December 2014

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Posted: Monday, Sep. 30, 2013

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November

Through Nov.

Hayrides at Carrigan Farms: Tractor-drawn hayrides follow a winding trail around the farm with a bonfire either before or after your ride, where you can roast marshmallows and hotdogs. Rides last 45 minutes and start at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. $12, group rates are also available. Carrigan Farms, 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy., Mooresville. 704-664-1450. www.carriganfarms.com


Through Nov. 23

Carolina Renaissance Festival: This 16th century European style art and entertainment festival combines outdoor theater, circus entertainment, an arts and crafts marketplace, jousting tournaments, and a feast fit for royalty all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $22 adults, $19 seniors (60+) and active military and their spouses (must show military ID), $12 children 5-12, free for children 5 and under. Check website for discounted ticket prices. 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville. 704-896-5544. www.royalfaires.com/carolina/


Nov. 1&2

20 Feet from Stardom:Studio-C Cinema is showing "20 Feet from Stardom" at Oak Street Mill. Saturday and Sunday doors open 6:15 pm for complementary wine and cheese reception, and art gallery browsing. Screening begins at 7:00pm. Informal discussion follows. $10 Cornelius residents/$11 non-Cornelius residents. Sunday only- post film discussion led by Billboard 100 recording artist and record producer/engineer, Lafouji Alexander. Purchase tickets in advance at www.studioccinema.com, at the Cornelius Art Center, or at the door; cash, check, or credit card accepted.


Nov. 1

12th Annual Statesville Pumpkin Fest: Celebrate all things "pumpkin" including pumpkin bowling, pumpkin painting, pumpkin smashing, a pumpkin pie eating contest, and a Pumpkin Fest 5K race & fun run/walk. Enjoy food, live music, more than 60 arts and crafts exhibitors, children’s activities, a cornhole tournament, rides, games, and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Downtown Statesville, W. Broad Street, Statesville. 704-878-3436. www.statesvillepumpkinfest.com


38th Annual Working Fingers Craft Show: This unique artisan crafts show, features exhibitors showcasing their art, woodwork, baked goods, jewelry and more. Sponsored by Unique Creations Arts & Crafts Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville. 704-663-2670. www.ncfestivals.com


GoWILD! 2014 - An Afternoon with the Raptors: Take a walk on the Wild side with Carolina Raptor Center! This annual fundraising event features family fun entertainment, live music, food trucks, beer and wine, and a silent auctions. 5-8 p.m. $40 adults, $15 children. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org


Nov. 1, 15, 29

Tour de Food: Don't miss the last chance to experience the tastes of Davidson, as this is the last month of food tours until 2015! Sample culinary delights from several restaurants, ranging from upscale dining to a soda shop. Meet the owners and chefs for a very personal experience unlike any other. 1:30 p.m. $50. The Brick House Tavern, 209 Delburg Street Davidson. 336-406-6294. www.tourdefood.net


Nov. 2

ETSU Bluegrass Band: Directed by Daniel Boner, the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Pride Band is comprised of student performers, with a sounds described as, "a lollapalooza of blues, jazz, and country." Over the course of the program's history, this acclaimed band has performed at prestigious venues across the U.S. and onstage with bluegrass and country music legends including as Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, and the late Porter Wagoner. Reception with refreshments, following the concert. 3 p.m. $15 adults, $10 seniors (65+) and students, free for children under 12. The Episcopal Church of St. Peter By-the-Lake, 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver. 704-489-6249. www.saintpeterbythelake.net


Nov. 4-30

"Give the Gift of Art" Holiday Sale: This is the first show/fundraiser of its kind, featuring one-of-a-kind art items available in the Mooresville area that make great gifts for the holiday. Thirty percent of every sale will go toward renovating and restoring The Mooresville Arts Depot, a historic landmark in the community. Presented by Mooresville Arts. 12-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Mooresville Arts Depot, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville. 704-663-6661. www.magart.org


Nov. 5

Mooresville Craft Crawl: Event promotes local artistry and creativity with all handmade items, from jewelry, pottery, woodworking to baked goods, jams, jellies and more. Also featuring live music, from Barrie Howard the "One Man Band." 5-9 p.m. Mooresville Town Square Mall, Mooresville Commons Way, Mooresville. for additional information, call 704-450-7363, email mooresvillecraftcrawl@gmail.com, or visit the 'Mooresville Craft Crawl' Facebook page.


