Set in a Florida trailer park called Armadillo Acres, this musical puts a trashy, but comical, spin on Christmas cheer with lots of drama. But it’s the little things that cause trouble for these tenants, some of whom want to decorate for the holidays while others prefer a good ol’ ruckus. (Anita Overcash) $26-$31
Explore the NASCAR Hall of Fame and then catch your favorite holiday movie in the comfort of the High Octane Theater featuring a 64-foot-wide curved projection screen with surround sound and high-back rocking seats. Movies are free with your NASCAR Hall of Fame admission. The schedule of movies runs as follows: Dec. 13-14: A Christmas Story Dec. 20-21: Polar Express Dec. 26-27: Frozen Dec. 28: Frozen Sing-A-Long For more information and movie times, visit www.holidaysatthehall.com. Admission is $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and military, $12.95 for children 5-12 and free for children younger than 5.http://www.holidaysatthehall.com
This funny and moving tale about the "little gentleman" features live musicians. Presented by Children's Theatre of Charlotte. $14 and up
Kick off the 2014 Belk Bowl festivities with the Belk Bowl 5k. Come run or walk the streets of Uptown, Charlotte and celebrate with a post-race party full of free beer, food, and giveaways. Bring your family, friends, and football fans and get ready to run! First 150 online registrants will receive a cooler seat complimentary of the Belk Bowl! Run for a cause! Proceeds go to benefit Levine Children's Hospital. $20http://www.belkbowl5k.com
The South's Largest Light Show and Christmas Extravaganza a "Must See" Attraction on the Carolina Christmas Corridor $15/$20http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/schedule/speedway_christmas/
The holiday light show features more than three million lights in 800 displays, a Christmas Village located in the infield, and the chance to drive the track. There will also be movie nights every Friday and Saturday night.
Three local artists — Mark A. Gucciardi, Michael J. Ziegler and Osiris Rain — have come together for this new exhibit at Coffey and Thompson Gallery. The result is a mix of landscape, still-life and portrait paintings. Portraits (like the pictured one by Ziegler) by the artists give life to figures with sincere facial expressions and quirks. This is something you don’t want to miss. Reception on Dec. 5, 6-9 p.m. (Anita Overcash) Free admission
Are you looking for a fun activity for your group of friends? If you're tired of the same old same old, and you want to experience something different, come see if you have what it takes to make it out of one of our rooms in 60 minutes! "Escape the room" games have been popular in Asia and Europe for many years. But now, you can enjoy the same experience, right here in the Carolinas. We are a new, innovative and local company eager to challenge and engage you! $25 per personhttp://exitstrategyus.com
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden transforms into a winter wonderland with a lights display, train displays, visits from Santa, nature-based family crafts and more.
Join Community Blood Center of the Carolinas for the 10th Annual ‘Puppies for Patients’ program running now through Dec. 31, 2014. Donors who give blood during this time will be able to sign a tag that will then be attached to a stuffed toy puppy and delivered to children in area hospitals and care facilities during the holidays. To sign up, visit www.cbcc.us or call 704-972-4700. nonehttp://www.cbcc.us
The beauty of nature and abundant fascinations come together to create a special holiday this year at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Explore a natural winter wonderland that’s like no other.http://www.dsbg.org
The beauty of nature and abundant fascinations come together to create a special holiday this year at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Explore a natural winter wonderland that's like no other. Our contemporary, yet elegant, lighting display will brighten your holidays and our fire pit will keep you and your loved ones warm. Don't miss the new displays of Lost Hollow or traditional favorites, including the Orchid Tree, one-of-a-kind train displays, visits from Santa and nature-based family crafts. The Holiday tradition continues at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. $12 - adults; $11 - seniors 60+; $6 - kids 4-12; Free - Garden Members and children under 4http://www.dsbg.org/events/garden-events/public-garden-events/holidays-at-the-garden/
After the last present is unwrapped and the final stocking unstuffed, head to BLT Steak Charlotte for a Christmas feast of seasonal bounty and holiday spirits. Chef de Cuisine Ben Miles is excited to present his Christmas Day Blackboard Dinner Menu starting at 2pm December 25. Next, join BLT Steak as it rings in the New Year with Chef Miles’ handcrafted celebration selections including, Roasted Marrow Bone with Foie Gras Duxelles and Celery Salad, a 12oz Bone-In Filet with Sunny Side Quail Eggs and a rich Truffle Hollandaise, and Braised Collard Greens with Grain Mustard and Local Honey. $60-95http://www.bltsteakcharlotte.com