Dec. 13

• FILM SCREENING: Seniors watch “White Christmas,” starring Bob Hope, 1-3 p.m. at the South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. Details: 704-662-3337.

CHARITY DINNER: The Ryan Newman Foundation holds its 9th Annual Charity Dinner and Auction 5-10 p.m. at the Statesville Civic Center, 301 S Center St., Statesville. Attire is neatly pressed jeans. The evening features entertainment, Southern cuisine and mingling with NASCAR drivers and celebrities. Details: www.ryannewmanfoundation.org or 704-876-4775.

• CHRISTMAS DANCE: Seniors celebrate the holidays with a Christmas dance 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. The dance is open to seniors ages 60 and older. Bring a snack or finger food to share. Admission costs $1.

ICE SKATING: The Huntersville Christmas Ice Rink opens 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Town Center Parking lot, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville.

SANTA AT BIRKDALE: Children can take pictures with Santa Claus noon-6 p.m. across from the Christmas tree at Birkdale Village, 6805 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., Huntersville. Details: www.birkdalevillage.net.

• ARTIST RECEPTION: The Mooresville Artist Guild hosts its monthly artist reception 6-8 p.m. at 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville. Details: www.magart.org.

 

Dec. 14

FISHING TOURNAMENT: The Ryan Newman Foundation holds its 8th Annual Charity Fishing Tournament 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Pinnacle Boat Ramp in Mooresville. Outback Steakhouse will provide a take-home dinner to fishers. Details: www.ryannewmanfoundation.org or 704-876-4775.

• REINDEER ROMP: The Sherrills Ford-Terrell Rotary Club hosts its 6th annual Reindeer Romp at 10 a.m. at the Camp Dogwood on Mt. Pleasant Road. Check-in and registration begins at 9 a.m. The 5K entry costs $25. The fun run entry fee costs $20. There will be T-shirts, hot chocolate and trophies. Proceeds benefit local children's needs. Details: www.sftrotary.com/reindeer_romp or 828-217-2378.

YULETIDE BAZAAR: The Misfit Sanctuary holds a Yuletide Bazaar 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the National Guard Armony, 300 Sixth St., Belmont. The celebration includes warm drinks, homemade soups and baked goods, a visit from Santa and live musical performances. The sanctuary is also collecting blankets, coats, hats, gloves and scarves for Homeless Cold Weather Packs.

• SANTA BREAKFAST: Birkdale Village hosts breakfast with Santa at 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. at Red Rocks Café, 8712 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville. Tickets cost $10 for children and $15 for adults. Proceeds benefit Our Towns Habitat for Humanity. Details: www.ourtownshabitat.org or 704-896-8957, ext. 110.

• BLOOD DRIVE: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas holds a blood drive 2-6 p.m. at Regal Theaters Birkdale 16, 16950 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., Huntersville. Donors get a free movie ticket. Details: www.carolinadonor.org or 704-972-4700.

JUST BE CLAUS:  The Just Be Claus festival begins with the “We Believe” Santa 5K trail run at noon and the Reindeer Relay to follow. The Mike Strauss Band performs at 1 p.m. Donations for Toys for Tots can be dropped off throughout the festival, which occurs at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., Charlotte.

CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS: Visitors tour the plantation and see Christmas celebrations and preparations 6-9 p.m. at Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. Admission costs $8 per person. Ages 5 and under get in free. Details: www.lattaplantation.org or 704-875-2312.

• SANTA VISITS RESTORES: Children take pictures with Santa noon-3 p.m. at the Our Towns Habitat for Humanity’s Restore, 20414 N. Main St., Cornelius. Photos cost $3.50 each or $10 for three. Proceeds benefit Our Towns Habitat.

• BOAT PARADE: The Peninsula Yacht  Club hosts “It’s a Pirate’s Christmas” Lighted Boat Parade at 6:15 p.m. at 18501 Harbor Light Blvd., Cornelius. Santa arrives by fireboat and concessions open at 6 p.m. Details: 704-892-9858, ext. 32, or www.peninsulayacht.com.

• CHRISTMAS RECITAL: Children perform alongside their parents in “A Musical Winter Wonderland,” presented by Gerrie Daniel’s Christian Academy of Music, at 5 p.m. at St. Phillip Baptist Church, 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville.

 ORCHESTRA: The Lake Norman Orchestra rolls out the spirit of Christmas with a gala and concert, “The Spirit of Christmas,” at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. Dinner takes place at 6-7 p.m. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults or $15 for children. Buy them at www.lknorchestra.org.

•  CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL:  Downtown Huntersville will become a winter wonderland 4-8 p.m. A Huntersville Christmas features a variety of concessions, craft vendors at Main and Maxwell park, live carolers, a visit from Santa and his elves, stories with Mrs. Claus and an ice rink. The festival will collect canned goods, books and unwrapped toys for those in need. Details: www.huntersville.org.

