Pre-Christmas Parties, Bobcats Fan Events, SIN, and More this Weekend

You can show your support for the Charlotte Bobcats at two events this weekend: the Balloon Drop party Friday at Whisky River, and the team scrimmage Saturday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

There are a lot of parties going on this weekend, so you might end up doing more dancing than holiday gift shopping. Here’s a list of a dozen events taking place Friday through Sunday. Also, come back to Dusk Till Dawn next week to see my list of New Year’s Eve parties.

Friday, December 16

Power Play Package
Support the Charlotte Checkers and do a little partying along the way. All-inclusive package includes pre-party with two complimentary drinks at Prohibition, 5-7 p.m.; lower-level ticket to the Charlotte Checkers vs. Chicago Wolves game at Time Warner Cable Arena, 7 p.m.; and a post-party with one complimentary drink back at the bar starting at 9 p.m. $15. Prohibition, 200 N. Tryon St.,

Back to Basketball Balloon Drop
Celebrate the Charlotte Bobcats and the return of the NBA season. Event will feature more than $5,000 in cash and prize giveaways, including tickets, jerseys, gift cards, balls, calendars, and more. Doors open at 5 p.m. Whisky River, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

Finale of Culture Couture
This weekly party concludes Friday night, and features models wearing Burkinabe Couture and music by DJ Ngenius. The first 100 ladies will be treated to an open bar. 9 p.m. Free. Kalu, 505 E. Sixth St., Facebook

Second Annual White & Gold Gala
Party at Charlotte’s most exclusive nightclub while benefiting the Levine Children’s Hospital. Bring a toy or make a monetary donation for complimentary admission. FOX News Edge will be broadcasting live on the patio 10:30-11 p.m. Music by DJ Ahuf and DJ Ciprian. Drink specials include $3 domestic beers, $4 royal flush, $5 vodka drinks, and $100 vodka bottles. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. For guest list,; for VIP table reservations, Butter NC, at NC Music Factory, 950 NC Music Factory Blvd.,

Naughty or Nice
It’s a holiday party for the social elite. VIP ticket holders will enjoy the upstairs loft featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres. VIP tables are also available, serving desserts and bottles of Moet and premium liquor. Music by DJ Pyro. Presented by King Entertainment. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. General admission $10; VIP admission $15; for VIP tables, Cosmos Café, 300 N. College St.,,

Saturday, December 17

Charlotte Bobcats Full Team Scrimmage
Get your first look at the team in action in the Blue/White Scrimmage. A full team autograph session will follow the game. Door open at 4 p.m.; scrimmage begins 5 p.m. Free; RSVP online, and walk-ups are welcome. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St.,

Holiday Party at Wadsworth
Come celebrate the holiday season at a beautiful, historic estate. Enjoy a live band featuring Shableek, plus music by a DJ, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Cocktail attire required. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $25; click here to purchase tickets. Wadsworth Estate, 400 S. Summit Ave.,

Mistletoe & Martinis invites you to its annual holiday party. Bring a toy and receive free admission before midnight. Music by DJ C-Rob. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Limited number of $5 tickets in advance; for VIP tables, Sunset Club, 1820 South Blvd.,,

Electronic Brass
It’s a musical affair featuring trumpet phenom Rico DeLargo from Las Vegas and DJ Kevin Focus. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Cost varies; for VIP tables, Mez, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

The Gift: Sixth Annual Red & Black Experience
Six Figure Entertainment wants you to party like a rock star before Christmas arrives. Partiers are asked to wear their stylish red and black attire. 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. General admission $10 in advance; VIP packages available. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St.,, Vapiano Charlotte Facebook.

Sunday, December 18

DB’s Annual Dirty Santa Industry XXXMAS Party
Popular party promoter Derek Braun is throwing his annual party to celebrate bartenders, waitresses, managers, DJs, and everyone working in the nightlife industry. Guys are asked to come dressed as dirty Santa and ladies as naughty elves. You’ll be joined by lingerie dancers, and a lights-out glow stick party at midnight. Music by DJ R-Wonz and DJ Kevin Focus. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Kazba, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

SIN Holiday Party
Suite will also show appreciation to the city’s service industry on Sunday night. Enjoy $5 drink specials, and many of Charlotte’s top DJs will be spinning. 10 p.m. Suite, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.

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