Southern Christmas Show
10 a.m.-6 p.m. (also 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday). The Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd. $9 in advance, $10 at the door; $3 for kids 6-12.
The 45th annual expo features 6 acres of holiday crafts, gifts, decorations, festive foods, art and plenty to wrap up and take home. There’s also an entertainment stage and opportunities to visit Santa Claus. Final day.
Carolina Renaissance Festival
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (also Saturday). 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville. $19 and up ($9 and up for kids 5-12). www.royalfaires.com/carolina.
Final weekend for the local fall fixture, which transforms 22 acres of tree-lined land into a 16th-century village complete with a crafts marketplace, rides, games, pubs and entertainment.