Metrolina Expo Marketplace
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (also Saturday and Sunday). Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Road. $5. www.icashows.com.
The largest monthly marketplace in the Carolinas, featuring everything from shabby chic to valuable antiques, from unique gift items to vintage pieces. Also, bring your treasures for a free appraisal.
The Magic of Christmas
8 p.m. (also various times through Sunday). Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $27.50-$72.50. 704-972-2000.
The Charlotte Symphony celebrates the holidays with the help of the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte and an array of guest performers.
7 p.m. (also Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday). McGlohon Theatre, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. $12-$20. www.carolinatix.org.
Langston Hughes based his song-filled play on the Gospel of Luke and its account of Christ’s birth. An all-youth cast going by the collective name Tomorrow’s R.O.A.D. (Roots of the African Diaspora) does the show.
7 p.m. (also various times through Sunday). Halton Theater, Central Piedmont Community College, 1200 Elizabeth Ave. $15-$25 general, $12 under age 15. 704-330-6534.
Charlotte Youth Ballet launches the area’s annual flurry of “Nutcracker” performances. The principal dancers include professionals from the National Ballet Theater of Puerto Rico, and budding Charlotte-area dancers flesh out the rest of the beloved holiday fantasy.