Holidays in Charlotte

December 12, 2008 at 8:00 am | Posted in Coming Up | Leave a comment

In between the eating and celebrating this holiday season, you might be looking for something else to do. Join us in exploring some of the holiday arts and entertainment offerings from the traditional to the brand new.
Click “continue reading” below for an extensive list of holiday events in the Charlotte area.

Christmas TeaA Cup of Christmas Tea
One of our traditions at Charlotte Talks is to share in “A Cup of Christmas Tea.” You may have heard this heart-warming story in one of our Christmas shows, but we wanted to share it with you here on the web as well. The story is written by Tom Hegg and read by Mike Collins. Click to Listen.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Holiday Lights Display
Now – Dec. 28 | Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Join us at the Garden for old favorites like the orchid tree, carriage rides, visits from Santa and seasonal entertainment. Train displays are a new treat for 2008. Nearly 600,000 lights are on display. Nightly Tuesday-Sunday, 5-9pm Closed Mondays, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
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The Hunter Farm
Now – Christmas | The Hunter Farm, Weddington NC
A horse-drawn wagon takes you to the “North Pole” to see Santa and pet animals. It sells Christmas trees and hot drinks too. Fridays 3pm – 8pm, Saturdays 10am – 8pm, Sundays 1pm – 8pm.
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McAdenville Christmas Lights Display
Dec. 1-26th | McAdenville, NC
Lights glow nightly M-F 5:30p-9:30p, S&S 5:30-11pm. The newest addition to McAdenville’s Christmas Lights is the J. M. Carstarphen Bridge which spans the South Fork River in the heart of Christmas Town.
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Sister’s Christmas Catechism
Dec. 2-14th | Booth Playhouse
“Forensic Files goes to Bethlehem” in this holiday mystery extravaganza, by the author of Late Nite Catechism, as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages – whatever happened to the Magi’s gold?
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A High Country Christmas
Dec. 5-15th | Blowing Rock PAC
Bob Inman brings Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to the stage with a High Country twist.
Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock.

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Dec. 5th-21 | Childrens Theatre
The Herdman kids are probably the meanest, nastiest, most inventively awful kids in the history of the world… see their interpretation of the Christmas story for their church’s annual Christmas pageant.
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The Eight: Reindeer Monologues
Dec. 10-21 | Actors Theatre of Charlotte
The media descends as wicked allegations fly about a steamy sex scandal involving the Jolly Fat Man. Each of Santa’s eight tiny reindeer give their “unique” perspective on the scandal, as well as on the disappearance of Rudolph after his first and only flight. For mature audiences only.
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The Santaland Diaries
Dec. 10-21 | Actors Theatre of Charlotte
This production chronicles one man’s experience working as an elf in Macy’s SantaLand. Witty and unpredictable, this comedy mercilessly cuts through the holiday spirit, revealing all the crazy things we do during this stressful time of year. For mature audiences only.
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NC Dance Theatre’s Nutcracker
Dec. 12-21 | Belk Theater
NC Dance Theatre and the Charlotte Symphony, present Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Nutcracker including a cast of more than 100 dancers, including students from around the community. Join the journey as Clara and her Prince explore the Land of Sweets. Meet the glamorous Sugar Plum Fairy and a lovable Mother Ginger.
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Walk Through Nativity Scene
Dec. 13-14 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free | Harrison United Methodist Church in Pineville
Recreates a realistic town of Bethlehem. Features live actors and animals.
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It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Dec. 15-18 | Duke Energy Theatre
Experience Frank Capra’s beloved holiday classic in a refreshingly new and intimate way. Join us live in the studios of the fictional WBFR Radio on Christmas Eve, 1946, where the five hard-working radio actors of WBFR portray dozens of characters from the movie.
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The Messiah, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Dec. 17th | Belk Theater
Scott Allen Jarrett conducts the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte in Handel’s Messiah, a concert with stirring solos and choruses accompanied by the symphony.
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A Tuna Christmas
Dec. 19-28th | McGlohan Theater
It’s Christmas Eve and all comic hell breaks loose as the eccentric Tuna Texans cope with seasonal traumas, a disaster prone production of A Christmas Carol, a yard decorating contest being sabotaged by a mysterious Christmas phantom, and the arrival of Aliens from Outer Space!
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Tour with Christmas Tea
Dec. 21st 1:30pm & 3pm | Historic Rosedale
Take a closer look at a traditional antebellum Scots-Irish Christmas in the North Carolina Backcountry. Holiday refreshments provided at end of tour.
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Meineke Car Care Bowl
Dec. 27th 1pm | Bank of America Stadium
Street Festival
Dec. 26th 11am-6:15 pm | Intersection of Trade and Tryon
Intersection is closed off for the annual Street Festival. Food and beverage vendors will be there along with attractions for kids of all ages. At 5:00pm the Official Pep Rally will open, complete with presentations from both schools.

