• WEEKEND IN VIEW: What's happening in Charlotte

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    From holiday happenings to hot shows, here are some of our favorite events coming up this week:

    Cheer on the home team when the Charlotte Checkers take on Syracuse at Bojangles' Coliseum Friday and Saturday. "Star Wars" fans can take photos with their favorite characters from the movie throughout the game on Saturday. Click here for more details.

    >> Ice rink, lights trail open at Whitewater Center

    Step back in time during the Candlelight Christmas Tour at Historic Latta Plantation on Friday and Saturday. Click here for more details.

    Celebrate the season with sing-alongs, Santa and more when two of Charlotte's favorite holiday traditions -- Charlotte Symphony's "Magic of Christmas" and Carolina Voices' "The Singing Christmas Tree" -- join forces for performances at Knight Theater this weekend and next. Click here for more details.    

    See a contemporary twist on a holiday classic when Caroline Calouche & Co. perform "Clara's Trip: A Cirque and Dance Nutcracker Story" at Blumenthal's Booth Playhouse this weekend and next. Click here for more details.

    >> More places to go for weekend fun

    Get into the holiday spirit at the 81st annual Kannapolis  Christmas Parade on Saturday on Main Street. Click here for more details.

    Get decked out in your favorite festive holiday outfit for the 20th annual Santa Bar Crawl in uptown on Saturday. More than 10 bars and restaurants are participating and a portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Florence Crittenton Services. Click here for more details.   

    Nothing could be finer than when Carolina takes the field at Bank of American Stadium. Watch the Panthers take on Seattle on Sunday. Click here for more details.


    >> Check out our new Your704 show, a go-to guide for the best restaurants, bars and entertainment across the Queen City. Watch it by downloading the WSOC-TV app on your Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV or by clicking here.


    Ongoing holiday happenings 

    Get revved up for the holidays at Charlotte Motor Speedway's annual drive-through light show, Speedway Christmas. Open nightly through Jan. 5, 2020. Click here for more details.

    Shop for handmade crafts and gifts while sipping a mug of hot chocolate or hot mulled wine at the Charlotte Christmas Village in uptown. Open nightly through Dec. 24. Click here for more details.

    See a live Nativity, take a horse-drawn carriage ride and enjoy carolers and a beautiful display of lights at Billy Graham Library's 12th annual Christmas at the Library through Dec. 23. Click here for more details.

    The quiet little town of McAdenville has transformed into "Christmas Town, USA." See hundreds of trees covered in lights and more than 160 homes and yards decorated for the holidays. The lights shine nightly through Dec. 26. Click here for more details.

    Watch the Charlotte Ballet bring a holiday classic to life at "The Nutcracker." Performances continue through Dec. 23 at the Belk Theater. Click here for more details.

    Olde Mecklenburg Brewery has transformed its biergarten into a German-style Christmas village for its annual Weihnachtsmarkt, or Christmas Market. You can shop and sip at the market for the next two weekends. Click here for more details.

    Enjoy all the sights and sounds of the season when Carowinds transforms into a winter wonderland for WinterFest. Open select nights through Dec. 31. Click here for more details.  

    Check out the coolest spot in uptown -- the outdoor ice skating rink, Holiday on Ice. Open select nights through Jan. 5, 2020. Click here for more details.  

    Ready for a road trip? 

    Catch a ride on the Polar Express at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer. Click here for more details.

    See miles of lights and holiday displays at Tanglewood Park's Festival of Lights. Click here for more details.

    It's one of the grandest holiday displays in the Carolinas and this year, Christmas at Biltmore offers even more than ever before. In addition to its traditional holiday decor and dazzling lights, the estate is hosting "Downton Abbey: The Exhibition," a traveling exposition dedicated to the popular television series and new feature film. Click here for more details.  

     

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