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Start the holiday season with list of things to do around Charlotte
From parade to ice skating, plenty of activities
Published Wednesday, November 22, 2017 8:28 pm
by Ashley Mahoney

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont is hosting Holidays at the Garden in addition to its regular hours.

Thanksgiving weekend includes more than stuffing yourself with turkey, mashed potatoes and pie. Here are four picks for how to spend your holiday weekend, before and after the stuffing.

1) Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Novant Health Thanksgiving spectacle starts at 9:30 a.m. where Levine Avenue meets Tryon Street, and runs through 9th Street.
Fun facts:

• The parade began in 1947.

• Roughly 3,500 people will make the parade possible.

“Perhaps what is most special about our parade isn’t just the amazing national talent and performances, the wonderful marching bands, and the beautiful floats. It is the ability of our city’s parade to bring our community together,” said Charlotte Center City Partners President and CEO Michael Smith. “On Thanksgiving Day at 9:30 a.m., some 100,000 of our neighbors, from every walk of life, and from every corner of our community will share in our city’s longest running tradition. And for two hours, along Tryon Street, we will welcome in the holiday season to Charlotte as a community.”

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2) Holiday on Ice at NASCAR Hall of Fame

“Christmas time is he—” Nope. No it isn’t. Not yet. Stand down, elves. Back it up, Santa. It was 66 degrees on Saturday. Give us a few more days before chasing us with mistletoe.

However, even for the Scrooge among us, a little ice skating can’t hurt. Actually, it can if you fall flat on your face. Don’t do that. Get the family out of the house. Skate rental available.

When: Nov. 22-25 10-10 p.m. and Nov. 26 10-7 p.m.

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3) Small Business Saturday in South End     
Black Friday. What comes to mind when you hear those two words? Chaos? Sales? Money? That time you lost a fingernail, because some crazy person cut you off amid the mayhem? There’s a better way to spend the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Charlotte loves to support local. Take Nov. 25 11-5 p.m. to explore South End’s Small Business Saturday, where locals own 82 percent of the businesses.
From pop-up shops to free trolleys to take you all over the area, it’s better when it’s local.

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4) Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Over the river and through the woods, to the botanical garden we go. Looking for something to do after Thanksgiving dinner? Holidays at the Garden will open from 5-9 p.m. Can’t make it on the holiday? Head over to Capture the Magic with Santa Nov. 24-26 from 6-9 p.m., or just wander through the garden during normal hours, 9-4 p.m.

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