Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Lake Wylie Public Library. For ages 3-5 and their caregivers. No registration required.
Allison Creek Bluegrass, 7 p.m. Nov. 21, Allison Creek Presbyterian Church, York. Bluegrass Travelers perform the final 2013 concert. This free, family-friendly event is for all ages. Doors open at 6 p.m.; concessions available at 6:30 p.m. allisoncreekbluegrass.com
Holidays at the Garden, opens Nov. 22 through Dec. 31, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. The garden glows with half a million LED lights in the lighting display turned on at 5 p.m. nightly, plus see festive fun in the Visitor Center and Orchid Conservatory, along with servings of hot drinks and treats offered nightly from Belmonts Caravan Coffee. On the Four Season Gardens lawn, guests can enjoy live entertainment Thursday through Sunday featuring a cappella groups like Queen City Groove, gospel groups like Lake Norman Baptist Church, jazz ensembles, hand bell choirs and more. Holiday events also scheduled: Admission: $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 60 and older, and $6 children 4-12. The garden opens at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and is closed Christmas Day. DSBG.org
Tablet Petting Zoo, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 22, Lake Wylie Public Library. Learn the basics about tablets, such as iPads, Kindles, Nexus and Nooks, including the advantages and limitations of each model owned by the library, as well as which library resources can be used on each device. Call 803-831-7774 to register.
19th annual Christmas Craft Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 23, Clover High School, presented by student council. Concessions available throughout the day. Interested vendors can visit the school website for an application form.
St. Jude Walk
St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital Walk, 9 a.m. Nov. 23, Knights Stadium, Fort Mill. Event features family-friendly activities. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for kids, and free for ages 5 and younger. givethankswalk.org
Southern Christmas Show, through Nov. 24, The Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. Tickets: $10 at the door, $3 for children ages 6-12; ages 6 and younger free with paying adult. Advance tickets $9 for adults; available online at SouthernChristmasShow.com.
20th annual Carolina Renaissance Festival, weekends 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through Nov. 24, Huntersville, N.C. The Festivals artisan marketplace mimics 16th century architecture and features 100 merchants, crafters and artists that create, demonstrate and sell handmade wares. Eleven outdoor stages and performance settings offer non-stop theater, comedy, music, dance, magic, circus entertainments and falconry demonstrations. Hundreds of costumed villagers fill the lanes with additional entertainment. The festivals signature attraction features medieval knights on horseback jousting three times daily in the queens tournament arena. 877-896-5544; RenFestInfo.com
Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the Worlds Fairs, 1851-1939 exhibit through Jan. 19, Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte. See about 200 examples of glass, furniture, jewelry, ceramics, precious metalwork and textiles displayed at the worlds fairs between Londons Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in London in 1851 and New Yorks Worlds Fair in 1939. Admission: $10 adults; free to children younger than 18 with paying adult. 704-337-2011; mintmuseum.org
The First Carolinians: The Life & Times of the First Cultures in the Palmetto State, through March 1, Fort Mill History Museum, 310 N. White St., Fort Mill. 803-802-3646; fortmillhistorymuseum.org
Mystery Book Club, 6:35 p.m. Nov. 26, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road. Hosted by Christine Tran, a mysteries reviewer for the online publication BookList. Discussing Mallorys Oracle by Carol OConnell. Titles chosen by the group will be discussed on the last Tuesday of each month. Audience: adults. 704-416-6800
Holiday Fantasia 2013: An Evening of Celebration and Joy, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Byrnes Auditorium, Winthrop University, Rock Hill presented by Carolinas Wind Orchestra. The program features holiday favorites, along with arrangements and standard repertoire for concert band. Admission is free. facebook.com/carolinaswindorchestra
A Celebration of Carols featuring Benjamin Brittens Ceremony of Carols and concert settings of carols of the Nativity, 4 p.m. Dec. 8, Byrnes Auditorium at Winthrop University, Rock Hill. The York County Choral Society and Chamber Singers with special guest Rock Hill Elementary Honors Choir. Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 seniors 62 and older, $5 students with ID. 803-547-2008; yorkcountychoralsociety.org
Peripheral Neuropathy workshop, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Infinite Wellness, 1698 S.C. 160 W., Fort Mill. Presented by Richard Schaffer Jr., MD. Free; seating is limited. 803-547-4343
Charlottes JazzArts Initiative holiday show, The Music of Vince Guaraldi, 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 10, Blumenthal Booth Playhouse at Founders Hall, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Includes a catered reception and silent auction 5:30-6:30 p.m. Guaraldi is best known for his score to Charlie Brown/Peanuts TV specials and movies including A Charlie Brown Christmas. Five of Charlottes top jazz pianists Chad Lawson, Mark Stallings, Lovell Bradford, Bill Hanna and Charles Craig along with an ensemble of regional musicians and vocalists, will be playing the music of the legendary composer and other holiday classics. Tickets: $20 in advance. VIP tickets: $50, include artist meet and greet with complimentary beverages. 704-372-1000; carolinatix.org
Music in York
NC Baroque Orchestra Chamber Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York, sponsored by Murray and Hazel Somerville and The Men Shop. Tickets: $10; free with valid student ID. 803-684-2590; yorkvillehs.com
31st annual Christmas in Olde York Holiday Tour of Historic Homes, Dec. 14-15, York. Times: 4-8 p.m. Dec. 14 and 3-7 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets: $10, available in advance and on tour days at Greater York Chamber of Commerce, 23 E. Liberty St. and Garden Cafe in York, and Good Things Consignment and More in Clover. 803-684-2590; yorkvillehs.com
Animal Adoption Leagues Love Lights, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 14, Lakeview Acres Pond on Celanese Road, Rock Hill. For 18 years, AAL had helped people honor people or pets who have passed. Rain date is Dec. 15. Luminarias will be placed around the lake and lit beginning at 5 p.m. They will be in alphabetical order by last name. Spectators are encouraged to come out and enjoy a cup of hot cider and homemade treats while they walk the path reading the names of loved ones. Cost: $4 per luminaria. For $1 more, an acknowledgement card can be sent so someone so they will know a candle has been lit for them. mynextpet.com/lovelights