Agenda Weekender: 150+ things to do this weekend, including Birdsong’s 7th anniversary, the Santa Speedo Run and Night at the Nutcracker

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7

52. 0% chance of rain.

Food & Drink

Beer Release at The Unknown Brewing Company: They’re releasing Raisin the Roof, a Belgian quad with cognac simmered raisins and cinnamon. 6-11 p.m. Free admission. Details.

7 Years at 7th Street at Not Just Coffee: They’re celebrating with a merchandise release, live music, wine and beer from Assorted Table Wine Shoppe, a signature coffee beverage with proceeds benefitting Safe Alliance and multiple raffles. 7-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

South End Gallery Crawl at Historic South End: See what best the neighborhood’s art galleries have to offer on this self-guided tour. 5-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Jingle Bell Jazz at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: The Ziad Jazz Quartet will perform Jingle Bell Jazz, featuring classic and new songs performed in the Jazz style. 6 p.m. & 8:15 p.m. $16. Details.

Intersection Art Exhibit at C3 Lab: Diverging styles, methods and individuals intersect in space to frame this annual exhibit from the artists at the space. Part of the South End Gallery Crawl. 7-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Mint to Move Cultural Dance Night at Mint Museum UPTOWN: Enjoy four hours of Afro-House, Afro-Cuban and Latin American dance rhythms with a DJ, live musicians and unique themes. Rumbao Latin Dance Company will give free dance lessons before the party starts and they’ll have complimentary snacks and a cash bar. 7-11:30 p.m. $13, $12 before 9 p.m. Details.

Messiah: A Time-Honored Charlotte Tradition at First United Methodist Church: The Charlotte Master Chorale, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra and nationally renowned soloists will combine for historically informed performances. 7:30 p.m. $35. Details.

“Nutcracker” at Belk Theater: Don’t miss the quintessential holiday experience with the sights and sounds of the “Nutcracker.” Join Clara, the Mouse King and the iconic Sugar Plum Fairy for a stunning performance of a holiday classic with breathtaking sets, costumes, choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and music from the Charlotte Symphony. Pro tip: Agenda readers get $5 off per ticket in zones 1-4 with code AGENDA. 7:30 p.m. $25-$125 ($5 off with code AGENDA). Details.

“A Christmas Carol” at Theatre Charlotte: Theatre Charlotte’s holiday tradition is back for its 12th season with the classic tale of hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited by the ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. You once again meet such beloved characters as Fezziwig, Belle, Bob Cratchit, nephew Fred and, of course, Tiny Tim. 7:30 p.m. $28. Details.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical” at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte – Uptown at ImaginOn: Back by popular demand is Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s most-popular holiday show. What happens when the “worst kids in the history of the world” find out about free food at Sunday school? Worse yet, what happens when they decide to audition for the annual Christmas pageant? This could be the worst pageant ever … if it even happens. This hilarious and heartfelt musical comedy, adapted from Barbara Robinson’s classic story, will have your family laughing and crying as you celebrate the holidays. 7:30 p.m. $15+. Details.

Clara’s Trip at Booth Playhouse: This cirque and dance take on a “Nutcracker” tale is the perfect family event. 7:30 p.m. $35+. Details.

“A Christmas Story The Musical” at Ovens Auditorium: The songwriting team behind the smash hit Tony Award-winning musical
Dear Evan Hansen” and the Academy Award-winning film “La La Land” is bringing the classically hilarious holiday film to life. 8 p.m. $25+. Details.

Penny Penniworth at FROCK Shop: The lost epic of Charles Dickens about crime and love is brought to life in an immersive production. 8-10 p.m. $25. Details.

Experience

Gingerbread Lane at The Ballantyne: Walk through rows of homemade gingerbread houses and donate at least $1 if you want to vote on your favorite. All day Free, $1+ to donate. Details.

Photos with Santa at SouthPark Mall at SouthPark Mall: Santa is here for the holiday season and it’s photo time at the SouthPark Mall. Pro tip: Reserve your spot in advance so there’s no wait time. Varies Free. Details.

Christmas at the Library at The Billy Graham Library: Come celebrate the birth of Christ with fun, family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy light displays and Christ-centered festivities with families from across the Southeast who have made this an annual tradition. Christmas activities begin at 5 p.m. Free. Details.

Santa’s Workshop at Blakeney Shopping Centers: Visit Santa in his workshop for the perfect photo opportunity. 1-6 p.m. $20-$30. Details.

Charlotte Christmas Village at Corner of 7th Street and North Tryon: Inspired by traditional European Christmas markets, there will be a German bakery, Austrian strudels and other festive treats. Wash it all down with German Glühwein, a mulled spiced wine. You can also expect trivia, live entertainment, a Santa Village, vendors and more. 3 p.m. Free. Details.

