Holiday Parties, Fundraisers, Fashion Events, ACC Fan Festivities, and More Dec. 5-8

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The Second String Santa Holiday Party takes place for the 25th year, this Friday at Silver Hammer Studios.
It’s an action-packed next four days in Charlotte. Check out this list of 20-plus social events, ranging from fundraisers and holiday parties to grand openings and events surrounding the big football games this weekend. 

Thursday, December 5

Ronald McDonald House Wine Tasting Fundraiser
Participate in a wine tasting and enjoy discounted glasses of wine after that. Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. 5-9 p.m. $10 donation requested. Sip, 200 N. Tryon St.,,
Tanner’s Bistro & Lounge Grand Opening
Hopefully the new tenant will make this beautiful, two-level space work (the previous restaurant-lounge, 505E, lasted only about eight months). Check out this new bistro and lounge during this grand opening featuring food and drink specials and live music. 6 p.m. Free admission. Tanner’s Bistro & Lounge, 505 E. 6th St.,,
A Suite Gift for the Holidays
The Shaul Boys are partnering with the Charlotte Junior Chamber to host this toy drive and fundraising party benefitting The Salvation Army’s Christmas Bureau. Specially decorated Christmas trees will be featured in an auction. 7-10 p.m. Unwrapped toy or cash donation for admission. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,
Bechtler Young Visionaries Holiday Party
It’s a Mad Men theme for this party by the museum’s young adults affiliate group. You’re encouraged to come dressed in 1960s style. Classic cocktails (open bar) and hors d’oeuvres will be served. 7:30-10:30 p.m. $35 for Bechtler Young Visionary members; $50 for nonmembers. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St.,
Prohibition Repeal Party 
On this day in 1933, the 18th Amendment was repealed, ending Prohibition and making it legal to sell alcohol again in this country. So this new bar in University City is celebrating this monumental date with a party featuring special cocktails and live jazz. You’re invited to come dressed in period 1930s attire. The Jim Beam Party Girls will also be there. 9 p.m. Free admission. Bar Louie, 8760 JM Keynes Dr.,,

Friday, December 6

ACC Football Championship Weekend (Friday and Saturday)
Charlotte hosting one of the most anticipated conference football championship games (Florida State vs. Duke) has its privileges. Friday’s events include the ACC Night of Legends at Charlotte Convention Center, and the free ACC Fan Central featuring a pep rally, DJ, live performances by the ACC mascots and cheerleaders, and more at the EpiCentre. For the complete schedule of events, visit
25th Annual Second String Santa Holiday Party
This one of the largest annual holiday parties in the city, and it’s celebrating a major milestone. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes. Live music by Black & Blue Experience. And this year includes an after-party, with music from DJ Breez. Main event, 8 p.m.-midnight. After-party until 2 a.m. General admission, $20 with an unwrapped toy or $40 without toy; VIP, $100. Silver Hammer Studios, at NC Music Factory, 817 Hamilton St.,
50 Shades of Mo
Come support the guys who grew out their beards and mustaches in support of testicular and prostate cancer awareness. Prizes will be given away and raffled off to attendees, and the top three mustache-growers will win gift bags. 10 p.m. Bubble, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,,
Level Charlotte Grand Opening
This new nightclub seeks to be your truly local venue, featuring paint schemes honoring Charlotte’s pro sports teams. Tonight there'll be music from DJ Kenny Logic and DJ Candy, and special guests include the Charlotte Beer Girls and Toys for Tots will be collecting toys for the holidays. Click here to read Dusk Till Dawn's preview article on this new club. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Complimentary general admission with RSVP; VIP admission, $10; VIP tables also available. Level Charlotte, 225 N. Caldwell St.,
First Fridays Charlotte
After a hiatus, the once long-running monthly party series returns, and is taking place at this recently opened nightclub. Presented in collaboration with several Charlotte party promoters. 10 p.m. $10 in advance; ladies free until 11 p.m. Vanity Charlotte, 500 W. 5th St.,,
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Saturday, December 7

The Fifth Annual Red Pump/Red Tie Affair takes place Saturday at Hart Witzen Gallery.

