Candle Tea Service & Christmas Bazaar A presentation of Moravian Christmas traditions including a demonstration of beeswax candle making, refreshments, and a bazaar of handmade crafts, Advent stars, and Moravian foods. www.peacemoravian.com. Sat., Dec. 4, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Peace Moravian Church, 4418 Rea Road. 704-759-9939.
Christmas Arts & Crafts Boutique The event is sponsored by the Mooresville Artist Guild and will feature original, hand made items. Nov. 26-Dec. 24. Visual Arts Depot, 103 West Center Ave, Mooresville. 704-663-6717.
Christmas at Reed Gold Mine Featuring hand bell and vocal choirs, craft demonstrations, reenactments, cookies and more. Reed Gold Mine, 9621 Reed Mine Rd. Sat., Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 704-721-4653.
Christmas at St. Mary's Carolina Pro Musica's annual event features Christmas music of the 18th century, plus the music of Bach, Handel and carols. St. Mary's Chapel, 1129 E. 3rd St. www.carolinapromusica.org. Sat., Dec. 11, 7 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. $7.50-$15. 704-334-3468.
Christmas Candlelight Tours Costumed guides will take visitors back in time to see a Christmas celebration from 1805 by candlelight. James K. Polk Memorial State Historic Site, Pineville. www.polk.nchistoricsites.org. Sat., Dec. 4, 6:30-9 p.m. $2, 12 and under free. 704-889-7145.
A Christmas Carol Classics Theatre of Charlotte presents the Charles Dickens' holiday classic. Nov. 26-Dec. 19, Thu-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. $10-$12.50. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 1118 Clement Ave. 704-455-8542.
Christmas in Davidson A signature event and gift for the community including special events and entertainment for the whole family. Main St., Davidson. Dec. 1-3, 6-9 p.m. 704-892-2118.
A Christmas Story Humorist Jean Sheperd's memoir of growing up in the midwest of the 1940s. Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 8pm; Dec. 5, 12 & 19, 2:30pm. $10-$15. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring Street, NW, Concord. 704-788-2405.
Christmas Vespers The Davidson College Musical Ensembles will present the annual Christmas Vespers service. This worship service will also include scripture lessons and carols. Sun., Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Corner of Main St. & Concord Rd., Davidson. 704-894-2357.
Cornelius Holiday Celebration Performances by Cornelius Elementary Chorus, Carolina Classics Barbershop Harmony Group and local groups. Take a ride around Town in a horse-drawn carriage, and more. Antique Warehouse Area, Cornelius. www.corneliuspr.org. Sat., Dec. 4, 2:30-5 p.m. 704-892-6031 ext. 166.
Friends of the Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour This is the 27th year to showcase the grand Victorians, luxary condominiums, and adaptive re-use buildings for which the Fourth Ward is famous, all dressed in holiday finery. www.FOFW.com. Dec. 3, 5-9 p.m.; Dec. 4-5, 12-4 p.m. 704-651-4183.
Holiday Art Sale Over 25 artists with fine arts and crafts. www.rockhillarts.org. Thu., Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Center for the Arts, Rock Hill, 121 E. Main St. 803-328-2787.
Holiday Craft & Art Sale Features one of a kind items from more than twenty local artists including pottery, jewelry, paintings, collages, garden sculpture, ornaments, scarves, cards and more. Sat., Dec. 4, 10 a.m. Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-552-6731.
Holiday Sale & Fundraiser 5th annual event with silent auction featuring functional and sculptural clay artworks. Proceeds will benefit the Metrolina Aids Project and Helping Animals Live On. www.potterycentral.com. Dec. 3, 6-10 p.m.; Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Pottery Central, 3534 Central Ave. 704-537-4477.
International Christmas The concert will include carols for all to sing accompanied by winds, brass, and organ. Abbey faculty, staff, and students will join in leading "Silent Night" in five languages. www.belmontabbeycollege.edu. Sat., Dec. 4, 8 p.m. Free. Belmont Abbey Basilica, 100 Belmont-Mount Holly Rd., Belmont. 704-461-6813.
Jazz Holiday Luncheon Annual luncheon given by the Afro-American Cultural Center. The event will feature the big band "A Sign of the Times" as well as the Afro-American Teen Dance and Teen Drama Ensembles. www.aacc-charlotte.org. Thu., Dec. 2, 11:30 a.m. $50. Adam's Mark Hotel, 555 South McDowell St. 704-374-1565 x24.
Jingle Bell Ball The Jingle Bell Ball provides needed funds to the United Family Service's Shelter for Battered Women. Deja Vu and the Gold Standard Chorus will provide the entertainment for the black tie gala. www.jinglebellball.com. Fri., Dec. 3, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $30-$35. Grand Central. 704-333-8522.
