Your 2018 Holiday Cultural Calendar

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By Giovanna Torres
Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Jingle Culture all the way!

The holidays are here, and this year, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg creative community is giving you tons of ways to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

The holiday-themed cultural offerings keep increasing/growing each year, as the Queen City embraces old/longtime traditions (such as Nutcracker) and welcomes new ones. “A Very Soulful Christmas” is one of the latter. Presented by Dapper Street Productions and sponsored by Culture Blocks, this event will bring a free evening of joy and cheer to East Charlotte.

Jazz-soul singer Nicci Canada co-founded Dapper Street Jazz Orchestra in 2015. She is also a 2017 Regional Artist Project Grant Recipient, and loves the Holidays. “There are many people who have no families to celebrate with or have nothing planned, so I wanted to be able to provide some type of entertainment for the community and at least put a smile on people’s faces.” That’s why she decided to create this experience.

So, what can we expect from the show? Christmas classics and holiday music in a very Soulful way! “We have Mia Thompson, a very talented vocalist coming from Winston-Salem who’ll be gracing the stage. We also have some very talented and applause-worthy musicians backing her that evening. Bassist John Dilland and Saxophonist Adrien Crutchfield to name a few. There will also be some prize giveaways,” shared Canada.

“Culture Blocks has been a game changer. I for one am very thankful for the partnership. To be able to present live jazz entertainment within the community and see the impact it has on people is truly amazing,” she added.

Make sure you don’t miss “A Very Soulful Christmas”, December 22 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Albemarle Road Recreation Center (5027 Idlewild Rd. N, Charlotte NC 28227).

Here’s a look at other holiday-themed events for the whole family:


Miracle on 34th Street

When: Now through Sunday, December 16
Where: Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts and Theatre Matthews (100 McDowell Street, Matthews, NC 28106)
Cost: $14 – $16
Presented by: Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts

In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain’s main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity. Our show is not a musical, but will feature singing & dancing Elves.



When: Now through Sunday, December 23
Where: McColl Family Theatre at ImaginOn (300 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202)
Cost: $12 – $28
Presented by: Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

Back by popular demand is Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s most-popular show of all time! The Herdmans are ready to wreak havoc! What happens when the “worst kids in the history of the world” find out about free food at Sunday school? Worse yet, what happens when they decide to audition for the annual Christmas pageant? This could be the worst pageant ever… if it even happens!


A Christmas Story, The Musical

When: Tuesday, December 4 through Sunday, December 9
Where: Ovens Auditorium (2700 East Independence Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28205)
Prices begin at $25
Presented by: Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Set in 1940s Indiana, a young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish.


The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

When: Wednesday, December 5 through Sunday, December 23
Where: Hadley Theater at Queens University
Cost: $15 – $50
Presented by: Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte
The lovable, zany residents of Armadillo Acres are back! While preparing to decorate for a holiday contest, a new Scrooge-like resident begins to wreak havoc on the festivities. With instant holiday classics like “The 12 days of Amnesia”, “Trailer Park Christmastime” and “Christmas in my Mobile Home”, get ready for a cat-fightin’, sun-worshippin’, chair-throwin’ good time that’ll make grandma blush.


Jazz Room Holiday Edition: A Preservation Hall All-Stars Christmas

When: Friday, December 7, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Where: McGlohon Theatre (345 North College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202)
 $25 – $45
Presented by: 
Jazz Arts Initiative
It’s a New Orleans Holiday Jazz Party and you’re invited! The Preservation Hall All-Stars return to the Queen City to perform a host of popular holiday favorites with a traditional New Orleans jazz twist. This will be a fun-filled holiday celebration that you don’t want to miss!


A Christmas Carol

When: Friday, December 7 through Sunday, December 16
Where: Theatre Charlotte (501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207)
Cost: $28
Presented by: Theatre Charlotte

Theatre Charlotte’s holiday tradition is back for its 12th season. It is 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. We once again meet such beloved characters as Fezziwig, Belle, Bob Cratchit, nephew Fred, and, of course, Tiny Tim. The spirits gradually warm old Scrooge’s heart, as well as ours.



When: Friday, December 7 through Sunday, December 23
Where: Belk Theater (130 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202)
Cost: $25 – $125
Presented by:
 Charlotte Ballet

Celebrate the sights and sounds of the holidays at Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Nutcracker! This holiday spectacular is complete with extravagant sets and costumes and the treasured music of Tchaikovsky performed live.


Greenery Workshop

When: Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 10:00am
Where: Historic Rosedale Plantation (3427 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28206)
Cost: $20 – $25.
Presented by: History Rosedale Plantation

We will talk about many types of greenery for the holidays, and you will make and take home a nice bowl of greenery that should last through the season. You will leave knowing how to add your favorite flowers to impress your guests all season long. Jeff, will show how to make a boxwood wreath and garlands for the house.—Bring a pair of Hand pruners —and be ready to work and learn.


