Charlotte, NC – November, 16th – 30th 2014 Events – NaNoWriMo, ArtsFusion, and Christmas

By David Boling

Tis the season. We may not be past Thanksgiving yet, but it’s time to start planning for Christmas. On November 21st Holiday on Ice returns to Uptown (Take a look at some of the fun from last year). However, before all he holiday cheer is in full swing, brush up on the arts including a NaNoWriMo event at the Mint, a musical Circus at Belk Theater, and films fit for Twitter at McGlohan Theater.

Holiday Decorations in Uptown Charlotte

Charlotte, NC November 2014 Events

Wednesday, November 19th – Art Fusion: NaNoWriMo

Mint Museum

The Mint wants to “be your muse” as you write your masterpiece for National Novel Writing Month. You will receive special access to their Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100 exhibition. Bring your device of choice and get inspired. More Information here!

Friday & Saturday, November 21st & 22nd – Cirque Musica

Belk Theater

Our Favorite Charlotte Symphony Orchestra combines with the fantastic thrills of the Circus. Come out for a journey that will thrill all of your senses. Check out this video to prepare yourself. More Information here!

Saturday, November 22nd – 100 Words Film Festival

McGlohan Theater at Spirit Square

Experience the best of modern story telling by film makers from the Carolinas and beyond. Films span all genres and are limited to 100 words each. This is an inaugural event that is sure to become a Charlotte tradition. . More Information here!


Wednesday, November 26 at 6:00pm – 7:30pm – Inaugural Carolina Panthers Tree Lighting
Kick off the holiday season by attending the inaugural Carolina Panthers Tree Lighting on Wednesday, November 26.

The holiday tree lighting celebration is free of charge and will take place outside Bank of America Stadium, on the corner of Mint Street and Graham Street, from 6-7:30 p.m.

Panthers fans will enjoy appearances by Sir Purr, TopCats and PurrCussion. Families will be treated to an evening that includes children’s activities, holiday music and a special visit from Santa Claus. The event will be capped by the tree lighting ceremony.

Food and drinks, including holiday favorite hot chocolate, will be available for purchase. More information here!


Friday & Saturday, November 28th & 29th – Plantation Christmas

Latta Plantation

Dive into a piece of Charlotte history and kick off the Christmas season at Latta Plantation. Learn about the Christmas decor, food, and traditions from the Colonial Era. You may just run into Father Christmas while you are there. More Information here!

Sunday, November 30th – Christmas Spectacular

Dale F. Halton Theater, CPCC

Come out and lose yourself in the Christmas Spirit with over 300 performers. Bring the whole family and plan to create one the greatest holiday memories you are surely ever to experience. More Information here!

These are just a few of my personal picks of things to do in Charlotte. For more information on Charlotte events I suggest you check out these great resources.


Charlotte’s Got A Lot • Blumenthal Arts • Charlotte Center City

 US National Whitewater Center • Tosco Music PartyCarolina Panthers

Charlotte CheckersCharlotte HornetsCharlotte Knights

Charlotte EaglesCharlotte Hounds


David is a guest blogger for LiveUptownNow.com and will be providing content occasionally that we hope you’ll find useful and valuable. He grew up in Charlotte, so has intimate knowledge of Charlotte’s neighborhoods, restaurants, hot spots, and also hidden gems. When not guest blogging for us, he runs a successful branding and media consulting company.