Winter Wonderland at SouthPark Mall: The holiday season is here and SouthPark’s own Winter Wonderland is Charlotte’s favorite open-air ice-skating rink, not to mention, the ultimate Instagram photo op. This year, the rink is 40 percent bigger and features fun for the entire family including a daily afternoon snowfall, holiday lights and decor, Santa’s Pub and more. Don’t miss the special events, guests and activities throughout the season, including 103.7 WSOC bringing a Country Christmas to the rink. 3 p.m. to midnight $0+. Details.

Weihnachtsmarkt at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: Shop from more than 45 vendors selling great gifts at this traditional German Christmas market. They’ll also have festive beers and mulled wine served hot and fresh. 4-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Holidays in the Garden at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: Daniel Stowe’s annual Holidays in the Garden event includes about a mile of lights – some synchronized with music – a Christmas village display, visits from Santa and more. Explore the gardens and then sit by a fire pit to roast marshmallows and sip on something warm. 5-9 p.m. Price varies. Details.

WinterFest at Carowinds: The park will come alive with a nightly tree lighting, ice skating rink, decorations, performances and more. 5-10 p.m. $26. Details.

Swim with Santa at Ray’s Splash Planet: Join St. Nick for a swim in the splash park. Be sure to bring your wishlist and a camera for photos. 5-8 p.m. Included with admission. Details.

McGill’s Twelve Days of Christmas at McGill Rose Garden: Walk through the winter wonderland in the garden complete with s’mores, hot chocolate and more. 5-9 p.m. $3. Details.

Tacky Improv Holiday Party at Charlotte Art League: This all-in-one event combines a tacky sweater party with a photo booth with local arts shopping, an improv show and a toy drive. 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Free. Details.

Holiday Party: Deck the Balls at Lucky’s Bar and Arcade: Celebrate the holidays with games, drinks, prizes and more. 6-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Holiday Carriage Rides at The Arboretum Shopping Center: Take a festive carriage ride through the center. Pickups are at the patio by Mickey & Mooch. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Details.

A Riff of Love Book Launch at Good Bottle Co.: Celebrate the release of Greg Jarrell’s new book about his neighborhood, Enderly Park. Homebrewed Christianity will also be doing a live podcast recording at the event. 7-9 p.m. $10. Details.

Afro Soca Love at Bakadi: This Afro-Caribbean rave is designed as an immersive, cultural experience. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $15. Details.

Create. & Future Pixels at SERJ: The headliner is Rest in Pierce from Orlando and they’ll have vendors and 3 supporting acts as well. 18+, surcharge for under 21. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. $15. Details.

Learn Things

CreativeMornings/CLT featuring Dr. Stephanie Cooper-Lewter at LaCa Projects: Explore the global theme of “Tradition” with Dr. Stephanie Cooper-Lewter, executive director of Leading On Opportunity while you enjoy coffee and local food. 8:05-10:05 a.m. Free but tickets required. Details.

Sports

NBA Basketball at Spectrum Center: Cheer on the Hornets as they take on the Denver Nuggets. 7 p.m. $15+. Details.

Kids

Polar Express Kids Night Out PJ Party at Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios – Quail Corners: Kids will enjoy breakfast for dinner (quiche, hot cocoa with marshmallows) and watch the classic movie. 6-8 p.m. $39. Details.

Shopping

Sip, Shop, Give Back at Art House Charlotte: Sip Scout & Cellar wines and shop jewelry and accessories from Somers Collection. A portion of sales will benefit Families Forward Charlotte. 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Nebel’s Alley Night Market at 101 W. Worthington Ave. : This sophisticated, open-air market will feature 30 pop-up vendors selling vintage accessories, home décor, kombucha and more. Black and white movies projected on the brick walls, live jazz and a caricaturist will complete the vibe. 6-10 p.m. Free. Details.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8

43. 20% chance of rain. 

Food & Drink

Breakfast with Santa at Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern: Bring the kids for a special holiday breakfast with Santa himself. Proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots. 8:30-10 a.m. $5. Details.

Fourth Anniversary Party at Rhino Market & Deli: They’ll have a special brew from Town Brewing, espresso from Summit Coffee, baked goods from Cardais Gourmet and more. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Free. Details.

Free Candy Saturday at Candy Warehouse: Check out their huge inventory of specialty and classic candy while you enjoy some on the house. 9 a.m. Free. Details.

Breakfast with Santa at Blackfinn Ameripub: Make your reservation to enjoy brunch and pictures with Santa with digital downloads. 9 a.m. to noon $15, $10 for children. Details.

