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2012 Holiday Events Calendar 

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[Exhibit] Annual Holiday Poinsettia Show at Lamberton Conservatory. 180 Reservoir Ave. More than 1,000 poinsettias in more than 15 different varieties. Runs November 30-January 6. Daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Christmas Day. $2-$3 (children 5 and under free). 753-7270. Monroecounty.gov/parks.

[Exhibit] Holiday Displays at the George Eastman House. Display and silent auction of more than 30 holiday wreaths donated by local florists and garden clubs. Continues through Thursday, November 29. "Sweet Creations Gingerbread House Display" continues through Wednesday, December 12. $5-$12. 900 East Ave. 271-3361. eastmanhouse.org.

[Special Event] Dickens Festival, featuring "A Journey through 'A Christmas Carol,'" a holiday attraction created by Jack Haldoupis and the late Dianne Dengel featuring scenes from the Dickens classic on the upper level. On the lower level Dengel's last work created will be displayed. Dickens characters on weekends. Continues through Monday, December 24. Shops on West Ridge, 3200 W. Ridge Road. Check theshopsonwestridge.net for hours. 368-0670.

[Special Event] Festival of Trees at the Granger Homestead, 295 N. Main St, Canandaigua. Continues through Saturday, December 8. Mondays-Wednesdays 1-5 p.m.; Thursdays-Fridays 1-7 p.m.; Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. November 16 & 23 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $1-$5. 394-1472. grangerhomestead.org.

[Special Event] Holiday Laser. Holiday songs coupled with dancing laser light against the starry background of the planetarium. Playlist includes Vivaldi's "Winter," as well as tunes by Mannheim Steamroller and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Strasenburgh Planetarium, 657 East Ave. Run Saturdays and Sundays November 17-December 23, daily December 24-January 1 (no shows on Christmas day). Show times vary. $4-$10. 271-4320. rmsc.org.

[Theater] "A Christmas Carol" Mark Cuddy's musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic returns. Runs Friday, November 23-Sunday, December 23. No shows Mondays and select Tuesdays. Show times vary. Geva Theatre, 75 Woodbury Blvd. 7:30 p.m. $25-$42.50. 232-4382. gevatheatre.org. Continues through December 23.

[Theater] "Sister's Christmas Catechism" Holiday mystery extravaganza from the creators of "Late Night Catechism." Continues through December 9. Runs Tuesdays-Sundays (no show on Thanksgiving). Geva Theatre Nextstage, 75 Woodbury Blvd. Tickets start at $35. 232-4382. gevatheatre.org.

Wednesday, November 14

[Class/Workshop] Roasted Sides 'n' Sauces Pittsford Wegmans, 3195 Monroe Ave. 6-8:30 p.m. $59. For reservations call 249-0278. wegmans.com.

Thursday, November 15

[Class/Workshop] Thanksgiving Secrets—Unveiled. New York Wine and Culinary Center, 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua. 6-8:30 p.m. $55. 394-7070. nywcc.com.

Friday, November 16

[Class/Workshop] Baking with Pumpkin: Traditional Pumpkin Pie. Class at the New York Wine and Culinary Center, 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua. 2:30-4 p.m. $40. 394-7070. nywcc.com.

[Music] Skycoasters Turkey Bash Tailgate Party Local party band packs them in with the hits. Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main St. 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $11-$15; 21 plus only. 223-0999, skycoasters.com.

[Shopping] Holiday Shopping Spree along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. 1-5 p.m. $30-$55. 607-869-4281. cayugawinetrail.com. Continues through Sunday, November 18.

[Shopping] Holiday Bazaar Arts and Crafts Sale. Nearly 200 fine artists and craftspeople selling items such as ceramics, jewelry, glass, fiber arts, and more. Sponsored by RMSC Women's Council. Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave. 5-9 p.m. $5-$7. 271-4320. rmsc.org. Continues through Sunday, November 18.

Saturday, November 17

[Class/Workshop] Holiday Food and Wine Pairing at the New York Wine and Culinary Center. 12:30-1:30 p.m. $30. 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua. 394-7070. nywcc.com. Continues Saturday, December 8.

[Shopping] Holiday Shopping Spree along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. See listing for Friday, November 16. 1-5 p.m. $30-$55. Continues through Sunday, November 18.

[Shopping] Holiday Bazaar Arts and Crafts Sale. See listing for Friday, November 16. RMSC, 657 East Ave. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-$7. 271-4320. rmsc.org. Continues through Sunday, November 18.

[Special Event] Keuka Holidays. Tastings at wineries and small plates of hearty winter foods. $32-$57. Keuka Lake Wine Trail. (800) 444-4898. keukawinetrail.com. Continues Sunday, November 18.

Sunday, November 18

[Shopping] Holiday Shopping Spree along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. See listing for Friday, November 16. 1-5 p.m. $30-$55.

[Shopping] Holiday Bazaar Arts and Crafts Sale. See listing for Friday, November 16. RMSC, 657 East Ave. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $5-$7. 271-4320. rmsc.org.

[Special Event] Keuka Holidays. See listing for Saturday, November 17. $32-$57. Keuka Lake Wine Trail. (800) 444-4898. keukawinetrail.com.

Wednesday, November 21

[Comedy] Talent's Thanksgiving Comedy Jam at Auditorium Theatre (885 E. Main St.). Starring DL Hughley, Bill Bellamy, and Talent's "Mr. It's Just Comedy." 8 p.m. $37.50-$70. 222-5000. rbtl.org.

[Music]Three Heads Brewing Presents Thanksgiving Bash w/AudioInflux w/Extended Family at Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint (830 Jefferson Road). 8:30 p.m. Free. Stickylipsbbq.com.

[Special Event] One Presents: Luxury—Night Before Thanksgiving Bash. Featuring Richie Salvaggio, DJ Kalifornia, and Designer Junkies. One, 1 Ryan Alley. 21 and over. Doors open at 10 p.m. 546-1010. oneclublife.com.

Thursday, November 22

[ Holiday ] Thanksgiving

[ Recreation ] Webster Turkey Trot Annual holiday race. 4.4-mile race begins at 10 a.m., 2.5-mile race at 10:10 a.m. Webster Park, Holt Road, Webster. $20-$25. Yellowjacketracing.com.

Friday, November 23

[Dance] "The Nutcracker" by Rochester City Ballet, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Bach Children's Chorus. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Gibbs St. 2 & 7 p.m. $10-$75. 454-2100, rpo.org. Continues through Sunday, November 25.

[Shopping] Complimentary Holiday Weekend Family Tours at Casa Larga Vineyards. Tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport. 223-4210. casalarga.com. Continues through Sunday, November 25.

[Shopping] More Fire Glass Annual Holiday Sale at More Fire Glass Studio. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 80 Rockwood Place. 242-0450. morefireglass.com. Continues weekends through Sunday, December 2.

[Special Event] Sweating Off the Drumsticks: An 80's Workout-Themed Dance Party Featuring KOPPS, Aminals, Kids & Explosions, and Gin & Bonnets at the Bug Jar. 8 p.m. $6 if you wear an 80's workout outfit or $7 over 21, $9 under 21. 219 Monroe Ave. bugjar.com.

Saturday, November 24

[Class/Workshop] Christmas Cookies Class at Tops Cooking School. $25. 2-4 p.m. 3507 Mt. Read Blvd., Greece. 663-5449. topsmarkets.com.

[Dance] "The Nutcracker" by Rochester City Ballet, RPO, Bach Children's Chorus. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. 26 Gibbs St. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. $10-$75. 454-2100, rpo.org. Continues through Sunday, November 25.

[Shopping] Complimentary Holiday Weekend Family Tours at Casa Larga Vineyards. See listing for Friday, November 23. Tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport. 223-4210. casalarga.com.

[Shopping] More Fire Annual Holiday Sale at More Fire Glass Studio. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 80 Rockwood Place. 242-0450. morefireglass.com. Continues weekends through December 2.

[Special Event] Holly Trolley Rides with the New York Museum of Transportation. Ride on an authentic 80-year-old electric trolley. The museum's large model railroad will also be running five trains at once. 6393 E. River Road. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-$5. 533-1113. nymtmuseum.org. Continues weekends through December 16.

