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What's happening this weekend in York
York City will celebrate Light Up Night over two days this year. The festivities begin Friday, Dec. 1, with First Friday activities including Jazz in the City at 5 p.m. at the Strand Studio; lighting up the Royal Square District at 6 p.m.; and a free screening of "A Muppet Christmas Carol" at 6:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St.
Light Up York has expanded to a full day of activities starting at noon Saturday, Dec. 2. Events include a gingerbread-themed escape room at Rex/Laurel Fire Co., on the corner of Duke and Princess streets; photos with Santa at Martin Library, 3-5 p.m.; "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre; and the lighting of the York City Christmas Tree at Continental Square at 5 p.m. Information: www.downtownyorkpa.com/events.
DreamWrights Center for Community Arts presents "It's a Wonderful Life," Dec. 1-17 at the theater, 100 Carlisle Ave. The play follows the tale from the classic movie about George Bailey, who discovers how much his life has meant as he's about to throw it all away. Showtimes: 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets: $10 general admission in advance, $14 reserved, $12 at the door. Information: www.dreamwrights.org or 717-848-8623.
Take a ride on "The Polar Express," 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Pullo Center, on the campus of Penn State York. The screening of the holiday movie starring Tom Hanks includes hot chocolate and a cookie. Tickets: $10 adults, $8 children under 12 and seniors 55+/ Information: pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
The Hershey Handbell Ensemble returns to the St. John's Concert Series for a free concert, Saturday, Dec. 2. The 15 members of the group performs seasonal music on seven octaves of handbells, handchimes and assorted other instruments. Showtime: 7 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Beaver St. Information: www.stjohnyork.com.
Hear the cutting edge in brass quintets as Canadian Brass takes the stage, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Strand Theatre in the Appell Center, 50 N. George St. The group is known for genre-bending versatility and joyous performances, and the concert features the York County Honors Choir. Tickets start at $29.25. Information: appellcenter.org.
The Newman & Ollman Guitar Duo will perform a Christmas pastorale, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at First Baptist Church, 3375 Druck Valley Road. The duo have performed around the world and have collaborated with Marvin Hamlisch, the Pittsburgh Symphony, fiddler Eileen Ivers and many other groups. A free-will offering will be taken.
Singer and songwriter Michael Bolton comes to the stage at the Pullo Center on the campus at Penn State York. Bolton has won Grammys and American Music Awards, had nine No. 1 singles and has worked with such diverse talent as BB King, Lady Gaga and Barbra Streisand. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. Tickets: $60. Information: pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
Pianist Jim Brickman comes to the Pullo Center Thursday, Dec. 7, for "A Joyful Christmas." The Grammy-nominated songwriter is taking his Christmas music on tour for the 21st year. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30, $45, $75 VIP. Information: pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
Rock photographer Henry Diltz will speak about his work creating visual histories of Woodstock, The Monterey Pop Festival and scores of legendary artists, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at York College's DeMeester Recital Hall. Free.