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Christmas is coming and it’s time to start making plans. While I consider myself an “after Thanksgiving” person, many people are ready for the holiday spirit now.  Stores have the decorations and merchandise, tickets are on sale for events, the Southern Christmas Show is happening this weekend, and I’ve even found myself humming some Christmas carols. If you’re looking for some fun family-friendly Christmas events around the Carolinas we’ve got you covered. Lights, interactive events, local and drivable we found it all.  Here are 10 of our favorite family-friendly Christmas destinations in the Carolinas.

  • Gingerbread Houses at The Grove Park Inn- Asheville, NC

  • The Polar Express Train Ride- Spencer, NC

  • Speedway Christmas- Concord, NC

  • Riverbanks Zoo Christmas Lights- Columbia, SC

  • Christmas at Tweetsie Railroad- Blowing Rock, NC

  • Holidays At The Garden- Belmont, NC

  • Christmas Town USA- McAdenville, NC

  • Ice Skating At The Whitewater Center- Charlotte, NC

  • Christmas At Biltmore- Asheville, NC

  • Carowinds Winterfest- Charlotte, NC