Your 2019 Holiday Cultural Calendar

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Why This Matters: From musicals and concerts to plays and outdoor adventures, Charlotte’s cultural holiday offerings this year are as diverse as the city itself.

By Giovanna Torres
Communications Manager

🎶 All I want for Christmas are culture-filled experiences 🎶

Fortunately, that’s not a big ask if you live in Charlotte!

Mecklenburg County’s creative community is ready to offer all things merry and bright, from traditional holiday performances, such as Charlotte Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” to local, home-grown favorites like On Q Productions’ “Soulful Noel.”

Here’s a look at how ASC’s cultural partners and other arts organizations are making the holidays merrier this year, courtesy of CharlotteCultureGuide.com.


A Very Postmodern Christmas
When:
December 3 (7:30 p.m.)
Where:
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts (130 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202)
Cost:
$32.50 – $175
Presented by:
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

This holiday season, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox will take the same originality, wit and virtuosic musical performances that have garnered them over 1 billion views on YouTube to revitalize the idea of a Christmas tour itself, in their multi-city “A Very Postmodern Christmas” tour.

The tour will feature PMJ’s rotating retro collective of show-stopping 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 that have brought the group international acclaim. Put simply: it’s the holiday show equivalent of Bing Crosby singing “Little Drummer Boy” with David Bowie.


The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical
When:
December 3 – December 22
Where:
Hadley Theatre (2132 Radcliffe Ave., Charlotte, NC 28207)
Cost: Starting at $17.50
Presented by:
The 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 songs like “My Christmas Tin Toy Boy” and “Christmas in My Mobile Home,” get ready for a cat-fighting’, sun-worshipping’, chair-throwing’ good time that’ll make grandma blush. (This performance contains silly obscenities, NASCAR references, and an uncensored good time. It is recommended for ages 16+.)


Mint to Move – Día de las Velitas
When:
December 6 (7 p.m.)
Where:
Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts (500 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202)
Cost:
$13/$9.75 Mint members; $1 off before 9 p.m.
Presented by:
The Mint Museum

Held on one of the best dance floors in Charlotte, this bi-monthly drop-in event presents varied cultural themes. Mint to Move is not just a dance party; rather, it is an artistic and cultural experience paying tribute to artists and dance forms from Latin, African, and Caribbean countries.

Adults enjoy four hours of Afro-House, Afro-Cuban, and Latin American dance rhythms with a DJ, live musicians, and unique themes to celebrate multi-cultures, ethnic and gender diversity, dance, visual and performing arts. There will be a children’s/youth art activity at the Family Gallery at 7:45 p.m.


Holiday Gallery Crawl
When:
December 6 (6 p.m.)
Where: 
Dilworth Artisan Station (118 E. Kingston Ave., Charlotte, NC 28203)
Cost:
Free
Presented by:
Dilworth Artisan Station

Enjoy an open bar and bites while you shop local art directly from the artists at Dilworth Artisan Station.


Mint Hill Christmas Parade and Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
When: 
December 7 (5:30 p.m.)
Where:
Mint Hill Town Hall (4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill, NC 28227)
Cost: Free
Presented by:
Mint Hill Events, Inc.

A special nighttime parade featuring local businesses, organizations, bands and, of course, Santa. The parade will travel down Matthews-Mint Hill Road from Bain School to the Mint Hill Library. Santa will leave after the parade and return to Town Hall for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. There will be hot chocolate and delicious cookies for all to enjoy!


Holiday Trees for Wildlife
When: December 7 (10 a.m.)
Where: Wing Haven (248 Ridgewood Ave., 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 younger and their families. Space is limited, please register in advance by calling 704-331-0664.


Tosco Music Holiday Party
When:
December 7 (7:30 p.m.)
Where:
McGlohon Theatre (345 N. College St., Charlotte, NC 28202)
Cost: $16.50 – $35.50
Presented by:
Tosco Music

Since 2016, Tosco Music has returned each December to the intimate McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square for our Tosco Music Holiday Party. The evening will feature more than a dozen performers and plenty of singalongs. Enjoy your favorite holiday classics, traditional Christmas carols as well as songs of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!
When: December 6 – December 15
Where: Warehouse Performing Arts Center (9216 Westmoreland Rd., Cornelius, NC 28031)
Cost: $15
Presented by: Activate Community Through Theatre

A heart-warming family play for the holidays. ACT Artistic Director, Dr. Wrenn Goodrum, has set the play in the 1950’s. “When I first read the play I thought of the 50’s, a time when life seemed simpler, though there’s nothing simple in our production. We are so fortunate to be performing our play at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center. While the space is intimate, we are using the whole theatre for our production – from the kitchen to the bathroom to the lobby.”


