Ballantyne Hotel, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Ballantyne
Thursday: Gingerbread artists create masterpieces and compete for top honors. The first day of the free display is Thursday, and it lasts until Dec. 27. Attendees may vote on their favorite entries with $1 minimum donation to vote.
AIR Charlotte Ugly Sweater Party
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Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 4150 Yancey Road
Thursday, 6 p.m.: Join a celebration of members, staff, friends and family of AIR Charlotte by wearing an ugly sweater. Register online at http://bit.ly/1NGbtyq.
The New Hires
Birdsong Brewing, 1016 N. Davidson St.
Friday, 7 p.m.: Live music this week includes tunes from The New Hires. Free.
Clara’s Trip: A Nutcracker Story
Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St.
Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Clara LaBlanc trips at a holiday party and is whisked to a hospital to learn that her ankle is broken. That night, her friends and get-well gifts swirl in her dreams. Tickets $60-90, more information at http://carolinecalouche.org/2015-2016-season.
Hornets vs. Boston Celtics
Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St.
Saturday, 7 p.m.: See the Hornets host the Celtics. Tickets $28.50 and up. www.ticketmaster.com.