Nov. 6

Tastes of Habitat: Our Towns Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program will be hosting this fundraising event with the goal of providing safe, decent and affording housing for females in the Lake Norman community. The evening will feature auctions and a number of Lake Norman’s finest chefs from local eateries offering specially prepared hors d’oeuvres, mini entrees, and desserts. Restaurants include Dressler's, Prickly Pear, South Main Sweet Shop, and more. 6:30-9 p.m. $40 per person, $300 for a table of eight. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville. www.ourtownshabitat.org


Nov. 6-7

"Holiday Over the Tabletop": This 6th annual charity fundraising event sponsored by the North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club will feature holiday-themed tabletop and tree decorating, and a "sip ‘n shop" boutique from area designers, artisans, and vendors, while you enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails (cash bar), holiday entertainment at the evening gala or holiday cooking and entertaining demonstrations while you sip hot cider, coffee, and feast on holiday sweets at the afternoon gathering. Proceeds from this event will benefit ANSWER. 6-10 p.m. Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 7. $35, evening gala, $20, afternoon session. Peninsula Club, 19101 Peninsula Club Drive, Cornelius. www.nmwclub.org


Nov. 6-23

"Rapture, Blister, Burn": This Off-Broadway 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist play written by Gina Gionfriddo, follows the lives of Catherine and Gwen, two best friends who chose opposite paths. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other’s life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs. With searing insight and trademark wit, this new comedy takes a deep look at family, career, romance, and the decisions that define a life. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16. Ticket prices TBA. The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. 704-619-0429. www.warehousepac.com


Nov. 7-16

Seussical, Jr. Presented by The Connie Company: This musical extravaganza based on the book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, excites our imagination as we follow the Cat in the Hat and Jojo on a whirlwind adventure. All of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters will come to life and delight audiences with their fun-filled adventures discovering life lessons. 1 p.m. Nov. 8-9, 15; 4 p.m. Nov. 8-9, 15-16; 7 p.m. Nov. 7, 14. $10. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson. 704-892-7953. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org


Nov. 8-9

19th Annual Sheepdog Trials And Dog Show: One of the area’s best known dog events will showcase dog sports demonstrations, the United States Border Collie Handlers’ Association, Carolina Dock Dogs, and the Greater Charlotte Shetland Sheepdog Club. Other festivities include kid's activities, hayrides, living history demonstrations in the 1760’s cabin, historic craft and cooking demos, food and North Carolina beer and wine vendors, pumpkin chunkin’, and more. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 ages 13 and older, $7 ages 5-12, free for ages 4 and under. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. 704-875-3113. www.ruralhill.net


Folk Life Festival: Come out for a day of family-friendly fun at this one-of-a-kind fall festival. Festivities include a variety of arts and crafts vendors selling everything from jewelry to pottery, food and beverage vendors serving up BBQ, funnel cakes, locally-crafted beer, and more. Enjoy live entertainment by Southern Express while children experience storytelling, crafts, games, and face painting.10 a.m-4 p.m. $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 students, free for children 5 and under. Latta Plantation 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org


Nov. 8 & 14

A Taste of Turkey and Wine: Cooking classes this month feature themes including "A New Thanksgiving Tradition" (Nov. 8), where you'll learn the basics of a preparing a classic holiday meal with a new twist, and "Turkey, Wines, & Appetizer Pairing" (Nov. 14), where you'll sample several wines and enjoy appetizers to complement each of the wines. Check website for class times and prices. Gourmet on the Run, 137 Market Place Drive, Mooresville. 704-696-0030. www.gourmetontherun.com


