The Indian Trail Parks and Recreation Department hosts Elf in the Woods at Chestnut Square Park. The event is open to kids ages 2 to 5 years old. Space is limited. Register at www.itsparksandrec.com or by calling 704-821-5401.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; 320 Chestnut Pkwy., Indian Trail
The Union County Chamber of Commerce presents its 2017 Annual Red Carpet Gala at the Union County Agriculture Center. Carlton Tyson will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, while several other companies are eligible for awards. Registration costs $55 for chamber members and $75 for others. Call 704-289-4567 to register.
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; 3230 Presson Road, Monroe
Carolina Family Chiropractic hosts a Ladies Night with food, drinks, raffles and chair massage. The company is collecting toys for wwwKa tiesKidz.org. The organization delivers toys to hospitals across the Carolinas.
6:30 to 9 p.m.; 8019 Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte
Learn why Jesus is the Prince of Peace to all who know him at the JAARS Center’s 2017 Passport to Christmas. Hear, see and taste the cultures of Senegal, India and Solomon Islands through stories, activities, crafts and food in this hands-on learning adventure with your child (ages 6 to 12). Sessions are also held 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Dec. 9. Registration is required. The cost is $5 per child (maximum $20 per household). Call 704-843-6130 to get started or download the registration form by going to www.jaars.org/passport.
1:30 to 5 p.m.; 7405 Jaars Road, Waxhaw
The Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts presents its latest production, “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Matthews Community Center. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, as well as 2 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10. Tickets cost $13 for adult and $11 for students and seniors. Buy tickets at www.matthewsplayhouse.com.
Various times; 100 McDowell St., Matthews
The Indian Trail Parks and Recreation Department hosts Breakfast with Santa at the new town hall. The event is open to all ages. Space is limited. Register at www.itspark sandrec.com or by calling 704-821-5401.
9 to 11 a.m.; 315 Matthews-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail
Monroe Parks & Recreation gives families the opportunity to learn how other cultures celebrate Christmas around the world. The event includes samples of South American cuisine at J. Ray Shute Center. Visit www.parks.monroenc.org for details.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 506 Green St., Monroe
Spectators at the Village of Marvin’s annual tree lighting get treated to hot chocolate, cookies and musical performances at Marvin Efird Park. Santa Claus is scheduled to make an appearance. The village is collecting unwrapped toys for the Christmas Bureau. Visit www.marvinnc.org for details.
4 to 6 p.m.; 8909 New Town Road, Marvin
Stallings Municipal Park will be lit up like a Christmas tree at Stallings Municipal Park. The town will debut a new 26-foot-tall tree at this year’s lighting. There’s plenty of other things worth seeing, such as music, train rides, bounce houses as well as appearances by Santa Claus and Rudolph. Visit www.stall ingsnc.org for details.
5 to 8 p.m.; 340 Stallings Road, Stallings
Light Up MillBridge features a covered bridge sparkling with thousands of luminaries placed one by one by members of the community. Visit with Santa, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, assemble crafts and savor delicious hot chocolate and s’mores. Lights, wreaths and greenery adorn the community house and line the streets. No holiday celebration would be complete without a sky-scraping, bright Christmas tree.
5:30-8:30 p.m.; 1401 Millbridge Pkwy., Waxhaw
Dec. 9 and 10
Mint Hill Arts holds a two-day holiday art sale. The art will include original art and reproductions, as well as framed and unframed work. Paintings, photographs, jewelry, scarves and handbags will be available.
The sale takes place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9 and 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 10.
Various times; 11205 Lawyers Road, Mint Hill
The Waxhaw Christmas Parade takes on the theme of the second act of “The Nutcracker,” dubbed “The Land of Sweets.” Announcers tell you who made each float. Santa rings in the after-party at 4:30 p.m. at Waxhaw United Methodist Church. Visit www.waxhaw.com for details.
3 p.m.; Downtown Waxhaw
The Indian Trail Parks and Recreation Department hosts a Christmas Mini Chefs class at the Cultural Arts Center. The event is for kids ages 3 to 5 years old. Space is limited. Register at www.itsparksan drec.com or by calling 704-821-5401.
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 100 Navajo Trail, Indian Trail
The Town of Waxhaw and the Ballantyne Jewish Center celebrate Chanukah with a Menorah lighting ceremony. Children’s activities precede the main event at 4:30 p.m. Visit www.waxhaw.com for details.
4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Downtown Waxhaw
Enjoy hot chocolate while making crafts and learning gift-wrapping techniques – just like Santa’s elves at the Old Armory Community Center. Visit www.parks.monro enc.org for details.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; 500 S. Johnson St., Monroe
The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas hosts a blood drive at Sun Valley 14. Donors get a free ticket voucher. Visit www.cbcc.us to make an appointment.
3 to 6 p.m.; 6449 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail
Union 1 Girl Scouts welcome girls in kindergarten through 12th grade to fill spaces in existing troops and form new troops. They also are seeking adults to become troop volunteers. They hold an information session at every second Sunday from November to April at Siler Presbyterian Church. Contact Sanna Tucker 704-996-3731 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
1:30 p.m.; 6301 Weddington Monroe Road, Wesley Chapel