[Special Event] Preparing for the Holidays the 19th Century Way at the Genesee Country Village and Museum (1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford). Crafts, decorating, sausage-stuffing, root-cellar preparing, meat-smoking, and chestnut-roasting. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $6.50-$8.50, plus $4-$15 for craft materials, and $12 for breakfast with Santa. gcv.org.

[Special Event] Polar Express Train Ride with the Medina Railroad Museum. Read along with the story as the train makes its round-trip journey to the North Pole. A visit with Santa, caroling, hot cocoa, treats, and a special gift. Departures at 3:30, 4:40, and 5:55 p.m. 530 West Ave., Medina. $23-$45. 798-6106. railroadmuseum.net. Continues weekends through December 23.

Sunday, November 25

[Dance] "The Nutcracker" by the Rochester City Ballet, RPO, Bach Children's Chorus. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. 26 Gibbs St. 2 & 7 p.m. $10-$75. 454-2100, rpo.org.

[Shopping] Complimentary Holiday Weekend Family Tours at Casa Larga Vineyards. Tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport. 223-4210. casalarga.com.

[Special Event] Holly Trolley Rides with the New York Museum of Transportation. See listing for Saturday, November 24. 6393 E. River Road. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-$5. 533-1113. nymtmuseum.org. Continues weekends through December 16.

[Special Event] Santa Claus Express with the Finger Lakes Railway. Trains at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Departs from 60 E. Main St., Victor. $15. friendsoftherailroad.org.

[Special Event] Polar Express Train Ride with the Medina Railroad Museum. Departures at 3:30, 4:40, and 5:55 p.m. See listing for Saturday, November 24. 530 West Ave., Medina. $23-$45. 798-6106. railroadmuseum.net. Continues weekends through December 23.

Thursday, November 29

[Class/Workshop] Party Pleasers Cooking Class at Tops Cooking School. 3507 Mt. Read Blvd., Greece. 7-9 p.m. $20. topsmarkets.com.

[Class/Workshop] Williamsburg Wreath Workshop at Hurd Orchards. 17260 Ridge Road, Holley. 2:30 p.m. 638-8838. hurdorchards.com.

[Special Event] Park Ave Holiday Open House hosted by the Park Avenue Merchants Association. Deals at local merchants, ice sculptures, holiday festivities, and more. Park Avenue from Culver to Alexander. 5-9 p.m. park-avenue.org.

Friday, November 30

[Music] Low Brass Choir Holiday Card Recital at Nazareth College. Wilmot Recital Hall, 4245 East Ave. 8 p.m. 389-2700. naz.edu.

[Music] UR Wind Symphony Holiday Concert. Strong Auditorium, University of Rochester (500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.). 8 p.m. Free. rochester.edu/college/MUR/concerts.

[Shopping] 31st Annual Alternative Fair hosted by Metro Justice. Food, music, and holiday-themed activities, plus unique gifts. First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Road. 5-9 p.m. $3. metrojustice.org. Continues Saturday, December 1.

[Shopping] Holiday Boutique at the Museum of Wayne County History. 21 Butternut St., Lyons. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 315-946-4943. waynehistory.org. Continues through December 2.

[Shopping] Holiday Shopping at the Lighthouse at the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse. 1-5 p.m. 70 Lighthouse St. 621-6179. geneseelighthouse.org. Continues through Sunday, December 2.

[Special Event] Taste of the Holidays in downtown Batavia. Tree lighting, caroling, tastings from area restaurants, horse and carriage rides. 5-9 p.m. At the Big Holiday Tent at the corner of Jackson and Main, Batavia. downtownbataviany.com.

[Special Event] Yuletide in the Country at the Genesee Country Museum. Historic decorations, music, merriment. Optional dinner buffet for additional charge. 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. 5-8 p.m. $9.50-$15.50. 538-6822. gcv.org. Continues weekends through December 16.

[Theater] "A Visit from St. Nicholas, or The Night Before Christmas" by Black Sheep Theatre at Village Gate. 274 N. Goodman St. 7:30 p.m. $15. 861-4816. Blacksheeptheatre.org. Continues through December 9.




Saturday, December 1

[Class/Workshop] Holiday Wine and Cheese Pairing at the New York Wine and Culinary Center. 3-4 p.m. $25. 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua. 394-7070. nywcc.com.

[Class/Workshop] Williamsburg Wreath Workshop at Hurd Orchards. 10:30 a.m. Holiday Decorating Symposium 2:30 p.m. 17260 Ridge Road, Holley. 638-8838. hurdorchards.com.

[Music] "With Joyous Note" by Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus. Perinton Presbyterian Church, 6511 Pittsford Palmyra Road. 7:30 p.m. $10-$12. gvoc.org.

[Music] Annual Performathon at Eastview Mall. Hochstein students, orchestras, and ensembles perform for holiday shoppers to benefit the Tuition Assistance Program at Hochstein. Eastview Mall (7979 Pittsford-Victor Road). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 454-4596. hochstein.org. Continues Sunday, December 2.

[Recreation] Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis to benefit the Upstate New York Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. Registration at 8:30 a.m., race at 10 a.m. Monroe Community College-Brighton Campus (1000 E. Henrietta Road). arthritis.org.

[Shopping] 31st Annual Alternative Fair hosted by Metro Justice. See Friday, November 30 listing. First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Road. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $3. metrojustice.org.

[Shopping] 34th Annual Holiday Bazaar at School 46 hosted by School 46 PTA. More than 100 crafters, raffles, and refreshments available for purchase. 250 Newcastle Rd. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 288-8008. rcsdk12.org/46.

[Shopping] Holiday Barrel Tasting at Keuka Spring Winery. Tastings at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Reservations and fee required. Call 315-536-3147 for reservations. keukaspringwinery.com. Continues Sunday, December 2.

[Shopping] Holiday Boutique at the Museum of Wayne County History. See listing for Friday, November 30. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through December 2.

[Shopping] Holiday Happening on the Niagara Wine Trail. Collect a different ornament at each of the 16 participating wineries on the trail. Ticket includes 3 tastes of wine per winery, commemorative wine glass. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $30-$60. niagarawinetrail.org.

[Shopping] Holiday Shopping at the Lighthouse at the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse. 70 Lighthouse St. 1-5 p.m. 621-6179. geneseelighthouse.org. Continues through Sunday, December 2.

[Shopping] It's a Wonderful Life in the South Wedge. Specials at stores and restaurants in the South Wedge neighborhood. Rochester Oratorio Society carolers, hot cider, carriages, kids activities, arts and crafts and Christmas trees for sale at Star Alley Park, food trucks, Buddahood candlelight parade at 5 p.m., and "It's a Wonderful Life" film looping all day behind Lux. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. southwedge.com.

[Shopping] More Fire Glass Annual Holiday Sale at More Fire Glass Studio. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 80 Rockwood Place. 242-0450. morefireglass.com. Continues Sunday, December 2.

[Special Event] Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle Christmas Gala at the Italian American Community Center (150 Frank DiMino Way). 6 p.m. champagne and hours d'oeuvres reception, 7 p.m. deluxe sit-down dinner, 9 p.m. live music by The Formula Band. $65; reservations required by November 20. 594-8882, iaccrochester.org.

[Special Event] Corn Hill Holiday House Tour. Guided tours of eight historic homes. Meeting place is Immaculate Conception Church (445 Frederick Douglass St.). Hervey Ely mansion at Livingston Park will host refreshments and carolers. Tours at 9 a.m. & noon, $22. Candlelight tour with entertainment and refreshments at 4 p.m., $28. 262-3142. cornhillholidaytourofhomes.com.

[Special Event] Dallywater's Shakespearean Christmas Feast. Five-course Shakespearean feast (vegetarian options available by request). Seating at 2 p.m., reservations required. $52 plus tax. Dallywater's, 68 Castle St., Geneva. 315-719-0140. dallywaters.com. Continues Saturdays through December 22.

[Special Event] Day of Celebration: Kwanzaa Karamu (Dinner) Celebration. St. John Fisher College, Campus Center Mainstage (3690 East Ave.). 4:30-6:30 p.m. RSVP required. 385-8378, diversity@sjfc.edu, sjfc.edu/student-life/diversity/events/day-of-celebration.dot.

[Special Event] Holly Trolley Rides with the New York Museum of Transportation. See listing for Saturday, November 24. 6393 E. River Road. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-$5. 533-1113. nymtmuseum.org. Continues Sundays through December 16.

