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Nov. 30: Cornelius tree lighting

CORNELIUS – The town will kick off the Christmas season with the annual tree lighting Nov. 30 at the Cornelius Town Hall lawn, 21445 Catawba Ave.

Festivities include a visit from Santa, carriage rides, arts and crafts, and holiday shopping 2-6 p.m. The tree-lighting ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m.

The lighting coincides with the ‘Tawba Walk, an arts festival occurring 2-8 p.m. downtown that will include dozens of local art and craft vendors, along with the annual Holiday Art Sale at the Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St.

The sale will include handmade jewelry, photographic prints, handmade quilts and pottery.

Details: 704-892-6031 ext. 160 or


Dec. 1: Denver tree lighting

DENVER – The East Lincoln Betterment Association holds a tree lighting at 5 p.m. Dec. 1 at Lake Norman Lutheran Church, 1445 N.C. 16.

Organizers are planning for more entertainers, in addition to Santa Claus.

Details: Raye Watson-Smyth, or 704-516-0398.


Dec. 1: Lincolnton Christmas Parade

LINCOLNTON – The Lincolnton Christmas Parade marches forth on Dec. 1.

The parade begins at 4 p.m. at Lincolnton High School and ends on East Main Street. A tree-lighting ceremony will follow the parade.

Details: 704-736-8915.


Dec. 1: Celtic Christmas concert

MOORESVILLE – Robin Bullock will perform carols and hymns at a Celtic Christmas concert.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 201 Fairview Road.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Proceeds benefit community outreach.

Details: or 704-663-5659.


Davidson 3-4: Davidson College Holiday Celebration

DAVIDSON – Davidson College will give the community a taste of local performing arts with its first Holiday Celebration on Dec. 3 and 4.

Participating groups include Davidson College choirs, symphony orchestra and jazz band, as well as Dance Davidson and The Davidson Community Players.

The celebration starts at 7:30 p.m. daily in the Duke Family Performance Hall, 207 Faculty Drive, Davidson.

Tickets cost $20, $15 for seniors, $10 for 18 and younger, and $5 for students. Buy them at the student union ticket office at 704-894-2135 or at


Dec. 5: North Carolina Symphony concert

LINCOLNTON – The North Carolina Symphony will swing by Lincolnton on Dec. 5 for a holiday performance.

The symphony will play yuletide classics, symphonic favorites and the orchestra’s popular Christmas carol sing-along.

“Holiday Pops” will start at 8 p.m. at the James. W. Warren Citizens Center, 115 W. Main St.

Tickets are listed online at $30.45 for adults, $11.20 for students and $27.35 for seniors.

They are also available to buy at the following locations:

• Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 E. Main St., Lincolnton;

• First Federal Savings Bank, 2074 North N.C. 16, Denver;

Tickets can also be bought starting one hour before the concert at the box office.



Dec. 5-7: Christmas in Davidson

DAVIDSON – Christmas in Davidson transforms the town into a Christmas village that attracts more than 20,000 people during the three-day festival.

Attractions include a live nativity scene outside Davidson United Methodist Church, Santa’s House in the Davidson Public Library and strolling carolers throughout downtown.

Companies such as Monkees on Main, Carrburritos Taqueria, Summit Coffee and Lake Norman Realty have planned activities during the event.

Christmas in Davidson takes place 6-9 p.m. Dec. 5-7 in downtown.

For a complete calendar of events, as well as details on parking, go to


Dec. 5-7: Community Nativity Festival

HUNTERSVILLE – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will sponsor its sixth annual Community Nativity Festival.

The display will feature more than 400 nativities from around the world. Children may dress in nativity costumes and make a craft to take home. 

All are welcome to visit 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 5-7 at 7036 McIlwaine Road. Musical performances will be held 6-9 p.m. Admission is free.



Dec. 6: Christmas Bazaar

MOORESVILLE – The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce will host the fourth annual Christmas Bazaar Shopping Extravaganza on Dec. 6 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St.

Dozens of vendors will showcase products, including unique gifts, sweet treats, jewelry and gift cards.

The Mooresville Community Children’s Theater will perform 4:30-8 p.m.

