Not everyone wants to be fat and happy like Santa Claus, but nonetheless you’ll find folks dressed in his signature red suit at U.S. National Whitewater Center for its Just Be Claus Festival. The event kicks off with Santa 5K Trail Run and is slated to feature live music and a bonfire throughout the day. (Anita Overcash) Free admission ($5 parking)
Thanks to The Compass Agency, families can come out early on this Saturday and enjoy these additional seasonal and holiday activities in the park: a live nativity scene, live choir music, petting zoo, pony rides, vendors and other activities. The Celebration of Lights will begin at 6pm that evening. Free!
Bring the kids into Santa's Wonderland for a free photo with Santa, free crafts, games, and more.http://www.basspro.com
Holiday light show and decorated homes. Beginning at Legacy Park in downtown Mcadenville. Monday-Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.;Saturday-Sunday,5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Closed on Christmas Day. Free.
The gardens glow with lights and holiday decor.
Debonair Dance Productions’ New Years steppers party. $20 (before Dec. 20)-$25 (after Dec. 20)
New Years Eve Party at Harvest Grille Restaurant and Shelton Vineyards.
QCBF showcases the Charlotte-area’s craft beer breweries/brewpubs. Each brewery will serve a variety of its signature beers. This year's fest includes Ass Clown Brewing, Birdsong Brewing, Four Friends Brewing, District 9 Brewing, Heist Brewing, Olde Mecklenburg Brewing and more. Proceeds raised from the event benefit ACEing Autism. For more information, visit http://qcbrewfest.com. $35
Experience Charlotte on Tap at the Queen City Brewers Festival (QCBF), taking place Saturday, February 1, 2014 at its new home: the Silver Hammer Studios at the NC Music Factory. QCBF showcases the Charlotte-area's breweries and brewpubs, craft beer-focused restaurants, cafes and bottle shops. QCBF benefits ACEing Autism and will help launch clinics in Charlotte which use the sport of tennis to connect with children with autism. Tickets go on sale Dec. 5 at 11am. $35.00
The Charlotte Woodcarvers Club in Charlotte, NC will be hosting its 31st, "Showcase of Woodcarvings 2014" on February 22-23rd. Over 700 carvings in competition and on display. Vendors, Mini-seminars, raffles. Free Admission and Family friendly. Visit charlottewoodcarvers.com Freehttp://www.charlottewoodcarvers.com