Nov. 30

CAR SHOW: Celebrity cars from the collections of NASCAR stars as well as show-ready cars entered by area enthusiasts and car clubs will be on display 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Ingersoll Rand corporate campus on Lakeview Drive in Davidson. The event includes a silent auction, live music, local food vendors and an activity area for kids. Admission costs $5.

• VEGETABLE STAMPING: Children paint with pumpkins, potatoes and other fruits and vegetables at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Discovery Place Kids, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville. Admission costs $8. Details: http://huntersville.discoveryplacekids.org or 704-372-6261.

‘TAWBA WALK: The arts and music festival takes place in downtown Cornelius 2-8 p.m. Festivities include a visit from Santa, carriage rides, arts and crafts and holiday shopping. The event concludes with the annual tree lighting at the Cornelius Town Hall lawn. Details: www.cornelius.org.

 

Dec. 1

• ELF ON THE SHELF: Children meet a special elf who visits each December to see who is being naughty and who is being nice at 2 p.m. at Discovery Place KIDS, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville. Admission costs $8. Details: www.discoveryplacekids.org or 704-372-6261 ext. 300.

 CONCERT: Celtic instrumentalist Robin Bullock performs Christmas carols and hymns at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 201 Fairview Road, Mooresville. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors/students. Proceeds benefit community outreach. Details: www.saint-patricks.org or 704-663-5659.

 

Dec. 3

• SOCIOLOGY LECTURE: Sociology professor Joe Feagin presents a free lecture, “The White Racial Frame & Two-Faced Racism: Navigating (Anti)Racist Actions,” at 7:30 p.m. at Davidson College’s Sloan Music Center, 323 Concord Road, Davidson. Feagin works at Texas A&M University. Details: 704-894-2037.

 

Dec. 4

• HANUKKAH CREATIONS: Children learn about traditions of Hanukkah by creating artwork at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Discovery Place KIDS, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville. Admission costs $8. Details: www.discoveryplacekids.org or 704-372-6261 ext. 300. 

• FUNDRAISING LUNCHEON: HealthReach Community Clinic holds its annual fundraising auction at 11:30 a.m. at Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 575 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. To attend this event, contact Susan Wolff at susanw@healthreachclinic.org or 704-663-1992.

                                                                        

Dec. 5

CHRISTMAS TREE SALES: The Lions Club is selling Christmas trees 6-9 p.m. in front of the Davidson Post Office on Main Street. The cost is $49 for 6-7 foot trees, $69 for 7-8 foot trees and $89 for 8-9 foot trees. Boy Scout Troop 58 is also selling wreaths and other greenery. The Lions Club will deliver trees.

• WOMEN’S NETWORKING: The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber Professional Woman’s Networking Group meets over breakfast 8-9:30 a.m. at Springhill Suites, 121 Gateway Blvd., Mooresville.  Admission costs $5. The event serves as the annual holiday party. Guests will play Secret Santa with $5 gifts. RSVP by calling 704-664-3898. 

• INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: Mahmoud Mohieldin, special envoy for the president of the World Bank, presents a free lecture, “Turning Ideas into Action: Financing the Post-2015 Agenda,” at 7 p.m. in Davidson College’s Alvarez College Union Smith 900 Room, 207 Faculty Drive, Davidson. He’ll explain World Bank’s efforts to ensure the success of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. Details: 704-894-2170.

• JOURNALISM LECTURE: Journalist David Boraks presents a free lecture, “CommunityNews-dot-Net: How the Web is Transforming Community News – and Communities” at 7:30 p.m. in Davidson College’s Sloan Music Center, 323 Concord Road, Davidson. Details: 704-894-2204.

HOLIDAY POPS: The North Carolina Symphony performs a concert at 8 p.m. at the James. W. Warren Citizens Center, 115 W. Main St., Lincolnton. Tickets online cost $30.45 for adults, $11.20 for students and $27.35 for seniors or can be bought one hour before the concert at the box office, by calling the North Carolina Symphony at 877-627-6724, at the Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 E. Main St., Lincolnton, as well as at First Federal Savings Bank, 2074 North N.C. 16, Denver or 320 E. Main St., Lincolnton.

 

Dec. 6

• MUSICAL INTERLUDES: Davidson College invites the public to hear top student musicians perform a variety of challenging repertoire from their studies at 12:30 p.m. in Tyler-Tallman Hall of Sloan Music Center, 323 Concord Road, Davidson. Details: 704-894-2848.

• CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce holds its Christmas Bazaar 2-8 p.m. at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 210 N. Main St., Mooresville. Details: www.mooresvillenc.org

CARRIAGE RIDES: Shoppers can take a horse-drawn carriage ride 5:30-8:30 p.m. at NorthCross Shopping Center, 9751 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville.