•  SWINGIN’ WITH SANTA:  The North Mecklenburg Community Chorus jazz ensemble Left@25 presents a free concert at 3 p.m. at Community in Christ Lutheran Church, 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius. Details: www.NMCchorus.org.

 

Dec. 15

ICE SKATING: The Huntersville Christmas Ice Rink opens 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Town Center Parking lot in downtown Huntersville.

 

Dec. 17

• BINGO: Seniors play bingo at 1:30 p.m. at the South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. No fees or registration required. Details: 704-662-3337.

 

Dec. 18

• STORYTIME: Santa reads “T’was the Night Before Christmas” 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. at the Energy Explorium, 13339 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville. The event, dubbed “Story Time with Santa,” features photos with Santa, craft stations and holiday cookies. Details: www.duke-energy.com.

• GINGERBREAD WORKSHOP: Children decorate a gingerbread ornament for the tree, participate in storytelling, make a tasty gingerbread cookie and have some hot chocolate 11 a.m.-noon or 2-3 p.m. at Discovery Place KIDS, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville. Admission costs $8. Details: www.discoveryplacekids.org.

 

Dec. 20

• BOOKSIGNING: O.C. Stonestreet sells and signs copies of his books, “They Called Iredell County Home: Interesting People Who Were Born or Lived in Iredell County, N.C.” and “Tales from Old Iredell County: Historical Mysteries, Legends, Murders and Stories of the Unusual and Unique,” 6-8 p.m. at the Mooresville Museum, 132 E Center Ave, Mooresville.

• NUTCRACKER BALLET: The performance by the Academy of Dance and Fine Arts begins at 7 p.m. at Roland R. Morgan Auditorium at Mooresville High School, 659 E. Center Ave., Mooresville. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for ages 6-11. Ages 5 and younger get in free. Buy them by visiting www.adfastudio.com or calling 704-663-3169.

 

Dec. 21

• NUTCRACKER BALLET: The performance and holiday benefit by the Academy of Dance and Fine Arts begins at 1 p.m. with the holiday benefit at 5 p.m. at Roland R. Morgan Auditorium at Mooresville High School, 659 E. Center Ave., Mooresville. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for ages 6-11 and free for ages 5 and under. Buy them online: www.adfastudio.com or call: 704-663-3169.

 

Ongoing

• HOLIDAY THEATER: The Davidson Community Players performs “Miracle on 34th Street” 8 p.m. Dec. 12-14, 19-21; at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 22; and 2 p.m. Dec. 15, 21 and 22 at the Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $12 for students. Buy them online: www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org or by calling the box office: 704-892-7953.

COMMUNITY CHORUS: The East Lincoln Community Chorus hosts a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, as well as 2 p.m. Dec. 14, at Denver United Methodist Church, 3910 N.C. 16 N., Denver.

CARRIAGE RIDES: Shoppers can take a horse-drawn carriage ride 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20 at NorthCross Shopping Center, 9751 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville.

• DOWNTOWN DECORATIONS: Christmas-themed activities, including wagon rides, music and a visit from Santa Claus take place from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20 on Broad and Main streets in Mooresville. Wagon rides load at the Mooresville/Lake Norman Christian Mission, 266 N. Broad St., Mooresville. Details: www.downtownmooresville.com.

• HEALTHY SNACKS: Children use healthy ingredients to create a holiday-themed snack 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 14 and 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at Discovery Place KIDS, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville. Admission costs $8. Details: www.discoveryplacekids.org.

• PARTICIPATION PLAY: ACTivate Community Through Theatre present “Rosie the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 at the Woodlawn School, 193 Presbyterian Road, Mooresville. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for children and seniors. For reservations, call  704-707-6757 or www.activatecommunitythroughtheatre.com

• REINDEER FOOD: Children discover a glittering treat to spread on their lawns on Christmas Eve to help Santa and the reindeer to their home 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 22 at Discovery Place KIDS, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville. Admission costs $8. Details: www.discoveryplacekids.org.

SANTA AT BIRKDALE: Children take pictures with Santa Claus noon-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22 across from the Christmas tree at Birkdale Village, 6805 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., Huntersville. Details: www.birkdalevillage.net.

SPEEDWAY CHRISTMAS: Speedway Christmas features more than 3 million lights in 800 displays 6-10 p.m. daily through Dec. 30, except Christmas, at Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy S., Concord. The show also features an infield Christmas Village and a chance to drive the track. Tickets cost $20 per car Thursdays through Sundays and $15 Mondays through Wednesdays. Details: www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

• HOLIDAY LIGHT SPECTACULAR: More than 75,000 lights set to music are on display at 6 p.m. daily at the Mooresville Town Hall, 413 N. Main St., Mooresville. Details: www.downtownmooresville.com.

• STATE ARTISTS: Andre Christine Gallery showcases 18 North Carolina artists 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays through the second week of January at 148 Ervin Road, Mooresville. Details: www.andrechristinegallery.com or 704-664-1164.