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December 2019

Festival will feature local breweries, vendors, food trucks, live music, activities for kids and a visit from Santa!

Cost: Free

Where:
Oak Street Mill
5721 Oak St.
Cornelius, NC
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This afternoon game features the Novant Health Toy Drive and Postgame Skate.

Cost: $18.50+

Where:
Bojangles' Coliseum
2700 E. Independence Blvd.
, NC
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Learn how to craft lit Christmas balls. Bring supplies, or purchase supplies at the workshop for $12. Santa will be available for photos between 1 and 4 p.m. Photos will be free with donation of...

Where:
Resident Culture Brewing Company
2101 Central Ave.
, NC
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A professional instructor will lead families in an engaging cooking experience. End class by enjoying a family activity and the food you created.

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
, NC
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Explore the preserve during the winter. Parents must accompany children.

Cost: Free

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
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Explore the preserve's evergreens, and return to the nature center for hot cocoa and prizes. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 S. York Road
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame have launched a special exhibit, “RCR 50: Only in America,” to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing. Using artifacts,...

Cost: Admission is $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and military, $18 for children 8-12

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. ,
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-414-4164
Contact Name: Lutricia Williams

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Enjoy hot cocoa, games, crafts, a parade, sledding, holiday themed bounce houses, free pictures with Santa and more!

Cost: Free

Where:
Chesnut Square Park
320 Chestnut Pkwy.
Indian Trail, NC
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Sponsor: Town of Indian Trail
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Matthews United Methodist has an exciting ministry for our families with special needs!   The lessons and activities are tailored for persons with disabilities of all ages and meant to help them...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Matthews United Methodist Church
801 S. Trade St.
MATTHEWS, NC  28105
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Sponsor: MUMC
Telephone: 704-815-1919
Contact Name: Autumn Shuping
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The Daily Tavern is celebrating its two-year anniversary with its second-annual The Cheer Starts Here party! Celebrations include complimentary nibbles, drink specials, a DJ and special guests....

Cost: Free

Where:
The Daily Tavern
214 N. Church St.
, NC
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Mrs. Claus will visit Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Friday through Sunday from Nov. 29-Dec. 22 in addition to Christmas Eve from 6 to 8 p.m. Santa Claus will be available for professional photos...

Cost: $10-$19

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Well-mannered cats and dogs are invited pose for photos with Santa. Cats must be in a carrier at all times, and dogs must be on a leash. Photos will be available for purchase.

Cost: Photos available for purchase

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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A cast of more than 300 performers will include the Charlotte Civic Orchestra, Holiday Singers, Charlotte City Ballet, Havilah Dance Studio and a 150-voice chorus made of students from South Meck,...

Cost: $28-$30

Where:
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Back by popular demand, this holiday mash-up is for the whole family! It re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip hop choreography. Performances at 1 and 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $20+

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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This classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and laughs. Things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous with an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead and...

Cost: $20+

Where:
Knight Theater
430 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Discover Cuban culture through music, games and interactive experiences that will paint a picture of Cuba. This bilingual experience will showcase Cuba's wildlife, biodiversity, history and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Donate blood or platelets at OneBlood’s North Carolina donation centers and mobile drives in November and December, and you will have the opportunity to send a message that will then be...

Cost: Free

Where:
OneBlood Mobiles and Donor Centers
4447 South Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: OneBlood
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The restaurant will open early to cater to families of children with special needs. Families can expect smaller crowds, reduced lighting and noise, food and games, and specially-trained staff....

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Chuck E. Cheese
7701 Pineville-Matthews Road
, NC
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Caring Santa is a private event designed for children and young adults with special needs and their families to have an opportunity to visit Santa and have their photos taken. SouthPark has made...

Cost: Photos available for purchase

Where:
SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. Guests can reserve their free visit and photo with Santa by visiting the Bass Pass...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabela's
1000 Cabelas Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, toy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm, the arcade bar opens to all ages with a parent or guardian present.

Cost: Cost for games

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Vultures and humans will engage in a fun activity of the trainer's choice.  It could be painting, playground fun or taking a walk with a vulture.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Our engaging team of raptor keepers will show you some of their favorite bird species. Check in the Visitor’s Center whiteboard to see who you can meet each day.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Families with special needs can enjoy lessons and activities tailored for persons with disabilities. Children's class at 9:30 and 11am. Teen class at 9:30 and 11am. Young adult class at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews United Methodist Church
801 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC
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Sponsor: MUMC
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The Polar Express Train Ride, inspired by the run-away hit movie, features a train ride to the North Pole with dancing chefs, cookies, hot chocolate and a presentation of the first gift of...

Cost: $32-$325

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC
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Sponsor: North Carolina Transportation Musem
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Teach or play with your child in the heated pool.

Cost: $5 per swimmer, max $15 per family

Where:
Goldfish Swim School
13403 S. Ridge Drive
, NC
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Drive 3.75 miles with 3.5 million lights. Every Thursday through Sunday, the indoor Christmas Village will include photos with Santa, children’s activities, a display of decorated Christmas...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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This orchestrated light show includes more than 150,000 lights set to music. Begins November 29 and runs nightly through December, starting each evening at dusk.

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 N. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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Sponsor: USNWC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Santa’s Wonderland will offer free photos with Santa and free family holiday crafts, games and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's locations
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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Present your Bank of America, Merrill Lynch or U.S. Trust credit or debit card and a photo ID on the first full weekend of every month for one free general admission to The Bechtler Museum of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Locations vary
, NC


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Come get in the holiday spirit with the performance of the renowned Nutcracker Ballet. Sat., 2 and 7pm; Sun., 3pm. For an additional $5 per person, meet the cast of the Nutcracker after the...

Cost: $5-$7

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 E. W. McDowell St.
Matthews, NC
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Uptown Charlotte’s outdoor ice rink returns to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Take a picture with the giant polar bear, under the tree or in the decorated Ceremonial Garden.

Cost: $12-$16

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: NASCAR Hall of Fame
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tapestries and rugs designed by artists usually associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture. Examples of the more familiar media will be installed alongside the textiles. The Bechtler...

Cost: $5-$9, Children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon St.
, NC
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Visit the open-air ice skating rink located across from Fountain Park in Rock Hill. See website for operating hours.

Cost: $10, includes skate rental

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
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This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Ring in the holiday season with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s most-popular show of all time. This hilarious and heartfelt musical comedy, adapted from Barbara Robinson’s...

Cost: $19+

Where:
McColl Family Theatre
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Carowinds is transformed into a winter wonderland with spectacular holiday experiences. Fri., 5-10pm; Sat., 2-10pm; Sun., 4-10pm.

Cost: $48+, children ages 5 and younger free with Pre-K Pass

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Drive through reindeer forest, and see the Christmas Wonderland of Lights. Check out the animal feedings, carousel rides and train rides. S'mores will be available for purchase....

Cost: $7, ages 2 and younger free

Where:
Zootastic Park
385 Ostwalt Amity Road
Troutman, NC
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Telephone: 704-245-6446
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This Uptown holiday event is presented as a German-inspired Christmas Market and includes traditional German foods and treats, homemade crafts and gifts, and other featured programming,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Uptown Charlotte
406 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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The title, "Coined in the South," refers not only to The Mint Museum’s origins as the first branch of the United States Mint, but also to the acts of inventing and devising....

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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See your favorite Christmas scenes, and hear your favorite songs during this holiday dinner theater experience. See website for showtimes.  No meal will be served at Sunday 2pm shows.

Cost: $9.50-$37

Where:
The NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Skate on the 5,000 square-foot ice rink. Guests can also enjoy holiday lights and decor; Santa’s Pub, a coffee shop, live music, surprise guests and festive activities.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Symphony Park at Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Celebrate the season with a stroll through a garden winter wonderland. Hot chocolate, smore's, wine and beer will be available for purchase from Rosie's Wine Garden. Tues.-Fri., 4-10pm;...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Rosie's Wine Garden
940 N. Davidson
, NC
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See Santa Claus in his custom-built house on the Village Green. See website for schedule.

Cost: $20 for a 5×7 photo and $30 for a USB Stick with all photos

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20-$59

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Discover why the coldest and darkest season holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. Trace the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Enjoy a festive sing-a-long featuring music from Frank Sinatra, Burl Ives, Ella Fitzgerald and more! Get into the spirit of the season with immersive, artistic visuals filling the dome. Be sure to...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Discover nature through stories and activities related to the topic of the week.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
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Uncover the mysteries of nature through stories, crafts and activities related to the topic of the week.

Cost: $6

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
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Participate in a variety of hands-on STEAM projects and experiments

Cost: Free

Where:
University City Regional Library
301 E. W.T. Harris Blvd.
, NC
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Join the annual tree-lighting ceremony in McAdenville. The switch will be pulled at 6 p.m. to start another Christmas Town USA season.

Cost: Free

Where:
Pharr Family YMCA
208 Main St.
McAdenville, NC
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Mrs. Claus will visit Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Friday through Sunday from Nov. 29-Dec. 22 in addition to Christmas Eve from 6 to 8 p.m. Santa Claus will be available for professional photos...

Cost: $10-$19

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Witness the annual Christmas tree lighting. After the ceremony, stroll down Main Street into Stowe Park to kickoff the Festival of Trees.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Belmont
115 N Main St.
Belmont, NC  28012
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Sponsor: City of Belmont
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Discover Cuban culture through music, games and interactive experiences that will paint a picture of Cuba. This bilingual experience will showcase Cuba's wildlife, biodiversity, history and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Drive or stroll through McAdenville to see over 250 evergreens, covered with more than a half million red, white and green lights, plus the town lake circled with dozens of evergreens, draped with...

Cost: Free

Where:
McAdenville, NC


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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. Guests can reserve their free visit and photo with Santa by visiting the Bass Pass...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabela's
1000 Cabelas Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Children will practice balance, roll and try an obstacle course. Creative play with stories, songs and play dough will follow.

Cost: $25

Where:
Watershed
2101 Shenandoah Ave.
, NC
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From the earliest days of Billy Graham’s ministry, he had a special place in his heart for teens and young adults. Come see the new special display, and discover how God used Graham to reach...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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This class incorporates songs and movement and ends with a calming story. Please check schedule online for any updates or changes.

Cost: $15

Where:
Tiny Blooms Yoga
15905 Brookway Drive
Suite 4106
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Tiny Blooms Yoga
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame have launched a special exhibit, “RCR 50: Only in America,” to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing. Using artifacts,...

Cost: Admission is $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and military, $18 for children 8-12

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. ,
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-414-4164
Contact Name: Lutricia Williams

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Donate blood or platelets at OneBlood’s North Carolina donation centers and mobile drives in November and December, and you will have the opportunity to send a message that will then be...

