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Here's the lump of coal: The lights are off at Hartwood Acres for the first time in 20 years, due to the county's own fiscal cliff there.

Here's the treat: There are new additions to the holiday landscape, including the Old European Marketplace at Market Square and an expansion of the Kennywood Holiday Lights.

There should be no problem filling the days leading up to Christmas and New Year's with holiday festivity.

Kennywood Lights

Once again, Kennywood is making the holiday switch, from foggy darkness to twinkling lights.

The beautiful Holiday Lights has been extended this season, opening for a second season on Friday (with fireworks) and running through Dec. 30.

Along with the lagoon area being decked out in lights, there will be a Christmas light show set to music, carolers, performances by local choirs, holiday foods, a model train exhibit, petting zoo, visits with Santa Claus and more.

Ghostwood Estate will run with a special holiday theme, and also open will be the Gingerbread Express (Olde Kennywood RR), Merry-Go-Round, Paratrooper, Kangaroo, Turtle, Auto Race and up to nine Kiddieland rides. All other rides are closed.

Tickets are $14.99, plus $1 amusement tax; save $2 with tickets from participating Giant Eagle locations. Children 2 and under are free; $24.99 for a Holiday Lights pass; free with season pass.

Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 30, plus Dec. 26 and 27.


New Garden at Phipps

We can describe the Winter Flower Show at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, but it's much better to go see and smell it.

Beginning Friday, visitors will be welcomed by a Victorian-style hearth in Palm Court, before moving on to wreaths decorated by staff horticulturists and educators, an 1893 World's Fair-themed Garden Railroad, a cheerful woodland where bears and cardinals trim a tree against a yellow moon with Santa's silhouette, and Phipps' own traditional cut fir decorated with thousands of LED lights.

Starting Sunday, a new outdoor Winter Light Garden exhibit will shine with scores of LED light forms, including glowing orbs, "dripping" snowballs, luminous trees and a fountain of light. Throughout the season, there will be Santa visits, holiday teas, candlelight evenings and more.


Boogie Woogie Christmas

Somewhere along the line, Brian Setzer went from Stray Cat to Mr. Christmas.

The spiky-haired rockabilly revivalist first turned up in the early '80s with hits like "Rock This Town" and "Stray Cat Strut" before trading in the trio for a full-blown swing orchestra in 1994.

When the swing fling of the late '90s faded, he stuck with it and released "Boogie Woogie Christmas" in 2002. He's since released four more Christmas collections, along with a holiday DVD.

He brings the Brian Setzer Orchestra to the Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead in Munhall 7:30 p.m. Sunday for a Christmas concert. Tickets are $56-$76.


KENNYWOOD HOLIDAY LIGHTS: Christmas light show set to music, carolers, performances by local choirs, holiday foods, a model train exhibit, petting zoo, visits with Santa Claus and more. Rides open are Ghostwood Estate, Gingerbread Express (Olde Kennywood RR), Merry-Go-Round, Paratrooper, Kangaroo, Turtle, Auto Race and up to nine Kiddieland rides. $14.99, plus $1 amusement tax; save $2 with tickets from participating Giant Eagle locations. Children 2 and under free; $24.99 for a Holiday Lights pass; free with season pass. Fri.-Sun. 5- 9 p.m. through Dec. 30, plus Dec. 26 and 27.

OGLEBAY WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: Oglebay Park, Wheeling, W.Va. Six-mile drive-through with 78 light displays, including the new amusement park-themed Strong Man display added next to the Ferris Wheel and Carousel. Also new this year is the Leaping Frog display and an animated Volcano. Sun.-Thurs. dusk-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. until 11 p.m., through Jan. 6. Donation requested. 1-800-624-6988;,


CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART/NATURAL HISTORY: Oakland. This year's Holiday Trees theme celebrates the exhibition "Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851-1939" (Nov. 29-Jan. 6). Preview party Nov. 28, 5:30-8 p.m. (call 412-622-3325). Neapolitan presepio, a miniature Nativity scene with more than 100 life-like figures created 1700-1830 (Nov. 23-25; Nov. 29-Jan. 6), tours daily. Family Holiday Sing-Along, 2 p.m. Dec. 22, Hall of Architecture. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m. 412-622-3131;

CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER: North Shore. The Miniature Railroad & Village showcases several new additions: a scoreboard for Forbes Field, the Manchester-Farms barn and new lighting for Luna Park. Two Omnimax movies spotlight trains: "Rocky Mountain Express" and "The Polar Express: An IMAX Experience" (both daily beginning Nov. 23). Locomotion Weekend: model train layouts throughout the building, including a Polar Express and two interactive layouts; rail-related exhibit tables will spotlight Mister Rogers' trolley, the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, the Duquesne Incline, Rivers of Steel and more (Dec. 1-2). Breakfast Express features trains, stories, breakfast, "The Polar Express: An IMAX Experience" and guest Mr. McFeely (Dec. 8, 15 and 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.). Holiday Magic laser show (daily). New planetarium show, "Astronaut." 412-237-3400 or

COMPASS INN MUSEUM: Route 30, Laughlintown. Restored stagecoach stop built in 1799 features Christmas Tours, Nov. 23, 5-8 p.m., and Nov. 24-25, 3-7 p.m.; Festival of Lights, Dec. 1-9, noon-7 p.m.; Christmas Candlelight Tours, Dec. 1-2 and 8-9, 3-7 p.m. 724-238-4983.

FRICK ART & HISTORICAL CENTER: Point Breeze. Tours of Clayton, featuring holiday decorations that complement the tours "Life in the Gilded Age" and "Going to the Fair: Meeting the Modern World." Seasonal craft workshops and other programs. Through Jan. 6. Holiday hours: Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Extended hours Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 27, when Clayton is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (last tour at 8 p.m.), and The Cafe 10 a.m.-9 p.m., with dinner seatings at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Clayton admission: $12 adults; $10 seniors, students, military. Reservations strongly recommended.

GATEWAY CLIPPER CRUISES: Station Square. Santa Family Fun Cruises with Santa and DJ, Sat.-Sun. 1:30-3:30 p.m. (board 1 p.m.) through Dec. 23, $25, $12 kids; Holiday Captains Dinner Cruise, Fri.-Sat. 6:30 p.m. through Dec. 22; Holiday Luncheon Cruises, Dec. 8 and 14 at noon. 412-355-7980;

HARTWOOD ACRES: Indiana Township. The mansion is decorated for the holidays. Candlelight Tours Nov. 26-28, Dec. 1, 3-5, 10-12 from 5-8 p.m. (by reservation), $6. 412-767-9200;

NATIONAL AVIARY: North Side. Photos with Santa and a penguin, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., free with general admission. Parents Day Out with activities and hot lunch, Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., $45-$50, ages 6-12, reservation required, 412-258-9439.

NATIONALITY ROOMS: Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Oakland. Rooms are decorated for the holidays through Jan. 19. Narrated tape tours are available Sat. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $3 adults; $1 kids 8-18; Free Holiday Open House with performances, crafts, ethnic foods, Dec. 2, noon-4 p.m. 412-624-6000;

OLD ECONOMY VILLAGE: Ambridge. Christmas Fundraiser Dinner, Nov. 25, 6 p.m.; Christmas at the Village, Dec. 8, 2-9 p.m.; and Dec. 9, 2-7 p.m. 724-266-4500;

OLIVER MILLER HOMESTEAD: South Park. Scots-Irish Celebration, Dec. 2, 1:30-4:30 p.m.; A Frontier Seasonal Celebration, Dec. 9, 1:30-4:30 p.m. 412-835-1554.