Nov. 8

Andre Christine Gallery Art Opening: The "Small Works" exhibit reception to meet the artists and view over sixty paintings from area artists. This will be on display throughout the holidays until January 2015. All paintings will be smaller than 18x20 framed. This very popular exhibit in the past for the cost conscious collector and decorator is a must see. 5-8 p.m. New Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10-5, Friday & Saturday 10-4, Sunday by appointment. www.andrechristinegallery.com


Nov. 9

Nutcracker Tea hosted by the Ballet Company of Academy of Dance and Fine Arts: Journey to the Land of the Sweets with the story of the Nutcracker. Guests will be dazzled by the dancer's from The Academy of Dance and Fine Arts in Mooresville, and afterward enjoy tea, lemonade, and a variety of treats. All proceeds benefit Ace & TJ's Grin Kids. 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. $15, $60 for two VIP tickets, which includes preferred seating, decoupage pointe shoe souvenir, and a cast photo. Johnson Carriage House, 1360 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. 704-663-3169. www.adfastudio.com


Nov. 11

53rd Annual Pork BBQ at Rehobeth UMC: Come out and enjoy fellowship with the community and a delicious BBQ meal served family style with slaw, sweet potatoes, pickles, apple sauce, and homemade desserts. Take-out available (sandwiches only - $4). 11 a.m. $9 adults, $5 children 10 and younger. Rehobeth UMC 9297 Sherrills Ford Road, Terrell. 828-478-2518. www.rehobethumc.org


Nov. 13-23

Southern Christmas Show: Get in the holiday spirit at this annual holiday attraction, where there's Christmas magic at every turn! Browse hundreds of vendors, enjoy food, arts and crafts, demonstrations and more. Opens at 10 a.m. daily. $11 adults, $3 children ages 6-12, free for children under six with paying adult. Discount tickets available when purchased in advanced. $7 for parking. The Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. www.southernchristmasshow.com


Nov. 14

Downtown Lincolnton Art Crawl: The town's restaurants and businesses open their doors for a special evening of art, food, music, and dance. Merchants will host Lincoln County's artists and craftspeople who will showcase a wide variety of fine art and craft mediums including paintings, drawings, photography, pottery, fiber arts, jewelry, metal-smith, wood turning, and more. Artists can register by calling or emailing artslincolnnc@gmail.com. 5-9 p.m. Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 East Main Street, Lincolnton. 704-732-9044. www.artslincolnnc.org


Nov. 15

Susan Egan Concert: Dubbed "The Belle of Broadway," this Tony nominee brings her critically-acclaimed concert to Statesville to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her Broadway debut in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." Her performance combines humor, personal anecdotes, and music by some of Broadway's best writers. Her talent in the entertainment industry, includes theatre, film, television, and music, and she sings with symphonies worldwide. Don't miss the last concert of the 2014 season before we gear up for the holidays and the 2015 lineup. 7:30 p.m. $21, general admission, $11 students. Mac Gray Auditorium, 474 N. Center Street, Statesville. 704-380-0875. www.iredellconcerts.com


An Evening of Hope & Healing: This evening formerly known as “Cruise for Change” includes dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Funds benefit critical services offered by Safe Alliance in Lake Norman. 7-11 p.m. $75 per person, $675 for tables of 10. There will also be a raffle to win 40 bottles of hand selected wines being donated by generous individuals and local merchants. $20 per ticket, $50 for three tickets. Peninsula Club, 19101 Peninsula Club Drive, Cornelius. www.safealliance.org/evening-of-hope-and-healing


Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting: Ring in the holidays at Birkdale Village's annual holiday tree lighting ceremony with music, food, and Santa's arrival. Organized by the Huntersville Happy Hour Rotary Club. A percentage of the proceeds from the sponsorship packages will benefit Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids. For more information on how to become an event sponsor or vendor, please email rcrespo@ddr.com or call 704-895-8744. 5-8 p.m. Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville. www.birkdalevillage.net