[Special Event] Liberty Pole Lighting. At the Liberty Pole Plaza, 230 E. Main St. 4:30 p.m. gathering, pole lighting at 5 p.m. Followed by parade to Manhattan Square Park for grand opening of ice rink. cityofrochester.gov.

[Special Event] Literature Live: Frosty the Snowman at the National Museum of Play (1 Manhattan Square). Meet Frosty the Snowman from the popular song and movie. Included with general museum admission fees: $11-$13. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 263-2700. museumofplay.org. Continues Sunday, December 2.

[Special Event] North Pole Express Trains with Arcade and Attica Railroad. Sing Christmas carols on your way to the North Pole, bring your letter for Santa, and enjoy hot chocolate and "Curriers" Elf Cookies, available for purchase. Don't forget to wear your PJ's! Departures at noon & 3 p.m. 278 Main St., Arcade. $14 per person, reservations required. 492-3100. arcadeandatticarr.com. Continues weekends through December 16.

[Special Event] Taste of the Holidays in downtown Batavia. Free children's activities, live music by Kevin and Bart Dance, horse and wagon rides, and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. downtownbataviany.com.

[Special Event] The Polar Express Train Ride with the Medina Railroad Museum. See listing for Saturday, November 24. Departures at 3:30, 4:40, and 5:55 p.m. 530 West Ave., Medina. $23-$45. 798-6106. railroadmuseum.net.

[Special Event] Yuletide in the Country at the Genesee Country Museum. See listing for Friday, November 30. 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. 1:30-7:30 p.m. $9.50-$15.50. 538-6822. gcv.org. Continues through December 16.

[Theater] "A Visit from St. Nicholas or The Night Before Christmas" by Black Sheep Theatre. See listing for Friday, November 30. Village Gate, 274 N. Goodman St. 7:30 p.m. $15. 861-4816. Blacksheeptheatre.org. Continues through December 9.

[Theatre] "Eddie the Elk and the 12 Days of Christmas" at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. 657 East Ave. Shows at 2 & 3 p.m. 271-4320. rmsc.org.

Sunday, December 2

[Dance] Bethel Christian Fellowship's Christmas Gala w/Yahweh Ballet. 321 East Ave. 6 p.m. 232-1136. acswebnetworks.com.

[Music] Genesee Symphony Orchestra "Home for the Holidays." Holiday concert featuring Genesee Chorale. St. James Episcopal Church, 405 E. Main St., Batavia. 4 p.m. $7-$15. 343-9313. geneseesymphony.com.

[Music] "Holiday Celebration" presented by the Penfield Symphony Orchestra. Penfield High School Auditorium (25 High School Dr., Penfield.). 7:30 p.m. $12-$14. 872-0774. penfieldsymphony.org.

[Music] "Make We Joy" Holiday Concert and CD Release Party. Concentus Women's Chorus. Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave. 3 p.m. 271-1050. concentus.org.

[Music] Annual Performathon at Eastview Mall. See listing for Saturday, December 1. Eastview Mall, 7979 Pittsford-Victor Road. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 454-4596. hochstein.org.

[Music] Sounds of the Season with the Brockport Fine Arts Department. Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 152 Main St., Brockport. 7:30 p.m. $5. brockport.edu/finearts.

[Shopping] Holiday Barrel Tasting at Keuka Spring Winery. See listing for Saturday, December 1. Tastings at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Reservations and fee required. 315-536-3147, keukaspringwinery.com.

[Shopping] Holiday Boutique at the Museum of Wayne County History. See listing for November 30. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

[Shopping] Holiday Happening on the Niagara Wine Trail. See listing for Saturday, December 1. noon-6 p.m. $30-$60. niagarawinetrail.org.

[Shopping] Holiday Shopping at the Lighthouse at the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse. 70 Lighthouse St. 1-5 p.m. 621-6179. geneseelighthouse.org.

[Shopping] Holidays at the Market. Arts, crafts, decorations, holiday food delicacies, gifts, stocking stuffers, Santa, free horse-drawn sleigh rides, and more. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. cityofrochester.gov/holidaysatmarket. Continues Sundays through December 16.

[Shopping] More Fire Glass Annual Holiday Sale at More Fire Glass Studio. See November 23 listing. 80 Rockwood Place. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 242-0450. morefireglass.com.

[Special Event] Holly Trolley Rides with the New York Museum of Transportation. See November 24 listing. 6393 E. River Road. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-$5. 533-1113. nymtmuseum.org. Continues weekends through December 16.

[Special Event] Literature Live: Frosty the Snowman at the National Museum of Play (1 Manhattan Square). 1-4 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees: $11-$13. 263-2700. museumofplay.org.

[Special Event] North Pole Express Trains with Arcade and Attica Railroad. See listing for Saturday, December 1. 278 Main St., Arcade. Departures at noon & 3 p.m. $14 per person, reservations required. 492-3100. arcadeandatticarr.com.

[Special Event] Polar Express Train Ride with the Medina Railroad Museum. See listing for Saturday, November 24. 530 West Ave., Medina. Departures at 3:30, 4:40, and 5:55 p.m. $23-$45. 798-6106. railroadmuseum.net.

[Theater] "A Visit from St. Nicholas or The Night Before Christmas" by Black Sheep Theatre at Village Gate. See listing for Friday, November 30. 274 N. Goodman St. 2 p.m. $15. 861-4816. Blacksheeptheatre.org. Continues through December 9.

[Theater] "Eddie the Elk and the 12 Days of Christmas" at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave. 2 & 3 p.m. 271-4320. rmsc.org.

Monday, December 3

[Class/Workshop] Hands-On Holiday Gifts From a Jar at Tops Cooking School. 3507 Mt. Read Blvd., Greece. 7-9 p.m. $25. topsmarkets.com.

[Class/Workshop] Healthier Holiday Appetizers. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County, 249 Highland Ave. $30. 461-1000. mycce.org/monroe.

[Special Event] Toddler Book Club: Wintery Stories at National Museum of Play (1 Manhattan Square). Readings of classic winter children's tales at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. followed by music and movement activities. Included with general museum admission fees: $11-$13. 263-2700. museumofplay.org. Continues Mondays through December 17.

Tuesday, December 4

[Class/Workshop] Holiday Brunch Tops Cooking School. 3507 Mt. Read Blvd., Greece. 7-9 p.m. $20. topsmarkets.com.

[Special Event] Candlelight Night in the Village of Pittsford. 4-9 p.m. Annual holiday celebration featuring live music, carolers, horse-drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa, and the lighting of village Christmas trees. 248-6200. townofpittsford.org.

Wednesday, December 5

[Dance] Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker" at Auditorium Theatre (885 E. Main St.). 7:30 p.m. $30-$104.50. 222-5000. rbtl.org.

[Music] Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Live Debut of The Lost Christmas Eve. Blue Cross Arena, 1 Memorial Square. 7:30 p.m. $38.75-$58.75. ticketmaster.com.

[Music] Live from Hochstein with Holiday Music for Horns. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave. 12:10 p.m. Free. 454-4596. hochstein.org.

Thursday, December 6

[Special Event] Annual Holiday Homecoming Celebration at the George Eastman House. Festive displays, live music, refreshments, family activities, and a visit from Santa. 900 East Ave. 5-8 p.m. $3-$12. 271-3361. eastmanhouse.org.

[Class/Workshop] Gluten-Free Holiday Baking Tops Cooking School. 3507 Mt. Read Blvd., Greece. 7-9 p.m. $20. topsmarkets.com.

[Music] Brockport Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert. Seymour College Union Ballroom, 350 New Campus Dr., Brockport. 7:30 p.m. Free. Brockport.edu/finearts.

[Theater] Big Wigs "Holiday Hams" Impressions of divas like Cher, Tina Turner, and Celine Dion by Aggy Dune and Kasha Davis; includes buffet dinner. Golden Ponds, 500 Long Pond Road. 7 p.m. Reservations required, tickets $35. 723-1344. goldenpondspartyhouse.com. Continues through December 9.

Friday, December 7

[Class/Workshop] Celebrate the Season New York Wine and Culinary Center. 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua. 7-10 p.m. $35. 394-7070. nywcc.com.

