Lights on the Square: Uptown Tree Lighting
Trade and Tryon streets
Thursday, 5:30 p.m.: Uptown Charlotte will light up its tree with help from ACC mascots, in town for the championship game Saturday. At 6 p.m., Santa will flip the switch on the tree, and then the party will move to Founders Hall for music and entertainment. www.charlottesgotalot.com
Duke Energy Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show
Phillips Place, 6800 Phillips Place Court
Thursday, 7-9p.m.: A light show that features a visit from Santa and elves. Holiday stilt walkers will provide entertainment, and there will be complimentary hot chocolate and goodie bags for kids. Free. Also Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.
A Christmas Carol
Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road
Friday, 7:30 p.m..: Opening night of the classic holiday play; continues through Dec. 13. Tickets $12-$17, theatrecharlotte.org.
NoDa Krampus Krawl
Heist Brewery, 2909 N. Davidson St.
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.: Krampus is a figure in Central European literature who has been called Santa’s enforcer or the evil side of Santa. He’ll be in NoDa during the Krampus Krawl, that starts at Heist Brewery, continues through NoDa and ends at Jack Beagle’s at 10 p.m. More information at www.nodakrampuskrawl.com.
Beatties Ford Regional Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Road
Saturday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Children ages 5-11 will learn the seven principles of Kwanzaa with Terry Tiamud. For more information contact Elisha Minter 704-416-3021.