Clara LeBlanc trips at a holiday party and is whisked off to the hospital to learn that her ankle is broken. That night her friends and get-well gifts swirl in her dreams. This show is the perfect family event during the holiday season. Adults: $45 Students/Seniors: $35
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
Award-winning sportswriter Scott Fowler discusses his new book. Free public event appropriate for adults and teens presented by Gaston County Public Library. No reservations required for individuals and families. Advance reservations required for organized groups. Following presentation, copies of Mr. Fowler's books will be available for personal purchase and author autograph. Information: 704-868-2164, ext. 4. Free
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!
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
Over 11 million individuals in the U.S. are undocumented and live in the shadows. Out of the Shadows: Undocumented and Unafraid reveals how art can be a deliberative and imaginative forum for exploring complex issues about immigrant labor, education, and legal status. Participants in this show belong to United 4 the Dream or Immigrant Youth Forum. These groups share a commitment to equality for all immigrant youth, regardless of their legal status, and derive their names from the national Dream Act legislation being considered in Congress. $0-$8
Written by noted humorist David Sedaris, THE SANTALAND DIARIES is a brilliant evocation of what it's like to work as an elf in Macy's. This hilarious one-man, one-act play is the perfect antidote to the overwhelming sugary sweetness of the holiday season. Presented by Three Bone Theatre Directed by Robin Tynes Starring Scott Miller $20
CAST brings back the comedy classic "A Tuna Christmas" by Jaston Williams, Ed Howard and Joe Sears with the same zany antics that make audiences roar holiday season after holiday season. Tom Ollis and Jack Utrata play more than 20 characters with 364 costume changes. Expect 1,003 laughs. The directors are Lena Olson and Michael R. Simmons, CAST's Artistic Director. $28 adults; $22 seniors (60+); $18 students.
Charlotte Fine Art Gallery presents "Small Works for Gift-Giving," December 3-21, 2013. CFA represents nearly 25 award-winning artists from across the country--from Charlotte to California. The December exhibit will feature their diverse work: paintings, photography, woodturning, silk, jewelry, pottery, sculpture and more. Special emphasis on small works for holiday gift-giving. Free gift wrapping. Meet the artists at the exhibit's opening reception on Friday, December 6, 6-9 p.m. CFA is open Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Check website for holiday hours. FREE
To help customers ease into the gift-giving frenzy, Pike Nurseries offers a variety of garden-inspired gift ideas. From the grill master to the first-time gardener – Pike Nurseries has the perfect present for everyone on the holiday list! Ideas include poinsettias, garden tools, bird houses, LED glass garden grt, grill accessories , gift baskets, garden apparel and Pike Nurseries gift cards. For more ideas and inspiration, visit http://www.pikenursery.com/.
Volunteers from Orphans to Ambassadors and Girl Scouts Hornets Nest Council will offer holiday gift-wrapping. Proceeds will benefit Orphans to Ambassadors, Girl Scouts Hornets Nest Council and Simon Youth Foundation. Dates: November 30-December 1; December 7-8; December 14-24 (Food Court) For hours and additional details, visit www.simon.com
Eager children and their families can once again experience the magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon® Santa Photo Experience at SouthPark. Children can be photographed with Santa through December 24 in Center Court. Hours and photo package pricing available at www.simon.com.
CCT is Charlotte's longest running professional improv ensemble. Shows are high energy, interactive, improv comedy that rated this amazing ensemble "Best in Charlotte". Audiences are encouraged to shout out suggestions which the talented cast turns into comedic genius. 21 and over, rated R for content. $10http://www.charlottecomedytheater.com
YW Run club is here! Runs are aimed at ~3 miles. CO-ED group. Run Club meets every Saturday morning at 8am. Meet in the YWCA lobby. FREE to all. FREE
We know what happens to Scrooge, but what about his old business partner Marley? Is he truly past redemption, or does every person deserve a chance to change, to do better? In this funny and touching holiday play, see Jacob Marley’s heroic efforts to save Scrooge’s soul – and in the process, save his own. $16-$18