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This Weekend in North Carolina events are pulled from December’s  Dates & Events section in Our State magazine.
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Deck the Trees • Black Mountain • December 1-31
The Monte Vista Hotel’s seventh annual Christmas tree display will celebrate the hotel’s 80th anniversary: Each hand-decorated tree will follow the theme “80 years of Christmas.”

Learn more: (828) 669-8870 or

Tweetsie Christmas • Blowing Rock • December 15-16, 22-23, 29-30
At this exclusive evening event, the entire family can hop aboard Tweetsie’s signature black locomotive and experience the steam-powered ride along with a dazzling display of lights.

Learn more: (877) 893-3874 or

Holiday Sip and Shop • Asheville • December 15-16
Shop for holiday gifts handcrafted by local and regional artists at Grovewood Gallery. Enjoy craft demonstrations and complimentary wine, warm cider, and cookies. All gallery merchandise will be 10 percent off.

Learn more: (828) 253-7651 or

Art in the Hall • Morganton • December 11-January 8
The work of talented artist Jeanne Schlumbohm will be featured in City Hall for this month-long exhibit. Schlumbohm works in various mediums, including graphite, which allows her to capture as much detail as possible.

Learn more: (828) 438-5362 or

Shelby Christmas Parade • Shelby • December 17
Bundle up and bring a chair to Lafayette Street for uptown Shelby’s annual Christmas parade. See floats, horses, dancers, marching bands, and more.

Learn more: (704) 484-3100 or


Weihnachtsmarkt • Charlotte • December 15-16
Experience a festive German Christmas market right in North Carolina. This signature holiday event at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery features an open-air craft market, craft beer, and comfort food.

Learn more: (704) 525-5644 or

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever • Fayetteville • December 1-18
In this comedic Christmas play, which has been performed by the Cape Fear Regional Theatre for more than 25 years, a couple struggling to produce a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the most “inventively awful” kids in history.

Learn more: (910) 323-4233 or

Gingerbread Lane • Charlotte • December 7-27
See an enchanting display of gingerbread houses at this free, monthlong event. Make a donation to vote on your favorites — all proceeds will benefit Levine Children’s Hospital.

Learn more: (704) 248-4055 or

Holiday Lights • Fayetteville • December 14-17, 21-23, 26-30
Bundle up for this mile-long stroll through the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, where you’ll enjoy a synchronized light-and-music show with thousands of lights. Take pictures with Santa, make s’mores over a fire, and partake in kids’ crafts.

Learn more: (910) 486-0221 or

A Christmas Carol • Chapel Hill • December 12-17, 19-23
Don’t be a Scrooge: Go see a performance of Dickens’s Christmas classic at the PlayMakers Repertory Company.

Learn more: (919) 962-7529 or

The Nutcracker • Raleigh • December 15-24
Take part in a holiday tradition by going on a journey to the Land of Sweets: This performance of the classic ballet will have elaborate sets and costumes, plus live music.

Learn more: (919) 996-8709 or

Unity Choir’s “Glory of Christmas” Concert • Raleigh • December 16
Unity Choir, a guest orchestra, and soloists will perform this Christmas concert, which draws from different faiths and traditions and includes jazz, gospel, classical, and world music.

Learn more: (919) 832-8324 or

Marvelous Music Family Series: Cary Ballet presents The Nutcracker Suite • Cary • December 16
Enjoy a one-hour version of the holiday classic, perfect for short attention spans. Purchase a separate ticket to attend “Ballerina Tea” after the performance: Decorate a teacup and take photos with featured ballerinas.

Learn more: (919) 462-2055 or


Star of Wonder, Star of Night • Wilmington • December 1-2, 8-9, 15-16
Candlelight tours will be offered through the eight rooms of the Manor House at Poplar Grove Plantation, which will be decorated by theme and color with natural flora and greenery inspired by the Foys’ colonial-through-Victorian family history — with a few contemporary flourishes to represent the family’s four centuries in coastal North Carolina.

Learn more: (910) 686-9518 or

Enchanted Airlie • Wilmington • December 13-22
Take a half-mile, self-guided walking tour through Airlie Gardens’ light display, which includes local food and beverage vendors, plus a visit from Santa.

Learn more: (910) 798-7717 or

The Barefoot Movement • Oriental • December 14
This talented bluegrass band, which won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Band of the Year Momentum Award in 2014, will perform a Christmas concert at the Old Theater.

Learn more: (252) 617-2125 or

Polar Express at The Children’s Museum • Wilmington • December 16
Wear your pajamas to this third annual event, and enjoy hot chocolate, story time, holiday crafts, letters to Santa, train rides, and more. Each child will receive a special “believe bell” while supplies last.

Learn more: (910) 254-3534.

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