The bazaar will also offer free gift-wrapping, as well as hot cocoa and cookies.

Details: or 704-664-3898.


Dec. 6: Gingerbread House Competition

MOORESVILLE – Anyone sweet on the idea of constructing a gingerbread house can register for the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber Gingerbread House Competition.

While called a gingerbread “house” competition, competitors can design any sort of structure they like, as long as it is composed entirely of edible materials.

Competitor categories include: Child (up to 8 years old), Youth (ages 9-12), Teen (ages 13-17), Adult (ages 18 and older) and Professional (those formerly trained and employed in this field).

Judges will make their decisions Dec. 6, with People’s Choice judging from 2-7 p.m. during the chamber’s free Christmas Bazaar. Judging criteria includes overall appearance, originality and creativity, difficulty, precision and consistency of theme.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Dec. 2 and cost $10. Get them online:, by calling 704-664-3898 or by stopping by the Chamber office, 149 E. Iredell Ave.


Dec. 7: Denver Christmas Parade

DENVER – Dot and Earl Cloninger will serve as the grand marshals for the 2013 Denver Christmas Parade, according to the East Lincoln Betterment Association.

The Cloningers, longtime Denver residents, are active in many volunteer activities in the area, including the East Lincoln Christian Ministry and Relay for Life.

The parade starts at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 7 from North Pilot Knob Road and travels north up N.C. 16 Business to the Triangle. Staging will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Details: Raye Watson-Smyth, or 704-516-0398.


Dec. 7: North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade

DAVIDSON – The 31st annual North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade starts at 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at 200 N. Main St., Davidson, and ends at South Main and Hickory streets in Cornelius.

The parade will also feature businesses, churches, farms, first-responders, scouts and schools.



Dec. 7: Menorah lighting

MOORESVILLE – The Jewish Council will celebrate its festival of lights with a Menorah lighting Dec. 7.

The evening will include a buffet dinner, latkes, songs, games and crafts. 

The event runs 6:30-9 p.m. at the Charles Mack Center, 215 N. Main St. Admission costs $10. Children get in free.  

Email Randee Lerner at by Nov. 30 to RSVP. 



Dec. 9: Photos with Santa

CORNELIUS – The Cornelius-Lemley Fire & Rescue will welcome Santa as he takes photos with area children. The event takes place 4-8 p.m. Dec. 9 at Station No. 1, 19729 S. Main St. 

Visits with Santa are free. Photos will be available to buy from Ashley Barlowe of TSS photography.

Portions of the proceeds with benefit the fire department. 


Dec. 12-14: East Lincoln Community Chorus

DENVER – An ensemble from the Charlotte Symphony orchestra will accompany the East Lincoln Community Chorus as it celebrates 10 years of its performance of “Handel’s Messiah…Plus,” with three free concerts.

The concerts feature the Christmas portion of Messiah, along with a few other Christmas tunes. 

Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13 and 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at Denver United Methodist Church, 3910 N.C. 16 N.

The ELCC welcomes donations to keep the concerts free. Send donations to P.O. Box 942, Denver, NC 28037. 


Dec. 13: Senior dance

MOORESVILLE – Seniors will boogie at a Christmas-themed dance at the South Iredell Senior Center.

The event takes place 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the center, 202 N. Church St. Admission cost $1. Bring a snack to share with serving container and utensils.

The event is open to ages 60 and older.

Details: 704-662-3337.


Dec. 13-14: “The Nutcracker”

LINCOLNTON – “The Nutcracker: Beyond the Dream” hits the stage at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and 1 p.m. Dec. 14 at the James Warren Citizens Center, 115 W. Main St.

Tickets cost $10 or $8 for seniors and students.

Details: 704-732-9055.            


Dec. 14: Breakfast with Santa

HUNTERSVILLE – Birkdale Village hosts Breakfast with Santa, a fundraiser benefiting Our Towns Habitat for Humanity.

The event starts at 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. Dec. 14 at Red Rocks Café, 8712 Lindholm Drive.

Tickets cost $10 for children and $15 for adults.

Details: or 704-896-8957, ext. 110.