Kannapolis Christmas Tree Lighting The annual tree lighting event for the city of Kannapolis will include the Piedmont Choral Society and a sale of luminaries to benefit people with brain-related disorders. Sat., Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m. Veterans Park, Main Street, Kannapolis. 704-932-1149.
Kwanzaa Kamp Children and families will have an opportunity to learn the seven principles of Kwanzaa as well as the symbols and practices of this African American holiday. Sat., Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $5. Afro-American Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St. 704-374-1565.
A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Based on the stories by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Ages 5+. Dec. 3-12. $10-$15. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.
A Mad, Mad Madrigal! An interactive musical that's two parts Renaissance Festival, one partMadrigal, 63/100 parts Monty Python and all completely insane. www.geocities.com/epic_arts_rep. Dec. 3-21, Fri & Sat, 9:30pm; Sun & Mon, 7:30pm. $10-$20. Actor's Theatre, 650 E. Stonewall Street. 704-347-2817.
Magic of Christmas Charlotte Symphony conducted by Alan Yamamoto featuring the Oratorio Singers, choirs, Bella Voce Singers and more. www.charlottesymphony.org. Dec. 2, 8 p.m.; Dec. 3, 8 p.m.; Dec. 4, 2:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Dec. 5, 2:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. $20-$53. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.
Nuncrackers Nunsense Christmas Musical will feature all new songs and typical Nunsense humor. Dec. 2-11, Thurs.- Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun. 2:30 p.m. $10-$12. Little Theatre of Gastonia, 38 S. Clay St., Gastonia. 704-865-0160.
Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical CPCC Theatre presents a musical about the nuns from Nunsense celebrating Christmas in town their own way. Dec. 3-12, Fri., Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $12. Pease Auditorium, CPCC, 1200 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534.
The Nutcracker Presented by the Charlotte Youth Ballet. For tickets www.ticketmaster.com. Sat., Dec. 4, 2:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. $7-$21. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-522-6500.
Rock & Roll Christmas Annual holiday ice show presented by figure skating clubs. Pineville Ice House, 400 Towne Centre Blvd. Sat., Dec. 11, 5:30 p.m. $5, under 3 are free. 704-889-9000 ext. 129.
Rockapella Comfort and Joy Five guys with zero instruments deliver a familiar blend of Christmas tunes plus other Rockapella favorites in this yuletide treat. www.blumenthalcenter.org. Dec. 15-16, 8 p.m. $12.50-$25. McGlohon Theatre. 704-372-1000.
Supper With Santa Sponsored by the ENCORE! group of the Children's Theatre. Each supper will begin with a magic show, then the children will be escorted by elves off to dine with Santa while the adults enjoy their own festive reception. Call for a reservation form. Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m.; Dec. 5, 12:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. $5-$15. Children's Theatre of Charlotte, 1017 E. Morehead St. 704-376-5745.
The Santaland Diaries Mark Scarboro returns as the young man who takes a job as an elf at Macy's during the Christmas season to earn extra money. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org. Dec.1-23, Wed-Sat, 7:30pm; Dec. 19, 2:30pm. $20. Actor's Theatre, 650 E. Stonewall Street. 704-342-2251.
Tomaseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas Experience this holiday show featuring some of the most gifted Celtic artists performing today. www.blumenthalcenter.org. Mon., Dec. 6, 7 p.m. $20-$35. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.
The True Meaning of Christmas The Afro-American Cultural Center's Teen Dance and Drama Ensembles will present "The True Meaning of Christmas." www.aacc-charlotte.org. Dec. 4, 7 p.m.; Dec. 12, 4 p.m. $5-$7. Afro-American Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St. 704-374-1565.
The Voices of Christmas The North Meck. Community Chorus will usher in the holiday season with a program of seasonal favorites and new selections that celebrate the magic of Christmas. Dec. 6, Huntersville Presbyterian Church, 7:30pm; Dec. 13, Bethel Presbyterian Church, Cornelius, 7:30pm. Free. 704-947-0438.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
2424 N. Davidson Street
Charlotte, NC 28205
Holiday Volunteer Opps/Donation Needs:
Big Brothers/Big Sisters' wish list includes: silverware, b/w and color printer, office supplies (file folders, copy paper, etc), cubicle dividers, paper items (towels, tissue, etc.), VCR/DVD player. Also, currently recruiting "bigs," especially volunteer big brothers, as most of the people on the waiting list are boys. There are many ways to get involved as a volunteer in either the school-based or community-based programs.
The Family Center
1516 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28204
For volunteer info contact:
Nancy Kramer 704-376-7180 x104
Holiday Volunteer Opps/Donation Needs:
Many holiday and seasonal opportunities, including assisting staff and shoppers on Shopping Days, and wrapping packages for the Christmas Shopping Day.