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Fun in Charlotte: First Ward Park lighting, Jazzy holiday, board the Belmont Christmas train

Train to Christmas TownBelmont Train Station, 667 Cason St., BelmontFriday, 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.: A festive holiday train ride based on the book of the same name published in 2012. Cookies and hot cocoa served on board, while Santa joins hops on at the destination. Tickets $25 children, $35 adults; trips take place through Dec. 27. www.traintochristmastown.com/northcarolina
Train to Christmas TownBelmont Train Station, 667 Cason St., BelmontFriday, 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.: A festive holiday train ride based on the book of the same name published in 2012. Cookies and hot cocoa served on board, while Santa joins hops on at the destination. Tickets $25 children, $35 adults; trips take place through Dec. 27. www.traintochristmastown.com/northcarolina

First Ward Park Lights Up

First Ward Park, 301 E. 7th St.

Tuesday, noon: Charlotte’s newest park is officially dedicated at noon, with activities, hot chocolate, park tours and refreshments available until 6:30 p.m. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., sample food and drink from the businesses across the street at 7th Street Public Market; at 5:30 p.m. the park’s holiday light display will be turned on.

Jazz Room: A Swingin’ Holiday Celebration

Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St.

Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.: A special holiday edition featuring jazz renditions from holiday cartoon and movie classics, including Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” Coltrane’s “My Favorite Things,” Frosty the Snowman and more. Tickets $20/$25, blumenthalarts.org.

Hornets vs. Miami Heat

Time Warner Cable Arena, 333. E. Trade St.

Wednesday 7 p.m.: The Hornets take on Dwyane Wade and company. Tickets $23-$323, www.ticketmaster.com.

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St.

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: While preparing to decorate for a holiday contest, a new Scrooge-like resident of Armadillo Acres brings havoc to the festivities. Play runs through Dec. 27; tickets $31, www.atcharlotte.org.

Train to Christmas Town

Belmont Train Station, 667 Cason St., Belmont

Friday, 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.: A festive holiday train ride based on the book of the same name published in 2012. Cookies and hot cocoa served on board, while Santa joins hops on at the destination. Tickets $25 children, $35 adults; trips take place through Dec. 27. www.traintochristmastown.com/northcarolina

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