Unwrap some culture this holiday season

Categories: ASC, Blog, Cultural Partners

By Bernie Petit
Communications Manager

Deck the halls with boughs of culture!

The holidays are upon us, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg cultural sector is offering up plenty of gifts to get folks in the spirit of the season.

From longtime traditions like Nutcracker and The Singing Christmas Tree to celebrations of Yuletides past, and from re-imaginings of childhood classics to activities that encourage us to unwrap our artistic talents, there are plenty of holiday-themed events perfect for kids, families and adults.

Here’s a look.

Magic of Christmas
Dec. 4-7.
Where: Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Don’t miss this seasonal tradition as conductor Albert-George Schram leads the Charlotte Symphony, the Oratorio Singers and an array of guests in this festive program, complete with sing-alongs and surprises.
Cost: $25 and up.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441832956/Magic_of_Christmas.

its a wonderful lifeIt’s a Wonderful Life
Dec 4-21.
Where: Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson.
What’s Happening: With the help of a small ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve and realizes the wide impact of his life. This story offers a little divine intervention from angel-in-training Clarence. The uplifting holiday show is presented by Davidson Community Players.
Cost: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $12 students.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441811749/Its_a_Wonderful_Life.

Jazz at the Bechtler: Holiday Jazz
Dec. 5
Where: Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Get in the holiday spirit with jazzy renditions of seasonal classics. The Ziad Jazz Quartet performs Winter Wonderland, Deck the Halls (arranged by Herbie Hancock and Chick Correa), This Christmas, the John Coltrane version of Greensleeves and more.
Cost: $8 museum members, $14 non-members.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441877953/Jazz_at_the_Bechtler_Holiday_Jazz

Ghosts of Christmas Past
Dec. 5-6.
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, 234 N. Sharon Amity Road.
What’s Happening: One Voice Chorus’ 25th season begins with the annual holiday show. Holidays are never quite typical with OVC. This year expect haunting melodies, visits from celebrities past and other fun surprises.
Cost: Evening performances are $22 in advance and $27 at the door, matinee performance is $17.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441881993/Ghosts_of_Christmas_Past.

a christmas carolA Christmas Carol
Dec. 5-14.
Where: Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road.
What’s Happening: Theatre Charlotte once again presents the classic tale of hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. The spirits gradually warm old Scrooge’s heart, as well as ours.
Cost: $27.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441867342/A_Christmas_Carol.

Dec. 5-22.
Where: ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, 300 E. Seventh St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge’s “Bah!, Humbug!” opinion of Christmas grates on everyone around him. But when Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former partner and three Christmas spirits, he learns to change his ways – just in time for Christmas. Presented by Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.
Cost: $12 and up.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441868133/Scrooge.

PNC Bank Presents The Jazzy Holiday Gala
Dec. 6
Where: Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St., Charlotte
What’s Happening: The festive evening celebrates the Harvey B. Gantt Center’s 2014 Spirit of the Center Award recipients Hugh McColl, Johnson C. Smith University and Deborah Willis. The event will feature an anniversary art auction, a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing, music, special performances and presentations.
Cost: $175.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441833214/PNC_Bank_Presents_The_Jazzy_Holiday_Gala

Greenery Workshop & Sale
When: Dec. 6.
Where: Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Learn about types of greenery used throughout the holidays and make and take home a nice bowl of greenery that should last through the season.
Cost: $12 for workshop, free for sale
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441879324/Greenery_Workshop_Sale

Candle Light Christmas
Dec. 6.
Where: Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Step back in time to a Latta family Christmas and tour the plantation by candlelight. Visitors will meet the Latta family and see them celebrate the holiday through dancing, music, and storytelling. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see cooking in the kitchen and visit a live nativity starring the Latta farm animals.
Cost: $8 adults, $7 seniors/students, free for children under 5 years old.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441882238/Candle_Light_Christmas.

