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Best of December York entertainment guide
Christmas Magic: A Festival of Lights continues through Dec. 31 at Rocky Ridge County Park. The 33rd annual event is a half-mile walking trail that meanders along a wooded hilltop decorated with almost 600,000 Christmas lights, along with holiday scenes, animation, a G-gauge train display, food and Santa Claus in five heated pavilions. Times: 6-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, closed Dec. 24 and 25. Tickets: $8 adults, $6 ages 4-12, 3 and under free, $7 seniors 60+, group rates available. Benefits the York County Department of Parks and Recreation. Information: www.yorkcountyparks.org or 717-840-7443.
Join the community for Light Up York, 5-9 p.m. Friday at Continental Square in downtown York. The event includes photos with a live reindeer, visits with Santa, activities for children and the lighting of the community Christmas tree. The event includes FIrst Friday events throughout the downtown area. Free. Information: www.downtownyorkpa.com/events.
Take a trip with Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz," Friday through Dec. 18 at DreamWrights Center for the Community Arts, 100 Carlisle Ave. The classic tale of the Kansas farm girl who travels to a magical land is told using the Royal Shakespeare Co. version, a faithful adaptation of the 1939 film. Showtimes: 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets: $10 general seating, $14 reserved. The theater will also host a visit with Santa with cocoa and caroling at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, for $10, does not include tickets to the show. Information: www.dreamwrights.org or 717 848-8623.
Catch "The Polar Express," 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Pullo Center, on the campus of Penn State York. Each screening includes hot chocolate and a cookie, and don't forget to take a picture with the conductor. Tickets: $10 adults, $8 children or seniors. Information: pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
Totem Pole Playhouse and Gettysburg Community Theatre will premiere an original adaptation of "A Christmas Carol," Dec. 8-18 at the Majestic Theatre, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg. The adaptation by Totem Pole producing artistic director Rowan Joseph retains much of the language from the Charles Dickens story. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, 2 p.m. Dec. 10, 11, 14, 15, 17 and 18. Tickets: $30-36 for adults, $20 students 18 and under. Information: www.gettysburgmajestic.org.
Take a train trip on the Christmas City Express, Dec. 9-18 at Muddy Creek Forks. The Ma & Pa Railroad Society will bring the experience of the children's story of a young girl aboard a train that gets stuck in a blizzard on Christmas Eve to life. Times: 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $18 adults, $15 children, includes crafts, train ride, snowflake ornament, cookies and hot chocolate. Advance ticket purchase required: www.MaAndPaRailroad.com or 717-927-9565.
Greater York Dance presents "The Hip Nut," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St. The multicultural dance production follows the story of "The Nutcracker" with a contemporary music mashup. Tickets start at $19 adults, $15 children 12 and under. Information: www.mystrandcapitol.org/
Go back in time with a Victorian Christmas on Steinwhr Avenue, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in the Steinwehr district in Gettysburg. The event features live music, carriage rides, re-enactors and a Victorian Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Information: www.victorianchristmasonsteinwehr.com.
Visit historic homes and churches with Open House in the Avenues, 1-5 p.m Saturday, Dec. 10. The tour covers seven homes on Madison, Linden and Roosevelt avenues as well as the Lady Linden Bed & Breakfast and two neighborhood churches. Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 that day, available at Madison Avenue Church, 645 Madison Ave. Information: www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-holiday-open-house-in-the-avenues-tickets-28466200171.
The Midstate Ballet presents "The Nutcracker," 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St. Students dance through Tchaikovsky's beloved masterpiece. Tickets start at $19 adults, $15 children 12 and under. Information: www.mystrandcapitol.org/
York College presents a series of free musical performances, Dec. 11-13. At 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, the Holiday Festival Concert features the York College Chorale and Wind Symphony performing secular and sacred music of the season, concluding with an audience sing-along, at the Waldner Performing Arts Center. Students will present a recital of jazz-influenced and jazz-related works, including ragtime, Gershwin and more, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, in DeMeester Recital Hall. And at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, the York College Community Orchestra will perform. Information: www.ycp.edu.
TAFE (Theatre Arts for Everyone) presents its first production, "Everything Christmas and a Mystery Too!" Dec. 16-18 at the York Learning Center, 300 Seventh Ave., North York. The play brings together a cast ranging from age 7 to 85 for a story about two very different families, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, elves, snow people and, yes, a mystery. Showtimes: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with a visit from Santa after each matinee. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Information: 884-8233.
Enjoy a holiday classic with "White Christmas," starring Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, Dec. 16-18 at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St. Showtimes: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $7. Information: www.mystrandcapitol.org/
The Vienna Boys Choir presents Christmas in Vienna, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Pullo Center, on the campus of Penn State York. The illustrious group of child musicians will perform Austrian folk songs, classical music and holiday favorites. Tickets: $59-44. Information: pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
Hear some of Nashville's top new artists at the Jingle Bell Jam Concert, 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at the Utz Arena at the York Expo Center. Maren Morris, who won the CMA New Artist of the Year last month, joins Granger Smith and Chris Lane for the performance. Tickets: $12, bring a nonperishable food item for LifePath Christian Ministries and receive a coupon for Bricker's Fries. Information: www.etix.com.
Get out of the house during the holiday break for Family Day with the York History Center, Wednesday, Dec. 28 at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St. The event runs 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and offers the chance to make an edible log cabin, walk through a cardboard cityscape of York, get inspired with Creative York, The Rooted Artist Collective, the Cultural Alliance and Martin Library, explore the museum and enjoy music and stories from Matt Dodd. Free. Information: www.yorkhistorycenter.org or 848-1587, ext. 301.
A taste of Broadway comes to York as Emily Rozek and Julie Reiber of "Wicked" join the Pennsylvania Philharmonic for "Wicked Divas," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at the Pullo Center. Tickets: $41-37. Information: pullocenter.york.psu.edu.