Community Pop-Up Market at Sardis Marketplace: The last pop-up of the year will feature 60-plus vendors inside and more outside, a live band taking requests and an aromatherapist giving samples. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Details.

11th Annual Cookies For Kids’ Cancer Bake Sale at Blackhawk Hardware: Buy a treat for yourself (or someone special) and support research for new, improved and less toxic treatments for pediatric cancer. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donation. Details.

Bubbles & Bites Cooking Class at Mimosa Grill: Enjoy and learn how to cook a 5-course meal with special bubbly pairings for each dish. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $48. Details.

Pancakes with Santa at StoneCrest at Piper Glen: Enjoy pancakes from Flying Biscuit Cafe and other breakfast items with proceeds benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank and bring a camera to take photos with Santa. 10 a.m. to noon. Food is $1. Details.

Grand Opening at Urban Bricks: Check out the newest pizza restaurant for a chance to win free pizza for a year. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Free. Details.

Beer Release at Triple C Brewing Company: They’re releasing Up All Night Breakfast Porter, a 10 percent Bourbon-barrel aged brew. Noon to 10 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Birdsong 7 Year Anniversary Party at Birdsong Brewing Co.: They’re celebrating with special merchandise on sale (plus the first 100 people will get a free commemorative glass), food trucks, live music and three beer releases. Noon to 10 p.m. Free. Details.

Beer Release and Christmas Beer Extravaganza at Carolina Beer Temple: They’ve still got some Highland’s Cold Mountain that they set aside, so they’re releasing it to ring in the Christmas cheer along with other holiday brews. Noon to 11:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Age Statement Luncheon at The Cellar at Duckworth’s: Enjoy punch and an amuse-bouche followed by 4 courses paired with a neat sample pour of whiskey and a mini cocktail made with the whiskey. 1-3 p.m. $60. Details.

Southern Fried Chanukah at The Porch: Wear your ugliest Chanukah sweater for the contest, bring beers for the bottle swap, eat lots of latkes and fried chicken and play high stakes Dreidel. 5-8 p.m. $8. Details.

Vegan Dinner at 7th Street Public Market: Join Viva Raw, Assorted Table Wine Shoppe & Chef Majid of Zia Pia imports + Italian kitchen for six-course vegan dinner with three wine pairings. 6:15-8:30 p.m. $60. Details.

Arts & Entertainment

The “Nutcracker” at Harris YMCA: Enjoy a family-friendly performance of this holiday favorite presented by the Harris YMCA Dance Company. 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. Details.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte – Uptown at ImaginOn: Back by popular demand is Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s most-popular holiday show. What happens when the “worst kids in the history of the world” find out about free food at Sunday school? Worse yet, what happens when they decide to audition for the annual Christmas pageant? This could be the worst pageant ever … if it even happens. This hilarious and heartfelt musical comedy, adapted from Barbara Robinson’s classic story, will have your family laughing and crying as you celebrate the holidays. 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. $15+. Details.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Levine JCC: See the classic Disney fairytale brought to life on stage. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. $12 in advance. Details.

Clara’s Trip at Booth Playhouse: This cirque and dance take on a “Nutcracker” tale is the perfect family event. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. $35+. Details.

“A Christmas Carol” at Theatre Charlotte: Theatre Charlotte’s holiday tradition is back for its 12th season with the classic tale of hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited by the ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. You once again meet such beloved characters as Fezziwig, Belle, Bob Cratchit, nephew Fred and, of course, Tiny Tim. 2:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. $28. Details.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2018 at Spectrum Center: The group has been touring for 20 years and visiting 65 cities this year, including Charlotte, for their annual Christmas performance. You’re going to want to make going an annual holiday tradition. 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $47+. Details.

The 64th Annual Singing Christmas Tree: BIG BAND BASH! at Knight Theater: Don’t miss out on The Singing Christmas Tree plus a 22-piece Swing Band live on stage for one weekend only. Expect all your favorite holiday tunes, incredible dancers, Grey Seal Puppets, Santa, snow and more. This show is perfect for the young and the young at heart. 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $26+. Details.

Shay Martin Lovette at Tabor Charlotte: See Swift Drifter, the highly anticipated debut solo effort from Boone, North Carolina based songwriter and musician, Shay Martin Lovette. Plus, local tastemaker New Commute will be spinning records before and after the show. 6-8 p.m. $10. Details.

