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Let the Christmas events begin

Community Calendar

Performances of ‘The Nutcracker’

Selections from The Nutcracker — 6:30 pm Dec 4: Rowan Public Library and members of Salisbury Symphony present dance selections from Piedmont Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker Ballet. Free. 704-216-8234.

Piedmont Dance Theatre — 7 pm Dec 7 and 2 pm Dec 8: 16th annual production. Kannapolis Performing Arts Center, 415 E 1st St. Adults $25. age 17 and under $18, at PiedmontDanceTheatre.com

Piedmont Dance Theatre and Salisbury Symphony — 6:30 p.m. Dec 15 and 2:30 pm Dec 16: 11th annual production. 110 performers include dancers from Piedmont School of Music & Dance, ages 6-51 . Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College. Adults $25-$45, age 17 and under $17.50 -$25 at PiedmontDanceTheatre.com

UNC School of the Arts — 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12-Dec. 13: Guest dancers Yuriko Kajiya and Connor Walsh. Full performance schedule: Dec. 7-8 and 12-15 at 7:30 pm; Dec. 8-9, 15-16 at 2 pm. Tickets $29-$83 at the Stevens Center box office and uncsa.edu/performances

Christmas events

China Grove/Landis
Southern Rowan Christmas Parade — Nov. 20: Starts at 3 pm in Landis and 4 pm in China Grove. www.chinagrovenc.gov

Annual Tree Lighting event — 7-10 p.m. Dec. 1: Hanna Park, China Grove www.chinagrovenc.gov
Annual Christmas In The Grove — 5-9 p.m. Dec. 15: Main Street and Swink Streets, www.chinagrovenc.gov

Cleveland
Cleveland Christmas Parade — 2 p.m. Dec. 1: Main Street, Cleveland 704-278-0974

Concord
Tree Lighting & Art Walk — 6 pm Nov 16: Annual tree lighting ceremony, Art Walk, music, children’s amusements, horse-drawn wagon rides, Santa Claus, fireworks.

Salisbury Swing Band at Carolina Mall’s ‘Festive Five’ week of Christmas shows — 7-9 pm. Nov 16: Finale act. Held in the mall food court, 1480 Concord Parkway in Concord

90th annual Concord Christmas Parade — 2:30 pm Nov 17: In historic Downtown Concord. Special guest Dolphus Ramseur.

Holiday Happenings event — 11 a.m.-2 pm Dec 1: Free horse-drawn wagon rides; register now for Gingerbread Candy Hunt at 704-784-4208 or info@concorddowntown.com

On Stage at The Davis: Davis Theatre — 4 and 8 pm Dec 1: The Barefoot Movement Christmas Show: 65 Union St, South. 704-920- ARTS, www.cabarrusartscouncil.org

Cookies with Santa — 3-6 pm Dec 5: At The Galleries. Portraits available for purchase. 65 Union St S., 704-920-2787, www.cabarrusartguild.org

Come Now to Bethlehem —7 pm Dec 16: Lessons and Carols for Christmas by Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church Choir and members of Charlotte Orchestra. 6841 Poplar Tent Road, 704-783-1603 office@poplartentchurch.org

Gold Hill

Annual Lighting of the Fall Fires at Historic Gold Hill — 5:30-9 pm Nov 17: 735 St Stephens Church Road, 704-279-5674. Benefits Gold Hill Preservation Society. Tickets $18. Preorder at www.goldhillnc.com

Christmas in the Village — 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec 7-9: St Stephens Church Road, 704-279-5674, www.historicgoldhill.com

Kannapolis
Village Park, 700 West C St., www.kannapolisnc.gov

Annual tree Lighting ceremony & fireworks — 6 pm Nov 24

Celebration of Lights & Winterland Express — 6 pm Nov 24-Dec 30: Plus Celebration of Lights, Village Park. Closed Dec. 24 and 25)

‘Christmas In The City’ variety show — Dinner theater Nov 30 and Dec 1; Show only Dec 7-8-9: Music, dance, drama, comedy, interpretive movement, creative arts. Rocky Fretz performs the pre-show experience. He’s Alive Church, 1310 N. Cannon Blvd. Tickets at hesalivechurch.org or email info@hesalivechurch.org
Christmas Parade — 6pm Dec 8: Downtown

Mooresville
Mooresville Christmas Parade — 3 pm Nov 20: Grand Marshal Shannon 0’Hara, American Idol top 24 finalist. 704-200-0669 or mooresville christmasparade.com

Rockwell
Classic Cinema Series: Christmas in Connecticut — 2 pm Dec 14: Beloved 1945 film. RPL East branch 110 Broad St. 704-216-7842.

Movie: The Star — Dec 17-22: 2017 animated holiday film The Star (PG). RPL East branch 110 Broad St. 704-216-7842.

Arctic Express with Steve Somers — 10:30 am-noon Dec 8, 10-15: Learn about winter holiday traditions from around the world. RPL East branch, 110 Broad St. 704-216-7842.

Salisbury
’Tis the Season Spectacular community holiday parade — Nov. 21: 2 pm Downtown Spencer and 3 pm Downtown Salisbury.

Downtown Holiday Night Out — 5-9 p.m. Nov. 23: Live music, hot cocoa, Santa and the Grinch. Downtown Salisbury. www. downtownsalisburync.com

Scrooge’s Christmas Trolley Tour — Select days Nov 23-Dec 22: Presented by Lee Street Theatre. Rowan County Chamber of Commerce, 204 E Innes St, Salisbury www.leestreet.org

Meet Santa and the Grinch — Nov 24: Downtown Salisbury Bell Tower. www. downtownsalisburync.com The Arc of Rowan County Festival of Trees — 7-9 p.m. Nov 30-Dec 2: Free. F&M Trolley Barn, 127 E. Liberty St.