Holiday Trees for Wildlife

When: Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Where: Wing Haven (260 Ridgewood Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28209)
Cost: $15 – $20.
Presented by: Wing Haven

Celebrate the season in true Clarkson tradition by creating edible ornaments for wildlife, crafting take-home ornaments, taking in a holiday scavenger hunt, listening to seasonal stories, enjoying festive refreshments, and more! Recommended for children ages 10 and under and their families.


Tosco Music Holiday Party

When: Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Where: McGlohon Theatre (345 North College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202)
$15.50 – $34.50
Presented by: 
Tosco Music

Come celebrate the season with a Saturday night of great music and song! Since 2016, Tosco Music returns each December to the intimate McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square for our Tosco Music Holiday Party. Enjoy your favorite holiday classics, traditional Christmas carols as well as songs of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Join us for this special Tosco Music holiday tradition!


The Singing Christmas Tree FOR KIDS!

When: Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9
Where: Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts (430 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202)
$15 – $23 
Presented by: 
Carolina Voices

The Singing Christmas Tree FOR KIDS returns for its 9th season, featuring Carolina Voices’ MainStage Choir, Grey Seal Puppets, Carolina Kids Voices, Miller Street dancers and guests full of holiday fun for the whole family (SHHH….even a visit from Santa himself!)! This 1-hour program is Carolina Voices’ original introduction to choral arts for children and the audience grows each year.  Make it part of your family holiday tradition! Christmas has never been such fun!

The Singing Christmas Tree: BIG BAND BASH!

When: Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9
Where: Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts (430 South Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28202)
$26 – $45 (Senior & Youth discounts available)
Presented by: Carolina Voices

Accompanied by Charlotte’s hottest All-Star, 22-piece Big Band, experience an all-new production of Carolina Voices’ Singing Christmas Tree, the community’s grandest of holiday traditions!  Our 64th consecutive Tree features swinging arrangements of favorite Christmas classics, highlighting Carolina Voices’ MainStage Choir, Miller Street Dance Academy, and special guests.  We expand the experience with not just Santa in the lobby but swing dance too! Christmas has never been such fun!


Christmas Down Under

When: Saturday, December 8 through Sunday, December 9
Where: Discovery Place Kids – Huntersville
Cost: Free with admission
Presented by: Discovery Place Science
Do you think you would like the holiday season if it was in the summertime? In Australia and New Zealand it is! We’ll sing some carols and try some new traditions as we have a very sandy Christmas.


Gingerbread Workshop

When: Friday, December 14
Where: Discovery Place Kids – Huntersville (105 Gilead Road, Huntersville, NC 28078)
Cost: Free with admission
Presented by: Discovery Place Science

Gingerbread houses originated in Germany during the 16th century. We’ll read The Gingerbread Man by Karen Schmidt at the Town Hall Stage. Then we’ll make some yummy creations right after in the Town Market.



When: Friday, December 21 and Saturday, December 22 
Where: McGlohon Theatre (345 North College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202)
Cost: $20
Presented by: On Q Productions

In its 6th year, Our Annual Holiday Tradition is back again and just in time for those that’ll be home for Christmas! OnQ presents Soulful Noel, directed by Quentin Talley with musical direction by Tim Scott Jr., is an original musical revue telling the age old story of the reason for the season. The cast of OnQ creatives re-frame tradition in a contemporary way with classics such as, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, Little Drummer Boy, and What Do the Lonely Do. Fill your cup of eggnog with some R&B, Funk, Gospel, Soul, a dash of Noel, and a lot of OnQ!


The Hip Hop Nutcracker

When: Wednesday, December 26 through Saturday, December 29
Where: Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts (430 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202)
Prices begin at $19.99
Presented by: 
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

The Hip Hop Nutcracker is an evening-length production performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ and violinist. Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her Nutcracker prince, travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of sugarplums into 1980s Brooklyn. The Hip Hop Nutcracker celebrates love, community and the magic of New Year’s Eve.



When: Friday, December 28
Where: Stage Door Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (55 North College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202)
Cost: $40
Presented by:
Jamie Laval

Jamie Laval’s Celtic Christmas captures the beauty and atmosphere of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, and Iceland during the holidays. An entertaining and thought-provoking family holiday experience, the show weaves a tapestry of music, dance, poetry, and stories that hearken back to the ancient Celtic celebrations associated with the Winter Solstice and Christmas.


Kwanzaa Celebration

When: Saturday, December 29
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture at Levine Center for the Arts (551 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202)
Presented by: 
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture at Levine Center for the Arts

Join us for a day of hands-on art, performances & conversations celebrating the principles of Kwanzaa. Create Kwanzaa keepsakes, sample local sweets – shop with some of Charlotte’s businesses of color in our museum store.


New Year’s Eve Celebration

When: Monday, December 31
Where: Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts (430 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202)
Cost: $53-$132
Presented by: Charlotte Symphony

Ring in the New Year with Charlotte Symphony. Party the night away as Maestro Christopher Warren-Green leads a program featuring Strauss waltzes and some of Gershwin’s most famous tunes. The evening includes a post-concert party with desserts, champagne and dancing.


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