PENNSYLVANIA TROLLEY MUSEUM: Washington, Pa. Ride with Santa on vintage trolleys, Nov. 23-25, Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Trolleys & Toy Trains, which includes a visit to Lionel train layout, takes place during Santa Trolley, and also Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 14. 724-228-9256;

PHIPPS CONSERVATORY & BOTANICAL GARDENS: Schenley Park, Oakland. Winter Flower Show and Winter Light Garden, Nov. 25-Jan. 6; Santa Visits (Sat.-Sun. Nov. 24-Dec. 23, and Nov. 23 and 26); Candlelight Evenings (Nov. 25-Jan. 6); Brunch in Bloom (Sundays, Nov. 25-Jan. 6); Holiday Tea (Nov. 30 and Dec. 1); Gifts and Greens Market (Nov. 29-30, Dec. 1); Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes (Nov. 30); Saturdays with the Sugar Plum Fairy (Dec. 15 and 22); Family Fun Days (Dec. 26-30); and New Year's Eve Family Celebration (Dec. 31). 412-622-6914;

PPG PLACE WINTERGARDEN: Stanwix Street, Downtown. "Spirits of Giving From Around the World." Mon.-Thurs. 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. 412-434-1900.

RINK AT PPG PLACE: Downtown. Skating around the Christmas tree. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight; Sun. noon-8 p.m. $7; $6 kids and seniors; $3 rental. 412-394-3641.

SWEETWATER CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 200 Broad St., Sewickley. Annual Holiday Mart, Nov. 25-Dec. 2; "Champagne and Shopping" with food and music, Nov. 24, 5-7 p.m. ($30; $35); Holiday Luncheon, Nov. 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ($15); Light Up Night "Let the Men Cook" dinner, Nov. 30, 5-9 p.m. ($15; $5 kids 12 and under). 412-741-4405.


MY MACY'S HOLIDAY PARADE: Featuring Chairmen of the Board ("Give Me Just a Little More Time"), Michael Grimm, Bianca Ryan, B.E. Taylor and more. Begins at Liberty Technology Center, 2200 Liberty Ave., Strip, and proceeds to Grant Street, right onto Fifth Avenue, left onto Liberty Avenue and left onto Stanwix Street. Nov. 24, 9-11 a.m.

THE PEOPLES GAS HOLIDAY MARKET: Market Square will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring vendors housed in Alpine-style wooden chalets, musical performances and a house for Santa Claus with a bay window, an ice-capped chimney and a candy cane entryway. Kicks off at noon Nov. 24 with a ribbon cutting and fireworks, and runs through Dec. 23. Weekdays 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

HOLIDAY SATURDAYS IN DOWNTOWN: Strolling carolers, street performers and free horse-drawn carriage rides. Held each Saturday leading up to Christmas.

LIGHT UP NIGHT IN SEWICKLEY: Nov. 30, 5-9 p.m.; Santa Parade, Dec. 1, 10:30 a.m.

THE HOLIDAY PROMENADE ON WALNUT: Dance, fashion and performance art. Presented by Continuum Dance Theater at Nadia Salon, Shadyside. Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; VIP 3-4 p.m.; fashion show 4 p.m.

HOLIDAY UNWRAPPED: Dance performances set to classical, jazz and klezmer music. Attack Theatre, 2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District. Nov. 30, 7 p.m.; Dec. 1, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Also: "Holiday Games!" Dec. 1, noon-2 p.m.) $5-$15.

REINDEER BALL: Dance with favorite characters, also craft projects, holiday cookies, face painting, balloon and caricature artists, a child-friendly buffet. Proceeds benefit A Child's Place at Mercy Health System. Dec. 2, 4-7 p.m. The Westin Convention Center, Downtown. $80; $45 for children. 724-937-3537 or

OLD ALLEGHENY VICTORIAN HOUSE TOUR: Features restored Victorian homes plus the historic Calvary United Methodist Church, famous for its Louis Tiffany stained-glass windows, all decorated to celebrate a 19th-century Christmas. Tours start at Calvary United Methodist Church, North Side, Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m.; Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. $25. 412-323-8884;

FIRST NIGHT: Downtown. Celebration with musicians, dancers, puppeteers, actors and poets to greet the new year. Dec. 31.


ADA'S PROMISE: New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square, North Side. Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m. $5-$20. 412-471-4332.

