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Weekly calendar Dec. 12-18: Lighted boat parade, Advent services, Organ at Davidson and more

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A Lighted Boat Parade will be held Dec. 17.

Dec. 12

Advent Contemplative Practice

7-7:45 pm | Dec. 12. Come for a time of sacred practice. You may bring a candle/s to light. Zoom link; meeting ID: 775 653 882.

Charles Frost  to perform at Organ at Davidson.

Organ at Davidson 

7:30 pm | Dec. 12. Charles Frost, long-time Presbyterian organist, presents a night of Advent and Christmas music on organ. All are invited. Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Main St., Davidson.

Blue Christmas Worship 

7 pm | Dec. 12. Community in Christ Lutheran Church, Community In Christ Lutheran Church, 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius.

Dec. 13

Blue Christmas

7 pm | Dec. 13. Inclusion Community, The Hut (Cornelius Presbyterian Church), parking lot, 21209 Catawba Ave.

Gingerbread decorating and  competition 

All night | Dec. 13. Competitions are held 7 and 9  pm to win a $25 gift card. Thigs Cocktails LKN, 21234 Catawba Ave., Cornelius.

Dec. 13-23

Polar Express at the N.C. Transportation Museum

Check website for hours | Dec. 13-23. 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. 14 

Midweek Advent Worship

6 pm | Dec. 14. Free-will Offering Soup Supper in the Fellowship Hall. 7 pm Holden Evening Prayer Worship | Dec 14. Community in Church Lutheran Church, 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius.

Ornament decorating 

6-8pm | Dec. 14. Tickets required. Thigs Cocktails LKN, 21234 Catawba Ave., Cornelius.

Dec. 15

HIV/STI testing

10 am – noon | Dec. 15. the Mecklenburg County Health Department is offering free, private and confidential HIV/STI testing. Condoms and education will be available. No insurance, no photo ID and no appointments needed. Ada Jenkins, 212 Gamble St., Davidson.

Downtown Mooresville Misteltoe Sip & Shop

6-8 pm | Dec. 16. Independently owned shops in downtown Mooresville will be featuring treats, appetizers, cocoa, cocktails, holiday deals and discounts, open houses, giveaways and more.

Live Music Friday the Sippin’ Santa Way

7:30-10:30pm | Dec. 16.  Thigs Cocktails LKN, 21234 Catawba Ave., Cornelius.

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.

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. 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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