Grab the family and see how much Christmas you can pack into the next two weeks. Here’s a list to help get you started.
Scrooge’s Christmas Trolley Tour — Live-theater interactive trolley ride recreates scenes of Dickens’ classic 1843 tale “The Christmas Carol.” Brought to you by Lee Street theatre, Salisbury-Rowan County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Historic Salisbury Foundation. Weekends through Dec. 20. See www.visitsalisburync.com for schedule and ticket information.
Charlotte Motor Speedway holiday light show — 6-10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 30 except for Christmas Day. More than three million lights, infield Christmas Village and the unique chance to drive the track. $20 per car on nights when the Christmas Village is open and $15 per car on nights when it is closed. Group rates available. 5555 Concord Parkway S, Concord, enter at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s main entrance. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or 1-800-455-FANS (3267).
Victorian Christmas at the Hall House — 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in December: The theme at the Dr. Josephus Hall House will be “Nutcracker.” $5 admission. Also, Christmas Eve 6-8 p.m. by donation. www.historicsalisbury.org
Paint your own ornaments at Pottery 101 — Take a shopping break and stop in anytime during the Christmas season to create a special holiday memory. Monday-Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5. All ages welcome. Cost: $5 each. Pottery 101, 101 S. Main St., : www.pottery-101.com
‘Christmas in the Country: Country Music Show’ — Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 11-13, at 7:30 p.m. (Friday show sold out): Get into the spirit of Christmas with favorite Christmas songs country-style with Matthew Weaver, Graham Carlton, Mary Gillespie, Carol Harris, Tripp Edwards. At Lee Street theatre, 329 N. Lee St. Tickets $15+tax at 704-310-5507 or www.leestreet.org
St. Philips African Moravian Church lovefeast — Noon, Thursday, Dec. 11: Christmas Lovefeast at St. Philips African Moravian Church at Old Salem to commemorate the first service held in the church in 1861. Free, open to the public, included traditional Lovefeast buns and tea and special music featuring the Voices of God’s Children.
‘A Seussified Christmas Carol’ — Whimsical reinvention of Dickens’ most beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets. Show dates Dec. 13 and 20 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Adults $10, Seniors, students $8. Call 704-633-5471 or PiedmontPlayers.com. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St.
Gold Hill’s Christmas in the Village — Friday through Sunday, Dec. 12-14: Sights and sounds of an old-fashioned Christmas in the Historic Village of Gold Hill amid quaint surroundings, live music, relaxed fun, locally-owned shops. Merchants will serve light refreshments all weekend and be open until 8 p.m. Friday night. Santa will be in the village; photos with him may be made as he strolls throughout the village or at the Arbor on Saturday from 3-5 p.m. Several groups will provide live Christmas music Friday and Saturday. Sunday: marshmallow roasting and Christmas coloring at the Arbor. Email Goldhillmerchantsassociation@gmail.com or visit www.goldhillnc.com
OCT youth perform ‘On the First Worst Day of Christmas’ — Performance dates Dec. 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 2:30 p.m. Amanda MacAfee, director of her church’s annual Christmas pageant in a small town, decides in order to beat the competition she will not tell the traditional story of the birth of Jesus, but will present a reenactment of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Can Amanda’s son Adam, with the help of his friends save the traditionally simple and beautiful pageant that they have grown up performing each year? The production has a cast of 38 young performers ranging from ages 8 to 18. For tickets and info, visit www.ocytnc.org
Piedmont Chamber Singers celebrate Christmas — • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12: Christmas program “Snow” includes Snowforms by R. Murray Schafer, and Mid-Winter Songs by Morten Lauridsen at Shallowford Presbyterian Church, 1200 Lewisville Clemmons Road, Lewisville. Donations of new or gently used coats and blankets welcome • 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14: Annual holiday gift to the community with Carols by Candlelight at Historic Bethabara Park in Winston-Salem • General admission tickets $15, $5 students. Children free with paying adult.
Denton FarmPark sixth annual Country Christmas Train — Dec. 11-14; 18-23; 26-27: Gates open at 4:30 p.m. on Friday-Saturday nights and 5 p.m. other nights. Ride on the Handy Dandy Railroad, see a movie about the birth of Christ , see the lights and scenes, hear a bible related story, sing carols. Visit the General Store, Radio Museum, Grist Mill, Service Station, Doll Museum, Gingerbread House. Wagon and pony rides available for extra charge. 4259 Handy Road, Denton, 336-859-2755 or www. countrychristmastrain.com. 40 minutes from Salisbury.