ANNIE: Stage Right, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. Dec. 14-16; Fri.-Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. $15-$22. 724-836-8000 or

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST HOLIDAY: Gemini Theater, The Factory, Point Breeze. Nov.24-Dec. 23; Sat.-Sun. 1 and 3:30 p.m. $10-$12. 412-243-5201 or

A CHRISTMAS STORY: Based on the original film. Little Lake Theatre, Route 19, North Strabane. Nov. 29-Dec. 15; Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. $12-$18. 724-745-6300.

A FUNNY NUNNY CHRISTMAS The Sisters are in trouble again as they need to raise money to replace the chapel's beautiful stained-glass window, which met its demise when Sister Mike was practicing her field goal kicking. Pohl Productions at Crowne Plaza Cabaret Dinner Theater, Bethel Park. Nov. 30-Dec. 15. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m. (6:30 p.m. dinner); also Dec. 9, 6 p.m. (4:30 p.m. dinner). $38-$40. Reservations required: 724-746-1178.

HOLIDAY PLAY In the form of an old-fashioned live radio production. R-Act Theater Group at Merrick Art Gallery, 1100 Fifth Ave., New Brighton. Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 7 p.m. $5-$9. 724-846-1130.

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: Comtra Theatre, Cranberry. Nov. 30-Dec. 15. Fri.-Sat. 7:30 p.m. $12. 724-773-9896.

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: Performed as a radio play. Butler Little Theatre, Butler. Nov. 23-Dec. 1. Tues.-Thurs. 7:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 8:15 p.m.; Sun. 2:30 p.m. $10. 724-287-6781.

LATSHAW POPS CHRISTMAS SHOW: Featuring the Latshaw Pops Orchestra. Grand Hall at the Priory, 614 Pressley St., North Side; Nov. 28, 11:30 a.m. lunch and 1 p.m. show; $49.95. The Chadwick, McCandless, Dec. 5, 11:30 a.m. lunch, 1 p.m. show; $46.95. Palace Theatre, Greensburg, Dec. 19, 2 and 8 p.m., $25-$35. Reservations required for all performances: 1-800-528-7429.

A LYRICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL: Pittsburgh Musical Theater Presents, New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square, North Side. Dec. 20-23. Thurs.-Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. $10-$20. 412-539-0900, ext. 232.

A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL: Tom Atkins takes the role as Scrooge in this holiday favorite. Pittsburgh CLO at Byham Theater, Downtown. Dec. 7-23. Thurs.-Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Sat. noon, 4 and 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 and 6 p.m. (exceptions). $14.75-$60.75; 412-456-6666 or

PLAID TIDINGS: Holiday edition of "Forever Plaid." Saint Vincent Summer Theatre, Performing Arts Center, Robert S. Carey Student Center, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe. Dec. 6-16. Wed.-Fri. and Dec. 15, 8:10 p.m.; Sun. and Dec. 8, 2:30 p.m. $16-$22. 724-537-8900 or

RAT PACK CHRISTMAS: The Kean Theatre, Richland. Dec. 8, 8 p.m. $30 ($52 with 6:30 p.m. dinner). 724-444-5326;

RUDOLPH, FROSTY, THE GRINCH & FRIENDS: Celebrating the music of classic TV Christmas specials. The Strand Theater, Zelienople, Nov. 24, Dec. 8 and 15, 2 p.m. $10-$20. 724-742-0400;

THE SANTALAND DIARIES: David Sedaris' real stories about working in Macy's Santaland. Smithfield Street Theatre Company, 620 Smithfield St., Downtown. Dec. 13-15, Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m. $15. 412-251-7904.

SANTA'S ENCHANTED WORKSHOP: Westmoreland Cultural Trust Presents, Theatre V, Palace Theatre, Greensburg, Nov. 25, 2 and 5 p.m. $9-$8. 724-836-8000.

SISTER'S CHRISTMAS CATECHISM: Kimberly Richards is back as Sister in this holiday show featuring Pittsburgh holiday choirs. City Theatre, South Side. Nov. 23-Dec. 16. Thurs.-Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 5:30 and 9 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. $40. 412-431-2489 or

UH-OH, HERE COMES CHRISTMAS: Funny and touching holiday stories crafted into an engaging evening of storytelling and song; adapted from Roger Fulghum's books by Ernest Zulia and David Caldwell; Nov. 29-Dec. 9. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 2 p.m. The Theatre Factory, Cavitt Ave. and Third St., Trafford. $13-$18. Dinner/theater packages available. 412-374-9200;


BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA CHRISTMAS SHOW: Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead, Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m. $56-$76; 412-368-5225.