Cost: Free

Where:
OneBlood Mobiles and Donor Centers
4447 South Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: OneBlood
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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Schleich, the world’s largest toy figurine company, is bringing a fun and exciting pop-up shop to Concord Mills. Come play with toys and see a life-size dinosaur.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: Schleich USA
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Anne Springs Close Greenway every first and third Monday for community preschool programs. Preschoolers will complete nature themed literature activities, crafts and hikes while using their...

Cost: $2 per child, $5 parking fee

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
2573 Lake Haigler Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, toy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The 18-piece display of animatronic bears performs classic holiday songs. The 45-minute program starts on the hour. All performances are subject to cancellation so check the website for updates....

Cost: Free

Where:
Founders Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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Come play in the open gym. All students younger than 3 must have an adult present at all times. Some Mondays are closed due to holidays, so please call to verify playtime.

Cost: $5, cash only

Where:
Carolina Stars
1080 Maxwell Mill Road
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-548-3441
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Visit a Lancaster County librarian at Jumpin Jax Fun Center of Lancaster for story time. Regular admission is applied for children who want to stay to play following the event.

Cost: Free story time

Where:
Jumpin Jax of Lancaster
2650 Charlotte Hwy.
Lancaster, SC
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This parent-supervised indoor playtime lets kids go wild on colorful, clean, padded equipment.

Cost: $10

Where:
Romp n' Roll Northwest Charlotte
3611 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road
207
, NC
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Come bring cats and dogs to take pictures with Santa!

Cost: Photos available for purchase

Where:
Carolina Place Mall
11025 Carolina Pl. Pkwy.
, NC
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Celebrate the Christmas season with fun family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy the light displays, live nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, story time for children,...

Cost: Free, carriage rides cost $4-$8

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Lower stress and anxiety with yoga. Focus on breathing and poses that are fun.

Cost: $15

Where:
Charlotte Family Yoga
8230 Poplar Tent
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: Charlotte Family Yoga
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Drive 3.75 miles with 3.5 million lights. Every Thursday through Sunday, the indoor Christmas Village will include photos with Santa, children’s activities, a display of decorated Christmas...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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Come downtown and enjoy a festive stroll down Main Street and through Stowe Park after dark to view the themed colorful Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and organizations.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stowe Park
24 S. Main St.
Belmont, NC
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Sponsor: City of Belmont
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Receive assistance with literacy in fun and interactive ways. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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GiGiFIT Kids makes exercise fun and empowers individuals with Down syndrome to be more independent and confident in their abilities. GiGiFIT is an application based program and requires a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gigi's Playhouse Charlotte
9109 Kings Parade Blvd.
, NC
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This orchestrated light show includes more than 150,000 lights set to music. Begins November 29 and runs nightly through December, starting each evening at dusk.

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 N. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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Sponsor: USNWC
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Enjoy stories, songs and movement activities in your pajamas!

Cost: Free

Where:
Matthews Library
230 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Participants of all ages will learn proper Jazz dance technique. No previous dance experience required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Berewick Recreation Center
5910 Dixie River Road
, NC
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Telephone: 704-414-2774
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Santa’s Wonderland will offer free photos with Santa and free family holiday crafts, games and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's locations
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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Uptown Charlotte’s outdoor ice rink returns to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Take a picture with the giant polar bear, under the tree or in the decorated Ceremonial Garden.

Cost: $12-$16

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: NASCAR Hall of Fame
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This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Drive through reindeer forest, and see the Christmas Wonderland of Lights. Check out the animal feedings, carousel rides and train rides. S'mores will be available for purchase....

Cost: $7, ages 2 and younger free

Where:
Zootastic Park
385 Ostwalt Amity Road
Troutman, NC
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Telephone: 704-245-6446
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See your favorite Christmas scenes, and hear your favorite songs during this holiday dinner theater experience. See website for showtimes.  No meal will be served at Sunday 2pm shows.

Cost: $9.50-$37

Where:
The NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Skate on the 5,000 square-foot ice rink. Guests can also enjoy holiday lights and decor; Santa’s Pub, a coffee shop, live music, surprise guests and festive activities.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Symphony Park at Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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See Santa Claus in his custom-built house on the Village Green. See website for schedule.

Cost: $20 for a 5×7 photo and $30 for a USB Stick with all photos

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20-$59

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Discover why the coldest and darkest season holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. Trace the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Enjoy a festive sing-a-long featuring music from Frank Sinatra, Burl Ives, Ella Fitzgerald and more! Get into the spirit of the season with immersive, artistic visuals filling the dome. Be sure to...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame have launched a special exhibit, “RCR 50: Only in America,” to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing. Using artifacts,...

Cost: Admission is $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and military, $18 for children 8-12

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. ,
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-414-4164
Contact Name: Lutricia Williams

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Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at the Billy Graham Library with a children’s painting activity on our heated patio. Children will be led and coached to exercise their artistic abilities...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at the Billy Graham Library with a children’s painting activity on our heated patio. Children will be led and coached to exercise their artistic abilities...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at the Billy Graham Library with a children’s painting activity on our heated patio. Children will be led and coached to exercise their artistic abilities...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at the Billy Graham Library with a children’s painting activity on our heated patio. Children will be led and coached to exercise their artistic abilities...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at the Billy Graham Library with a children’s painting activity on our heated patio. Children will be led and coached to exercise their artistic abilities...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at the Billy Graham Library with a children’s painting activity on our heated patio. Children will be led and coached to exercise their artistic abilities...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at the Billy Graham Library with a children’s painting activity on our heated patio. Children will be led and coached to exercise their artistic abilities...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at the Billy Graham Library with a children’s painting activity on our heated patio. Children will be led and coached to exercise their artistic abilities...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at the Billy Graham Library with a children’s painting activity on our heated patio. Children will be led and coached to exercise their artistic abilities...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at the Billy Graham Library with a children’s painting activity on our heated patio. Children will be led and coached to exercise their artistic abilities...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at the Billy Graham Library with a children’s painting activity on our heated patio. Children will be led and coached to exercise their artistic abilities...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Santa can sign with good little boys and girls at Northlake Mall!

Cost: Photos available for purchase

Where:
Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
, NC
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Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at the Billy Graham Library with a children’s painting activity on our heated patio. Children will be led and coached to exercise their artistic abilities...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at the Billy Graham Library with a children’s painting activity on our heated patio. Children will be led and coached to exercise their artistic abilities...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Telephone: 704-401-3200
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The 70th annual Belmont Christmas Parade will include well over 100 units, featuring local marching bands, professional floats, decorated vehicles of all descriptions, and a wide assortment of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Belmont City Hall
115 N. Main Street
Belmont, NC  28012
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Sponsor: Montcross Chamber of Commerce
Contact Name: Teresa Rankin
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Kids turn their imagination into finished products after graphics, software and hardware demonstrations.

Cost: $15

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 McDowell St.
Matthews, NC
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The 70th Annual Belmont Christmas Parade will include more than 100 units, including marching bands, floats, vehicles and characters. The parade will begin at the intersection of South Main...

Cost: Free

Where:
South Main Street
Belmont, NC
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Girls are invited to American Girl Book Club. Five year-old participants must be in kindergarten.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Library
6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Mint Hill, NC
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Girls are invited to think like engineers, design robots, learn to code, develop apps and more. Register to participate in workshops with changing STEM topics. Sessions from 4-4:45 p.m. and...

Cost: $15, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Nature
1658 Sterling Road
, NC
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Create unique and gift worthy ornaments! All materials provided. Register prior to event.

Cost: Free

Where:
Fort Mill Public Library
1818 2nd Baxter Crossing
Fort Mill, SC
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Mrs. Claus will visit Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Friday through Sunday from Nov. 29-Dec. 22 in addition to Christmas Eve from 6 to 8 p.m. Santa Claus will be available for professional photos...

Cost: $10-$19

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Explore concepts of coding. Snacks will be provided. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
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Share your voice with neighbors in this monthly community choir led by PMT Staff in Rock Hill. RSVP on website.

Cost: Free

Where:
Rogers Memorial Church
1820 Eden Terrace
Rock Hill, SC
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Sponsor: Piedmont Musical Therapy
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Discover Cuban culture through music, games and interactive experiences that will paint a picture of Cuba. This bilingual experience will showcase Cuba's wildlife, biodiversity, history and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Drive or stroll through McAdenville to see over 250 evergreens, covered with more than a half million red, white and green lights, plus the town lake circled with dozens of evergreens, draped with...

Cost: Free

Where:
McAdenville, NC


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Donate blood or platelets at OneBlood’s North Carolina donation centers and mobile drives in November and December, and you will have the opportunity to send a message that will then be...

Cost: Free

Where:
OneBlood Mobiles and Donor Centers
4447 South Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: OneBlood
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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. Guests can reserve their free visit and photo with Santa by visiting the Bass Pass...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabela's
1000 Cabelas Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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This weekly story time includes classic tales and new favorites.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Arboretum
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road
, NC
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Learn how to turn designs into finished products using graphics, software and hardware programs.

Cost: $15

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 McDowell St.
Matthews, NC
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From the earliest days of Billy Graham’s ministry, he had a special place in his heart for teens and young adults. Come see the new special display, and discover how God used Graham to reach...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Come paint pottery with your toddler for just $3/hour.

Cost: $3 per hour

Where:
Dish It Out
7828 Rea Road
#C
, NC
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Sessions are structured and include a fairy host, tea party with light snack, dress-up clothes, craft, face painting or light makeup, and story time.

Cost: $20

Where:
Tiaras and Tales
921 Crossroads Plaza
Fort Mill, SC
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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This annual exhibit fills the Museum with model train displays assembled by local “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors of all ages will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Schleich, the world’s largest toy figurine company, is bringing a fun and exciting pop-up shop to Concord Mills. Come play with toys and see a life-size dinosaur.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: Schleich USA
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, toy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The 18-piece display of animatronic bears performs classic holiday songs. The 45-minute program starts on the hour. All performances are subject to cancellation so check the website for updates....

Cost: Free

Where:
Founders Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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Meet and interact with Dakota, pet a baby T-Rex. Read aloud to dinosaurs, then take a ride!

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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This class combines yoga and play for moms and babies through  poses, songs and calming time.

Cost: $15

Where:
Tiny Blooms Yoga
15905 Brookway Drive
Suite 4106
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Tiny Blooms Yoga
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Teach or play with your child in the heated pool.

Cost: $5 per swimmer, max $15 per family

Where:
Goldfish Swim School
13403 S. Ridge Drive
, NC
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Participate in a variety of activities that support homeschool students and their families.

