Holidays at the Garden
Noon-9 p.m. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. $12, $11 for seniors, $6 for kids 4-12. 704-829-1240.
The annual holiday display features Christmas trees (including the popular Orchid Tree) and lighting displays; kids can visit Santa, make a nature-based craft or take a carriage ride.
‘This Is The ’60s’
8 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $24.50-$39.50. www.ncbpac.org.
The show blends historic film footage, still images and animated graphic designs of the era with live renditions of songs by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane and many others.
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, 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 live Nativity scene, a festival of trees, a petting zoo and photos with Santa. Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m., see a showing of “A Christmas Story.”