Southern Christmas Show returns with ‘Nauti or Nice’ theme

CHARLOTTE — The 56th annual Southern Christmas Show is set to return to the Park Expo and Conference Center in Charlotte from Nov. 9-19.

This year’s show, themed Nauti or Nice, will feature a nautical-inspired entrance filled with coastal Christmas cheer, more than 400 holiday merchants, designer rooms, and, of course, Santa Claus.

Crafters, artisans and vendors from around the country are expected to showcase their treasures, while choirs and entertainers perform on stage.

Guests will be able to get a sneak peek at the show during a special Preview Night on Nov. 8, from 5 to 9 p.m. A portion of each ticket sale for Preview Night will be donated to the show’s charity partner The Sandbox, which supports families who have children with cancer or other life-altering illnesses.

Preview Night attendees will enjoy free parking, plus hors d’oeuvres and tasty treats from more than a dozen local food partners. The first 250 shoppers will take home this year’s special keepsake ornament. Tickets cost $26 online and at the door.

For those who want to beat the crowds and shop before the general public, the show will host an Early Bird VIP morning from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Nov. 11. Tickets for this cost $22 online and at the door, and the first 250 VIP shoppers will also receive a special commemorative ornament.

To enhance the shopping experience there will be limited attendance during the Early Bird VIP morning. Also, no wagons, strollers or carts will be allowed on the show floor. There will be two entrances for Early Bird VIP ticket holders for faster morning entry.

The Southern Christmas Show will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Sunday through Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Onsite parking costs $10, and valet parking can be purchased at the normal entrances to the main parking lot for $20 with cash or credit card.

Admission tickets purchased at the door will cost $18 for adults and $8 for children ages 6-12. Tickets for children 5 and younger are free with a paying adult. Adult tickets can be purchased online now through Nov. 8 on the show’s website for a discounted rate of $16 (or $18 Nov. 9-19).

Tickets can also be purchased at participating Harris Teeter stores for $15.50 with a VIC card starting in October through the end of the show. Group tickets are available for groups of 20 people or more for $14 per person (advance only).

For more information or to buy tickets, go to southernchristmasshow.com.

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