City sidewalks dressed in holiday style, Charlotte's Christmas Village opens Saturday

- It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Uptown. Charlotte’s Christmas Village officially opened Saturday in Romare Bearden Park.

The market will be open now through Christmas Eve. Fox46 Charlotte spoke with city leaders who say the market is becoming a Charlotte tradition.

“What you can expect is a sense of community,” said County Commissioner Matthew Ridenhour. “The idea for a Christmas village is to come out, have a strudel, go do some shopping, listen to some music, and enjoy your fellow members of the community.”  

The market is inspired by European villages. Hundreds enjoyed holiday food, live performances, and photos with Santa.

“They need a big Christmas tree,” said Samantha Tilton. “Where is the big Christmas tree? I don’t see one.”   

Warmer temperatures on Saturday brought together Charloteans and out of town family visiting for the holiday. Out of towners like Rebecca Martin who says it was the perfect weather to explore the outdoor village.

“It’s cold enough to get some hot chocolate but warm enough to walk around,” said Martin.  

Mayor Jennifer Roberts says the Christmas village is becoming a Charlotte tradition.

“With the food, the entertainment, the music, the shopping and make this a tradition for Charlotte,” said Mayor Roberts. “We hope to do this for many years to come.” 

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