Nov. 15-16

Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Show: From professional designers to beginning beaders, the exhibitors showcase a colorful array of precious and semi-precious gemstone beads, sterling silver, freshwater pearls, hand blown glass beads, vintage beads, crystals and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. $5, Sun. $4, free for children 12 and under. Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Road, Charlotte. www.beadshows.com


Nov. 21-30

"Miracle on 34th Street - The Musical": Based on the classic film, featuring a single mother and her daughter who wonder if a department store Santa might be the real Mr. Claus. The universal theme of ‘hope in times of uncertainty’ makes Miracle on 34th Street one show not to miss! This joyous, heart-warming musical is pure family entertainment and the perfect holiday treat! 8 p.m. Nov. 21-22, 28-29; 3 p.m. Nov. 23 and 30. $16 adults, $14 seniors (60+) and students (high school age and younger), $8 for children 12 years and younger. The Green Room Community Theatre, Inc., 10 South Main Avenue, Newton. 828-464-6583. www.the-green-room.org


Carolina Christmas Light Show: The speedway transforms into one of the largest drive-through holiday light parks in the country with more than a million LED lights in nearly 500 colorful displays. For additional information on other festivities, visit the website. 7 p.m. Prices vary depending on vehicle type. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy S., Concord. 704-455-3267. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com


Nov. 22

7th Annual Artisan & Crafters Expo: Artists and crafters offering beautiful works of art and unique handmade items for sale including artisan breads, candy, jams, and other homemade baked goods, such as gluten-free items. Don't forget to sample and cast your vote in the chili cook-off contest. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Kester Gymnasium, Statesville Christian School, 1210 Museum Road, Statesville. For additional information, call 650-443-6464, email sacexpo2014@gmail.com, or visit our Facebook page.


Nov. 25

70th Annual Mooresville Christmas Parade: Welcome the holiday season at this annual event featuring floats, marching bands, dance and tumbling troupes, vintage and modern cars, plus plenty of fun and entertainment for the entire family. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and come early to beat the crowds. 3:30 p.m. Free. Main Street beginning at Statesville Avenue, Mooresville. 704-662-8210. www.mooresvillechristmasparade.com


Nov. 27

Annual Turkey Trot 5K: Bring the family for pre-Thanksgiving dinner festivities including a Kids' Turkey Dash and awards ceremony. Celebrate a healthy holiday and help those in need. All proceeds from the 5K will benefit local projects at the Mission. 7:30 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. Kids' Turkey Dash, 9 a.m. 5K run/walk. 10:30 am. awards. $10 kids' fun run, $25 pre-registration until Nov. 17, $30 registration after Nov. 17. Mooresville Christian Mission, 266 N. Broad Street, Mooresville. 704-664-2357. www.mooresvillechristianmission.org/turkey-trot-5-k/


3rd Annual Strong, Focused and Soon-to-be-Stuffed Family 5K: Get your exercise in before a big day of food, family, and football on the Greenway in Birkdale. After the run, enjoy a complimentary breakfast, hot chocolate, musical entertainment, and the chance to win some great prizes with a raffle. Proceeds benefit the Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen in Huntersville. 8 a.m. $20 per person, $40 per family. Fleet Feet Sports in Birkdale, 16620 Cranlyn Road, Huntersville. www.soontobestuffedfamily5k.com


Nov. 28-29

A Plantation Christmas: Begin the holiday season by experiencing an 1860s Christmas at the plantation. Visitors will see period Christmas decor and baking in the kitchen, learn about Christmas traditions in the 1800s, and meet St. Nick. 10 a.m-4 p.m. $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 students, free for children 5 and under. Latta Plantation 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org


Nov. 29

3rd Annual Light Up Cornelius: Come experience a Cornelius holiday tradition at the inaugural tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy community choirs, dance performances, children's activities, carriages rides, holiday shopping, refreshments, and a visit from Santa! 4-6 p.m. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. www.cornelius.org


