The Town of Mint Hill hosts a Christmas Tree Lighting at Mint Hill Town Hall. The music of the “Olde Towne Carolers” will be heard throughout the square. The Queens Grant Community School choir will perform. Hot chocolate and cookies from Daphne’s Bakery will be served. Bring a toy for the Mint Hill Police Department’s toy drive and enjoy hot chocolate or cider. Visit www.minthill.com for details.
7 p.m.; 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill
The Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts presents opening night for its latest production, “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Matthews Community Center. The show continues Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 17. Tickets cost $13 for adult and $11 for students and seniors. Buy tickets at www.mat thewsplayhouse.com.
11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; 100 McDowell St., Matthews
Mint Hill Arts holds intake for its biggest show of the year, the Ann and Bill Litaker Exhibit. The show, which is open to anyone, has four categories: water media, photography, painting and other visual arts. Prizes range from $25 to $300. Intake continues 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 2 at the gallery. The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday through Jan. 24. Visit www.minthillarts.org or call 980-226-5532 for details.
4 to 6 p.m.; 11205 Lawyers Road, Mint Hill
Crews Family Fun Night includes a screening of “The Polar Express” movie and a Parent vs. Kid Challenge at Crews Recreation Center. Admission is free. Visit www.matthewsfun.com for details.
6 to 9 p.m.; 1201 Crews Road, Matthews
The Baha’i communities of Mint Hill and Matthews have their interfaith devotional and discussion. They’ll review a 50-minutes movie, “Light of the World”, about the Baha’i Faith. Call Vida Wachob at 704-995-0576 for details.
7 p.m.; Call for location
Greater Matthews Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on the construction of its 107th home. The Women’s Build ill be in memory of Family Services Coordinator Sandy Marano. Those interested in donating to the Sandy Marano Memorial Build can make a gift at www.greatermatthewshabitat.org.
9 a.m.; 4821 Morningwood Drive, Matthews
The Mint Hill Police Department’s 2nd Annual Jingle all the Way 5K Walk/Run takes place at Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park. Runners, walkers, joggers and dogs will be dressed in holiday attire. The event benefits the Mint Hill Police Department Volunteer and Explorers programs. Register the day of the event or at https://goo.gl/Ck4Mm4.
9 to 11:30 a.m.; 8850 Fairview Road, Mint Hill
Make several fun and attractive paper snowflakes to decorate your tree at the Matthews Community Center. The workshop is best suited for older children and adults. Materials are provided. No registration necessary for the free event. Email Nancy Duffie at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
9:30 a.m. to noon; 100 W. McDowell St., Matthews
The Matthews Library’s Occasional Book Club discusses Liane Moriarity’s “The Husband’s Secret” at the group’s next meeting. The group meets in the community room. Visit www.cmlibrary.org or call 704-416-5000 for details.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews
The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce invites seniors citizens (ages 65 and older) to a Christmas luncheon at Independence High School. The event includes entertainment and health screenings. Visit www.minthillchamberofcom merce.com for details.
11 a.m.; 1967 Patriot Drive, Charlotte
The Town of Matthews holds its Hometown Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at the Town Hall Green. The event includes crafts for kids, carriage rides, entertainment, caricature artists, interactive displays, photos and a visit from Santa. The tree lighting features pyrotechnics. Admission is free. Visit www.mat thewsfun.com for details.
3 to 6 p.m.; 232 Matthews Station St., Matthews
The Town of Matthews and Matthews Chamber of Commerce present a Downtown Holiday Stroll, allowing people to walk through luminary-lined streets for special holiday treats, prizes and shopping opportunities. Admission is free. Visit www.matthewscham ber.org for details.
3 to 7 p.m. Downtown Matthews
OMG, SOS, HELP! Overwhelmed by the influence of social media and websites in your family’s life? Join Village Counseling and Coaching for a two-hour seminar and walk away with a better understanding of the most popular apps, newest statistics and be better equipped to make decisions of what Apps you allow your child to engage. The next one is Dec. 10. Space is limited. Register in advance. Contact Genevieve Holmes at 704-246-6204 or genevieveholmes@villagecounselingand coaching.com for details.
1 to 3 p.m. 1254 Mann Drive, suite 200, Matthews
The Teen Geek Club discusses Pokemon in the Matthews Library’s community room. Register in advance. Visit www.cmlibrary.org or call 704-416-5000 for details.
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews
The Mint Hill Police Department presents Coffee with a Cop. Get to know the officers charged with protecting the safety of people and their property at Showmars.
9 a.m.; 6850 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill
Carolina Beer Temple’s Run Club treks 1, 3 or 5 mile routes through downtown Matthews. Visit www.carolinabeertemple.com or call 704-847-2337 for details.
6:45 to 8:45 p.m.; 131 Matthews Station St., Matthews
David Weekly Homes’ Eden Hall serves as the backdrop for the Matthews Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event. Visit www.matthewschamber.org for details.
5 to 7 p.m.; 601 Marion Drive, Matthews
Adult knitters and crocheters of all levels are welcome to participate in the Yarn Crafters group at the Matthews Branch Library. The group donates their creations to various volunteer projects throughout the year. No registration is required. Call 704-416-5000 or visit www.cmlibrary.org for details.
2:15 to 3:45 p.m.; 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews
Ugly Christmas sweaters are expected to flood downtown Matthews with the arrival of the monthly First Thursday Downtown Matthews Crawl. Visit www.matthewsnc.gov for details.
5 to 9 p.m.; Downtown Matthews
The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce invites its members to jingle and mingle at a holiday-themed Business After Hours networking event at the Carillon Assisted Living of Mint Hill. The chamber is collecting items, such as LEGO sets, board games and size 1 diapers in December for Bright Blessings USA. Carillon serves as a drop-off location. Visit www.mint hillchamberofcommerce.com or call 704-573-8282 for details.
5:30 p.m.; 5601 Margaret Wallace Road, Mint Hill
Chocolate & Beer
The Secret Chocolatier and Seaboard Taproom & Wine Bar partner for an event that combines beer and chocolate. The event costs $30. Email email@example.com or call 704-246-8323 to register.
6:45 to 8 p.m.; 213 N. Trade St., Matthews
Dec. 7, 8, 9, 10
Celebrate the Christmas season at the Mint Hill Historical Society’s 10th annual Christmas Tea in the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village. Guests can enjoy teas, treats and holiday cheer in the 100-year-old Ashcraft One Room Schoolhouse. Reservations are required. Tickets cost $25. Call 704-573-0726 or visit histori firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
2 and 6 p.m.; 7601 Matthews Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill
Mint Hill Arts holds the opening reception for its biggest show of the year, the Ann and Bill Litaker Exhibit. The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday through Jan. 24. Visit www.minthillarts.org or call 980-226-5532 for details.
8 p.m.; 11205 Lawyers Road, Mint Hill
The Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts presents its latest production, “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Matthews Community Center. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, as well as 2 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10. Tickets cost $13 for adult and $11 for students and seniors. Buy tickets at www.matthewsplayhouse.com.
Various times; 100 McDowell St., Matthews