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See a giant menorah get lighted – and it’s free

More than 400 nativities will be on display at the Community Nativity Festival.
More than 400 nativities will be on display at the Community Nativity Festival. Photo by Charles Slate

NoDa Tree Lighting Celebration

Sun 12.6 6 p.m. Johnston YMCA, 3025 N. Davidson St.

Join Queen City Church of Christ on the front lawn of the Johnston YMCA for the annual NoDa Tree Lighting Celebration. The festivities include hot chocolate, cookies, Christmas crafts, live music and carols, in addition to the tree lighting. Rumor has it that Santa might stop by.

Menorah Lighting and Hanukkah Celebration

Sun 12.6 5 p.m. SouthPark mall.

Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah at SouthPark mall with the lighting of a giant menorah. Enjoy Hanukkah treats such as doughnuts and “gelt” (chocolate candy-shaped coins), music, children’s activities and more. There will be a chance to leave prayers at a mini “Western Wall.” Find the menorah between Belk, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.

WDAV open house

Fri 12.4 6-8 p.m. 423 N. Main St., Davidson.

Get a tour of Davidson’s public radio station during an open house, which takes place during the Christmas in Davidson Festival. Enjoy live music, hot chocolate, raffle prizes and fun activities for the kids. And enjoy live performances from ragtime pianist Ethan Uslan and all four of Davidson College’s a cappella groups.

Christmas Concert

Sun 12.6 7 p.m. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road.

The Providence Chamber Music Recital Series brings top-notch ensemble music to the public in seven free concerts throughout the year. The December concert is special because the community participates. Sing along to Handel’s “Messiah” with the Chancel Choir of Providence United Methodist Church. If you have a score of the “Messiah,” bring it with you. If not, there are some that you can borrow. Adam Ward is the music director.

8th Annual Community Nativity Festival

Fri, Sat 12.4-5 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7036 McIlwaine Road, Huntersville.

The Community Nativity Festival is a popular local Christmas tradition, especially for kids. They can view 400 Nativities, enjoy nightly musical performances, make and take crafts, dress in Nativity costumes and take a photo for the family Christmas card. Cameras are welcome. Musicians from local schools and the community will perform.