December

Through Dec. 31

Zootastic Park's 6th Annual Christmas Wonderland of Lights: Stimulate your senses with this festive, colorful display of more than 3.5 million lights stretched over a two mile drive-thru path, ending with a light show set to music in the park's "Western Town." At the end of the light spectacle, the entire family can enjoy the petting zoo, feeding the tigers, pony rides, sipping hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows over the fire, plus Santa Claus comes every evening! 6-9 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 6-10 p.m. Fri. and Sat. $6 per person. Free wagon rides through the park's light display every Mon.-Wed. Zootastic Park of Lake Norman, 385 Ostwalt Amity Road, Troutman. 704-245-6446. www.zootasticpark.com


Carolina Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway: This annual event is back for the holidays and the spectacular light show will be even bigger and better in its fifth year. Highlights include a drive-thru on and around the speedway with more than 3 million lights in 800 displays, an infield Christmas Village (open Thurs.-Sun.), and movie nights on the world's largest HDTV every Friday and Saturday night during the show! 6-10 p.m. $20 per car (Thurs.-Sun.), $15 per car (Mon.-Wed.). Group rates for vans and buses are available. 5555 Concord Pkwy. South, Concord. 704-455-3267. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com


Dec. 1-2

Davidson Holiday Gala: Don’t miss the Davidson College Choirs, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and friends as they ring in the holiday season with the second annual Holiday Gala, one of the most popular concert events of the season. This fast-paced and family friendly event includes dance, theatre, and traditional and new musical favorites. Featuring Dance Davidson, Davidson Community Players, Young Voices of the Carolinas, and the talent of Davidson student ensembles - the perfect event to get you and your family into the holiday spirit! 7:30 p.m. $20 general admission, $15 faculty, staff and seniors, $10 youth and students (who don't attend Davidson College), $5 Davidson students. Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center, 207 Faculty Drive, Davidson. For tickets, call 704-894-2135. www.davidson.edu


Dec. 1, 6, 8

NMC Chorus presents: "The Voices of Christmas": Join North Mecklenburg Community Chorus for an evening featuring a wonderful selection of new and traditional holiday songs guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit! 7:30 p.m. Free. Check the website for times and locations.[MP1] 704-644-7368. www.nmcchorus.org


Dec. 4

Community Tree Lighting: A free community event featuring fun for kids of all ages. Activities include train rides, a magician, multiple bounce houses, popcorn and cider. This is a great way for your family to kick off the holiday season! 6:30-8:30 p.m. Statesville Civic Center, 300 S. Center Street, Statesville. 704-878-3493.


Polar Express Night: Come hear the story of "The Polar Express" and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Wear your pajamas too! Ages infant to fifth grade. 4-5 p.m. Free. J. Hoyt Hayes Memorial Troutman Library, 215 W. Church Street, Troutman. 704-528-2682. www.iredell.lib.nc.us


Dec. 4-6

Christmas in Davidson: Kick off the holiday season with this annual tradition celebrated in Davidson since 1988. Three magical nights of family fun featuring a holiday village on the Village Green, trolley rides, vendors, shopping, kids' activities, live music, a visit with Santa, and more. 6-9 p.m. Free. The Village Green is located at NC-115 and Davidson-Concord Road, Davidson. 704-596-0342. www.christmasindavidson.com


7th Annual Community Nativity Festival: View nativities from around the world, hear nightly musical performances and caroling, take a family photo, enjoy the children’s make-and-take craft room, and receive a free Christmas ornament. This family-friendly event is for people of all faiths. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Free. 7036 McIlwaine Road, Huntersville. www.nativityfestival.com


Dec. 4-21

"It's A Wonderful Life": Step back in time and experience a live radio broadcast as this beloved American holiday classic comes to life. This uplifting holiday show performed by a small ensemble with a few dozen characters is perfect for the whole family. 2 p.m. Dec. 20; 7 p.m. Dec. 14, 21; 8 p.m. Dec. 4, 18. $20 adults, $18 seniors (65+), $12 student (under 21). Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson. 704-892-7953. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org


Dec. 5

Cocoa with Santa: Come meet Santa, enjoy refreshments, and experience a variety of holiday themed art projects including ornament making, painting, and more. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak Street, Unit 1, Cornelius. 704-896-8823. www.cornelius.org


