Events: December 2018

Charlotte Events: The Editor’s Pick

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Robert Langford’s Art

Sozo Gallery Celebrates 5 Years
12/5/18 – 1/4/19 – As the Queen City basks in the the glow of her 250th birthday, Hannah Blanton and the gallery are celebrating five years as a fixture in the Uptown Charlotte art scene. What better way to do it than with cake, bubbly and a special team-curated exhibit. The team will be holding a party at the gallery in honor of its milestone on Wednesday, December 5 from 5-8pm to thank everyone that has shared in the last five years. Artists featured in the show include Kenny Nguyen, Robert Langford, Wendy Bilas, Alicia Armstrong and Scott Gardner. The full exhibit will run through the new year, December 3 – January 4.

More of This Month’s Quintessential Events

Christmas Town USA
11/30/18 – 12/26/18 – Stroll along the large lake in the center of McAdenville and admire over 160 beautifully decorated houses. Along your path, you can appreciate 265 evergreen trees covered in more than 500,000 lights.

Tweetsie Christmas
12/1/18 – 12/29/18
Ride the Tweetsie Christmas railroad through the Blue Ridge Mountains as you enjoy Christmas carols and beautiful holiday lighting. Roast s’mores over a fire pit, delight in eating baked goods, and step into a snow globe filled with swirling snow.

Holidays at the Garden
12/1/18 – 12/31/18
Enjoy new displays, more lights, and a musically-orchestrated display and explore the extended lights of fire and ice in the perennial garden at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. From November 23 through January 6, you can step outside to appreciate the beautiful scenery.

Evergreen Free TreeStore
12/1/18 – Get your mittens and winter caps on: TreesCharlotte and Piedmont Natural Gas are giving away more than 350 trees at the Evergreen Free TreeStore on Saturday, Dec. 1! From cedars to magnolias to pines, these trees will keep green throughout the seasons. In addition, the city of Charlotte will give away cankerworm banding kits to any TreeStore recipient interested in participating in the Great Cankerworm count this winter.

Night at the IMAX
12/4/18 – This month’s Night at the IMAX features the IMAX Dome Theatre’s newest film, Backyard Wilderness. The film reminds us that Wi-Fi is not the only connection that matters as it surprises and entertains viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature right in our own backyards.

Hodges Taylor Opening Reception
12/7/18 – Hodges Taylor is opening their exhibition with local artist Tom Stanley, called en route, Friday, December 7. A public reception with the artist will be held from 6 to 8 pm.

Club Bug/Bug Lab
12/8/18 – Bug Lab exhibition opens with a Club Bug extravaganza at Discovery Place Science. Experience incredible insect activities throughout the Museum, including a Bug Bistro where guests can earn their “I Ate A Bug” button and much more.

Chef Alyssa’s Saturday Morning Brunch Service
12/8/18 – 12/8/19 – Chef Alyssa is kicking off her Saturday Morning Brunch service! They will be officially open each Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm beginning December 8th.

Animal Tracks in Winter 
12/8/18 & 12/12/18 – Visit Discovery Place Nature to observe signs of animals during one of the best seasons for tracking animals. Learn about animal tracks and make your own prints to take home.

Jingle Bell Run
12.8.18 – The oldest holiday-themed 5k returns to spread its Christmas cheer. Dress up in your most festive holiday garb and come out to raise awareness for America’s number one cause of disability. Hosted by the Arthritis Foundation, 100% of the registration fees and other proceeds will go towards research and awareness programs.

The Nutcracker
12/7/18 – 
Celebrate a Christmas classic right at the Belk Theater performed by none other than the Charlotte Ballet with music from the Charlotte Symphony. Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballad will come to life right before your eyes, putting you in the Christmas spirit with its whimsical scenery and show-stopping costumes. Tickets are available exclusively through CarolinaTix.

Red Cap Jazz Event
12.13.18 – The Red Cap Jazz event, held on December 13th, will begin at 6:30pm and the show will start at 7pm. The event is put on by the Jazz Arts Initiative and GCG Wealth Management. The night will feature the music of Vince Guaraldi Trio.

Gingerbread Workshop
12/14/18 – Make yummy creations at The Town Market in Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
12/16/18 -Celebrate the season with a Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage at Ovens Auditorium on December 16. In this retelling, the Peanuts gang creates a Christmas play and reminds us of the true meaning of the holiday.

Charlotte Symphony Pops: Magic of Christmas
12/16/18 – 12/23/18
Become a member of the 20-year-long holiday tradition and listen to the Charlotte Symphony Magic of Christmas show that features falling snow, sing-a-longs, and Santa.

Rock of Ages
12/27/18 – 12/31/18
Jam out to some of the most popular songs from beloved legacy bands like Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, and Whitesnake during the tenth anniversary of Rock of Ages. This musical takes place during 1980’s Hollywood and features iconic songs of that time.

The Avetts at Bojangles Coliseum
12/30/18 – 12/31/18
Close the year out right with North Carolina’s biggest band. Bojangles’ Coliseum will host The Avett Brothers for two shows on Sunday, December 30 and Monday, December 31. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or at the Bojangles’ Coliseum Box Office located at 2700 E. Independence Blvd.

CLT New Year’s Eve Presented by Ally
12/31/18 – Celebrate the end of a year and the beginning of another at Romare Bearden Park in Uptown Charlotte. The festivities will include food vendors and trucks, a DJ, live music, and a fireworks show that will begin at midnight.