Jody Mace

I am a freelance writer in Charlotte, North Carolina who writes for magazines and websites. Find me at Google+

Dec 222014
 

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The official New Year’s Eve celebration in Uptown Charlotte has a new name and location. CLT New Year’s Eve will be held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza, at the corner of MLK Blvd. and S. Brevard St. During the day, enjoy WBT Holiday on Ice (opens at 10 a.m.) along with family-friendly programs and activities. Skating will be available until midnight.

Beginning at 7:00 p.m., come celebrate the end of 2014 with live music and a variety of activities and performances. “We Got the Beat” will be performing on stage. There will be face-painting, kids’ crafts, carriage rides and glow-in-the-dark gear. Dinner will be available for purchase from Auto Burger & Fry Guys, Hot Box, Philly’s Italian Ice & Mobile Eatery and The Plated Pallette. CLT New Year’s Eve remains an alcohol-free, family-friendly and free event. There will be a charge for carriage rides, skating and food. Count down to the new year with fireworks and the raising of the Queen City Crown.

 December 22, 2014  Posted by  Festivals, Free Events, holiday, Kids, The City No Responses »
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grave_digger_06Congratulations to Chad Herron, who won the 4 tickets! a href=”http://www.monsterjam.com/Events/2015/01/09/Charlotte,_NC/” target=”_blank”>Monster Jam is coming to Time Warner Cable Arena Friday, January 9th, 2015, and Saturday, January 10th. Witness the breathtaking stunts and power of the world’s most popular Monster Jam trucks. Before and after the show, guests will have the opportunity to meet the drivers and trucks and get autographs, presumably from the drivers, not the trucks.

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 December 22, 2014  Posted by  contest, Entertainment, Kids, Sports, The City 90 Responses »
Dec 222014
 

