MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29
Charlotte Motor Speedway | Now through January 2; 6-10pm. | $30+ | Details
Why you should go: Pull up to the Speedway to see a display of four million lights illuminate this four-mile course. Expect hundreds of creative light displays synchronized to Christmas-themed music that you can listen to from your car’s radio.
AC Hotel South Park | 6-7pm | $20 | Details
Why you should go: Join Dancing Lotus Yoga + Arts on the rooftop of the Cordial Cocktail Bar for a 60-minute, all-level creative flow to relax and unwind. Bring a mat and some water.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Carolina Panthers & Charlotte FC Tree Lighting Festival
Corner of Mint & Graham St. (near Bank of America Stadium) | 5-8pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: This tree lighting festival hosted by The Panthers and Charlotte FC will feature appearances from Sir Purr, the TopCats Cheerleaders, the PurrCussion Drumline and the Black & Blue Crew as well as Charlotte FC players in a procession leading up to the tree lighting at 7pm.
Yoga with Dancing Lotus Yoga + Arts
Mint Museum Uptown | 5:15-6pm | $20 | Details
Why you should go: Relax and recover in this 45-minute gentle flow class for all levels. The session will be streamed through DropSound headphones to help you focus on your breath and tune out distractions. Bring your mat and some water.
Hoppin’ | 6-9pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: Good Soles is partnering with Hoppin’ to provide a volunteer opportunity and talk about its mission. This event will have a table set up for volunteers to write well wishes on notecards to be placed shoeboxes for someone in need. Good Soles swag will also be available for purchase.
Rooftop Sweat with RockBox Fitness SouthPark
Metropolitan | 6-7pm | $15 for non-members, free for members | Details
Why you should go: Join RockBox Fitness SouthPark for a full-body boxing and strength workout on the roof of the Metropolitan. Bring a mat and a water bottle.
Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen | 6:30-9pm | $75 | Details
Why you should go: Learn how to prepare elevated brunch dishes from scratch using local ingredients. On the menu is shrimp and grits, an English muffin sandwich and a sorbet mimosa.
Luck Factory Games | 6:30-10pm | $36 | Details
Why you should go: Register a team of up to four people to face off in a puzzle-solving competition. The team with the quickest time will receive individual and team prizes and get to keep their competition puzzle.
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Noel and Maria: Together Again For The Holidays
Booth Playhouse at the Blumenthal | 7:30pm | $37.50-$47.50 | Details
Why you should go: Jazz pianist Noel Freidline and vocalist Maria Howell along with their all-star band will be performing a medley of Christmas classics during their annual Christmas show.
Bold Music Open Mic
The Evening Muse | 7:30pm | $5 | Details
Why you should go: Take to the stage to perform with other local musicians at Bold Music’s open mic night. Click here to sign up. Doors open at 7pm.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1
The Debut of Maison + Holiday Magic of Morrison Sip, Shop & Stroll
Morrison Shopping Center | 6-8pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: Kim Mauney Interiors invites the public to experience Maison, — a living portfolio and retail shop where you’ll find North Carolina-made furniture, antiques, home decor goods, and gifts galore. Wine and light bites will be provided.
The Fillmore Charlotte | 8pm | $35+ | Details
Why you should go: *inhales* “WAIT A MINUUUTE.” The one and only Willow Smith will bring all the good vibes to the Fillmore as she performs her latest album, Lately I Feel Everything.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2
Fourth Ward Holiday Sip & Stroll
Historic Fourth Ward | 5-9pm; Dec. 2-4 | $30-$40 | Details
Why you should go: This self-guided, porch-crawl-style tour lets guests stroll through the Historic Fourth Ward and check out all the stunning holiday displays. There will be holiday music, carriage rides and food & cocktail tastings along the way.
Encanto Free Community Screening
Ayrsley Grand Cinema | 6pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: The Colombo American Foundation in partnership with Healthy Blue, Manolo’s Bakery, Líderes Colombianos de Charlotte and Cine Casual will host a free community screening of Disney’s “Encanto.”
First-time Home Buyers Seminar
Protagonist South End | 6-7:30pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: Join Reilly Jones of Corcoran HM Properties and Will Mullinix of Mullinix Mortgage Group to discuss the process of buying a home for the first time.
Winter Wreath Workshop
Covet Atelier | 6:30-8pm | $40 | Details
Why you should go: Learn how to hand-form a natural winter wreath using local greenery, eucalyptus and dried herbs. Wreath-making materials like grapevine, greenery and garnishes will be provided and hot tea will be served.
Drag Queen Game Night by The Vanity House
Summit Seltzer | 7:30pm | $5 | Details
Why you should go: Test your trivia knowledge with the Queens of The Vanity House and enjoy drag performances in-between game rounds.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3
The Metropolitan | Select dates and times now through December 22; 10am to 7pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: Shop a selection of handmade and vintage items from more than 90 local and regional vendors.
OMB Christmas Market: Weekend 2
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery & Biergarten | Dec. 3-5; 11am to 10pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: Head to the Biergarten for weekend 2 of OMB’s German Christmas Village. Expect a lineup of more than 40 vendors, holiday music, tons of lights, seasonal drinks like spiced wine and hot cocoa, and of course delicious German fare.
Nutrient Rich: A Small Works Show Opening Day
Goodyear Arts | 6pm | Free | Details
Why you should go: Join Goodyear Arts for the second annual Nutrient Rich showcases — a grand buffet of 100+ small individual artworks created by 25 artists of the Goodyear Arts Collective.
Ballantyne Movie Series: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Cullman Building Parking Lot | 6-9pm | $20 | Details
Why you should go: Drive-in to enjoy an outdoor screening of the holiday classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. There will be food from the International Truck of Tacos food truck and wine and brews from Sycamore Brewing. Tickets are per-vehicle and proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
The Elf On The Shelf: A Christmas Musical
Ovens Auditorium | 6pm | $34.75-$64.75 | Details
Why you should go: This traveling show transports the audiences to the North Pole to get a glimpse into the magical lives of Santa’s Scout Elves.
Leaves of Love Gathering
The Music Yard | 6-11pm | $10-$150 | Details
Why you should go: Head to The Music Yard to enjoy music from self-proclaimed genre-less musician, TÂCHES.
Nutcracker Belk Theater
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center | December 3-26; 7:30pm | $25-$114 | Details
Why you should go: One of the best holiday traditions in the city is back on stage at the Belk Theater. The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra accompanies the Charlotte Ballet with musical selections composed by Tchaikovsky like the well-known ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.’
The Singing Christmas Tree
Gateway Village (900 W. Trade St.) | December 3-5; Times vary | $30+ | Details
Why you should go: The Annual Singing Christmas Tree returns for its 67th anniversary. There will be special guest appearances from the Chris Thompson Cultural Ensemble Dancers, Grey Seal Puppets and, of course, the fabulous Tree Band.
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