MARK MILOVATS AND HIS ORCHESTRA: A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER: Byham Theater, Nov. 25, 7 p.m. $35; 412-456-6666.

CELTIC WOMAN: A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION WITH THE PSO: Heinz Hall, Dec. 3-4, 7:30 p.m. $40-$125; 412-392-4900.

GAITHER CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING: Consol Energy Center, Dec. 8, 6 p.m. $27-$72. 1-800-745-3000.

DOO WOP HOLIDAY REUNION SHOW XI: Consol Energy Center, Dec. 7, 7 p.m. $21-$95; 1-800-745-3000.

A PETER WHITE CHRISTMAS FEATURING RICK BRAUN & MINDI ABAIR: Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Dec. 7, 7 (sold out) and 9:30 p.m. $52.50; 412-322-0800.

B.E. TAYLOR CHRISTMAS CONCERT: With Aliquippa Church in the Round, Ambridge High School Steel Drum Band and North Allegheny High School Drum Line. Heinz Hall, Dec. 10-11, 7:30 p.m. $35.75-$58.75. 1-800-743-8560

CLAY AIKEN CHRISTMAS SHOW: Palace Theatre, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. $39-$49; 1-877-435-9849.

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER: Benedum Center, Dec. 11-12, 8 p.m. $37-$82; 412-456-6666.

MARTINA MCBRIDE CHRISTMAS SHOW: Benedum Center, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. $49.50; 412-456-6666.

TOBYMAC: Consol Energy Center, Dec. 15, 7 p.m. $28-$40; 1-800-745-3000.

LUMBER-N-STEEL CHRISTMAS BASH: Pepsi Roadhouse, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. $15 ($40 VIP); 724-947-1900.

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA: Consol Energy Center, Dec. 16, 3 p.m. $31-$68.50; 1-800-745-3000.

KENNY G HOLIDAY SHOW: Palace Theatre, Dec. 18, $45-$65; 1-877-435-9849.


BACH CHOIR OF PITTSBURGH: "'Messiah' in Space," Hunt Armory, Shadyside. Dec. 8, 8 p.m.; Dec. 9, 4 p.m. 1-888-71-TICKETS.

BELLE VOCI: Holiday concert, Craig Cannon conducting. St. Stanislaus Parish, Strip District, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.,

BUTLER COUNTY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: "Holidays," Butler Intermediate High School Auditorium. Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. 724-283-1402.

CHATHAM BAROQUE: "Continental Christmas." St. James Church, Sewickley, Dec. 14, 8 p.m.; Synod Hall, Oakland, Dec. 15, 8 p.m.; Laughlin Music Center, Chatham University, Shadyside, Dec. 16, 2:30 p.m. 1-888-71-TICKETS.

CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL CHORUS: "One Singing World." East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Dec. 9, 4 p.m. 1-888-718-4253.

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY VOICES OF SPIRIT AND THE PAPPERT MEN'S AND WOMEN'S CHORALES: "O Come All Ye Faithful." St. Paul Cathedral, Oakland, Dec. 2, 3 p.m. 412-396-6083 or

EDGEWOOD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: "Nutcracker" and more. First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. 412-473-8880.

HEINZ CHAPEL CHOIR: Holiday concerts, Heinz Memorial Chapel, Oakland, Dec. 1 and 7, 8 p.m.; Dec. 2 and 9, 3 p.m. 412-624-4125 or 412-394-3353.

MUSIC ON THE MOUNT: CHRISTMAS BRASS: Chamber music. St. Mary of the Mount, Mount Washington, Dec. 16, 3 p.m. 412-396-6083 or

NORTH SUBURBAN SYMPHONIC BAND: Holiday concert. Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center, 3579 Masonic Way, Ross, Dec. 16, 3 p.m.