RestaurantsBrewery Package for Two or Four with Beers, Pint Glasses, and Growlers at Blowing Rock Brewing Company
Arts and EntertainmentOne or Two VIP Tickets to New Year's Eve at Rooftop 210 on Wednesday, December 31 (Up to 50% Off)
Photography Stores & Services$9 for an 8x11 Custom 12-Month Wall Calendar from Shutterfly (59% Off)
ServicesTwo-Month Lego Subscription with up to $400 Worth of Lego Rental Sets from NetBricks (Up to 73% Off). Two Options.
Beauty & Spas60- or 90-Minute Hot-Stone Solo or Couples Massage at Custom Therapy Massage (Up to 56% Off)
Arts and Entertainment$100 for an Introductory Flight Lesson at Fly Carolina ($199 Value)
Arts and EntertainmentFerrari or Lamborghini Driving Experience from The Motorsport Lab (Up to 82% Off). Four Options Available.
Butchers & Meat ShopsNew Year's Steak Combo Pack from Omaha Steaks (Up to 70% Off). Three Options Available.
Beauty & Spas60- or 90-Minute Massages at Advanced Therapeutics: Pain Relief and Wellness Center (Up to 50% Off)
TravelStay at Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Pooler/Savannah in Georgia, with Dates into April
Arts and EntertainmentThree-Lap Ride-Along or Three-Hour Driving Experience from NASCAR Racing Experience (Up to 51% Off)
AutomotiveWindow Tinting at TNT Glass & Tint (Up to 40% Off). Three Options Available.
Lifestraw Personal Water Filter
Services$145 for a Remote Car Starter with Installation at Tint World ($300 Value)
Restaurants$24 for $40 Worth of Cajun Food at Cajun Queen
Beauty & SpasHydrating or Deep-Cleansing Facial, Microdermabrasion, or Dermaplaning at Skin Serenity (Up to 57% Off)
Professional ServicesPortrait Package with Three-Image CD and Prints, Photo Cards, or Gallery Wrap at JCPenney Portraits (Up to 88% Off)
Shopping12-Month Xbox Live Gold Card
Arts and Entertainment3-Lap Ride-Along or 10- or 15-Lap Driving Session with Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Up to 55% Off)
RestaurantsTwo Groupons, Each Good for $16 Worth of Burgers and Hot Dogs at Chubz Famous Chiliburgers ($32 Total Value)
Beauty & SpasSpa Pedi with Callus Removal or Gel-Polish Application at Myers Park Spa & Nails (46% Off)
Arts and EntertainmentGolf Outing for Two or Four, Valid Weekdays or Weekends at Cedar Rock Country Club (Up to 58% Off)
Travel2-Night Stay for Two at Tuckasiegee River Mountain Lodge in Whittier, NC. Combine Up to 4 Nights.
ServicesOne or Two 12”x8” or 16”x20” Canvas Prints with Free Shipping from CanvasOnSale (Up to 75% Off)
Beauty & SpasDental Exam, Cleaning, X-rays, and Fluoride Treatment for Adult or Child at Carolina Dental Arts (Up to 78% Off)
Photography Stores & ServicesCustom Photo Mugs from Printerpix from $7.99–$9.99
Shopping$20 for $40 Worth of Books, DVDs, Games, and CDs at The Last Word
Beauty & SpasHaircut with Option for Color, Highlights, or a Keratin Treatment at Paul Mitchell the School Charlotte
Professional ServicesDry Cleaning for a Comforter or $12 for $25 Worth of Any Dry-Cleaning Services at Cunningham Cleaners
ServicesThree Hours of Housecleaning with One or Three Months of Future Discounted Cleaning from Homejoy (Up to 59% Off)
RestaurantsLarge Specialty Pizza and Small Cheese Pizza or $11 for $20 Worth of Pizza and Wings at Dunwright Grill
Arts and EntertainmentOne Month of Unlimited Fitness Classes and Personal Training for One or Two at Carolina Sweat (Up to 86% Off)
Health & Fitness20 Units of Botox at Carolinas Eye Center & Med Spa (Up to 55% Off)
Services$39 for an Online Microsoft Office Professional Certification Course from Insotus ($999 Value)
EducationDiscovery Flight Experience or Private Pilot Starter Package from Alpha One Air Service (Up to 57% Off)
TravelStay at River Street Inn in Savannah, GA, with Dates into April
TicketsOne Ticket to the Fight Lab 43 MMA Event at Grady Cole Center on Saturday, January 24, at 6 p.m.
ShoppingBlue Resin Elephant Pendant
Food & Drink$18 for Tour for Two with Tasting, Wineglasses, and a Take-Home Bottle of Wine ($32 Value)
Automotive$50 for $100 Off Full-Vehicle Window Tinting at Speed Styles
Indoor Stovetop Grill
Restaurants$18 for $30 Worth of Chinese Food and Sushi at Ginbu 401
Automotive$55 for a Wheel-Alignment Package at AAMCO Transmissions of Pineville ($134.98 Value)
Beauty & SpasKids' Beauty Services for Two, Four, or Six at Cutie Patootie Kids Spa (Up to 45% Off)
Beauty & SpasOne or Three Swedish Massages or Spa Foot Massage at Mutatio Wellness (Up to 65% Off)
Education$19 for a Test-Prep Course ($200 Value). GRE, GMAT, SAT, LSAT and More Courses Available from BenchPrep
Beauty & SpasConsultation and One or Three Acupuncture Treatments at Scarnecchia Chiropractic & Wellness (Up to 62% Off)
Sherpa Comforter Sets from $39.99–$49.99
Arts and Entertainment$29 for a One-Day Shooting-Range Package at The Range at Ballantyne ($234.50 Value)
Arts and EntertainmentThree-Lap Ride-Along or Three-Hour Driving Experience from Mario Andretti Racing Experience (Up to 51% Off)
TravelStay at Best Western Plus Savannah Airport Inn & Suites in Pooler, GA. Dates Available into March.
EducationRosetta Stone French, Italian, or Spanish Level 1–4 Set
Beauty & SpasTwo, Four, Six, or Eight Porcelain Veneers with Exam and X-rays at Premier Smiles of Charlotte (Up to 59% Off)
RestaurantsFrench Cuisine for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner at Cafe Monte French Bakery and Bistro (Up to 47% Off)
Arts and Entertainment10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Okra Yoga Tea Massage (Up to 57% Off)
Beauty & SpasOne or Two Groupons, Each Good for One Shellac Polish at Nail Bar Spa (Up to 48% Off)
Restaurants$18 for $ Worth of Sushi and Pan-Asian Fare for Dinner at Emzy Sushi Bar and Asian Kitchen
Beauty & SpasDental Exam with X-rays, Cleaning, and Optional Take-Home Whitening Kit at Pineville Dentistry (Up to 70% Off)
Arts and EntertainmentTwo Hours of Paintball with Equipment Rental for Two, Four, or Eight at Mighty Sports Center (Up to 51%% Off)
AutomotiveReplacement Brake Pads for the Front, Back, or Both at AAMCO Transmissions of Pineville (Up to 59% Off)
ShoppingSkechers GOwalk Activity Tracker Wristband with App
TravelStay at the Apple Tree Inn in Petoskey, MI, with Dates into April
Restaurants$12 for $20 Worth of Pan-Asian Buffet Cuisine at N.Y. HIBACHI BUFFET
ShoppingBMR Slendertone Revive Back-Pain-Relief Belt.
ServicesCustom Metal Photo Prints for $9.99–$39.99 from ImageCom.com
Health & FitnessIndoor Rock-Climbing Package for Two or Four at Inner Peaks (Up to 41% Off)
Services$55 for $100 Groupon — Detail Dash
Beauty & Spas$4,449 for a QuickLift Face-Lift at Pure Facial Plastic Surgery ($7,500 Value)
Professional ServicesDry-Cleaning for a Comforter or $12 for $25 Worth of Dry-Cleaning Services at Holiday Dry Cleaners
ServicesOne or Five Days of Doggy Daycare or One Basic Doggy Bath at Camp Bow Wow (Up to 58% Off)
Arts and EntertainmentNorth Carolina Concealed-Carry Class for One or Two at Practical Arms (54% Off)
RestaurantsSouthern Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Mert’s Heart and Soul (Up to 45% Off)
ServicesConcealed-Carry Permit Class with Range Time and Gun Rental for One or Two at DoubleTap Concealed (Up to 59% Off)
Shopping1-, 3-, or 6-Month Customizable Deluxe Subscription to PetBox (Up to 50% Off). Free Shipping from PetBox.
Beauty & Spas$39 for One-Hour Medical Massage at Advanced Therapeutics: Pain Relief & Wellness Center ($100 Value)