Dec. 14: A Huntersville Christmas

HUNTERSVILLE – Downtown will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with a visit from Santa and his elves, stories with Mrs. Claus and an ice rink.

The event features live entertainment, roaming carolers and craft vendors at Main & Maxwell Park. Restaurants will be open as well as a variety of concessions.

The festival will also collect canned goods, books and unwrapped toys for those in need.
The event takes place 4-8 p.m. Dec. 14 in downtown. The ice rink will also be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 15. 



Dec. 14: Just Be Claus

CHARLOTTE – The U.S. National Whitewater Center is calling all runners to don their Santa suits and run a 5K before relaxing with a bonfire and live music on Dec. 14. Why? Just Be Claus.

The free Just Be Claus festival begins with the “We Believe” Santa 5K trail run at noon with a Reindeer Relay to follow. Organizers encourage 5K runners to wear Santa costumes and relay runners to wear reindeer costumes.

The Mike Strauss Band performs at 1 p.m. Those attending can drop off donations for Toys for Tots throughout the festival.

The USNWC is at 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. 


Dec. 14-15: Activate Community Through Theatre

MOORESVILLE – Children ages 3 and older can get involved with the actors onstage at “Rosie the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” an audience participation play presented by Activate Community Through Theatre.

Thirty minutes before the show, the 15 actors, aged 7-16, will lead activities such as “Learning How to Do the Reindeer Stomp” and “Pinning the Tail on Rosie.” 

During the show, the actors will invite children to help elves make toys, join in reindeer games and help Rosie save the day while parents take photos of their children onstage.

Performances are at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 at the Woodlawn School, 193 Presbyterian Road. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for children and seniors.

Details: 704-707-6757 or

Dec. 20-21: Nutcracker Ballet
MOORESVILLE – The Academy of Dance and Fine Arts will perform the Nutcracker Ballet along with a holiday benefit Dec. 20 and 21.

Proceeds from the benefit go to Grin Kids, a nonprofit that sends terminally ill and chronically handicapped children and their families to Disney World.

The Nutcracker performances start at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 and 1 p.m. Dec. 21, with the holiday benefit at 5 p.m. Dec. 21 at Roland R. Morgan Auditorium at Mooresville High School, 659 E. Center Ave.

Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for ages 6-11 and free for ages 5 and under. Buy them online: or call: 704-663-3169. 


Dec. 28: Improv show

CORNELIUS – The Chuckleheads return to Cornelius on Dec. 28 for the “What’d Santa Bring Ya Comedy Improv Musical Variety Extravaganza.”

The Chuckleheads offer two shows: one at 6 p.m. for families and one containing more adult language and content at 8 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road.

Each show includes holiday-themed improvisational comedy games, musical games and activities, game show elements and heavy-duty audience participation. The group will raffle off prizes during the show as a fundraiser.

Tickets cost $10 online at or by calling 704-301-1564, or $15 at the door. Parking is free in the lots near the theater. 


Ongoing: Latta Plantation Christmas

HUNTERSVILLE – Historic Latta Plantation offers ways to celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas.

• The Plantation Christmas, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 29-30, offers visitors a tour of the grounds decked out for an 1860s Christmas, along with a visit from St. Nick. Tours cost $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for students, and free for members and ages 5 and under.

• At the Christmas Tea and Craft, from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 7, mothers and daughters will drink tea while making a craft. Advance registration is required.

• A Homeschool Christmas, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 11, will introduce homeschoolers to a Victorian Christmas, including St. Nick, and make crafts. The cost is $6 per person and free for ages 4 and under.

• At the Candlelight Christmas, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 14, visitors will tour the plantation and see Christmas celebrations and preparations by night. Admission costs $8 per person and free for ages 5 and under. 

Details: or 704-875-2312.


Ongoing: Davidson Community Players

DAVIDSON – The Armour Street Theatre transforms into a radio studio in December for the performance of the Christmas classic, “Miracle on 34th Street,” by the Davidson Community Players.

The story features a single mother and her daughter who wonder if a department store Santa might be the real Mr. Claus, exploring the theme of hope in times of uncertainty. The DCP present a radio version of the story, complete with sound effects, cleverly scripted commercials and actors playing multiple parts.

