3 Opportunities for Families at Christmas at the Library

By   •   November 22, 2019

Carriage rides are popular among visitors at the Billy Graham Library's Christmas at the Library. Learn more and plan your trip.

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” —2 Corinthians 9:15

Ready to start a new family tradition this Christmas? For thousands who make the trip to the Billy Graham Library for Christmas at the Library, it’s about remembering the real meaning behind the holidays.

As you drive through the gates in Charlotte, North Carolina, horse-drawn carriages meander among peaceful lights. When you walk onto the grounds, the sound of carolers ring out. Nearby, a live nativity depicts the night of Jesus’ birth.

Now through December 23, the Library has extended nighttime hours and inspirational events celebrating Christ’s entrance into this world. Please note that the Library is closed on Sundays.

The evenings are peaceful, family-friendly and free, with the exception of costs for carriage rides and certain activities. Delicious treats are also for sale: Mother Graham’s poundcake, cinnamon rolls, hot apple cider and more.

Get details on three opportunities at Christmas at the Library before planning your visit:

A Live Nativity

Reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ at a live nativity. Shepherds, a camel, donkey, lambs and other animals portray a picture of that silent night more than 2,000 years ago. For some, volunteering as a character in the live nativity is especially meaningful, as it provides a hands-on opportunity to share the hope of Christ. To find out more about volunteering for this position or others during December, visit BillyGrahamLibrary.org.

Nativity Hours

5 p.m.–9 p.m.

5 p.m.–10 p.m.

Daily, Noon-2 p.m.
Pet the animals*

Mondays, 5-7 p.m.
Photos with nativity animals*

*Weather permitting


When is the last time carolers came to your door? These days, it’s a rarity. When you attend Christmas at the Library, you’ll be greeted with song. Carols like “Joy to the World” and “O Holy Night” are performed by a variety of groups every night of the event. Sing along and celebrate Christ’s birth!

Paint or Craft on the Patio

Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with painting or crafts on the Library’s heated patio. There are separate opportunities for children and students/adults.

Paint/Craft on the Patio

Tuesdays: Paint/Craft on the Patio (children), 2–4 p.m.
Wednesdays: Paint/Craft on the Patio (adults), 2–4 p.m.

In the children’s classes, kids will receive guidance and encouragement while making a Christmas-themed project. At the end of each class, children will take their original art or craft home to display.

For teens and adults, a professional artist will lead the group in creating their own Christmas canvas.

All activities include snacks and warm drinks. The children’s activities include a story time.

The Library’s operating hours during Christmas at the Library are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m.–9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–10 p.m. The Library is closed on Sundays.

Christmas activities begin at 5 p.m. Both admission and parking are free.

Throughout the day and evening, visitors are welcome to tour The Journey of Faith, which shares about the life and ministry of evangelist Billy Graham.

Carriage rides are $8 per adult and $4 per child under 12.

Plan your visit to Christmas at the Library.

Who is Jesus Christ? Find out here.