Cost: Free

Where:
University City Regional Library
301 E. W.T. Harris Blvd.
, NC
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This workshop is open to all ages. No previous dance experience is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School Recreation Site
500 Bilmark Ave.
, NC
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Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at the Billy Graham Library with a children’s painting activity on the heated patio. Children will be led and coached to exercise their artistic...

Cost: $25

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
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This parent-supervised indoor playtime lets kids go wild on colorful, clean, padded equipment.

Cost: $10

Where:
Romp n' Roll Northwest Charlotte
3611 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road
207
, NC
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JazzArts Charlotte will present WeBop, an award-winning early-childhood jazz education program. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church
6740 Albemarle Road
, NC
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Sponsor: JazzArts Charlotte
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Participate in a discussion about anime, manga and the Japanese language, history and culture every first Tuesday of the month.

Cost: Free

Where:
West Boulevard Library
2157 West Blvd.
, NC
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Celebrate the Christmas season with fun family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy the light displays, live nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, story time for children,...

Cost: Free, carriage rides cost $4-$8

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Drive 3.75 miles with 3.5 million lights. Every Thursday through Sunday, the indoor Christmas Village will include photos with Santa, children’s activities, a display of decorated Christmas...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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Come downtown and enjoy a festive stroll down Main Street and through Stowe Park after dark to view the themed colorful Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and organizations.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stowe Park
24 S. Main St.
Belmont, NC
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Sponsor: City of Belmont
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Receive assistance with literacy in fun and interactive ways. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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This orchestrated light show includes more than 150,000 lights set to music. Begins November 29 and runs nightly through December, starting each evening at dusk.

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 N. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Latin Dance explores the Caribbean dance styles of Salsa, Bachata and Merengue in a fun and energetic dance environment. The class is open to all ages and no previous dance experience is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Belle Johnston Community Center
1000 Johnston Drive
Pineville, NC
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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Sponsor: USNWC
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Come enjoy a safe place to walk or run on your own or with family and friends. The lights are left on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bailey Road Park
11536 Bailey Road
Cornelius, NC
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Latin Dance explores the Caribbean dance styles of Salsa, Bachata and Merengue in a fun and energetic dance environment.

Cost: Free

Where:
Albemarle Road Recreation Center
5027 North Idlewild Road
, NC
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The tour will feature vocalists, dancers and instrumentalists as they mashup timeless holiday classics and today's pop hits in the "vintage" styles of 20s hot jazz, doo wop and Motown.

Cost: $33+

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Santa’s Wonderland will offer free photos with Santa and free family holiday crafts, games and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's locations
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Website »

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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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Uptown Charlotte’s outdoor ice rink returns to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Take a picture with the giant polar bear, under the tree or in the decorated Ceremonial Garden.

Cost: $12-$16

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: NASCAR Hall of Fame
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This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Drive through reindeer forest, and see the Christmas Wonderland of Lights. Check out the animal feedings, carousel rides and train rides. S'mores will be available for purchase....

Cost: $7, ages 2 and younger free

Where:
Zootastic Park
385 Ostwalt Amity Road
Troutman, NC
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Telephone: 704-245-6446
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Get one free child ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket on Tuesdays. Each additional child ages 3-12 will cost $5.

Cost: $15 for adult

Where:
Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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This Uptown holiday event is presented as a German-inspired Christmas Market and includes traditional German foods and treats, homemade crafts and gifts, and other featured programming,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Uptown Charlotte
406 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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The title, "Coined in the South," refers not only to The Mint Museum’s origins as the first branch of the United States Mint, but also to the acts of inventing and devising....

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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See your favorite Christmas scenes, and hear your favorite songs during this holiday dinner theater experience. See website for showtimes.  No meal will be served at Sunday 2pm shows.

Cost: $9.50-$37

Where:
The NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Skate on the 5,000 square-foot ice rink. Guests can also enjoy holiday lights and decor; Santa’s Pub, a coffee shop, live music, surprise guests and festive activities.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Symphony Park at Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Celebrate the season with a stroll through a garden winter wonderland. Hot chocolate, smore's, wine and beer will be available for purchase from Rosie's Wine Garden. Tues.-Fri., 4-10pm;...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Rosie's Wine Garden
940 N. Davidson
, NC
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See Santa Claus in his custom-built house on the Village Green. See website for schedule.

Cost: $20 for a 5×7 photo and $30 for a USB Stick with all photos

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20-$59

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Discover why the coldest and darkest season holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. Trace the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Enjoy a festive sing-a-long featuring music from Frank Sinatra, Burl Ives, Ella Fitzgerald and more! Get into the spirit of the season with immersive, artistic visuals filling the dome. Be sure to...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all. This breathtaking musical takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town...

Cost: Free

Where:
Booth Playhouse
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Blumenthal Performing Arts
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A 3D printer, vinyl cutter, and a wood carver are available for use.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
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Come take free photos with Santa . Cookies will be available in one of the galleries for all to enjoy!

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabarrus Arts Council
65 Union St. S.
Concord, NC
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Enjoy a free movie at the library.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Feel festive at the annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony in Mount Holly.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mount Holly
131 S. Main St.
Mount Holly, NC
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Sponsor: City of Mount Holly
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Play games, make gift-quality crafts and create fun concoctions at the hot cocoa bar. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Clover Public Library
107 Knox St.
Clover, SC
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Mrs. Claus will visit Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Friday through Sunday from Nov. 29-Dec. 22 in addition to Christmas Eve from 6 to 8 p.m. Santa Claus will be available for professional photos...

Cost: $10-$19

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Use various techniques to make small pieces of art that can be given as gifts. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
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Visit the Museum’s maker space to express yourself and explore ideas inspired by the newest exhibition, Immersed in Light: Studio Drift at the Mint.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Learn about the "business" of college and how to avoid financial pitfalls. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
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Celebrate the sounds of the season with world-traveling band leader and Charlotte-based entertainer Noel Freidline and acclaimed actress/vocalist Maria Howell at the historic McGlohon Theater. From...

Cost: $25+

Where:
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
345 N. College St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Donate blood or platelets at OneBlood’s North Carolina donation centers and mobile drives in November and December, and you will have the opportunity to send a message that will then be...

Cost: Free

Where:
OneBlood Mobiles and Donor Centers
4447 South Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: OneBlood
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A technician will help you learn how to install your seat correctly in your vehicle. Bring your child, seat, and vehicle and plan to spend at least 20 minutes. No appointment required.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Freedom Division office of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police
4150 Wilkinson Blvd.
, NC
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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. Guests can reserve their free visit and photo with Santa by visiting the Bass Pass...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabela's
1000 Cabelas Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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From the earliest days of Billy Graham’s ministry, he had a special place in his heart for teens and young adults. Come see the new special display, and discover how God used Graham to reach...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU Charlotte
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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This annual exhibit fills the Museum with model train displays assembled by local “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors of all ages will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Schleich, the world’s largest toy figurine company, is bringing a fun and exciting pop-up shop to Concord Mills. Come play with toys and see a life-size dinosaur.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: Schleich USA
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, toy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The 18-piece display of animatronic bears performs classic holiday songs. The 45-minute program starts on the hour. All performances are subject to cancellation so check the website for updates....

Cost: Free

Where:
Founders Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Telephone: 704-246-8611
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Homeschool students receive discounted admission at Jumpin Jax Fun Center of Lancaster.

Cost: $8

Where:
Jumpin Jax of Lancaster
2650 Charlotte Hwy.
Lancaster, SC
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Come join story time with other families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame have launched a special exhibit, “RCR 50: Only in America,” to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing. Using artifacts,...

Cost: Admission is $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and military, $18 for children 8-12

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. ,
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-414-4164
Contact Name: Lutricia Williams

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ImaginOn presents Homeschool Rally for the 2019-2020 school year! Topics change every month. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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ImaginOn presents Homeschool Rally for the 2019-2020 school year! Topics change every month. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Come play all arcade games for half the price all day on Wednesday.

Cost: Price per game varies

Where:
Bowlero
210 E. Trade St.
, NC
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Exercise your artistic abilities, no matter your skill level, while being led by a professional artist to create a beautiful canvas to take home as a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas....

Cost: $25

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
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Bring your seat , child and vehicle, and plan to spend at least 20 minutes with a technician. No appointment is necessary.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Fire Station
19729 S. Main St.
Cornelius, NC
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Learn the movement of the pieces and basic chess strategy.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Increase your strength, endurance and agility for sports.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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Explore the Mint Museum's exhibitions.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road
Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-337-2000
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Visit Waverly for some mid-week cheer. Start a new holiday tradition that includes a night full of entertainment, including music, shopping, sweet treats and of course, a visit from Santa!

Cost: Free

Where:
Waverly Charlotte
, NC


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Celebrate the Christmas season with fun family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy the light displays, live nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, story time for children,...

Cost: Free, carriage rides cost $4-$8

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Kids will build with Legos while utilizing their imaginations.

Cost: $10

Where:
Elon Recreation Center
11401 Ardrey Kell Road
, NC
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Drive 3.75 miles with 3.5 million lights. Every Thursday through Sunday, the indoor Christmas Village will include photos with Santa, children’s activities, a display of decorated Christmas...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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Come downtown and enjoy a festive stroll down Main Street and through Stowe Park after dark to view the themed colorful Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and organizations.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stowe Park
24 S. Main St.
Belmont, NC
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Sponsor: City of Belmont
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Practice fire safety and fire building techniques while enjoying hot cocoa. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 S. York Road
, NC
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This teaches scratching, blending and creating beats. The program also teach the business side of entrepreneurship.

Cost: Free

Where:
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center
4820 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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This orchestrated light show includes more than 150,000 lights set to music. Begins November 29 and runs nightly through December, starting each evening at dusk.

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 N. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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Sponsor: USNWC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Uptown Charlotte’s outdoor ice rink returns to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Take a picture with the giant polar bear, under the tree or in the decorated Ceremonial Garden.

Cost: $12-$16

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: NASCAR Hall of Fame
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Visit The Ballantyne to view an enchanting display of gingerbread creations. Gingerbread Lane is free to visit and open to the public. Hot cocoa will be available for purchase.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Ballantyne
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
, NC
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Celebrate the season with a stroll through a garden winter wonderland. Hot chocolate, smore's, wine and beer will be available for purchase from Rosie's Wine Garden. Tues.-Fri., 4-10pm;...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Rosie's Wine Garden
940 N. Davidson
, NC
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Enjoy a night out at the Museum celebrating Cuban holiday traditions. The evening will feature various performances, Cuban food and cocktails as well as an opportunity to explore ¡Cuba! the...

Cost: 45

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Sponsor: Discovery Place Science

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Discover Cuban culture through music, games and interactive experiences that will paint a picture of Cuba. This bilingual experience will showcase Cuba's wildlife, biodiversity, history and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Drive or stroll through McAdenville to see over 250 evergreens, covered with more than a half million red, white and green lights, plus the town lake circled with dozens of evergreens, draped with...

