Family Holiday Story Time Dec. 12 at Lake Wylie library

December 8, 2013 


Story time

Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Lake Wylie Public Library. For ages 3-5 and their caregivers. No registration required.


Holiday stories

Family Holiday Story Time, 6 p.m. Dec. 12, Lake Wylie Public Library. Children ages 12 and younger and their families are invited for stories and songs of the season. Children may wear pajamas and visit with Santa. No registration required. 803-831-7774


Music in York

N.C. 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’s Shop. Tickets: $10; free with valid student ID. 803-684-2590;


Santa’s Workshop

Santa’s Workshop, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont, N.C. Cost: $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers and includes garden admission. Advance reservations required. 704-829-1252

Candlelight tour

Christmas Candlelight Tours at Historic Brattonsville, 3-9 p.m. Dec. 14, Brattonsville Road. Christmas Candlelight Tours will feature five theatrical venues throughout the site. The theme will be the joy and excitement of Christmas, and examining where holiday traditions originated and how they came to be enjoyed in the Carolina Piedmont. A historically-dressed St. Nicolas will share history of Santa Claus and visit with children. From 3-6 p.m., dip your own candle, make paper ornaments and string a popcorn garland. Brass Quartet play traditional Christmas melodies 6-9 p.m. The Friends of Historic Brattonsville will have hot drinks, seasonal foods home-baked goods for sale. Admission: $10 for adults; seniors, $8; youths 4-17, $5; 3 and younger and CHM members, free.

Home tour

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., Garden Cafe in York, and Good Things Consignment and More in Clover. 803-684-2590,

Love lights

Animal Adoption League’s Love Lights, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 14, Lakeview Acres Pond on Celanese Road, Rock Hill. For 18 years, AAL has 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 acknowledgment card can be sent so someone so they will know a candle has been lit for them.

Christmas story

Christmas at St. Mary’s, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 14, St. Mary’s Chapel, 1129 E. Third St., Charlotte, N.C., presented by Carolina Pro Musica. Hear the story of the birth of Jesus from the anticipation through the visit of the wise men and more. This year’s 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,


Winter Concert

The Charlotte Pride Band Winter Concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 15, Temple Beth El, 5101 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 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.


Graham library

“Christmas at the Library” celebration through Dec. 23, Billy Graham Library, Charlotte, N.C. Events include horse-drawn carriage rides, story time for children, live music from carolers, display of live Nativity 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 re-open Jan. 13. 704-401-3200;

‘Frolic’ exhibit

Vernon Grant’s “Winter Frolic: Santas, Snow and Scenes of Winter,” through Dec. 29, Dalton Gallery, Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Renowned illustrator and creator of Kellogg’s “Snap! Crackle! Pop!,” Grant built his reputation on his signature gnomes, jolly Santas and his whimsical approach to illustration. Along with Grant’s favorite subject, Santa Claus, this year’s ChristmasVille exhibit features skiers, snowmen and winter scenes that graced the covers of some of America’s most popular magazines of the times. More than 40 of Grant’s images are on display. Exhibiting concurrently to Grant’s Winter Frolic is the York County High School Art Show, with awards sponsored by the Yorkville Artists’ Guild. 803-328-2787;

Garden lights

Holidays at the Garden through Dec. 31, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont, N.C. The garden glows with half a million LED lights in the lighting display turned on at 5 p.m. nightly, plus festivities in the Visitor Center and Orchid Conservatory, along with servings of hot drinks and treats offered from Belmont’s Caravan Coffee. On the Four Season Garden’s 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, handbell choirs and more. Holiday events also scheduled. Admission: $12 for adults; $11 for seniors, ages 60 and older; and $6, children ages 4-12. The garden opens at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and is closed Christmas Day.

World’s Fairs

“Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939” exhibit through Jan. 19, Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte, N.C. See about 200 examples of glass, furniture, jewelry, ceramics, precious metalwork and textiles displayed at the world’s fairs between London’s Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in London in 1851 and New York’s World’s Fair in 1939. Admission: $10, adults; free to children younger than age 18 with paying adult. 704-337-2011;

On exhibit

“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,

Photo exhibition

“Bearing Witness: The New York Photo League and Sonia Handelman Meyer,” through June 29, Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte, N.C. Made up of about 100 photographs from Photo League members.


Garden guide

Horticultural Highlight Walk, 1 p.m. Dec. 21, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont, N.C. Join staff on a custom tour of the garden. Guides will highlight what’s in bloom, seasonally relevant gardening tips and behind-the-scenes details. Free with garden admission. 704-829-1252;

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