A Christmas Carol
When:
December 6 – December 15
Where:
Theatre Charlotte (501 Queens Rd., Charlotte, NC 28207)
Cost:
$12 – $28
Presented by:
Theatre Charlotte

Theatre Charlotte’s holiday tradition is back for its 13th 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.


 

Nutcracker
When:
December 6 – December 23
Where: Belk Theater (130 N Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202)
Cost: $25 – $110
Presented by:
Charlotte Ballet

Experience the wonder and joy of the holidays at Charlotte Ballet’s “Nutcracker!” Clara’s classic tale comes to life with dancing mice, a giant Christmas tree that springs from the floor, an epic battle between Nutcracker and Mouse King and an indoor snowfall.

With the treasured music of Tchaikovsky performed live by the Charlotte Symphony, the journey culminates in the land of sweets alongside the Sugar Plum fairy and her Cavalier. If this your first time attending “Nutcracker,” or a time-honored family outing, there’s something to delight everyone at this beloved holiday tradition!


Ghosts & Christmases Past: Haunted Holiday History Tour
When: December 13 (7 p.m.)
Where: Historic Rosedale Plantation (3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28206)
Cost: $15 (Early Bird), $20 (Week Of)
Presented by: Historic Rosedale Plantation

You’ll hear (as the song says), “…scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long long ago!” Ghost stories were once part of many historical Christmas traditions and Historic Rosedale has its share. Many of their former residents passed away at or around the holidays and some of these residents, they believe, have chosen to remain there. You’ll hear their stories along with tales of Christmas traditions from days gone by as you tour the grounds, first floor and cellar of the beautiful 200-year-old home decorated for the holidays in period-appropriate style.

The tour last approximately one hour and is limited to 25 people to allow for a close-up storytelling experience.


Magic of Christmas and The Singing Christmas Tree
When: December 13 – December 22
Where:
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts (130 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202)
Cost: $19+
Presented by:
 Charlotte Symphony and Carolina Voices

The wonder of the holiday season comes to life as two of Charlotte’s favorite holiday traditions join forces: Charlotte Symphony’s Magic of Christmas and Carolina Voices’ The Singing Christmas Tree! Gather the whole family for this joyful celebration, complete with quintessential holiday songs, sing-alongs, snow falling in the Knight Theater and, of course, a visit from the jolly man himself.

The Family Series performance will be on Saturday, December 14 at 11 a.m. and will feature an abridged version of the concert designed especially for young children and their families.


It’s a Wonderful Life
When:
December 13 – December 22
Where: Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts and Theatre Matthews (100 W. McDowell St., Matthews, NC 28105)
Cost:
$14 – $16
Presented by: Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts and Theatre Matthews

George Bailey spends his entire life giving up his big dreams for the good of his town, Bedford Falls, as we see in flashback. But in the present, on Christmas Eve, he is broken and suicidal over the misplacing of an $8,000 loan and the machinations of the evil millionaire Mr. Potter. His guardian angel, Clarence, falls to Earth, literally, and shows him how his town, family and friends would have turned out if he had never been born. George meant so much to so many people; should he really throw it all away?


Jazz Room Holiday Edition: Piano Night with the music of Vince Guaraldi
When:
December 13 (7 p.m.)
Where:
McGlohon Theatre (345 N College St., Charlotte, NC 28202)
Cost:
$25 in advance, $28 at the door
Presented by:
JazzArts Charlotte

One of the most swingin’ holiday season celebrations in town! Five of the region’s most gifted jazz pianists will play the music of Vince Guaraldi, best known for Charlie Brown, “Peanuts” television Christmas specials. This family-friendly presentation will feature classic holiday favorites and surprises that will help make your season merry and bright.


Soulful Noel
When:
December 20 & 21
Where:
McGlohon Theatre (345 N College St., Charlotte, NC 28202)
Cost:
$25
Presented by:
On Q Productions

The annual holiday tradition is back again for its 7th year and just in time for those that’ll be home for Christmas!

OnQ’s “A Soulful Noel” 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 Ave Maria, “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!


Cirque de Noel
When:
December 28 (7:30 p.m.)
Where:
Belk Theater (130 N Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202)
Cost: $19+
Presented by:
Charlotte Symphony

The circus meets the symphony this holiday season at Cirque de Noel! Stunning aerial feats, mind-boggling contortions and jaw-dropping juggling acts will take your breath away–and with these awe-inspiring acrobatics accompanied by musical holiday favorites, this event is sure to fill you and your family with the wonder of the season.


Jamie Laval’s Celtic Christmas

When: December 29 (7 p.m.)
Where:
Booth Playhouse (130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202)
Cost: $24.50 – $49.50
Presented by:
Jamie Laval

Jamie Laval’s Celtic Christmas captures the beauty and atmosphere of Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain 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.


To stay up-to-date on all arts and culture events throughout the year in the Charlotte area, visit CharlotteCultureGuide.com or sign up for our weekly CulturePicks! email.

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