Christmas Calendar 2016

Published 10:15 am Friday, December 2, 2016

Scrooge’s Christmas Trolley Tour — Travel back in time with Scrooge via the trolley; scenes acted out at historic downtown sites. A live-theater presentation.Four times a night Friday-Saturday through Dec. 23. Advance tickets recommended. Tours begin at Salisbury-Rowan Convention & Visitors Bureau. or 704-310-5507.

Polar Express Train Ride at the NC Transportation Museum — Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 15-22: Meet popular characters. play games, entertainment, post-ride children’s play area. Check for ticket availability at

Kannapolis: Winterland Express train —Through Dec. 30 except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 250,000+ Christmas light displays. Admission and viewing of the lights is free; train ride tickets are $2. At Village Park, 700 West C St.

Kannapolis: Visit with Santa — 6:30-9 p.m. Through Dec. 30 except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Visit Santa in his studio; storytelling by Mrs. Claus on Tuesdays and Fridays thru Dec. 20; local musicians performing favorite Christmas songs. The Kannapolis Singing Bears entertain each hour on the hour. The Atlantic Coast S Gaugers group with popular model trains on display Nov. 26, 27, 30; Dec. 1-4, 7-23 and  26-30. At Village Park, 700 West C St.

Concord: Old Courthouse Theatre presents ‘A Broadway Christmas Carol’ — Dec. 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 4, 11, 18 at 2:30 p.m. Cross between classic Dickens’ tale and uproarious song parodies of favorite Broadway show tunes. or 704-788-2405. 49 Spring St. NW.

Salisbury AARP Christmas party — 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1: Covered dish lunch, music by Bob Wingate’s guitar class. Bring non-perishable food for Rowan Helping Ministries. Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 MLK Jr. Ave. Seniors 50+. Information 704-216-7714.

First Friday: Jingle Mingle — Dec. 2, 5-9 p.m.

The Arc of Rowan Festival of Trees — 7-9 p.m. Dec. 2 • 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 3 • 1-5 p.m. Dec. 4. Free. At the F&M Trolley Barn, 127 E. Liberty St. 704-637-1521,

Three dates for Piedmont Choral Society Christmas concerts — Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. at Forest Hill UMC, 265 Union St. North, Concord • Saturday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at Prospect Baptist Church, 502 Prospect Church Road, Albemarle • Piedmont Choral Society partnered with Pfeiffer University Choir and a 25 piece orchestra. Free. Info: or 704-699-6053.

Tree lighting ceremony and candy cane hunt — 6 p.m. Dec. 2: Free. Held at City Park Lake. Sponsored by Salisbury Parks and Recreation,

Bethlehem Marketplace — 6-8 p.m. Dec. 2; 4-8 p.m. Dec. 3-4: Travel back 2000 years to a place called Bethlehem. A Roman centurion will guide you as you experience prophecy, angelic visitations, a visit to the marketplace, a very full inn, and the stable birthplace of Jesus Christ. Free. Handicapped accessible. North Main Baptist Church, 1501 N. Main St., 704-637-2929,

Kannapolis: Intimidators Holiday laser light festival — Friday-Sunday Dec. 2-4: Admission $5, kids $4. Three nightly shows set to favorite Christmas songs, at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., rain or shine. Held at Intimidators Stadium. Kid Zone, Santa and other holiday characters, holiday concession and crafts. Tickets at or call 704-932-3267.

Millers Ferry Fire Dept. Christmas Craft Show — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 3: Christmas craft event. 2650 Long Ferry Road, info at

45th annual Cleveland Christmas Parade — 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3: Antique cars and tractors, community and school group floats, horses, and tossed candy. Rain or Shine. Info at 704-798-3471.

Town of China Grove Inaugural Tree Lighting in Hanna Park — 7 p.m. Dec. 3: Lighting of the town Christmas tree with caroling and light refreshments.

Salisbury Swing Band Christmas Benefit Show — 7-10 p.m. Dec. 3: Live at the Salisbury Civic Center. Tickets $15 at Call 704-798-5840.

Christmas at the Hall House — 1-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18. Special evening tour on Christmas Eve 5:30-8 p.m. Admission for weekend tours is $5 per person. Admission to Christmas Eve Tour is by donation. The 1820 two-story Federal style house is located at 226 S. Jackson St. 704-636-0103,

Fulton Heights Christmas Home Tour — Saturday, Dec. 3, 5-8 p.m., Fulton Heights Neighborhood • 515 Wiley Ave. • 111 Maupin Ave. • 513 Maupin Ave. • 502 Maupin Ave. • $10 donation. Plus Santa and Mrs. Claus making the rounds on their Kawasaki throughout the neighborhood. Info Theresa Pitner,

Brunch With Santa — 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 3: Share a pancake brunch with Santa plus crafts, games, photos. Civic Center. Pre-registration required at $20 family of 4/ $6 per person.

