Alright Charlotteans, December is finally here. Time to leave the turkey and stuffing behind you, and make way for Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen! Ring in this holiday season with these 16 fun and festive events happening in your great city of Charlotte this December!

Charlotte Ballet's "Nutcracker" is a must-see this December! Image: Charlotte Ballet

Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker is a must-see this December! Image: Charlotte Ballet

November 30 & December 1-3, 2017: Magic Christmas

Listen to your favorite holiday carols performed by the Charlotte Symphony at Belk Theater. From cheerful sing-alongs to falling snow and a visit from Santa, this festive holiday performance is sure to bring joy to the whole family. Tickets to this show start at $19. For showtimes and more information, click here.

Through December 31, 2017: Speedway Christmas

Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway includes a three-mile course of over 3,000,000 holiday lights throughout the grounds with a lights-to-music drive-thru section, two full tunnels of lights, a beautiful 12 Days of Christmas display in the grandstands, a huge lights-to-music course through the new road course and themed displays along the course. For further details on this event and tickets, visit charlottemotorspeedway.com.

December 2, 2017: A Candle Light Christmas at Historic Latta Plantation

Step back in time and see what Christmas was like for the Latta family in 1828 during Candle Light Christmas at Historic Latta Plantation. From ballroom dancing in the parlor to the dinner table being set, guests will get to experience the holiday as they would have centuries ago. There will also be a live nativity and music. Tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for seniors and children. For more information, click here.

December 2, 2017: The Ninth Annual Red Pump/Red Tie Affair

The Affair is a benefit gala brought to you by the Red Pump Project, held annually to commemorate World AIDS Day, that effectively fuses fashion and philanthropy. The primary goal of this event is to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS among women. The Affair will include live entertainment, a cocktail reception with a silent auction, fashion presentations and more. This event will take place on Saturday, December 2, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit theredpumpproject.org.

December 2, 2017: Dr. Pepper ACC Championship Football Game

The 2017 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will be held at the Bank of America Stadium on Saturday, December 2. Kickoff is set for 7:45 p.m. For more information, visit theacc.com.

December 3, 2017: Holiday Tea & Shopping at The Duke Mansion

What better way to kick off the holiday season than to spend it sipping tea at the historic Duke Mansion? Starting at 2 p.m. guests can shop for gifts from local boutiques or meander around the mansion’s gardens. The tea will begin at 3 p.m. and includes a spread of tea sandwiches, scones and plenty of other sweets. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children. For more information, click here.

December 5, 2017: The Jazz Room: Holiday Edition Celebration Piano Night

Join the most swingin’ holiday season celebration in town at the Jazz Room Holiday Edition Piano Night on Tuesday, December 5 at the Booth Playhouse. The evening features five of the region’s most gifted jazz pianists and guest artists performing your favorite holiday classics, with a special performance from the JAI All-Stars. The evening includes a pre-reception with complimentary appetizers from Center City restaurants and a silent auction supporting the Jazz Arts Academy and the “Sponsor A Student” scholarship program. Click here for more information.

December 7, 2017: Holiday Sip & Shop at 7th Street Public Market

Join locally owned businesses at the 7th St. Public Market for their largest pop-up shopping event of the year. This is the final pop-up date of 2017, so show your support for local businesses while shopping for all your holiday needs. There will be free sparkling wine for the first 100 guests, poured by Assorted Table Wine Shoppe. For more information, visit their Facebook page here.

December 9, 2017: Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl

The 1st annual Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl in Charlotte will go from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 9. Get that Goodwill sweater, find those tacky holiday pants and get ready to jingle bell rock! Learn more about this fun 21+ event here.

December 9-23, 2017: Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker

Celebrate the sights and sounds of the holidays at the Nutcracker! Join Clara as she encounters an epic battle between the Mouse King and Nutcracker, a breathtaking snowfall, jumping candy canes and the iconic Sugar Plum Fairy. Complete with choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and music from the Charlotte Symphony, the Nutcracker premiered with all-new sets and costumes in 2016. Whether it’s a treasured family tradition or you’re experiencing it for the first time, this show promises wonderful holiday memories for years to come! Learn more and purchase tickets here.

December 15, 2017: Soul of the South Uptown Tour

Spend an evening on a Feast Food Tour, as you cruise the streets of Charlotte and sample a variety of fresh bites from locally owned restaurants in Uptown. Beer and wine pairings are also on the menu. This event will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and tickets are $60/person. Learn more at feastfoodtours.com.

December 16, 2017: Dishes & Delights of Dilworth Tour

Stroll along the tree-lined streets of this prosperous historic neighborhood while savoring the dishes of restaurants who have found their start in Dilworth, along with establishments that have moved here to share in the prosperity this area has historically enjoyed and the vibrant community of business owners it has cultivated. This tour includes specialties from six culinary establishments including restaurants, wine bars, casual eateries and culinary retail. There will also be tastings of local craft beer and wine pairing. This event will last from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and tickets are sold for $60/person. For more information, go to feastfoodtours.com.

December 19, 2017: The Salisbury Symphony Presents Christmas Excerpts from Messiah

The Salisbury Symphony and the Salisbury Symphony Chorale present their first holiday concert of Christmas excerpts from Handel’s ever-popular Messiah. The concert will take place on Tuesday, December 19 at 6.30 p.m. This concert is part of the inaugural season for the newly formed 40 member-strong Salisbury Symphony Chorale, which has already earned a reputation as a leading choral society in the region following their highly acclaimed concert with St. John’s Lutheran Church as part of the celebration of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary. For more information, click here.

December 21, 2017: Uptown Crawl

Discover Uptown’s culture for free during the Uptown Crawl, presented by HomeTrust Bank, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, December 21. The crawl features Uptown art galleries and museums along the Tryon Street corridor with free trolley rides between each exhibit. The crawl is open to art lovers of all ages and attracts guests from all over the greater Charlotte region. Learn more at charlottecentercity.org.

December 21, 2017: Karaoke Thursday’s at Topgolf

What better way to start preparing for Christmas than joyously singing Christmas carols? Don’t miss your chance to sing your heart out at Topgolf Charlotte on Thursday nights from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. For more information, visit their website at topgolf.com.

December 24, 2017: Lenny Boy Brewing Sip & Sweat

Every Sunday at Lenny Boy Brewing Co, Work For Your Beer hosts a $5 boot camp workout class, which gets you a free 6-oz. pour of either beer or Kombucha post-workout. For more fun December events with Work For Your Beer, take a peek at their December calendar and times here.

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