Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Lake Wylie Public Library. For ages 3-5 and their caregivers. No registration required.
Holiday Tea, 1-2:25 p.m. and 2:45-4 p.m. Dec. 1 and 8, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. In addition to trying and learning about teas, visitors may pair teas with snacks. Sponsored by Savannahs Tea Room in Fort Mill. Gift baskets and other tea-related items will be for sale. Cost: $22 for members, $25 for non-members, includes garden admission. Advance reservations required. 704-829-1252.
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
Christmas at the Library celebration, Dec. 2-23, Billy Graham Library, Charlotte. Events include horse-drawn carriage rides, story time for children, live music from carolers, display of live nativitiy and more. Library hours are 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thrusday and 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m, with Christmas activities beginning at 5 p.m. Pet animals from the live nativity from noon to 2 p.m. each day. Throughout the day, visitors may tour The Journey of Faith, the main presentation of the library, which covers the life and ministry of evangelist Billy Graham. After 3 p.m., there is a $10 parking fee per vehicle. Admission to the library is free; additional costs apply for carriage rides and Christmas dinner, served Thursday-Saturday at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association headquarters. Reservations required for dinner. The library will close Jan. 6-11 for maintenance and reopen Jan. 13. 704-401-3200; billygrahamlibrary.org
Holidays at the Garden, 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
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
Bearing Witness: The New York Photo League and Sonia Handelman Meyer, through June 29, Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. Made up of about 100 photographs from Photo League members.
Santas Workshop, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Cost: $20 for members, $25 for non-members and includes garden admission. Advance reservations required. 704-829-1252
At the Abbey
Abbeys Holiday Concert, 8 p.m. Dec. 6, Abbey Basilica, Belmont, presented by Abbey chorus, voice and instrumental students. The program includes music from Medieval times to the 20th century. Music from Austria, Spain, Poland and holiday favorites will be part of the show. Music for audience participation accompanied by the basilica organ is a highlight of the concert. Karen Hite Jacob directs the chorus and accompanies. Sam Stowe of Belmont is instrumental ensemble director. Admission is free; donations accepted. bac.edu
A Celebration of Carols featuring Benjamin Brittens Ceremony of Carols and Concert Settings of Best Loved 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
Christmas at St. Marys, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 14, St. Marys Chapel, 1129 E. Third St., Charlotte, presented by Carolina Pro Musica. Hear the story of the birth of Jesus from the anticipation through the visit of the wisemen and more. This years program features medieval and Renaissance music with readings of the season and carols for all to sing. Instruments include harp, harpsichord, recorders, guitar and viola da gamba plus voices. Tickets: $15, $7.50 for students and seniors. Reservations recommended. 704-334-3468; carolinapromusica.org
The Charlotte Pride Band Winter Concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 15, Temple Beth El, 5101 Providence Road, Charlotte. The program will feature seasonal favorites performed by small ensembles of Charlotte Pride Band including the jazz band, woodwind quintet, brass quintet, clarinet choir, sax ensemble, brass choir, trumpet choir and trombone quartet. Snack and school supplies donations are requested for Freedom and Sterling elementary schools. Admission is free. charlotteprideband.org