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Add these family holiday events to your to-do list


Today (Thursday): Winter Arts Christmas Concert — 3 p.m.: Harp and flute concert with Helen Rifus and Gay Tatman. Afterward, guests may view a display of Winter and Christmas artwork from local older adult artists who attend art classes at the center. Free.  Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.

Christmas tours at the Josephus Hall House — Dr. Hall’s house transports visitors back in time. This year’s theme is “The Nutcracker.” Regular tours 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 20, 21, 27 and 28. Admission $5 per person. The house is located at 226 S. Jackson St.

Paint your own ornaments at Pottery 101 — 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

Charlotte Motor Speedway holiday light show — 6-10 p.m. nightlythrough Dec. 30 except for Christmas Day. 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).

Denton FarmPark sixth annual Country Christmas Train —  Dec. 18-23; 26-27: Gates open at 4:30 p.m. on Friday-Saturday nights and 5 p.m. other nights. Wagon and pony rides available for extra charge. 4259 Handy Road, Denton, 336-859-2755 or www. countrychristmastrain.com. 40 mins 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. At UNCSA’s Stevens Center, 405 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem. Ticket and time information at uncsa.edu/nutcracker.

Salisbury Symphony and Piedmont Dance Theatre present ‘The Nutcracker’ — 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. See story on page 6D.

The Community Travelers bus trip to Christmas City: McAdenville — Saturday, Dec. 20. For information and reservation availavility call Brenda Cowan at 704-633-9073.

JCPrice Post 107 annual kids’ Christmas party — 6-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22: The Children and Youth Committe hosts the annual Christmas party for children with door prizes, music, games, refreshments and a surprise guest. JCPrice Americn Legion Post 107, 1433 Old Wilkesboro Road, 704-638-0160. Chairman Leonard Hall, 704-640-6360.

Victorian Christmas Eve at the Hall House — 6-8 p.m. Dec. 24: Special evening tour. The theme at the Dr. Josephus Hall House is “Nutcracker.” Admission by donation. The house is located at 226 S. Jackson St. www.historicsalisbury.org

The classic ‘Peter and the Wolf’ — 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 27: At the James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium inside the Old Salem Visitor Center, Winston-Salem. Tickets $10 adults, $5 students and children 12 and under; available at the door or can in advance at carolinachambersymphony.org or 800-838-3006.

Old Stone House Christmas Celebration — 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27 and noon–4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28: Rowan Museum’s 30th annual German Christmas Celebration. See story on page 7D.



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.

Woodleaf’s New Year’s Eve Big Tomato Drop — 9 p.m. 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 hosted by Elvis himself, who will also be performing, along with local Colton Sherrill, as well as a surprise visitor dressed in red. We will also have open mic night, so bring your music and come on!  Starts at 9 p.m. and ends just after the tomato drops at midnight.  Free parking, Free admission.  Food and drinks available. No admission fee. Family oriented and fun. Information at 704-278-4248.

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 for dancing and listening and the Murder Mystery. Tables can seat 8 to 10. Prices $80 person/$160 couple. Tax, gratuities included in the price of the ticket. Reservation deadline is Dec. 26 at 704-788-2405 or www.showtix4u.com. Complete information at www.oldcourthousetheatre.org

New Year’s Eve with the Winston-Salem Symphony and Brubeck Jazz — 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31: Brubeck Brothers Quartet perform timeless music of their father, jazz legend Dave Brubeck. Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road. Tickets $15–$62 at 336-464-0145 or WSsymphony.org

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