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CHARLOTTE OFFERS HOLIDAY MERRIMENT AND ENTERTAINMENT December 5, 2012

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Charlotte is celebrating with many wonderful entertainment opportunities for Charlotteans and visitors to enjoy during the Holiday Season! Families in the Queen City have many exciting holiday venues to choose from during the month of December.

Nutcracker celebrates the sights and sounds of the holiday season! December 8-9, 14-16 & 21-23 at the Belk Theater. Bring your family and friends along for this holiday voyage featuring live music from the Charlotte Symphony and over 100 performers. http://www.ncdance.org

The 58th Annual Singing Christmas Tree Saturday, December 8 at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 9 at 3pm OVENS AUDITORIUM http://www.Carolinavoices.org

The Singing Christmas Tree for KIDS! Presented by Carolina Voices at Ovens Auditorium December 8, 2012 at 11am and 3pm. Starring the Grey Seal Puppets and MainStage Choir! Share the excitement of a live performance and the warmth of the holidays with your child at this special kid-friendly performance of The Singing Christmas Tree. Just an hour in length, the show is filled with puppets, dancers, music and sing-a-longs – perfect for children age 3 to 10. http://www.Carolinavoices.org

iCelebra! A Bilingual Holiday Concert for Children Presented by Queens University of Charlotte, December 15, 2012. Queens hosts a celebration of culture and music presented by Criss Cross Mangosauce, a company that offers bilingual (English/Spanish) products for children. Founded by two bicultural mothers, Criss Cross Mangosqauce joins a group of seven talented musicians to bring alive holiday songs and stories. This interactive performance engages kids and adults to move and to sing. http://www.queens.edu

The Charlotte improvisational theatre group, the Chuckleheads, present their A Very Special Holiday (All of Them) Comedy Improv Musical Variety Extravaganza at
The Ballantyne Art Center, 11318 Community House Road, Suite 303, Charlotte, on Saturday, December 8 beginning at 8:00pm http://www.planetimprov.com

Charlotte Symphony: Messiah Wednesday, Dec 12 7:30p at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Scott Allen Jarrett, conducting Oratorio Singers of Charlotte The Charlotte Symphony and Oratorio Singers of Charlotte perform their annual production of Messiah. http://www.blumenthalarts.org

Latke Demonstration and Challenge Presented by Atherton Mill, 2104 South Blvd, on Friday, Dec. 7th, from 10 am until 1 pm, Chef Bill Averbach, well-known as the Pickleman will be demonstrating some of the numerous techniques and recipes used to make the traditional (and not so traditional) holiday treat called latkes; potato pancakes. http://www.edens.com/centers/NC/Charlotte

Sunday December 9: Chanukah at SouthPark from 5-7 p.m. Hot Latkes, children’s performance, juggling show, plus a chance to see the Camaro prize right in the mall. Buy your ticket for the raffle and win a $100 cash prize in addition to a chance for the 2013 Camaro, dream trip to Israel and more! http://www.southparkmall.com

Cirque Dreams Holidaze Tuesday, Dec 18, 7:30p at Levine Center: Knight Theater, Charlotte, NC Renowned director Neil Goldberg, creator of the groundbreaking Broadway hit Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, re-imagines the holiday season. http://www.blumenthalarts.org

Christmas at the Billy Graham Library features a live Nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides, light displays, caroling and more. Christmas at the Library was named one of the Top 100 Events in the US by the American Bus Association (ABA). December 1-22, Monday-Thursday 9am-9:30pm. Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Christmas activities begin 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Sundays.www.billygrahamlibrary.org

Speedway Christmas and the all new Boulevard of Lights is one of the largest holiday light shows in the region. This year’s route at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over 3 miles, offering an even more spectacular in-car LED light viewing experience. attractions continuing this year will include a realistic-themed Bethlehem Village, a Festival of Trees, NASCAR souvenir rigs for Christmas shopping, marshmallow roasting pits, Santa’s workshop, photos with Santa, themed areas for children, food and music. Also, new for 2012 is the addition of the Coca-Cola Family Ice Rink, sponsored by New Life 91.9. Skating is available for all ages, whether you are a beginner or a pro, and it’s just $12 per person with skate rink. http://www.xicenter.com

Charlotte understands the magic of the holidays! The Queen City celebrates the joyful season by offering a wonderful December calendar of arts and entertainment.

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