Life and Religion
|5 ways to enjoy the holiday season|
|Skating and road trips are great respites|
|Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 7:17 am|
1. Ice skating – WBT Holiday on Ice is underway on the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza until Jan. 5. Enjoy a day of family fun on the 7,000 square foot-rink overlooking Charlotte’s skyline. Also, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make appearances Dec. 14, 20 and 24. Admission is $12, including skate rental. Be sure to bring cash or purchase tickets in advance online at www.wbt.com
2. Take a train ride – Take a drive to Denton and hop aboard the Handy Dandy RR and take a ride. Take in all the lights and watch a Nativity movie along the way. Plus, visit the church to hear the story of Silent Night, sing carols and create holiday crafts. Stop by the local General Store. You may see Santa. Call (800) 458-2755 or visit www.countrychristmastrain.com for more information.
3. Visit a nativity scene – Now through Dec. 23, The Billy Graham Library is taking visitors back in time to the first Christmas with a live nativity. Plus, there will be horse-drawn carriage rides, beautiful light displays and tours of the Journey of Faith. It’s all a cheerful scene, complete with joyful carolers and Christmas music. Do some Christmas shopping at Ruth’s Attic and pick up a few ornaments for the tree or holiday goodies, like Mother Graham’s pound cake and cinnamon rolls. Price of admission varies by activity. Visit www.billygrahamlibrary.org for more information.
4. Sing along – The Carolina Voices’ MainStage Choir will be singing all of your favorite yuletide carols at the 59th Annual Singing Christmas Tree Dec. 14-15 at Ovens Auditorium. The Grey Seal Puppets, Eddie Mabry Dancers, vocalist John Fulton and aerial dancer Caroline Calouche will join the choir on stage. Visit www.ovensauditorium.com for more information.
5. Take a road trip – Think beach towns are just for summer fun? Think again. Charleston, S.C., comes alive in a whole new light during the holidays. The annual Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park has more than 700 seasonal displays strung with more than 2,000 lights. Plus, there are several home tours and other seasonal events taking place all through out the city. Visit www.charlestoncvb.com for more information.
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