What's happening in York this weekend
Students from York College's Division of Art will have their Senior Fall Exhibition, Friday through Dec. 20 at the York College Galleries in Wolf Hall, with presentations about the works at 5 p.m. Friday in DeMeester Recital Hall. Free.
Take a train trip on the Christmas City Express, Friday through Dec. 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 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 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.
York College's Theatre Division presents its annual student matinee of "A Christmas Carol," 10 a.m. Saturday at the Waldner Performing Arts Center in the Humanities Center on campus. Free, reservations required, go to eventbrite.com or call 717-600-3868.
Visit historic homes and churches with Open House in the Avenues, 1-5 p.m Saturday. 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.
The Midstate Ballet presents "The Nutcracker," 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday 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, Sunday through Tuesday. At 3 p.m. Sunday, 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 in DeMeester Recital Hall. And at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the York College Community Orchestra will perform. Information: www.ycp.edu.
Holiday films didn't start with the invention of the talkie. Take in some classics at the Holiday Silent Film Fest, 5 p.m. Sunday at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St. Three silent films, including one with Laurel and Hardy and one starring Buster Keaton, will be accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Tickets: $7. Information: www.mystrandcapitol.org.
Kids can hear the story of "The Polar Express" from local storytellers Beth Rebert and Fred Soulier at several York County libraries this season. The event is recommended for children 3-12. First stop: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Red Lion Community Center, behind Kaltreider-Benfer Library, 147 S. Charles St. Second stop: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dover Community Room, beside the library, 3700-3 Davidsburg Road. Third stop: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, Dillsburg Area Public Library, 204 Mumper Lane, Dillsburg. Fourth stop: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, Village Library, 35-C N. Main St., Jacobus. Information: www.yorklibraries.org.
The Goodridge Freedom Center has filled the historic home of William Goodridge with holiday cheer for the Festival of Trees, open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday, Dec. 17. Goodridge was the first person in York known to have a Christmas tree, according to the center, and the festival celebrates that with trees decorated by designers from around York County. Free. Information: www.facebook.com/goodridgefreedomcenter.