OtherHalf Off White House Chef Cooking Class w/Overnight Option
Other$17 -- Treehouse Vineyards Tour, Tastings & Take-Home Bottle
Restaurant$49 -- 'Hot Spot' Osso: Dinner for 2 w/Wine, Reg. $96
Other$29 -- Unlimited Go-Kart, Park Pass & Ice Skating, Reg. $57
Other$19 & up -- Half Off Morgan Ridge Vineyards Tour & Tastings
Other$18 -- Top-Rated Art Studio: Create a Masterpiece, Reg. $35
Spa$99 -- Urbana: 'Best Day Spa' Massage & Champagne, Reg. $173
Restaurant$39 -- The Wine Shop: Dinner for 2 w/Drinks, Half Off
Restaurant$25 -- Uptown's New Sushi Spot: Half Off Dinner & Drinks
Restaurant$25 -- Award-Winning D'Vine Wine Cafe for 2, Reg. $40
Getaway$119 -- North Carolina 2-Night Mountain Escape w/Breakfast


$49 for 2 Hours of Basic Cleaning with 2 Maids
$39 for a Whole-House Air Duct Cleaning Package ($250 Value)
$59 for a Red Carpet Brightening Facial ($120 Value)
$49 for a Whole-House Air Duct Cleaning with a Dryer Vent Cleaning ($328 Value)
$109 for a 1-Hour Swedish Massage with Spa Slimming & Detox Body Wrap Package
$39 for a Whole-House Air Duct Cleaning with a Furnace Checkup ($249 Value)
$75 for a Spa Slimming & Detox Body Wrap ($150 Value)
$29 for a 3-Course Two-Hour Murder Mystery Dinner Show
Two-Acupuncture Sessions & Two 30-Minute Massages at Insight Wellness
$100 for $1000 toward a Complete Bathtub or Shower Renovation + Consultation
$49 for a Character or Model with Optional Animal Appearance
Kickstart Your New Year with 5 Weeks of Martial Arts Classes plus Free T-Shirt for only $30
$99 for a 3-Lap High-Speed Ride-Along in a Ferrari or Lamborghini
$175 for Air Duct System Cleaning + Sanitizing, & Dryer Vent Cleaning ($510 Value)
$149 for a 3-Lap High-Speed Driving Experience in a Ferrari or Lamborghini
$69 for 3 Hours of Basic Cleaning with 2 Maids
$125 for a High Speed Drive in a Lamborghini or Ferrari


