Agenda Weekender: 21 things to do this weekend including a Santa 5K and a drive-thru Chanukah Celebration

Agenda Weekender: 21 things to do this weekend including a Santa 5K and a drive-thru Chanukah Celebration
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The Agenda Weekender is proudly presented by Speedway Christmas, in partnership with Count on Me NC. Charlotte Motor Speedway’s drive-through holiday light show is busier than Santa’s workshop on Friday and Saturday nights, so consider Thursday or Sunday nights for quicker access. Check out the holiday drive-in movie and outdoor ice rink schedule and get tickets.


63. Sunny. 8% chance of rain.

Around The Crown 10K – Truist Time Trials at Camp North End: This 10k takes runners through Uptown Charlotte, the Greenville neighborhood, Wesley Heights, and multiple greenways and shared streets. Each day, time slots will be broken into 30-minute windows and limited to 50 participants at a time. There’s also a virtual option for people who would rather participate remotely. All runners and walkers will receive a medal, shirt, and bib delivered or available for pick up at Charlotte Running Company. Ends tomorrow (Dec. 12). $40 in person, $30 virtual. Details.

Charlotte Christmas Village at Truist Field: Shop for unique, handcrafted gifts and enjoy European fare like Austrian strudels, Bratwurst, and Sauerkraut. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. $7 regular admission. Details.

Winter Friends Cookie Decorating Class at Sweet Spot Studio: You’ll learn how to work with royal icing to decorate your own winter-themed cookies. No prior experience required. 1 p.m. $55. Details.

Holiday Wine Exploration with SkillPop: In this virtual class, a local wine expert will talk about popular holiday pairings, which bottles make a great gift, and even a few “socially-distanced” party ideas for small get-togethers. 5:30-7 p.m. $20. Details.

Speedway Christmas Drive-In Movie Night at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Put on some Christmas pajamas, pack the hot cocoa, and load up your car. Head to the speedway to enjoy holiday lights and back-to-back screenings of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” 6-10 p.m. $20-$30 per car. Details.

Handmade Pasta Workshop with SkillPop: This class will show you how to make a versatile and vegan-friendly pasta dough and the many ways it can be shaped. 7-8:30 p.m. $24. Details.


64. Partly cloudy. 15% chance of rain.

We Believe Santa 5k & Dog Jog at the Whitewater Center: Don your red coat and white beard for this holiday-themed 5k through the Whitewater Center trail system. Canine companions are welcome to join — the best festive duo wins a prize. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pre-registration $32, day-of registration $37. Details.

Small Business Saturday, online: Check off the items on your holiday shopping list by supporting local biz. We’ve got a guide with 46 ideas under $100. Details.

The Little Red Shop x Gossip Party Boutique Pop-Up Store at 4424 Park Road: Have you ever gone shopping in a vintage Shasta camper? Well, today is your chance. Support The Little Red Shop by coming out to their first-ever pop-up in collaboration with Gossip Party Boutique outside of Tru Esthetics. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Details.

Hope Haven Drive-Thru Donation Drive at 3815 N. Tryon St.: Help the residents of Hope Haven this season by bringing a queen size blanket or cloth face mask and a holiday card with an encouraging message. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Details.

Holiday Cocktail Basics with SkillPop: Expert mixologist Chad Whittington shows you how to make a couple elevated drinks including a delicious apple cider cinnamon syrup and a holiday-themed Old Fashioned. 3-4:30 p.m. $24. Detail.

University City Night Market Week 3: Enjoy live music and holiday beverages while browsing the wide array of vendor goods like handmade crafts, jewelry, art, and clothing. 6-9 p.m. Free. Details.

Drive-In Movie Night at Sadler Square in Davidson: Head to Davidson to watch the holiday perennial favorite “Elf.” Parking at 6 p.m., movie at 7 p.m. $10 per car. Details.

Coleman Light Show at 1212 Misty Creek Drive: This light show is synchronized to music and since the Coleman family has started, the neighborhood has made it a tradition to compete for best light show. Details.

[Agenda related guide: 12 must-see holiday light displays in Charlotte]

Jazz N Soul Music’s A Charlie Brown Christmas with The Matt Kelly Band: Experience all of the Peanuts Christmas classics played by The Matt Kelly Band, with special guest host Gena Chambers. Studio audience tickets are limited. 7-8:30 p.m. Free, donations accepted. Details.

Charlotte Symphony – At Home for the Holidays: The Symphony Orchestra performs live right in your home. If you miss the streaming time, you can access the performance through December 28. 7:30 p.m. $20 Details.

Virtual Tosco Music Holiday Party: Tune in to enjoy a medley of classic and contemporary holiday songs. 8 p.m. Free. Details.


65. Showers. 40% chance of rain.

Letters to Santa at the Arboretum Shopping Center: Bring the family for a socially distanced visit with Santa. Families will receive a free photo, a special gift, and be able to drop off letters in Santa’s mailbox. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $10. Details.

Bark in the Ballpark at Truist Field: Bring your four-legged friend along to enjoy Light the Knights and Charlotte Christmas Village. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. $10. Details.

Coolvio Fit Clinic at Skiptown: Do you enjoy spoiling your dog? Head to Skiptown to check out innovative dog products and meet the creators behind them. 1-4 p.m. Free. Details.

Drive-thru Chanukah Celebration at Dick’s Sporting Goods SouthPark: The celebration will commence with a scissor lift menorah lighting, followed by music, Chanukah activities, and donuts served right to your car. RSVP required. 5 p.m. Free. Details.

Check out more upcoming events on the Agenda Event Board. Hosting an event? Reach more Charlotteans through an Event Listing, which includes placement on our Event Board and in our newsletters’ Classifieds section.

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