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Weekender Dec. 9-11: Winter Wisdom, Music at the Mill, holiday happenings and more

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A Classic Christmas in downtown Mooresville will be held Dec. 9.

Dec. 9

Huntersville Holiday 5K 

7 pm | Dec. 9. Start at Fleet Feet Sports,16620 Cranlyn Road, Huntersville, in Birldale Village. Registration open.

A Classic Christmas in downtown Mooresville

6-9 pm | Dec. 9. Santa visits, carolers, ice skating, shopping and dining, hot cocoa and treats, life-sized snow globe, live musical performances, gingerbread house competition winners announced and more. Downtown Mooresville.

Live Music the Sippin’ Santa Way

7:30 -10:30 pm | Dec. 9. Every Friday enjoy live music. Make reservations here. Thigs LKN Cocktail Bar. 21234 Catawba Ave., Cornelius.


9 pm | Dec. 9. Pandora’s Box, the ultimate Aerosmith tribute band. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. BoatYard Lake Norman, 18418 Statesville Rd., Cornelius.

Tiffany Rhodes

Book signing and meet the author

4-7 pm | Dec. 9. Cornelius author and filmmaker Tiffany Rhodes to sign her newly-released book of poetry “A Chained Beast” at The Hideaway LKN, 10910 Torrence Chapel Rd. D-7. Rhodes is running a  pre-order promotion that will get buyers two e-books, a signed hard copy and a $5 gift card to The Hideaway LKN if you purchase the tickets prior to the event here.

Highlighters Dance

7 – 10:30 pm | Dec. 9. Dance lesson will be at 7:10 pm. Crimson Rose Band. You may bring drinks and snacks. Belmont Moose Lodge, 100 Robert Russell Rd., Belmont.

Dec. 9-11

Polar Express at the N.C. Transportation Museum

Check website for hours |Dec. 9-11. Experience the magic of the popular holiday book/movie during this Polar Express-inspired train ride with a stop at the North Pole. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas to enjoy the experience. Tickets $34 and up. NC Transportation Museum, 1 Samuel Spencer Drive, Spencer.

Dec. 9-19

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.

Dec. 9-23: Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker

Dec. 9-23

Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker 

Showtimes vary | Dec. 9-23. The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra accompanies the Charlotte Ballet. $30-$131. Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte.

Dec. 10

Winter Wisdom

2-5 pm | Dec. 10. HEARTwarming stories and traditions from yesteryear. Cedar Groove live music – folk. Hugh Torance House & Store, 8231 Gilead Road, Huntersville. Free. 

Music at the Mill

Doors open 6:30 pm; show at 8 pm | Dec. 10.  Ana Egge. Tickets $45. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St.

Sippin’ Santa Saturday 

7:30pm – 10:30 pm | Dec.10. Your favorite DJ will be playing Christmas hits. Reservations here. Also from 3-5 pm join the Private Mixology Class and create three easy Christmas cocktails. Tickets required. Thigs LKN, 21234 Catawba Ave., Cornelius.


8 pm | Dec. 10. Ride the Lightning, Metallica tribute band. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. BoatYard Lake Norman, 18418 Statesville Rd., Cornelius.

Carolina Ugly Sweater Run

5K: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, $45; Kids 1K: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, $12. This festive 5K and Elf Run will start and finish at H2 Public House. Each runner will receive a t-shirt, a finisher medal, and a beer. Walkers are welcome and 100% pet friendly! H2 Public House, 19906 N. Cove Road, Cornelius

Huntersville Half Marathon and 10K Hustle 

8 am | Dec. 10. The 10k course is embedded into the half marathon course. Start at Fleet Feet Sports,16620 Cranlyn Road, Huntersville, in Birldale Village. Registration open.

Northern Lights of Lake Norman Lighted Boat Parade 

5-7 pm | Dec. 10. For those interested in viewing the parade, the parade will take off from Apps & Taps and go past Stumpy Creek Boat Ramps. Check with the  contacting the Iredell County parks to confirm Stumpy Creek will be open for public viewing.

Holiday Pop-Up Shop 

1-5 pm | Dec. 10.  Local vendors and Pawsitively Pampered Pets Rescue will have some available pups. Eleven Lakes Brewing, 10228 Bailey Rd. Suite 201, Cornelius.

Dec. 11

Christmas Pageant and Food Collection 

4 pm | Dec. 11. Youth led. Bring non-perishable food items to donate.  In the Congregation House of Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Main St.,  Davidson.

Flashlight Candy Cane Dash

6-7 pm | Dec. 11. Families should bring flashlights to find candy canes hidden in decorations on the Cornelius Town Hall lawn. Free, but advance registration required. Ages 2-12.

An Evening of Holiday Classics with the Charlotte Symphony

 Doors open at 6:30 pm, show starts 7:30 pm | Dec. 11. Tickets required. Mooresville Performing Arts Center, 659 E. Center Ave., Mooresville.

Historic Holiday Open House 

1 – 4 pm | Dec. 11. Tour gardens and see holiday decor at Wing Haven’s two historic houses of Eddie and Elizabeth Clarkson at 248 Ridgewood Avenue and Elizabeth Lawrence at 348 Ridgewood Avenue. Free, but reservations suggested; 704-331-0664. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave & 348 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte

Advent 3 Gathering

10:15 am | Dec. 11. Inclusion Community, The Hut (Cornelius Presbyterian Church), parking lot, 21209 Catawba Ave.

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.

Through Dec. 26

Visit McAdenville 

5:30-10pm | Through Dec. 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 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

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.

Frederick Graff, AWS, D.F., Salem, SC, “Heritage Hill” winner of AWS Gold Medal of Honor  will be part of the watercolor exhibit in Mooresville through Jan. 4.

Through Jan. 4

International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society

Noon-4pm | Tuesday-Friday; 10am-2pm | Saturday. Forty watercolor paintings from today’s nationally known and internationally known masters will be on display in Mooresville Arts’ Center Gallery, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville. Many of the paintings will be for sale.

Through Jan. 8

Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway 

6-10 pm | Through 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 Jan. 13

Through Our Lens: Digital Art and Photography

A small group of digital artists and photographers from North Carolina  display their love for their art. Cornelius Art Gallery, 19725 Oak St.

Through Jan.16

Birkdale on Ice 

General admission tickets for the 75-minute skate sessions, are $18 for adults and $14 per child 12 and younger. Birkdale Village, Huntersville.

Through mid-February


6-10 pm | Daily. Explore a half-mile, self-guided walking trail showcasing illuminated installations representing the Whitewater story and mission. The elements populate the entire Ridge and Canyon of the Whitewater Center and culminate with a compelling view above the forest floor on an all new suspension bridge complex. Free; pay to park. Whitewater Center,  5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., Charlotte 28214.

Through March 12

Alfred Conteh, [Ryan Coogler] Home Team, 2018 | Courtesy of the artist and Amath Gomis via Museum of the New South

Men of Change art exhibit

Check websites for gallery schedules. | B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture  and Levine Museum of the New South to bring  Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. The Gantt will display Storytellers, Fathering, and Imagining; Levine Museum will display Catalysts, Myth-Breakers, and Community; both museums in Charlotte will display Loving. Admission is free.

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