Christmas Parties, Cocktail Events, Panthers vs. Saints Watch Parties, and More Dec. 19-22

Credit: Neil Nicholson/Moxie Society
Moxie Society hosts its monthly #FaceTimeFriday event this Friday at Kanvas.
This is the last weekend before Christmas. In between—or after—your shopping, make time to check out at least one of these social events and parties. 
 

Thursday, December 19

 
Holiday with Heart Charity Event
This after-work event benefits Destiny Rescue, an organization that rescues children from human trafficking. 5-8 p.m. Donations requested. Suite, 210 E. Trade St., suitecharlotte.com
 
Cufflinks and Cocktails
The Charlotte Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity presents this cocktail event at a different posh restaurant, bar, or lounge each month. This Thursday they’re puttin’ on the Ritz. 6-10 p.m. Free admission. Lobby Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, 201 E. Trade St., cufflinksandcocktails.com.
 
Tap Takeover
Aviator Brewing Company is taking over the taps at this Uptown bar, providing flights of three craft beers for $5, along with complimentary food. There will also be live music from Kenny Floyd and raffle prizes from the brewery. 6-9 p.m. Free admission. Prohibition, 200 N. Tryon St., prohibitionclt.com.
 
Benny Benassi Live
The Italian-born DJ and producer brings his blend of tech/electro/house music. Also sets by Rob Banks and Daniels Jack. 10 p.m. General admission, $30 in advance; VIP admission, $50. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com
 

Friday, December 20

 
Slap Shot Happy Hour
Root for your Charlotte Checkers, and party along the way. This package includes two beers at Prohibition before the game (5-7 p.m.), lower level tickets to the game at the arena (7 p.m.), and one more beer and admission to the bar after the game for the post-party. Presented by SportsLink. 5-11 p.m. $12-$15. Prohibition, 200 N. Tryon St., and Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., sportslinkus.com.
 
The Males Place Annual Holiday Reception
This nonprofit organization celebrates another successful year of mentoring young men. Reception will include heavy hors d’oeuvres. 7 p.m. $50. The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St., ganttcenter.org, themalesplace.org.
 
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Cocktail Fundraiser
Receive two complimentary drinks for your donation. Proceeds benefit the Western Carolinas Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 8-11 p.m. $10 donation requested. Sip, 200 N. Tryon St., sipcharlotte.com.
 
Christmas Jazz Dinner Show
Enjoy dinner and drinks while being treated to live jazz by Big Octave and Renee Ebalaroza. Dinner reservations recommended; live band goes on at 9 p.m. Blue Restaurant and Bar, 206 N. College St. (corner of College and 5th streets), bluecharlotte.com.
 
#FaceTimeFriday 
It’s the final edition of the year for Moxie Society’s monthly social and networking event. Enjoy cocktails, music by DJ Shogun, and make new friends. 8 p.m. Free admission. Kanvas, 525 E. 6th St., kanvasgallery.com, moxiesociety.com.
 
Winter Wonderland Bash
Take a shot from the double-funnel custom ice luge—an ice sculpture turned shot machine. Drink specials include $3 select beers and $5 snowball shots. Music by DJ Boss Austin. Wear white and you’ll be admitted free before midnight. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Whisky River, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., whiskyrivercharlotte.com
 
Naughty Elf Party 
Socialflockers are putting on this party and invite you to come dressed in your Christmas worst or best. Drink specials all night. 10 p.m. Free admission. Cosmos Café Ballantyne, 8420 Rea Rd., cosmoscafe.com, socialflockers.com.
 
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Fans fill up All American Pub for the Cans:Recycled party during Panthers home games.

Photo credit: facebook.com/AllAmericanPub

 

Saturday, December 21

 
Skate With the Checkmates
Holiday On Ice is underway daily through January 5. On this particular evening, you can skate alongside a group of the Charlotte Checkers Checkmates (cheerleaders). Food and drinks like hot chocolate are for sale at the rink. 7-9 p.m. $9-$12. NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza, 400 E. Martin Luther King Blvd., wbt.com/holidayonice.
 
Holiday Nouveau 2013: Uptown City Lights
Veteran party promoters Inner Circle and The A List are uniting for this party. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $15; for VIP booths, alistnc@yahoo.com. Privilege Nightclub, 223 S. Brevard St., privilegecharlotte.com, holidaynouveau.eventbrite.com.
 
Second Annual X-Mas Pajama Jam
You’re invited to party in your jammies, and dance to music from DJs Hey Whore Hey, Kev Kev, KT Caustic, Archer, and Nat Eichler. There will also be activities such as dance floor Twister, pillow fights, and a photo booth with Santa. 10 p.m. $5 before 11 p.m.; $8 after. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St., dharmacharlotte.com.
 
Zodiac Series: Sagittarius vs. Capricorn Edition
Come celebrate your birthday month. Music by DJ Ngenius. Presented by NXL21 and The Sol Kitchen. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 in advance; Sagittarius and Capricorn zodiacs admitted free until midnight. Re:Public, 314 N. College St., sagittariusvscapricorn.eventbrite.com, thesolkitchen.com.
 

Sunday, December 22

 
Panthers Game Viewing Party
Watch the Carolina Panthers play the New Orleans Saints on the TVs at this bar, which also isn’t far from the stadium. There’ll be food and drink specials. Doors open 11 a.m.; game time is 1 p.m. Free admission; limited parking for $20 and you'll receive $10 in Tavern bucks to spend at the bar. The Tavern, 300 E. Morehead St., taverncharlotte.com.
 
Panthers Game Watch
With more than 75 TVs, three full bars, and a hearty food menu, this place gives all the access you need to “keep pounding.” 11 a.m. Free admission. StrikeCity, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., strikecitycharlotte.com.
 
Cans:Recycled – Panthers vs. Saints
The Roaring Riot, the group of diehard Carolina Panthers fans, hosts this viewing party and after-party for Panthers home games. The game will be shown on big screens with sound, and a DJ plays after. 12 p.m. Free admission. All American Pub, 200 E. Bland St., allamericanpubclt.com, facebook.com/TheCansRecycled.
 
Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints Tailgate Party
It’s a big tailgate party for Panthers fans, featuring a full bar, food from local restaurants, indoor seating, live music on an outdoor stage, a live WFNZ broadcast, and several flatscreen TVs. 1 p.m. Free admission. WFNZ/CPI Security Doghouse, 401 W. Morehead St., facebook.com/cbsradiodoghouse.
 
Ho Ho Holiday Sunday Funday
Come out for a full day and night of festivities. The day will feature the Tacky Christmas Sweater Party (11 a.m.-6 p.m.), when you’ll also be able to watch NFL games on the dozens of TVs. At night, there’ll be the Santa’s Helper Party (9 p.m.-2:30 a.m.), featuring music and great drink specials such as $3 well drinks, $3.75 22-ounce Bud drafts, and $4 Sky Bloody Marys. Free admission. Fox and Hound Ballantyne, 15235 John J. Delaney Dr., facebook.com/Fox.Hound.Ballantyne.
 
Fourth Annual Dirty Santa and Naughty Elves Industry Costume Party
This party is becoming a Christmastime tradition for many in Charlotte, and this year it takes place at one of the city’s newest nightclubs. You’re asked to come dressed as a dirty Santa or naughty elf (but not required) for a chance to win the $500 prize. Music by DJ Ahuf, DJ Dirty, and DJ R-Wonz. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission; for VIP, vip@xnightclubclt.com. X Nightclub, 950 Music Factory Blvd., xnightclubclt.com
 
 
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.
 
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