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Updated: December 16, 2011 12:54PM


Holiday Bazaar at Center for the Arts: Arts in Bartlett’s Center for the Arts gallery at 118 W. Bartlett Avenue is now accepting new items created by local crafters and artists for holiday sales. The gallery is open 1 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays or by appointment. Email, call (630) 372-4152 or drop in.


TownSquare Players: Auditions for “The Odd Couple” will be held at 7 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 18 and 19 at Grace Lutheran Church, 1300 Kishwaukee Valley Rd., Woodstock. No appointment is needed. Callbacks will be at the theater group’s Storage And Rehearsal Area, 2320 S. Eastwood Drive, on Dec. 20. Contact producer Megan Marshall at


Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl: Authentic wardrobes, made in Mexico, make this ballet one of the best examples of Mexican tradition and art in the U.S. Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl comes to the Paramount Theatre at 7 p.m. Dec. 17. Tickets are $18 to $25. At 23 Galena Blvd., Aurora. Call (630) 896-6666 or visit


Aurora Rotary Club Festival of Lights: The annual mile-long animated light display in Phillips Park in Aurora to Dec. 26. Admission is free. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays and 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Call (630) 408-5381;; or visit

Aurora Regional Fire Museum: Gingerbread FIREhouse Contest continues. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Admission $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for seniors and firefighters and $2 for children ages 12 and younger. At the corner of New York Street and Broadway (Route 25), in downtown Aurora. Call (630) 892-1572 or visit

“It’s a Wonderful Life — A Live Radio Play”: The holiday staple is now playing to Dec. 23 at Pheasant Run in St. Charles. Show times are at 8 p.m. Thursdays, 4:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Christmas week shows are 8 p.m. Dec. 20 to 23. No shows on Fridays. Rated PG. Tickets are $29.50 Thursdays, and $39.50 Saturdays and Sundays. Dinner show packages are available from $49.50. At 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Call (630) 584-6342 or visit

“Scrooge the Musical”: The upbeat musical “Scrooge the Musical” runs to Dec. 23. Show times are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays at Steel Beam in St. Charles. Additional shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 22, and at 3 p.m. Saturdays. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for students/seniors. At the Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. Call (630) 587-8521 or visit

DanceWest Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”: DanceWest Ballet Company will be at Oswego East Performing Arts Center at Oswego East High School, 1525 Harvey Road, Oswego at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. Tickets are $30 for adults, and $23 for children and seniors. Call (630) 778-1303 or visit

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”: The Albright Theatre presents its holiday show Dec. 16, 17 and 18. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call (630) 406-8838 or visit

“A Little Christmas Magic”: A new production by Arts in Bartlett’s Adult Theatre will be given at 7 p.m Dec. 16 at the Bartlett Nature Center, James Pate Phillip State Park, 2054 W. Stearns Road, Bartlett. Tickets are $10. Call (630) 372-4152 or visit

Polar Express: Fox River Trolley Museum’s annual event will be held at 2:55, 4, 5:05, 6:10 and 7:15 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18. Trains board ONLY from Blackhawk station, at the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve picnic grove, 35W003 Illinois Route 31, $20 for all ages. Call (847) 697-4676 or visit

The Nutcracker Ballet: The holiday classic will be performed at 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 17 and 3 p.m. Dec. 18 at Raue Center for the Arts. Tickets are $19, $22 and $25. At 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. Call (815) 356-9212 or visit

State Street Dance Studio presents The Nutcracker: Performances will be held at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 and 2 p.m. Dec. 18. Tickets are $22 to $27. 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. Call (630) 232-0444 or visit

Sing Along with Santa: Steel Beam Theatre’s fourth annual Sing Along with Santa features “Santa’s Silver and Gold Grove” to Dec. 18. Show times are at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and at 1 p.m. Sundays. At the Theatre, 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. Tickets are $14 for adults, and $10 for children 16 and under. Visit

Fox Valley Jewish Neighbor’s Annual Chanukah Party & Potluck: The annual FVJN Chanukah Party, for friends, food, activities for kids will be at 12:30 to 3 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Persinger Rec Center in Geneva, NW corner of Peck and Kaneville roads. Everyone is requested to bring a dish to pass. Email Erin at with what food you’ll be bringing. Visit

Christmas Concert: A free Christmas concert will be held 3 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church Sanctuary. The concert will feature the WPC Chancel Choir, Back Row, Children’s Choir, Handbell Choir & Instrumental Ensemble. At 10 N. Edgelawn Drive, Aurora. Visit

A Baroque Christmas: The Fox Valley Orchestra will perform “A Baroque Christmas” at 3 p.m. Dec. 18 in Crimi Auditorium at the Institute for Collaboration, 407 S. Calumet Ave. Tickets are $12, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for children up to age 8. Call (630) 891-2525.

Christmas Before Christmas: Come and enjoy Union Church’s gift to the community as we present the cantata “Christmas Before Christmas” at 7 p.m. Dec. 18, including our chancel choir, bell choir and children’s choir. At 405 W. State St., North Aurora. Call (630) 897-0013.


Barrage: Oswego Foundation For Educational Excellence presents family oriented shows as part of our fundraising campaign for 2011-2012. Tickets are $18 for each show or $45 for three shows. The shows are Barrage, 8 p.m. Dec. 16. The Jason Bishop Show, 8 p.m. March 24. M-Pact, 8 p.m. Sept. 22. At 1525 Harvey Road, Oswego. Visit

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