Friday, December 4, 2015

Holiday parties and ACC Championship weekend!

Time to break-out the ugly sweaters, unwrapped new toys and get this holiday party season started. Plus ACC Football Championship weekend kicks off tonight. See you in the streets!

Post-Crawl Party - If you’re hanging out in Southend for the art crawl tonight, don’t mis the Southend Holiday Party featuring a tacky sweater contest and shopping. Charlotte Improv will do a holiday themed-live improv with audience interaction. Bring an unwrapped new toy for donation. 9:30 p.m., Charlotte Art League, 1517 Camden Road. Free. Details.

Holiday Tradition - The 8th Annual Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour is a Charlotte holiday tradition featuring eight private homes, decorated for the holidays. There’s also a free horse & carriage rides, seasonal entertainment, and food, beer & wine tastings from: The Asbury, The Wooden Vine, Muddy River Distillery, The Poplar Street Café & Wine Bar, Mert’s Heart & Soul, Rock Bottom Brewery, Red Clay Ciderworks, Potts Chocolate, Assorted Table Wine Shoppe, Allen Tate Realtors and 7th Street Public Market. This is a great way to walk the city and soak in Uptown’s Fourth Ward. I attended a few years ago, and had a great time. Each home features a volunteer who shares information about the home’s history and decor. $25. Various Times Tonight - Sunday. 4th wardTickets.

Jazzy Holiday - Enjoy jazzy renditions of seasonal classics at Jingle Bell Jazz featuring Ziad Jazz Quartet. They will perform “Winter Wonderland,” “Deck the Halls” (arranged by Herbie Hancock and Chick Correa), “Sleigh Ride,” the John Coltrane version of Greensleeves and more. The Jazz at the Bechtler's holiday show often sell out. 6 and 8:15 p.m., Bechtler Museum, 420 South Tryon Street. Details.

Don't Forget
Holiday Fun -2nd Chance Santa is one of the biggest holiday parties. It's a black-tie optional event features Hot Sauce Band, light appetizers & finger foods from eight Local Charlotte restaurants. There will be beer and wine. 7:30 p.m. Rooftop 210, Epicentre,210 E Trade St. $40, $60

Winter Market - Another chance to by gifts and baked good from 30 local vendors at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery's 6th Annual Weihnachtsmarkt. This is the opening weekend of the German-inspired Christmas Market. Winter seasonal beers include Dunkel, Bauern Bock, and Yule Bock and OMB’s homemade Glühwein: a spiced red wine served hot.
Weihnachtsmarkt is every Friday and Saturday through the Dec. 18-19. 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. - 9 p.m. Saturdays.  Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 4150 Yancey Road.

Gay Chorus - One Voice Chorus’ annual holiday concert theme is Madonna/Madonna. It highlights both Mary, at the center of the nativity, and Madonna, pop icon! 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, 234 North Sharon Amity Road. $18.65 and up. Tickets.

ACC Championship Fun - Prep for the ACC Championship game with the ACC Bar Crawl. $20 gets you an ACC Bar Crawl T-Shirt, event koozie, drink specials, and free entry to all participating bars! A portion of the proceeds goes to each alumni group. 7 p.m. Tilt, (check-in), 127 W. Trade St.
ACC Fan Central at the EpiCentre on Trade Street features a pep rally, the mascots, team pep bands and more.