“Nutcracker” at Belk Theater: Don’t miss the quintessential holiday experience with the sights and sounds of the “Nutcracker.” Join Clara, the Mouse King and the iconic Sugar Plum Fairy for a stunning performance of a holiday classic with breathtaking sets, costumes, choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and music from the Charlotte Symphony. Pro tip: Agenda readers get $5 off per ticket in zones 1-4 with code AGENDA. 7:30 p.m. $25-$125 ($5 off with code AGENDA). Details.

Messiah: A Time-Honored Charlotte Tradition at First United Methodist Church: The Charlotte Master Chorale, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, and nationally renowned soloists will combine for historically-informed performances. 7:30 p.m. $35. Details.

Penny Penniworth at FROCK Shop: The lost epic of Charles Dickens about crime and love is brought to life in an immersive production. 8-10 p.m. $25. Details.

“A Christmas Story The Musical” at Ovens Auditorium: The songwriting team behind the smash hit Tony Award-winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen” and the Academy Award-winning film “La La Land” is bringing the classically hilarious holiday film to life. 8 p.m. $25+. Details.

Abbey Road LIVE at Visulite Theatre: Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the WHITE ALBUM with Abbey Road LIVE!, the Southeast’s premier Beatles tribute band. 9 p.m. to midnight $12 in advance. Details.

Experience

Gingerbread Lane at The Ballantyne: Walk through rows of homemade gingerbread houses and donate at least $1 if you want to vote on your favorite. All day Free, $1+ to donate. Details.

Paws & Claus at Blakeney: For those sad about leaving their four-legged friends at home while Santa’s Workshop at Blakeney, Passionate Paws Animal Hospital will host two pet-friendly Paws & Claus Dec. 8 & Dec. 15. 12:30-3:30. Free. Details.

Photos with Santa at SouthPark Mall at SouthPark Mall: Santa is here for the holiday season and it’s photo time at the SouthPark Mall. Pro tip: reserve your spot in advance so there’s no wait time. Varies Free. Details.

Holiday Open House at RK Motors: Bring a donation for the canned food drive, see all of the cars, enter the raffles and enjoy refreshments. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Details.

Christmas at the Library at The Billy Graham Library: Come celebrate the birth of Christ with fun, family activities at the Billy Graham Library. Enjoy light displays and Christ-centered festivities with families from across the Southeast who have made this an annual tradition. Pro tip: most activities begin at 5:00 p.m. 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free. Details.

Holiday Book Signing at Fashion and Compassion – Dilworth: Join local author Renate Moore for a book signing with mimosas and treats from LadyRen’s Bakery & Books. Proceeds will benefit the non-profit boutique. 10 a.m. to noon Free. Details.

Visit with Santa at 5735 E. WT Harris Blvd.: Join the Coalition for Cultural Compassion and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, festive music, kids’ crafts and activities and professional photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Details.

Dale Earnhardt Jr: Racing to the Finish at Barnes & Noble – Pineville-Matthews Road: Purchase a book in the store on December 7th to get a wristband that will let you get the book signed by Dale himself the next day. 11 a.m. Cost of book. Details.

Winter Wonderland at SouthPark Mall: The holiday season is here and SouthPark’s own Winter Wonderland is Charlotte’s favorite open-air ice-skating rink, not to mention, the ultimate Instagram photo op. This year, the rink is 40 percent bigger and features fun for the entire family including a daily afternoon snowfall, holiday lights and decor, Santa’s Pub and more. Don’t miss the special events, guests and activities throughout the season, including 103.7 WSOC bringing a Country Christmas to the rink. On December 8-9 vendors will be popping up under heated tents 11 a.m. to midnight $0+. Details.

Charlotte Christmas Village at Corner of 7th Street and North Tryon: Inspired by traditional European Christmas markets, there will be a German bakery, Austrian strudels and other festive treats. Wash it all down with German Glühwein, a mulled spiced wine. You can also expect trivia, live entertainment, a Santa Village, vendors and more. 11 a.m. Free. Details.

Pictures with Santa at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Charlotte: Support Carolina Big Hearts Big Barks rescue and get your dog’s picture taken with Santa. Noon to 4 p.m. Donation. Details.

Santa Stops at Legion Brewing: Bring the whole family for free photos with Santa, with donations benefiting a local animal shelter. They’ll have popcorn, cookie decorating and hot cocoa for the little ones and local shopping with Queen City Makers. Noon to 4 p.m. Free/donation. Details.

Holiday Spectacular at Ballantyne Village: Expect photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, holiday characters, music, face painting, goodie bags for the first 500 kids and more. They’ll also be accepting donations for the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Details.

Santa’s Workshop at Blakeney Shopping Centers: Visit Santa in his workshop for the perfect photo opportunity. 1-6 p.m. $20-$30. Details.

