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Dec. 26

7th Annual Holiday Square Works Show:

Providence Gallery celebrates its 7th annual Holiday Square Works show, an invitation exhibition featuring works by more than 75 artists. There is one rule for this show: all works must be square. 9 a.m. Free. Providence Gallery, 601 Providence Rd., Charlotte. 704-333-4535.

Esteban Vicente: A Survey of Paintings and Collages:

Jerald Melberg Gallery presents for the first time in North Carolina a survey of paintings and collages by Esteban Vicente (1903-2001). A member of the first generation of abstract expressionists, Vicente experimented with color and space and explored collage. 10 a.m. Free. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Rd. 704-365-3000.

Carolina Christmas Light Show:

The Charlotte Motor Speedway transforms into one of the largest drive-through holiday light parks in the country with more than a million LED lights . Attractions also include a skating rink, Bethlehem village and carnival rides. 6-10 p.m.; see website for later dates. Admission is $20 per car, minivan or SUV. Group discounts available. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S, Concord. 704-455-3267.

Dec. 27

Hardwood Classic High School Basketball Tournament:

9 a.m. $12. Final game of each day, Dec. 27-29, is played at approximately 8:30 p.m. Bojangles' Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-372-3600.

Girls' Winter Break Basketball Camp with Yes I Can:

Dec. 27-29, $75. Covenant Recreation and Fitness Center, 1000 E. Morehead St., Charlotte. 703-334-7491.

Dec. 28

Carriage Club of Charlotte Open House:

Carriage Club of Charlotte retirement community will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 28-29. See the 43-acre campus, meet residents, take a tour and listen to seasonal music. No appointment necessary. 10 a.m. Dec. 28 and Dec. 29. 704-365-8551. Carriage Club of Charlotte, 5800 Old Providence Rd. 704-366-8551.

Seated Yoga for Seniors:

Covenant Recreation and Fitness offers seated yoga on Wednesdays from 12:15 to 1:15 with Nancy Nicholson 12:15 p.m. Covenant Recreation and Fitness Center, 1000 E. Morehead St. 704-334-7491.

Zumba with Queen City DanceOut:

Queen City DanceOut presents Zumba at Covenant Recreation, 6-7 p.m. $8/class. First class free.

Covenant Recreation and Fitness Center, 1000 E. Morehead St. 703-334-7491.

Dec. 31

New Year's Eve 2012 One to Remember:

New Year's Eve 2012 One to Remember at Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina. Includes a Vida Margarita and Champagne Toast at Midnight. (Call to confirm event time). $60 per person. Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina, 210 E. Trade St. 704.971.VIDA (8432).

First Night Charlotte - New Year's Celebration:

First Night returns to ring in 2012 with a family-friendly cultural celebration at NASCAR Hall of Fame, outdoor terrace at Charlotte Convention Center, Bechtler Museum, Mint Museum, The Green, and the main stage at Levine Avenue of the Arts. Alcohol-free. 704-332-2227.

New Years Eve at The Saloon:

6 p.m. - 2 a.m. at The Saloon at N.C. Music Factory. Buffet, open bar, balloon drop with cash and prizes, champagne toast, live music. The first 100 tickets are $50. The Saloon at N.C. Music Factory, 1000 Music Factory Blvd.

Butter NC New Years Eve 2012:

8 p.m. - 2a.m., in the heart of the N.C. Music Factory. General admission tickets and VIP table reservations include champagne toast at midnight, balloon drop, DJs, party favors. Age: 21 and up. $50 General admission until Dec. 25. Butter NC, 950 Seaboard St. 704-295-1565.

Dilworth Neighborhood Grille - NYE 2012:

Annual New Year's Eve party starts at 8:30, costs $75. Food, drinks, midnight toasts, DJs. 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31. $75. Dilworth Neighborhood Bar and Grille, 911 E. Morehead St.. 704-377-3808.

Flying Saucer's New Year's Eve Party:

DJ starts at 9 p.m. Reserved tables get party favors and champagne toast. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, 9605 N. Tryon St. Suite A. 704-568-7ALE (7253).

New Year's Eve Party in the Sky at The Ritz-Carlton:

The Aqua Lounge. Four-hour open bar serving premium drinks, open seating and music played by DJ Tomato Slice, plus champagne toast. Tickets must be purchased in advance, non-refundable. 9 p.m. Dec. 31. $150. Ritz Carlton- Uptown Charlotte, 201 E. Third St., 704-549-4771.

New Years Eve Bash:

10 p.m. Dec. 31. $10. The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. 704-376-3737.

Jan. 1

New Year's Day First Footin' 5K:

5K hike, a presentation of "Stone Soup" parable at 12:30, and luncheon. Scottish traditions of walking borders are part of the Rural Hill Hogmanay (Scottish New Year). Wear walking shoes and appropriate clothing. Bring a lunch item such as vegetables for the soup, bread, dessert, beverages, or bowls, plates, napkins, and plastic ware. 11 a.m. Jan. 1. Free. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville. 704-875-3113.