Fitness/ActiveGym Membership and Fitness Classes ($65 for $150)
Beauty/HealthGet the Smooth Look You've Been Hoping For: Try a Dermapen Treatment at a Beloved Local Spa ($149 for $300)
Fitness/ActiveOne Month of Youth Dance Classes ($32 for $65)
Beauty/HealthChiropractic Package ($39 for $255)
Beauty/HealthTackle Lifestyle Challenges with Hypnosis ($69 for $125)
ServicesGroup or One-on-One Hair Courses: ($249 for $449)
EntertainmentFour Weekly Up & Adam Acting Classes ($50 for $100)
RetailTake a Tour of Local Sights with an Autographed Copy of Destination: Charlotte [the book] ($17 for $35)
Beauty/HealthFour Vitamin B-12 Complex Injections ($30 for $120)
RetailPreserve Memories: Videotape-to-DVD or Audio Casette Transfer ($10 for $20)
EntertainmentUptown Walking Tour or Carolina Night Walk Tour ($8 for $16)
Fitness/ActiveTwo-Week Gym Membership with Unlimited Classes and Two Personal-Training Sessions ($40 for $80)
Beauty/Health3, 6, or 9 Ultrasonic Cativation Body Treatments ($89 for $600)
Retail$30 to Spend on Colorfully Fun Clothing ($15 for $30)
ServicesMobile Headlight Restoration for Two Headlights ($30 for $90)
Services$100 Toward Mobile Windshield Replacement ($19 for $100)
Beauty/Health45-Minute Yam and Pumpkin Enzyme Peel ($32 for $65)
Beauty/HealthHaircut with Conditioning, Blow Dry, and Style with Option to Add Color ($32 for $65)
Fitness/Active3 or 6 One-Hour Golf Lessons with a PGA Pro ($99 for $210)
Fitness/Active1-Month of Unlimited or Once-Weekly Classes ($39 for $110)
ServicesSmile and Say Cheese with a Photobooth Rental ($349 for $995)
Fitness/ActiveFive or Ten Dance Fitness Classes ($18 for $35)
ServicesTwo or Four Man Hours of House Cleaning ($65 for $115)
ServicesOne-Way or Round-Trip Airport Car Service ($30 for $45)
Services1- or 2-Hour Photo Package; or Wedding Photography ($30 for $100)
Beauty/HealthOne Month or One Session of Spray Tanning ($59 for $140)
EntertainmentHorseback Riding Lessons or Farm Tour ($73 for $105)
Beauty/HealthPrincess For a Day: Spa Party for Six Kids; or a Mani/Pedi and Facial for Your Daughter ($245 for $350)
ServicesKids' Themed Birthday Party Package ($175 for $330)
ServicesMake Sure Your Pet Is in Good Health with a Pet Exam, Consult, Nail Trim, and Rabies Shot ($49 for $105)
ServicesPhysical Examination for a Dog or Cat ($35 for $59)
ServicesFull Interior and Exterior Auto Detailing ($163 for $325)
EntertainmentOne or Five Play Dates; or Parents' Night Out ($6 for $12)
ServicesAir Duct Cleaning or Dryer Vent Cleaning ($49 for $230)
Beauty/HealthDesigner Peel with Signature One-Hour Facial ($89 for $149)
ServicesShow Off Your Sexy Side: Boudoir Photo Session ($99 for $425)
Beauty/HealthBiofeedback Pain Management Session ($35 for $70)
Fitness/ActiveTwirl Around the Floor: 5 Private Dance Lessons, 1 Group Class & 1 Practice Session ($39 for $312)
Beauty/HealthFootbath, Sauna Session, and Thermal Massages ($39 for $110)
Services$100 to Spend on Windshield Repair ($50 for $100)
Beauty/HealthHaircut and Style with Optional Highlights or Color ($22 for $45)
Beauty/HealthHaircut, Style, Deep Conditioning + Blow Dry ($40 for $90)
ServicesWhole-House Air Duct Cleaning + Furnace Checkup or Dryer Vent Cleaning ($39 for $249)
Fitness/ActiveTwo-Month Women's Gym Membership ($50 for $100)
Full-Service RestaurantA Taste of Ethiopian Cusiine for Two: Appetizer and Two Glasses of Honeywine ($11 for $23)
Beauty/Health40-Minute Wellness Visit or Noninvasive Allergy Test ($197 for $395)
Beauty/HealthShampoo, Haircut, Style & Deep-Conditioning Treatment; Partial Highlights; and More ($39 for $80)
Fitness/ActiveTurn Up the Temps with Hot Yoga Classes ($29 for $75)
Beauty/HealthIndulge: Color Service or Women's Haircut ($39 for $80)
ServicesAuto Detailing for Sedan, Truck, or SUV ($87 for $175)
Fitness/ActiveAchieve Peace of Mind When Your Student Athlete Hits the Field with a 15-Minute Concussion Test ($25 for $60)
Beauty/HealthOne or Two One-Hour Massages ($39 for $50)
Sports/ Fitness ClubSix 30-Minute Group Training Sessions; or One On-Location Private Personal Training Session ($129 for $270)
Beauty/HealthBoost Your Confidence with Lasik Eye Surgery for One or Both Eyes ($899 for $2500)
ServicesHeating Tune-Up ($49 for $130)
Beauty/HealthHair-Free Skin Without the Hassle: Three Laser Hair-Removal Treatments in Ballantyne ($119 for $330)
ServicesTwo Hours of Residential Cleaning ($90 for $200)
Fitness/ActiveA Workout with Purpose: Five Pilates or CrossFit Classes in Charlotte or Davidson ($50 for $275)
ServicesFive Days of Doggie Daycare in Fort Mill ($37 for $75)
Beauty/HealthRealign Your Spine and Find Comfort ($40 for $200)
Fitness/ActiveOne Month of Dance Classes for Children or Ballet Barre/Conditioning Classes for Adults ($45 for $65)
Beauty/HealthKeep Your Grin Gleaming with a 20-Minute In-Office Teeth-Whitening Treatment ($39 for $129)
Fitness/ActiveOne Circuit Training Boot Camp Class on Saturday ($7 for $15)
RetailEmbrace the Joys of Pregnancy Thanks to Valuable One-on-One Support for an Entire Trimester ($150 for $300)
ServicesGarage Door Tune-Up Including Up to 10 Rollers ($89 for $349)
ServicesSynthetic-Blend Oil Change and Tire Rotation ($32 for $64)
ServicesOne or Two Oil Changes or One Computer Diagnostics Session ($29 for $59)
ServicesBoost Your Child's Writing and Reading Skills with a One-Hour On-Location Tutoring Session ($12 for $25)
Fitness/ActiveOne Month of Kids' Dance Classes ($32 for $65)
ServicesUltimate Auto Detail Package, Engine Cleaning, and Headlight Restoration ($142 for $285)
EntertainmentBYOB Chocolate Pizza Decorating Experience ($16 for $32)
Beauty/HealthRelinquish Tension with a Chiropractic Consult, Exam, 30-Minute Massage, and More ($29 for $205)
EducationFour Group or Private Music Lessons: Guitar, Piano, Violin, Voice, and More ($42 for $60)
Sports/ Fitness ClubLacrosse Lesson for Up to Three or Four Kids ($90 for $120)
Beauty/HealthDeep Conditioning, Tea Tree Shampoo Experience, or Partial Highlights and More ($30 for $80)
ServicesDon't Let Pests Bug You Any Longer: Indoor and Outdoor Pest Control or Mosquito Treatment ($59 for $125)
Fitness/ActiveGet Toned Your Way: One- or Two-Month Unlimited CrossFit Membership for One or Two ($49 for $135)
ServicesRefresh Your Space with Carpet Cleaning ($89 for $198)
ServicesPlan for the Big Day: Linen & Décor or Catering Package for Your Upcoming Charlotte-Area Event ($150 for $300)
EntertainmentBattle Your Buds on the Paintball Fields with a Full Day of Paintball for Two or Four ($45 for $90)
Fitness/ActiveGym Membership or Foot Detox Sessions ($19 for $40)
Beauty/HealthIPL Photofacial with LED Light Treatment and More; or Lymphatic Drainage Massage ($65 for $240)
Services30 Minutes of Electrical Work ($70 for $80)
Beauty/HealthHaircut + Highlights or a Conditioning Treatment ($50 for $130)
Fitness/ActiveGolf Lessons with a PGA Pro ($39 for $80)
Beauty/HealthOne or Two Hour-Long Microcurrent Facials ($39 for $119)
Beauty/HealthOne, Four, or Eight i-Lipo Ultra Sessions ($99 for $250)
EntertainmentHalf Day Stand-Up Paddle Board Rental ($19 for $40)
ServicesPlatinum Mobile Detailing Package ($109 for $219)
Fitness/ActiveOne Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes ($39 for $165)
Fitness/ActiveTen High-Intensity Zumba Classes with Fresh Choreography, Fun Music, and Full Energy ($8 for $50)
Beauty/HealthFull or Partial Foil Highlights with a Cut ($45 for $90)
Beauty/HealthHaircut and Style with Option for Color and Style ($22 for $45)
Beauty/HealthA Brand-New Look: Stylish Haircut with Choice of Conditioning or Keratin, or Partial Highlights ($30 for $60)
EntertainmentFour Beginner Acting, Modeling, or Improv Classes for Kids, Teens, and Adults ($45 for $120)
ServicesSpruce Things Up with a Landscaping Consultation ($150 for $300)
ServicesFour 50-Minute Life Coaching Sessions for an Individual or a Couple ($588 for $1400)
Services$50 Window Moisture Removal and Prevention or $100 to Spend on Attic Insulation ($25 for $50)
EntertainmentKids' Spa Package for One or Four People ($30 for $60)
ServicesOne Year of Pest Control Services ($199 for $500)
Fitness/ActiveCharlotte North: Get Fit: Two Months of All-Access Membership Including Classes or One Personal Training Session ($50 for $70)
Fitness/ActiveCharlotte North: CrossFit Foundations Course Including Five 30-Minute Sessions & 14 Group CrossFit Classes ($99 for $479)