Avett Brothers New Years Eve Concert
Dec. 30-31st | Belk Theatre (December 31 show sold out)
The Avett Brothers return to the Belk Theater for two shows. The New Year’s uptown celebration begins with an 8:00 pm show on Tuesday, Dec. 30, and includes opening act Jason Webly. The performance on Wednesday, Dec. 31, includes opening acts Jason Webly, Jessica Lea Mayfield and Paleface starting at 9:00 pm.

Charlotte’s First Night
Dec. 31st Begins at 3pm | Uptown Charlotte
Admission Buttons are $10, Children under 12 are free. A variety of Uptown Charlotte locations are transformed into performance stages, dance floors, activity areas and visual art displays. This alcohol-free New Year’s Eve event is family-friendly.
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For more ideas, go to the Arts & Science Council Web site and click on “Free” or “Kids & Family-Friendly.”

Boys of the Lough: A Celtic Christmas
Dec. 4th | McGlohan Theater
Celtic Band, The Boys of the Lough traveled extensively in their mission to gain traditional music a wider audience and respect. Their warm and vital performances have won them friends from the village halls of their homelands to international concert and festival stages.
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A Christmas Carol
Dec. 4-7 | Theatre Charlotte

In an inventive retelling of the holiday classic, we encounter a company of traveling players about to enact the Dickens story. The rag-tag acting troupe create a world of make-believe, creating fog, snow, and ghosts through mime, imagination, visual effects and costumes.
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Hickory Choral Society Christmas Concert
Dec. 5-7 Free | Corinth Reformed Church
Friday and Saturday concerts are at 8pm. The Sunday concerts are set for 4pm and 7:30pm. Concerts are free and open to the public.
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North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade
Dec. 6th 1:00pm | Davidson, NC
The 26th annual North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade begins in Davidson and travels Highway 115 to Mt. Zion Church in Cornelius. Rain or shine.
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Pops 5: Magic of Christmas
Dec. 5-6th | Belk Theater
Share the enchantment of a musical wonderland as the charlotte symphony, caroling choirs, and special guests make the season bright.
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Christmas Candlelight Tours
Dec. 6th 3-9pm | Historic Brattonsville
Walk the candlelit paths of Historic Brattonsville and experience a Southern-style Christmas in the Carolina backcountry. Over 60 costumed interpreters tell the stories of people who lived here long ago.
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54th Annual Singing Christmas Tree
Dec. 6-7th | Ovens Auditorium
America’s original Singing Christmas Tree production returns for its 54th Season with a new show featuring the Carolina Voices’ MainStage Choir and more than 100 special guest artists.
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Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour
Dec. 5-7th | Fourth Ward, Charlotte
A three-day event showcasing the grand Victorians and luxury condominiums for which Fourth Ward is famous – all dressed in their holiday finery. Public tours on Friday, December 5th (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm), Saturday, December 6th (5:00 – 9:00 pm) and Sunday, December 7th (Noon – 4:00 pm). Tickets are $20, are good for all 3 days.
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Monday Night Football in Charlotte
Dec. 8th 8:30pm | Bank of America Stadium
The Carolina Panthers take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
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