Adult knitters and crocheters of all levels are welcome to participate in the Yarn Crafters group at the Matthews Library. The group donates creations to volunteer projects throughout the year. 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 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 members to jingle and mingle at a holiday-themed Business After Hours networking event at Carillon Assisted Living. 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.minthillcham berofcommerce.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 kyle@seaboardbrew ing.com or call 704-246-8323 to register.
6:45 to 8 p.m.; 213 N. Trade St., Matthews
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 email@example.com for details.
2 and 6 p.m.; 7601 Matthews Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill
Mint Hill Arts holds the opening reception for tis 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
Children, ages 2 to 8, get to eat and take pictures with Santa Claus at the Town of Matthews’ Breakfast with Santa event at the Matthews Community Center. Santa feasts again Dec. 16. Advance tickets are required. Tickets cost $5. Visit www.mat thewsnc.gov for details.
9 to 10:30 a.m.; 100 McDowell St., Matthews
The Matthews Heritage Museum presents an illustrated talk by director Barbara Taylor about the origin of many Christmas traditions. Learn holiday trademarks like why people started to decorate their houses at Christmas or kiss under mistletoe. The program, “Christmas Traditions,” takes place at the Matthews Library. Register in advance by calling 704-708-4996. The free event is not suitable for believers of Santa Claus. Visit www.matthews heritagemuseum.org for details.
2 p.m.; 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews
Stallings Municipal Park will be lit up like a Christmas tree at Stallings Municipal Park. The town will debut a new 26-foot-tall tree at this year’s lighting. There’s plenty of other things worth seeing, such as music, train rides, bounce houses as well as appearances by Santa Claus and Rudolph. Visit www.stall ingsnc.org for details.
5 to 8 p.m.; 340 Stallings Road, Stallings
Village Counseling and Coaching offers a seminar that gives parents a better understanding of how social media and website influences children’s lives. Leave better equipped to make decisions of what Apps you allow your child to engage. Register in advance. Future programs are held 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 11 and 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 27. Contact Genevieve Holmes at 704 246-6204 or genevieveholmes@village counselingandcoaching.com for details.
1 to 3 p.m.; 1254 Mann Drive, Matthews
The Matthews Police Department presents Coffee with a Cop. Get to know the officers charged with protecting the safety of people and their property at Brace Family YMCA.
9 to 10 a.m.; 3127 Weddington Road, Matthews
Carolina Beer Temple’s Run Club treks 1, 3 or 5 miles through downtown Matthews. Call www.carolinabeertemple.com or call 704-847-2337 for details.
6:45 to 8:45 p.m.; 131 Matthews Station St., Matthews
The Matthews Chamber of Commerce showcases entries for its eight annual gingerbread contest and display. Visit www.matthewscham ber.org for details.
210 Matthews Station St., Matthews
Mint Hill Arts showcases the wildlife photography of Romie Mizell at its Fourth Quarter Exhibit at the Mint Hill Town Hall Gallery. The gallery is open to the public weekdays through January 2018 at the Mint Hill Town Hall gallery.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill
Toys have been our constant companions, helping us to escape. Step back in time to remember your childhood at the Matthews Heritage Museum exhibit, “Toys of Our Youth: A Collection of Toys of the 50s, 60s, and 70s,” Thursdays to Saturdays, through Jan. 27, 2018. Visit www.mat thewsheritagemuseum.org for details.
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; 232 N. Trade St., Mathews