Mark your calendars for these 20 Charlotte events next month

Our roundup of holiday things, concerts, stage plays, sports and more happenings this December.
An Evening with Santa & Mrs. Claus, 2018. Photo courtesy of Johnson C. Smith University

Carowinds WinterFest

Select dates through Dec. 31
Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd.
Starting at $26, get your tickets

Over 5 million Christmas lights, a 70-foot Christmas tree and the nightly WinterFest Wonderland Parade, just some of the holiday things you can expect at the Carolina amusement park.

An Evening with Santa & Mrs. Claus

Sunday, Dec. 1, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Rd.
Free, more info

A little something to get you in the holiday spirit with live Christmas music, light refreshments, giveaways and a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Women Who Jam!

Sunday, Dec. 1, 6:30 – 10 p.m.
Heist Brewery, 2909 N. Davidson St.
$10, get tickets

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Get a listen to female music artists representing all genres at this signature event hosted by the Charlotte chapter of the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Sunday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.
Starting at $20, get tickets

A re-imagined version of Tchaikovsky’s classic score featuring a dozen all-star dancers, on-stage DJ and an electric violinist.

Tobe Nwigwe: The Ivory Tour

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 9 p.m.
Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St.
$25-$85, get tickets

The up-and-coming, first-generation Nigerian-American rapper is already getting praises from industry heavyweights like Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and Dave Chappelle.

Power 98 Winter Block Party

Thursday, Dec. 5, 8 p.m.
Bojangles’ Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd.
Starting at $61, get tickets

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Leaders of the new music wave — Charlotte’s DaBaby and Houston’s Megan Thee Stallion — headline the concert also featuring Fetty Wap, Layton Greene, Tyla Yaweh and Blacc Zacc.

#ShapingCLT: Remembering 1619

Thursday, Dec. 5, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St.
$10, get tickets

It’s been 400 years since the first Africans arrived in America as indentured servants. Museum staff leads a deep dive into the history and evolution of slavery in America.

“Be A Lion”

Thursday, Dec. 5 – Saturday, Dec. 14
Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St.
$28, get tickets

The story picks up where “The Wiz” left off after Dorothy returns home and Oz is left without a leader. Enjoy 17 original songs from new characters as well as the familiar ones.

Gino Castillo

Thursday, Dec. 12 – Saturday, Dec. 14, Tuesday, Dec. 31
Middle C Jazz, 300 S. Brevard St.
$15-$40, get tickets

Percussionist Gino Castillo’s music is a blended fusion of salsa and Latin jazz, and he’s ready for audiences at Charlotte’s newest jazz club.

Snoop Dogg: “I Wanna Thank Me” Tour

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 8 p.m.
The Fillmore, 820 Hamilton St.
$59.75, get tickets

The “Doggfather” makes a stop in Charlotte as part of his nationwide tour promoting his 17th studio album, “I Wanna Thank Me.”

Soulful Noel

Friday, Dec. 20 – Saturday, Dec. 21
McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St.
$25, get tickets

OnQ is back with its annual holiday showcase featuring soulful renditions of classics like “Ave Maria,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “What Do the Lonely Do.”


Friday, Dec. 20 – Sunday, Dec. 22
Comedy Zone, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd.
$30 – $40, get tickets

Atlanta-based comedian Sommore has been performing stand-up comedy for over 20 years, earning recognition from gigs like BET’s “Comic View” and the record-breaking “Queens of Comedy” tour.

Eric Roberson: “Music Fan First” 10-year Anniversary Tour

Saturday, Dec. 21, 8:30 p.m.
Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St.
$30 – $50, get tickets

Eric Roberson and his band are on the road to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of his album, “Music Fan First,” which features his biggest radio single to date, “Dealing,” a duet with Lalah Hathaway.


Thursday, Dec. 26 – Saturday, Dec. 28
Comedy Zone, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd.
$25 – $40, get tickets

The actor and comedian, who was ranked by Comedy Central as one of the “100 Greatest Standups of all Time,” performs five shows in the QC.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage!

Friday, Dec. 27, 7 p.m.
Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd.
Starting at $26, get tickets

Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season.

Cirque de Noël

Saturday, Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater, 130 N Tryon St.
$58 – $271, get tickets

The circus meets the symphony with acrobatics accompanied by holiday favorites.

The Purple Madness – Tribute to Prince

Saturday, Dec. 28, 8 p.m.
The Fillmore, 820 Hamilton St.
$15, get tickets

A high-energy performance celebrating one of the most influential artists of all time.

SCARFACE with full band

Sunday, Dec. 29, 8 p.m.
Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St.
$27.50 – $38, get tickets

The Houston rapper has been in the music game for more than 30 years, both as a solo artist and a member of the legendary group, the Geto Boys. Recently, Brad “Scarface” Jordan made headlines when he made it to the runoff election for Houston’s city council.

Belk Bowl

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 12 p.m.
Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St.
Starting at $35, get tickets

College football winds down with bowl season, including this annual matchup of the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Southeastern Conference.

Charlie Wilson: A New Year’s Eve Celebration

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m.
Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd.
Starting at $61, get tickets

Bring in the new year with “Uncle Charlie,” founder of the Gap Band and solo icon.

Keep up-to-date with things to do in the Queen City by visiting our events calendar.

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