Massage Loft - Instant Relaxation: 50% Off a Great Massage!
Body Electric - 10 Medilift and Biomesosculptures for the Face or Stomach for $700(a $1600 value)
Bread & Kabob - $10 for $20 for Authentic Middle Eastern Cuisine!
My Aloha Paddle and Surf - Aloha Paddleboards, The Perfect Christmas Gift!$200 to Spend on Stand Up Paddleboards! 
Sky Asian Bistro - $10 for $20 for Food and Drinks
IOS Greek Kitchen - 50% Off Dinner!
DoubleTap Concealed - 50% Off Concealed Carry Class and Range Time
Pamper Us Mobile - 53% Off!  Massage Spa Party for 3 at Your Location!
The Friendly Moose - $10 for $20 On Food!  
Mario Andretti Racing Experience at Charlotte Motor Speedway - Up to 50% Off on Mario Andretti Racing Experience!


Charlotte on the Cheap works with many of these companies as an affiliate partner. When you purchase a deal from this page or other pages on Charlotte on the Cheap, you’re helping to keep the website rolling and able to share all the free events with you. Thank you!

 December 22, 2014  Posted by  Affiliate, Shopping No Responses »
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Plan your week on the cheap with this list of free events, from  Monday, December 22nd,  2014, to Sunday, December 28th. Some highlights are free holiday movies at branches of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, a Kwanzaa event at the Gantt Center, and the last few days of Christmas lights at McAdenville and Kannapolis. If you’re not doing this already, you can subscribe to Charlotte on the Cheap’s daily emails (just one a day), and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Also, check out the Day-by-Day Free and Cheap Holiday Guide and the list of the best Christmas light displays in the Charlotte area.

