Christmas Activities

Exciting ways you can experience Christmas at The Library

Christmas Library Volunteers

Christmas is a special time at the Billy Graham Library with plenty of family-friendly attractions to celebrate the birth of Christ. Listed below are the main activities available from December 1-23 to help you make the most of your Christmas at the Library visit. Come earlier in the month to beat the crowds.

Live Nativity

See a real life representation of the birth of Jesus, including shepherds, a camel, donkey, lambs and other animals. This free attraction is located between the Library entrance and the Graham Family Homeplace. Come pet the animals at the same location from noon to 2 p.m.

*Please don’t pet or feed the animals during the evening nativity scene.

Hours:
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday
5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday

Cost: Free, no tickets needed

Horse-drawn Carriage Rides

Experience the ambiance of Christmas at the Library from a horse-drawn carriage. Purchase tickets in the Library parking lot, then get on board for a 15- to 18-minute ride around the BGEA Headquarters and Library grounds. Each carriage comfortably seats four adults.

Hours:
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday  *Last ride at 8:45 p.m.
5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday   *Last ride 9:45 p.m.
Cost: Adults - $7, Children under 12 - $3
*Tickets cannot be purchased in advance and entire party must be present.

Story Time

Bring the little ones to the Billy Graham Library patio for a special time of reading from Christmas books available in the Ruth’s Attic Bookstore. Kids of all ages are welcome, but this free event is especially recommended for those under age 12. The patio is covered and heated so everyone stays warm.

Hours:
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday 
5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday

Cost: Free, no tickets needed

Christmas Carolers

From “Joy to the World” to “O Holy Night,” songs of the season can be heard live each night of Christmas at the Library. This activity includes a variety of performances by different groups. A list of carolers is provided at the information desk upon entering the Library.

Cost: Free, no tickets needed

In addition to the above Christmas-only activities, the Billy Graham Library’s ongoing attractions are available for extended hours during Christmas at the Library:

9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday
9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday

Enjoy Mother Graham's poundcake, cinnamon rolls, hot apple cider, and much more. View our holiday menu here.

  • Every Thursday – Friday, 6-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 13th & 20th, 2-8 p.m.
  • $18.95 per adult, $8.95 per child twelve and under (no charge for children under 3)
  • Celebrate with a special evening of warm fellowship and a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Dinner will be served just behind the Library in the BGEA Headquarters. Reservations are recommended; limited seating available. To make a reservation, please email ctroutman@bgea.org or call (704) 401-3200.

Learn more about the Library’s ongoing attractions

Still have questions? Visit the FAQ page and get tips for your visit here.

Christmas at the Library has been named one of the Top 100 Events in the U.S. by the American Bus Association (ABA) and a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society.

 
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4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC 28217
704-401-3200

Free Admission
Hours:
Mon – Sat, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closed on the following holidays:
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

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