Fri., Dec. 6, 1 p.m., Sat., Dec. 7, 8 a.m. and Sun., Dec. 8, 10 a.m.
Old Town District of Rock Hill - Rock Hill
Price: Free to attend. Old Town in Rock Hill will have horse drawn carriage rides, historic tours, carolers, art, theater, dance, music,a gingerbread house contest, ice skating rink, 20 tons of real snow and more during the three day festival.
Sun., Dec. 1, 1 & 2:45 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 8, 1 & 2:45 p.m.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden - General Charlotte Area
Price: Members and children under 4 are free; adults, $12; seniors 60+, $10; and children 4-12, $6. Space is limited; reservations required Savannah’s Tea Room of Fort Mill is back by popular demand. Make your reservations early for this special afternoon of tea tasting and scrumptious snacks. Gift baskets and other tea-oriented items will be available for purchase.
Fri., Dec. 6, 7 p.m., Sat., Dec. 7, 1:30 & 5:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 8, 2:30 p.m.
CPCC's Halton Theater - Elizabeth
Price: $12 - $25 This holiday bring the whole family to Charlotte’s only Nutcracker performance choreographed with professional, international guest artists and local and regional area talent. Be prepared to be delightfully entertained at Charlotte Youth Ballet’s 31st Anniversary performance of The Nutcracker! This performance is the traditional Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday production but with unique twists, lots of snow, laughter and surprises. After the show hang out with the performers, take photos and get autographs. The CYB is a proud partner of the Arts & Science Council and the North Carolina Arts Council.
Fri., Dec. 6, 8 p.m., Dec. 6-8, 11 a.m. and Sun., Dec. 8, 1 & 5 p.m.
Historic Gold Hill - General Charlotte Area
Price: Free except for Horse & Carriage rides/Christmas story, $12 Historic Gold Hill’s Merchants’ Association is sponsoring an Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Village, three days of family-oriented and fun events. Santa will be here for a special breakfast, parade and pictures. Live Christmas music each day, a live nativity scene, horse and carriage rides, Christmas story by author, Nancy Brewer, and a Miss Merry Christmas Pageant will highlight the event. People may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Thu., Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 13, 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 14, 8 p.m., Wed., Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 20, 8 & 11 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 21, 2 & 8 p.m.
Duke Energy Theater - Uptown
Price: $15-35 Starving Artist Productions flagship show. Now in our eighth season. A reflective and modern thematic one-act that combines live original music, monologues for a one-of-a-kind holiday experience. Nominated for two years as "theatre event of the year." Based on the writings of Frederick Buechner. Various times Dec. 12 - 21, with special event nights.
Dec. 12-29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge Charlotte - Ballantyne
Vote on your favorite gingerbread creation. $1 for each time you vote. All proceeds will benefit the Levine Children's Hospital.
Sat., Dec. 14, 10 a.m.
Belmont National Guard Armory - Gastonia
Price: Free Come out and enjoy the season with warm beverages and baked goods, performances through out the day by James Groome & Chris Eagle. The Jolly old elf himself Olde World Santa will also be dropping in for a visit as well! Our vendors will be selling a wide variety of Handcrafted, unique & one of a kind items,that are just waiting to make the perfect holiday gift for your someone special. Enter our raffle and you could take home one of several gift baskets full delightful handmade goodies—a real time saver during the holiday crunch!
Sat., Dec. 14, 11 a.m.
President James K. Polk State Historic Site - General Charlotte Area
Price: Free Come and learn about food and customs from Christmas in 1802! Buildings will be decorated in the 19th century style and a living history vignette will be on display in the main house. The Catawba Valley Cooking Guild will be on hand to present a festive feast for the holiday season. Historic holiday crafts will be available for children to create!
Sat., Dec. 14, 11:15 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Ovens Auditorium - East Charlotte
Price: $10 - $20 Get into the spirit of the season with your children at Carolina Voices' family-friendly, one hour show that includes rousing sing-a-longs, favorite kids holiday tunes, magical puppets, amazing dancers and, of course, a ho-ho-hoing Santa. This year, the kids will take a journey with Grey Seal Puppet’s Roquefort the Mouse who asks the question, “Where is Christmas?” A wonderful story with a heartfelt meaning that is perfect for children age 3 to 10 and for those young at heart!
Sat., Dec. 14, 12 p.m.
U.S. National Whitewater Center - General Charlotte Area
Price: Free Put your Santa suits on and get into the holiday spirit during our first annual Just Be Claus festival, taking place on Saturday, December 14. The festival will kick off with a Santa 5K Trail Run, followed by a bonfire and live music. Why? Just Be Claus.
Sat., Dec. 14, 2 & 4:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 15, 2 & 4:30 p.m.
Woodlawn School - Lake Norman
Price: $10 Adults, $8 Children/Seniors Rosie the Red-Nosed Reindeer, an audience participation play for children aged 3+. Rosie is the story of a reindeer who, like her older brother, has a shiny red-nose that helps Santa guide his sleigh in this heart-warming holiday classic that invites children in the audience to help the elves make toys and participate in reindeer games.
Sat., Dec. 7, 3:30 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 14, 3:30 p.m.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden - General Charlotte Area
Price: Members, $20; Non-members $25 Space is limited; Reservations required Some lucky children will celebrate with Santa during one of the Garden’s most exciting days of the Christmas Season. Children can join the holiday sing-along and storytime, decorate cookies and make a gift for someone special on their list. It’s a special day for Santa and the kids! Price includes admission to evening lights and festivities
Tuesdays-Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 20
Civic & Cultural Arts Center of Pineville - Pineville/Hwy 51
Price: FREE The public is invited to Bite of the Apple-Art Educator's Art Exhibit which showcases artwork created by local area North Carolina and South Carolina art teachers. The annual exhibit hosted by the Civic & Cultural Arts Center of Pineville in its main gallery located at 316 Main Street, Pineville, NC 28134 is free to the general public and was created to encourage art teachers to create artwork outside of the classroom in a friendly juried competition. Light refreshments and live music by Lucinda Lucas on opening night beginning at 6:30 p.m. on November 8, 2013.
Fri., Nov. 1, 9 a.m., Sat., Nov. 2, 9 a.m., Thu., Nov. 14, 9 a.m., Fri., Nov. 15, 9 a.m., Sat., Nov. 16, 9 a.m., Sat., Dec. 14, 9 a.m. and Sat., Dec. 21, 9 a.m.
Charlotte Motor Speedway - Concord/Kannapolis
Price: Starting at $59 Climb behind the wheel and drive or Ride-Along shotgun in a 600 HP NASCAR race car for an adrenaline pumping thrill of a lifetime! Junior Ride-Alongs are now available for kids ages 6-13 and at least 48" in height. Experience real life racing excitement with the whole family!
Nov. 20-Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Bass Pro Shops - General Charlotte Area
Bring the kids into Santa's Wonderland for a free photo with Santa, free crafts, games, and more.