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The Festival of Lights celebrates the rededication of the Temple. Legend has it that when the Jews lit the menorah, there was only enough oil to last one day. The miracle of the story is that the little bit of oil they had, burned for eight days. Lighting a candle each night on the menorah commemorates this miracle, but there is so much more to this fun holiday in Charlotte. These are the five best ways to celebrate Hanukkah in the area.
This year, let the kids deck the halls with a handmade holiday gift infused with creativity and love. Here are five Charlotte locations to get the family’s creative spirit brewing.
Take a weekend drive through the open farmland and hillsides of North Carolina. Not far from Charlotte metro, enjoy meadows speckled with wildflowers and roadside stands brimming with apples. Explore lush fields of apple trees — the picking season kicked off Labor Day — and pack a picnic lunch for a budget-friendly fall weekend. Don’t forget homemade, hot apple pie or apple cider donuts for dessert.
Check out these Charlotte destinations for an adventure with your lover that’s sure to perk up any droopy couple.
Summer is winding down, and a new school year is ahead. With a sagging economy, retailers are eager for open wallets as many large chains have designated Aug. 11 as a national day of back-to-school shopping. Before hitting the malls, however, check out these locations for clothes, supplies and haircuts. Get organized. Make lists, and preserve the family budget with these great local shops perfect for the back-to-school blues.
Get the kids off the couch and out of the house this summer on playdates the whole family will love right here in Charlotte. Whether it’s an old-fashioned mud, sticks and sand natural area or the typical slide, swings and monkey bar playground – these days out are sure to please. If it’s too warm, enjoy indoor activities including laser tag or rock climbing, sure to burn a little energy even in the most athletic of kids.
If the hot summer day doldrums have got the kids down, recharge their batteries with high-octane activities. Rev up their engines at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, or ride the waves on a rafting adventure at the world’s biggest man-made whitewater river. Cool down with a day of swimming in Charlotte’s largest lake, and end those toasty days with cool, silky ice cream. Charlotte’s best spots to spend a hot summer day promise this and so much more.
Some parents are uneasy about trick-or-treating on a school night, especially because Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year. Others may not be comfortable with their children masquerading around neighborhoods full of strangers. There are plenty of alternatives around the Charlotte area. Some include church fall festivals, corn mazes and shopping mall trick-or-treating. These are the best options this Halloween.
Independence Day is coming up soon, and with it, myriad celebrations for the whole family. In Charlotte, the best and biggest fireworks show is the uptown fireworks, sponsored by Presbyterian Hospital. The show kicks off at 9:30 p.m., so be sure to scope out your spot and settle in early for a 4th of July like none other.
Drum Shelton, owner of Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find Comics Shop, held his first convention 30 years ago in a small, hotel ballroom. This year’s weekend event at the Charlotte Convention Center is expected to draw anywhere from 13,000 to 15,000 comic book fans with 188 booths for more than 60 vendors.