York Weekend Best of December 2012
York Weekend Best of December 2012 entertainment calendar (Todd Stouch illustration)
 

Comedy

Funnyman Dan Kamin presents a free, all-ages physical comedy routine at 11 a.m. Saturday at Martin Library, 159 E. Market St. Call (717) 846-5300, ext. 222, to reserve a seat.
 

‘Messiah'

The York Symphony Orchestra Chorus will hold its annual Christmas Choral Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 225 E. Market St. The concert will feature a complete performance of Handel's “Messiah.” Tickets: $15 for adults, $10 for students. Information: (717) 846-1111 or www.mystrandcapitol.org.
 

Tree lighting

First Friday celebrates Light Up Night from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec.
York Weekend Best of December 2012
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7 in downtown York with a holiday singalong, dancing, carriage rides, Santa's arrival, special shopping deals and more. Information: (717) 849-2331 or downtownyorkpa.com.
 

Ballet tradition

The Midstate Ballet and Greater York Dance present the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St. Tickets: $25-$45 for adults, $18-$35 for children. Information: (717) 846-1111 or www.mystrandcapitol.org.
 

‘Now and Forever'

Longtime pop singer-songwriter Richard Marx will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center, 1031 Edgecomb Ave. on the Penn State York campus. Tickets: $39. Information: (717) 505-8900 or pullocenter.yk.psu.edu.
 

Kenny G

Grammy-winning jazz genius Kenny G presents a holiday saxophone concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St. Tickets: $42-$58. Information: (717) 846-1111 or www.mystrandcapitol.org.
 

Country stars

Husband-and-wife country act Thompson Square will headline the Jingle Bell Jam concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the York Expo Center Toyota Arena, 334 Carlisle Ave. Tickets: $14. Information: (717) 848-2033 or www.yorkfair.com.
 

Variety show

York Little Theatre's annual variety show, “A Musical Christmas Card,” featuring Christmas traditions from three distinct regions, takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 and 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at the theater, 27 S. Belmont St., Spring Garden Township. Tickets: $23 for adults, $21 for seniors, $18 for students, $10 for children. Information: (717) 854-5715 or www.ylt.org.
 

‘Cool Yule'

Grammy-winning group The Manhattan Transfer puts on a “Cool Yule” Christmas featuring classic holiday tunes with swing style at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center, 1031 Edgecomb Ave. on the Penn State York campus. Tickets: $55-$75. Information: (717) 505-8900 or pullocenter.yk.psu.edu.
 

A jazz Christmas

York native Tim Warfield leads a top-notch group of musicians for an All Star Jazzy Christmas show featuring carols familiar and obscure at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St. Tickets: $20-$35. Information: (717) 846-1111 or www.mystrandcapitol.org.
 

Since 1848

The Glen Rock Carolers will warm up with a concert at 11 p.m. Dec. 24 at Zion Lutheran Church on the corner of Hanover and Water streets in the borough. As midnight falls and Christmas morning arrives, the carolers will walk the streets, singing carols as they've done for more than 16 decades. Information: www.glenrockcarolers.org.
 

Take a hike

Take a holiday break with the Marshmallow Hikes at Rocky Ridge County Park in Springettsbury Township. A naturalist will guide hikers from the Hidden Laurel parking area through the park from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 27 and from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 29. Hot chocolate by the fire will follow the hikes. Registration is requested for the free hikes. Information: (717) 428-1961 or www.yorkcountyparks.org.

Ring in the new year

Red Lion churches, shops and the borough square will feature live music, food, fireworks and the raising of the cigar on Dec. 31. The countdown to midnight will start at 9:30 p.m. in the center square, with events around town starting as early as 7 p.m. Visit www.redlionpa.org for full details.