Santa's Bag Charlotte Children's Theatre

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Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

Daily at 9:30 AM until 7:00 PM from December 1, 2010 until December 4, 2010

Location: Imaginon Children's Theatre

Phone: Box Office 704-973-2828 (10-5, M-F) | Main 704-973-2800 (9-5, M-F)

Email: biancad@ctcharlotte.org

Link: http://www.ctcharlotte.org/santasbag.html

Event Description

Santa's Bag

As much a community service project as a fundraising event, Santa’s Bag offers children under the age of 12 the opportunity to purchase inexpensive, pre-wrapped holiday gifts. Gifts are priced between .25 and $5. Children are escorted by helpful “Elves,” while adult friends enjoy shopping at the ENCORE! Boutique. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Visit With Santa!
Santa will be here for visits during all hours of Santa's Bag, and available for photos during the evening hours and all day Saturday.

2010 Santa's Bag Schedule

Wed., Dec. 1
9:30 am-Noon & 4:30-7:00 pm

Thurs., Dec. 2
9:30 am-Noon & 4:30-7:00 pm

Fri., Dec. 3
9:30 am-Noon & 4:30-7:00 pm

Sat., Dec. 4
10:00 am-4:00 pm


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Santa's Bag: A Holiday Shopping Tradition
Every December at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, groups of volunteers dress up in bright red and green and put on pointed elf hats. The Theatre’s lobby becomes a winter wonderland, complete with Santa Claus. Children begin to line up outside the rehearsal rooms, chattering about the gifts they want to buy for a grandmother, brother or favorite teacher.

It’s time for Santa’s Bag, a unique shopping event that has become as much a part of the Theatre’s holiday traditions as the seasonal productions on its stages. This event, which is free and open to the public, runs from Dec. 1-4 at ImaginOn.

Santa’s Bag offers one-stop shopping for the entire family. Children under 12 can browse through a wide variety of inexpensive, pre-wrapped gifts and select something for everyone on their list. With volunteer “elves” guiding them, even the youngest children get the fun of picking out a special present all on their own. And a separate boutique area with fun gifts and crafts caters to older shoppers, including, for the first time this year, tweens and teens looking for presents to give their friends.

Santa’s Bag is run by ENCORE!, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s award-winning volunteer auxiliary. Committees have been meeting since the summer to plan and purchase presents, and the week of the event over 200 volunteers will be called upon to help. All funds raised go to support Theatre programming.

“When Children’s Theatre was established by the Junior League of Charlotte in 1948, it was an entirely volunteer-based organization,” said ENCORE! member Cristi Carras. “The work that ENCORE! does, including Santa’s Bag, is a real connection to that history.”

Volunteers have been organizing Santa’s Bag for 37 years, beginning a few years after Children’s Theatre of Charlotte moved into its previous home on Morehead Street. Originally, all the gifts were made by hand at workshop get-togethers - something that would be impossible now that almost 15,000 items are sold annually.

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