Dec. 5

• 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. He’ll explain World Bank’s efforts to ensure the success of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. Details: 704-894-2170.

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 music 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. The event includes a gingerbread house competition. 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.

SANTA AT BIRKDALE: Children can take pictures with Santa Claus noon-6 p.m. across from the Christmas tree at Birkdale Village, 6805 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., Huntersville. Details: www.birkdalevillage.net.

• DOWNTOWN DECORATIONS: Christmas-themed activities, including wagon rides, music and a visit from Santa Claus take place 6-8 p.m. on Broad and Main Streets in Mooresville. Wagon rides load at the Mooresville/Lake Norman Christian Mission, 266 N. Broad St. Details: www.downtownmooresville.com.

 

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 in Denver. 

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.

CHRISTMAS PARADE: The 31st annual parade starts at 1 p.m. from Griffith and Main streets in Davidson through Main Street to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Cornelius. Details: www.townofdavidson.org/parade.

CHRISTMAS TEA: Mothers and daughters drink tea while making a craft 1-3 p.m. at Historic Latta Plantation 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. Advance registration is required. Details: www.lattaplantation.org or 704-875-2312.

COMMUNITY CHORUS: The North Mecklenburg Community Chorus presents a free concert, “A Merry Carol of the Bells,” at 3 p.m. at the Huntersville United Methodist Church, 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. Details: www.NMCchorus.org.

• SANTA VISIT: Children take pictures with Santa 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Our Towns Habitat for Humanity’s Restore, 121 Norman Station Blvd., Mooresville. Photos cost $3.50 each or $10 for three. Proceeds benefit Our Towns Habitat.

SANTA AT BIRKDALE: Children can take pictures with Santa Claus noon-6 p.m. across from the Christmas tree at Birkdale Village, 6805 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., Huntersville. Details: www.birkdalevillage.net.

 

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. The Davidson College Chorale, String Ensemble and Brass Ensemble will perform. Details: 704-894-2848.

SANTA AT BIRKDALE: Children can take pictures with Santa Claus noon-6 p.m. across from the Christmas tree at Birkdale Village, 6805 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., Huntersville. Details: www.birkdalevillage.net.

 

Dec. 9

• PHOTOS WITH SANTA: Santa takes free photos with children 4-8 p.m. at the Cornelius-Lemley Fire and Rescue Station No. 1, 19729 S. Main St., Cornelius. Ashley Barlowe, of TSS photography, will sell photos. A portion of those proceeds will benefit the fire department.

COMMUNITY CHORUS: The North Mecklenburg Community Chorus performs a free concert, “A Merry Carol of the Bells” at 7:30 p.m. at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Main St., Davidson. Details: www.NMCchorus.org.

 

Dec. 11

A HOMESCHOOL CHRISTMAS: Homeschoolers experience a Victorian Christmas and make crafts at Historic Latta Plantation 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. Admission costs $6. Ages 4 and younger get in free. Details: www.lattaplantation.org or 704-875-2312.

• JAZZ COMBO: Davidson College Saxophone Quartet and Jazz Combo performs a free chamber music concert at 7:30 p.m. in Tyler-Tallman Hall of Sloan Music Center, 323 Concord Road, Davidson. The concert will include a “Gypsy Jazz” tribute to the late Django Reinhardt. Details: 704-894-2848.

 

Dec. 13

CHARITY DINNER: The Ryan Newman Foundation holds its 9th Annual Charity Dinner and Auction 5-10 p.m. at the Statesville Civic Center, 301 S Center St., Statesville. Attire is neatly pressed jeans. The evening features entertainment, Southern cuisine and mingling with NASCAR drivers and celebrities. Details: www.ryannewmanfoundation.org or 704-876-4775.

• CHRISTMAS DANCE: Seniors celebrate the holidays with a Christmas dance 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. The dance is open to seniors ages 60 and older. Bring a snack or finger food to share. Admission costs $1.

CARRIAGE RIDES: Shoppers can take a horse-drawn carriage ride at NorthCross Shopping Center 5:30-8:30 p.m.

• THE NUTCRACKER: “The Nutcracker: Beyond the Dream” starts at 7 p.m. at the James Warren Citizens Center, 115 W. Main St., Lincolnton. Tickets cost $10 or $8 for seniors and students. Details: 704-732-9055.

ICE SKATING: The Huntersville Christmas Ice Rink opens 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Town Center Parking lot, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville.

SANTA AT BIRKDALE: Children can take pictures with Santa Claus noon-6 p.m. across from the Christmas tree at Birkdale Village, 6805 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., Huntersville. Details: www.birkdalevillage.net.

• DOWNTOWN DECORATIONS: Christmas-themed activities, including wagon rides, music and a visit from Santa Claus take place from 6-8 p.m. on Broad and Main Streets in Mooresville. Wagon rides load at the Mooresville/Lake Norman Christian Mission, 266 N. Broad St., Mooresville. Details: www.downtownmooresville.com.

 

Ongoing

• HOLIDAY THEATER: The Davidson Community Players performs “Miracle on 34th Street” 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., Davidson. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $12 for students. Buy them online: www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org or by calling the box office: 704-892-7953.

 

• CHRISTMAS IN DAVIDSON:  Christmas in Davidson allows the town to transform into a Christmas village 6-9 p.m. Dec. 5-7 with a live nativity scene at Davidson United Methodist Church, Santa’s House in the Davidson Public Library and strolling carolers throughout downtown. Details: www.christmasindavidson.com.

• 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 through 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. Tickets cost $20 per car Thursdays through Sundays and $15 Mondays through Wednesdays. Details: www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

• CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: The Lincoln Theatre Guild performs “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” starts 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., Lincolnton. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Buy tickets at the door or www.lincolntheatreguild.com.

• FESTIVAL OF TREES: The Festival of Trees 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 at the former CMC-Lincoln Medical Center, 200 Gamble Drive, Lincolnton. 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. Details: www.artslincolnnc.org.

• NATIVITY FESTIVAL: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsor its sixth annual Community Nativity Festival 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 5-7 at 7036 McIlwaine Road, Huntersville. Musical performances will be held 6-9 p.m. Admission is free. Details: www.nativityfestival.com.

COMMUNITY CHORUS: The East Lincoln Community Chorus hosts a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13, as well as 2 p.m. Dec. 14, at Denver United Methodist Church, 3910 N.C. 16 N., Denver.