People usually groan when they see Christmas decorations the day after Halloween. Well, we waited a couple of weeks before publishing our first list of major holiday events. We’re continuing to get events daily, so pick up upcoming editions for more fun updates.
Matthews: ‘Miracle on 34th Street’
The Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts presents a production of “Miracle on 34th Street.” John DeMicco, a theater teacher at Ridge Road Middle School, takes on the role of Kris Kringle. The production includes singing and dancing elves.
When: Nov. 30 to Dec. 16
Where: Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St. E.
Mint Hill: Tree Lighting
The town’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony includes a performance by the Bain Elementary School choir, hot chocolate and cookies from Daphne’s Bakery and a visit from Santa. The police department will collect toys for Pat’s Place.
When: 7 p.m. Nov. 29
Where: Mint Hill Town Hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane
Marvin: Tree Lighting
The village promises a heart-warming event with festive music, live ice sculpture, teddy bear giveaways, dance performances, arts and crafts, s’mores, a fire pit, hot chocolate, snow garden and visit from Santa. Drop off new unwrapped gifts to the event for Toys for Tots.
When: 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 8
Where: Marvin Efird Park, 8909 New Town Road
Ballantyne: Tree Lighting
Santa tends to schedule his tree lighting appearances in outside venues, but here’s your chance to see him inside…in a redesigned luxury venue. The hotel also offers caroling, hot chocolate, cider and cookies during the inaugural tree lighting.
When: 5 to 6 p.m. Nov. 24
Where: The Ballantyne, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
Indian Trail: Christmas Parade
Ever lament about neighbors not waving at each other anymore? Head over to the IT’s a Wonderful Life Christmas Parade to wave at people riding floats, horses and fancy cars. They’ll wave back and possibly give you candy.
When: 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 2
Where: Downtown Indian Trail
Monroe: Festival of Trees
Companies and community groups decorate trees for display at the hospital. The public votes for their favorites at a charity event that raises money for Turning Point.
When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13
Where: PruittHealth – Union Pointe, 3510 W. U.S. 74
SouthPark: Winter Wonderland
SouthPark Mall unveils its 5,000-square-foot ice skating rink at Symphony Park with holiday lights and décor as well as attractions like Santa’s Pub and a coffee shop. It will also host live music, guests, activities and special events throughout the season, including a partnership with 103.7 WSOC to bring country music artists every Friday night.
When: Nov. 16 to Jan. 20.
Where: Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road
Stallings: Christmas in the Park
Last year’s event was big for the town as it introduced a 26-foot tall tree and lit up its park. Expect a return from Santa, as well as traditional festival attractions.
When: 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8
Where: Stallings Municipal Park, 340 Stallings Road
Waxhaw: Holiday Festival of Lights
Last year’s event featured more than 500,000 lights, a whopping number that’s sure to attract out-of-towners. Aside from Santa, music and carnival games, visitors can see new shops and revisit old ones.
When: 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1
Where: Downtown Waxhaw
Weddington: Christmas Tree Lighting
DJ Fannie Mae and Santa Claus rock the crowd at Weddington Town Hall this year, as visitors munch on cookies and s’mores, drink hot chocolate and marvel at the lit tree. Bring a new or gently used winter coat, hat or gloves for families.
When: 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30
Where: Weddington Town Hall, 1924 Weddington Road