Where to Go & What to Do this Weekend ~ 12/12

Grab an extra cup of holiday cheer this weekend with all that’s going on in the Queen City. From wine dinners to caroling, pop-up shops and Santa 5Ks, there’s something going on for everyone. Here’s our round-up of where to go and what to do this weekend:


Anderson’s Conn Valley Wine Dinner at BAKU-Restaurant
Thursday, Dec. 10

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In a joint effort from Foxcroft Wine Co. and BAKU-Restaurant, the Anderson’s Conn Valley Wine Dinner is the perfect break from all of your holiday shopping. The event kicks off with a champagne reception, followed by a six course wine dinner.
Call Baku Restaurant to make your reservation: 704-817-7173




Bourbon Barrel Aged Cider Release Party
Thursday, Dec. 10
Red Clay Ciderworks

red clay

Swing by Charlotte’s first cidery this Thursday night to enjoy a glass of their newest release, Bourbon Barrel Aged Cider.With hints of vanilla, oak and a robust bourbon flavor, this one’s perfect for winter weather. There will be a food truck on-site as well as Burners Mobile Cigar, who can help you select the perfect cigar to pair with your favorite cider.





Caroling with The Relatives
Thursday, Dec. 10
The Relatives Crisis Shelter

the relatives
Bring or bake some holiday cookies and enjoy the holiday party with the Relatives. Enjoy hot chocolate, cider, caroling and plenty of holiday cheer.




Gingerbread Lane
Thursday, Dec. 10- Sunday, Dec. 27
The Ballantyne Hotel

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From Thursday, December 10 through Sunday, December 27, enchanting gingerbread creations will be on display at the Ballantyne. Browse through Gingerbread Lane and to on your favorites with $1 minimum donation per vote. All proceeds will benefit Levine Children’s Hospital, dedicated to caring for the physical and emotional needs of children and their families.




Pink Social Girl Tribe Holiday Market at Sugar Creek Brewing
Saturday, Dec. 12
Sugar Creek Brewing Company

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Support over 60 female owned businesses in our area at this weekend’s pop-up shop. Enjoy coffee, donuts, holiday music and delicious beer as you shop for you and yours. Vendors include boutiques, jewelry artisans, stationers and more. There’s even a free gift wrapping station! Snag a VIP ticket for $5 to get entry an hour early.



Land vs. Sea Chili Cook Off
Saturday, Dec. 12
The Sporting Gent

chili cookoff

Come out and see who will win the land vs. sea chili cook-off. It’s between Rocky Top Barbecue and Clean Catch Fish Market. Plus, shop your favorites for the men in your life at the Sporting Gent.


We Believe – Santa 5K Trail Run
Saturday, Dec. 12
U.S. National Whitewater Center

santa 5k

There’s a little bit of Santa Claus in all of us…and here’s your chance to prove it. Don your best red coat and white beard for the The Santa 5k Trail Run at the USNWC. Race through the center’s trail system (he’s gotta be fast to make it around the world in one night!) and cross your finger stop win the look-a-like contest.




Jingle Bell Ball
Saturday, Dec. 12
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

jingle bell ball

This Saturday is the 20th annual Jingle Bell Ball benefitting Safe Alliance. This holiday party has it all: heavy hors d’oeuvres, dinner, open bar, raffles and live entertainment from the Adrian Crutchfield Band. A bonus? Attendees will have private access to the Bechtler Galleries during the event.




Mistletoe Magic At Morrison
Saturday, Dec. 12
Morrison Southpark

Get the full scoop here!

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It’s your one-stop shop for everything you need to get ready for the holidays. Take the kids to visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus, shop the best in fashion and gifting at the Shops at Morrison, enjoy festive tunes from the Davidson UMC Handbell Choir and strolling Dickens Carolers, hope aboard a carriage ride and even give back by donating an unwrapped new toy to Toys for Tots.




Holiday Wine Pairing
Sunday, Dec. 13
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

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Join the Garden for its newest holiday event designed to put you in the spirit of the season, especially when entertaining for the holidays. Wine expert Josh Beasley from the Trinchero Family Estates will be back again this year to present an array of wines that will prepare your palate for small plate pairings crafted by local chef Chad Hutcheson of the String Bean. You’re sure to enjoy this evening of good wine, good food, and great company.




An Afternoon of Holiday Cheer
Sunday, Dec. 13
Raffaldini Vineyards

Carol along with the Raffaldini chorus, enjoy light refreshments, and a 3pm visit from the Italian Christmas character, La Befana. This mythical woman will read her story fireside for all to enjoy. While visiting, participating in some last minute shopping.  Bring your camera and take a picture by the Raffaldini Christmas tree! Please RSVP on their website. The vineyard is also sponsoring a gift drive, “Fill the Barrel with Toys” all toys will be donated to The Children’s Home of Winston-Salem, NC, so please bring an unwrapped children’s toy to put in the barrel.




Classic Holiday Desserts
Sunday, Dec. 13
Bar Cocoa

Holiday guests will be impressed with these elegant seasonal desserts that can transition to serve a crowd or a sophisticated dinner. Class menu includes Chocolate Spice Cake, Pear Cranberry Crisp, Sweet Potato Pound Cake with Bourbon Glaze and Toffee Bread Pudding.




The Art of the Modern Cocktail Party
Tuesday, Dec. 15
Bistro la Bon

cocktail party

Join Liberate Your Palate CLT in celebrating the start of the Cheers to the Queen City Winter Warmer Session. In this exciting collaboration with Chef Majid of Bistro La Bon, Chef Luca of Passion 8 and Chef Suppa of Vivace, all five senses will be delighted with music from the acclaimed Jazz Arts Initiative, cocktails, handcrafted food and more. Each chef will create 2 craft cocktails and 3 pairing amuse-bouche inspired by the spirit of the Cheers to the Queen City Cocktail Tour.



Allison Hancinhttp://www.allisonhancin.com
A Charlotte-loving adventure seeker with an appetite for discovering local finds. Always planning my next trip!


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