Do you long for peace and simplicity this holiday season?
Refresh your soul and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Christmas in the library is a free, family celebration of the birth of Jesus. Whether you are a Christian or not, find peace in simple things of the season that may seem blurred. Here are just five reasons to visit, now until December 23.
1. Carriage ride
Snuggle under a comfortable blanket * in a horse-drawn carriage, slowly meandering through the bright Christmas lights with family or friends.
This is a shot of the peaceful ambience you will experience as you ride your carriage through the Billy Graham Library and the headquarters of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
*Blankets are not provided, but you can bring your own. They are also available for purchase at Ruth’s Attic Bookstore.
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2. Baby Camel
It’s called Pockets, and it’s three months old. Come see him and Tux, the lama; Bell, donkey; and Lilly, a goat in a living manger. There are other creatures.
Want to pet Pockets or take photos with him or other animals? Visit the crib live from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
3. The inevitable Christmas spirit
Stop and listen. You may hear the verses “Joy to the world” or “O holy night”.
Take a roll with cinnamon and hot cider and enjoy the traditional Christmas carols. In the spirit of giving to celebrate Christmas, find inspirational gifts or something for yourself at Ruth’s Attic Bookstore.
4. Mother Graham’s Poundcake
Butter, sugar, sour cream. This poundcake recipe from Billy Graham’s mother, Morrow Graham, is sure to satisfy your gourmands.
5. Time for a story
Bring your children to our covered, heated terrace and listen to Christmas stories. Story time starts every 30 minutes, starting at 5 p.m.
Plan your visit
Experience Christmas in the library activities Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 9pm and Friday to Saturday from 5pm to 10pm The library is closed on Sundays.
Library staff encourage visitors to apply for a time limit for their visit. The library started accepting reservations during last year’s protection measures against COVID-19, and this practice continues this year, offering guests a more pleasant experience. If a guest shows up for Christmas in the library without a reservation they will not be rejected, but will have to register on the spot and may have to wait longer.