times: 4:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. / 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. rides available on select dates
Cost: $36 adults, $30 children
The Polar Express Ticket Options

Inspired by the The Polar Express book and movie, this holiday favorite comes to life at the North Carolina Transportation Museum. Music is played from the film’s soundtrack as passengers are served hot chocolate and cookies on board the train. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride too. Be sure to visit Candy Cane Lane after your ride to take a photo with Santa.

Support local shops and businesses

Small Business Saturday – Photo by Historic South End

Saturday, November 25 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Historic Southend
Cost: Free
Parking Tips

Kick off the holiday shopping season in South End on Small Business Saturday. The day will highlight 200+ local businesses, 70 places to eat and drink and free trolley rides throughout the district. Be sure to snag a #ShopSmall tote as you explore local shops, restaurants and breweries on your quest for the perfect gift.

Spare your kitchen and let someone else handle Thanksgiving dinner

Smoked Thanksgiving Dinner – Photo by Midwood Smokehouse

Skip the cooking altogether, and spend more time making memories with your friends and family! If you were lucky enough to reserve a Thanksgiving meal in advance from Charlotte restaurants, like Midwood Smokehouse, you just need to warm it up. You can also watch the Thanksgiving Parade Uptown or celebrate crossing the Finish Line at the Charlotte Southpark Turkey Trot by making reservations at one of these Charlotte restaurants:


Thanksgiving menu available from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Angeline’s Charlotte
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Asbury
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Bistro La Bon
Plaza Midwood
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

BLT Steak
11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The Ballantyne Hotel
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Capital Grille
11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Chillfire Grill
10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

12 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Del Frisco’s
South Park
12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Fleming’s Steakhouse
Starting at 11 a.m.

The Gallery Restaurant
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

JP Charlotte
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Liberty
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Luca Italian Kitchen
2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Myers Park
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Mimosa Grill
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Morton’s The Steakhouse
1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

New South Kitchen & Bar
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Oak Steakhouse
South Park
2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Palm
South Park
2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The Pump House
Rock Hill, SC
11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
South Park
12 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Stoke Charlotte
12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 5 p.m.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse
South End
11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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