DECEMBER EVENTS

HOLIDAYS AT THE GARDEN: This annual light display has become a tradition for families. New this year is a musically-orchestrated topiary display in the Four Season’s Garden and the lights of fire and ice in the perennial gardens have been extended. There’s also an expanded Department 56 Dickens Village. Santa will be available for for pictures on select nights for an additional fee. Through Jan. 6 (except Christmas Day). Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Adult tickets are $12.95 to $16.95. dsbg.org.

THE 64TH ANNUAL SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE DEC. 8-9 UPTOWN IS BILLED AS A BIG BAND BASH.

THE 64TH ANNUAL SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE DEC. 8-9 UPTOWN IS BILLED AS A BIG BAND BASH.

THE 64TH ANNUAL SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE: This Charlotte holiday tradition features The MainStage Choir performing favorite Christmas songs in a 32-foot tall Christmas tree. This year’s production has a Jazz twist with accompaniment by the all-star Big Band, plus the Miller Street Dance Academy. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St. $26-$45. carolinavoices.org.

Jewelry designer Mignonne Gavigan.

Jewelry designer Mignonne Gavigan.

MIGNONNE GAVIGAN JEWELRY: Meet the designer and view her newest pieces during her personal appearance. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14. Neiman Marcus at SouthPark mall. 704-442-7900, ext. 2141. neimanmarcus.com.

THE NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE OF ODESSA PERFORMS THE CLASSIC BALLET  THE SLEEPING BEAUTY FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY ON DEC. 19 AT KNIGHT THEATER.

THE NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE OF ODESSA PERFORMS THE CLASSIC BALLET THE SLEEPING BEAUTYFOR ONE NIGHT ONLY ON DEC. 19 AT KNIGHT THEATER.

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY: The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa and its 55 dancers perform a full-scale production of Tchaikovsky’s classic for one night only. 7:30 p.m. Dec 19. Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St. $40-$60. blumenthalarts.org.

Galleries

ANNE NEILSON FINE ART: 532 Governor Morrison Street. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 704-496-9181; anneneilsonfineart.

ELDER GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART: Though Jan. 5, 2019: Vicarious, a multi-disciplinary exhibition featuring paintings by San Francisco-based Dan Bayless; drawings and paintings by Charlotte-based artist and Army veteran Will Bosbyshell; glass work by Pomona, California-based artist and Vietnam veteran Michael Aschenbrenner,; prints, objects and sculpture by Drew Cameron; installation work by Charlotte-based artist and Navy veteran Suje Garcia; a documentary produced by Susie Films; a virtual reality project produced by Army veteran Paula Kranz Broadwell; and artworks from graduates of the Chicago-based CreatiVets Program. Part of exhibit sales go to Veterans Bridge Home. 1520 S. Tryon St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.704-370-6337; www.eldergalleryclt.com.

NEW GALLERY OF MODERN ART: Through Dec. 1: Street Space, Embracing the History of Street Art & Culture featuring works by Daniel Arkham, Jose Aurelio Baez, Christopher Chan, Jesse Choring, Seth Clark, Steven Firenze, Freehand Profit, Blaine Hurdle, Hnin Nie, Odriewgo, Christophe Roberts, David Rosenstraus, Grace Stott, Swoon, Dammit Wesley, Bryan Wilson and Stephen Wilson.  435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com. 

SOCO GALLERY: 421 Providence Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 980-498-2811; www.soco-gallery.com. 

Coming Up

CROWN JEWELS BALL: Cugat Club is the theme of this year’s gala fundraiser for Charlotte Concerts. Gala chair is Clair Campbell. Feb. 9, 2019 at Quail Hollow Club. Tickets are $275. www.charlotteconcerts.org.











DECEMBER EVENTS

Guests at last year's Jazzy Holiday Gala. The fundraiser for the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture is Dec. 2. 

Guests at last year's Jazzy Holiday Gala. The fundraiser for the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture is Dec. 2. 

Jazzy Holiday Gala: This year's gala fundraiser for the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture celebrates the style and aesthetic known as Black Cool. The evening features a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing and an awards ceremony. This year's Spirit of the Center honorees include civil-rights law firm Ferguson Chambers & Sumter; artist Charles Farrar;  and architect Phil Freelon. 6 p.m. Dec. 2. Crown Ballroom at the Charlotte Convention Center. Tickets are $250. www.ganttcenter.org.

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra performs  Magic of Christmas  Dec. 2-3 at Belk Theater. 

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra performs Magic of Christmas Dec. 2-3 at Belk Theater. 

Magic Of Christmas: Albert-George Schram conducts the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra for this holiday performance for the whole family. There's also music from Mark O'Connor and O'Connor Band, the Charlotte Symphony Chorus and the Charlotte Children's Choir. Plus a sing-along of festive favorites and a visit from Santa. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2; 4 p.m. Dec. 3. Belk Theater uptown. Tickets start at $19. www.charlottesymphony.org.

The 62nd Annual Singing Christmas Tree is Dec. 9-10 at Knight Theater. 

The 62nd Annual Singing Christmas Tree is Dec. 9-10 at Knight Theater. 

The 62nd Annual Singing Christmas Tree: A Charlotte holiday tradition featuring the Carolina Voices MainStage Choir in a 32-foot tall Christmas tree performing favorite Christmas songs. They'll be joined by guest artists Caroline Keller, Grey Seal Puppets, Miller Street Dance Academy, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Choir and Torrance Creek Elementary Choir. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9; 4 p.m. Dec. 10. Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts. $25-$40. A special hour-long version of the show for children is at 11 a.m. Dec. 9; tickets are $14-$20. www.carolinavoices.org.

Meet acclaimed artist Hunt Slonem from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at The New Gallery of Modern Art during a book signing for  Aviary .

Meet acclaimed artist Hunt Slonem from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at The New Gallery of Modern Art during a book signing for Aviary.

Birds By Hunt Slonem Book Signing: A reception and book signing from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13 with renowned artist Hunt Slonem for his hardcover book featuring gorgeous photos of his sought-after paintings of birds. It's in conjunction with his exhibit Aviary, on view through January 3. The New Gallery of Modern Art, 435 S. Tryon Street. www.newgalleryofmodernart.com. 

Alejandro Cartagena's  Carpoolers IV, 2011-2012,  is on view Dec. 8-Jan. 19 at SOCO Gallery. The opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Dec. 13. 

Alejandro Cartagena's Carpoolers IV, 2011-2012, is on view Dec. 8-Jan. 19 at SOCO Gallery. The opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Dec. 13. 

Opening Reception For Alejandro Cartagena: Home: Contemporary Mexican photography by Alejandro Cartagena from his Carpoolers and Mexicana Suburbia series. 6-8 p.m. Dec. 13. The exhibit is on view through January 19. www.soco-gallery.com. 

SWAN LAKE , THE MOST-LOVED CLASSIC BALLET, WILL BE PERFORMED BY RUSSIAN BALLET DANCERS ON DEC. 21 AT KNIGHT THEATER.

SWAN LAKE, THE MOST-LOVED CLASSIC BALLET, WILL BE PERFORMED BY RUSSIAN BALLET DANCERS ON DEC. 21 AT KNIGHT THEATER.

Swan Lake: Stars from Russia's State Ballet Theatre perform the classic ballet. 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at Knight Theater. $35-$55. www.blumenthalarts.org.