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Be a Santa to a Senior
A program dedicated to the joy of holiday giving specifically for elderly citizens by fulfilling their wish list of an item desired for the holidays. There will also be a citywide gift-wrapping day for all the gifts collected. Dec. 3-17. 704-344-0801.

Candlelight Carols
Presented by Nova Voce, the concert will feature Christmas music from the Renaissance as well as carols by 20th century composers. www.novavoce.org. Sat., Dec. 11, 8 p.m. $10-$12. St. Patrick's Cathedral, 1621 Dilworth Rd. 704-577-6273.

Christmas Arts & Crafts Boutique
The event is sponsored by the Mooresville Artist Guild and will feature original, hand made items. Dec. 3-24. Visual Arts Depot, 103 West Center Ave, Mooresville. 704-663-6717.

Christmas at St. Mary's
Carolina Pro Musica's annual event features Christmas music of the 18th century, plus the music of Bach, Handel and carols. St. Mary's Chapel, 1129 E. 3rd St. www.carolinapromusica.org. Sat., Dec. 11, 7 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. $7.50-$15. 704-334-3468.

A Christmas Carol … more or less
A take on the Dickens tale as a married couple perform as a duo when the rest of the cast is snowed in and can't make it. Sat., Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. $10. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.

A Christmas Carol
Classics Theatre of Charlotte presents the Charles Dickens' holiday classic. Nov. 26-Dec. 19, Thu-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 7pm. $10-$12.50. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 1118 Clement Ave. 704-455-8542.

Christmas in Cannon Village
Several holiday events throughout Cannon Village in Kannapolis. www.cannonvillage.com. Through Dec. 18. 704-938-3200.

Christmas Lights at Riverbend
View the Christmas lights at Riverbend Farm from a wagon ride. The Christmas Shop will also be open nightly. Dec. 2-Jan. 1, 7-10 p.m. $3-$5. Riverbend Farm. 704-888-2891.

A Christmas Story
Humorist Jean Sheperd's memoir of growing up in the midwest of the 1940s. Dec. 9-11, 16-18, 8pm; Dec. 12 & 19, 2:30pm. $10-$15. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring Street, NW, Concord. 704-788-2405.

A Christmas to Remember
Presented by the Havana Social Club, it promises to be the biggest variety show in the southeast featuring singers, dancers, actors, and much more. Sat., Dec. 11, 7 p.m. $10. Havana Social Club. 704-892-7000.

A Christmas Twist
A Christmas comedy produced and directed by the Young Yorkville Players. www.yorkvilleplayers.com. Dec. 10-12; Dec. 17-19. $8. McCelvey Center, York, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. 803-628-5025.

Downtown Countdown to 2005
New Year's Eve festivities featuring music, food, a street party and fireworks. www.charlottecentercity.org. The Square at Trade & Tryon, downtown. Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. 704-332-2227.

Gingerbread Lane
The halls of the resort will showcase an exhibit of gingerbread structures. The exhibit is also a competition and fundraiser. All proceeds will go to Godstock. www.ballantyneresort.com. Through Christmas. Ballantyne Resort, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. 704-248-4000.

Great Russian Nutcracker
Moscow Ballet's version of the holiday classic. www.ovensauditorium.com. Dec. 15; Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. $25-$49. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-522-6500.

Hayride With Santa
Ride with St. Nick through the woods and munch on hot chocolate and cookies. McAlpine Creek Park. Sat., Dec. 18, 2-4 p.m. $3. 704-568-4044.

Holiday Market at Gateway
Gateway Village comes alive with the magic of a Bavarian Christmas Market offering food, music, entertainment and unique gift shopping. www.holidaysinthecity.org. Fridays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Dec. 18. Gateway Village, West Trade Street. 704-332-2227.

Holiday Open House
Featuring Smith Academy Children's Chorus, holiday favorites and a pot luck lunch buffet. Wed., Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Rd. 704-522-6222.

A Huntersville Christmas
Huntersville's downtown will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Activities include include pony rides, a rock climbing wall, face painting, Santa & Mrs. Claus and more. www.huntersville.org. Fri., Dec. 10, 6-9 p.m. 704-766-2220.

I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus
Special holiday murder mystery dinner theater. Price includes buffet dinner and show. Cash bar will be available. Dec. 8, 7-9:30 p.m.; Dec. 15, 7-9:30 p.m. $45. Extravaganza Depot, 1610 N. Tryon St. 704-343-9200.

Jerusalem in Lights: the Real Christmas Story
See your favorite Christmas scenes and watch as Old Jerusalem comes to life with thousands of Christmas lights. www.narroway.net. Dec. 10-11; Dec. 17-18. $5-$10. NarroWay Productions, Fort Mill. 803-802-2300.

A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas
Based on the stories by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Ages 5+. Dec. 3-12. $10-$15. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.

Leonard Bearstein Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Bearstein and his 19-bear animatronic orchestra will perform their 45-minute program of holiday music daily. Dec. 3-31. Founders Hall, 100 N. Tryon St, Bank of America Corp Cntr. 704-887-4730.

A Mad, Mad Madrigal!
An interactive musical that's two parts Renaissance Festival, one partMadrigal, 63/100 parts Monty Python and all completely insane. www.geocities.com/epic_arts_rep. Dec. 3-21, Fri & Sat, 9:30pm; Sun & Mon, 7:30pm. $10-$20. Actor's Theatre, 650 E. Stonewall Street. 704-347-2817.

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