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
Ever since it moved Uptown from Winston-Salem 23 years ago, North Carolina Dance Theatre has staged the most enchanting celebration of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. First there was a darker, Freudian choreography by the late Salvatore Aiello, and in recent years, the more traditionally festive and candy-colored version choreographed by NCDT artistic director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. Since landing at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in the early ’90s, each year Belk Theater is transformed into a hall of wonder. The Nutcracker is a sensational explosion of resplendent sets, eye-popping costumes, live music by the Charlotte Symphony, the grace of the adult NCDT corps augmented by legions of adorable children, and a precious young Clara who annually flies off to Tchaikovsky’s special fairyland. More than 100 dancers perform the 2013 Nutcracker at Belk, Dec. 13-22, with conveniently early curtain times, since it’s all about the kids. (Perry Tannenbaum) $25-$90
Leave it up to the folks of On Q Productions to put some extra flavor in a program that spotlights the usual holiday suspects. A Soulful Noel is a one-night-only performance that features music, dance and spoken word by the ensemble of creatives. Alternative tweaks have been made to incorporate holiday fare like “The Night Before Christmas,” “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Go Tell it on The Mountain,” all of which are soulfully represented. (Anita Overcash) $15
This all-youth cast production of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity combines the Gospel of St. Luke with Hughes' poetic zeal to tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. $10-$20, "Pay What You Can" Night on Dec. 12
Bring a toy and receive raffle tickets for raffle prizes such as an Ipad and more. Benefit for Toys For Tots.
Monthly poetry slams hosted by SlamCharlotte, Charlotte’s own two time national championship team of spoken word poetry (in 2007 and 2008). $10
The exhibit features a selection of works by gallery artists.
Hear the story of the birth of Jesus from the anticipation through the visit of the wisemen and more. This year’s program features medieval and Renaissance music. Bob Sweeten (Max on the nationally syndicated Bob and Sheri radio show) returns to tell the story.The ensemble appears in Renaissance attire. Music includes melodies from a 1582 publication Piae Cantiones familiar to us today and arrangements by Michael Praetorius. Everyone gets a chance to join in singing. We even practice a little ahead of time! $7.50-$15.00http://www.carolinapromusica.org
The Charlotte Chorale celebrates its 10th anniversary and presents an evening of Christmas choral music. The show begins with Christmas carols from around the world including the Italian carol “Ave Maria” and English tune “Carol of the Bells.” The show also includes highlights from Vivaldi’s “Gloria." $10-$20
Grab your tackiest Christmas sweater and come out for Bec & Becker's 2nd Annual Tacky Sweater Bar Crawl. December 14th starting at 8pm at Tilt on Trade. Wear your craziest sweater! Prizes for the TACKIEST will be awarded at Tilt. $100 Cash Prize to the craziest/ sexiest sweater $2 Beers $4 Shots Live Music by Five on Sundays Free Entry