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Gifts galore at the Southern Christmas Show

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    Thursday-Nov. 24 at The Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Tickets are $10 at the door; $3 for 6-12; free for 5 and younger with a paying adult. Parking is $7.

    Details: www.southernchristmasshow.com.



Organizers of the Southern Christmas Show say it’s the largest event of its kind in the country. So in honor of the motivation behind the thousands of shoppers who come from across the Carolinas and beyond to attend, this year’s theme is “Oh, What Fun It Is.”

The show filled with loads of holiday gift ideas, entertainment, decor and more runs Thursday through Nov. 24 at The Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd.

For those who want to be the first to shop the event, and help others in the process, the Benefit Preview Night on Wednesday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. is when guests get to peruse the show while raising money for the programs of the Junior Woman’s Club of Charlotte and the Charlotte Observer’s Empty Stocking Fund.

Part of the show’s popularity throughout its 46-year history is that it holds on to some of its favorite traditions while mixing in the newest ideas for gifts and decor. The display of miniature dollhouses that’s been a hit among generations of attendees and the famous Helmut’s Strudel are among the returning favorites.

One of the new gift ideas the Southern Shows staff is excited about are Boots Tapas, a collection of high-end boots that have the option of 60 different tops that you can mix and match to fit any occasion. They predict one of the biggest hits for children’s presents will be Pockos America’s playhouse tents, including castles, that can be set up inside or outside the home. And one of the show’s most unusual gift ideas is from Treehouse Vineyards: You can rent a night in a tree house on the grounds of the North Carolina vineyard.

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