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A Christmas Carol Nov 28-Dec 28, Dickens' holiday tradition, Geva Theatre Center,75 Woodbury Blvd. Tix: $13-$47.50. 232-4382, www.gevatheatre.org.

Cinderella Nov 22-Dec 20, Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical, Blackfriars Theatre, 28 Lawn St. Tix: $20-$22. 454-1260, www.blackfriars.org

Holidays on Ice Sun, Dec 14. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Genesee Valley Figure Skating Club, indoor fireworks, Blue Cross Arena, ADDRESS, 2 p.m. Tix: $4. 428-6697, www.rochestereventsnetwork.com

Joey and Maria's Comedy Wedding Wed, Dec 31. Interactive dinner theater, Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E Main St, 8 p.m. Tix: $72.95. 865-4200

The Magic of Christmas Sat-Sun, Dec 13-14. Performers ages 7 to adult, song and dance show, RAPA School of Performing Arts. 872-0252

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Fri, Dec 5. Christmas rock opera, Auditorium Theatre, 875 E Main St, 7:30 p.m. Tix: $32.50-$41. 232-1900

'Twas the Night Before Columbus Day... Oops! Christmas Fri, Dec 19. Holiday kiddie cabaret, Edgerton Community Center, 41 Backus St, 7 p.m. Free. 28-6769


Nutcracker Fri-Sun, Nov 28-30. The Rochester City Ballet, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St, 2 and 7 p.m. Tix: $20-$50. 454-2100.

Arts, crafts, and hobbies

All Things Art 65 S Main St, Canandaigua. Holiday Art Show and Sale, through Sun, Dec 28. | Old-fashioned ornament making, Tues, Nov 18-Dec 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tix: $5. | Hours: Tues 1-9 p.m., Wed-Fri 1-6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 396-0087.

Alternative Craft Fair Fri, Dec 5. Locally made, fairly traded crafts and gifts, First Unitarian Church, 220 S Winton Rd, 5-11 p.m. 325-2560

Christmas Classic Arts and Craft Show Fri-Sun, Nov 28-30. Dome Center, 2695 E Henrietta Rd, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tix: $3.50. 334-4000, www.domecenter.com

Christmas Craft Show Sat, Dec 6. Over 100 crafters, Wayne Central High School, Rte 350, Ontario Center, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 315-524-5886

Christmas in Westfield Arts and Crafts Show Sat-Sun, Nov 22-23. Fireman's Exempt Hall, 75 Bourne St, Westfield, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 326-2592

Country Crafters Christmas Bazaar Sat, Dec 6. Rochester Christian School, 260 Embury Rd, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 671-4910

Gallery at the Point 8515D Greig St, Sodus Point. Holiday Fine Arts Sale, Mon, Dec 1, through Wed, Dec 31. Hours: Tues-Sat noon-9 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m. 315-597-6934.

Gallery on Main Street 131 S Main St, Canandaigua. Holiday Visions, Mon, Dec 1, through Wed, Dec 31. Hours: Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 394-2780.

Greece Olympia Craft Show Sat, Dec 13. 100 crafters, 1139 Maiden Ln, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Holiday Bazaar Fri-Sun, Nov 21-23. 170 exhibitors, crafts, art, books, live music, to benefit the Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave, 271-1880, www.rmsc.org.

Holiday Bazaar Sat, Dec 6. Geneseo United Methodist Church, 4520 State Rte 63, 10 am.-2 p.m. 243-3160

Holiday Bazaar Sat, Dec 6. To benefit 46 School, 250 Newcastle Rd, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Holiday Craft Sale Sat, Nov 22. Gates Community Center, 1605 Buffalo Rd, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 247-6100 ext 235

Holiday Fair Craft Show and Sale Sat, Nov 22. More than 80 vendors, Bloomfield Elementary School, Maple Ave, Bloomfield, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 657-7220

Holiday Open House Fri-Sun, Dec 12-14. Fine arts and crafts sale, Rochester Clay Works, Fri 7-9 p.m., Sat-Sun 12-6 p.m.

Holiday Shopping Bazaar Sat-Sun, Nov 22-23. To benefit Open Door Mission, Webster Masonic Temple, 30 Orchard St, Webster, Sat 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Holiday Shopping Spree Sat-Sun, Dec 6-7. Wine tasting, food, souvenirs, recipes, Cayuga Wine Trail. Tix: $20. 800-684-5217, cayugawinetrail.com.