Weihnachtsmarkt at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: Shop from more than 45 vendors selling great gifts at this traditional German Christmas market. They’ll also have festive beers and mulled wine served hot and fresh. 2-9 p.m. Free. Details.

WinterFest at Carowinds: The park will come alive with a nightly tree lighting, ice skating rink, decorations, performances and more. On December 8, Elsa and Anna will make a special appearance for photos, story time and a performance. 2-10 p.m. $26. Details.

ImportExpo at Charlotte Convention Center: The car show is stopping in Charlotte as part of their East Meets West Tour 2-8 p.m. $20/person. Details.

2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Crawl at Various location: Grab your ugliest holiday sweater and get drunk in the name of holiday cheer. Tickets include a T-shirt, koozie, professional photos, entry/drink specials at seven locations and more. 2-10 p.m. $20-$22. Details.

Christmas Pet Photo Shoot at Sugar Creek Brewing: Get festive photos taken with your best furry friend by a professional photographer. 2-5 p.m. $20. Details.

19th Annual Santa Bar Crawl at Uptown: Wear your best festive costume (Santas, grinches, elfs, etc.) and hit up 20-plus bars and clubs in Uptown with VIP treatment. 3 p.m. to midnight $23-$53. Details.

Ayrsley Holiday Celebration at Arsley: Bring your camera for pictures with Santa, then stick around for a screening of “ELF” on the lawn. 3:30-8 p.m. Free. Details.

Wilson’s Stuff The Truck Wrap Party at Sugar Creek Brewing: School of Rock will be performing and they’ll be accepting monetary donations or unwrapped toys to benefit the Salvation Army. Plus, a Fender Guitar Kit is up for grabs in the raffle. 5-8 p.m. Donation. Details.

Holidays in the Garden at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: Daniel Stowe’s annual Holidays in the Garden event includes about a mile of lights – some synchronized with music – a Christmas village display, visits from Santa and more. Explore the gardens and then sit by a fire pit to roast marshmallows and sip on something warm. 5-9 p.m. Price varies. Details.

McGill’s Twelve Days of Christmas at McGill Rose Garden: Walk through the winter wonderland in the garden complete with s’mores, hot chocolate and more. 5-9 p.m. $3. Details.

Repeal Day Party at The Cotton Room at Belfast Mill: Party like it’s the end of prohibition with $5 Jim Beam Repeal Drinks and $9 Jim Beam repeal craft cocktails. 6-11:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Holiday Carriage Rides at The Arboretum Shopping Center: Take a festive carriage ride through the center. Pickups are at the patio by Mickey & Mooch. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Ugly Sweater Christmas Party at Cork & Crate: Party and play wine games in your ugly sweater. Ticket includes a bottle of wine, entry to win a $500 bottle of wine, charcuterie and more. 7:30-10:30 p.m. $35. Details.

Holiday Party at Three Spirits Brewery: Get in the holiday spirit with Charlotte’s Young Entrepreneurs and help support Camp Lead-Up. 8-11:30 p.m. $15-$100. Details.

Silent Party CLT at Silent Disco Fun: Choose from three DJs to control what music you’re listening to and how loud it is with your headset. Ages 30+. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. $25. Details.

The Gray Holiday Party at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: Join Herb and Felicia Gray and V101.9 for an evening of sweet and savory snacks, live music, dancing and more to benefit the Harvey B. Gantt Center. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. $60. Details.

10th Annual Twirl to the World at Flight: Enjoy a night out for a good cause. They have five beneficiaries from Charlotte to donate to, a DJ, hosts, a full bar and more. 9 p.m. to 2:15 a.m. $20 and a toy/book donation or $30. Details.

Navidad Rockera & Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at Snug Harbor: Give 2018 a reggae-style farewell at Plaza Midwood’s last Latin Night of the year. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free. Details.

AfroPop! at Crown Station: It’s the last AfroPop Nation event of 2018 so they’re going all out with two DJs, vendors and discounted tickets. 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. $5+. Details.

Dieselboy at SERJ: See the American drum and bass DJ perform live. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. $15. Details.

Learn Things

Historian for the Day at Levine Museum of the New South: Explore history using augmented reality. All day General admission. Details.

Christmas Ornament DIY Class at Charlotte Flower Market: Learn the tips and skills to make your very own holiday arrangement. You’ll be able to take home what you make and shop the market with 15 percent off everything. 10-11 a.m. $40. Details.

All-Grain Brewing Demo Day at Pilot Brewing: See the Co-Pilot system in action and see how a traditional Mild Ale is brewed. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Details.

Experience Clay with Clayworks at Mint Museum UPTOWN: Enjoy demonstrations from Clayworks in the atrium from 2-4 p.m. and try your own hand in the studio. 1-4 p.m. General admission. Details.