MSI Chamber Holiday Bazaar: This annual winter wonderland showcases gifts, crafts, food, wine and an artisan bazaar, held in conjunction with the Downtown Mooresville wagon rides, visits with Santa, eateries and holiday shopping. 2-8 p.m. Free. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville. 704-664-3898. www.mooresvillenc.org


Dec. 5-6

Nutcracker Ballet & Holiday Benefit Presented by The Academy of Dance and Fine Arts: Journey to the Land of the Sweets with the story of this vibrant holiday classic. 6 p.m. Dec. 5 (holiday benefit and ballet), 10 a.m. Dec. 6 (ballet only). $17 adults, $11 children 6-11, free for children 5 and under. Proceeds benefit Ace & TJ's Grin Kids. Elevation Lake Norman, 8325 Copley Drive, Cornelius. 704-663-3169. www.adfastudio.com


Dec. 5-7

"Miracle on 34th Street - The Musical": Based on the classic film, featuring a single mother and her daughter who wonder if a department store Santa might be the real Mr. Claus. The universal theme of ‘hope in times of uncertainty’ makes Miracle on 34th Street one show not to miss! This joyous, heart-warming musical is pure family entertainment and the perfect holiday treat! 8 p.m. Dec. 5-6; 3 p.m. Dec. 7. $16 adults, $14 seniors (60+) and students (high school age and younger), $8 for children 12 years and younger. The Green Room Community Theatre, Inc., 10 South Main Avenue, Newton. 828-464-6583. www.the-green-room.org


Dec. 5, 12, 19

Holiday Celebration in Downtown Mooresville: Come celebrate the season with music, Santa visits, Christmas Tree Lane, wagon rides, a 75,000 holiday light spectacular, and more. 6-8 p.m. Loading and unloading for wagon rides takes place at the Christian Mission on Broad Street and ends at 8 p.m. Free. Broad and Main Streets, Downtown Mooresville. 704-662-3336. www.downtownmooresville.com


Downtown Holiday Shop & Stroll: Enjoy the holiday decorations, Christmas music and carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, merchant open houses, holiday refreshments and more. 4-9 p.m. Free. Downtown Statesville, W. Broad Street, Statesville. 704-878-3436. www.downtownstatesvillenc.org or visit the Facebook page


Dec. 6

Keelboat Christmas Flotilla & Lights Parade: The Lake Norman Yacht Club Christmas Flotilla and Parade of Lights will hold its third annual holiday event in partnership with the LKN Fire Department and The Rusty Rudder to benefit Toys for Tots. The parade assembles and departs from the LKN Yacht Club at 6 p.m., then cruises across the lake to The Rusty Rudder, arriving around 7 p.m. for a pass and review. The parade turns around at the Rusty Rudder and heads back to LKN Yacht Club for a final pass around 8 p.m. The parade is best seen from the Rusty Rudder (20210 Henderson Road #101, Cornelius), Holiday Marina (20139 Henderson Road, Cornelius), or any other point on Knox Creek. Judges vote for the best decorated boat in various categories and prizes are awarded at the LKN Yacht Club following the parade. In lieu of an entry fee, anyone who wants to enter a sailboat in the parade is asked to bring an unwrapped child's toy for each person on their boat the day of the parade. Free for spectators, and they are encouraged to bring a toy to either the LKN Yacht Club or the Rusty Rudder. Lake Norman Yacht Club, 297 Yacht Road, Mooresville. For information on joining the parade fleet, please contact Mark Hamilton at 817-501-8568 or mhamilton64@hotmail.com. www.lakenormanyachtclub.com


32nd Annual North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade: Bring the whole family out for one of the largest events to take place in the North Mecklenburg area, and one of the longest running holiday traditions in the Lake Norman area. The parade begins in Davidson and travels Hwy. 115 to Mt. Zion Church in Cornelius. The show will go on rain or shine! Presented by the Davidson Fire Department and Cornelius-Lemley Volunteer Fire Department. 1-3 p.m. Free. 216 S. Main Street, Davidson. 704-892-7591. www.ci.davidson.nc.us


