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Weekender Dec. 16-18: Lighted boat parade, Advent labyrinth, holiday market and more

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A Lighted Boat Parade will be held Dec. 17.

Here’s what is happening this weekend.

Dec. 17

4th Annual Lake Norman Lighted Christmas Boat Parade

5:30-7 pm | Dec. 17. From Blythe Landing to Ramsey Creek to the Duke Explorium. All three viewing areas are public. Food trucks will be at the Explorium and toys will be collected for Little Smiles.

Advent Luminary Labyrinth

5:30-8:30 pm | Dec. 17. A labyrinth is a tool for walking meditation. Cocoa and cider will be served. Inclusion Community, The Hut (Cornelius Presbyterian Church), parking lot, 21209 Catawba Ave.

Davidson Farmers Market

9 am-noon | Dec. 17. Holiday market. Rain or shine. No pets. Downtown Davidson.

Sip & Shop Christmas Market 

3pm-6pm | Dec. 17.  Vendors and food truck. Thigs Cocktails LKN, 21234 Catawba Ave., Cornelius.

Starving Artist’s Market 

2-6 pm | Dec. 17. At D9 Brewing Co., 11138 Treynorth Drive, Cornelius.

2022 North Carolina Christmas Festival

1-5pm | Dec. 17. Vendors, Santa pictures, candy cane hunt, performances and more. Free. Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 NC 49, Gold Hall, Concord.

Dec. 18

Babes In Toyland 

2 pm, 6 pm | Dec. 18. $12-$24. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College.

Gathering, Paper Bag Christmas Pageant  

10:15 am | Dec. 18.  Inclusion Community, The Hut (Cornelius Presbyterian Church), parking lot, 21209 Catawba Ave.

Procrastinators Market 

11 am – 4 pm | Dec. 18. Craft, vendor market. Lost Worlds Brewing,19700-D One Norman Blvd., Cornelius.

Advent Sunday Morning Worship 

8:30, 9:45 and 11am | Dec. 18. In the Sanctuary, Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Main St.,  Davidson.

Blue Christmas Service

3  pm | Dec. 18. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Main St.,  Davidson. 

Christmas Program ‘The ABCs of Christmas Worship’ 

10 am | Dec. 18.  Featuring spoken and vocal parts proclaiming God’s love for the world in Jesus’ birth in a manger. Community in Christ Lutheran Church, 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius.

Through Dec. 19

Winter Wonderettes 

Check website | Through. Dec. 19. Advance Tickets: Adult – $20; Senior (65+) – $ 18; Student (under 21) – $15. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson.

Through Dec.  23

Charlotte Christmas Village and ice skate and snow tube at Light the Knights 

Through Dec. 23. Cost: $10 for admission, $25 for admission and ice skating, $25 for admission and snow tubing, $39 for an admission season pass, $99 for an all-access season pass. Truist Field, 324 South Mint St., Charlotte.

Christmas at the Library

Monday through Thursday, 5-9pm, Friday and Saturday, 5-10pm | Through Dec. 23.  Admission and parking are free. Reservations are required.  Horse-drawn carriage rides are $11 for adults and $5 for kids under 12. Billy Graham, 4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte.

Visit McAdenville to see lots of lights

Through Dec. 26

Visit McAdenville 

5:30-10pm | Dec. 1-26. Also known as “Christmas Town USA,” McAdenville is known for its spectacular light displays. Visitors can drive or walk along the 1.3-mile route. The tree lighting ceremony will take place 6 pm  Dec. 1 and the yule log parade will happen 5 pm Dec.15. Downtown McAdenville. Free.

Through Jan. 1

Festival of Trees in Belmont 

Through Jan. 1.  Downtown Belmont will twinkle with the lights and ornaments of community-decorated Christmas trees. Free. Downtown Belmont, 24 South Main St.

Through Jan. 1

Carowinds’ Winterfest

Hours vary  | Select nights through Jan. 1. Cost: $32.99. Carowinds, 300 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte.

Speedway Christmas is closed on Christmas Eve. Friday and Saturday are the busiest nights and guests may experience extended wait times for entry. Consider Sunday through Thursday nights for quicker entry, and arrive early. Photo | Charlotte Motor Speedway

Through Jan. 8

Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway 

6-10 pm | Nov. 18 – Jan. 8. Experience 4 million lights along a 4-mile course synchronized to Christmas-themed music, plus a vendor village. Tickets start at $30 per car on Monday-Wednesday. On Thursday-Sunday, it’s $40 per car. 5555 Concord Pkwy. S., Concord.

Through Dec. 31

“Holidays at the Garden”

5-9 pm Wednesdays – Sunday |Nov. 25 -Dec. 31. $20 for adults, $18 for seniors 60+, $10 for children 2-12, free for children under 2. Daniel Stowe Gardens, 6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont.

Through Jan. 1

Zootastic Park Christmas Wonderland of Lights 

6 pm | Through Jan. 1. Drive through more than  4 million lights while listening to Christmas music, and when you’re finished be sure to stop inside and meet Santa and his baby kangaroos. S’mores, hot chocolate, carousel rides, train rides.  $10 per person age 2 and older.  Zootastic Park, 448 Pilch Rd., Troutman.