Fitness

Jingle Bell Run at St. Matthew Catholic Church: Help raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation with festive 5k where costumes are encouraged. 7:30 a.m. Donation. Details.

St. Nektarios Taking Steps 5k at St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church: All participants in this chip-timed race through the neighborhoods will get a special olive wood medal, handmade in Bethlehem. Proceeds will benefit Shelter Health Services 8 a.m. $35. Details.

South Region Girls on the Run 5K at Whitehall Corporate Center: The noncompetitive, unchipped, family-friendly run is a celebration of the Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole 10-week programs. 8:30 a.m. $30 in advance. Details.

CLT Santa Speedo Run at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: Go for a 1-mile fun run/jog/walk along the light rail in your best and most festive undergarments. Proceeds benefit RunningWorks and participants will get a post-run beer. 4:30-7:30 p.m. $15. Details.

Kids

Bug Lab at Discovery Place Science: Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation with larger-than-life bug models that guide you through hands-on activities and challenges. Explore four immersive chambers throughout the exhibition and get up close and personal with four insects and their amazing adaptations. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $16-$20. Details.

The Singing Christmas Tree for KIDS at Knight Theater: The kid’s version includes Carolina Voices’ MainStage Choir, Grey Seal Puppets, Carolina Kids Voices, Miller Street dancers and a visit from Santa himself. 11 a.m. $15-$23. Details.

Campfire at McDowell Nature Preserve: Cozy up by the campfire to share stories, learn new skills and practice fire safety. Pre-registration required. 2:30-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Level Up Holiday Social at Keith Family YMCA: Kids ages 13-18 can enjoy open access to the gym, fitness center and pool. Plus, they’ll have music and a DJ all night with free wi-fi and video games. 8-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Shopping

Hodges Farm Gift Shop at Hodges Family Farm and Pumpkin Patch: Purchase goods like local honey, jams and jellies, antiques, furniture, collectibles and Christmas decor and gifts. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Details.

Charlotte Holiday Boutique Crawl, powered by ShopOff at All over Charlotte: The 2018 Charlotte Holiday Shopping Tour is like a bar crawl for boutiques and consignment shops. Your ticket unlocks exclusive discounts at more than 20 local shops and select restaurants across Charlotte and a portion of ticket sales will benefit Fashion & Compassion. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. $15. Details.

1st Annual Fall Charlotte Children’s Business Fair at 345 N. College St.: Support kid entrepreneurs ages 6-14 years old launching their very own start-up businesses. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Details.

1 Year Anniversary at 704 Shop: Get 15 percent off the entire store, a free T-shirt featuring their new mascot with any purchase over $50, lattes from Not Just Coffee and cupcakes from Celestial Cakery. 11 a.m. Free admission. Details.

Noble Records Pop Up Record Shop at Divine Barrel Brewing: Expect over 1,000 high-quality records and plenty of beer. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Details.

CGC Marketplace: Supporting Black and Brown Businesses at Comic Girl Coffee: Get some holiday shopping done while supporting vendors of color. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Details.

Holiday Saturday at TABOR: Celebrate the holiday season with shopping, music and holiday goodies all day. Check out the new SOCO Shop with a collection of works by a number of SOCO artists on view for the holiday season, including works by Liz Nielsen, Holly Keogh, Jackie Gendel, Scott Avett, Douglas Melini, Lyle Owerko, Brad Thomas and Austin Eddy. Head over to TABOR for new items from Best Made, Candy Lab Cars and all of your favorite Tabor designers and music by DJ New Commute at Creampuff from 2-4:40 p.m. and then Shay Martin Lovette, a Boone-based singer and songwriter, will be performing 4:30-5:15 p.m. Free admission.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9

36. 90% chance of rain and snow.

Arts & Entertainment

The “Nutcracker’ at Harris YMCA: Enjoy a family-friendly performance of this holiday favorite presented by the Harris YMCA Dance Company. 1 & 4 p.m. $15-$20. Details.

“A Christmas Story The Musical” at Ovens Auditorium: The songwriting team behind the smash hit Tony Award-winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen” and the Academy Award-winning film “La La Land” is bringing the classically hilarious holiday film to life.  1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. $25+. Details.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical” at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte – Uptown at ImaginOn: Back by popular demand is Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s most-popular holiday show. What happens when the “worst kids in the history of the world” find out about free food at Sunday school? Worse yet, what happens when they decide to audition for the annual Christmas pageant? This could be the worst pageant ever … if it even happens. This hilarious and heartfelt musical comedy, adapted from Barbara Robinson’s classic story, will have your family laughing and crying as you celebrate the holidays. 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. $15+. Details.