Monday

Free Santa pictures and more at Bass Pro Shops
10:00am: Leonard Bearstein’s Animatronic Orchestra
2:00pm: Midwood Holiday Matinee: Elf
4:00pm: Movie at Sugar Creek Library: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
4:00pm: Movie at Mountain Island Library: The Nightmare Before Christmas
5:00pm: Christmas at Library at Billy Graham Library
6:00pm: Kannapolis Festival of Lights
6:00pm: Movie at Myers Park Library: Arthur Christmas
7:00pm: Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble at First United Methodist Church
8:00pm: Live music at Amelie’s
9:00pm: Open Mic at Crown Station Pub

Tuesday

Free Santa pictures and more at Bass Pro Shops
Free child admission to Sea-Life Aquarium with adult ticket purchase
10:00am: Leonard Bearstein’s Animatronic Orchestra
11:00am: Getting ready for Kwanzaa at Gantt Center (free with food donation)
12:00pm: Frozen movie and singalong at Davidson Library
12:00pm: Movie at Sugar Creek Library: Polar Express
1:00pm: Live music at SouthPark Circle Court: Allegro String Ensemble
5:00pm: Christmas at Library at Billy Graham Library
5:30pm: McAdenville Christmas
6:00pm: Kannapolis Festival of Lights
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
8:00pm: Trivia night at Petra’s
9:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Spencer Rush
9:00pm: Karaoke and free tacos at Crown Station Pub

Wednesday

Free Santa pictures and more at Bass Pro Shops
10:00am: Leonard Bearstein’s Animatronic Orchestra
2:00pm: Movie at Mountain Island Library: Christmas with the Kranks
5:00pm: Movie at Scaleybark Library: A Charlie Brown Christmas
5:30pm: McAdenville Christmas

Thursday

Gingerbread Lane at Ballantyne Hotel
10:00am: Leonard Bearstein’s Animatronic Orchestra
5:30pm: McAdenville Christmas

Friday

Gingerbread Lane at Ballantyne Hotel
10:00am: Leonard Bearstein’s Animatronic Orchestra
5:30pm: McAdenville Christmas
6:00pm: Brewery tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
6:00pm: Kannapolis Festival of Lights
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:30pm: Live music at NoDa Brewing: Greg Lilley
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Christopher Michael
10:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Joe the Show (arrive before 10 for free admission)

Saturday

Gingerbread Lane at Ballantyne Hotel
11:00am: Kids’ craft at Lakeshore Learning–Celebration Noise-maker
12:00pm: Strolling carolers at The Village at SouthPark
2:00pm: Brewery Tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
5:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:00pm: Kannapolis Festival of Lights
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Rich Challen
7:30pm: Comedy Open-Mic at Smelly Cat Coffeehouse
10:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Francisco Vidal (arrive before 10 for free admission)

Sunday

Gingerbread Lane at Ballantyne Hotel
Free admission to Levine Museum of the New South for groups of fewer than 10 people
2:00pm: Brewery tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
3:00pm Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:00pm: Kannapolis Festival of Lights
6:00pm: Karaoke at Snug Harbor
 December 21, 2014  Posted by  Free Events 9 Responses »
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Visit one of the branches of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library to watch a Christmas movie. There is no cost to attend. The intended age group is included under each listing. Follow each link for information, including the age range it’s intended for, and whether pre-registration is required. Find out about even more movies at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Midwood Holiday Matinee showing Elf
An elf sets out to find his true identity. Holiday snacks will be provided.
Monday, December 22, 2:00 p.m.
Plaza Midwood

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Monday, December 22, 4:00 p.m.
Sugar Creek

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Monday, December 22, 4:00 p.m.
Mountain Island

Arthur Christmas
Monday, December 22, 6:00 p.m.
Myers Park

Frozen Sing-along
Tuesday, December 23, 12:00 p.m.
Davidson

Polar Express
Tuesday, December 23, 12:00 p.m.
Sugar Creek

Christmas with the Kranks
Wednesday, December 24, 2:00 p.m.
Mountain Island

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Wednesday, December 24, 5:00 p.m.
Scaleybark

 December 21, 2014  Posted by  film, Free Events, holiday No Responses »
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tin roofTin Roof, at the EpiCentre, 210 East Trade Street, hosts live music several nights a week. The shows Sunday through Thursday have no cover. The shows on Friday and Saturday do have a cover. However, there’s no charge if you arrive before 10:00 p.m., when the shows typically start. You can arrive at 9:59 p.m. and watch the show for free. It’s not cheating! They told me to tell you that. There’s also trivia and karaoke Wednesday nights and an open mic on Mondays. Here’s the schedule:

 

