FRIDAY November 30th
United Way Carolina Christmas Gala
The United Way of Lincoln County will hold its second annual Carolina Christmas Gala Friday 6 - 9 PM at Vesuvius Vineyards on Vesuvius Furnace Road (located between Amity Church Road and Beth Haven Church Road off Highway 73). Tickets are $15 at the door. Food, drinks, live music, a Christmas photo booth and Christmas trees decorated by partner agencies for auction, a silent auction, and this year a $500 Christmas cash raffle will all be a part of the event, which many say is the social event of the season.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY
November 30th - December 2nd
"A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol"
The Lincoln Theatre Guild and Denver Christian Academy will present "A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol" at the Lincoln Cultural Center Friday and Saturday at 7 PM and Sunday afternoon at 3 PM, then reprise the opening weekend with a second weekend of shows next Friday, Saturday and Sunday December 7th-9th. "A Fairy Tale Christmas" is a spinoff on the tale of the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge; but this presentation will be a bit different from the classic Dickens tale. It will feature fairy tale characters in the roles of Scrooge, Bob Marley, etc. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens.
FRIDAY November 30th-
WEDNESDAY December 26th
Christmastown USA (McAdenville)
The lights there normally come on December 1st, but since that's on a Saturday this year, they'll start a day early. The annual tree lighting ceremony is set for 5 PM Friday (November 30th) and the lights will come on at 6 PM this Friday only. For the rest of the season--thru December 26th--the lights will glow from 5:30 - 9:30 weeknights and 5:30 - 11 PM Saturdays and Sundays. Traffic is expected to be very, very heavy--especially on weekends. The best time to see the lights is usually early in the week. A couple of tips: go to the bathroom before you go to see the lights, and pack some snacks--it will likely be a long evening!
SATURDAY December 1st
Emanuel Reformed Children's Secret Christmas Shop
If your children have ever told you they wish they could buy you a surprise, Emanuel Reformed Church at 329 E. Main St. in Lincolnton has an event you may want to bring them to enjoy. It's their Children's Secret Christmas Shop this Saturday 9 - 1. All gifts are $1, and children are escorted by church volunteers into the Children's Secret Christmas Shop while parents shop with other vendors, buy treats at a $1 bake sale or a $2 raffle ticket for a gift basket.
Mundy House Tour & Christmas Market
The Eastern Lincoln History Society and Community Garden Club of Eastern Lincoln County will host the Mundy House Christmas Market Saturday 9 - 2. They will have handmade natural old-fashioned ornaments and wreaths for sale along with other items created by local artists and craftsmen. Baked goods will also be available. Visitors are also invited to tour the historic Mundy House, located at 4343 NC16-Business North in Denver.
Christmas Extravaganza (Hickory)
A huge Christmas shopping event with multiple vendors, the Christmas Extravaganza, happens this Saturday 11 AM - 5 PM at the Hickory Convention Center, 1960 13th Avenue Drive SE in Hickory. Admission is free.
ELBA Denver Christmas Parade
The weatherman isn't cooperating, but rain or shine, the 10th annual Denver Christmas Parade happens Saturday at 12:15 PM, sponsored by the East Lincoln Betterment Association. The parade travels north on Highway 16-Business starting at the end of North Pilot Knob Road at Business 16 and ends at the Captain’s Cap restaurant. Handicapped viewing is at Hotsy (Business 16 at the south end of Triangle Circle).
Crouse Christmas Parade
The 5th annual Crouse Christmas Parade sponsored by the Crouse Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will begin at 1 PM Saturday--even if it's raining--and will march down Old Highway 150 in Crouse. After the parade there will be a lighting of the Christmas Tree at the gazebo at Crouse United Methodist Church. Opportunities to sponsor a light on the tree in honor or memory of a loved one.
Christmas Parade (Ranlo)
The Ranlo Christmas Parade will also be at 1 PM Saturday beginning at the Ranlo Lodge. The town’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be Monday Dec. 3rd at 6 PM at the town hall.
Christmas Parade (Kings Mountain)
Kings Mountain will have its parade at 3 PM. Following the parade there, visitors are invited to Patriots Park in downtown Kings Mountain for an evening of Christmas music, dance and other activities. Perhaps we should add the obvious: weather permitting.
Victorian Christmas Caroling Concert
Carillon Assisted Living of Lincolnton will host the Olde Towne Carolers of Lincolnton, an authentic Victorian Christmas caroling group, as they perform a free concert at the assisted living community on Saturday, December 1 from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Monetary donations will be raised during the event to benefit the Rotary Club of Lincolnton. The event at Carillon begins at 1 p.m. In addition to music and caroling, the event will feature delicious holiday fare and incorporate charitable giving opportunities to help the Rotary Club of Lincolnton, which assists Lincoln County residents in continuing their post-high school education by providing them with low-interest student loans. Carillon Assisted Living of Lincolnton is located at 440 Salem Church Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092.
It's a party with a purpose: Santa's Sac is scheduled for Saturday night at Lincoln Country Club. The 6th annual Santa's Sac, an event to collect toys and monetary donations for Lincoln County children's organizations such as: Christian Ministries , A Place to Grow, the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse , Communities in Schools and Back Pack Ministries will include music and dancing, food, beverages, and a silent auction of items donated by local businesses. Doors open at 7:30 PM. Admission is $10 or a new toy (or several). DJ Chad Sain will be playing music for the event. For more information, visit the Facebook page.
LHS Drama Club Dessert Theatre
The Lincolnton High School Drama Club Dessert Theatre will be held Saturday at 7 PM at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. Tickets are $10.
SUNDAY December 2nd
A Tour of Two Inglesides
Preservation North Carolina will present 'A Tour of Two Inglesides' Sunday 1 - 4 PM. Earlier this year, Ingleside, just off Highway 73 in Lincoln County (built 1817) was donated to PNC to ensure its permanent protection from new development. A short drive away, Ingleside in Mecklenburg County (built late 1850s) has been purchased by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission to ensure its protection in the rapidly growing area of Huntersville. Tickets for the tour of the two homes [Ingleside I (Lincoln County): 214 S. Ingleside Farm Rd., Iron Station, NC 28080 and Ingleside II (Mecklenburg County): 7225 Bud Henderson Rd., Huntersville, NC 28078] start at $10 per person. For more information, visit the PNC website.
Christmas Parade (Gastonia)
Gastonia's parade this year will be on Sunday December 2nd at 4 PM. The Gaston Symphonic Orchestra will perform Christmas music at the Rotary Pavilion after the parade.
Santa's House and Carriage & Wagon Rides in Downtown Lincolnton
Santa was on hand Thursday (Nov. 29th) and weather permitting, he'll be at Santa's House on the north Courtsquare from 5 - 8 PM Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings through Dec. 22nd. The carriages also began taking people on scenic (and sometimes romantic) carriage rides through downtown Lincolnton. Also weather permitting, they'll be rolling Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 6:30 - 9:30 through Dec. 22nd. Carriage rides are $10 per person, $5 per person for wagon rides. Children under two can be brought along on your ride for free. The rides begin and end at rotating locations on the north side of the first and second blocks of E. Main St.
CONTINUING THRU January 6th
Christmas at the Garden
Holidays at the Garden at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden on S. New Hope Road in Belmont continues daily through January 6th 5 - 9 PM except Christmas Day. Adult tickets range from $12.95 if you buy online in advance to $16.95 at the door Fridays thru Sundays. Senior Citizens tickets are a dollar less, and children 2-12 can visit for $7.95 online in advance to $10.95 at the door. For more information, visit their website.
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