• COMMUNITY NATIVITY FESTIVAL: More than 400 nativities from around the world are on display 10 a.m.-9 p.m. with musical performances 6-9 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7036 McIlwaine Road, Huntersville. Children can dress in nativity costumes to enact the scene and make a craft to take home. The event is free.

 

Dec. 7

CHRISTMAS PARADE: The East Lincoln Betterment Association Christmas parade starts at 2:30 p.m. at North Pilot Knob Road and travels north up N.C. 16 Business to the Triangle.

MENORAH LIGHTING: The Jewish Council celebrates its festival of lights with a Menorah lighting 6:30-9 p.m. at the Charles Mack Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. Admission costs $10 for adults. Children get in free. The evening includes a buffet dinner, latkes, songs, games and crafts. RSVP by Nov. 30 by e-mailing ranlerner@aol.com.

• COMMUNITY NATIVITY FESTIVAL: More than 400 nativities from around the world are on display 10 a.m.-9 p.m. with musical performances 6-9 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7036 McIlwaine Road, Huntersville. Children can dress in nativity costumes to enact the scene and make a craft to take home. The event is free.

• NORTH MECKLENBURG CHRISTMAS PARADE: 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. Details: www.townofdavidson.org/parade.

 

Dec. 8

ROAMING SANTA: Santa and Mrs. Claus visit noon-3 p.m. at NorthCross Shopping Center, 9751 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville. 

• CHRISTMAS VESPERS: Davidson College invites the public to its annual Christmas Vespers ceremony of holiday lessons and carols at 7:15 p.m. at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 102 N. Main St., Davidson. The Davidson College Chorale, String Ensemble and Brass Ensemble will perform. Details: 704-894-2848.

 

Ongoing

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: The Christmas in Davidson festival takes place 6-9 p.m. Dec. 5-7 in downtown Davidson. The festival features music, vendors, children’s activities and a live nativity scene. Details: www.christmasindavidson.com.

 

• PLANTATION CHRISTMAS: See how Christmas was celebrated in the 1860s and meet a Victorian St. Nick 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 29-30 at Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. Admission costs $8 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. Ages 5 and younger get in free. Details: www.lattaplantation.org or 704-875-2312.

• LEROY HOLDEN CLASSIC: The basketball tournament takes place every hour and a half 1:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 and 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m. Nov. 30 at North Mecklenburg High School, 11201 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. Tickets cost $6. There is no re-entry. Concessions will be available.

• HOLIDAY GALA: Davidson College invites the public to its first Holiday Gala Celebration at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 in the Duke Family Performance Hall, 207 Faculty Drive, Davidson. The gala features the music of choirs, symphony orchestra and jazz ensemble, with accompanying performances of dance and theatre. Tickets cost $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and staff, $10 youth and $5 students. Buy tickets by calling 704-894-2135 or visiting www.davidson.edu/tickets. Details: 704-894-2848.

• KUMAK’S FISH: Children explore the culture and traditions of Alaska and the Arctic through storytelling at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 7 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at Discovery Place KIDS, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville. “Kumak’s Fish” is a story focused on teamwork, cooperation and sharing that children and adults will find captivating. Admission costs $8. Details: www.discoveryplacekids.org or 704-372-6261 ext. 300. 

• PICTURES WITH SANTA: Santa will be at Concord Mills to hear from children and pose for photographs Nov. 7-Dec. 24 in Neighborhood 2 near Books-A-Million, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd. Santa’s hours are 11 a.m.-8p.m. Monday to Thursday with 45-minutes breaks at 1 and 4:30 p.m.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with breaks at 1 and 4:30 p.m.; and noon-7 p.m. on Sundays with a 15-minute break at 2:45 p.m. Santa will not be available Thanksgiving Day.

• ROBOT ART: Davidson College hosts an art exhibit, “Desiring Machine,” featuring work of robot-inspired art by Paula Gaetano Adi 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and noon-4 p.m. weekends Oct. 24-Dec. 13 in the Smith Gallery of the Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center. Details: 704-894-2519.
• STATE ARTISTS: Andre Christine Gallery showcases 18 North Carolina artists 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays through the second week of January at 148 Ervin Road, Mooresville. Details: www.andrechristinegallery.com or 704-664-1164.

SPEEDWAY CHRISTMAS: Speedway Christmas features more than 3 million lights in 800 displays 6-10 p.m. daily through Dec. 30, except Christmas, at Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy S., Concord. The show also features an infield Christmas Village and a chance to drive the track. The infield Christmas Village is open Thursday-Sunday nights and includes a petting zoo, Bethlehem Village with live animals, vendor displays and photos with Santa. Tickets cost $20 per car Thursdays through Sundays and $15 Mondays through Wednesdays. Details: www.charlottemotorspeedway.com