Cost: Free

Where:
McAdenville, NC


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Santa’s Wonderland will offer free photos with Santa and free family holiday crafts, games and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's locations
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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Visit the open-air ice skating rink located across from Fountain Park in Rock Hill. See website for operating hours.

Cost: $10, includes skate rental

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
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This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Drive through reindeer forest, and see the Christmas Wonderland of Lights. Check out the animal feedings, carousel rides and train rides. S'mores will be available for purchase....

Cost: $7, ages 2 and younger free

Where:
Zootastic Park
385 Ostwalt Amity Road
Troutman, NC
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Telephone: 704-245-6446
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The Holiday Shop will included Santa’s Bag and The ENCORE! Boutique. Santa’s Bag gives children ages 10 and younger the opportunity to shop for family and friends (including Mom...

Cost: Free admission. Gifts range in price from 50 cents to $5.

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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This Uptown holiday event is presented as a German-inspired Christmas Market and includes traditional German foods and treats, homemade crafts and gifts, and other featured programming,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Uptown Charlotte
406 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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The title, "Coined in the South," refers not only to The Mint Museum’s origins as the first branch of the United States Mint, but also to the acts of inventing and devising....

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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See your favorite Christmas scenes, and hear your favorite songs during this holiday dinner theater experience. See website for showtimes.  No meal will be served at Sunday 2pm shows.

Cost: $9.50-$37

Where:
The NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Skate on the 5,000 square-foot ice rink. Guests can also enjoy holiday lights and decor; Santa’s Pub, a coffee shop, live music, surprise guests and festive activities.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Symphony Park at Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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See Santa Claus in his custom-built house on the Village Green. See website for schedule.

Cost: $20 for a 5×7 photo and $30 for a USB Stick with all photos

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20-$59

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Discover why the coldest and darkest season holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. Trace the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Enjoy a festive sing-a-long featuring music from Frank Sinatra, Burl Ives, Ella Fitzgerald and more! Get into the spirit of the season with immersive, artistic visuals filling the dome. Be sure to...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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You are cordially invited to a dinner party at Historic Rural Hill hosted by the Hopewell Theatre Boosters. Professor Plum, Miss Scarlett, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White and more will entertain you...

Cost: $30

Where:
Rural Hill
4431 Neck Rd
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Hopewell High School Theatre Boosters
Telephone: 980-343-5988
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Learn about early American Christmas traditions in the Latta house. Take a ride on a horse-drawn wagon, listen to Christmas stories by the fire, watch marshmallows being made in the hearth, sample...

Cost: $6; children 4 and younger free

Where:
Historic Latta Plantation
5225 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Arts Delivered presents Holiday Homeschool Social. Come socialize and decorate clay ornaments.

Cost: $5-$10

Where:
McDowell Arts Center
123 McDowell St.
Matthews, NC
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Listen to stories and learn through a variety of hands-on gardening activities. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Library
6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Mint Hill, NC
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Celebrate Christmas in Cramerton with a parade. After the parade, watch the tree lighting, and enjoy free pictures with Santa. Photos with Santa begin at approximately 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
Market Street and Eighth Avenue
Cramerton, NC
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Come out for shopping, food and music along Main Street. There will also be face painting, balloon artists, crafts and a trackless train. Around 7 p.m., Santa Claus will make an appearance, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Bandstand
Main Street
Fort Mill, SC
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Mrs. Claus will visit Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Friday through Sunday from Nov. 29-Dec. 22 in addition to Christmas Eve from 6 to 8 p.m. Santa Claus will be available for professional photos...

Cost: $10-$19

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Participate in a variety of science experiments, engineering projects or math puzzles.Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Head to the kitchen and make super fun, super tasty treats. Register by Dec. 3.

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
David Phillips Activity Center
946 Burrage Road
Concord, NC
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Join West Boulevard Library in celebrating everything Star Wars. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
West Boulevard Library
2157 West Blvd.
, NC
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East Charlotte residents are invited to enoy a free meal, dance performances and live music while helping to decide what arts, science and history opportunities should happen in the community....

Cost: Free

Where:
Hindu Center of Charlotte
7400 City View Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: ASC Culture Blocks
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Following Christmasville's Opening Ceremonies, head to First Presbyterian Church for cookies, hot chocolate and photos with Santa. 

Cost: Free

Where:
First Presbyterian Church
234 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, NC
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Discover Cuban culture through music, games and interactive experiences that will paint a picture of Cuba. This bilingual experience will showcase Cuba's wildlife, biodiversity, history and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Drive or stroll through McAdenville to see over 250 evergreens, covered with more than a half million red, white and green lights, plus the town lake circled with dozens of evergreens, draped with...

Cost: Free

Where:
McAdenville, NC


Website »

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Donate blood or platelets at OneBlood’s North Carolina donation centers and mobile drives in November and December, and you will have the opportunity to send a message that will then be...

Cost: Free

Where:
OneBlood Mobiles and Donor Centers
4447 South Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: OneBlood
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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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Website »

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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. Guests can reserve their free visit and photo with Santa by visiting the Bass Pass...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabela's
1000 Cabelas Drive
Fort Mill, SC
View map »


Website »

More information

From the earliest days of Billy Graham’s ministry, he had a special place in his heart for teens and young adults. Come see the new special display, and discover how God used Graham to reach...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
View map »


Website »

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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone
10200 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU Charlotte
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
View map »


Website »

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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This annual exhibit fills the Museum with model train displays assembled by local “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors of all ages will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Schleich, the world’s largest toy figurine company, is bringing a fun and exciting pop-up shop to Concord Mills. Come play with toys and see a life-size dinosaur.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Sponsor: Schleich USA
Website »

More information

Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, toy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The 18-piece display of animatronic bears performs classic holiday songs. The 45-minute program starts on the hour. All performances are subject to cancellation so check the website for updates....

Cost: Free

Where:
Founders Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-246-8611
Website »

More information

Watch a King Vulture play on a playground in the Vulture Culture exhibit.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Play basketball in a structured environment.

Cost: Free

Where:
Naomi Drenan Recreation Center
750 Beal St.
, NC
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SoL offers children opportunities to explore nature and to create while learning Spanish. There is no class on Nov. 28.

Cost: $25

Where:
Watershed
2101 Shenandoah Ave.
, NC
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Celebrate the Savior’s birth with family and friends over Christmas dinner. This traditional holiday meal features turkey and carved ham with sides and desserts. Seatings at 5 and 7 pm....

Cost: $9.95-$22.95, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Celebrate the Christmas season with fun family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy the light displays, live nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, story time for children,...

Cost: Free, carriage rides cost $4-$8

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Bring some friends, and come play board games!

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Arboretum
3327 Pineville-Matthews Road
, NC
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Drive 3.75 miles with 3.5 million lights. Every Thursday through Sunday, the indoor Christmas Village will include photos with Santa, children’s activities, a display of decorated Christmas...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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Enjoy horse-drawn carriage and hay rides, an ugly sweater contest, a doggie fashion show and Santa’s House. At Santa's House, children can share their wish lists with Santa and have a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House
100 N. Main St.
Davidson, NC
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Come downtown and enjoy a festive stroll down Main Street and through Stowe Park after dark to view the themed colorful Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and organizations.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stowe Park
24 S. Main St.
Belmont, NC
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Swing, stomp and sing with your little ones in this interactive introduction to jazz for preschoolers and caregivers. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church
9401 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: JazzArts Charlotte
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Wind down after a busy day with bedtime stories and soothing songs. Come in your jammies, and bring your favorite stuffed animal.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kannapolis Library
850 Mountain St.
Kannapolis, NC
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This orchestrated light show includes more than 150,000 lights set to music. Begins November 29 and runs nightly through December, starting each evening at dusk.

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 N. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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As part of the Christmas in Davidson celebration, children can share their wish lists with Santa and have a picture taken. Thurs., Santa arrives at 6:29pm in horse drawn carriage with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House
100 N. Main St.
Davidson, NC
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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Come enjoy a safe place to walk or run on your own or with family and friends. The lights are left on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bailey Road Park
11536 Bailey Road
Cornelius, NC
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See the dazzling light shows at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., and enjoy visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painters, balloon artists, and hot chocolate.

Cost: Free

Where:
Phillips Place
6800 Phillips Place Ct.
, NC
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Uptown Charlotte’s outdoor ice rink returns to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Take a picture with the giant polar bear, under the tree or in the decorated Ceremonial Garden.

Cost: $12-$16

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: NASCAR Hall of Fame
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Despite the difficulties of ministering in a country generally hostile to Christians, American pastor Andrew Brunson heeded God’s call on his life to serve as a missionary in Turkey. While there,...

Cost: 0

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC  28217
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Santa’s Wonderland will offer free photos with Santa and free family holiday crafts, games and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's locations
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Visit The Ballantyne to view an enchanting display of gingerbread creations. Gingerbread Lane is free to visit and open to the public. Hot cocoa will be available for purchase.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Ballantyne
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
, NC
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Visit the open-air ice skating rink located across from Fountain Park in Rock Hill. See website for operating hours.

Cost: $10, includes skate rental

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned for eternity. Marley accepts his one chance to escape his own chains; he must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption...

Cost: $12-$29

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour Street
Davidson, NC
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This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Drive through reindeer forest, and see the Christmas Wonderland of Lights. Check out the animal feedings, carousel rides and train rides. S'mores will be available for purchase....

Cost: $7, ages 2 and younger free

Where:
Zootastic Park
385 Ostwalt Amity Road
Troutman, NC
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The Holiday Shop will included Santa’s Bag and The ENCORE! Boutique. Santa’s Bag gives children ages 10 and younger the opportunity to shop for family and friends (including Mom...

Cost: Free admission. Gifts range in price from 50 cents to $5.

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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This Uptown holiday event is presented as a German-inspired Christmas Market and includes traditional German foods and treats, homemade crafts and gifts, and other featured programming,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Uptown Charlotte
406 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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The title, "Coined in the South," refers not only to The Mint Museum’s origins as the first branch of the United States Mint, but also to the acts of inventing and devising....

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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See your favorite Christmas scenes, and hear your favorite songs during this holiday dinner theater experience. See website for showtimes.  No meal will be served at Sunday 2pm shows.

Cost: $9.50-$37

Where:
The NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Skate on the 5,000 square-foot ice rink. Guests can also enjoy holiday lights and decor; Santa’s Pub, a coffee shop, live music, surprise guests and festive activities.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Symphony Park at Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame have launched a special exhibit, “RCR 50: Only in America,” to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing. Using artifacts,...