17th annual RoBoJo Holiday Theater — 2 p.m. Dec. 3: Hour-long variety show featuring holiday stories, songs, jokes, readers’ theater, audience participation for kids of all ages. Rowan Public Library headquarters, 201 W. Innes St. 704-216-8243.

Rowan Museum’s Gingerbread House Workshop — 1-4 p.m. Dec. 4: Messinger Room, 202 N. Main St. Tickets and reservations at 704-633-5946,

ROCOC Christmas Concert — 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4: Featuring Raising Glory Band. Hosted by hosted by Oakdale Baptist Church, located at 200 Charles St., Spencer. Benefits Rowan One Church One Child Ministry: make a difference in the life of a Rowan County child or teenager receiving Child Protective or Foster Care Services. For info email

‘The Wonderful World of Dr. Seuss’ as performed by The Phoenix Readers — 2 p.m. Dec. 5: at Trinity Oaks. Kate Davis, 703-217-1027,

USO Troupe Holiday Show at The Davis — 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5: A repertoire of holiday and Broadway songs. A portion of the proceeds will go toward the support of USO programs. 65 Union St. South, Concord. Tickets $15 at or 704-920-2753.

RPL presents Winter Traditions — 10 a.m.-noon, Dec. 6: For age 11 and under. Learn about winter traditions around the world. Sponsored by Smart Start Rowan. At Headquarters (Salisbury). 704-216-8234 for details.

RPL’s Holiday Pajama Express — 6-7:30 p.m., Dec. 6: For age 11 and under. Participants invited to wear favorite holiday pajamas, have refreshments, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. At South Rowan Regional (China Grove). 704-216-7729 for details.

Second annual Phoenix Readers Christmas show dates — • 7 p.m. Dec. 6: Oak Park Retirement • 2 p.m. Dec. 7: Morningside of Concord • 11:30 a.m. Dec. 13: Memorial Baptist Church, Kannapolis • 2 p.m. Dec. 20: Trinity Oaks. Kate Davis, 703-217-1027,

Lee Street theatre presents ‘10 Minutes till Christmas: 9th Annual New Play Festival’ — 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-10: Lee Street Theatre, 329 N. Lee St. or 704-310-5507.

PPT’s ‘Elf: The Musical’ — Dec. 8-10 and 15-17 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10, 11, 17 at 2:30 p.m. Join the cast for a complimentary reception in the Norvell lobby following the opening performance. Adults $12, seniors/students $10. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St., 704-633-5471,

Christmas in Gold Hill Village — Dec. 9-11: Light  refreshments in each shop,  marshmallow roasting, hayrides, Santa and more.  Shops open until 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 735 Saint Stephens Church Road. See schedule at

Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society presents ’A Jazz Christmas’ — 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9: “A Jazz Christmas,” at First United Church of Christ, 207 W. Horah St. Free admission. Info: Facebook/Salisbury-RowanChoralSociety

Skate with Santa’s Friends at Afton Ridge— Rudolph (6-8 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10) and A Princess from noon-6 p.m. Dec. 10 • Santa visits on Dec. 11. Skating is free. skate rentals $5 with donation to Kids 4 Kids in Need. See

Happy’s Farm Western Town Christmas — 4-7 p.m. Dec. 10: $5 admission, no charge for Veterans. Proceeds benefit  Happy’s Farm H.E.R.O. Project. Horse ride, coloring station, western playground, hot dog and drink, jail arcade, Happy’s Express Train Wagon ride (with the Sweet Frogs), Christmas lights in the Westrern town, roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate by the fire. Featuring the Salute to Freedom Veteran’s Tunnel. 985 Parks Road,

‘Christmas In The City’ — 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 -10: Dinner Theater, $25/person • 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11: Show only, $10/person • Christmas worship musical and dinner theater with small symphony, choir, soloists, quartet, worship dance and drama. Dinner served banquet style with music in the background until the show begins. Presented by He’s Alive Church, 1310 N. Cannon Blvd., Kannapolis. Tickets at or on Sunday mornings at the church.

Santa and the Grinch at the Antique Fire Trucks — Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

RPL’s Stories with Elves — 10:30 a.m. -noon, Dec. 10: Christmas stories, light refreshments, activities for age 11 and under. Crafts, activities, Christmas Karaoke, visit from Santa Claus. At East Branch (Rockwell). 704-216-7842 for details.

78th annual Kannapolis Christmas Parade — 6 p.m. Dec. 10: Travels through downtown Kannapolis and usually lasts until 7:30 p.m. or 704-932-3808.

Salisbury Swing Band Christmas Show — 6-9 p.m. Dec. 10: Live from the Food Court at the Carolina Mall in Concord. Free and open to the public.

