Mark your calendars: 10 must-do events in December

Mark your calendars: 10 must-do events in December
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Lights, trees, action! It’s officially time to celebrate the holidays with no inhibitions about blasting “All I Want for Christmas is You” at full volume. So, let’s get to it.

Here are the events you can’t miss this December – chronologically, so you can hit them all. Don’t forget to show us how you’re celebrating this magical month via #cltagenda.

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Uptown Tree Lighting: Lights on the Square

Date/Price/Location: Thursday, December 1 / Free / Bank of America Corporate Center Lobby

Why you should go: This event will truly kick off Christmas in the Queen City. Watch dancers and musicians ring in the holiday season then see Santa light the Uptown tree. Afterwards the party will move into Founders Hall for music, food and family fun.

Photo via Pinterest.

Photo via Pinterest.

7th Annual Weihnachtsmarkt

Date/Price/Location: Friday, December 2-3 / Free / OMB

Why you should go: What’s not to like about a traditional, German-inspired “Christmas Market” with open air booths selling gifts and baked goods from local, Charlotte vendors paired with OMB brews? Enough said.

39th Annual Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour

Date/Price/Location: Friday, December 2-4 / $30 / Fourth Ward Uptown

Why you should go: This walkable, self-guided tour includes admission to a variety of private homes in Fourth Ward, all beautifully decorated for the season. Expect choirs and hand bell ensembles on neighborhood porches, while you receive complimentary horse and carriage rides; wine, food and beer samplings; and tasty treats from Center City restaurants. Divine.

Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker

Date/Price/Location: Saturday, December 3-23 / $25+ / Belk Theater

Why you should go: Aside from the fact that seeing the Nutcracker is an undeniable Christmas tradition, this year’s performances will be extra special since choreographer Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux collaborated with a world-renowned design team to re-imagine his Nutcracker production with all new sets and costumes.

Photo via Charlotte Ballet.

Photo via Charlotte Ballet.

Brandshop

Date/Price/Location: Friday, December 9-15 / Free-$120 / 340 E. 16th St.

Why you should go: This traveling retail event connects up-and-coming brands to in-the-know shoppers with over 30 fashion, art and design brands and a killer speaker series. Bonus: they’ll be hosting a kids day with Santa, a workshop with kidpreneur Riley from LITTLE LUX and more.

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Girl Tribe Pop Up – Holiday Edition

Date/Price/Location: Saturday, December 10 / Free-$5 / Sugar Creek Brewing

Why you should go: The Girl Tribe Pop Up – Holiday Edition returns with a twist. Dude Tribe sponsored by Lineberger Dentistry will be on site with some of Charlotte’s top men’s brands. $5 gets you two VIP shopping hours (10-12 p.m.), which includes serious discounts and exclusive shopping bags.

Birdsong 5 Year Anniversary Bash

Date/Price/Location: Saturday, December 10 / Free / Birdsong Brewing Co.

Why you should go: Per usual, Birdsong will have an awesome list of beer including special barrel aged beers, 5 IPA’s for 5 years and the special release of The Pride Abbey. They’ll also have commemorative tasting glasses and 5 year anniversary hoodies that will be exclusive to this event. Expect live music and food trucks all day.

17th Annual Santa Bar Crawl

Date/Price/Location: Saturday, December 10 / $10-$40 / Uptown Charlotte

Why you should go: If drinking and costumes are your thing, this Santa-themed bar crawl is screaming your name. Get in the holiday spirit with $3 beers, $4 shots and $5 cocktail specials at all 21 locations. Pro tip: Santa suits are preferred.

Photo via Eventbrite.

Photo via Eventbrite.

Belk Bowl

Date/Price/Location: Thursday, December 29 / $30+ / Bank of America Stadium

Why you should go: This is college football’s only bowl game to call the Carolinas home. Cheer on your team, SEC vs. ACC, after getting serenaded by Tim McGraw at the FanFest concert. Plus, the action goes beyond the Thursday night game, as official Belk Bowl events include a fan party the night before and a fan festival the day of the game.

Photo via Sporting News.

Photo via Sporting News.

CLT New Year’s Eve Presented by Ally Bank

Date/Price/Location: Saturday, December 31 / Free / Romare Bearden Park

Why you should go: Ring in 2017 in Uptown Charlotte’s favorite park. They’ll have food, music, kids’ activities and a huge fireworks display. It’s a can’t-miss event, for sure.

Photo via Alex Grichenko.

Photo via Alex Grichenko.

Want more December events? See more here.

Cover photo courtesy of Charlotte Center City Partners.

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