Undeck the Halls, Menorah Lighting, Nutcrackers, Trains, Snowing at a Show and More to Do with Family this Week 12/23

There are lots of ‘last chances’ this week, as well new shows including Cirque de Noel and Celtic Christmas. Plus, don’t miss storytime in different languages, holidays around the world, and snow at the planetarium show – it’s going to be a wonderful winter week!

Glow in the Dark Menorah Lighting on the Green (Davidson)
Monday, December 23, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Public menorah lighting includes dreidels, gelt, donuts, latkes, dreidel house and crafts.

Image: @chabadlkn

Charlotte Ballet: Nutcracker – LAST CHANCE!
Belk Theater
Monday, December 23
Experience the wonder and joy of the holidays at Charlotte Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” Clara’s classic tale comes to life with the treasured music of Tchaikovsky performed live by Charlotte Symphony.

Leonard Bearstein Symphony Orchestra
Founders Hall
Tuesday, December 24
The 18-piece display of animatronic bears performs classic holiday songs. The 45-minute program starts on the hour – a Charlotte tradition.

Toys, Games And Trains Exhibit
Kings Mountain Historical Museum
Tuesday, December 24, 10:00 a.m.
The annual exhibit fills the Museum with model train displays assembled by local “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors of all ages will be enchanted as they explore the miniature snow-covered scenes.

Gingerbread Lane, and Hot Chocolate & Toddies – LAST CHANCE!
Ballantyne Hotel Thursday, December 26
Enjoy a final stroll through Gingerbread Lane, and stay to sip specialty hot chocolate dressed with fun garnishes. .

Menorah Lighting
Matthews Community Center
Thursday December 26, 5:30 p.m.
Celebrate Chanukah with the Town of Matthews – menorah lighting, kids activities including Chanukah Sand Art, Photo Op with Judah the Maccabee and Chocolate Chanukah “Gelt.”

Undeck The Hall
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Thursday, December 26, 10:00 a.m.
Fans can select a gift off one of the many trees decorated with NASCAR themed items like autographed souvenirs, die-cast cars, race tickets and sheet metal. Arrive early for the best selection of gifts.

Christmas Town USA – LAST DAY!
Thursday, December 26
Drive or stroll through McAdenville to see more than 250 evergreens, covered with more than a half million red, white and green lights, plus the town lake circled with dozens of evergreens, draped with hundreds of lights.

Image: @ChristmasTownUSA

Family Storytime
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
Friday, December 27, 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy stories, songs and movement activities as a family – a great way to stay active or to just to get everyone out of the house.

Messy By Nature
Latta Nature Center
Friday, December 27, 1:30 p.m.
Get dirty while learning about nature and creating nature-inspired crafts. Registration and parent attendance are required.

Stories In 3 Languages
Myers Park Library
Saturday, December 28, 11:00 a.m.
Engaging stories, songs and activities in English, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Holiday Celebrations Around The World
Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville
Saturday, December 28 – 29, 11:15 a.m.
It’s the most wonderful time of year – learn about the different holiday celebrations that occur all over the world.

Cirque De Noel
Belk Theater
Saturday, December 28, 7:30 p.m.
The circus meets the symphony – stunning aerial feats, mind-boggling contortions, and jaw-dropping juggling acts accompanied by musical holiday favorites.

Jamie Laval’s Celtic Christmas
Booth Playhouse
Sunday, December 29, 7:00 p.m.
The show weaves a tapestry of music, dance, poetry and stories that hearken back to the ancient Celtic celebrations associated with the Winter Solstice and Christmas.

Image: @ Blumenthal

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Oven’s Auditorium
Sunday, December 29, 1:00 p.m.
Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic. With world-class artists, more than 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets and soaring birds.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical – LAST CHANCE!
McColl Family Theatre
Sunday, December 29
The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s most-popular show of all time – a hilarious and heartfelt musical comedy, adapted from Barbara Robinson’s classic story, will entertain the entire family.

Let It Snow Planetarium Show
The Schiele Museum
Sunday, December 29-31
Enjoy a festive sing-a-long featuring music from Frank Sinatra, Burl Ives, Ella Fitzgerald and more. Get into the spirit of the season with immersive, artistic visuals filling the dome. Be sure to not miss a dazzling finale by The Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Winter Wonder Days
Discovery Place Science
Sunday, December 29
Specially designed offerings rotate between a Snowstorm in a Jar, Epsom Salt Painting, Sensory Snow Play and Crayon Relief Painting.

Winterfest – Railroad
Sunday, December 29 Train enthusiast or not, everyone will enjoy this sweet village decorated to the holiday hilt with a wonderfully engineered toy train route running right through it.


Yamato: The Drummers of Japan, February 23

Disney’s Frozen The Musical, October 7 – 18


Bek Mitchell-Kidd
Bek is an Australian native who has lived in the Lake Norman area for more than a decade.