[Dance] Annual Winter Dance Gala Hochstein Performance Hall (50 N. Plymouth Ave.). 7:30 p.m. Free. 454-4596. hochstein.org.

[Festival] "It's a Wonderful Life" in Seneca Falls Gingerbread contest, film screening, cook-off, craft fair, autograph signings by the actors who played Zuzu and Janie, and more. Town of Seneca Falls. Visit therealbedfordfalls.com for event details. Continues through Sunday, December 9.

[Music] "Scenes from the Nativity" by the Genesee Chorale. Oakfield United Methodist Church, 2 S. Main St., Oakfield. 7 p.m. 493-2681. geneseechorale.com. Continues Sunday, December 9.

[Music] Holiday Celebration featuring the UR Gospel Choir and Brass Choir. Munnerlyn Atrium in the Goergen Building at University of Rochester (500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.). 3 p.m. Free. rochester.edu/College/MUR/concerts.

[Shopping] Holiday Happening on the Niagara Wine Trail. See December 1 listing. noon-6 p.m. $30-$60. niagarawinetrail.org.

[Special Event] Holiday Spectacle of Lights Drive-through lights display by Town of Irondequoit Parks and Recreation to benefit Golisano Children's Hospital. Includes out-of-car activities 6-8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Camp Eastman, 1301 Lakeshore Blvd. $5/car. 5:30-9:30 p.m. 336-6085, Irondequoit.org. Continues weekends through December 30.

[Special Event] Third Annual Madrigal Feaste. Medieval music, games, skits, and food. Renaissance costumes optional. Forum 3-130, Monroe Community College, 1000 E. Henrietta Rd. 6:30-7:30 p.m. $15. 292-2060 x2534. monroecctickets.com.

[Special Event] Yuletide in the Country See listing for Friday, November 30. Genesee Country Museum. 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. 5-8:30 p.m. $9.50-$15.50. 538-6822. gcv.org. Continues through December 16.

[Theater] "A Visit from St. Nicholas, or The Night Before Christmas" by Black Sheep Theatre. See listing for Friday, November 30. Village Gate, 274 N. Goodman St. 7:30 p.m. $15. 861-4816. Blacksheeptheatre.org. Continues through December 9.

[Theater] "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" by Blackfriars Theatre. 795 E. Main St. 8 p.m. $27. 454-1260. bftix.org. Continues through Saturday, December 22.

[Theater] Big Wigs "Holiday Hams" See December 6 listing. Golden Ponds, 500 Long Pond Rd. 7 p.m. Reservations required, $35. 723-1344. goldenpondspartyhouse.com. Continues through December 9.

[Theater] "The Elves and the Shoemaker" and "The Rented Christmas" presented by MJTStages. Auditorium Center, 3rd floor, 875 E. Main St. $12. 935-7173, mjtstages.com. Continues through Sunday, December 9.

Saturday, December 8

[Holiday ] Hanukkah begins at sundown

[Class/Workshop] Food, Fun, and Friends Holiday Treats Class. Kids try their hand at making holiday treats. 104 Brook Road, Pittsford. 9 a.m.-noon & 2-5 p.m. $45. 261-8170, foodfunandfriends585@gmail.com.

[Class/Workshop] Holiday Food and Wine Pairing New York Wine and Culinary Center, 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua. 1-2 p.m. $30. 394-7070. nywcc.com.

[Film] "Christmas Holiday" Dryden Theatre, 900 East Ave. 8 p.m. $6-$8. 271-3361. Dryden.eastmanhouse.org.

[Music] Benefit Concert for the Center for Youth Services with HUNU? and Friends. Presented by The Bop Shop and Bop Arts Inc. The German House, 315 Gregory St. 8-11 p.m. $10 donation. 271-3354. bopshop.com.

[Music] Finger Lakes Concert Band Holiday Concert Canandaigua Elementary School (90 W. Gibson St., Canandaigua). 7:30 p.m. $5 (18 and under free). hochstein.org.

[Music] Handel's "Messiah" by the Rochester Oratorio Society. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St. 7:30 p.m. $18-$65. 454-7311. rpo.org.

[Music] Holiday Concert of Voices at Hochstein Performance Hall (50 N. Plymouth Ave.). Featuring the Hochstein Singers, Hochstein Youth Singers, and Hochstein Little Singers. 3 p.m. Free. 454-4596. hochstein.org.

[Music] RWC Christmas Gala. The RWC Chorale, Wind Ensemble, and Women's Choir along with the Roberts Wesleyan College Community Orchestra perform Christmas favorites. Roberts Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Drive. 7:30 p.m. $8. 594-6008. roberts.edu/home/clc. Continues Sunday, December 9.

[Recreation] "It's a Wonderful Run" 5K. Start at Hotel Clarence, 108 Fall St., Seneca Falls. $10-$28. Registration and packet pick-up noon-4 p.m. Race at 4:40 p.m. 315-568-1438. itsawonderfulrun5k.com.

[Recreation] 100 Acre Swamp Holiday Hike. Free guided hike hosted by Penfield Recreation. Meet at the parking lot of Don Mack Building, 1587 Jackson Road. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Register by calling 340-8655. penfield.org.

[Shopping] Holiday Tour on the Lake Ontario Wine Trail. "Christmas Around the World" with seven stops on the trail featuring wine and food pairings from Mexico, Germany, France, Argentina, Denmark, and the U.S.A. $10-$15. lakeontariowinetrail.com.

[Shopping] Holiday Happening on the Niagara Wine Trail. See December 1 listing. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $30-$60. niagarawinetrail.org.

[Special Event] "It's a Wonderful Life" in Seneca Falls Celebration. See listing for Friday, December 7. Town of Seneca Falls. therealbedfordfalls.com. Continues through Sunday, December 9.

[Special Event] Breakfast with Santa at the Seneca Park Zoo. "Sleigh" ride via golf cart to the Rocky Coasts Gallery, hot breakfast buffet, and fun with the polar bears and sea lions. 2222 St. Paul St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Reservations required. 336-7212, senecaparkzoo.org. Continues weekends through December 16.

[Special Event] Shakespearean Christmas Feast. See listing for December 1. Dallywater's, 68 Castle St., Geneva. 2 p.m., reservations required. $52. 315-719-0140, dallywaters.com. Continues Saturdays through December 22.

[Special Event] Holiday Spectacle of Lights See listing for Friday, December 7. Continues weekends through December 30. Camp Eastman, 1301 Lakeshore Blvd. $5/car. 5:30-9:30 p.m. 336-6085, Irondequoit.org.

[Special Event] Holly Trolley Rides with the New York Museum of Transportation. See November 24 listing. 6393 E. River Road. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-$5. 533-1113. nymtmuseum.org. Continues weekends through December 16.

[Special Event] It's a Gingerbread Boy! Catch and decorate a gingerbread man. Central Library, 115 South Ave. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Ages 2-12. Free. 428-7300. www3.libraryweb.org.

[Special Event] JNet Hanukkah Party. One Nightclub and Lounge, 1 Ryan Alley. 8-10 p.m. Ages 21-34. For more information, contact Joy Getnick at 461-2000 x239 or jgetnick@jccrochester.org.

[Special Event] Literature Live: The Grinch at National Museum of Play (1 Manhattan Square). Meet Dr. Seuss's The Grinch. Included with general museum admission fees: $11-$13. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 263-2700. museumofplay.org. Continues Sunday, December 9.

[Special Event] North Pole Express Trains with Arcade and Attica Railroad. See listing for Saturday, December 1. 278 Main St., Arcade. Departures at noon & 3 p.m. $14, reservations required. 492-3100. arcadeandatticarr.com.

[Special Event] Sonnenberg Holiday Home Tour Tours of seven homes and historic sites around Canandaigua; drive yourself or take a free shuttle bus. Sonnenberg Mansion will be open with refreshments and carolers. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $22-$25. 394-4922, sonnenberg.org.

[Special Event] The Cookie Exchange at the New York Wine and Culinary Center. 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua. 2-4 p.m. $45. 394-7070. nywcc.com. Continues Sunday, December 9.

[Special Event] The Polar Express Train Ride with the Medina Railroad Museum. See listing for Saturday, November 24. 530 West Ave., Medina. Departures at 3:30, 4:40, & 5:55 p.m. $23-$45. 798-6106. railroadmuseum.net.