UNCSA’s production of The Nutcracker — Dec. 12-21: Tchaikovsky’s beloved score and the extraordinary performances of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 405 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem. Ticket and time information at uncsa.edu/nutcracker
‘Christmas Movie Classics’ — 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13: Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society’s annual holiday concert at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Downtown Salisbury. Free. Concert-goers are invited to bring new unwrapped toys to be donated to families in need. www.salisburyrowanchoir.com
Santa & the Grinch antique fire truck rides — 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13: 126 E. Innes St., in front of Okey Dokey. Downtown rides, weather permitting. Also refreshments and DIY ornaments.
The Salisbury Swing Band — 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13: Appearing at the Carolina Mall in Concord with a program of Christmas favorites for your shopping pleasure. Dr. Steve Etters, directory; Laura Millspaugh, vocalist. Information 704-209-4157 or www.salisburyswingband.com
Old Salem’s ‘Salem Christmas’— 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13: Sing Christmas carols to the accompaniment of an 1800 Tannenberg organ, see reenactments by costumed interpreters • Admission to activities included with All-in-One ticket at $23 for adults, $11 for children ages 6-16 ($3 discount on tickets purchased at oldsalem.org) • Saturdays with St. Nicholas, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children meet St. Nicholas and have photo made with him; watch a Christmas puppet show; enjoy baked treats; and shop in a kids’ retail area. $7 per person ages 2 and up, not included with All-in-One ticket.
The Embers Christmas Show — 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14: Featuring Craig Woolard. In concert at The Event Center, 315 Webb Road. Tickets $25, discount for groups of 20+. Tickets on sale at WSAT Radio, 1525 Jake Alexander Blvd. W., 704-633-0621. Presented by Trinity Oaks, F&M Bank, Memories 1280.
Festive show at Horizons Unlimited — Saturday, Dec. 13: Show times: 3:30-4:30 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. and cost: $2. The Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium hosts a program of holiday music and laser light images of the season. Sleigh Ride, Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bell Rock, Frosty the Snowman. www.rss.k12.nc.us/ horizons-unlimitedmargaret-c-woodsonplanetarium
The Piedmont Prime Time Community Band — 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14: Annual Christmas holiday concert at Living Water Church of God, 166 N. Little Texas Road, Kannapolis, Dr. Laurence Marks, director. Selections include Westminster Carol by James Hosey, O Magnum Mysterium, by Morten Lauridsen, an arrangement of carols and selections from the Nutcracker by David Lovrien. Assistant conductor Charles Emerich conducts Fantasia on Christmas (based on Carol of the Bells) by Elliot del Borgo plus a novelty piece featuring Latin percussion instruments. Also a traditional sing-a-long. $5 admission, children under 13 and senior citizens over age 65 free.
Ecumenical Choir of Salisbury — 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14: Ecumenical Choir of Salisbury presents “The Glory of Christmas” at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, , Dr. Phillip E. Burgess, director. The hour long performance features choral selections, holiday readings, vocal solos featuring Teresa Moore-Mitchell, Dr. Grant Harrison, Phyllis Partee and Rebecca Stinson. Choir and soloists will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra. A reception will follow. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 131 W. Council St. Information: 704 633 3221.
10th annual ‘Music and Stories of the Season’ — 7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 15-16: A Christmas Tradition with Karl Hales, Neal Wilkinson, Leslie Dunkin and pianist Susan Trivette. Cost of admission is one canned goods to benefit Rowan Helping Ministries. At the Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St., 704-633-5471.
Winter Arts Christmas Concert — 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18: See story page 6D.
Salisbury Symphony presents ‘The Nutcracker’ — 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. www.salisburysymphony.org for tickets and information.
Victorian Christmas Eve at the Hall House — 6-8 p.m. Dec. 24: The theme at the Dr. Josephus Hall House is “Nutcracker.” Admission by donation. www.historicsalisbury.org
New Year’s Eve at the Bell Tower — 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31: At Bell Tower Park, corner of S. Jackson and W. Innes. Live music, refreshments, bells at midnight, Fibrant live-stream of NYC ball drop.
Old Courthouse Theaters’s 24th annual New Year’s Eve murder mystery dinner theatre — Wednesday Dec. 31: 5th floor Ballroom of The Speedway Club, Charlotte Motor Speedway. Appetizers, dinner, dessert, wine, champagne, party favors, deejay and the Murder Mystery. Tables for 8 to 10. $80 person/$160 couple. Tax, gratuities included. Reservation deadline is Dec. 26 at 704-788-2405 or www.showtix4u.com. See www.oldcourthousetheatre.org
Woodleaf’s New Year’s Eve Big Tomato Drop — Dec. 31: Usher in the New Year by watching the 10-foot diameter tomato drop in Woodleaf’s first ever New Year’s Eve drop at Unity Presbyterian Church, 885 Woodleaf Barber Road. Festivities begin indoors at 9 p.m. and will feature musical groups and individuals, before moving outside. Beverages and food available, along with free parking. No admission fee. Family oriented and fun. Information at 704-278-4248.
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