Cost: Admission is $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and military, $18 for children 8-12

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. ,
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Celebrate the season with a stroll through a garden winter wonderland. Hot chocolate, smore's, wine and beer will be available for purchase from Rosie's Wine Garden. Tues.-Fri., 4-10pm;...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Rosie's Wine Garden
940 N. Davidson
, NC
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See Santa Claus in his custom-built house on the Village Green. See website for schedule.

Cost: $20 for a 5×7 photo and $30 for a USB Stick with all photos

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20-$59

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Throughout Rock Hill. More than 70 events to welcome the holidays 70 events, including horse-drawn carriage rides, historic tours, strolling Dickens carolers, art, theater, dance, music, a...

Cost: Most activities are free. See website for pricing.

Where:
Old Town
Rock Hill, SC


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Discover why the coldest and darkest season holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. Trace the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Enjoy a festive sing-a-long featuring music from Frank Sinatra, Burl Ives, Ella Fitzgerald and more! Get into the spirit of the season with immersive, artistic visuals filling the dome. Be sure to...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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The interactive and family-friendly pop-up will feature specialty Christmas cocktails, mocktails and food selections for children and adults. Jingle City will also include Santa’s...

Cost: $5-$15

Where:
Jingle City
300 E. Morehead St.
, NC
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Listen to a Gingerbread Man story, and create your own disguised gingerbread man.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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Put little hands to use learning, building and making fun projects.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mount Pleasant Library
8556 Cook St.
Mount Pleasant, NC
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Attend the music and movement program with songs and instruments.

Cost: Free

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Based on the comedic holiday film, "Elf," follow Buddy's adventure to self discovery.

Cost: TBA

Where:
Ballantyne Arts Center
11318 North Community House Road
, NC
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Get dirty learning about nature and creating nature-inspired crafts. Registration and parent attendance are required.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Latta Nature Center
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame have launched a special exhibit, “RCR 50: Only in America,” to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing. Using artifacts,...

Cost: Admission is $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and military, $18 for children 8-12

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. ,
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-414-4164
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Preschoolers will enjoy great photo opportunities with Santa, holiday crafts, cookies and cocoa! Remember to bring a camera.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cornelius Arts Center
19725 Oak St., Unit 1
Cornelius, NC
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Accompany your child(ren) to paint & be-dazzle to their heart’s content creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces that will surely rack up some bonus points with everyone on your gift list! This could...

Cost: $35 / child, 10% sibling discount

Where:
Small Hands Big Art
8025 Ardrey Kell Rd.
Suite 103
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Sponsor: Small Hands Big Art
Telephone: 704-246-8271
Contact Name: Jennifer Bryant
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Disney Junior spreads cheer in SouthPark Mall. This event does not include live character appearances.

Cost: Free

Where:
SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Mrs. Claus will visit Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Friday through Sunday from Nov. 29-Dec. 22 in addition to Christmas Eve from 6 to 8 p.m. Santa Claus will be available for professional photos...

Cost: $10-$19

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Kick off your holiday season as the Ziad Jazz Quartet presents "Jingle Bell Jazz," one of the most popular Jazz at the Bechtler shows of the year. Performances begin at 6 and 8:15 p.m.

Cost: $10-$16

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Wear your matching holiday pajamas, and hop on board the Polar Express!  Whip up some buttermilk snowman pancakes with homemade whipped cream, make Grinch and snowman fruit kabobs, and...

Cost: $50 per one adult and one child

Where:
Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios Rea Farms
9826 Sandy Rock Place
Suite E
, NC
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Visit the new Veterans Park for the lighting of the Christmas tree. Enjoy performances by local groups, craft vendors, food, free horse and carriage rides, and free visits with Santa!

Cost: Free

Where:
Veterans Park at Harris Square
ocated in the Publix Shopping Center off Highway 49 and Veterans Bridge
Harrisburg, NC
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Create yummy and fun holiday gifts for family and friends. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Library Rock Hill
138 E. Black St.
Rock Hill, SC
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The Rock Hill Christmas Parade is South Carolina's only night parade that showcases thousands of colorful lights and ends with a special appearance from Santa Claus.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Rock Hill
Oakland Avenue to Main Street
Rock Hill, SC
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Dad and daughter duos will enjoy STEAM, coding and robotics activities that highlight arctic adventures. Dinner is included.

Cost: $20 per duo

Where:
Google Fiber Charlotte
301 E. 7th St.
, NC
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After the 7pm tree lighting, enjoy free activities that include pictures with Santa, rides, obstacle courses, s’mores, ice sculptures and music by North Mecklenburg Community Chorus.

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Center
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Come for the first ever "lighting" of Levine Children's. Visitors will shine flashlights into hospital windows, and kids inside will have flashlights to shine back at outside...

Cost: Free

Where:
Levine Children's Hospital, Parking Lot A
1000 Blythe Blvd.
, NC
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Discover Cuban culture through music, games and interactive experiences that will paint a picture of Cuba. This bilingual experience will showcase Cuba's wildlife, biodiversity, history and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Drive or stroll through McAdenville to see over 250 evergreens, covered with more than a half million red, white and green lights, plus the town lake circled with dozens of evergreens, draped with...

Cost: Free

Where:
McAdenville, NC


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Donate blood or platelets at OneBlood’s North Carolina donation centers and mobile drives in November and December, and you will have the opportunity to send a message that will then be...

Cost: Free

Where:
OneBlood Mobiles and Donor Centers
4447 South Blvd.
, NC
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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. Guests can reserve their free visit and photo with Santa by visiting the Bass Pass...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabela's
1000 Cabelas Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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Enjoy time with your family coloring and drinking during this drop-in program.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 S. York Road
, NC
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Explore many different techniques and materials including paint, clay, print making, drawing, building and sculpting. There will be no class on Nov. 29.

Cost: $25

Where:
Watershed
2101 Shenandoah Ave.
, NC
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From the earliest days of Billy Graham’s ministry, he had a special place in his heart for teens and young adults. Come see the new special display, and discover how God used Graham to reach...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Sessions are structured and include a fairy host, tea party with light snack, dress-up clothes, craft, face painting or light makeup, and story time.

Cost: $20

Where:
Tiaras and Tales
921 Crossroads Plaza
Fort Mill, SC
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Preschoolers can bounce with their parents in a safe, climate-controlled facility. 

Cost: $8

Where:
BounceU Charlotte
10624 Metromont Pkwy.
, NC
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $6, $8 on school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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Young children can jump with other little ones. Parents and caregivers jump free! W8less socks required.

Cost: $10 per hour

Where:
W8Less LKN
10442-A Bailey Road
Cornelius, NC
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This annual exhibit fills the Museum with model train displays assembled by local “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors of all ages will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Schleich, the world’s largest toy figurine company, is bringing a fun and exciting pop-up shop to Concord Mills. Come play with toys and see a life-size dinosaur.

Cost: Free

Where:
Concord Mills
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: Schleich USA
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, toy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The 18-piece display of animatronic bears performs classic holiday songs. The 45-minute program starts on the hour. All performances are subject to cancellation so check the website for updates....

Cost: Free

Where:
Founders Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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The local puppeteer troupe from MyGym Lake Norman will lead a puppet show with songs and book readings.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Birkdale Village
8725 Townley Road
Huntersville, NC
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With parental guidance, toddlers can jump on the trampoline, play in the foam pit and craw through obstacles. Play time is for children just starting to walk through age 5 who are not yet in...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC
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Visit a Lancaster County librarian at Jumpin Jax Fun Center of Lancaster for movement and yoga through stories. Regular admission is applied for children who want to stay to play following the...

Cost: Free story time

Where:
Jumpin Jax of Lancaster
2650 Charlotte Hwy.
Lancaster, SC
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Teach or play with your child in the heated pool.

Cost: $5 per swimmer, max $15 per family

Where:
Goldfish Swim School
13403 S. Ridge Drive
, NC
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Enjoy a fantastic Friday in this afterschool program.

Cost: $7

Where:
Tom Sykes Recreation Center
1501 Euclid Ave.
, NC
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Meet at the Nature Center for this 1.5-hour hike around the preserve. Registration is required.

Cost: Free

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 S. York Road
, NC
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The Polar Express Train Ride, inspired by the run-away hit movie, features a train ride to the North Pole with dancing chefs, cookies, hot chocolate and a presentation of the first gift of...

Cost: $32-$325

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC
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Sponsor: North Carolina Transportation Musem
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Come for live music, food truck eats and beer from Eleven Lakes Brewery.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Beaver Dam Historical Home and Grounds
19600 Davidson Concord Road
Davidson, NC
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Enjoy the wonder of the park dazzlingly lit for the holidays. Ride a nighttime train. Advanced tickets are required.

Cost: $38-$44 for adults, ages 2 and younger free

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock, NC
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Celebrate the Savior’s birth with family and friends over Christmas dinner. This traditional holiday meal features turkey and carved ham with sides and desserts. Seatings at 5 and 7 pm....

Cost: $9.95-$22.95, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Celebrate the Christmas season with fun family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy the light displays, live nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, story time for children,...

Cost: Free, carriage rides cost $4-$8

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Drive 3.75 miles with 3.5 million lights. Every Thursday through Sunday, the indoor Christmas Village will include photos with Santa, children’s activities, a display of decorated Christmas...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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Family Fun Night at Crews returns with a fun-filled lineup of activities and entertainment. Light refreshments will be provided. Oct. 4: Laser Tag Night (Free) Nov. 1: Glow in the Dark...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crews Recreation Center
1201 Crews Road
Matthews, NC
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Sponsor: Town of Matthews - Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department
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Enjoy horse-drawn carriage and hay rides, an ugly sweater contest, a doggie fashion show and Santa’s House. At Santa's House, children can share their wish lists with Santa and have a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House
100 N. Main St.
Davidson, NC
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Come downtown and enjoy a festive stroll down Main Street and through Stowe Park after dark to view the themed colorful Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and organizations.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stowe Park
24 S. Main St.
Belmont, NC
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Sponsor: City of Belmont
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This orchestrated light show includes more than 150,000 lights set to music. Begins November 29 and runs nightly through December, starting each evening at dusk.

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 N. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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As part of the Christmas in Davidson celebration, children can share their wish lists with Santa and have a picture taken. Thurs., Santa arrives at 6:29pm in horse drawn carriage with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House
100 N. Main St.
Davidson, NC
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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Treat the kids and yourself to a fun night out! Drop kids off to run, play and dance. Pizza dinner is included.

Cost: $25

Where:
Romp n' Roll NW Charlotte
3611 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road
207
, NC
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Handel's stunning masterpiece is back by popular demand. "Hallelujah!"

Cost: $29-$132

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-972-2000
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Santa’s Wonderland will offer free photos with Santa and free family holiday crafts, games and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's locations
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Uptown Charlotte’s outdoor ice rink returns to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Take a picture with the giant polar bear, under the tree or in the decorated Ceremonial Garden.

