The Union West Library hosts activities, games and obstacles to encourage movement, interaction and problem solving in Tinker Time: Rolling Along. The event is open to ages 1 to 5 years old. Call 704-821-7475 for details.
10:30 a.m.; 123 Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail
Teens become one with the Force with an afternoon discussing “Star Wars” at the Waxhaw Library. The event includes games and crafts while supplies last. Call 704-843-3131 for details.
5 p.m.; 509 S. Providence St., Waxhaw
The Marshville Library Book Club discusses holiday stories. Participants are asked to pick their favorite and come prepared to discuss it with the group. Call 704-624-2828 for details.
5 p.m. 414 Hasty St., Marshville
The Town of Waxhaw treats those ages 60 and older to a Christmas luncheon with music at Waxhaw Bible Church. There will be plenty of cheer thanks to a tradition dating back to 1989. Visit www.waxhaw.com for details.
Noon; 6810 Pleasant Grove Road, Waxhaw
The Town of Weddington provides cookies, s’mores and hot chocolate, while KO and Spoon’s BBQ serve up food truck fare, at the annual tree lighting. DJ Fannie Mae brings the beats, while Santa Claus drops the ho-ho-ho at Weddington Town Hall. Visit www.townofweddington.com for details.
5 to 8 p.m.; 11924 Weddington Road, Weddington
Searching for the perfect Christmas gift? Monroe Crossing hosts a Holiday Gift Show featuring local boutiques. Vendors can sign up through Nov. 29. Visit www.shopmonroe crossing.com for details.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 2115 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe
The Carolina Equine Rescue & Assistance holds a charity sale involving used tack and crafts at Honeysuckle Riding Academy. A $1 donation is required to shop. People younger than 12 get in free. Proceeds benefit CERA. Pony rides take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $3 donations per ride.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 6812 Rocky River Road.
Cards for Soldiers
The Traveling Writers Club invites the community to make cards for solders in the second annual Card for Heroes campaign. The event is held at Carolinas HealthCare System Waxhaw. Email TheTravelingWriter sClub@gmail.com for details.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 2700 Providence Rd S, Waxhaw
Monroe Parks & Recreation transforms the J. Ray Shute Center into a winter wonderland with food and activities. Visit www.parks.monroenc.org for details.
Noon to 4 p.m.; 506 Green St., Monroe
Festival of Lights
Experience downtown Waxhaw like you’ve never seen it before – lit up by 500,000 lights. Guests enjoy a nativity scene, amusement rides, music and carriage rides. It’s so fun, Santa is planning to visit. Visit www.wax haw.com for details.
4 to 8 p.m.; Downtown Waxhaw
Enjoy the serenity of the historic candlelit sanctuary at Waxhaw United Methodist Church at an open house. Guests may light candles for loved ones and offer special prayers. There will also be a community “Charlie Brown” tree set up to help children in need.
4 to 8 p.m.; 200 McDonald St.,. Waxhaw
Waxhaw United Methodist Church presents a Nativity story with performances, live petting zoo animals, free hot chocolate, Christmas carol singalong and casual outdoor seating. Bring a coat or blanket.
5:30 p.m.; 200 McDonald St., Waxhaw
Santa Claus and Mayor Bobby Kilgore usher in a holly jolly good time at the city’s tree lighting in Downtown Monroe. The event includes train and trolly rides, Christmas music, petting zoo, amusement rides and snow. The lighting starts at 7 p.m. Visit www.parks.monroenc.org for details.
6 to 9 p.m.; Downtown Monroe