Southern Christmas Show turns 50 this year

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As the holiday season begins, you’ll want to plan your annual trip to the Southern Christmas Show to peruse the lighted trees, decorations, and of course The Enchanted Village. But this isn’t just any year: It’s the 50th anniversary of this Charlotte tradition to be celebrated with a grand silver and gold theme as it returns to the Park Expo & Conference Center.

Since the show started in 1967, the Southern Christmas Show has been a holiday tradition for families and friends throughout the Queen City to make treasured memories. Whether it’s been to select the annual holiday ornament or that special wreath for the door, the show has attracted people of all ages to get a jump on making their homes festive for the holidays.

“We feel the spirit of that tradition is what makes the show so special,” says Jennifer Wallin, show manager. “We love that the show is a ritual where guests take their annual Christmas card photo at our show entrance.”

This year’s show is bringing back all the beloved features that made the original one what it is today, mixing in the latest, best designs and products that exhibitors and designers have worked on all year to present to visitors. If you’re looking to catch all of the classic and new features of this tradition, here’s what you can expect when you walk into a Winter Wonderland:

Walk along Christmas Tree Lane. With award-winning trees from the North Carolina mountains, take in these designer-decorated creations and get some ideas for your own tree. You’ll also see gorgeous mantels, wreaths and doors, along with special designer rooms filled with festive inspiration for your own home. While you’re at it, get in the spirit with social voting, where you can vote for the best holiday décor for each category on the Southern Christmas Show Facebook page and their website during the show.

Enjoy the Holiday Entertainment Stage. Take your kids – and kids at heart – to the Holiday Entertainment Stage to see festive performers each day of the show. You’ll see dancers, singers and even some friendly holiday-themed competitions. On Saturday, Nov. 11 at noon, get in on the Gingerbread Challenge presented by WSOC 103.7. See the full schedule here.

Treat yourself to holiday treats AND a visit with Santa. Have your choice of hot strudel, fresh fruitcake (not the scary ones on dusty grocery store shelves) and hand-dipped chocolates all along the show. As a crescendo to your mini-holiday eating tour, get your kids’ photos taken with the milk-and-cookies-loving big guy himself: Santa. Proceeds from the photos benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children (photos are one for $10, two for $18, and three for $25).

For those that can’t wait for the show’s official opening day, there’s a special Preview Night on Wednesday, November 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. You’ll get to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, special entertainment and free parking. Best of all: Your ticket will benefit Toys for Tots, an organization that raises monetary and toy donations so all children can have bright Christmas mornings.

Ready to save your spot at the Southern Christmas Show? Buy your tickets online and save $3 using the promo code: OBSERVER. Buy your tickets here or learn more on their website.

More information: The Southern Christmas Show. Thursday, November 9 through Sunday, November 19. Hours: Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays: 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. All Other Days: 10 a.m. through 9 p.m. Preview Night: 5 to 9 p.m. The Park Expo & Conference Center, Briar Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28205. Tickets are $19 (regular adult admission) at the box office and children ages 6-12 are $3 each. Enter promo code OBSERVER for $3 off box office price when you buy your ticket here.

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