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There's a good bet your favorite Christmas movie or TV special will be on the next few weeks. Check out our guide to Christmas TV.

And few are as serious – or as ambitious – about this annual holiday decorating tradition as Bryant Stallings.

Does it still seem to early to hang tinsel on your tree? Get yourself in the holiday spirit and kick start your celebrations with our list of tree lightings, Santa visits, horse-drawn carriages, holiday performances and more. The fun has already begun....

The parade, featuring live music acts this year, along with 14 marching bands and 25 giant balloons, is in its 68th year.

Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year.

For the first time in more than a decade Barbie has been frozen out of the top spot on the holiday wish lists of girls.

Stock up on holiday gifts with this Charlotte Observer event featuring 30 renowned authors, including Kathy Reichs, Lisa Leake and Jason Mott.




Grab the glitter and glue and get ready for the Observer's 12th annual Holiday Card Contest. We invite children ages 4-17 - and adults - to enter original artwork reflecting the holidays.

Charlotte-area guide to Christmas tree farms

Send us your nostalgic snapshots and enter the contest for a chance to win a J-Lo Endless bracelet from Brownlee Jewelers.

The holiday season can be a challenging time for those with mental illness, but there are resources available to help.

The world falls into two holiday camps: those who love receiving books as gifts; those who do not. Most of my friends (many of them inveterate book clubbers), are thrilled with such a gift.

For 29 years, The Charlotte Observer has worked with charities in our region to determine their needs and then published those for our readers during the holiday season.

Looking for the biggest, best Christmas light displays in the Charlotte area for the 2014 Christmas season?

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