Holly Jolly Christmas Craft and Vendor Show — 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1 :$3. Rowan County Fairgrounds, 1560 Julian Road, 704-633-5632

Livingstone presents ‘Miracle on Monroe Street’ — 5:30 and 7 pm Dec 1: Tree-lighting ceremony at Bear Plaza (front lawn) at 5:30 pm followed by refreshments in the lobby of Varick Auditorium before the program at 7 pm, featuring Triple Threat Dance and Charm. Admission $15, students $5, free age 6 and under. www.livingstone.edu

Gingerbread House Workshop — 1 p.m. Dec. 2: Rowan Museum, 202 N Main St. RSVP to 704-633-5946 www.rowanmuseum.org

19th annual RoBoJo Holiday Show — 2 pm Dec 1: RPL, 201 W. Innes St. Skits, songs, readers’ theater, audience participation. 704-216-8234.

Victorian Christmas at the Hall House — Saturdays-Sundays 1-4 p.m.: $3-$5: Tours. Josephus W. Hall House, 226 South Jackson St., 704-636-0103 historicsalisbury.org

Service of Lessons & Carols at Catawba College — 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 6: Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. Free, no ticket required. Shuttle service from Robertson Community Center or Abernethy Physical Education. 704-637-4396, catawba.edu

NHCS Musical: Christmas in Black and White — 6:30-8 pm Dec 4 and 6: Helen Kelley Smith Gymnasium at North Hills Christian School.

Phoenix Readers present ‘best of Christmas Past’ — 7 pm Dec 6: Favorites from past Christmas programs. Free. Center for Faith & The Arts, 207 W. Harrison St, behind Haven Lutheran Church. www.faithart.org

PPT presents ‘A Christmas Story’ — Opens Dec 7. All the elements from the beloved motion picture on stage. Norvell Theater, 135 E Fisher St., 704-633-5471 piedmontplayers.com

S-R Choral Society presents ‘The Sleigh Ride Home’ — • 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at First United Church of Christ, 207 W.Horah St • 2 p.m. Dec. 9: Milford Hills United Methodist Church, 1630 Statesville Blvd. • Info 704-796-9683 or https://www.facebook.com/Salisbury.Rowan.Choral.Society/

Bethelehem Marketplace — 4-8 pm Dec 8-9: Travel back 2000 years to a place called Bethlehem. Free. Handicap accessible. North Main Baptist Church, 1501 N Main St., 704-637-2929 www.northmainonline.com

Christmas Dinner Theater — 6 p.m. Dec. 9: Catered dinner at The Event Center, $30. Childcare available. 315 Webb Road, 704-855-1218 mycornerstone.church

Jingle Bell Magic with Steve Somers — 10:30 am Dec 13: RPL, 201 W. Innes St. Magic tricks, storytelling, music. 704-216-8234.

Narroway Theatre ‘A Stranger for Christmas’ — 10 am-3:30 pm Dec. 13: $60. Plus box lunch. Bus departs from

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., 704-216-7714
FUMC FirstARTS — 5 pm. Dec. 16: Annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. First United Methodist Church, 217 S Church St 704-636-3121 www.fumcsalisbury.org

Spencer
The Polar Express Train Ride — Nov. 16-Dec. 9: N.C. Transportation Museum., Tickets and schedule at 704-636-2889 www.nctrans.org

Tea & Cookies With Mrs. Claus — 1:30 -3 pm Dec 8: At NC Museum of Dolls, Toys & Mini-atures, 108 4th St., Spencer, 704-762-9359, www.ncmdtm.com/

Charlotte
A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas — 8 pm Nov 23: Kirk Whalum’s 7th Annual Chrismas Tour, Coliseum Box Office, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $41-$72 plus charges, Ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

Historic Latta Plantation — Circa 1800 living-history farm and cotton plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312, www.lattaplantation.org

Latta Victorian Christmas — 10 am-5 pm Nov 23-24: Step into an 1860s Christmas. $10 adults, $9 seniors and students, ages 5 and under free. No preregistration required.
Latta Candlelight Christmas Tours — Dec 1 and 8: $15. Pre-registration required.

Winston-Salem
Cirque de la Symphonie and W-S Symphony’s A Carolina Christmas — Nov 24-25: With emcee WXII 12 News’ Lanie Pope. Holiday music plus acrobatic feats choreographed to music. Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road. $20 adults/$16 ages 2–12 at 336-464-0145 or WSsymphony.org.

Old Salem Village holiday candlelight tours — Nov 16 -Dec 21: “A Baking We Go!” will involve visitors in hands-on baking plus holiday tour by lighted lanterns through the historic streets. $50 each includes take-home earthenware cup. Pre-register at oldsalem.org or 1-800-441-5305.

Reynolda Village — 2250 Reynolda Road, adjacent to Wake Forest University. Tickets and schedules at www.reynolda.org

Reynolda Village Holiday Stroll — 5-8 pm Nov. 17.
Caroling Fridays — 2:45 pm Fridays Nov 24–Dec 21
Christmas 1917 Tours — Dec. 4, 11, 18.
‘A Christmas Memory’ —4 pm Dec. 16: Annual reading of Truman Capote’s classic short story.
Carolina Brass Holiday Pops Concert — 7 p.m. Dec 18.

Daniel Stowe
Holidays at the Garden: A Mile of a Million Lights — Nov 23-Jan 6: Lights, music, children’s activities, model train displays, more. Closed Christmas Day. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont. Tickets, schedule at www.DSBG.org

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