The Classic Black Cinema Series at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: See the film “Boycott,” which tells the story of the famous mid-1950s bus boycott of Montgomery. Ages 18+ 2-4 p.m. Free with museum admission. Details.

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” at Levine JCC: See the classic Disney fairytale brought to life on stage. 2 p.m. $12 in advance. Details.

Clara’s Trip at Booth Playhouse: This cirque and dance take on a “Nutcracker” tale is the perfect family event. 2 p.m. $35+. Details.

“A Christmas Carol” at Theatre Charlotte: Theatre Charlotte’s holiday tradition is back for its 12th season with the classic tale of hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited by the ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. You once again meet such beloved characters as Fezziwig, Belle, Bob Cratchit, nephew Fred and, of course, Tiny Tim. 2:30 p.m. $28. Details.

The 64th Annual Singing Christmas Tree: BIG BAND BASH! at Knight Theater: Don’t miss out on The Singing Christmas Tree plus a 22-piece Swing Band live on stage for one weekend only. Expect all your favorite holiday tunes, incredible dancers, Grey Seal Puppets, Santa, snow and more. This show is perfect for the young and the young at heart. 4 p.m. $26+. Details.

Lessons & Carols 2018 | Far As the Curse Is Found at Uptown Church – 926 Elizabeth Ave.: Don’t miss Uptown Church’s annual Lessons & Carols service, an evening of Christmas celebration featuring music, poetry, festive decorations, and food. Childcare offered by reservation at 4 p.m. only (please register by Dec. 2 for a childcare spot). 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. Free. Details.

Tiny Stage Concerts Holiday Reunion Showcase at Heist Brewery: Enjoy food and drinks as you listen to some of the finest singer/songwriters in the area. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Details.

Night at the Nutcracker at Belk Theater: Before the show, the theater will be transformed into the Land of Sweets complete with children’s activities in Snowflake Village, seasonal cocktails, desserts and sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres. 5:30 p.m. $100. Details.

“Nutcracker” at Belk Theater: Don’t miss the quintessential holiday experience with the sights and sounds of the Nutcracker. Join Clara, the Mouse King and the iconic Sugar Plum Fairy for a stunning performance of a holiday classic with breathtaking sets, costumes, choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and music from the Charlotte Symphony. Pro tip: Agenda readers get $5 off per ticket in zones 1-4 with code AGENDA. 7 p.m. $25-$125 ($5 off with code AGENDA). Details.

“Fire and Ice” Holiday Concert at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church: See the Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble perform a holiday-themed set. 7-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Experience

Gingerbread Lane at The Ballantyne: Walk through rows of homemade gingerbread houses and donate at least $1 if you want to vote on your favorite. All day Free, $1+ to donate. Details.

Photos with Santa at SouthPark Mall at SouthPark Mall: Santa is here for the holiday season and it’s photo time at the SouthPark Mall. Pro tip: reserve your spot in advance so there’s no wait time. Varies Free. Details.

Winter Wonderland at SouthPark Mall: The holiday season is here and SouthPark’s own Winter Wonderland is Charlotte’s favorite open-air ice-skating rink, not to mention, the ultimate Instagram photo op. This year, the rink is 40% bigger and features fun for the entire family including a daily afternoon snowfall, holiday lights and decor, Santa’s Pub and more. Don’t miss the special events, guests and activities throughout the season, including 103.7 WSOC bringing a Country Christmas to the rink. On December 8-9 vendors will be popping up under heated tents 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. $0+. Details.

Charlotte Christmas Village at Corner of 7th Street and North Tryon: Inspired by traditional European Christmas markets, there will be a German bakery, Austrian strudels and other festive treats. Wash it all down with German Glühwein, a mulled spiced wine. You can also expect trivia, live entertainment, a Santa Village, vendors and more. 11 a.m. Free. Details.

Santa’s Workshop at Blakeney Shopping Centers: Visit Santa in his workshop for the perfect photo opportunity. Noon to 4 p.m. $20-$30. Details.

DIY Tacky Holiday Sweater Workshop at Red Clay Ciderworks: Bring and old sweater or T-shirt and turn it into something new — an ugly sweater. They’ll provide the supplies and instructions. 1-3 p.m. $15. Details.

Christmas Pet Photo Shoot at Sugar Creek Brewing: Get festive photos taken with your best furry friend by a professional photographer. They’ll also have a Christmas market featuring local businesses. 2-4 p.m. $20. Details.

Holidays in the Garden at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: Daniel Stowe’s annual Holidays in the Garden event includes about a mile of lights – some synchronized with music – a Christmas village display, visits from Santa and more. Explore the gardens and then sit by a fire pit to roast marshmallows and sip on something warm. 5-9 p.m. Price varies. Details.