Cost: $12-$16

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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Visit The Ballantyne to view an enchanting display of gingerbread creations. Gingerbread Lane is free to visit and open to the public. Hot cocoa will be available for purchase.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Ballantyne
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
, NC
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Visit the open-air ice skating rink located across from Fountain Park in Rock Hill. See website for operating hours.

Cost: $10, includes skate rental

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned for eternity. Marley accepts his one chance to escape his own chains; he must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption...

Cost: $12-$29

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour Street
Davidson, NC
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They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the award-winning true-life musical.

Cost: $34.50+

Where:
Ovens Auditorium
2700 Independence Blvd.
, NC
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This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Ring in the holiday season with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s most-popular show of all time. This hilarious and heartfelt musical comedy, adapted from Barbara Robinson’s...

Cost: $19+

Where:
McColl Family Theatre
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Theatre Charlotte's holiday tradition is back for its 13th season. Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and...

Cost: $28

Where:
The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Theatre Charlotte
Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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This Tchaikovsky classic fairy tale features more than 100 performers, from little ones to international guest artists, with snow, laughter and surprises for the whole family. See website for...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Carowinds is transformed into a winter wonderland with spectacular holiday experiences. Fri., 5-10pm; Sat., 2-10pm; Sun., 4-10pm.

Cost: $48+, children ages 5 and younger free with Pre-K Pass

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Drive through reindeer forest, and see the Christmas Wonderland of Lights. Check out the animal feedings, carousel rides and train rides. S'mores will be available for purchase....

Cost: $7, ages 2 and younger free

Where:
Zootastic Park
385 Ostwalt Amity Road
Troutman, NC
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The Holiday Shop will included Santa’s Bag and The ENCORE! Boutique. Santa’s Bag gives children ages 10 and younger the opportunity to shop for family and friends (including Mom...

Cost: Free admission. Gifts range in price from 50 cents to $5.

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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This Uptown holiday event is presented as a German-inspired Christmas Market and includes traditional German foods and treats, homemade crafts and gifts, and other featured programming,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Uptown Charlotte
406 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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The title, "Coined in the South," refers not only to The Mint Museum’s origins as the first branch of the United States Mint, but also to the acts of inventing and devising....

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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ACC FanFest is a family-friendly, free event featuring interactive games, mascot appearances, giveaways, sampling, live music and more. Dec. 6, 5-10pm and Dec. 7, 10am-6pm. Times are tentative...

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
, NC
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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world” and the Bradley family who struggle to save...

Cost: TBA

Where:
, NC


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See your favorite Christmas scenes, and hear your favorite songs during this holiday dinner theater experience. See website for showtimes.  No meal will be served at Sunday 2pm shows.

Cost: $9.50-$37

Where:
The NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Skate on the 5,000 square-foot ice rink. Guests can also enjoy holiday lights and decor; Santa’s Pub, a coffee shop, live music, surprise guests and festive activities.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Symphony Park at Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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Experience the wonder and joy of the holidays at Charlotte Ballet’s "Nutcracker." Clara’s classic tale comes to life with the treasured music of Tchaikovsky performed live by...

Cost: $25-$112

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Celebrate the season with a stroll through a garden winter wonderland. Hot chocolate, smore's, wine and beer will be available for purchase from Rosie's Wine Garden. Tues.-Fri., 4-10pm;...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Rosie's Wine Garden
940 N. Davidson
, NC
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See Santa Claus in his custom-built house on the Village Green. See website for schedule.

Cost: $20 for a 5×7 photo and $30 for a USB Stick with all photos

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20-$59

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Throughout Rock Hill. More than 70 events to welcome the holidays 70 events, including horse-drawn carriage rides, historic tours, strolling Dickens carolers, art, theater, dance, music, a...

Cost: Most activities are free. See website for pricing.

Where:
Old Town
Rock Hill, SC


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Discover why the coldest and darkest season holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. Trace the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Enjoy a festive sing-a-long featuring music from Frank Sinatra, Burl Ives, Ella Fitzgerald and more! Get into the spirit of the season with immersive, artistic visuals filling the dome. Be sure to...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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The interactive and family-friendly pop-up will feature specialty Christmas cocktails, mocktails and food selections for children and adults. Jingle City will also include Santa’s...

Cost: $5-$15

Where:
Jingle City
300 E. Morehead St.
, NC
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Register for the 5K, or register kids for the free fun run and Olaf Obstacle Course. Finish off with hot chocolate, snacks and pictures with Santa.

Cost: $35+

Where:
Harris YMCA
5900 Quail Hollow Road
Charlotte, NC
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Join Ace and TJ's Grin Kids for breakfast with Santa, a family photo and activities for kids.

Cost: $13-$22, children 2 and younger free

Where:
Cantina 1511 of Mooresville and Cantina 1511 in Stonecrest
120 Marketplace Ave., Suite D
7708 Rea Road
, NC
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Kick-off your championship game day festivities with the ACC Fan 5K! The 5K begins at 8 a.m., and the Mascot Run for kids begins at 9 a.m.

Cost: $30-$45 for 5K, Mascot Run free for children

Where:
Uptown Charlotte near Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
, NC
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Shop for gifts, and hear the Children's Choir perform at 11:15am. Food will be available for purchase, and Santa will be available for photographs.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
St. Matthew Catholic Church
8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
, NC
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Learn how to supervise children, recognize safety hazards, handle first-aid situations, play age-appropriate games, change diapers, carry out parents' instructions and discuss job...

Cost: $70-$100

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9504 Bryant Farms Road
, NC
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Join Santa for breakfast and pictures, and tell him what’s on your wish list this holiday.

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Harris YMCA
5900 Quail Hollow Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Harris YMCA
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Children and their families are invited to have breakfast and their photo taken with Santa. Donate one unwrapped gift per family for admission. RSVP by email to nicolas@pumcfortmill.org.

Cost: One unwrapped gift per family

Where:
Philadelphia Church
1691 Hwy. 160 West
Fort Mill, SC
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Sponsor: Philadelphia UMC
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Kick off SAT prep with a free SAT exam. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrison Regional Library
7015 Morrison Blvd.
, NC
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Register for the 5K or one-mile fun run. The fun run starts at YMCA Drive. Children and parents with strollers are welcome.

Where:
Kannapolis YMCA
119 West Ave.
Kannapolis, NC
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Celebrate the season by creating edible ornaments for wildlife, crafting take-home ornaments, taking in a holiday scavenger hunt, listening to seasonal stories and enjoying festive refreshments....

Cost: $15-$20 per family

Where:
SEED Wildlife Garden at Wing Haven
260 Ridgewood Ave.
, NC
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Children can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, search the Greenway for candy canes, and finish with s'mores over a campfire. Hunts begin at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Register online.

Cost: $12 per child, $5 for parking

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
288 Dairy Barn Lane
Fort Mill, SC
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Come for food trucks, crafts, free rides, free pictures with Santa and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
201 W. Gay St.
Lancaster, SC
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Bring your children and your pets to have their photo taken with Santa at Rescue Ranch. Call 704-768-0909 to reserve a time spot.

Cost: $40 per family

Where:
Rescue Ranch
1424 Turnersburg Hwy.
Statesville, NC  28625
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Bring the entire family to decorate gingerbread houses!

Cost: $10

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell St.
Matthews, NC
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The 12th annual Cookies For Kids' Cancer bake sale will raise funds for pediatric cancer research.

Cost: Free

Where:
Blackhawk Hardware
4225 Park Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Cookies For Kids' Cancer
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Decorate gingerbread cookies and a cookie bag, write letters to Santa, make reindeer food, create a gift, and pose for a photo. This is an inclusive program for kids with disabilities and their...

Cost: $20

Where:
Bette Rea Thomas Recreation Center
2921 Tuckaseegee Road
, NC
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Take a candlelight tour during daylight hours at the Reed Gold Mine. See how miners in the early 1800’s would have celebrated the holidays. The program will include demonstrations, vendors...

Cost: $2, ages 7 and younger free, $2 for hayride

Where:
Reed Gold Mine
9621 Reed Mine Road
Midland, NC
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Tis the season for holiday shopping! Shop the craft and vendor fair to complete your shopping list.

Cost: Free

Where:
MillBridge
1401 MillBridge Pkwy.
Waxhaw, NC
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Sponsor: MillBridge
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Learn about West African traditions, specifically how Adinkra symbols have intricate meanings that date back hundreds of years. Led by teaching artist Natalie Chanel, participants will learn how...

Cost: $5

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Harvey B. Gantt Center
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This program will teach photography and videography techniques using point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras. Register online. The library will display images during community photography workshops.

Cost: Free

Where:
Scaleybark Library
101 Scaleybark Road
, NC
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Come enjoy this yearly tradition!

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Fort Mill
Tom Hall Street
Fort Mill, NC
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Even the grinchiest of grinches can't deny this heartwarming classic! Come for a story and activities, and receive a free Advent calendar while supplies last.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes and Noble: Morrison Place
4020 Sharon Road
, NC
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Artists provided by the Arts and Science Council will lead a program about how to create your own Pop-Up Book. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
, NC
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Explore snow crystal science while creating a paper snow crystal. Registration and parent participation are required.

Cost: $4

Where:
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 S. York Road
, NC
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Come for photos with Santa, crafts, face painting, balloon artist, trackless train rides, bounce house and cookie decorating. Sir Purr will visit from 1-2pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Ballantyne Village
14825 Ballantyne Village Way
, NC
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Register for this open jam session with spoken word.

Cost: Free

Where:
West Boulevard Library
2157 West Blvd.
, NC
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Take free pictures with Santa Claus, and enjoy a toy giveaway, free gift wrapping, bounce house and ornament decorating. Check out the vendors, entertainment, food and Candy Cane Hunt. Hunt for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Carole Hoefener Center
615 E. 6th St
, NC
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Sponsor: Create Amazing LLC
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The parade starts in Davidson at the intersection of Griffith Street and Highway 115 and ends in to Cornelius at the intersection of Highway 115 and Catawba Avenue. Wee high school bands, horses,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Davidson
Griffith Street and Highway 115
North Mecklenburg, NC
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Come for free pictures with Santa, the free toy giveaway for the kids, free gift wrapping, Christmas coloring area, bounce house, ornament decoration, vendors, entertainment, food and the Candy...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Carole Hoefener Center
615 E. 6th St.
, NC
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Overture Providence invites you to come visit Santa! Enjoy refreshments and entertainment, and bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots toy drive!

Cost: Free

Where:
Overture Providence
6805 Walnut Branch Lane
, NC
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Take pictures with Santa, and holiday characters, activities, food trucks and performances.