Candlelight Christmas: Step into an 1820s Christmas and tour the beautifully decorated plantation by candlelight. Enjoy music and dancing, storytelling, see a Christmas meal being prepared in the kitchen, a live nativity with the Latta animals, and meet the Latta family. 6-9 p.m. $8 adults, $7 seniors, free for children ages 5 and under. Latta Plantation 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org


6th Annual Denver Christmas Parade: Come out and enjoy the holiday festivities at the town's yearly parade complete with performances, judging and prizes and an emcee. This year’s theme is "Christmas in Toyland." 2-4 p.m. Free. Pilot Knob and Hager’s Ferry Roads. For additional information, or for entry forms, visit www.elbanc.org.


"Christmas At The Cabins": As part of its mission to preserve, promote and provide learning experiences in culture, heritage, and the arts, Iredell Museums presents their third annual Christmas at the Cabins program. During the tours, guides will take you to several locations to view scenes/vignettes which reveal life during Christmas 1864, nearing the end of the Civil War. Tour times are 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. (last two times are candlelit tours). Living history demonstrations between 12:30-2 p.m. $8 adults, $5 children and members. Reservations required. Gregory Creek Homestead, Iredell Museums, 1335 Museum Road, Statesville. 704-873-4734. www.iredellmuseums.org


Denver and The Mile High Orchestra Concert: Nothing to get you into the holiday spirits better than the high energy of Denver Bierman and his orchestra! They are bringing to our community their fantastic Christmas Show, sponsored in part by First Baptist Church. 7:30 p.m. $12. Mac Gray Auditorium, 474 N. Center Street, Statesville. 704-380-0875. www.iredellconcerts.com


Dec. 6-7

Feature Film at Studio-C Cinema - An Art House Cinema: Produced in the style of rich historical British dramas like "Downton Abbey," "Private Peaceful," a 2012 World War I drama, was produced by the BBC for its series marking the 100th anniversary this year of the start of WW I. It has been offered to a limited number of U.S. cinemas, including Studio-C Cinema in Cornelius. It will be the only theatrical screening in the Carolinas, and is not available on Netflix or TV. 7 p.m. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak Street, Unit 1, Cornelius. 704-896-8823. www.cornelius.org


Dec. 7

Celtic Christmas Concert: Internationally recognized as a master Celtic instrumentalist, Robin Bullock will once again wrap up the Saint Patrick’s Solas Leighis concert series. Enjoys various Yuletide selections on guitar, cittern, mandolin and piano. A wine and cheese reception is included during intermission. 7 p.m. $15 adults, $10 students, free for children 6 and under. Saint Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 201 Fairview Road, Mooresville. 704-663-5659. www.saint-patricks.org


Dec. 11-13

"The Santaland Diaries" Presented by Theatre! Statesville: This hilarious tale of an out-of-work slacker who decides to become a Macy's elf during the holiday crunch, and suffers humiliation which eventually turns him bitter. He grins and bears it, occasionally taking out his frustrations on the children and parents alike. Rated R - Adults only. 8 p.m. $15 (available at the door or in advanced when purchased online). Twisted Oak: American Bar & Grill, 121 N. Center Street, #104, Statesville. www.statesvilletreatre.com


East Lincoln Community Chorus Christmas Concert: This year's theme, "Ring the Bells. It's Christmas!" features singers, musicians, a new "Denver Construction Crew", hand bells, and a guest performance by Left@25, North Mecklenburg Community Chorus' jazz ensemble. 2 p.m. Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11-12. Free. Denver United Methodist Church, 3910 Highway 16 North, Denver. For additional information, visit their Facebook page.