Gingerbread House Workshop
Dec. 6-13.
Where: Knight Gallery at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. Charlotte.
What’s Happening: The Community School of the Arts’ annual event is a December tradition for Charlotte families who want to celebrate the season creatively. Children can browse bowls of candy to choose the best decorations and then busily create gingerbread house masterpieces with their parents.
Cost: $70, includes two gingerbread houses.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441881244/Gingerbread_House_Workshop.

visions of christmasVisions of Christmas
Dec. 7.
Where: Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Children and the young at heart can wear their coziest Christmas pajamas to Rosedale to re-imagine a simpler Christmas time. Enjoy a special reading of “The Night Before Christmas” in the great hall, tour the main floor of the plantation home by candlelight and then have hot cocoa, treats, and a special surprise in the English basement kitchen.
Cost: $10 per child (up to 2 free accompanying adults per family) through Dec. 5, $12 per child (up to 2 free accompanying adults per family) at the door.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441880012/Visions_of_Christmas.

The Voices of Christmas
Dec. 8.
Where: Huntersville First Baptist, 119 N. Old Statesville Road.
What’s Happening: The North Mecklenburg Community Chorus presents a selection of new and traditional holiday favorites to get folks into the holiday spirit.
Cost: Free.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441886616/The_Voices_of_Christmas.

Children’s Tree for Wildlife
Dec. 9.
Where: Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Avenue, Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Celebrate the season and help Wing Haven Gardens carry on the Clarkson tradition of making edible ornaments for wildlife, read a story and create a holiday gift.
Cost: $5 per child with adult member, $8 per child with adult non-member.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441882415/Childrens_Tree_for_Wildlife.

Claras TripClara’s Trip: A Nutcracker Story
Dec. 12-13.
Where: Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: In the Caroline Calouche & Co. production, Clara LeBlanc trips at a holiday party and is whisked off to the hospital to learn that her ankle is broken. That night her friends and get-well gifts swirl in her dreams.
Cost: $20-$45.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441867204/Claras_Trip_A_Nutcracker_Story.

Making Spirits Bright
Dec. 12-13.
Where: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 115 W. Seventh St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Talented young singers from every corner of Charlotte will come together to share the spirit of the season when The Choir School at St. Peter’s presents its 2014 Christmas concerts. The concert will include traditional and contemporary Christmas selections from Winter Wonderland to Gloria from Keble Missa Brevis.
Cost: $15 and up.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441884901/Making_Spirits_Bright.

Dec. 12-23.
Where: Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: 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. One of Charlotte’s favorite holiday traditions is presented by Charlotte Ballet.
Cost: $25 and up.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441871527/Nutcracker.

The Singing Christmas Tree for KIDS
Dec. 13.
Where: Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Grab a seat on the Polar Express as Carolina Voices gets you into the spirit of the season at this family-friendly show that includes rousing sing-a-longs, holiday tunes, magical puppets, dancers and a visit from Santa Claus.
Cost: $18-$20 adults, $10-$12 children.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441870301/The_Singing_Christmas_Tree_for_KIDS.

singing christmas tree 2The 60th Annual Singing Christmas Tree
Dec. 13-14.
Where: Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Relive cherished memories and make new ones as Carolina Voices’ MainStage Choir presents the 60th Anniversary of The Singing Christmas Tree. One of Charlotte’s grandest holiday traditions will offer a glittering performance of music, song, dance, puppetry and comedy.
Cost: $21 – $35.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441870293/The_60th_Annual_Singing_Christmas_Tree.

Soulful Noel
Dec. 18-19.
Where: McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Continuing last year’s holiday tradition by the On Q ensemble, “Soulful Noel” is a tapestry of music, dance and spoken word, telling the age old story of the reason for the season. Alternative tweaks have been made to incorporate holiday fare like “The Night Before Christmas,” “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Go Tell it on The Mountain.”
Cost: $20.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441869190/Soulful_Noel_.

Carolina Pro Musica: Christmas at St. Mary’s
Dec. 20.
Where: St. Mary’s Chapel, 1129 E. 3rd St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Carolina Pro Musica presents its holiday tradition for the entire family – medieval and renaissance music with readings of the season and carols for all to sing. Instruments include recorders, viol, harpsichord, percussion, harp and voices. Music ensemble appears in period attire
Cost: $16.00 regular admission, $8 students/seniors.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441868263/Carolina_Pro_Musica_Christmas_at_St_Marys.

The Story of the Little Gentleman
Dec. 13-28.
Where: ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, 300 E. Seventh St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Nobody seems to have time for the little gentleman, which makes him sad. But he soon discovers a wonderful new friend who changes his life forever. This beautiful, funny and moving tale, presented by Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, features live musicians and a uniquely intimate style all its own.
Cost: $14 and up.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441868136/The_Story_of_the_Little_Gentleman.