McGill’s Twelve Days of Christmas at McGill Rose Garden: Walk through the winter wonderland in the garden complete with s’mores, hot chocolate and more. 5-9 p.m. $3. Details.

WinterFest at Carowinds: The park will come alive with a nightly tree lighting, ice skating rink, decorations, performances and more. 5-10 p.m. $26. Details.

Learn Things

Why Glassware Matters Wine-Tasting Seminar at Ruth’s Chris Steak House – SouthPark: Learn what a difference the right glassware can make when drinking wine. You’ll get to taste wines in different glasses and take home four souvenir glasses worth $100. 5:30-6:30 p.m. $55. Details.

Fitness

Dance Your Pounds Off at Fushion Force: The celebrity dance fitness trainer is bringing his show, which has been featured in Dr. Oz and People Magazine, to Charlotte. 3-4 p.m. $25. Details.

Sports

Football Sundays at Hoppin’: They have Sunday Ticket and RedZone for all of your viewing needs and will have the sound on for the Panthers. Plus, orange and cranberry juice for mimosas are complimentary. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free. Details.

Sunday Ticket at Brewers at 4001 Yancey: They’ve got 13 TV screens so you can be sure you won’t miss a minute of the action. 1-10 p.m. Free. Details.

Football Game Watch at Lucky’s Bar and Arcade: Whether you’re a Panthers fan or a Detroit fan, come cheer on your time with their games on the 20 big screens. 1-11 p.m. Free. Details.

Carolina Panthers Game Watch at StrikeCity: Expect Panthers cocktails, drink specials and the game on 65-plua TVs. 1-5 p.m. Free. Details.

Panthers at Browns at Queen Park Social: Grab some food and drinks and bowl with friends while you watch the game. 1-4 p.m. Free admission. Details.

Kids

Bug Lab at Discovery Place Science: Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation with larger-than-life bug models that guide you through hands-on activities and challenges. Explore four immersive chambers throughout the exhibition and get up close and personal with four insects and their amazing adaptations. Noon to 5 p.m. $16-$20. Details.

The Singing Christmas Tree for KIDS at Knight Theater: The kid’s version includes Carolina Voices’ MainStage Choir, Grey Seal Puppets, Carolina Kids Voices, Miller Street dancers and a visit from Santa himself. 1:30 p.m. $15-$23. Details.

Do Good

Take Time for Time Out Youth at NoDa Company Store: Enjoy a free brunch if you donate and bid on the silent auction items to benefit the charity. 12:30-5 p.m. Donation. Details.

Shopping

Midwood Market – Holiday Edition at 2008 Commonwealth Ave.: Shop 60 of the most creative micro shops in Charlotte spreading some serious holiday cheer. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Details.

Shop Drop ‘N Roll Winter Market at NoDa Brewing Company – Tryon Street: Sip on craft brews while you shop hand-crafted goods from local makers and Crowned Sparrow Craft Co. They’ll have a giveaway and a portion of the proceeds will be locally donated. Noon to 6 p.m. Free. Details.

Hodges Farm Gift Shop at Hodges Family Farm and Pumpkin Patch: Purchase goods like local honey, jams and jellies, antiques, furniture, collectibles and Christmas decor and gifts. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Details.

Christmas Holiday Open House at H&S Antiques at H&S Antiques: Check out the new store in Monroe for their Holiday Open House. H&S Antiques are direct importers of 18th and 19th century English and Continental antiques, specializing in original artwork, mirrors, lighting and collections of decorative accessories. 1-5 p.m. Free. Details.

ON THE AGENDA

Plaza Midwood “Running of the Balls” 5K: Run through the streets of historic Plaza Midwood under the lights from hundreds of decorative Christmas light balls. After the race, they’ll have a mixer at the brewery. Dec. 15.

Girl Tribe Pop Up: Shop from over 90 women-led businesses, take great photos, enjoy a cocktail bar by Sycamore brewing and get plenty of holiday surprises. VIP shoppers will receive a reusable Girl Tribe bag, a #GirlTribePopUp bracelet and more. Dec. 15-16.

Topgolf’s Big NYE BashRing in 2019 at Topgolf and enjoy live entertainment, a chef-inspired menu and an unforgettable midnight celebration. Upgrade to the VIP experience for exclusive access to an all-inclusive Premium NYE Feast with carving station and a bottle of bubbly to share with friends. All New Year’s Eve packages include unlimited gameplay. Dec. 31.

See all the upcoming events here.

Cover photo via Charlotte Ballet and by Peter Zay.

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