Dec. 12-13, 20-21

"The Nutcracker": This classic Christmas ballet will be presented by the Piedmont Dance Theatre, with special guest performances with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra at two of the shows. 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Kannapolis Performing Arts Center (415 E. 1st Street, Kannapolis). 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Catawba College's Keppel Auditorium (2300 W. Innes Street, Salisbury). Tickets are available online and prices range from $20-$35 for adults and $10-$30 for children. www.piedmontdancetheatre.com


Dec. 13

Huntersville Half Marathon & Holiday 5K: Mark your calendars for the 4th annual holiday run which will also feature live entertainment with a DJ, photographers taking pictures of the runners, and awards. There will also be a Dash4Cache event this year. Mail-in registration must be postmarked by Dec. 7 and online registration will close at midnight on Dec. 9. 8 a.m. $75 half marathon, $30 5K. Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville. 704-301-5932. For complete details and to register, visit www.huntersvillehalf.racesonline.com


Breakfast with Santa to Benefit Our Towns Habitat for Humanity: Join Santa up close and personal for a hot buffet style breakfast at Red Rocks Cafe at Birkdale. Santa will mingle at every table and everyone will receive a goodie bag. A great event for the kids and a good way to give back to the community this holiday. Seatings at 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 9:45-10:45 a.m. $15 adults, $10 children 16 and under. Red Rocks Cafe, 8712 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville. 704-896-8957. www.ourtownshabitat.org


18th Annual Lighted Boat Parade: Come see speedboats, sailboats, and vessels of all kinds decked out in lights and holiday attire at this annual event open to the Lake Norman community. Santa will arrive by fireboat to kick off the festivities while spectators enjoy hot beverages and concessions. Prizes will be awarded in the categories of "the best" powerboat, sailboat, pontoon, themed vessel, and the best decorated boat will win $300. Registration form and additional information available at www.peninsulayacht.com. All registrations must be received by Friday, Dec.13 to be eligible for prizes. 6 p.m. The Peninsula Yacht Club, 18501 Harbor Light Blvd., Cornelius.


A Huntersville Christmas: Downtown Huntersville will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland, complete with a visit from Santa and his elves, stories with Mrs. Claus, live entertainment, Christmas carolers, a magic show, food, crafts, and more. The Parks and Recreation afterschool team will be located in the fire department assisting children in writing letters to Santa, and craft vendors will be located in Veterans Park at Main and Maxwell Streets for holiday shopping. There is something for everyone and plenty of holiday cheer! 4-8 p.m. Free. 101 Huntersville-Concord Road, Huntersville. www.huntersville.org


White Christmas with the Lake Norman Orchestra: Join the LKN Orchestra for a holiday concert and dinner catered by I Bambini, of Mooresville. 6:15 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. concert begins. $30 per person (tables for parties of 8 are available), $22 for children ages 6-12, free for children under 5. Advanced reservations required by Dec. 3. Charles Mack Citizens Center, 215 N. Main Street, Mooresville. www.lknorchestra.org


Dec. 14

Statesville Christmas Parade: Gather the family and head to downtown Statesville for the sights and sounds of the holidays at this annual parade. Sponsored by the 30th Masonic District of North Carolina. 3 p.m. Free. 704-878-3436. www.downtownstatesvillenc.org or visit the Facebook page.


Cornelius Concert Series: Mt. Zion's annual Christmas program will feature the Chancel Choir, hand bell ensemble, musicians, and a chamber orchestra. The event is open to the community and there will be two showings. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free (offering will be taken). Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion Avenue, Cornelius. 704-892-8566. www.mtzionumc.net


Dec. 22-23

Vacation Art Camps: Let your child spend a morning or afternoon creating art and fun holiday keepsakes while they're out of school. There will be three different sessions, each with a different craft (painting on muffin tins, making Christmas nativities, and snow globes/gingerbread houses). Ages 5-12. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Dec. 22-23, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 22. $25 per session. 108 S. Main Street, Davidson. 704-892-0044. www.sanctuaryofdavidson.com


Dec. 31

New Year's Eve Gala: Ring in the new year with the featured band Too Much Sylvia and enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, party favors, and a cash bar with wine/beer. $25 per person, $200 for a reserved table for 8 people. Call 704-878-3493 for more information. www.twistedoakbarandgrill.com