Tuesday, December 23, 9:00 p.m.: Spencer Rush
Friday, December 26, 10:00 p.m.: Joe the Show (Arrive before 10 for free admission)
Saturday, December 27, 10:00 p.m.: Francisco Vidal (Arrive before 10 for free admission)
Tuesday, December 30, 9:00 p.m.: Jon Linker
Wednesday, December 31, 10:00 p.m. NYE party ($12)
Friday, January 2, 5:00 p.m.: GrandMa Ma lookalike contest
Friday, January 2, 10:00 p.m.: Andrew Velez (arrive before 10 for free admission)
Saturday, January 3, 10:00 p.m.: David & Whitney (arrive before 10 for free admission)

 December 21, 2014  Posted by  Free Events, Music, The City No Responses »
Dec 192014
 

kannapolis winterland expressWondering what to do with the kids over break? Look no further. Here’s a list of some cheap and free things that will be fun for kids. Included are special holiday activities, some Charlotte area activities that are always free or cheap and some discounts. Make sure to subscribe to Charlotte on the Cheap by email so you will learn about all the free and cheap events all year.

  • Santa (and more) at Bass Pro Shops: Every day through December 24th, kids can meet Santa (free photo op), create crafts and play games at Bass Pro Shops at Concord Mills. It’s all free.
  • Gingerbread Lane: Visit Ballantyne Hotel and view an amazing collection of gingerbread houses. It’s free to visit and a minimum donation of $1 to Levine Children’s Hospital to vote for your favorite. Note: there are some pretty fun gingerbread houses at 7th Street Public Market too.
  • Visit ImaginOn: There’s always something fun and free for kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens, at ImaginOn, including the children’s library; Studio I, where teens and families can create videos; the StoryLab, computers that allow kids to create stories; and much more. In addition, check out the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library website for free programs at ImaginOn and all the other libraries. You’ll find movies, story times, PAWS to Read (kids read to dogs), video gaming and much more.
  • North Carolina Transportation Museum: This museum in Spencer is a hit with train buffs. Make it even more affordable with this Groupon, which offers half-price admission, including a train ride, for two or four. (Limited time remaining to buy the Groupon.)
  • Bouncing, bowling and skating: Before you take the kids skating, to bounce houses or bowling, make sure to check for groupons. Here’s a list of kids’ activities that Groupon has deals for right now. Right now there’s also a Living Social deal for Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Pineville.
  • Parks and Rec: Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec has a full schedule of hikes, nature activities, sports and more during break. Many are free and all are reasonably priced. Search by date, facility or keyword here.
  • Sea-Life Aquarium: This popular new attraction at Concord Mills becomes more affordable when you know about the discounts. Through December 30th, kids 12 and under are free on Tuesdays with a paying adult. Follow the above link for details on the deal. Also on December 20, 23 and 24, Scuba Claus will be visiting the aquarium. December 23 is a Tuesday so would be the most economical day to visit. There will also be a chance to win a $500 VISA shopping spree.

  • Holiday Sweet Scenes: Larger than life holiday scenes made from candy, in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton. Through December 28. Free to visit.
  • Leonard Bearstein Symphonic Orchestra: These animatronic musicians perform holiday tunes every day at Founders Hall. Free to watch.
  • Mecklenburg County Greenways: The Greenway system in winter can be wonderful. No bugs, no humidity! Walk or bike these trails to be close to nature and get some exercise. Check out the new history statues on Little Sugar Creek Greenway.
  • Reed Gold Mine: Tour the underground mines for free. Pan for gold for $3. Reed Gold Mine is in Midland.
  • Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden: These gardens in Belmont are well worth the visit, especially around the holidays. The new children’s garden, Lost Hollow, will excite kids’ imaginations, and the nightly light show and visit with Santa are lots of fun too. Roast marshmallows and make s’mores around the fire. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for kids. These coupons from Valpak offer $1 off adult admission, and a free child’s admission with the purchase of an adult admission.
  • Ice Skating: There are two seasonal outdoor rinks in the Charlotte area. Holiday on Ice is outside NASCAR Hall of Fame and The Ice Park is at Concord Mills. This coupon from Valpak offers half off one admission at The Ice Park when a full price admission is purchased.
  • Kannapolis Christmas: Kannapolis’ holiday celebration is one of the best. Every night Village Park lights up with multiple displays. Walk through the park for free or take the Winterland Express train for $1.
  • Kwanzaa: Learn about Kwanzaa at the Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture on Tuesday, December 23rd. Admission is free with the donation of two canned or dried food items.
  • Hanukkah: Start the break off at Chanukkah Wonderland at the Ballantyne Jewish Center. $8 admission per child includes the Dreidel Bounce House, photo booth, crafts, doughnuts, multi-media room and more. December 21, 22, 23.