Holiday 2003 Art and Craft Spectacular Fri-Sun, Dec 5-7. New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, Fri 12-9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tix: $5. 607-265-3230

Holidays at the Market Sun, Dec 7, 14, 21. Seasonal decorations, gifts, trees, foods, entertainment, Rochester Public Market, 280 N Union St, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 428-6770

The Journey Christmas Art/Craft Open House Fri-Sun, Nov 21-23. 7560 Alvord Rd, Mt Morris, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 658-4595

More Fire Holiday Sale Sat-Sun, Dec 6-7. Glass art for sale, demonstrations, 80 Rockwood Pl, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 242-0450, morefireglass.com

171 Cedar Arts Center 171 Cedar St, Corning. Holiday Fine Crafts Sale, Wed, Dec 3, through Sat, Dec 20. Opening: Fri, Dec 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 607-936-4647, www.171cedararts.com.

Open Studio: Annual Holiday Sale Fri-Sat, Dec 5-6. Carol Acquilano, artist, Anderson Alley, third floor, 250 N Goodman St, Fri 5-9 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.5 p.m. 424-6931

Oxford Gallery 267 Oxford St. Holiday exhibit, mixed media, Sat, Nov 22, through Sat, Jan 3. Hours: Tues-Fri 12-5 p.m., Sat 10-5 p.m. 271-5885.

Wayne Arts 108 W Miller St. Holiday Art-Craft Show and Sale, Sat, Nov 8, through Wed, Dec 31. Hours: Tues-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 315-331-4593.

West End Gallery 12 W Market St, Corning. Annual Holiday Exhibit, through Sun, Jan 18. Opening: Fri, Dec 5, 5-7:30 p.m. Live music. Open house: Sat, Dec 6, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Live music. 607-936-2011

Yates County Arts Center 119 E Elm St, Penn Yan. Holiday cards sale, artwork by regional artists, to benefit programs at Arts Center. Artists' reception: Fri, Nov 21, 5-7 p.m. Hours: Tues-Fri 12-4 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m. www.ycac.org.


Edgerton Model Train Exhibit 41 Backus St. Toy Train Holiday Open House, Sat, Dec 13, 20, 27, 1-2:30 p.m., Mon-Tues, Dec 22-23, Dec 29-30, Fri, Jan 2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., model trains go through Rochester in four seasons. Free. 428-6769

Genesee Country Village and Museum 1410 Flint Hill Rd, Mumford. Yuletide in the Country, Fri-Sun, Dec 5-21, village decorated for holiday, residents celebrate, self-guided tours, guided tours, Cool Yule for Kids activity center. Tix: $3-$19.95. 538-6822 | Winter Solstice Celebration, Sat, Dec 20, guided night hike, candlelit ceremony, 7 p.m. Tix: $3.50. | 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. Holiday Musicales, Sundays, Nov 16, 23, Dec 7, Dec 14, 3 p.m. | Gingerbread house display, through Sun, Dec 14. | Holiday wreath display, through Sun, Nov 23. | Holiday homecoming, Thurs, Dec 11, music, activities, decorations, Santa, 5:30-8 p.m. | 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

Granger Homestead 295 N Main St, Canandaigua. Festival of Trees, holiday trees, decorations, crafts, through Sun, Dec 7. 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.

Greece Museum 595 Long Pond Rd. Tree and wreath silent auction, through Sun, Nov 30. Hours: Sun 2-4:30 p.m. 225-7221

Memorial Art Gallery 500 University Ave. Counting to Christmas, Thurs, Nov 20, poet Rennie McQuilkin reads from his book, 7 p.m. Free with admission. | Kwanzaa Family Day, Sun, Dec 28, activities, tours, ceremony, music, and dance, 12-5 p.m. Tix: $1. | New Year's Eve Gala, Wed, Dec 31, live music, dancing, food. Tix: $75-$150. 473-7720 ext 3014. | 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

RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium 657 East Ave. Holiday Songs and Skies with Mr. Jack Frost, constellation show set to holiday music, Fri, Nov 28, through Fri, Jan 2. Tix: $3-$6. 271-4552, www.rmsc.org

Seneca Park Zoo 2222 St Paul St. Breakfast with Santa, Sat-Sun, Dec 6-14, 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. 336-7200, 336-7202. Hours: daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. www.senecazoo.org.

