MONDAY, DECEMBER 3
Charlotte’s 250th Anniversary Celebration
Uptown | 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: There will be plenty of free activities and cake to go around to celebrate our Queen City’s Birthday.
Fillmore | 8 p.m. | $40+ | Details
Why you should go: The British band burst onto the scene with their hit single, “Pompeii,” in 2013, and are expected to release their third studio album in 2019.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4
A Christmas Story, The Musical
Ovens Auditorium | 8 p.m. | $25+ | Details
Why you should go: Sure it’s on TV for 24 hours straight starting Christmas Eve, but the musical brings this classic to life. You can expect to see the iconic leg lamp, bunny pajamas and more.
Holiday Candlelit Slow Flow + Wine
The Assembly Room | 6-8:30 p.m. | $10 | Details
Why you should go: Take a one-hour yoga class with twinkly lights and candles to help your holiday spirit get flowing. Class will be followed by treats and wine.
Harry Potter Trivia
Birdsong Brewing Company | 7-9 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: Is Harry Potter-themed trivia a good idea? Always. Dumbledore says its your choices that show you who you are, but your also going to want to build a team with competitive abilities to win all of the cool prizes.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5
Mingle at the Mint – Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Mint Museum Randolph | 6-9 p.m. | Free, $15 VIP | Details
Why you should go: You’ll access to the museum and free small bites from local restaurants while you peruse modern art, including the new African-Print Exhibit. There will also be more then 20 vendors to shop from if you want to cross a few things off your holiday shopping list.
Christmas at the Library
Billy Graham Library | 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.| Free | Details
Why you should go: Celebrate the season with family friendly activities, and enjoy light displays and Christ-centered festivities with families from across the Southeast who have made this an annual tradition. The program runs through Dec. 22.
Sweet Lew’s BBQ opening
923 Belmont Ave. | 10:30 a.m. | Free to attend, menu items vary | Details
Why you should go: Try out Charlotte’s newest barbecue joint – the food will be flowing until they sell out for opening day. Expect North Carolina-style barbecue, smoked chicken, beef brisket and more.
WeWork 128 S. Tryon Preview Party
128 S. Tryon St. | 6-8 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: Tour the new workspace, learn more about special pricing and indulge in some food and drinks.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6
Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show
Phillips Place | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: A six-story light show will be projected onto the The Hampton Inn & Suites and Santa will be there. You’ll also see stilt walkers and elves, snow and more. Plus, they’re giving out 60o goodie bags each night.
7th Street 2018 Holiday Sip & Shop
7th Street Public Market | 4:30-9 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: All of 7th Street’s usual full-time shops will be open, and there will be several other local vendors there selling the perfect holiday gifts. There will also be a DJ and free sparkling wine for the first 100 guests, and parking is free up to 90 minutes with a validated ticket.
The Ballantyne | All day | Free | Details
Why you should go: Walk through rows of homemade gingerbread houses and donate at least $1 if you want to vote on your favorite. It’ll be magical and open through Dec. 26.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7
Belk Theater | 7:30 p.m. | $25+ | Tickets
Why you should go: A show people of all ages can love, “The Nutcracker” ballet follows the original story, and the dancing, costumes and music are all incredible. Shows run through Dec. 23, plus, there will be sensory friendly showing at 1 p.m. on Dec. 13.
Nebel’s Alley Night Market
101 W. Worthington Ave. | 6-10 p.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: This is the last one of the year. You can shop from local vendors under a strings of twinkly lights while live music is played. Stop by Superica for dinner or Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams for a treat.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Denver Nuggets
Spectrum Center | 7 p.m. | $15-$350 | Details
Why you should go: Cheer on the Hornets as they take on the Nuggets.