Staying in town for the holiday? Whether you’re hosting guests or simply looking for fun things to do in between Christmas light sightings, here’s the best of what’s happening in Charlotte this coming week:
Charlotte Symphony Pops: Magic of Christmas
Through December 23 | Knight Theater
Enjoy classic Christmas tunes and experience a guaranteed snowfall and Santa sighting at the Charlotte Symphony’s Magic of Christmas. Tickets start at $19.
The Wizard of Oz
December 18 – 20 | Ovens Auditorium
Experience the classic tale in a whole new way as this ballet rendition of The Wizard of Oz comes to Ovens Auditorium. Purchase online tickets here.
A Very Grateful Christmas
December 22 – 23 | The Barrel Room at Triple C
The fifth annual Very Grateful Christmas features two days of live music, vendors, beer and more.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20
J.Sam’s 6th Annual Holiday Party
December 20 | JSam’s | 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy live music by Mike Crowley and friends as well as drink specials at J.Sam’s sixth annual holiday party.
Elf Trivia at TreeHouse Bourbon & BBQ
Treehouse Bourbon and BBQ | 7:30 p.m.
Put your Elf knowledge to the test in five challenging rounds of trivia at Treehouse Bourbon & BBQ.
2018 Holiday Party/Anniversary
Magnolia Emporium | 6 – 9 p.m.
Come decked out in your holiday finest to celebrate Magnolia Emporium’s anniversary and holiday party.
NoDa Brewing Company | 6 p.m.
Tyler Norris hosts this Christmas-themed trivia night at NoDa Brewing Company complete with food from TIN Kitchen and beer.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21
Hops & Shops South End Holiday Market
December 21 | The Barrel Room at Triple C | 4 – 8 p.m.
Check off everyone on your holiday shopping list and give back to great local causes at the Hops and Shops market. Browse goods from local vendors, enjoy craft beer and a donation-based gift wrapping and more benefitting Families Forward Charlotte and Go Jen Go.
Christmas-themed Food Truck Friday
Sycamore Brewing | 5 – 10 p.m.
For this Christmas-themed Food Truck Friday, expect eight of the city’s best food trucks, fire pits, live Christmas music by Clyde’s on Fire, plus Sycamore beer and cider.
Holiday Pop-up Market
December 21 | The DreamChaser’s Brewery, Waxhaw | 4 – 8 p.m.
10 local vendors will offer all of the handmade goods you need to complete your Christmas shopping. Plus, Strudelteig and Cousins Maine Lobster food trucks will be on-site.
Up On The Rooftop at City Lights
December 21 | City Lights Rooftop | 7 p.m.
City Lights will be all decked out for the holidays, and is offering specialty cocktails, appetizers and more at their holiday soirée. Don your best ugly Christmas sweater, onesie or Santa’s little helper costume to win cash prizes. $15 per person.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22
Holiday Cookies Class
December 22 | Bar Cocoa | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
This extended class focusing on seasonal cookies includes hands-on instruction from the Ritz Carlton’s pastry team. Participants will enjoy a box lunch, instruction and three dozen cookies of each flavor to take home. $200 per person.
Quinn’s Day Celebration
Great Wagon Road Distilling Company | All day
Celebrate the tradition of whiskey making with a special Quinn’s Single Barrel Release, wax dipping, complimentary distillery tours, specialty cocktails and live music. The celebration continues with a specialty cocktail available on Sunday.
Deck the Halls with Hops & Barley
Blue Blaze Brewing | All day
Get a head start on Christmas cheer with a festive day at the brewery. Expect free s’mores by the fire pits, live music, visits with Santa and special edition holiday flights.
Feline Festive Holiday Bash
Daily Mews Cat Café | 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Cozy up with kittens at the Daily Mews, plus enjoy mulled wine, a hot chocolate bar, hot apple cider, $4 meow-mosas and $4 craft beer. Their ugly sweater party starts at 3 p.m.
Ugly Sweater & Christmas Onsie Party
TILT | 10 p.m.
Break out your best ugly sweater or holiday onesie to enjoy $4 Sam Adams Winter Lager pints and plenty of holiday cheer.
Hawaiian Pig Roast at Sycamore
Sycamore Brewing | Noon – 5 p.m.
Enjoy live music, a traditional Hawaiian Pig Roast, seasonal brews and cider and more.
For Christmas Eve and Day, check out our posts on where to celebrate with a holiday meal:
Charlotte Restaurants Open on Christmas Day
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26
Wine & Cheese Class
Wednesday, December 26 | 7th Street Public Market | 6 p.m.
Taste a variety of cheeses and wines, guided by Josh of the Assorted Table and Rachel from Orrman’s Cheese Shop. Tickets are $25, guests will also receive 10% off any cheese purchases the night of the event.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27
Corkbuzz Restaurant | 6:30 p.m.
Learn the basics of wine, taste through favorite varietals and explore wine and food pairings at this Wine 101 class. $55 per person.
Hop Wallop Release Party
Brewers at 4001 Yancey | 6 – 8 p.m.
Be there for the release of Hop Wallop IPA with a special tapping, music, samples and giveaways.