Climb behind the wheel and drive or Ride-Along shotgun in a 600 HP NASCAR race car for an adrenaline pumping thrill of a lifetime! Junior Ride-Alongs are now available for kids ages 6-13 and at least 48" in height. Experience real life racing excitement with the whole family! Starting at $59http://www.DrivePetty.com
Starving Artist Productions flagship show. Now in our eighth season. A reflective and modern thematic one-act that combines live original music, monologues for a one-of-a-kind holiday experience. Nominated for two years as "theatre event of the year." Based on the writings of Frederick Buechner. Various times Dec. 12 - 21, with special event nights. $15-35
Bring the kids into Santa's Wonderland for a free photo with Santa, free crafts, games, and more.http://www.basspro.com
Gather around the Epicentre's snow flake tree every day at 5:15 p.m. to experience a magical snow storm.http://www.epicentrenc.com
The folks at the Gantt Center want you (yes, you) to join in for their Kwanzaa celebration. Events to mark the African-American holiday that honors life, love, unity and hope are slated throughout the day, but highlights include drumming, a candle-lighting and libation ceremony, tours of the galleries with an in-depth discussion about the museum’s Question Bridge: Black Males, and a cultural crafting bazaar. (Anita Overcash) $5 (suggested donation); free for members
Vote on your favorite gingerbread creation. $1 for each time you vote. All proceeds will benefit the Levine Children's Hospital.
The Charlotte Motor Speedway will have over 3 million lights surrounding the track for visitors to enjoy as they drive around the course.$20 per car. $20
Ride the Rotary Express through a winter wonderland of twinkling lights. New in 2013 - come see The 12 Days of Christmas Light Display! Enjoy Singing Bears, model trains, s’mores, hot cocoa and more. While you’re at the park, be sure to visit the interactive model train display Dec. 5 – 8; Dec. 11 – 15 and Dec. 18 – 23 $2.00 for train; Free to walk through park!
New Year's Eve celebration for the whole family. Kid events start at 12 p.m. Sol Fusion to perform at 10 p.m. Alcohol-free event. Presented by Charlotte Center City Partners and WBTV. Free to attend.http://www.charlottecentercity.org
It’s Day One of 2014 and you don’t know how to spend it? Ponder heading to Rural Hill’s annual First Footin.’ The event, rooted in the Scottish tradition of Hogmanay, is a celebration of good health, crops and fortune for the coming year. The day kicks off with a five-mile trail run and is followed by a group walk around Rural Hill’s grounds. Along the way you’ll hear related history and folklore and then gather around a campfire for some warm “stone” soup. Free admission, but contribution to the lunch is encouraged (list of items needed: fresh or canned vegetables for the soup, bread, dessert, beverages, bowls, plates, napkins and other eating utensils). Run begins at 10 a.m.; walk at 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.ruralhill.net/firstfootin.asp. (Anita Overcash)
Back-country settlers celebrated Twelfth night as the end of the Christmas Season. Sing carols around the bonfires,play colonial games,learn about the history of Twelfth Night and take a candlelight tour of the house. Enjoy cider and Twelfth Night cake in the log kitchen. $5-$10http://www.charlottemuseum.org
The Young Actor’s Symposium offers middle and high school actors an opportunity learn from theatre and film professionals, Saturday, January 11 and Sunday, January 12, 2014. The symposium offers middle and high schoole a chance to meet with casting directors, talent agents, directors and producers. Numerous workshops will be offered on launching your career as an actor, do’s and don’ts of auditioning, how to create a demo reel, and the Internet and your acting career. Other sessions cover subjects relating to monologues, stage fight choreography, voiceovers, film making, and special effects makeup. Several sessions are open to parents as well. $15, $25 or $50 for 50 minute session
Instructor Tom will help you learn to draw your own unique cartoon character. All supplies included. Time: 1-3 pm Ages: 9-13 $35
Charlotte Mini-Con is the CLT's longest runing comic book show featuring comic creators, comic books for sale, crafts, original art and much more! It's brought to you by Heroes Aren't Hard to Find just like America's Favorite Comic Convention, HeroesCon so you know it'll be fun! $5
In 1998 the Interfaith Pilgrimage made its way into Charlotte. The group consisted of the young and the old from various ethnic and religious backgrounds. They were recreating the "Middle Passage" Slave trade routes from Europe, Africa, South America and the United States. Their goal was to locate sites that were part of the Slave trade and to pray for racial healing and atonement for the past institution of Slavery. $13-$30