The 2014 Guide to Christmas Events in Charlotte
As December nears, it's time to dust off the Christmas albums and hang up the lights. As for live entertainment, the problem isn't finding any Christmas musical or concert to attend; it's deciding how many you can cram into the month. Here are more than a dozen options.
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THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL
(Dec. 3-28) The Great American Trailer Park Musical was the original tale of Armadillo Acres, where trailer park tenants squabble and break out in song. The Christmas sequel, you can imagine, adds a holiday flair to the setting.
MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS
(Dec. 4-7) Charlotte Symphony’s annual Christmas celebration returns, with conductor Albert-George Schram once again taking the helm. This isn’t your typical Symphony affair; folks are actually encouraged to sing along for certain seasonal selections.
Dec. 5-7) It's the Charlotte Youth Ballet’s 32nd anniversary performance of The Nutcracker. The Halton Theater show offers a meet-and-greet after each show.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
(Dec. 5-14) The production itself is the Ghost of Christmas Past. For the eighth year, Theatre Charlotte offers its refined rendition of A Christmas Carol, the classic winter narrative that follows Ebenezer Scrooge.
JAZZ AT THE BECHTLER: HOLIDAY JAZZ
(Dec. 5) Jazz and Christmas has always been a natural pairing. Watch as the Ziad Jazz Quartet moves through takes of “Winter Wonderland” and the Herbie Hancock and Chick Correa version of “Deck the Halls.” As usual, Jazz at the Bechtler gives two performances for the evening.
(Dec. 5-22) Ebenezer makes another appearance with this show, but expect a kid-friendly vibe with this version. The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is the group behind this production.
THE JAZZY HOLIDAY GALA
(Dec. 6) The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture continues to celebrate its 40th year with a black-tie event. Spirit of the Center Award recipients Hugh McColl, Deborah Willis, and Johnson C. Smith University are celebrated, with dancing, music, and an art auction adding to the fun.
THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA CHRISTMAS ROCKS EXTRAVAGANZA
(Dec. 6) The touring Yuletide rock show makes its way to the Queen City. The big-haired, guitar-slinging Setzer is known for amping up traditional Christmas songs. This show is no different. Expect his non-seasonal hits too, like “Rock This Town.”
JAZZ ROOM HOLIDAY EDITION
(Dec. 9) Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas score is synonymous with the holiday season. That’s why the Jazz Room is dedicated December’s performance to the pianist.
(Dec. 12-23) This is the first Christmas for the Charlotte Ballet since its rebranding. More than 100 performers make their rendition a must-see, along with the signature snowfall for each performance.
CLARA'S TRIP A NUTCRACKER STORY
(Dec. 12-13) This update of the Nutcracker plot not only sees Clara as an adult, but it also adds the literal spin of aerial dancing, as it’s presented by Caroline Calouche & Co.
THE 60TH ANNUAL SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE
(Dec. 13-14) The Singing Christmas Tree is one of the city’s oldest December traditions. You may know it as an actual enormous singing Christmas tree, outfitted with performers, puppets, and dancers. This year, WFAE Mike Collins is aboard as the emcee.
THE SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE FOR KIDS
(Dec. 13) This hour-long, kid-friendly version is perfect for younger attendees with less endurance. Special guest-star Santa Claus makes an appearance.
CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY: MESSIAH
(Dec. 17) Handel's "Messiah" is in good hands with the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, hitting the Belk Theater stage again to offer this reflective composition from 1741. This show is offered for just one night.
A SOULFUL NOEL
(Dec. 18-19) Charlotte’s On Q Productions combines spoken word, dance, and music for A Soulful Noel. The story comes in three acts, with old-school holiday tunes distributed throughout.
(through Dec. 30) Drive on the track and check out the Speedway's Christmas village, located in the middle. More than 3 million lights are used in the 800 displays.