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Center
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC
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Get your pet's picture with Santa!

Cost: $20 per digital photo, cash or check

Where:
Humane Society of York County
8177 Regent Pkwy.
Suite 103
Fort Mill, SC
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Enjoy a free movie at the library.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mountain Island Library
4420 Hoyt Galvin Way
, NC
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Combat the spread of invasive species, and craft a gorgeous wreath. Decorative accents will be provided. Register online.

Cost: $4

Where:
Latta Nature Center
6211 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Take photos with Santa by the tree, and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate provided by JessKakes. Kids can make crafts and jump in a bounce house. See the tree lighting at 5:20pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stallings Municipal Park
340 Stallings Road
Stallings, NC
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Join Kingsley of Fort Mill for faux snow, balloon artist, cookie crawl, live holiday music and photos with Santa.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kingsley Town Center
Textile Way and Broadcloth Street
Fort Mill, SC
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Do not miss this afternoon filled with holiday crafts, activities, entertainment and a tree lighting.

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Green Park
232 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC
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Explore dinosaurs in creative ways through stories and activities. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Myers Park Library
1361 Queens Road
, NC
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Stroll through the streets for special holiday treats, prizes and shopping opportunities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Matthews
Matthews, NC

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Downtown Waxhaw will be transformed into a winter wonderland and decorated with 500,000 lights. Enjoy the live Christmas concert, carnival games and rides, live nativity, carriage rides, and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Waxhaw
Waxhaw, NC


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The Single Parent Tribe is hosting its first annual Christmas Dinner Party. This party is for single parent families only and will be catered by El Californio! Enjoy games, movies, and a possible...

Cost: $6-$12

Where:
First Church Charlotte
4929 N Sharon Amity Road
, NC
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Sponsor: The Single Parent Tribe
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Shop the outdoor market, see a parade of dogs in sweaters, roast marshmallows, watch a holiday movie at the German-inspired beer haus, hear local musicians, purchase seasonal food and sip on a hot...

Cost: Free

Where:
Camp North End
1824 Statesville Ave.
, NC
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Come downtown for a magical night of holiday cheer! S'mores, hot cocoa, hot cider and cookies will be available. Have your photo taken with Santa, or take a carriage ride through downtown....

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Belmont
Main Street
Belmont, NC
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Mrs. Claus will visit Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Friday through Sunday from Nov. 29-Dec. 22 in addition to Christmas Eve from 6 to 8 p.m. Santa Claus will be available for professional photos...

Cost: $10-$19

Where:
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 New Hope Road
Belmont, NC
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Get into some mischief while exploring this spellbinding event complete with potions, magical creatures and more! Costumes are encouraged.

Cost: TBA

Where:
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Experience Mint Hill’s first Christmas parade prior to the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. and will travel down Matthews-Mint Hill Road from Bain School to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mint Hill Town Hall
4430 Mint Hill Village Lane
Mint Hill, NC
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Santa will be available for photos from 3:30-5:30pm, and the movie, "Elf" will be shown on the lawn beginning at 5:30pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Ayrsley
Ayrsley Town Blvd.
, NC
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See the lighting of Tega Cay’s Christmas tree, and meet Santa.

Cost: Free

Where:
Philip T. Glennon Community Center
15083 Molokai Drive
Tega Cay, SC
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Attend this free, family-friendly event to discover Christmas traditions and foods from around the world!

Cost: Free

Where:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
2500 Rocky River Road
, NC
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Sponsor: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Mark your calendars for Monroe's annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Bazaar! Enjoy live entertainment, a petting zoo, train and trolley rides, Santa, and more. Shopping will begin at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Monroe
Monroe, NC


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Dress in white to light up the night! Enjoy sufganiyot, menorah lighting, pizza, glow activities, Hanukkah games and lots of dancing!

Cost: $18-$25

Where:
Levine Jewish Community Center
5007 Providence Road
, NC
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Enjoy live entertainment, refreshments and the lighting of the city Christmas Tree.

Cost: Free

Where:
201 W. Gay St.
Lancaster, SC
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The 2019 ACC Football Championship Game will once again be held in Charlotte. Experience the excitement of football.

Cost: $42+

Where:
Bank of America Stadium
800 S. Mint St.
, NC
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Sponsor: Atlantic Coast Conference
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Tosco Music Parties showcase an eclectic mix of music styles and engage the audience with singalongs throughout the evening, and each party is unique. Tosco Music Parties feature performances of...

Cost: $16.50-$35.50

Where:
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square
345 N. College St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-1000
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The multi-platinum, critically-acclaimed progressive rock group will be bringing its highly-anticipated Winter Tour 2019 back to Charlotte! Returning with all-new staging and effects is...

Cost: $49.50+

Where:
Spectrum Center
333 E. Trade St.
, NC
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Discover Cuban culture through music, games and interactive experiences that will paint a picture of Cuba. This bilingual experience will showcase Cuba's wildlife, biodiversity, history and...

Cost: $18-$22, children younger than 2 free, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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A lamb is lost, an angel’s credentials are questioned, Mary and Joseph want a divorce and the nativity scene is out of control in this charming, funny and very moving family story of...

Cost: $13-$18

Where:
Fort Mill Community Playhouse
220 Main St.
Fort Mill, SC
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Drive or stroll through McAdenville to see over 250 evergreens, covered with more than a half million red, white and green lights, plus the town lake circled with dozens of evergreens, draped with...

Cost: Free

Where:
McAdenville, NC


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Donate blood or platelets at OneBlood’s North Carolina donation centers and mobile drives in November and December, and you will have the opportunity to send a message that will then be...

Cost: Free

Where:
OneBlood Mobiles and Donor Centers
4447 South Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: OneBlood
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Start your holidays on the right foot! Proceeds benefit the MHPD Volunteer and Explorers Program.

Where:
Veteran's Park
8850 Fairview Road
Mint Hill, NC
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Little ones bounce under the supervision of their parents and without interference from bigger kids. Jumpers need Sky Socks, which are available for purchase, and a signed waiver.

Cost: $8

Where:
Sky Zone (Pineville and Charlotte locations)
10200 Centrum Pkwy., Pineville
7325 Smith Corners Blvd., Charlotte
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame have launched a special exhibit, “RCR 50: Only in America,” to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing. Using artifacts,...

Cost: Admission is $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and military, $18 for children 8-12

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. ,
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-414-4164
Contact Name: Lutricia Williams

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Blackhawk Hardware is hosting Cookies For Kids' Cancer on December 7 for their 12th annual bake sale. Come out from 10am-5pm and get ready to shop for specialty baked goods from local bakeries and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blackhawk Hardware
4225 Park Rd
Charlotte, NC  28209
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Sponsor: Cookies For Kids' Cancer
Telephone: 704-525-2682
Contact Name: Blackhawk Hardware
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Run, run as fast as you can! It’s our annual gingerbread workshop! Using basic kitchen chemistry, we’ll whip up a gingerbread ornament for your tree. While you’re here, be sure to check out...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission

Where:
Discovery Place Kids-Rockingham
233 E Washington St
Rockingham, NC  28379
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Professionals from the Carolina College of Health Sciences will be at the Museum to teach visitors about various opportunities and professions in the health care world.  Please visit the...

Cost: Free with Museum Admission

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Sponsor: Discovery Place Science

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Festive wintery holiday art projects will be on tap during these half-day camps. Last minute gifts? Check. Holiday décor? Check Check. Glitter in your floormats on the way home? Possibly. We jam...

Cost: $50 / child, 10% sibling discount

Where:
Small Hands Big Art
8025 Ardrey Kell Rd.
Suite 103
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Sponsor: Small Hands Big Art
Telephone: 704-246-8271
Contact Name: Jennifer Bryant
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Come downtown for a magical night of holiday cheer during for our annual Christmas Village! Smores, hot coco, hot cider, cookies, and more will be available along Main Street! Have your photo made...

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Street
115 N. Main Street
Belmont, NC  28012
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Sponsor: City of Belmont Main Street
Telephone: 704-901-2068
Contact Name: Cassidy Lackey
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Wands at the ready! Join The Schiele in an enchanted evening to discover the Magic of Science! Get into some mischief as you explore this spellbinding event complete with potions, magical...

Cost: $10 for Schiele Members / $15 for non-members

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704.866.6900
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Come celebrate the season with a Saturday night of great music and song! Since 2016, Tosco Music has returned each December to the intimate McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square for our Tosco Music...

Cost: $16.50 - $35.50

Where:
McGlohon Theater
345 N College St
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Sponsor: Tosco Music
Telephone: 704-568-9685
Contact Name: John Tosco
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SEA LIFE is lit up with Holiday Spirit this December! Wander through each zone of the aquarium to experience thousands of Christmas lights as they sparkle across every fishy friend! We will be...

Cost: See website for pricing.

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Boulevard
Concord, NC  28027
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Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
Telephone: 704-699-8274
Contact Name: Isabel Miller
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Young children can jump at a discounted rate, and for an additional $2, parents can jump too. All jumpers need to purchase Altitude Trampoline Socks for $2.

Cost: $7

Where:
Altitude Trampoline Park
3490 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. Guests can reserve their free visit and photo with Santa by visiting the Bass Pass...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabela's
1000 Cabelas Drive
Fort Mill, SC
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From the earliest days of Billy Graham’s ministry, he had a special place in his heart for teens and young adults. Come see the new special display, and discover how God used Graham to reach...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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A professional instructor will lead families in an engaging cooking experience. End class by enjoying a family activity and the food you created.

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Road
, NC
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This annual exhibit fills the Museum with model train displays assembled by local “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors of all ages will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
100 E. Mountain St.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Sponsor: Kings Mountain Historical Museum
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Enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 photos with Santa and family holiday activities. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, toy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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The 18-piece display of animatronic bears performs classic holiday songs. The 45-minute program starts on the hour. All performances are subject to cancellation so check the website for updates....

Cost: Free

Where:
Founders Hall
100 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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See thousands of Christmas lights sparkle across every fishy friend! Watch Scuba Claus dive shows Saturdays and Sundays, December 7-22. Saturday shows are 11:15am and 2:30pm. Sunday shows are...

Cost: $12-$22, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Concord-Charlotte
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Sponsor: SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
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Participants will learn about African drumming and get hands-on experience with African instruments. Youth session is 11am-noon; session for all ages is noon-1pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugar Creek Library
4045 N. Tryon St.
Suite A
, NC
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On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm, the arcade bar opens to all ages with a parent or guardian present.

Cost: Cost for games

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St.
, NC
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Telephone: 980-430-4587
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Vultures and humans will engage in a fun activity of the trainer's choice.  It could be painting, playground fun or taking a walk with a vulture.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC  28078
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Arts+ will provide a visual art workshop series with live music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
, NC
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Explore the expressive, active and creative benefits of dance.

