The Charlotte Christmas Village is back to make your days merry and bright, from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve

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Twinkling lights, mugs of warm mulled wine, holiday music and vendors galore… The Charlotte Christmas Village is back for the 2018 season!

The Charlotte Christmas Village is a quaint European-inspired Christmas Market nestled in Uptown Charlotte in a new location at the corner of 7th Street and N. Tryon Street. The Village’s season begins on Thanksgiving Day following the Charlotte Thanksgiving Day Parade. Guests will be able to experience the village daily through Christmas Eve.

The village is quickly becoming a classic Queen City tradition. Complete with holiday shopping, European food and drinks and Uptown’s only fresh Christmas tree lot, visitors are able to enjoy Uptown Charlotte while making new holiday memories. And admission to the village is totally free!


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The Details:

When: November 22 to December 24
Where: Corner of 7th Street and N Tryon Street
Cider, Glühwein, Wine & Beer sales begin at 11 a.m.


Thanksgiving: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sundays: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Christmas Eve: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays, except Christmas Eve

Meet Jolly Old St. Nicholas

Visits with Santa are totally free at the Village, as well. Santa will be there:

Thanksgiving Day: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 pm
Christmas Eve: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 pm
Friday, November 23: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Friday, December 21: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Every Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 3 pm
Every Sunday: 12 pm to 3 pm


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The Christmas Village Experience

You’ll be met with mouthwatering scents from specialty foods upon entering the village. Charlotte’s 5Church restaurant serves up Bratwurst topped with Sauerkraut; hot-baked strudels and glazed nuts can be found throughout.

Village-goers can also sip and stroll with hot mulled wine, cider or hot chocolate and alcohol-free Glühwein in a souvenir village mug. And of course, beer and wine are available at the village as well.

Glühwein is a delightful aspect of any European Christmas Village. It is a mulled, spiced wine, which is served warm in Germany. Glühwein can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic, and is traditionally served during the holiday season.

The warmth, taste and aroma that Glühwein provides is an experience in its own right. At the Charlotte Christmas Village, visit the Village Bakery for the non-alcoholic Glühwein and Red Clay Ciderworks or Dover Vineyards for a North Carolina version of this “spirited” holiday beverage.


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Shoppers will find imported European gifts including traditional German and Austrian ornaments and crafts; Ukrainian hand-blown, hand-painted glass ornaments that can be personalized; Russian nesting dolls; and more.

In 2018, they will host the official Uptown Tree Lighting on November 29 at 5:30 p.m., followed by an Ugly Sweater Contest to benefit the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage at 7:30 p.m.

Visitors will find additional special activities as well as expanded children’s programming. The Performance Stage will be programmed with a variety of entertainment. Highlights include Tim Scott Jr. on Dec. 7; Charlotte’s own Natalie Royal on Dec. 8; and Carolina Comraden on Dec. 15. Check out the full schedule of performances here.

Want to learn more about the Charlotte Christmas Village? Click here for more information.


  1. The Charlotte Christmas Village is sad and a joke. It’s a hyperreality/fantasy of what a real Christmas Village should be, much like Charlotte is a simulacrum/simulation of a city.

  2. This was moved to 7th Street and N. Tryon Street to cater to the finance douchebros during weekday lunch because they are too self-entitled and lazy to walk to the Romare Bearden Park.

    ‘European Inspired”… ever been to an Irish or British – inspired restaurant in Charlotte — it is anything but Irish or British. Same with this Christmas Village. Nothing European about it. No feel, atmosphere, or spirit.

    Ho ho ho.

    Bah Humbug.


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