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Weekender Dec. 14-17: Boat parade, Christmas festival and more

Birkdale on Ice / Birkdale Village photo

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Thursday, Dec. 14

Jazz Combos Fall Concert

7:30-9 pm | Dec. 14. The Davidson College Jazz Combos present an evening celebrating the jazz greats. Free and open to the public. Sloan Music Center Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall, Davidson College.

Friday, Dec. 15

LKN Perform Magical Holiday Moments

6 pm | Dec. 15. The students of LKN Perform are excited to share their talents with Lake Norman in their annual Holiday performance. Students from the dance, music and musical theater program will be performing a variety of holiday pieces celebrating the season from classical to contemporary. $10. Cain Center For The Arts, Cornelius.

Downtown Mooresville Holiday

6-8 pm | Dec. 15. Listen to strolling carolers. Visit Christmas Tree Lane and hop on horse-drawn wagon rides. Sweet holiday treats and hot chocolate keep patrons warm along Broad and Main streets. Downtown Mooresville.

Creative Clay/ Pottery Senior Workshop

10- 11:30 am | Dec. 15. Projects will be taken to Clayworks to be fired and glazed before being returned for pickup. Please allow 3 weeks for this process. Northern Regional Recreation Center, 18121 Old Statesville Rd., Cornelius.

Saturday, Dec. 16

Lighted Boat Parade. Photo | Visit Lake Norman

5th Annual Lake Norman Lighted Christmas Boat Parade

5:30 pm | Dec.16. Starting at Blythe Landing then headed to Ramsey Creek, we have the finale at the Duke Energy Explorium with food trucks and Santa. Little Smiles will collect toys to be shared with the children of the Levine Children’s Cancer Center.

North Carolina Christmas Festival

1-5 pm | Dec. 16. Enjoy free pictures with Santa Claus, a free toy giveaway for the kids, free gift wrapping, Christmas coloring & word search, ornament decoration and more. Pro Tip: Show your holiday cheer by wearing family ugly Christmas sweaters. Admission is free. Parking $8 per car, credit or debit card only. Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 State Highway 49, Concord.

Sons of Serendip

Sons of Serendip

SOLD OUT: 8 pm | Dec. 16. Sons of Serendip, the Billboard charting classical-crossover quartet, return for a holiday engagement. $35-$55. Cain Center, Cornelius.

Creative Clay/ Pottery Family Workshop

6:30 pm- 8 pm | Dec. 16. Clayworks will lead participants in a hands-on clay workshop. Space is limited, so reserve your spot. Projects will be taken to Clayworks to be fired and glazed before being returned for pickup. Please allow 3 weeks for this process. David B. Waymer Recreation and Senior Center, 14008 Holbrooks Rd., Huntersville.

Santa Bliss

2-4 pm | Dec. 16. Royal Bliss Brewing made a few calls; found a big chair, secured a spot for the sleigh and now The Big Man is in. A photo with Santa is first come/first serve and free but with a $10 ticket you gain VIP access, drink token and receive a personalized Nice List Certificate. Click here for ticket and Nice List Certificate info. Royal Bliss Brewing Co., 7532 Royal Bliss Court, Denver.

Thursday, Dec. 14 -Sunday, Dec. 17

A Nice Family Gathering 

See website for schedule details. Presented by Davidson Community Players. A story about a man who loved his wife so much, he almost told her. It’s the holidays and the first family gathering at the Lundeen household since the Patriarch died. At the gathering, Dad comes back as a ghost with a mission; to tell his wife he loved her, something he neglected to tell her while he was alive. The problem is only his recalcitrant son can hear and see him. The trouble begins when Mom invites a date for dinner. For Tickets. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson.

Sunday, Dec. 17

Christmas Cantata

11 am | Dec. 17. The Mt. Zion UMC chancel choir/praise team and the Bethel Presbyterian Church choir combine for this presentation with an orchestra. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion Ave., Cornelius.

Christmas Cantata

3 pm | Dec. 17. The Mt. Zion UMC chancel choir/praise team and the Bethel Presbyterian Church choir combine for this presentation with an orchestra. Bethel Presbyterian Church, 19920 Bethel Church Rd., Cornelius.

House and Store Guided Tour & Carols & Feasting

1:15 pm and 3 pm | Dec. 17. Reserve a spot for this special holiday treat. Our Foodways team will cook an 18th-century meal over an open fire. Join in singing traditional carols in the 1805 parlor. There is no fee but donations are welcome. Hugh Torance House and Store, 8231 Gilead Rd., Huntersville.

Procrastinators Market 

11 am – 4 pm | Dec. 17.  40+ artists and makers have just what you’re looking for. Lost Worlds Brewing,  19700 One Norman Blvd., Cornelius.

Through Dec. 25

Winterlights Alive Downtown

5:30 – 9 pm | Dec. 6-25. This dynamic projected light show has turned the corner of Broad St. & Center Ave. into a dazzling holiday lightscape. Downtown Mooresville.

Through Sunday, Jan. 28

Birkdale on Ice

3-10 pm Monday-Friday; 10 am -10 pm Saturday; noon-7 pm Sundays. Reservations are needed to ensure a skating time slot. Walk-ups are welcome as space permits. $18 per person includes skates (plus tax) for a 75-minute skate session; children 12 years old and younger $14 includes skates. The Plaza, Birkdale Village, Huntersville.

Through Monday, Jan.1


Zootastic Park’s Wonderland of Lights

See website for schedule and cost. Admire the illumination of millions of holiday lights, crunch on s’mores and little ones can ride ponies. There’s a petting zoo, tiger and giraffe feeding, and pictures with Santa. Proceeds help care for resident animals every day of the year. Zootastic Park, 448 Pilch Rd., Troutman.

Through Sunday, Jan. 7

Speedway Christmas 2023

6-10 pm; closed Dec. 24. Speedway Christmas features 4 million LED Christmas lights strewn across a 4mile course, with displays and lights synchronized to Christmas-themed music. The show is open rain or shine. Tickets per carload start at $35. The infield Christmas Village is open Thursday-Sunday nights. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy. South, Concord.

• Send your event information to corneliustoday@gmail.com. Deadline is the 15th of the month for the print calendar; one week in advance for online/newsletter