[Special Event] Wigilia Dinner. Polish Christmas Eve dinner at St. John Fisher College, 3690 East Ave. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $15-$35. Reservations required. 248-0152, polishheritagerochester.org.

[Special Event] Yuletide in the Country at the Genesee Country Museum. 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. See listing for Friday, November 30. 1:30-7:30 p.m. $9.50-$15.50. 538-6822. gcv.org. Continues through December 16.

[Theater] "A Visit from St. Nicholas, or The Night Before Christmas" by Black Sheep Theatre at Village Gate. See listing for Friday, November 30. 274 N. Goodman St. 7:30 p.m. $15. 861-4816. Blacksheeptheatre.org. Continues through December 9.

[Theater] "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" by Blackfriars Theatre. 795 E. Main St. 8 p.m. $27. 454-1260. bftix.org. Continues through December 22.

[Theater] "The Elves and the Shoemaker" and "The Rented Christmas" presented by MJTStages. Auditorium Center, 3rd floor, 875 E. Main St. $12. 935-7173, mjtstages.com. Continues through Sunday, December 9.

[Theater] Big Wigs "Holiday Hams" See December 6 listing. Golden Ponds, 500 Long Pond Road. 7 p.m. Reservations required, $35. 723-1344. goldenpondspartyhouse.com. Continues through Sunday, December 9.

[Theater] "Eddie the Elk and the 12 Days of Christmas" at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. 657 East Ave. 2 & 3 p.m. 271-4320. rmsc.org.

Sunday, December 9

[Film] Sunday Cinema at Central: "A Christmas Story." Kate Gleason Auditorium, Central's Bausch and Lomb Public Library (115 South Ave.). 2-4 p.m. Free. 428-8305. cityofrochester.gov.

[Music] "Scenes from the Nativity" by the Genesee Chorale. First Presbyterian Church of LeRoy, 7 Clay St., LeRoy. 3 p.m. 493-2681. geneseechorale.com.

[Music] Concertino Strings Concert. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave. 2 p.m. 454-4596. hochstein.org.

[Music] Greece Choral Society Concert. St. Charles Borromeo Church, 3003 Dewey Ave. 7 p.m. 663-3230. choral-rochester.org.

[Music] Holiday Concert by the Brighton Symphony Orchestra. Brighton Town Hall Auditorium, 2300 Elmwood Ave. 3 p.m. 490-9351. brightonsymphony.org.

[Music] OrKIDStra for the Holidays with the RPO. Music to the British animated film, "The Snowman." Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Gibbs St. 2 p.m. $10-$15. 454-2100, rpo.org.

[Music] RWC Christmas Gala See listing for Saturday, December 8. Roberts Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Dr. 3 p.m. $8. 594-6008. roberts.edu/home/clc.

[Music] Service of Advent Lessons and Carols at the Church of the Incarnate Word, 597 East Ave. 7 p.m. 244-6065. incarnatewordelca.org.

[Music] Silver Tones Flute Choir Holiday Concert at the George Eastman House, 900 East Ave. 3-4 p.m. $5-$12. 271-3361. eastmanhouse.org.

[Music] UR Men's Glee Club and Chamber Singers Holiday Concert. Interfaith Chapel, University of Rochester (500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.). 8 p.m. Free. rochester.edu/college/MUR/concerts.

[Shopping] Holiday Happening on the Niagara Wine Trail. See December 1 listing. Noon-6 p.m. $30-$60. niagarawinetrail.org.

[Shopping] Holidays at the Market. See listing for Sunday, December 2. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St. cityofrochester.gov/holidaysatmarket.

[Special Event] "It's a Wonderful Life" in Seneca Falls See listing for Friday, December 7. Town of Seneca Falls. therealbedfordfalls.com.

[Special Event] Breakfast with Santa at the Seneca Park Zoo. See December 8 listing. 2222 St. Paul St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Reservations required. 336-7212, senecaparkzoo.org. Continues weekends through December 16.

[Special Event] Holiday Spectacle of Lights See listing for Friday, December 7. Camp Eastman, 1301 Lakeshore Blvd. $5/car. 5:30-9:30 p.m. 336-6085, Irondequoit.org. Continues weekends through December 30.

[Special Event] Holly Trolley Rides with the New York Museum of Transportation. See listing for November 24. 6393 E. River Road. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-$5. 533-1113. nymtmuseum.org. Continues weekends through December 16.

[Special Event] Literature Live: The Grinch at National Museum of Play (1 Manhattan Square). Meet Dr. Seuss's The Grinch. Included with general museum admission fees: $11-$13. 1-4 p.m. 263-2700. museumofplay.org.

[Special Event] NCJW Chanukah Brunch at the Summit. 4000 Summit Circle Dr. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 482-8652, visit ncjwgrs.org.

[Special Event] North Pole Express Trains with Arcade and Attica Railroad. See listing for Saturday, December 1. 278 Main St., Arcade. Departures at noon & 3 p.m. $14, reservations required. 492-3100. arcadeandatticarr.com.

[Special Event] Polar Express Train Ride with the Medina Railroad Museum. See listing for Saturday, November 24. 530 West Ave., Medina. Departures at 3:30, 4:40, and 5:55 p.m. $23-$45. 798-6106. railroadmuseum.net.

[Special Event] The Cookie Exchange at the New York Wine and Culinary Center. 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua. 2-4 p.m. $45. 394-7070. nywcc.com.

[Special Event] Yuletide in the Country at the Genesee Country Museum. See listing for Friday, November 30. 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. 1:30-7:30 p.m. $9.50-$15.50. 538-6822. gcv.org. Continues through December 16.

[Theater] "A Visit from St. Nicholas, or The Night Before Christmas" by Black Sheep Theatre at Village Gate. 274 N. Goodman St. 2 p.m. $15. 861-4816. Blacksheeptheatre.org.

[Theater] "Eddie the Elk and the 12 Days of Christmas" at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave. 2 & 3 p.m. 271-4320. rmsc.org.

[Theater] "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" by Blackfriars Theatre. 795 E. Main St. 2 p.m. $27. 454-1260. bftix.org. Continues through December 22.

[Theater] "The Elves and the Shoemaker" and "The Rented Christmas" presented by MJTStages. Auditorium Center, 3rd floor, 875 E. Main St. $12. 935-7173, visit mjtstages.com.

[Theater] Big Wigs "Holiday Hams" See listing for December 6. Golden Ponds, 500 Long Pond Road. 7 p.m. Reservations required, $35. 723-1344. goldenpondspartyhouse.com.

Monday, December 10

[Class/Workshop] Merry Christmas! Cooking Class at Seasonal Kitchen (610 W. Bloomfield Rd.). 6 p.m. $60. 624-3242. seasonal-kitchen.com. Continues through Thursday, December 13.

[Special Event] Belles 'N Beaus Square Dance. Holiday dance, desserts, and hors d'oeuvres. For details, contact Bob Hager at rhager2@rochester.rr.com or 227-1894. squaredancingrochester.org.

[Special Event] Monday Kicks for Ages 2 to 6: Winter Wonder at National Museum of Play (1 Manhattan Square). Included with general museum admission fees: $11-$13. 263-2700. museumofplay.org.

[Special Event] Toddler Book Club: Wintery Stories at Naitonal Museum of Play. Readings of classic winter children's tales at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees: $11-$13. 263-2700. museumofplay.org. Continues Monday, December 17.

Tuesday, December 11

[Class/Workshop] Merry Christmas! Cooking Class at Seasonal Kitchen (610 W. Bloomfield Rd.). 9:30 a.m. $60. 624-3242. seasonal-kitchen.com. Continues through Thursday, December 13.

Wednesday, December 12

[Class/Workshop] Merry Christmas! Cooking Class at Seasonal Kitchen (610 W. Bloomfield Rd.). 6 p.m. $60. 624-3242. seasonal-kitchen.com. Continues through Thursday, December 13.

[Music] Live from Hochstein with a Cup of Good Cheer. Hochstein's annual holiday concert featuring Madrigalia. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave. 12:10 p.m. Free. 454-4596. hochstein.org.

Thursday, December 13

[Class/Workshop] Merry Christmas! Cooking Class at Seasonal Kitchen (610 W. Bloomfield Rd.). 6 p.m. $60. 624-3242. seasonal-kitchen.com.

[Music] Holiday Prism II at Hochstein Performance Hall (50 N. Plymouth Ave.). 7 p.m. Holiday music with artist reception to follow. $5 general admission, $10 family maximum. 454-4596. hochstein.org.

[Special Event] Baby Boogie Party for Christmas and Hanukkah. Music and motion for babies age 3-18 months and a favorite adult. 10:15 a.m. Pre-registration required. Fairport Public Library, 1 Village Landing. 223-9091. fairportlibrary.org.

[Special Event] YROC Potluck Chanukah Party. 7-9 p.m. To register, visit jewishrochester.org. For more information, email jyrochester@gmail.com.

[Theater] "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" by Blackfriars Theatre. 795 E. Main St. 7:30 p.m. $27. 454-1260. bftix.org. Continues through Saturday, December 22.

Friday, December 14

[Class/Workshop] Holiday Hors d'Oeuvres at the New York Wine and Culinary Center. 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua. 2-4 p.m. $50. 394-7070. nywcc.com. Continues Tuesday, December 18.

[Dance] Red Hot Holiday Ball hosted by Groove Juice Swing. Beginner Swing Lesson 7-8 p.m., swing dancing and holiday cheer 8-11 p.m. Tango Cafe Dance Studio, 389 Gregory St. 415-3714. groovejuiceswing.com.

[Film] "The Bells of St. Mary's" at the Dryden Theatre. 900 East Ave. 8 p.m. $6-$8. 271-3361. Dryden.eastmanhouse.org.

[Music] "Joyful and Triumphant" with the Rochester Gay Men's Chorus. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave. 8 p.m. $6-$15. 423-0650. thergmc.org. Continues Saturday, December 15.

[Music] "Twas the Night Before Christmas" Concert by The Amadeus Chorale. Penfield High School, 25 High School Drive, Penfield. 7 p.m. $10. 494-1795. theamadeuschorale.org.

[Music] 98PXY Jingle Jam. Featuring Flo Rida, Boys Like Girls, and more. Blue Cross Arena (1 War Memorial Square). 6 p.m. $35-$75. ticketmaster.com.

[Music] Holiday Sing at Eastman School Main Hall, 26 Gibbs St. Noon. 274-1000. rochester.edu/eastman/calendar.

[Music] UR Women's Chorus and Repertory Singers St. Mary's Catholic Church, 15 St. Marys Place. 8 p.m. Free. rochester.edu/eastman/calendar.

[Special Event] Holiday Spectacle of Lights See listing for Friday, December 7. Camp Eastman, 1301 Lakeshore Blvd. $5/car. 5:30-9:30 p.m. 336-6085, Irondequoit.org. Continues weekends through December 30.

[Special Event] Yuletide in the Country at the Genesee Country Museum. See listing for Friday, November 30. 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. 5-8:30 p.m. $9.50-$15.50. 538-6822. gcv.org. Continues through December 16.

[Theater] "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" by Blackfriars Theatre. 795 E. Main St. 8 p.m. $27. 454-1260. bftix.org. Continues through Saturday, December 22.

Saturday, December 15

[Dance] "The Nutcracker" by Flower City Ballet. School of the Arts, 45 Prince St. 3 p.m. $10-$20. flowercityballet.com. Continues Sunday, December 16.

[Dance] The Three Trees Presented by the Mossa School of Dance. Roberts Wesleyan Cultural Life Center. 3 & 7 p.m. mossadance.com.

[Music] "Joyful and Triumphant" with the Rochester Gay Men's Chorus. See listing for Friday, December 14. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave. 8 p.m. $6-$15. 423-0650. thergmc.org.

[Music] "Ave Maria: Images of Mary" performed by The Lyric Chorale. St. Louis Church, 60 S. Main St., Pittsford. 7:30 p.m. $12-$18. 586-5675, lyricchorale.org. Continues Sunday, December 16.

[Recreation] Reindeer Run presented by YellowJacket Racing. Rochester's only winter 5K event that includes a quarter-mile kids race ending at the Museum of Play Check in at 7:30 a.m., race at 8:30 a.m. $5-$30 registration fee. yellowjacketracing.com.

[Special Event] Breakfast with Santa at the Seneca Park Zoo. See December 8 listing. 2222 St. Paul St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Reservations required. 336-7212, senecaparkzoo.org. Continues weekends through December 16.

[Special Event] Community PJ Library Hanukah Event. Temple B'rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Ave. 5-7 p.m. 461-0490 x252, jlipschitz@jewishrochester.org.

[Special Event] Copy Cats Callahan Holiday Square Dance. First Baptist Church, 1862 Penfield Rd. 7:30. 425-2607. squaredancingrochester.org.

[Special Event] Shakespearean Christmas Feast. See listing for December 1. Dallywater's, 68 Castle St., Geneva. 2 p.m., reservations required. $52. 315-719-0140, dallywaters.com. Continues Saturdays through December 22.

[Special Event] Holiday Spectacle of Lights See listing for Friday, December 7. Camp Eastman, 1301 Lakeshore Blvd. $5/car. 5:30-9:30 p.m. 336-6085, Irondequoit.org. Continues weekends through December 30.

[Special Event] Holly Trolley Rides with the New York Museum of Transportation. See listing for November 24. 6393 East River Rd. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-$5. 533-1113. nymtmuseum.org. Continues Sunday, December 16.

[Special Event] Literature Live: Gingerbread Man at the National Museum of Play (1 Manhattan Square). Admission included with regular museum admission fees: $11-$13. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 263-2700. museumofplay.org.

[Special Event] North Pole Express Trains with Arcade and Attica Railroad. See listing for Saturday, December 1. 278 Main St., Arcade. Departures at noon & 3 p.m. $14, reservations required. 492-3100. arcadeandatticarr.com.

[Special Event] Polar Express Train Ride with the Medina Railroad Museum. See listing for Saturday, November 24. 530 West Ave., Medina. Departures at 3:30, 4:40, and 5:55 p.m. $23-$45. 798-6106. railroadmuseum.net.

[Special Event] Yuletide in the Country at the Genesee Country Museum. See listing for Friday, November 30. 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. 1:30-7:30 p.m. $9.50-$15.50. 538-6822. gcv.org. Continues through December 16.

[Theater] "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" by Blackfriars Theatre. 795 E. Main St. 2 & 8 p.m. $27. 454-1260. bftix.org. Continues through Saturday, December 22.

[Theater] "Eddie the Elk and the 12 Days of Christmas" at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. 657 East Ave. 2 & 3 p.m. 271-4320. rmsc.org.

Sunday, December 16

[Class/Workshop] Rochester's Rich History Series: Annual Victorian Tea. Enjoy tea while making an accordion scrapbook to fill with your holiday memories at Kate Gleason Auditorium, Central Library's Bausch and Lomb Public Library (115 South Ave.). 2-3 p.m. Free. Registration required. 428-8307. libraryweb.org.

[Comedy] "A John Waters Christmas" at Hochstein Performance Hall. ImageOut presents the writer and director of "Hairspray," "Pink Flamingos," "Serial Mom," and other cult classics presenting his adult-oriented take on Christmas. 50 N. Plymouth Ave. 7:30 p.m. $35-$45. imageout.org.

[Dance] "The Nutcracker" by Flower City Ballet. School of the Arts, 45 Prince St. 3 p.m. $10-$20. flowercityballet.com.

[Film] "The Bells of St. Mary's" at the Dryden Theatre. 900 East Ave. 2 p.m. $6-$8. 271-3361. Dryden.eastmanhouse.org.

[Music] "Ave Maria: Images of Mary" performed by The Lyric Chorale. Faith Lutheran Church, 2576 Browncroft Blvd. 2:30 p.m. $12-$18. 586-5675, lyricchorale.org.

[Music] "Ring Out Wild Bells" Madrigalia Holiday Concert. Downtown Presbyterian Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh St. 4 p.m. $5-$15. 230-2894. madrigalia.org.

[Music] Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols by the Bach Children's Chorus. Service at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 300 Dewey Ave. 10 a.m. bachkidsusa.org.

[Music] Holiday Concert by the Irondequoit Concert Band. Eastridge High School, 2350 East Ridge Rdoa. 3 p.m. irondequoitband.org.

[Shopping] Holidays at the Market. See listing for Sunday, December 2. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St. cityofrochester.gov/holidaysatmarket.

[Special Event] Breakfast with Santa at the Seneca Park Zoo. See December 8 listing. 2222 St. Paul St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Reservations required. 336-7212, senecaparkzoo.org.

[Special Event] Family Fun: Christmas Storytime Holiday stories and songs. Rochester Public Library, 115 South Ave. 1:30-2 p.m. All ages. 428-7300. www3.libraryweb.org.

[Special Event] Holiday Spectacle of Lights See listing for Friday, December 7. Continues weekends through December 30. Camp Eastman, 1301 Lakeshore Blvd. $5/car. 5:30-9:30 p.m. 336-6085, Irondequoit.org.

[Special Event] Holiday Drag Brunch Edibles, 704 University Ave. Noon-4 p.m. Reservations required. 271-4910, ediblesrochester.com.

[Special Event] Holly Trolley Rides with the New York Museum of Transportation. See November 24 listing. 6393 East River Rd. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-$5. 533-1113. nymtmuseum.org.

[Special Event] Literature Live: Gingerbread Man at the National Museum of Play (1 Manhattan Square). Admission included with regular museum admission fees: $11-$13. 1-4 p.m. 263-2700. museumofplay.org.

[Special Event] North Pole Express Trains with Arcade and Attica Railroad. See listing for Saturday, December 1. 278 Main St., Arcade. Departures at noon & 3 p.m. $14, reservations required. 492-3100. arcadeandatticarr.com.

[Special Event] Polar Express Train Ride with the Medina Railroad Museum. See listing for Saturday, November 24. 530 West Ave., Medina. Departures at 3:30, 4:40, and 5:55 p.m. $23-$45. 798-6106. railroadmuseum.net.

[Special Event] Yuletide in the Country at the Genesee Country Museum. See listing for Friday, November 30. 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. 1:30-7:30 p.m. $9.50-$15.50. 538-6822. gcv.org.

[Theater] "Eddie the Elk and the 12 Days of Christmas" at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. 657 East Ave. Shows at 2 & 3 p.m. 271-4320. rmsc.org.

[Theater] "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" by Blackfriars Theatre. 795 E. Main St. 2 & 8 p.m. $27. 454-1260. bftix.org. Continues through Saturday, December 22.

Monday, December 17

[Special Event] Solstice Bingo Party. East Rochester Public Library, 111 W. Elm St. 3 p.m. Free. Ages 4-12. 586-8302. libraryweb.org/erochester.

Tuesday, December 18

[Class/Workshop] Holiday Hors d'Oeuvres at the New York Wine and Culinary Center. 6-8 p.m. $50. 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua. 394-7070. nywcc.com.

[Class/Workshop] Evening Craft Series for Tweens. Christmas Jewelry Craft Projects. Gates Public Library, 902 Elmgrove Rd. Free. 9-12 years old. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Class size limited to 12. Registration required. Call 247-6446. gateslibrary.org.

Thursday, December 20

[Film] "Scrooged" at the Dryden Theatre. 900 East Ave. 8 p.m. $6-$8. 271-3361. dryden.eastmanhouse.org.

[Music] Christmas with Vox Lumine. Carols and the familiar songs of the season. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St. $10. jhnsn715.wix.com/voxlumine.

[Music] Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at Auditorium Theatre (885 E. Main St.). $35-$70. 7:30 p.m. 222-5000. rbtl.org.

[Music] Rochester Rotary and Monroe Community Hospital Gala Holiday Pops to benefit the Rochester Rotary Sunshine Campus and the Monroe Community Hospital Foundation. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. 26 Gibbs St. 7:30 p.m. $65. Purchase tickets online at rpo.org, by calling 454-2100.

[Theater] "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" by Blackfriars Theatre. 795 E. Main St. 7:30 p.m. $27. 454-1260. bftix.org. Continues through Saturday, December 22.

Friday, December 21

[Class/Workshop] Holiday Hors d'oeuvres class at Rosario Pino's. 349 W. Commercial St., East Rochester. 6-8 p.m. $60. 267-7405. rosariopinos.com/classes.

[Music] Christmas with Vox Lumine. Carols and the familiar songs of the season. St. Peter and Paul Church, 66 E. Main St., Hamburg. $10. jhnsn715.wix.com/voxlumine.

[Music] RPO: Gala Holiday Pops with the Festival High School Chorale. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Gibbs St. 8 p.m. $15-$79. 454-2100, rpo.org. Continues Sunday, December 23.

[Recreation] "It's a Wonderful Life" 3K. Hosted by Camp DayDreams. Registration at the Sibley Building (228 E. Main St.). 6-7 p.m., walk and sing to the Liberty Pole at 7 p.m., reception at 8 p.m. $15-$20. 461-2324. mail@campdaydreams.org.

[Special Event] "The End of the World Fest" at Montage Music Hall. A Three-day 30-band heavy music extravaganza. 50 Chestnut St. 7 p.m. $8-$10. 734-4826. Frontgatetickets.com. Continues through Sunday, December 23.

[Special Event] Evangelic Beers vs. Devilish Brews. Celebrate the end of the world with a Heaven and Hell soiree at the Old Toad. 277 Alexander St. 232-2626. theoldtoad.com.

[Special Event] Holiday Spectacle of Lights See listing for Friday, December 7. Camp Eastman, 1301 Lakeshore Blvd. $5/car. 5:30-9:30 p.m. 336-6085, Irondequoit.org. Continues weekends through December 30.

[Special Event] The End of the World Party at Water Street Music Hall. Featuring Donna The Buffalo and Sim Redmond Band. 204 N. Water St. 9 p.m. $20-$25. 325-5600. waterstreemusic.com.

[Special Event] The End of Time feat. Abandoned Buildings Club and Guest at the Bug Jar. Rock show celebrating the end of time, according to the Mayan calendar. 219 Monroe Ave. 8 p.m. $5-$7. bugjar.com.

[Theater] "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" by Blackfriars Theatre. 795 E. Main St. 8 p.m. $27. 454-1260. bftix.org. Continues through Saturday, December 22.

Saturday, December 22

[Class/Workshop] Gingerbread House Decorating at the New York Wine and Culinary Center. 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. & 2-4 p.m. $40. 394-7070. nywcc.com. Continues Sunday, December 23.

[Film] "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Dryden Theatre. 900 East Ave. 8 p.m. $6-$8. 271-3361. dryden.eastmanhouse.org.

[Music] Christmas with Vox Lumine. Carols and the familiar songs of the season. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 48 Perrin St., Fairport. $10. jhnsn715.wix.com/voxlumine.

[Music] RPO: Gala Holiday Pops with the Festival High School Chorale. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Gibbs St. 2 & 8 p.m. $15-$79. 454-2100, rpo.org. Continues through Sunday, December 23.

[Special Event] "The End of the World Fest" at Montage Music Hall. See December 21 listing. 50 Chestnut St. 4:15 p.m. $10-$12. 734-4826. Frontgatetickets.com. Continues through Sunday, December 23.

[Special Event] Holiday Spectacle of Lights See listing for Friday, December 7. Camp Eastman, 1301 Lakeshore Blvd. $5/car. 5:30-9:30 p.m. 336-6085, Irondequoit.org. Continues weekends through December 30.

[Special Event] Polar Express Train Ride with the Medina Railroad Museum. See listing for Saturday, November 24. 530 West Ave., Medina. Departures at 3:30, 4:40, and 5:55 p.m. $23-$45. 798-6106. railroadmuseum.net.

[Special Event] Shakespearean Christmas Feast. See listing for December 1. Dallywater's, 68 Castle St., Geneva. 2 p.m., reservations required. $52. 315-719-0140, dallywaters.com.

[Special Event] Skate With Santa at Genesee Valley Park Sports Complex. From 5-6:15 p.m. Santa will give out candy canes. $2-$5 for skating, $3 for skate rentals. 131 Elmwood Ave. 428-7888. cityofrochester.gov/GVPSC/.

[Theater] "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" by Blackfriars Theatre. 795 E. Main St. 8 p.m. $27. 454-1260. bftix.org.

[Theater] "Eddie the Elk and the 12 Days of Christmas" at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. 657 East Ave. 2 & 3 p.m. 271-4320. rmsc.org.

Sunday, December 23

[Class/Workshop] Gingerbread House Decorating at the New York Wine and Culinary Center. 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua. 2-4 p.m. $40. 394-7070. nywcc.com.

[Film] "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Dryden Theatre. 900 East Ave. 8 p.m. $6-$8. 271-3361. dryden.eastmanhouse.org.

[Music] Aaron James on Aeolian Pipe Organ at the George Eastman House. 900 East Ave. 3-4 p.m. $5-$12. 271-3361. eastmanhouse.org.

[Music] Bug Jar's Rock-n-Roll Christmas Party. Featuring The Isotopes, Harmonica Lewinsky, and Garden Fresh. 219 Monroe Ave. 8 p.m. $5-$7. bugjar.com.

[Music] RPO: Gala Holiday Pops with the Festival High School Chorale. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Gibbs St. 2 p.m. $15-$79. 454-2100, rpo.org.

[Special Event] "The End of the World Fest" at Montage Music Hall. See December 21 listing. 50 Chestnut St. 3:15 p.m. $10-$12. 734-4826. Frontgatetickets.com.

[Special Event] Christmas Caroling at the Old Toad. Menu featuring Christmas puddings and hot mead in addition to regular items. 277 Alexander St. Carols start around 7:30 p.m. No cover charge. Reservations recommended. 232-2626. theoldtoad.com.

[Special Event] Holiday Spectacle of Lights See listing for Friday, December 7. Camp Eastman, 1301 Lakeshore Blvd. $5/car. 5:30-9:30 p.m. 336-6085, Irondequoit.org. Continues weekends through December 30.

[Special Event] Polar Express Train Ride with the Medina Railroad Museum. See listing for Saturday, November 24. 530 West Ave., Medina. Departures at 3:30, 4:40, and 5:55 p.m. $23-$45. 798-6106. railroadmuseum.net.

[Theater] Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" ShakeCo Radio Theater presents an adaptation of the class. MuCCC, 142 Atlantic Ave. 2 p.m. Pay-what-you-will. Muccc.org.

[Theater] RMSC Players present "The Night Before Christmas" Shows at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. RMSC Bausch Auditorium. 657 East Ave. 697-1942. rmsc.org.

Tuesday, December 25

[Holiday] Christmas Day

Wednesday, December 26

[Holiday] Kwanzaa begins

[Special Event] A Kwanzaa Celebration at the Baobab Cultural Center. 728 University Ave. 7 p.m. To RSVP to the event, call 563-2145 or visit thebaobab.org.

Thursday, December 27

[Special Event] Holiday Science and Technology Days at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Hands-on activities meeting live animals, learning how to protect the environment, and trying your hands at experiments. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 657 East Ave. 271-4320. rmsc.org. Continues through Sunday, December 30.

Friday, December 28

[Special Event] Holiday Science and Technology Days at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. See listing for Thursday, December 27. 657 East Ave. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 271-4320. rmsc.org. Continues through Sunday, December 30.

[Special Event] Holiday Spectacle of Lights See listing for Friday, December 7. Camp Eastman, 1301 Lakeshore Blvd. $5/car. 5:30-9:30 p.m. 336-6085, Irondequoit.org. Continues weekends through December 30.

[Special Event] Kwanzaa Celebration at the Memorial Art Gallery. Kwanzaa ceremony, music and dance performances, and hands-on art activities. 500 University Ave. Noon-4 p.m. Suggested donation $5 per family. 276-8900. mag.rochester.edu.

[Theater] "An Evening of Andrew Lloyd Webber" by Blackfriars Theatre. 795 E. Main St. 8 p.m. $25. 454-1260. bftix.org. Continues through Monday, December 31.

Saturday, December 29

[Special Event] Holiday Science and Technology Days at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. See listing for Thursday, December 27. 657 East Ave. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 271-4320. rmsc.org. Continues through Sunday, December 30.

[Special Event] Holiday Spectacle of Lights See listing for Friday, December 7. Camp Eastman, 1301 Lakeshore Blvd. $5/car. 5:30-9:30 p.m. 336-6085, Irondequoit.org. Continues weekends through December 30.

[Special Event] Kwanzaa: Celebration of Family, Community and Culture at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. 657 East Ave. 3:30-7 p.m. Presented by the Kwanzaa Coalition. 271-4320. rmsc.org.

[Theater] "An Evening of Andrew Lloyd Webber" by Blackfriars Theatre. $25. 8 p.m. 795 E. Main St. Continues through Monday, December 31. 454-1260. bftix.org.

Sunday, December 30

[Class/Workshop] Family Fun Day: Craft. Make a noisemaker for New Year's Eve. Central Library, 115 South Ave. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Free. 428-7300. www3.libraryweb.org.

[Music] Mark Herman Performs for the Rochester Theater Organ Society. Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St. 2:30 p.m. $15 for non-members. 234-2295. theatreorgans.com/rochestr/index.htm.

[Special Event] Holiday Science and Technology Days at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. See listing for Thursday, December 27. 657 East Ave. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 271-4320. rmsc.org.

[Special Event] Holiday Spectacle of Lights See listing for Friday, December 7. Camp Eastman, 1301 Lakeshore Blvd. $5/car. 5:30-9:30 p.m. 336-6085, Irondequoit.org.

[Special Event] LaBefana: An Epiphany Eve Legend from Italy at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. 657 East Ave. Shows at 2 & 3 p.m. in the RMSC Bausch Auditorium. 271-4320. rmsc.org.

[Theater] "An Evening of Andrew Lloyd Weber" by Blackfriars Theatre. 795 E. Main St. 7:30 p.m. $25. 454-1260. bftix.com. Continues through Monday, December 31.

Monday, December 31

[Comedy] Unleashed! Improv Presents: New Year's LOL. Music, laughs, and the year in review, improvised from audience suggestions. Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Ave. Ages 12+. 8 p.m. $15-$20. 461-2000 ext. 236, jccrochester.org.

[Comedy] Geva Comedy Improv New Year's Eve Spectacular Geva Theatre, 75 Woodbury Blvd. Shows at 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. gevacomedyimprov.org.

[Comedy] Polite Comedy: Please Die, Thank You. Improv and sketch comedy. MuCCC, 142 Atlantic Ave. 10 p.m. $10-$12. Muccc.org.

[Music] New Year's Show: The 23 Psaegez Bring in the New Year at the Bug Jar. 219 Monroe Ave. 8 p.m. $5. 21 and over. bugjar.com.

[Special Event] New Year's Eve Celebration at the Old Toad. Four-course beer and food pairing. Champagne toast at 7 p.m. for the British New Year, and at midnight for the American New Year. 277 Alexander St. 232-2626. theoldtoad.com.

[Special Event] New Year's Eve Celebration. Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main St. 10 p.m. fireworks.

[Special Event] New Year's Eve Overnight at YMCA-Bay View. Wear your favorite new Year's outfit and celebrate the holiday with friends. Swimming, a late night movie, snacks, and breakfast. Overnight 6 p.m.-9 a.m. $30 members, $45 guests, or half night 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $20 members, $35 guests. YMCA-Bay View, 1209 Bay Rd. 671-8414. rochesterymca.org/locations/bay-view.

[Special Event] Noon Year's Eve Party with Charley and Checkers. Show with Charley and Checkers, countdown to noon, crafts, and food. Kate Gleason Auditorium of Central Library. 115 South Ave. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. 428-7300. www3.libraryweb.org.

[Special Event] Village Squares' New Year's Eve Square Dance with the Hip Boot Boyz. For more information, contact Peter Emmel at pemmel@frontiernet.net or 381-5049. squaredancingrochester.org.

[Theater] "An Evening of Andrew Lloyd Webber" by Blackfriars Theatre. 795 E. Main St. 8 p.m. $25. 454-1260. bftix.com.

[Theater] "Big Wigs" Kasha Davis and Aggy Dune perform a Las Vegas-style show complete with impressions of Cher, Tina Turner, Joan Rivers, and more. JCC, 1200 Edgewood Ave. 9 p.m. $18-$26. 461-2000. jccrochester.org.

[Theater] "The Land That Time Forgot" ShakeCo Radio Theater presents an adaptation of the story by Edgar Rice Burroughs. MuCCC, 142 Atlantic Ave. 7 p.m. Pay-what-you-wll. Muccc.org.

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