It's the most wonderful time of the year! Not feeling the Christmas cheer? Here are 20 ways to get you into the holiday spirit + 10 festive activities for my Charlotte babes! 

Happy Tuesday friends!

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it's officially the most wonderful time of the year! I used to be all about summer but over the past couple of years, Christmas has started to take over as my favorite time of year. This time of year is all about family, friends, and everyone just seems so happy!

Between all of the holiday parties, shopping for the perfect Christmas gift and everything in between, this time of year can be pretty overwhelming. If you're not feeling the Christmas spirit quite yet or looking for some fun festive holidays to do this season, I've rounded up 20 festive activities for you all to try out! 

1. Put up a Christmas tree and decorate your space
This is a little obvious, but an easy way to get into the holiday spirit is to decorate your space! A simple Christmas tree, a few ornaments, fairy lights and you'll be all set! 

2. Visit the mall + go Christmas shopping for your loved ones
Something about seeing all of the Christmas decorations and window displays always gets me in the holiday spirit. SouthPark mall in Charlotte always has the cutest Holiday Santa display! 

3. Take some festive holiday photos
Get dressed up and sang your gal pals and take some festive holiday photos! You can send them out as your own Christmas cards just to keep for yourselves.

4. Drive around your neighborhood and look at Christmas lights
One of my things about the holidays is seeing all of the Christmas lights. There are quite a few houses here in Charlotte that go all out with their Christmas decorations and it's always so fun driving around and looking at them.

5. Bake Christmas treats
Give me alllll the gingerbread and peppermint treats. Bake up some of your favorite Christmas treats to share with your friends and family!

6. Visit a Christmas Tree Farm
Visit a Christmas tree farm. snap some picks and maybe vent take one home with ya! To be honest I'm more of a fake Christmas tree gal for my own home. but I love visiting the farms to snap some festive photos. 

7. Host a Christmas party 
White Elephant, Ugly Christmas Sweater, Secret Santa, you name it. Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit quite like being with friends and family and enjoying some festive treats.

8. Volunteer / give back to your community
It's so easy to get wrapped up into buying the perfect gift during the holiday season, but one of the best ways to get into the spirit is to give back to your community or volunteer at your local shelter. 

9. Build a gingerbread house
Such a classic holiday activity, but will surely get you into the holiday mood. 

10. Go ice skating
Nothing screams Christmas time quite like ice skating! This is such a fun date night idea, and if you're in Charlotte places like SouthPark Mall and Uptown have outdoor skating rinks filled with festive decor and music. 

11. Sip some hot cocoa and blast Christmas music
Michael Buble has defrosted and he's ready to make his appearance through your speakers. 

12. Binge on Hallmark Christmas movies in your favorite Christmas PJs
I mean, can't go wrong with a classic. Snag you a pair of $5 Christmas PJ from Old Navy and keep the Hallmark movies rollin'

13. Send out holiday cards
I recently started sending out holiday cards about three years ago and it's one of my favorite traditions! Such a fun way to connect with family and friends and a nice gesture. 


For my Charlotte babes, here are some festive activities going on around the Queen City! Many of these are on my December bucket list and I'm so excited to check them out! 

1. Hit the tracks on and check out the Speedway Christmas at the Charlotte Motor Speedway
Address: 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord

2. Check out the Christmas lights at Christmas Town USA
Address: 212 Wesleyan Drive, McAdenville

3. Check out the Charlotte Christmas Village
Address: 406 N Tryon St, Charlotte NC

4. Watch The Nutcracker at the Belk Theatre 
Address: 130 N Tryon St. Charlotte, NC

5. Ice Skate and take a stroll through a lighted pathway at the Whitewater Center
Address: 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy

6. Spend the day at Carowinds Winterfest
Address: 300 Carowinds Blvd

7. Stroll and admire some Christmas lights at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens
Address: 6500 S New Hope Road, Belmont 

What do you like to do to get into the holiday spirit? Let me know in the comments down below! I hope you all have a great day and as always, thank you for reading!

p.s. if you want to keep up with me every day in December, I'm doing vlogmas on my Instastories where I'm doing mini vlogs every day till Christmas! Be sure to follow along! 


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