The Holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year but they can also be the most stressful. Our lists of obligation seem to expand while our wallet shrinks but there’s one way to stop yourself from turning into the Grinch—Christmas lights. Lights are mesmerizing. Seriously, just looking at them will soften even the hardest of hearts. Christmas light displays are great way to get into the Christmas spirit for FREE.
Here are a few to consider.
Harbin Family Christmas Lights
You gotta appreciate regular families who go all out to bring the joy of Christmas to others.
10223 Summer House Court
Accepts donations for Make-A-Wish
Hillside Avenue in Myers Park
The ornaments hanging from the trees here are uber awesome.
They also accept cash or food donations for Loaves and Fishes.
Sherwood Forest Drive (off Colony Road)
This neighborhood is known for big displays, especially 7323 Sherwood Forest Drive. In previous years Santa has made an appearance handing out candy canes.
Uptown has a few options to get you into the Christmas spirit.
Thomas Polk Park, The Square and Founders Hall are all at the Trade and Tryon intersection. Polk Park is across Tryon Street from Founders Hall and The Square. There’s a massive tree, giant golden ornaments and energy for days. I love walking around Uptown during the Holidays. You can just feel the excitement. By the way, the official Uptown Tree is at Charlotte’s Christmas Village (you can pick up some great gifts while you are there).
The lobby of the Ritz Carlton is a child’s Christmas dream come true. It’s totally decked out with multiple trees, a 12-foot wide gingerbread house, and an electric train. Oh and stop for a mug of hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows in the bar nearest the bakery. You’ll thank me later. Seriously, it makes all your cares disappear. The only thing the Ritz is missing is the vision of sugar plums dancing in your head.
Of course, I’m a big fan of just walking around your own neighborhood. I know it’s cold but that’s what coats are for, right? Take a note of thanks or a batch of cookies and leave it for your neighbors. Maybe you’ll get lucky and they’ll invite you in for a little spiked egg nog.
Now if you are up for a drive there are some major displays you can pay to see…
A Speedway Christmas, Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, or McAdenville (Christmastown USA). Just prepare yourself for long lines.
There is something child-like about the twinkling of Christmas lights. It’s a little magical no matter the age. So put the hustle away. Don’t worry about the bustle. Just go see some sparkly lights and take a minute to remember why this really is the most wonderful time of the year. Your to-do list will be there tomorrow.