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Local arts & entertainment news Dec. 21-27

Community Calendar

Christmas events are still going on! 

Today — RPL East’s Holiday Movie Marathon

Dec. 21 at East Branch (Rockwell):

–10 a.m. Disney’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ (2009) starring Jim Carrey;

–Noon, ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ (1992);

–2 p.m. ‘Mickey’s Christmas Carol’ (1983).

Light refreshments. Info www.rowanpubliclibrary.org

Third annual Cruise-By Christmas Window Art Show, now with contests!

Drive by 24 hours a day through Jan 6: Window art of local artist Cherrathee Hager • Hendrix BBQ at 1624 W. Innes St • Hendrix BBQ at 1530 Statesville Blvd • The Pop Shoppe at 1831 W. Innes St • Landmark Family Resturant at 1617 South Main St • Denese’s Pet Spa at 2825 W Innes St • KMD Construction at 1001 W Innes St • Shuckin’ Shack at 118 N Main St. (pictured) •  The Pop Shoppe is having a coloring contest with a gift card and prizes for a boy and a girl winner • The Shuckin’ Shack is offering a $20 gift card. People are encouraged to make a picture with their favorite character and post on Facebook

‘A Visit to Santa’s Workshop’ 

2-5 p.m. weekdays through Dec 23 plus by appointment on Saturdays at The Sugar Fairy Sweet Shop. Get a free candy cane from Santa; photos taken for purchase. For autistic or special needs children, book a 5-minute appointment with the big guy. Bring a wrapped gift ahead of time and Santa will give it to your child right from his big velvet toy bag. Info 704-239-2700. 1108 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer.

Winter Workshops at Salisbury Art Station

• Individual Expression. 4-6 p.mDec 22. Students will be given 3 8×10 canvases to create their own works of art. $25 for materials and instruction.

• For children age 5 and up. Call and arrange for payment to hold a spot. 120 E. Innes St, 704-754-0853.

Weekend tours of the Hall House dressed in its holiday best

Special Candlelight Christmas Eve Tour from 6-8 p.m. Admission $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12. Admission for the candlelight tour is by donation. www.historicsalisbury.org/tours/hall-house-tours

JCPrice American Legion annual Children’s Christmas Party

5-9 p.m. Dec 22: Visit with Santa Claus, win door prizes, enjoy Sweet Frogs and food at 1433 Old Wilkesboro Road. For children age 13 and younger with their parents. Sponsored by Post 107, Ladies’ auxiliary, Children and Youth Committee. Info at 704-278-9116 or 980-234-3344.

VFW Post 8989 Auxiliary hosts Breakfast with Santa — 7-11 a.m. Dec. 23: Breakfast until 10:30, see Santa 8-11 a.m. Children 8 and under receive free child’s plate with paying adult for $7. All chidren receive a gift from Santa. 2500 N. Cannon Blvd., Kannapolis. RSVP to events8989@gmail.com

Center for Faith & the Arts

 –5-8:30 p.m. Dec. 22: Suitcase Sale plus Phoenix Readers at 7 p.m. in their last presentation of “Christams Made In America” plus raffles for prizes and maybe a few surprises;

–CFA Galleries will be open throughout both events with the Bishop family creche collection and Nick Bishop will be available for questions;

–6-8 p.m. Dec 24: CFA Galleries open for viewing the Creche exhibit by candlelight

–Center for Faith & the Arts, 207 W. Harrison St., behind and below Haven Lutheran Church. www.faithart.org or 704-647-0999.

Old Stone Christmas — Dec 30-31: at Old Stone House, Christmas like our Rowan County ancestors would have known 200 years ago. $5 adults $3 students. www.rowanmuseum.org

New Year’s Eve at the Bell Tower — 9 p.m. – midnight Dec 31: Hosted by Salisbury Parks and Rec. Celebrate at Salisbury’s historic Bell Tower. Live music, video feed of Time Square, hot cocoa, more. downtownsalisburync.com

Christmas Town USA, McAdenville — Drive or walk through Dec 26. The lights glow nightly Monday – Friday 5:30 – 9:30 pm and Saturday – Sunday 5:30- 11 p.m. www.mcadenville-christmastown.com/

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s Holidays at the Garden — Through Dec. 31: Live music, holiday shoppin, crackling fires, Children’s Holiday Discovery Trail of activities, model train displays, horse-drawn carriage rides, visits from Mrs. Claus. See www.DSBG.org or call 704-829-1252 for prices

All Aboard: Denton Country Christmas Train — 9th Annual Country Christmas Train each weekend and other select weeknights through Dec 27. 1 ½ -mile 20-min. loop around Denton FarmPark, past hundreds of light displays, live Nativity, and a short film about the Christmas story. Also, a gingerbread house with cookie decorating area for kids. Denton is about an hour from Salisbury. Information, hours and tickets at www.dentonfarmpark.com

A Tweetsie Christmas — Through Dec 30: Blowing Rock. Santa Claus in his shop, train ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains, carolers throughout the park, live Christmas show, roasted s’mores, select the perfect Christmas tree to take home. Advance tickets recommended at Tweetsie.com

High Point Ballet presents ‘The Nutcracker’ — Dec 21-22: At High Point Theater, 220 E Commerce Ave., reserved seating, see highpointballet.org or call 336-887-4HPB.

26th Annual Tanglewood Festival of Lights — Begins nightly at 6 p.m. through Jan 1: 26th annual Festival at Tanglewood Park, Clemmons. 336-766-9540 or www.forsyth.cc/Parks/Tanglewood/


 “Winter Fever Train Rides” 

SPENCER — Following the N.C. Transportation Museum’s Christmas events, there is another seasonal museum tradition as we approach the new year. Special “Winter Fever Train Rides” are offered for families during the down-time between the Christmas and New Year’s festivities, Dec. 27-31.

After the hustle and bustle of shopping, family gatherings and company parties, the week between the holidays provides time to get out of the house for some family fun. “Winter Fever Train Rides” give families a great opportunity to visit the n Museum, browse the exhibits, visit the museum’s Gift Station and enjoy a 25 minute train ride around this State Historic Site.


Tickets for the museum’s “Winter Fever Train Rides” can be purchased at the Barber Junction Visitor’s Center at the N.C. Transportation Museum on each event day. Winter Fever Train Rides are offered Dec. 27-31. Rides take place at 10:30, 11:30a.m., 1:30, and 2:30p.m.

Learn more at 704-636-2889 or www.nctrans.org



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