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3 businesses that are all about gift giving this holiday season

This content was produced in partnership with Specialty Shops SouthPark. Specialty Shops SouthPark has been a local staple for a sophisticated and refined shopping experience in Charlotte since 1979. The privately owned boutiques, national retailers and acclaimed restaurants at Specialty Shops SouthPark offer a Palm Beach/Worth Avenue-inspired atmosphere, providing an intimate shopping and dining experience in an upscale community. Although…

The ultimate guide to every holiday activity and event happening in Charlotte this season

Pause Netflix and live a real-life Hallmark movie around Charlotte. Outdoor ice rinks, glittering trees and Christmas markets speckle the city with holiday cheer. Catch a show or sip a hot cocoa to get into the spirit of the season. Outdoor activities Winter Wonderland An outdoor ice rink, Santa’s Pub, and Broomball add fun to holiday shopping at SouthPark Mall.…

‘Tis the season: 20 gorgeous holiday light displays you can find in Charlotte

In search of the greatest Christmas light displays around Charlotte to get into the holiday spirit? There are so many lights to see, between private residences, professional exhibitions and even town-sponsored events. Many families put so much time, creativity, money and Christmas spirit into their creations — some of them even synchronize holiday music with their light displays. Hear the…

Where to find the best hot chocolate in Charlotte, whether you prefer traditional or spiked

There is nothing like a cup of hot chocolate to warm you up as the winter weather rolls in. Whether you prefer a mug that’s bittersweet or indulgently rich, you can find delicious hot chocolate orders at the following spots this season: Amelie’s Various locations. $3.50 for a 12 oz. cup.  Listed in French as “Chaud Chocolat,” this hot chocolate…

November’s five essential dates

November 1 Join readers, writers, and five New York Times best-selling authors at the Verse & Vino. The Queen City’s literary tradition supports the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation, and this year’s lineup includes Elliot Ackerman (Dark at the Crossing, a finalist for the National Book Award) and Paula McClain (The Paris Wife). The event starts at 6 p.m. at the…