6-10 p.m. (nightly through Dec. 30). Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S. $15-$20 per car. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
One of the area’s largest holiday light shows returns, with more than 3 million lights on 800 displays. There’s also an outdoor ice rink ($12, including skate rentals) and a Christmas Village (Thursdays-Sundays) featuring a living Nativity scene, a festival of trees, a petting zoo and photos with Santa.
7 and 9:30 p.m. (also Saturday). The Comedy Zone, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. $19-$22.50. 980-321-4702.
The veteran comic – who calls himself “the funniest man in America” – offers whimsical reflections on life from the front porch.
‘European Art, 1750-1900’
10 a.m.-6 p.m. (on display during museum hours through May 13). Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. $10. www.mintmuseum.org.
This exhibition features a selection of fine and decorative European arts from the Mint’s collection, created between the mid-18th and early 20th centuries.
Souvenir and Race Ticket Blowout
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S. 800-455-3267.
The speedway’s annual day-after-Thanksgiving sale features more than a dozen NASCAR souvenir haulers with merchandise on sale, plus deals on tickets for 2013 NASCAR and NHRA events and the chance for fans to drive their personal cars on the track.