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Light up the week with holiday favorites
Yuletide season offers plays, skating, concerts
Published Wednesday, November 28, 2012 10:44 pm
by Michaela L. Duckett


Thanksgiving Day has passed. Black Friday is behind us, and Christmas is less than 30 days away. The holiday season is officially in full swing from now until the end of the year. This week provides plenty of opportunities to get into the spirit of the season while having a good time and giving back. Check out our seven-day guide to holiday fun and entertainment:

McAdenville lights up with the spirit of Christas throughout December.

Nov. 29
Delight in tradition with a pop of magic
Charlotte Symphony Pops: Magic of Christmas will run through Dec. 2 at the Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. In this traditional holiday concert, Albert-George Schram returns to the podium to conduct the symphony, the Oratorio Singers, and an array of guests in a festive performance. For show times and ticket information, call (704) 372-1000 or visit blumenthalarts.org.

Nov. 30
Give back to the community
The Jazzy Holiday Luncheon has been a tradition for 32 years. The annual event serves as the main fundraiser for the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture. The luncheon will be held this year at the Westin (601 S. College St) at 11:30 a.m. Individual seats are $125. For more information, call (704) 547-3762.

Dec. 1
Enjoy a Golden Christmas
The underground tunnels at Reed Gold Mine will be decorated for the holidays. Find out how Christmas was celebrated over the years at the mine during these special candlelight Christmas tours. The Stamp Mill will also be open for tours. Plus, crafts, historical demonstrations, musical performances and free refreshments are all available in the Visitor Center. Admission is free. Reed Gold Mine is located at 9621 Reed Mine Road in Midland and open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (704) 721-4653 or visit nchistoricsites.org/reed.

Dec. 2
Take in some holiday theater
“Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play by Langston Hughes” ends a three-day run at the McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square (345 N. College St.). Presented by Tomorrow’s R.O.A.D. (Roots Of the African Diaspora), this production opens Nov. 30 and features an all youth cast and dance ensemble. Based on the Gospel of St. Luke, combined with music, dance and the poetry of Langston Hughes, this song-play depicts the Birth of Jesus Christ and has been a holiday favorite in theaters across the country since it debuted on Broadway in 1961. For show times and ticket information, call (704) 372-1000 or visit blumenthalarts.org.

Dec. 3
Beat the weekend crowds
Drive down to Christmas Town USA in McAdenville, where hundreds of thousands twinkling lights have turned this small mill town into a spectacular holiday display every December for the past 57 years. Hundreds of carloads will pass through this McAdenville this season. Beat the rush by going early in the month on a weekday. The lights glow nightly Monday through Friday from 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday between 5:30-11 p.m. For more information, visit mcadenville-christmastown.com.

Dec. 4
Get cultured with Christmas in Venice
Music & Museum is a concert/lecture series at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art (420 S. Tryon St.) that fuses image, music and conversation to provide a deeper understanding of selected visual and musical works. Enjoy Christmas in Venice. The First Tuesday concert features members of the Baroque Orchestra performing compositions by Arcangelo Corelli, Johann Rosenmüller and Antonio Vivaldi. Show times are at 12 and 5 p.m. The noon show is $5 for nonmembers and free for members. The 5 p.m. show is $20 for nonmembers and $15 for members. For more information, call (704) 353-9200 or visit bechtler.org.

Dec. 5
Bundle up and hit the ice
WBT Holiday on Ice is back at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., and features an outdoor skating rink with more than 7,000 square feet of ice and a view of the Queen City’s skyline. For hours and ticket information, call (704) 930-4926 or visit www.wbt.com/holidayonice.



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