  • CLT New Year’s Eve: First Night Charlotte is no longer. CLT New Year’s Eve is the new official celebration. It’s family friendly and takes place outside the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It’s free.
  • Speedway Christmas: Charlotte Motor Speedway’s enormous light display costs $15/car to drive through, and $20/car on nights when the Christmas Village is open.
  • James K. Polk State Historic Site: This site is always free to visit. Learn what life was like in the 1800s for one of our presidents.
  • Cornelius Art Center: The Holiday Art Party is just $3 per kid, per hour. December 29, 30, 31, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., kids can create using different mediums at a variety of stations.
  • Christmas Lights: Here’s a list of some of the most spectacular displays at private homes around the region.
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Dec 192014
 

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Plan your weekend on the cheap with this list of free events, from  Friday, December 19th,  2014, to Sunday, December 21st. Some highlights are three performances of the one-act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” a “Very Metal Christmas” at Amos’ Southend, a “Bad Santa” party at Tin Roof, and the Yule Log Ceremony and Parade in McAdenville.  If you’re not doing this already, you can subscribe to Charlotte on the Cheap’s daily emails (just one a day), and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Also, check out the Day-by-Day Free and Cheap Holiday Guide and the list of the best Christmas light displays in the Charlotte area. One more thing: Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools’ winter break starts Monday. Here’s a list of free and cheap things to do with kids during break.

Friday

Free Santa pictures and more at Bass Pro Shops
Gingerbread Lane at Ballantyne Hotel
10:00am: Leonard Bearstein’s Animatronic Orchestra
5:00pm: “Christmas at the Library” at Billy Graham Library
5:30pm: Yule Log Ceremony and Parade in McAdenville
5:30pm: McAdenville Christmas
6:00pm: Live music at Birdsong Brewing Co.: Natty Boh Duo
6:00pm: Brewery tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
6:00pm: Kannapolis Festival of Lights
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:30pm: Live music at NoDa Brewing: Putney’s End
7:00pm: Opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at Broad Street United Methodist Church
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Swim in the Wild
9:00pm: Ugly Sweater Contest at Tin Roof at EpiCentre
10:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: The Armory

Saturday

Free Santa pictures and more at Bass Pro Shops
Gingerbread Lane at Ballantyne Hotel
10:00am: Leonard Bearstein’s Animatronic Orchestra
11:00am: Kids’ craft at Lakeshore Learning–Welcome Winter Wreath
12:00pm: Strolling carolers at The Village at SouthPark
1:00pm: Visit Santa at Energy Explorium (pre-registration required; limited space)
1:00pm: Ice skating lesson at Extreme Ice Center (pre-registration required; limited space)
2:00pm: Brewery Tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
3:00pm:  Performance at SouthPark Mall: Totality Music
3:00pm: A Cinematic Christmas at Christ Central Church–free movies and popcorn
4:00pm: Nativity Night at Kannapolis Christmas
4:00pm: Opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at St. John’s Lutheran Church
5:00pm: “Christmas at the Library” at Billy Graham Library
5:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
5:30pm: McAdenville Christmas
6:00pm: Kannapolis Festival of Lights
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Jason Marcum
7:30pm: Comedy Open-Mic at Smelly Cat Coffeehouse
8:00pm: Free ticket to “A Very Metal Christmas” at Amos’ Southend
8:00pm: Bad Santa Party at Tin Roof at EpiCentre
10:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Sean Rivers Band (Arrive before 10 for free admission)

Sunday

Free Santa pictures and more at Bass Pro Shops
Gingerbread Lane at Ballantyne Hotel
Free admission to Levine Museum of the New South for groups of fewer than 10 people
10:00am: Leonard Bearstein’s Animatronic Orchestra
2:00pm: Brewery tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
3:00pm Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
4:30pm: Concert by Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble in Matthews
5:30pm: McAdenville Christmas
6:00pm: Kannapolis Festival of Lights
6:00pm: Karaoke at Snug Harbor
 December 19, 2014  Posted by  Free Events 3 Responses »
Dec 192014
 


Leading up to Christmas, Amazon’s 12 Days of Deals will focus on a different category each day, with especially good deals in that category. Remember that you can get a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, which will get you (among other benefits) free 2-day shipping. So you can get these gifts in time for Christmas if you order by Monday, December 22nd.

The ninth day of the 12 Days of Deals features “stocking stuffers.”  You’ll find significant deals on  items small enough to fit into a stocking. Actually I’m looking now, and some of these would require a pretty large sock. Deals include men’s shavers (the Braun pictured above is at $79 off), portable speakers, gloves, perfume, cologne and more. Browse all the deals now.

 

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Dec 172014
 

overboardNeighborhood Theatre, at 511 East 36th Street, is hosting a free New Year’s Eve party with live music. It is for ages 21+ and starts at 8:00 p.m. December 31st, and goes through 2:00 a.m. Overboard II – Cruise Control is presented by Permanent Vacation, Natty Boh and Sailer Jerry, is hosted by General Stoor and features MTHR, Hungry Girl, Miami Dice, Dreamy D, Junior Astronomers, DJ Ahuf and DJ Strtr. VIP packages will be announced soon.

 December 17, 2014  Posted by  Free Events, holiday, Music, NoDa, The City No Responses »