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Free stuff in Charlotte: Charlotte 49ers game, ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ and more

By Jody Mace

Sports

Free youth admission to Charlotte 49ers’ game

Sat 7 p.m. Halton Arena, UNCC. 704-687-4949; www.charlotte49ers.com.

Ages 17 and younger will be admitted for free to the Charlotte 49ers’ basketball game against USC Upstate. It’s also Mascot Night. UNC Charlotte faculty/staff can purchase tickets for $5 in advance at the Athletic Ticket Office.

Movie

‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’

Sat 2 p.m. Morrison Regional Library, 7015 Morrison Blvd. 704-416-5400; www.cmlibrary.org.

Enjoy the movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Christmas treats will be served.

Outdoors

Take a hike

Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6460; www.parkandrec.com.

Enjoy a full day of hiking through Mecklenburg County’s nature preserves. You’ll travel to several preserves to look at the diverse lands that are protected in our county. Over the course of the day, participants will hike 5 to 7 miles on uneven terrain. Bring a bag lunch, water and comfortable hiking shoes. For ages 18 and older. Call to register.

Sports

Pickleball Open Play

Sat 10 a.m.-noon. Nano Center, 624 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Matthews. 704-849-8316; nanosports.co/Pickleball.html.

Pickleball is similar to tennis, but the ball moves more slowly and the court is smaller. The U.S. Pickleball Association estimates there are more than 100,000 active players in the country. All equipment will be provided.

Holiday

Santa’s Wonderland

Regular store hours at Bass Pro Shops, daily through Christmas Eve. Concord Mills mall, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd, Concord. 704-979-2200; www.basspro.com.

Fun Christmas activities for families include games, laser arcade, slot-car racing and remote-control trucks. Kids can create Christmas ornaments 5-7 p.m. weekdays and noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, and can get a free 4-by-6-inch photo with Santa 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. (On Christmas Eve, pictures are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and crafts are 3-5 p.m.) If the line for pictures is long, you can get a “Bass Pass” that lets you leave the line and return at a specific time.

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