Carowinds' New Christmas Event, Taste of the Season Food Festival

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Taste of the Season

Season Passholder reservations available now. Daily Tickets including reservations are available now.

Happy holidays, y’all! Savor the holidays' flavors at Carowinds’ Taste of the Season: An Outdoor Holiday Food Festival. Sample tempting treats with your Tasting Card and make magical family memories —safely on select days November 21 - December 20. Limited capacity, so reserve your spots when available.  

Our Christmas event is an outdoor dining experience with a sleigh-full of family activities. Purchase a Tasting Card to choose among 30 samples of holiday sweets and savories. Feast your eyes on dazzling holiday décor, enjoy seasonal shows, and wrap up your Christmas shopping. What’s more, select family rides are open to deliver the ear-to-ear smiles and belly laughs you can always count on from Carowinds.

We are so thrilled to welcome you back home. We want you to enjoy our holiday event and feel safe when visiting, so we’ve developed an extensive reopening plan—new processes and enhanced procedures throughout the park to help reduce the spread of germs. We’re all in this together, and by working together, you can safely and confidently have an AMAZING time at Carowinds this holiday season. Capacity is limited, and reservations are required, so secure your spots now.

Download our Mobile App for iPhone and Android for more detailed information about Taste of the Season.

Sold Out Dates:

  • November 21
  • November 22

'Tis the Season to be Scrumptious

Delicious holiday food is the star of the show at Taste of the Season, so prepare for a one-of-a-kind outdoor dining experience. Purchase a Tasting Card to choose among 30 samples of scrumptious seasonal favorites—all with a Carolina twist. You’ll also find unique drinks, gotta-have-it favorites and lots of holiday goodies served with the highest safety standards.

“Snow” Much to See and Do

In between enjoying samples of our delicious sweets and savories, make your spirits bright at delightful things to do for Christmas all around the park. Hear songs of the season, do a holiday hustle at our dance party, and score the perfect gifts for friends and family. Giggle like you haven’t in a long time on your favorite family rides.

Don We Now Our Ugly Sweater

Nothing says “Ho-Ho-Ho” like a ho-ho-horribly ugly holiday sweater or vest. Dig deep into your closet and wear with pride that gaudy garment that’s both festive and frightening. You can also dress up as a cute–or maybe mischievous–elf. Make sure to mask up, too. Join us for an end of the night party you won't forget!

*While guests are encouraged to come dressed in their most festive costumes, approved face coverings are mandatory during the Christmas event. Specific costume guidelines are outlined in the FAQs below.

Rockin’ Around the Reindeer Treat Trail

Satisfy your sweet tooth on our Reindeer Treat Trail. Santa’s reindeer have shared some of their favorite treats, and you can find them at nine treat stations in Christmas Carousel Park. All sweets at the food festival are individually wrapped for safety. 

This activity operates from 1 PM - 7 PM.

Holly Jolly Packages

Available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Taste of the Season Event, Nov. 21 - Dec. 20

Want to turn this special holiday event into a fun getaway? Make reservations onsite now at Carowinds Camp Wilderness or SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte at Carowinds!

For SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte at Carowinds, see pricing and availability by visiting the hotel site, choosing your dates of stay and then choose "Deals & Packages" at the top.

Just a Few of the 30 Scrumptious Tasting Card Options