Cost: $10

Where:
Elon Recreation Center
11401 Ardrey Kell Road
, NC
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Our engaging team of raptor keepers will show you some of their favorite bird species. Check in the Visitor’s Center whiteboard to see who you can meet each day.

Cost: $8-$12, children 3 and younger free, included with admission to Raptor Trail

Where:
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road
Huntersville, NC
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Sponsor: Carolina Raptor Center
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Celebrate the holiday season with traditions from the 18th and 19th centuries at Historic Brattonsville. Hear fiddle music, and dance alongside historically-dressed interpreters. Try candle...

Cost: $10

Where:
Historic Brattonsville
1444 Brattonsville Road
McConnells, SC
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Celebrate the season at Promenade on Providence the first three Saturdays of December. Dec. 7: Santa and Carriage Rides Dec. 14: Cookies and Crafts with Mrs. Claus on the Green Dec. 21:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Promenade on Providence
10844 Providence Road
, NC
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The Polar Express Train Ride, inspired by the run-away hit movie, features a train ride to the North Pole with dancing chefs, cookies, hot chocolate and a presentation of the first gift of...

Cost: $32-$325

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC
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Sponsor: North Carolina Transportation Musem
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Enjoy the wonder of the park dazzlingly lit for the holidays. Ride a nighttime train. Advanced tickets are required.

Cost: $38-$44 for adults, ages 2 and younger free

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock, NC
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Sponsor: Tweetsie Railroad
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Celebrate the Savior’s birth with family and friends over Christmas dinner. This traditional holiday meal features turkey and carved ham with sides and desserts. Seatings at 5 and 7 pm....

Cost: $9.95-$22.95, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Celebrate the Christmas season with fun family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy the light displays, live nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, story time for children,...

Cost: Free, carriage rides cost $4-$8

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Holiday fun begins with the Christmas parade and Santa’s arrival on Dec. 7 and then continues on Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 with live performances, Santa’s Workshop, living nativity, carriage...

Cost: Free

Where:
Patriots Park
420 Railroad Ave.
Kings Mountain, NC
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Drive 3.75 miles with 3.5 million lights. Every Thursday through Sunday, the indoor Christmas Village will include photos with Santa, children’s activities, a display of decorated Christmas...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S.
Concord, NC
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Enjoy horse-drawn carriage and hay rides, an ugly sweater contest, a doggie fashion show and Santa’s House. At Santa's House, children can share their wish lists with Santa and have a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House
100 N. Main St.
Davidson, NC
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Come downtown and enjoy a festive stroll down Main Street and through Stowe Park after dark to view the themed colorful Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and organizations.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stowe Park
24 S. Main St.
Belmont, NC
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Sponsor: City of Belmont
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This orchestrated light show includes more than 150,000 lights set to music. Begins November 29 and runs nightly through December, starting each evening at dusk.

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Lawn
413 N. Main St.
Mooresville, NC
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As part of the Christmas in Davidson celebration, children can share their wish lists with Santa and have a picture taken. Thurs., Santa arrives at 6:29pm in horse drawn carriage with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House
100 N. Main St.
Davidson, NC
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free, $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
, NC
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Sponsor: USNWC
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Handel's stunning masterpiece is back by popular demand. "Hallelujah!"

Cost: $29-$132

Where:
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-972-2000
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Dive into these crustacean's habitats, learn crazy crabby facts, and face off with Crabzilla, the Japanese Spider Crab whose legs can span up to 15 feet.

Cost: $11-$20, includes museum admission, children younger than 2 free

Where:
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Santa’s Wonderland will offer free photos with Santa and free family holiday crafts, games and activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's locations
8181 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC
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Creepy Nature is designed to share the actual science of weird and unusual plants and animals. This exhibit features horror fiction concepts like vampires, zombies, mummies and alien invaders....

Cost: $6-$7, includes museum admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6908
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Present your Bank of America, Merrill Lynch or U.S. Trust credit or debit card and a photo ID on the first full weekend of every month for one free general admission to The Bechtler Museum of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Locations vary
, NC


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Come get in the holiday spirit with the performance of the renowned Nutcracker Ballet. Sat., 2 and 7pm; Sun., 3pm. For an additional $5 per person, meet the cast of the Nutcracker after the...

Cost: $5-$7

Where:
Matthews Community Center
100 E. W. McDowell St.
Matthews, NC
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Bundle up in your coziest pajamas and for a special screening of "The Polar Express" in the IMAX Dome Theatre. Before the movie, make your own Christmas ornaments and reindeer food, or...

Cost: $17

Where:
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Uptown Charlotte’s outdoor ice rink returns to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. Take a picture with the giant polar bear, under the tree or in the decorated Ceremonial Garden.

Cost: $12-$16

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
, NC
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Sponsor: NASCAR Hall of Fame
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Visit The Ballantyne to view an enchanting display of gingerbread creations. Gingerbread Lane is free to visit and open to the public. Hot cocoa will be available for purchase.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Ballantyne
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
, NC
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Visit the open-air ice skating rink located across from Fountain Park in Rock Hill. See website for operating hours.

Cost: $10, includes skate rental

Where:
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
205 Saluda St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned for eternity. Marley accepts his one chance to escape his own chains; he must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption...

Cost: $12-$29

Where:
Armour Street Theatre
307 Armour Street
Davidson, NC
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Sponsor: Davidson Community Players
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They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the award-winning true-life musical.

Cost: $34.50+

Where:
Ovens Auditorium
2700 Independence Blvd.
, NC
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This exhibit explores the rise and demise of Charlotte’s Brooklyn neighborhood, once the most vibrant black community in the Carolinas.

Cost: $6-$10, children 5 and younger free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Richard Childress Racing and the NASCAR Hall of Fame will launch an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of Richard Childress Racing using artifacts, race cars, images and audio/video displays.

Cost: $12-$25, children 2 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
NASCAR Hall of Fame
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd
, NC
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Kids can get creative in Block Party, the new interactive building exhibit for children.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Ring in the holiday season with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s most-popular show of all time. This hilarious and heartfelt musical comedy, adapted from Barbara Robinson’s...

Cost: $19+

Where:
McColl Family Theatre
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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Telephone: 704-973-2828
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Theatre Charlotte's holiday tradition is back for its 13th season. Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and...

Cost: $28

Where:
The Eloise MacDonald Playhouse
501 Queens Road
, NC
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Sponsor: Theatre Charlotte
Telephone: 704-372-1000
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Studio Drift, founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, creates breathtaking sculptures that explore the relationship between humanity, nature and technology

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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This Tchaikovsky classic fairy tale features more than 100 performers, from little ones to international guest artists, with snow, laughter and surprises for the whole family. See website for...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
, NC
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Carowinds is transformed into a winter wonderland with spectacular holiday experiences. Fri., 5-10pm; Sat., 2-10pm; Sun., 4-10pm.

Cost: $48+, children ages 5 and younger free with Pre-K Pass

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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Drive through reindeer forest, and see the Christmas Wonderland of Lights. Check out the animal feedings, carousel rides and train rides. S'mores will be available for purchase....

Cost: $7, ages 2 and younger free

Where:
Zootastic Park
385 Ostwalt Amity Road
Troutman, NC
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Telephone: 704-245-6446
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The Holiday Shop will included Santa’s Bag and The ENCORE! Boutique. Santa’s Bag gives children ages 10 and younger the opportunity to shop for family and friends (including Mom...

Cost: Free admission. Gifts range in price from 50 cents to $5.

Where:
Children's Theatre of Charlotte
300 E. 7th St.
, NC
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This Uptown holiday event is presented as a German-inspired Christmas Market and includes traditional German foods and treats, homemade crafts and gifts, and other featured programming,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Uptown Charlotte
406 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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The title, "Coined in the South," refers not only to The Mint Museum’s origins as the first branch of the United States Mint, but also to the acts of inventing and devising....

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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ACC FanFest is a family-friendly, free event featuring interactive games, mascot appearances, giveaways, sampling, live music and more. Dec. 6, 5-10pm and Dec. 7, 10am-6pm. Times are tentative...

Cost: Free

Where:
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
, NC
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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world” and the Bradley family who struggle to save...

Cost: TBA

Where:
, NC


Telephone: 803-326-7428
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See your favorite Christmas scenes, and hear your favorite songs during this holiday dinner theater experience. See website for showtimes.  No meal will be served at Sunday 2pm shows.

Cost: $9.50-$37

Where:
The NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy. 51 N.
Fort Mill, SC
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Telephone: 803-802-2300
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Skate on the 5,000 square-foot ice rink. Guests can also enjoy holiday lights and decor; Santa’s Pub, a coffee shop, live music, surprise guests and festive activities.

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Symphony Park at Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
, NC
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JStage presents the musical Annie with eight performances suitable for the whole family.  The Saturday, Dec. 14 show at 2 p.m. will be sensory friendly and ALS friendly.

Cost: $15

Where:
Levine Jewish Community Gorelick Hall
5007 Providence Road
, NC
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Experience the wonder and joy of the holidays at Charlotte Ballet’s "Nutcracker." Clara’s classic tale comes to life with the treasured music of Tchaikovsky performed live by...

Cost: $25-$112

Where:
Belk Theater
130 N. Tryon St.
, NC
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Celebrate the season with a stroll through a garden winter wonderland. Hot chocolate, smore's, wine and beer will be available for purchase from Rosie's Wine Garden. Tues.-Fri., 4-10pm;...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Rosie's Wine Garden
940 N. Davidson
, NC
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See Santa Claus in his custom-built house on the Village Green. See website for schedule.

Cost: $20 for a 5×7 photo and $30 for a USB Stick with all photos

Where:
Blakeney Shopping Centers
9839 Rea Road
, NC
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three areas and an on-ice Airstream...

Cost: $20-$59

Where:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
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Throughout Rock Hill. More than 70 events to welcome the holidays 70 events, including horse-drawn carriage rides, historic tours, strolling Dickens carolers, art, theater, dance, music, a...

Cost: Most activities are free. See website for pricing.

Where:
Old Town
Rock Hill, SC


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Discover why the coldest and darkest season holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. Trace the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Enjoy a festive sing-a-long featuring music from Frank Sinatra, Burl Ives, Ella Fitzgerald and more! Get into the spirit of the season with immersive, artistic visuals filling the dome. Be sure to...

Cost: Planetarium tickets are $5, children 3 and younger free

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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The interactive and family-friendly pop-up will feature specialty Christmas cocktails, mocktails and food selections for children and adults. Jingle City will also include Santa’s...

Cost: $5-$15

Where:
Jingle City
300 E. Morehead St.
, NC
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