“Scrooge!,” Dec. 5-22, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte at ImaginOn. A musical retelling of the classic Charles Dickens story. Tickets: 704-973-2828; ctcharlotte.org
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Preschool Story Time, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesdays, Lake Wylie Public Library. For ages 3-5 with caregiver. No registration required.
Orion First Flight Splash Bash, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 4, The Museum of York County Settlemyre Planetarium, 4621 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. Celebrate the first test flight and splashdown back to Earth of NASA’s new spacecraft, Orion. View replay of the flight launch and watch the splashdown live. Guests will hear NASA commentary and learn about the flight and mission objectives through interviews with experts at NASA, Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance. The splashdown is scheduled at 11:29 a.m. There will be giveaways and hands-on activities. Admission: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for ages 4-17. chmuseums.org/myco/; Exploredeepspace.com
The Charlotte Symphony’s Magic of Christmas, Dec. 4-7, Belk Theater, Charlotte. Albert-George Schram will conduct the annual concert featuring guest vocalist Melinda Doolittle, who gained attention as a finalist on season six of “American Idol,” as well as Oratorio Singers of Charlotte and the Charlotte Children’s Choir. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 8 p.m. Dec. 5-6, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: $25-$79; half off for ages 18 and younger. 704-972-2000
Overeaters Anonymous, 6:45 p.m. Thursdays, River Hills Community Church, Room 116, 104 Hamilton’s Ferry Road, Lake Wylie. piedmontintergroup.org
Invasive species, 11 a.m. Dec. 5, Glencairn Garden Learning Center, 835 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill. Learn to avoid the bad actors of the plant world with Clemson Extension Agent Paul Thompson. Free.
Concert at the Abbey
Holiday concert, 8 p.m. Dec. 5, Abbey Basilica, Belmont. Music includes chant, songs from France, Germany, Wales and 20th century American works. 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. Free, but donations accepted. 704-461-6813; bac.edu
Photo gift workshop
KL Creative workshop, 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 6, KL Creative Studio, 54 Marina Road, suite 302A, Lake Wylie. For ages 10 and older, shoot, print and create gifts with your photographs. There will be a holiday portrait studio and still life studio. Bring memory card and camera. Cost: $35. Reservations required. 704-460-6948, email@example.com
Christmas Candlelight Tours, 3-9 p.m. Dec. 6 and Dec. 13, Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells. Five scenarios will be presented of Christmas through the Revolutionary and Civil wars. Whippoorwill String Band performs. Hands-on activities include candle dipping and make-and-take ornaments. Hot drinks and food will be available for purchase. Admission: adult $10; senior $8; youth 4-17 $5. 803-684-2327; chmuseums.org
Cookies with Santa
Cookies & Cocoa with Santa, 3-5 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Elves will help children create a gift for someone on their list while guests enjoy cookies and cocoa. Mrs. Claus will lead a sing-a-long. A professional photographer will be available to take pictures. Cost is $30 per person. 704-825-4490; DSBG.org
The York County Choral Society and Chamber Singers holiday concert, 4 p.m. Dec. 7, Byrnes Auditorium at Winthrop University, Rock Hill. The Rock Hill High School Concert Choir will perform. Admission: $15, seniors 62 and older and Winthrop faculty $10, students $5, Winthrop students free with ID.
Papercrafting: Holiday Cards, 1:15-3:15 p.m. Dec. 7, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Impress friends and family on mailing a handmade card, created using rubber stamps and new techniques. Cost: $22, plus $5 materials fee. 704-825-4490; DSBG.org
Photos of lights
Photographing Holiday Lights, 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instruction is provided by Dave Kelly, owner of DEK Photography. Cost: $60. 704-825-4490; DSBG.org
“The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical,” through Dec. 28, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte. Book by Betsy Kelso, music and lyrics by David Nehls. While preparing for a holiday decorating contest, a new Scrooge-like resident begins to wreak havoc on the festivities. Tickets: 704-342-2251; charlotte.org/the-great-american-trailer-park-christmas-musical
Holidays at the Garden
Holidays at the Garden, through Dec. 31, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 500,000 lights accent natural displays. In the Visitor Pavilion is a 16-foot orchid tree stands, and a coffee bar with cocoa, lattes and espressos. Children can visit Santa Thursday-Sunday and daily beginning Dec. 11. Nightly entertainment is presented by Southern Park Music School. See model trains, take a carriage ride, and visit Lost Hollow with entertainers, marshmallow toasting, popcorn and more. Admission: $12 adults, $11 seniors 60 and older, and $6 children 4-12. 704-825-4490; DSBG.org
Litwin at library
Eric Litwin concert, 3:15-4:15 or 6-7 p.m. Dec. 9, York County Library, Rock Hill. The author of four of the popular “Pete the Cat” children’s books, Litwin also plays acoustic guitar and blues harmonica. He will introduce his newest book, “The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House.” Recommend for ages 3 to adult. Books and CDs will be for sale and may be signed by the author. Registration required. 803-981-5888