The holidays are upon us here in Charlotte, and so are the dozens of annual holiday traditions – from North Carolina Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker, to Theatre Charlotte’s A Christmas Carol. CharlotteCultureGuide.com is your go to source for all of the latest and greatest, and now holiday, events in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The month of December features more than 140 events, exhibits and activities for young and old!
Here is a small sampling of December’s holiday offerings in Charlotte:
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
Now until Sun., Dec. 23
The Herdman kids are back in this holiday family comedy. The Herdmans are the meanest, nastiest, most inventively awful kids in the history of the world … which is precisely why they were cast in the annual church Christmas pageant! Mayhem – and fun – meet the Christmas story head-on in this hilarious treat for kids young and old. Celebrate the season at this heart-warming classic that teaches the true meaning of the season. More information.
Latke Demonstration and Challenge
Atherton Mill Market
Fri., Dec. 7 at 10am
Chef Bill Averbach, well-known as the Pickleman will be demonstrating some of the numerous techniques and recipes used to make the traditional (and not so traditional) holiday treat called latkes; potato pancakes. His entertaining and highly informative delivery promises to arm you with the ultimate understanding of the techniques and secrets passed down through generations of the E. European masters. More information.
A Christmas Carol
Fri., Dec. 7 – Sat., Dec. 15
This version captures the magic of the Dickens’ original. At the opening, Dickens is presenting a reading of his popular novel. As he begins, the story unfolds on stage around him: the classic tale of hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. More information.
Christmas in Mecklenburg County with the Polks
James K. Polk State Historic Site
Sat., Dec. 8 at 11am – FREE
Come and learn about food and customs from Christmas in 1802! Historic buildings will be decorated in 19th century style. Visitors will also see a living history vignette in the main house. More information.
The 58th Annual Singing Christmas Tree
Sat., Dec. 8 and Sun., Dec. 9
Christmas is coming and there’s no better way to ring in the holidays than experiencing The Singing Christmas Tree with the whole family. This unique, 58-year-old Charlotte tradition features the Carolina Voices’ 80+ member MainStage Choir atop a 32-foot Tree performing a rich array of holiday music. Dancers, puppets and special guests, including Carolina Voices’ own Festival Singers and Impromptu ensembles, add to the sparkling warmth of this classic show. More information.
N.C. Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker
North Carolina Dance Theatre
Sat., Dec. 8 – Sun., Dec. 23
Charlotte’s favorite holiday tradition – Nutcracker – celebrates the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Bring your family and friends along for this holiday voyage featuring choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, live music from the Charlotte Symphony and over 100 performers. Be there as the Nutcracker Prince triumphs over the evil Mouse King and as the Sugar Plum Fairy entertains Clara, her Nutcracker Prince and the audience with dazzling dancing sweets. More information.
Starving Artist Productions
Thurs., Dec. 13 – Fri., Dec. 21
Charlotte’s very own original Christmas experience, The Birth, enters its 7th season this December. With an expanded performance schedule culminating in the audience-favorite Celebration Night, featuring a reception and concert by local musician Sarah DeShields, The Birth once more proves itself the best-kept-holiday-secret in Charlotte. More information.
Christmas at St. Mary’s – 18th Century Music
Carolina Pro Musica
Sat., Dec. 15 at 7pm and 8:30pm
Our annual Holiday event with music from the 18th century, readings of the season and carols for all to sing. Bob Sweeten, Max on the Bob and Sheri Show, returns for a fourth season. Performers in 18th century attire perform with voices, viols, flauto traverso, recorders, and harpsichord. More information.
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