Charlotte Events: Letters to Santa, Small Business Saturdays & Art Heist

CHARLOTTE, NC — December is finally here and there are plenty of safe & fun events for the whole family to enjoy. Moira Quinn with Charlotte Center City Partners has what you need to know.

You can find more information below

What:   Letters to Santa in Uptown 

When:  Thursdays – Sundays, December 3rd –  December 19th 

11am – 4pm

Where: Trade and Tryon at Bank of America Plaza   

Starting December 3rd, children of all ages will have the opportunity to drop off letters to Santa in a designated mailbox (provided by Lowe’s) at the heart of Uptown Charlotte at Trade and Tryon at Bank of America Plaza. Once the child places their letter into the interactive mailbox, they will hear music and a special message from one of the Santa’s elves. Each child’s letter will be read and responded to from the North Pole. 

The Letters to Santa station will operate the following hours and times: 

  • Thursday, 12/3 – Sunday, 12/6 from 11am – 4pm 
  • Thursday, 12/10 – Sunday, 12/13 from 11am – 4pm 
  • Thursday, 12/17 – Saturday, 12/19 from 11am – 4pm 


A holiday attendant will host the mailbox during operational hours. Stationery, envelopes and pens will be available for letters to be written on site but please feel free to bring your own letter from home. Just make sure that the return address is listed so each child can receive a response from the North Pole! Masks and social distancing are required when visiting the mailbox. 


What:     South End Small Business SaturdayS

When:  Now through December 19th 

10:00 am – 3:00 pm for pop up markets

              Individual South End brick and mortar business hours vary 

Where:   South End, Charlotte   


This weekend continues the holiday shopping season and South End Small Business SaturdayS. It may look a little different this year, but our concept is the same: Shopping small supports big dreams. Our local South End retailers and makers provide a unique holiday shopping experience for all. Explore the shops, restaurants, and breweries that make South End special, and grab the best holiday gifts the region has to offer! #NeighborhoodGoals.

Each weekend starting through December 19th pop-up vendors hit the already booming retail scene in South End:

  • December 4  |  Design Center (101 W. Worthington Ave.), 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • December 12  |  Atherton Plaza (2000 South Blvd.), 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • December 19  |  Design Center (101 W. Worthington Ave.), 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


You don’t have to wait until Saturday to shop small, there are incredible brick and mortar business that make South End shine. Adventure through former textile mills turned shops, like Atherton Mill and the Design Center, and you’ll find everything from furniture to fashion to food. When you invest in your local artisans and makers, you are investing in an entrepreneur’s dream. By shopping small, you can become a small business hero. Our Small Biz Hero Card encourages you to spend your money locally, with prizes in return, of course. Spend at least $10 at participating small businesses to get a sticker – do this five times and you are ready for your South End tote bag or t-shirt from Fifth Third Bank branches on Camden Road or near New Bern Station.


Now – December 13 (check for show times and days)

Art Heist – A True Crime Immersive Theatre Experience


Grab your coat and get ready for an immersive true crime experience!!! This is an outdoor “walking theatrical”, where groups of 35 walk a route, meeting up with actors along the way to receive clues that allow them to ultimately “solve” an art theft. Put on by Blumenthal Performing Arts, this movable mystery takes the masked and socially distanced audience along a route throughout Uptown, with mysterious stops and characters along the way! Opens on the 20th and runs through December 13. Go to Blumenthal Performing Arts for tickets to your mysterious evening out!