Christmas Calendar 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. www.leestreet.org or 704-310-5507.
Polar Express Train Ride at the NC Transportation Museum — Dec. 9-11, 15-22: Meet popular characters. play games, entertainment, post-ride children’s play area. Check for ticket availability at www.nctrans.org
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. www.kannapolisnc.gov
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. www.kannapolisnc.gov
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. www.oldcourthousetheatre.org or 704-788-2405. 49 Spring St. NW.
Christmas at the Hall House — 1-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Dec. 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, www.historicsalisbury.org
Second annual Phoenix Readers Christmas show — • 11:30 a.m. Dec. 13: Memorial Baptist Church, Kannapolis • 2 p.m. Dec. 20: Trinity Oaks. Kate Davis, 703-217-1027, Kldavis302@Gmail.com
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. www.leestreet.org 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, www.PiedmontPlayers.com
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 www.goldhillnc.com
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 shopaftonridge.com
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, www.happysfarm.org
Santa and the Grinch at the Antique Fire Trucks — Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. https://downtownsalisburync.com/
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. www.kannapolisnc.gov 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 www.carolinatix.org or 704-372-1000. Details at www.ToscoMusic Party. org
‘Christmas Around the World’— 11 a.m. Dec. 11: Dr. Rob (Dwayne Robertson) presents “Christmas Around the World,” musical vignettes on the Korg X-3 digital synthesizer, an instrument capable of 536 sounds. Presented during the 11 a.m. service at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rockwell.
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.
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
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, www.leestreet.org
Arts N Crafts Session — Dec. 17: Three sessions, 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Holiday fundraiser sponsored by non profit organization Education N The Arts, led by Walter Russell. Held at 108 W Monroe St. Are you looking to create some holiday décor or just have fun with other children painting? This will be the place to meet n greet other children. Parents shop on site while your kids enjoy themselves.
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.
Live Nativity 6-9 p.m. Saturday, on the front lawn of Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church, 750 Mt. Moriah Church Road, China Grove. Drive through or park and come to the manger. 704-857-5034. Rain date Dec 18.
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.
Second annual Jacques’ New Years Eve Gala — 9 p.m. Dec. 31: 1950s Enchantment Under the Sea themed prom at Lee Street Theatre. Hosted by Jacques Belliveau of Comics at Fault. Music by Paper Wasps. Food by Mambo Grill, cash bar by New Sarum Brewery. Ring in the new year supporting a great cause: proceeds benefit Prevent Child Abuse Rowan and the Terrie Hess House. Tickets $30 at www.eventbrite.com
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, www.salisburync.gov
The Avett Brothers New Year’s Eve in Charlotte — 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31: $39.50 to $75 at Ticketmaster.com, 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 WSsymphony.org
Christmas at Bennett Place — Dec. 9-10. 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham, 919-383-4345, www.bennettplacehistoricsite.com
Christmas at Historic Rosedale — 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, www.historicrosedale.org
Christmas in Old Salem — Moravian Christmas in the South. www.oldsalem.org
Christmas at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden — 704-829-1252, www.DSBG.org
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