Charlotte: Tosco Music Holiday Party — Dec. 10: Acoustic music showcase. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. Tickets now available at or 704-372-1000. Details at www.ToscoMusic Party. org

Tea with Mrs. Claus at the Spencer Doll & Toy Museum — 2-4 p.m. Dec. 11: Tea and cookies, punch, door prizes, snacks, helpers, museum tour, The Great Santa search, a special Christmas story. $28 one adult/one child pair, $13 each additional child or $15 additional adult. Proceeds benefit the Museum, 108 Fourth St., Spencer. 704-762-9359, www.spencerdoll

St. John’s Men’s Chorus Christmas Concert — 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11: In the sanctuary at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St., Downtown Salisbury. Free event to benefit Rowan Helping Ministries.

Karl Hales’ ‘A Christmas Tradition’ — 7-8:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 12-13: Annual event held at the Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. Bring a canned good for Rowan Helping Ministries. Stories by Karl Hales, and music of the holidays by Neal Wilkinson, Susan Trivette, Debbie Hubbard-Pastore and Laura Millspaugh.

ERHS Honors Chorus Christmas celebration — 7 p.m. Dec. 12: Dean Orbison and East Rowan High School Honors Chorus. Special offering benefits the ER Honors Chorus. At Transformation Church, 1350 Old Stone House Road, 704-633-6588.

East Spencer’s tree lighting and open house — 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 13: Inaugural Christmas tree lighting ceremony beside East Spencer Fire Department, 201 S. Long St. with open house and tour of recently remodeled fire house. Christmas carols, cookies, hot cocoa, visit from Santa Claus. Plus, collecting donations for Hurricane-ravaged  Princeville. Info 704-636-7111.

RPL’s Family Movie Night presents ‘Arthur Christmas’ — 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13: Can Arthur help Santa deliver billions of presents to the world in one night? Rated PG. Light refreshments. At East Branch (Rockwell). 704-216-7842 for details.

Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society presents ’A Jazz Christmas’ — 7 p.m. Dec. 13: “A Jazz Christmas,” at at Milford Hills Methodist Church, 1630 Statesville Blvd. Free admission. Info: Facebook/Salisbury-RowanChoralSociety

W-S Symphony presents 10th annual ‘Handel’s Messiah’ — 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-14: Centenary United Methodist Church, 646 W. Fifth St., Winston-Salem. Tickets $15-$47 at or 336-464-0145.

Carson High School presents ‘White Christmas The Musical’ — Dec. 15-18: 120-student production as well as four elementary school choirs. For ticket information call Carson High School, 290 Kess Venture Drive, China Grove ,704-855-7297.

Rowan Big band All Stars Holiday concert — Dec. 16: Live at Lee Street. 18-piece community big band in the style of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and other early twentieth-century greats, home-based in Landis.  704-310-5507,

Open House at Tilley H-D Salisbury — Dec. 17 • 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Pictures with Santa • 5-8 p.m. Harley Christmas Carol with free carriage rides, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, craft and food vendors, hot chocolate station, Christmas music by DJ Fast Freddie. Tilley Harley-Davidson, 653 Bendix Drive.

‘The Nutcracker’ — Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. and 18 at 2:30 p.m.: Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and Piedmont Dance Theatre perform at Catawba’s Keppel Auditorium. Adults $22-$40, children 17 and under $12 -$22.50. See

Community Travelers going to Christmas City: McAdenville — Saturday, Dec. 17: For information and seat reservation contact Brenda Cowan 704-633-9073 or Cathy Alexander 704-431-3974.

Annual children’s Christmas party at JC Price Post 107 — 5-9 p.m. Dec. 21: Santa Claus, door prizes, Sweet Frogs and food, for children age 13 and under with parents. JC Price American Legion, 1433 Old Wilkesboro Road, sponsored by the Children and Youth Committee, with Ladies’ Auxiliary.

31st annual Old Christmas at Old Stone House — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 31 and Jan. 1-4: Old Stone House, 770 Old Stone House Road. 704-633-5946 or

New Year’s Eve at the Bell Tower — 8 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31: Free. Ring in the New Year at Salisbury’s historic Bell Tower with live music, video feed of Times Square, hot chocolate, goodies, the ringing of the bell at midnight. Sponsored by Salisbury Parks and Recreation,

The Avett Brothers New Year’s Eve in Charlotte — 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31: $39.50 to $75 at, 800-745-3000, 2700 E. Independence Blvd.

Rhiannon Giddens at W-S Symphony’s New Year’s Eve pops concert — 8 p.m. Dec. 31: At Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road. Tickets $20-$67 at 336-464-0145 or

Christmas at Bennett Place — Dec. 9-10. 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham, 919-383-4345,

Christmas at Latta Plantation — 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704-875-2312

Christmas at Historic Rosedale — 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte,

Christmas in Old Salem — Moravian Christmas in the South.

Christmas at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden — 704-829-1252,

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