Family-friendly performances start at 8 p.m. Dec. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21; at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 22; and 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 15, 21 and 22 at the Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St.

Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $12 for students. Buy them online,, or by calling the box office: 704-892-7953.


Ongoing: North Mecklenburg Community Chorus

CORNELIUS – The North Mecklenburg Community Chorus invites the community to several free concerts in December, and if moved to join the music, attend an open house in January.

“A Merry Carol of the Bells” will offer an array of sacred and secular holiday tunes at the following locations:

• Huntersville First Baptist Church, 119 N. Old Statesville Road, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2.
• Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Main St., at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. 

• Huntersville United Methodist Church, 14005 Stumptown Road, at 3 p.m. Dec. 7.

The NMCC jazz ensemble Left@25 will present a special performance, “Swingin’ with Santa” at 3 p.m. Dec. 14  at Community in Christ Lutheran Church in Cornelius, 7621 Norman Island Drive.


Ongoing: Festival of Trees

LINCOLNTON – The Arts Council of Lincoln County will celebrate Christmas past with the third Annual Festival of Trees, which will include photography exhibits from the 1940s and 1950s and original stories from residents.

The festival begins with a preview party 7-10 p.m. Dec. 6 at the former CMC-Lincoln Medical Center, 200 Gamble Drive.

The festival includes Kids Pajama Night with Santa, live local music, a canned food drive, a bake sale and an antiques and artists market.

The festival runs 5-9 p.m. Dec. 7, 13, 14, 20 (Kids Pajama Night) and 21; 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 16 (for Senior Citizens Day) and 2-5 p.m. Dec. 8, 15 and 22.

Admission costs $5 for general admission, $4 for students and seniors, free for children 5 and younger and $2 each for groups of 10 or more.



Ongoing: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

LINCOLNTON – The Lincoln Theatre Guild doesn’t want to brag, but this December, they are presenting The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

The pageant follows the Herdmans, who are taking over the church Christmas play. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear and hit little kids. They are the worst kids in the history of the world.

They are also confused about the Christmas story, which they’ve never heard before. They think King Herod should be killed and that the Wise Men were dirty spies. Although many suspect the pageant will be a flop, no one can disagree that it will be the most unusual one anyone has seen. To everyone's surprise, it might even be the best one ever.

Tickets for the show cost $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Show times are at 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 and 14 at the Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 E. Main St.

Buy tickets at the door or


Ongoing: Santa visits Restores

CORNELIUS – Children can take pictures with Santa at the Our Towns Habitat for Humanity’s Mooresville and Cornelius ReStores.

Photos cost $3.50 each or $10 for three printed on the spot or emailed. Proceeds benefit Our Towns Habitat.

The event takes place 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Mooresville ReStore, 121 Norman Station Blvd., or noon-3 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Cornelius ReStore, 20414 N. Main St.


Ongoing: Santa visits Birkdale Village

HUNTERSVILLE – Children can visit Santa Claus across from the Christmas tree at Birkdale Village.

Santa will be will available for photographs noon-6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22. He’ll also be available noon-6 p.m. Dec. 23 and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 24.



Ongoing: Holiday Light Spectacular

MOORESVILLE – The Town of Mooresville showcases more than 75,000 lights set to music for the Holiday Light Spectacular.

The spectacular begins around 6 p.m. daily, beginning Nov. 28, at Mooresville Town Hall, 413 N. Main St.



Ongoing: Holidays in downtown

MOORESVILLE – Engage in Christmas-themed activities, including wagon rides, music and a visit from Santa Claus, in downtown’s holiday celebration.

The event takes place 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20 on Broad and Main streets.

Wagons rides load at the Mooresville/Lake Norman Christian Mission, 266 N. Broad St.



Ongoing: Discovery Place KIDS

HUNTERSVILLE – Discovery Place KIDS has found exciting ways to celebrate the holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

Learn about cultural traditions, participate in a festive storytime and create your own snow this month at the children’s museum, located at 105 Gilead Road.

Holiday-themed activities are typically held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Activities are free with admission, which costs $8.

Details: or 704-372-6261 ext. 300.