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Nothing says Christmas like chasing a yule log

By Jody Mace
Jody Mace
Jody Mace is a freelance writer based in Charlotte, where she lives with her husband, two kids, and a dog, Shaggy.


McAdenville Yule Log Ceremony and Parade

Fri 5:30 p.m. 100 Main St., McAdenville.

McAdenville calls itself Christmas Town USA, and for good reason – its display of hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights draws visitors from throughout the region. The lights glow Monday-Friday 5:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 5:30-11 p.m. through Dec. 26. At the Yule Log Ceremony and Parade, residents and visitors follow the Yule Log as its pulled by children on a sled through town to downtown's Legacy Park. The log is ignited in an open fireplace, Santa visits and the community sings Christmas carols.


Out of this World Holiday Party

Thur 4-7 p.m. Space Kidets,1641 MatthewsTownship Pkwy, Matthews.

Enjoy bouncing around followed by cupcakes, hot chocolate, coffee and other treats from Southern Cake Queen. A special character from Wish Upon a Star will make an appearance. A toy donation for Bright Blessings will get you in for free, or pay the $8 entrance fee and a portion of the proceeds will go toward Bright Blessings, which hosts birthday parties for local homeless children.


Learn to Play Hockey

Sat Noon. Extreme Ice Center, 4705 Indian Trail Fairview Road, Indian Trail.

Children ages 4 to 10 get a free lesson as well as use of skates and equipment; they should bring a helmet and gloves, although a bike helmet and mittens will suffice. This event is for kids not already taking classes at Extreme Ice Center who haven’t attended a Try Hockey for Free event before. You must register your child online; spots are limited.


Charlotte Pride Band Winter Concert

Sun 3 p.m. Temple Beth El, 5101 Providence Road.

The Charlotte Pride Bands free winter concert features seasonal favorites performed by small ensembles of the band, including jazz, brass and woodwind ensembles. Guests are asked to bring snacks and school supplies for Freedom School and Sterling Elementary.


Kids holiday party at EpiCentre

Sat 3 p.m. EpiCentre, 210 East Trade St.

Hang with Santa ( and some of his friends) and get a free digital picture of your child with him. Radio Disney Charlotte will spin tunes, lead games and give out prizes. The event will end with a magical snowfall. In fact, there will be a magical snowfall every day through Dec. 24, around 5:15 at the Snowflake Tree, weather permitting.

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