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The Holiday Shop at Children's Theatre of Charlotte will celebrate its 47th year of bringing a fun shopping experience to the children of Charlotte, Dec. 4-7, at ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center.

Santa's Bag

Santa’s Bag offers children age 10 and under the opportunity to purchase inexpensive, pre-wrapped gifts for their family and friends.  Gifts are priced between $.50 and $6.  Children are escorted by helpful “elves” through the experience. Cash, Checks and MasterCard or Visa will be accepted.  Admission is free and the event is open to the public. We have a printable shopping list for you or your child to fill out. Shopping List

The ENCORE! Boutique

The ENCORE! Boutique is a unique place for tweens, teens and adults to shop while children are shopping in Santa’s Bag.  Here you will find the perfect gift for teenagers, family, friends, neighbors, teachers and co-workers!  Again this year, all the gifts will come from local vendors! So come and support Children’s Theatre and your favorite local vendor!  It is not required to bring children to shop in Santa’s Bag for you to come and shop at the Boutique!

Calling all Elves!

Looking for a fun, festive and rewarding volunteer opportunity? Look no further! Children’s Theatre of Charlotte needs your help to make this year’s Santa’s Bag event a success. ►Click here to view available shifts and see where you can join in all of the fun!

Get a Picture With Santa!

Santa will be in the ImaginOn lobby during the following hours of The Holiday Shop: Wed., Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Thurs., Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Hours of Operation:

There will be a special invitation-only preview night for our donors at the Supporting Player level ($250) and above on Dec. 3. Learn how you can take part!

Date Morning Hours Evening Hours
Wednesday, Dec. 4 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
(line closes at 11:30 a.m.)
4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
(line closes at 7 p.m.)
Thursday, Dec. 5 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
(line closes at 11:30 a.m.)
4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
(line closes at 7 p.m.)
Friday, Dec. 6 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
(line closes at 11:30 a.m.)
4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
(line closes at 7 p.m.)
Saturday, Dec. 7 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(or until inventory sells out)


Sponsor A Child allows you to become a “Holiday Angel” and help a child who otherwise might not be able to shop for Christmas presents at Santa’s Bag/The Holiday Shop. Sponsor A Child has allowed hundreds of children to enjoy the Santa’s Bag experience.
Recognize someone special with your donation: If you'd like to make your gift in honor of a special child, family member, teacher or friend, please put their name(s) in the ‘Recognition Name’ box when completing your online donation. Someone will reach out to you for their contact information and we will send them an acknowledgement of your gift.

Print FormYou may also print a Sponsor-A-Child form and mail in your donation.


Please contact our Development team at 704-973-2804 or oliviah@ctcharlotte.org.

Special thanks to all our fabulous ENCORE! Volunteers for making this year's shopping experience special for so many families.

Show Your Support!

Make a Donation Individual Giving Join the Jester Society Join ENCORE! Corporate Giving

For questions about individual or corporate giving, please contact:
Cherise Clark, Associate Director of Advancement

Get Involved!

Join our E-Club Audition Employment & Internships


Learn more
Louise Lawson, Front-of-House Coordinator

Public Records

2018-19 Annual Report (PDF)
IRS Form 990 (PDF)