What's happening in York this weekend
Orangemite Studios brings "A Winter's Tale" to two local venues Dec. 8-15. Shakespeare's romance takes audiences through tragedy and comedy while traveling through time and seasons. Showtimes: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Dover Area High School; 8 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 at DreamWrights Center for the Community Arts, 100 Carlisle Ave. Tickets: $10. Information: orangemite.org.
A musical "A Christmas Carol" comes to life Dec. 8-10 at the York Learning Center, 300 N. Seventh Ave., North York. The classic Dickens tale of the miser Scrooge who is visited by three spirits who change his life was adapted by director and TAFE found Diane Crews and musical director Jacquie Sutton. Showtimes: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Information: christmascarolbytafe.eventbrite.com.
Take a train ride into the holidays with the Christmas City Express, Dec. 8-17 on the Ma & Pa Railroad. The train takes riders through the Muddy Creek Valley while they hear the story of a girl on her way to her grandparents' house aboard a train that gets stranded in a blizzard. Times: 7 p.m. Fridays, 5 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 and 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $18 adults, $15 children, includes snowflake ornament and cookies and hot chocolate. Infomation: www.MaAndPaRailroad.com or 717-927-9565.
Watch two very different versions of a holiday classic as the Midstate Ballet of Greater York Dance performs "The Nutcracker" and "The Hip Nut," Dec. 8-10 at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St. "The Hip Nut," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, tells a modern-day story of a girl who is saved from a group of gangsters by a Nutcracker, who then stars in her dreams. "The Nutcracker," 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, is the classic ballet, with music by Tchaikovsky and the story of the Nutcracker who leads Clara through the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of Sweets. Tickets: starting at $22.25 adults, $17.75 children. Information: appellcenter.org.
Grammy Award winners Steep Canyon Rangers come to York Friday, Dec. 8, courtesy of WXPN. The celebrated bluegrass band has backed Steve Martin and played at Carnegie Hall, along with producing 10 studio albums and touring across the country. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St. Tickets start at $30. Information: appellcenter.org.
The Unforgettable Big Band brings its Christmas Spectacular to the stage at the Belmont Theatre Dec. 8-10. The concert includes the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn arrangement of "The Nutcracker," along with other holiday classics. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday at the theater, 27 S. Belmont St. Information: www.thebelmont.org.
Play it again, Sam. CapFilms brings the 1942 classic "Casablanca" to the screen at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St. The romantic drama stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman and has some of the most quotable lines that ever came out of Hollywood. Showtimes:4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Tickets: $7. Information: appellcenter.org.
See what's stirring in the fields and park during a Winter Wildlife Walk, 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Nixon County Park. The whole family is invited to explore park habitats and search for signs of activity from the inhabitants. Free. Information: yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation.