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Theater

A Christmas Carol Nov 26-Dec 26. Geva Theatre Center,75 Woodbury Blvd. Tix: $13.50-$48. 232-4382, www.gevatheatre.org

A Christmas Carol Thurs, Dec 2. Special performance, benefits Hillside Children's Center, Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd, 6-10 p.m. $50-$85. www.hillside.com, 256-7521

A Gilbert and Sullivan Christmas Carol Fri-Sat, Dec 10-11. Off-Monroe Players, Salem United Church of Christ, 60 Bittner St, 8 p.m. Free. 234-0500, off-monroeplayers.org

Four Tickets to Christmas Wed-Sun, Dec 15-19. Crosswards Company, Anchor Christian Church, 375 Beaver Rd, Chili, 7:30 p.m. Free. 293-2484

Highway to Christmas Fri-Sat, Nov 19-20. Dinner theater, Family Life Center, 7634 Campbell Creek Rd, Bath, 5:45 p.m. $20. 607-776-4151

Jesus Christ Superstar Sat-Sun, Nov 20-21. Cobblestone Arts Center's Children's Theatre Company, 108 East St, Sat 2 and 7 p.m., Sun 1 and 4 p.m. $6. 398-0220

The Magic of Christmas Sat, Nov 27. RAPA and CAPA, Auditorium Theatre, 875 E Main St, 7:30 p.m. $12.50. www.ticketmaster.com, 232-1900

Radio City Christmas Spectacular Wed-Wed, Nov 17-24. Shea's Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St, Buffalo. $25-$57. www.ticketmaster.com, 232-1900

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Fri, Dec 22. Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Sq, 7:30 p.m. Tix: $32.50-$42.50. 232-1900, www.ticketmaster.com

Dance

Great Russian Nutcracker Sat, Dec 4. Moscow Ballet, Auditorium Theatre, 875 E Main St, 7:30 p.m. $32.50-$42.50. www.ticketmaster.com, 232-1900

Nutcracker Fri-Sun, Nov 26-28. The Rochester City Ballet, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St, 2 and 7 p.m. Tix: $22-$52. 454-2100, www.rpo.org

Winter Dance Gala Fri, Dec 17. Hochstein School, 50 N Plymouth Ave, 7:30 p.m. 454-4596, www.hochstein.org

Arts and crafts

All Things Art through Fri, Dec 31. Holiday Show and Sale, 65 S Main St, Canandaigua. Opening: Fri, Nov 19, 4-9 p.m. Hours: Tues 1-9 p.m., Wed-Fri 1-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 396-0087.

Art/Craft Show and Open House Fri-Sun, Nov 19-21. Johnna's Decorative Glass, 7560 Alvord Rd, Mt. Morris, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 658-4595

Anderson Alley Artists Holiday Gala Fri-Sat, Dec 3-4. 250 N Goodman St, Fri 5-8 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Antique Show and Sale Fri-Sat, Nov 19-20. First Congregational Church, 26 E Church St, Fairport, Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $3. 223-2666

Batavia Satellite Gallery Nov 18-Dec 17. The Wonders of Winter, 2 Bank St, Batavia. Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 343-9313

Christmas Craft Sale Sat, Dec 4. Wayne Central Middle School, 6076 Ontario Center Rd, Ontario, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 315-524-5886

Craft Sale Sat, Nov 20. American Association of University Women, 494 East Ave, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.

Craft Show Sat, Nov 27. 85 crafters, benefits Red Cross, Geneseo Armory, Rte 39, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $2, $5 per family. 243-7029

GO ART! Cultural Center Nov 18-Dec 17. The Wonders of Winter, 201 E Main St, Batavia. Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 343-9313

Holiday Art Walk Fri, Nov 19. 12 galleries and studios, downtown Canandaigua, 4-9 p.m. Free. 394-1135

Holiday Bazaar Sat, Dec 4. Geneseo United Methodist Church, 4520 Genesee St, Geneseo, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 243-3160

Holidays at the Market Sun, Dec 5, 12, 19. Seasonal decorations, gifts, trees, foods, entertainment, Rochester Public Market, 280 N Union St, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 428-6907

The Jewel of Mt. Hope Open House Wed, Dec 1. Floral and gift items, ArcFloral, 727 Mt. Hope Ave, 12-7 p.m. 325-7160

Metro Justice Alternative Fair Fri-Sat, Dec 3-4. Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 S Winton Rd, Fri 5-10 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $3. 482-0763

More Fire Holiday Sale Sat-Sun, Dec 4-5. Glass art for sale, demonstrations, 80 Rockwood Pl, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 242-0450, morefireglass.com

McCoy's Picture Framing through Jan. Holiday art show, Trish McCoy House and Sara Pulver, 103 North Ave, Webster. Opening: Fri, Dec 3, 7-9 p.m. 872-3670

Oxford Gallery Nov 20-Jan 8. Holiday art show, Oxford Street and Park Avenue, Tues-Fri 12-5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 271-5885

Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery through Dec 31. Holidays at the Gallery, seasonal arts and crafts, 71 S Main St, Canandaigua. Hours: Mon, Tues, Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wed, Thurs, Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun 11-3 p.m. 394-0030

Veni Vedi Gallery through Dec 31. Festive Windows, Elaina Cosner, 747 Park Ave. Opening: Fri, Nov 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m. 242-0960

Wassail Bowl and Sale Sat, Dec 4. Holiday decorations and gifts, Presbyterian Church, 24 Park Pl, Geneva, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 315-789-5151

Wayne Arts through Dec 24. Holiday Show and Sale, 108 W Miller St. Opening: Sun, Nov 21, 1-4 p.m. Hours: Tues-Sat 1-4 p.m. 315-331-4593.

Museums

Edgerton Model Train Exhibit 41 Backus St. Holiday tours, Sat, Dec 4, 11, 18, 12-2:30 p.m. | School break tours, Mon-Thurs, Dec 27-30, 12-2:30 p.m. | Free. 428-6769

Genesee Country Village and Museum 1410 Flint Hill Rd, Mumford. Yuletide in the Country, Fri-Sun, Dec 3-19. 538-6822 | Hours: Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tix: $3 ($2.50 seniors, $2 kids) 538-6822, www.geneseecountryvillage.org.

George Eastman House 900 East Avenue. Sweet Creations, gingerbread house display, through Thurs, Dec 16. | Wreath display and auction, through Nov 28. | Holiday musicales, Sun, Nov 21, Dec 5 and 12, 3 p.m. | Tabletop tree display and auction, Nov 23-Dec 19. | Holiday Homecoming, Thurs, Dec 9. | Hours: Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m., Thurs until 8 p.m. Tix: $8 ($6 seniors, $5 students, $3 kids) 271-3361

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum 8419 Route 54, Hammondsport. Miniatures and Doll House Exhibit, Nov 19-Jan 21. Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 607-569-2160, www.linkny.com/curtissmuseum

Granger Homestead 295 N Main St, Canandaigua. Festival of Trees, holiday trees, decorations, live music, through Sun, Dec 5. | Sat, Dec 11, Christmas ball. | Hours: Mon-Wed 1-5 p.m., Thurs-Fri 1-7 p.m., Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tix: $5 ($4 seniors, $1 students). 394-1472, www.grangerhomestead.org.

Memorial Art Gallery 500 University Ave. Thurs, Dec 30, Kwanzaa Family Day, live music, dance, tours, 4-8 p.m. $1. | Fri, Dec 31, New Year's Eve Gala, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. $60. | Hours: Tues 12-4 p.m., Wed 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thurs 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m. Tix: $7-$5 (kids 6-18, $2), $2 Thurs from 5-9 p.m. 473-7720

Ontario County Historical Society 55 N Main St, Canandaigua. Fri, Dec 3, children's Christmas party, ages 4-11, 4:30-6 p.m. $4. | Wed, Dec 8-Sat, Dec 18, Gingerbread Tour of Homes, showing and silent auction. | Sat, Dec 11, gingerbread story time, ages 3-7, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $3. | Wed, Dec 15, open house, music, 7-9 p.m. | 394-4975, www.ochs.org

RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium 657 East Ave. Holiday Songs and Skies with Mr. Jack Frost, constellation show set to holiday music, Saturdays 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Sundays 3 p.m.; special holiday schedule. Tix: $3-$6. 271-4552, www.rmsc.org

Rochester Museum and Science Center 657 East Ave. Fri-Sun, Nov 19-21, Holiday Bazaar, exhibitors, live music, used book sale, Fri 5-9 p.m., Sat 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $3. | Fri-Sun, Nov 26-28, Gross Food Fun!, how our bodies digest food, Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun 12-4 p.m. | Explore and Celebrate Holiday Traditions: Sat, Dec 11, Wigilia, the traditional Polish Christmas Eve, 3:30 p.m.; Sun, Dec 12, Chanuka, Festival of Lights, 2 p.m.; Tues, Dec 28, Kwanzaa, 5:30 p.m. Free. | Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m. Tix: $5-$7. 271-1880, www.rmsc.org

Strong Museum 1 Manhattan Sq. Sat-Sun, Nov 20-21, get ready for Thanksgiving with Arthur, Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m. | Wed, Dec 8, Wednesday for Tots, holiday songs, 9:30 a.m. $7, $5 kids. | Sat-Sun, Dec 11-19, holiday cheer, Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m. | Tues, Dec 21, Tuesday for Tots, holiday puppetry and music, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. $7, $5 kids. | Hours: Mon-Thurs, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat 1- a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m. Tix: $7 ($6 seniors and students, $5 kids) 263-2700, www.strongmuseum.org.

Holiday happenings

Advent Retreat Sat, Dec 4. St. John's Parish House, Honeoye Falls, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $25. 624-4074

Agapé Meal Wed, Nov 24. Thanksgiving service and dinner, bring nonperishable food donation, Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 3285 Dalaker Dr, 7 p.m.

Breakfast with the Grinch Sat, Dec 11. Benefits Dream Factory, 175 Allens Creek Rd, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. $5. 234-0740

Breakfast with Santa Sun, Dec 12. Italian American Community Center, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $10, $6 kids. 594-8882

Breakfast with Santa Sat-Sun, Dec 4-12. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St Paul St., 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. $12, $8 kids. 336,7200, www.senecazoo.org.

Breakfasts with Santa Sat, Dec 11, kids ages 10 and under, Campbell Street Community Center, 524 Campbell St, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Tix: $1. 428-7860. | Sat, Dec 11, kids ages 10 and under, Carter Street Community Center, 500 Carter St, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Tix: $1. 428-7890. | Sat, Dec 18, kids ages 10 and under, Webster Community Center, 530 Webster Ave, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Tix: $1. 428-7828. | Sat, Dec 18, kids ages 12 and under, Edgerton Community Center, 41 Backus St, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Tix: $1. 428-6769. | Sat, Dec 18, Adams Street Community Center, 85 Adams St, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $1. 428-7266

Candlelight Night Tues, Dec 7. Caroling, horse-drawn wagon rides, tree lighting, Santa visit, Village of Pittsford, 6-9 p.m. Free. 248-6229, www.villageofpittsford.org.

Christmas at Tinker Nature Park Sat-Sun, Dec 4-5. Kris Kringle visit, crafts, tour, book fair, 1525 Calkins Rd, Henrietta, 12-3 p.m. 359-7044

Corn Hill Holiday Tour of Homes Sat, Dec 4. Eight homes, Landmark Society, 9 a.m., 12 p.m., or 3 p.m. Tix: $15. 546-7029, www.landmarksociety.org

Holiday Baseball Camp Mon-Wed, Dec 27-29. Ages 8-17, Finger Lakes Community College campus. $70. 394-3500 ext 7459

Holiday Celebration and Open House Thurs, Dec 9. Rural Opportunities, Inc., 400 East Ave, 4-6:30 p.m. 340-3334

Holiday Concert with the Dady Brothers Sat, Dec 4. St. Matthew Church, Rte 20A, Livonia. $8, $5 kids. 346-3815

Holiday Fiction Used Book Sale Wed-Sun, Dec 8-12. Kate Gleason Auditorium, Central Library, 155 South Ave, Wed 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. 428-8322

Holiday Open House Fri, Nov 19. Many businesses open, 34 Elton St, 6-9 p.m. 473-9030

Holiday Shopping Spree Sat-Sun, Dec 4-5. Cayuga Wine Trail wineries, Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 12-6 p.m. 800-684-5217, www.cayugawinetrail.com

Holidays in Nirvana Sale Sat-Sun, Nov 27-28. Books, handcrafts, clothing, art, Amitabha Foundation, Dharma Center Store, 11 S Goodman St, Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m. 442-5853

Ice Skating At Genesee Valley Park Ice Rink (131 Elmwood Ave, 428-7888):Fri, Dec 24, 10:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. open skate; 1:30-3 p.m. skate and shoot | Sun, Dec 26, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. adult skate; 2-3:15 p.m. family skate; 5-6:30 p.m. open skate | Mon-Fri, Dec 27-31, youth hockey camp, boys and girls ages 6-10, 8:45-11:45 a.m. | Fri, Dec 31, 12-1:15 p.m. open skate; 1:30-3:30 p.m. skate and shoot | Sat, Jan 1, 1-2:30 p.m. open skate; 2:45-4:15 p.m. family skate; 4:30-6 p.m. open skate || At Manhattan Square Park Ice Rink (353 Court St, 428-7541): Fri-Sat, Nov 26-27, free open skate days, 12-8 p.m. | Fri, Dec 24, 12-3:15 p.m. open skate | Fri, Dec 31, 12-3:15 p.m. open skate; 5-8 p.m. free family open skate | Sun, Dec 26-Thurs, Dec 30, and Sun, Jan 2, 12-8:15 p.m. open skate.

Irondequoit Holiday Lighting Ceremony Sun, Dec 5. Santa appearance, music, Christmas tree and Chanuka menorah, west lawn, Irondequoit Town Hall, Gazebo, 4 p.m. 336-6070

Kwanzaa Celebration Thurs, Dec 30. Art activities, live music and dance, tours, Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave, 4-8 p.m. $1. 473-7720 ext 3014

Kwanzaa Appreciation Program/African Dance Concert Sun, Dec 5.With guest performer Clyde Morgan, 34 Elton Street, 3:30 p.m. www.fcii.org

Mardi Gras Gala Sat, Nov 20. Benefits Baden Street Settlement, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 70 State St, 7-11 p.m. 325-4910

New Year's Eve Gala Fri, Dec 31. Dancing, dinner, Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave. $60-$150. 473-7720 ext 3014

The Polar ExpressSun, Nov 21. Rochester Boys Choir, musical, Kate Gleason Auditorium, Central Library 115 South Ave, 3 p.m. 428-8301

Single ADVENTageous Nov 23-Dec 25. Weekly fellowship group for singles over the holidays, SAM's Lambs. 872-2253

Thanksgiving Hunger Awareness Day Sun, Nov 21. Banquet, grocery distribution, St. Francis Xavier Church, 316 Bay St, 1:30 p.m. 254-5490, www.friendshelpingfriends.cjb

Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle Sat, Nov 27. Christmas gala, benefits Ronald McDonald House, Italian American Community Center, 150 Frank DiMino Way, 6 p.m. $65. 594-8882

Trim-a-Tree for Wildlife Tues, Dec 14. String popcorn, create pinecone feeders, Helmer Nature Center, 154 Pinegrove Ave, Irondequoit, 3-5 p.m. $1. 336-3035

Village Gate Toy Show and Collectibles Sale Sun, Dec 5. 274 N Goodman St, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 442-5700

Winter Solstice Party Sun, Dec 19. Rochester Area Vegetarian Society, Brighton Town Park Lodge, 777 Westfall Rd, 4:30 p.m. 234-8750

In This Guide...

    Holiday Guide 2005

    It's easy to get rundown desperately seeking that warm and fuzzy holiday feeling It's easy to get rundown desperately seeking that warm and fuzzy holiday feeling.

    To dance like Clara

    By the time audiences see the annual Thanksgiving-time performances of The Nutcracker, with dancers provided by the Rochester City Ballet and music performed by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the work is polished. The poise of the dancers, the memorable swells and leaps in Tchaikovsky's score, the dancing sweets and swirling snowflakes --- it all makes one seamless, magical whole.

    Making Scrooge memories

    You know it's December when the fight or flight instinct kicks in. If picking a fight with your sister-in-law has lost its appeal and escaping to Puerto Vallarta isn't in your budget, channel your energy in a new direction.

    The true spirit of Hollywood

    While there are inevitably a couple of movies every year set against Christmas --- but hardly a cavalcade of films about Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, incidentally --- it's probably misleading to call this a holiday movie preview. If Jesus were blowing out candles in June, these flicks would still be squeezing in under the Academy deadline.

    We must have been good this year

    One night I woke to the sound of sled runners and hooves on my roof. I couldn't see much out my bedroom window so I staggered downstairs.

    Holiday classical calendar

    Classical Amadeus Chorale Fri, Dec 3.

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