PITTSBURGH CAMERATA: "The Light of Christmas." Sixth Presbyterian Church, Squirrel Hill, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.; St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Highland Park, Dec. 8, 8 p.m.; Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, Dec. 15, 8 p.m. 412-421-5884.

PITTSBURGH CIVIC ORCHESTRA: Anderson Christmas Festival, Upper St. Clair High School. Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. 412-279-4030.

PITTSBURGH CONCERT CHORALE: "We Wish You a Merry Christmas!" Ingomar United Methodist Church, Franklin Park, Nov. 30, 8 p.m., and Dec. 2, 4 p.m.; Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, Dec. 1, 8 p.m. 412-635-7654.

PITTSBURGH OPERA: "Auld Lang Syne: New Year's Eve Gala and Concert," Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland, Dec. 31, 6:30 p.m. 412-456-6666.

PITTSBURGH PHILHARMONIC: "Holidays From Around the World," Butler County Community College, Dec. 9, 8 p.m.; North Hills Junior High, Ross, Dec. 10, 7 p.m. 412-394-3353 and 724-284-8505.

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY POPS: Heinz Hall. Highmark Holiday Pops, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 21, 8 p.m.; Dec. 22, 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Dec. 23, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Special concert: "Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration With the PSO," Dec. 3-4, 7:30 p.m. 412-392-4900.

PITTSBURGH YOUTH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: Holiday concert. Saints John & Paul Church, Franklin Park, Dec. 16, 7 p.m. 412-630-9535 or

RENAISSANCE & BAROQUE SOCIETY: Synod Hall, Oakland. Apollo's Fire, "Sacrum Mysterium." Dec. 8, 8 p.m. 412-361-2048.

RENAISSANCE CITY CHOIRS: Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland. "Warm by the Fire," Dec. 9, 7 p.m. 412-394-3353.

RIVER CITY BRASS: "Christmas Brasstacular." Beulah Presbyterian Church, Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Carson Middle School, McCandless, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.; Upper St. Clair High School, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.; Palace Theatre, Greensburg, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.; Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Midland, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. 1-800-292-7222.

SOUTH HILLS CHORALE: Holiday concert. Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair. Dec. 14-15, 7:30 p.m. 412-220-4227.

WASHINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: "Ho, Ho, Ho With the WSO," Trinity High School, Washington, Pa., Dec. 1, 8 p.m. 724-223-9796.

WESTMORELAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Palace Theatre, Greensburg. "Home for the Holidays," Dec. 22, 8 p.m. 724-837-1850.


THE NUTCRACKER: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Benedum Center, Downtown. Dec. 7, 7 p.m.; Dec. 8, 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 9, noon; Dec. 14, 7 p.m.; Dec. 15, 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 16, noon and 4:30 p.m.; Dec. 20, 7 p.m.; Dec. 21, 7 p.m.; Dec. 22, 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 23, noon and 4:30 p.m.; Dec. 28, 7 p.m.; Dec. 29, 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 30, noon. $25.75-$95.75. 412-456-6666,

THE NUTCRACKER: Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Upper St. Clair Theater. Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 1, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 2, 2:30 p.m. $15-$20. 724-969-6000;

THE NUTCRACKER: Carnegie Performing Arts Center, Andrew Carnegie Music Hall, Carnegie. Nov. 30, 8 p.m.; Dec. 1, 8 p.m.; Dec. 2, 2 p.m; Dec. 7, 8 p.m.; Dec. 8, 8 p.m.; Dec. 9, 2 p.m. $12; $10 students and seniors. 412-279-8887.

THE NUTCRACKER: Westmoreland Symphony and Laurel Ballet Company at Palace Theatre, Greensburg. Dec. 8, 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 9, 2 p.m. $10-$33. 724-836-8000.

THE JAZZ NUTCRACKER: Point Park University Conservatory Dance Company, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Oakland. Dec. 7, 8 p.m.; Dec. 8, 2 and 8 p.m.; Dec. 9, 2 p.m.; Dec. 14, 8 p.m.; Dec. 15, 2 and 8 p.m.; Dec. 16, 2 p.m. $18-$20. 412-392-8000 or

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