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Southern Christmas Show celebrates 50th year as Charlotte’s largest holiday showcase

Crowds check out the holiday displays at the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte. The show will celebrate its 50th year as Charlotte’s largest holiday showcase Nov. 9-19 at The Park Expo and Conference Center.
Crowds check out the holiday displays at the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte. The show will celebrate its 50th year as Charlotte’s largest holiday showcase Nov. 9-19 at The Park Expo and Conference Center. Observer file photo

The Southern Christmas Show will celebrate its 50th year as Charlotte’s largest holiday showcase Nov. 9-19 at The Park Expo and Conference Center.

The show attracts more than 100,000 visitors as one of the best-attended consumer shows in the nation.

Featured are nearly 500 exhibitors, an “enchanted village” of doll houses and miniature scenes by the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts, and a Christmas Tree Lane with dozens of trees from the North Carolina mountains. A different designer decorates each of the trees. Some of the South’s best talent takes to the entertainment stage, including choirs, cloggers and ballet dancers.

Visitors sample holiday morsels, from hot strudel to hand-dipped chocolates, see model trains and spend time with Santa. Photos with St. Nick are $10, two for $18 and three for $25, with proceeds benefiting the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

“We are bringing back all the features and areas that have made the show what it is today, intermingled with the latest and greatest designs and products that the exhibitors and designers have worked all year to wow you with,” show manager Jennifer Wallin said.

Preview Night, benefiting Toys for Tots, lends a sneak peek of the show from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 8. The preview includes hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and free parking. Hero Day on Nov. 11 offers active and retired military one free show admission.

Show hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays and 10 a.m.–9 p.m. all other days.

Admission is $12 for ages 13 and older and $3 for ages 6 though 12. A discount of $2 is given for tickets bought online at http://southernchristmasshow.com/. Preview Night is $19.

The Park Expo and Conference Center is at 800 Briar Creek Road.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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