Photo credit: Jon Strayhorn, Media Arts Collective

ACC Football Championship Weekend
Saturday’s events include the free ACC FanFest (12-7 p.m.) featuring interactive games, food, giveaways, and live concerts by Sara Evans and Rodney Atkins outside of the stadium. And, of course, the festivities conclude with the nationally televised (ABC) game between Florida State and Duke. Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St. For the complete schedule of events, visit
CLT SantaCon 2013
SantaCon is a holiday party that takes place in more than 300 cities around the world, and in Charlotte this year it celebrates the local craft beer community. Attendees will mingle and jingle their way to three Charlotte breweries, then a stop at NC Music Factory, before ending at Whisky River. Presented by the Charlotte Beer Club and Good Eats & Meets. 1-11 p.m. General admission, $15; VIP, $35,
Fifth Annual Red Pump/Red Tie Affair
It’s one of the most stylish events of the season—women are encouraged to wear red heels, men red ties—in support of a great cause: World AIDS Day and raising awareness about HIV and AIDS among women. The evening will feature live entertainment, a silent auction, runway show, photography, and more. And this year’s Red Pump Award recipient is recording artist Tarshá Hamilton. Presented by The Red Pump Project. 7-10 p.m. General admission, $35; VIP admission, $60. Hart Witzen Gallery, 136 E. 36th St.,,
Second Annual Stoplight Party
Ever been to a stoplight party before? Here’s how it works. Wear green if you’re single and ready to mingle; wear yellow if “it’s complicated” best describes your relationship status; and wear red if you’re taken, just here for the shakin’. There will also be colored beads in case you don’t dress the part. There will also be an open bar. Proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Presented by Guys and Dolls Charlotte. 7-11 p.m. $20. Sip, 200 N. Tryon St.,,
Jingle Bell Bash
Always a well-attended gala, this fundraising event features an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment by Soul Play, and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Safe Alliance. 7:30-11 p.m. General admission, $70 (or $125 for two tickets); VIP, $100 ($160 for two). Wells Fargo Atrium, 301 S. Tryon St.,
Billionaires Gets F*ntasy Weird!
This party will mark the release of a special fantasy collection from Billionaires Apparel called “Transform” and celebrates the brand’s third anniversary. Music by several performers and DJs, including Kyle Biddy, Boy Beats World, DJ BossMan, DJ Jaws, Linoge, M-Vee, GardnSound, and DJ Boome. Presented by Gets F*cking Weird, Kidnice Entertainment, and Billionaires Apparel. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 in advance; $20 day of. The Chop Shop NoDa, 399 E. 35th St.,,
Su Casa: Third Annual Wonderland
It’s this group’s annual tribute to the music of Stevie Wonder. You’ll hear the legendary singer’s hits and B-sides, plus songs he’s written and produced for other artists, collaborations, remixes, and songs by artists influenced by Wonder. The turntables will be manned by DJ Justice, Fraser, and Jopedo, and a live performance by Ida Divine and The Garvey Collective. There will also be face-painting, films shown, and photography. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St.,,
Customer Appreciation Winter Party
This Latin-themed nightclub wants to show its appreciation at this party featuring free champagne bottles (for groups of four). Music by DJ Chaka. 10 p.m. Free admission until 11:30 p.m. Latorre’s Nightclub, 116 W. 5th St.,

Sunday, December 8

Battle for the NFC South Party
A tailgating party will begin in the parking lot at noon, followed by the 8:30 p.m. showing of the nationally televised Sunday Night Football (NBC) game between the Carolina Panthers who are visiting the New Orleans Saints. The game will be shown in three rooms on more than 30 TVs. Free admission. All American Pub, 200 E. Bland St.,
Panthers vs. Saints Watch Party and Ticket Giveaway
Tailgating in the parking lot will feature complimentary burgers, hot dogs, and chips. There will also be cornhole, entertainment by Jay and Woody, and drink specials, including $2 PBR, $2.50 Corona, $3 mimosa, and $5 Bloody Mary and fireball. You can enter to win tickets to the December 22 game where the Panthers will host the Saints, or two tickets and a hotel room to the game in Atlanta against the Falcons on December 29. 4 p.m. Free admission. The Rusty Rudder, 20210 Henderson Rd., Cornelius,
Positive Vibes Only Party and Pop-Up Shop
Enemy to Fashion presents a pop-up shop featuring cool gear for sale. There will also be music from DJ Rowshay and DJ Edward Shouse, half-price hookah, and drink specials such as $3 Sailor Jerry rum and $1 Natty Boh beer. 7 p.m.-midnight. Free admission. 'Stache House Bar & Lounge, 1520 South Blvd.,, After-party continues with S.I.N. Sunday, featuring music from DJ Ahuf, at Uptown Cabaret, 108 E. Morehead St.,
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