Strong Museum 1 Manhattan Sq. Holiday Cheer, Sat, Dec 13 and 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun, Dec 14 and 21, 12-5 p.m. Old-fashioned Santa, crafting, seasonal music, Alice in Wonderland ballet. 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.

Tinker Homestead and Farm Museum 1585 Calkins Rd, Henrietta. Victorian Christmas, Sat-Sun, Dec 6-7, decorations, kids activities, book fair. Tours available. Free. Hours: Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Holiday happenings

All the Lights in the Night Sun, Dec 21. Book reading for kids in honor of Hanukah, Brighton Town Library, 2300 Elmwood Ave, 2 p.m. 461-0490, www.jewishrochester.org.

Breakfast with the Grinch Sun, Dec 14. To benefit Dream Factory, Webster Community Center, 985 Ebner Dr, Webster, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Tix: $5. 234-0740.

Breakfasts with Santa Sat, Dec 13, kids ages 10 and under, Campbell Street Community Center, 524 Campbell St, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Tix: $1. 428-7860. | Sat, Dec 13, kids ages 12 and under, Carter Street Community Center, 500 Carter St, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Tix: $1. 428-7890. | Sat, Dec 20, kids ages 6-12, Adams Street Community Center, 85 Adams St, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tix: $1. 428-7266. | Sat, Dec 20, kids ages 12 and under, Edgerton Community Center, 41 Backus St, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Tix: $1. 428-6769.

Candlelight Christmas Celebration Fri-Sun, Dec 5-7. Victorian Christmas, holiday tree lighting, and candlelight procession, Sagawa Park, Brockport. 637-5300

Candlelight Night Tues, Dec 2. Caroling, horse-drawn wagon rides, tree lighting, Santa visit, Village of Pittsford, 5-9 p.m. Free. 248-6229, www.villageofpittsford.org.

Corn Hill Holiday Tour of Homes Sat, Dec 6. Landmark Society, 9 a.m., 12 p.m., or 3 p.m. Tix: $14. 546-7029, www.landmarksociety.org

First Night Perry Wed, Dec 31. Family activities, performers, live music, Perry Elementary Middle School, 50 Olin Ave, 6 p.m.-12 a.m. Tix: $5. 237-5375

Holiday Ice Skating Genesee Valley Park Ice Rink (131 Elmwood Ave, 428-7888):Wed, Dec 24, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. adult skate, 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. open skate, 12-1:15 p.m. skate and shoot, 1:30-3:30 p.m. family skate; Wed, Dec 31: 9-10:30 a.m. adult skate, 10:30-11:45 a.m. open skate, 12-3:30 p.m. skate and shoot; Thurs, Jan 1: 1-4:15 p.m. open skate. | Manhattan Square Park Ice Rink (353 Court St, 428-7541): Wed, Dec 24, 12-3:15 p.m. open skate; Wed, Dec 31, 12-3:15 p.m. open skate; 5-8 p.m. family skate.

Home for the Holidays Wed, Dec 3. Open house, ArcFloral, 727 Mt Hope Ave, 12-7 p.m.

Hope for the Holidays Sun, Dec 7. Candlelight remembrance service, Bereavement Team of Faith Lutheran Church, 2576 Browncroft Blvd, 2 p.m. 381-3970, faithpenfield.org.

Irondequoit Holiday Tree-Lighting Sun, Dec 7. Santa appearance, music, west lawn, Irondequoit Town Hall, Gazebo, 4 p.m. 336-6070

Lighting of the Menorah Sat, Dec 20. Holiday treats, largest Menorah in Monroe County, Washington Square Park. 271-0330

Kwanzaa Arts Showcase Sun, Dec 7: Kwanzaa Appreciation Program, 219 Hamilton St, gospel concert, 4 p.m. | Mon, Dec 15: African Mother's Day, Copper Beach Theatre, 1600 East Ave, poetry and flower presentation, 7 p.m. | Fri, Dec 19: Step show, Charter School of Science and Technology, 545 St. Paul St, 6 p.m. | Sat, Dec 20: Storytelling, Charles Riley Tutorial House, 4 Stebbins St, 1 p.m. | Fri, Dec 26: African Dance Workshop, 34 Elton St, 6 p.m. | Sat, Dec 27: African drumming workshop, 34 Elton St, 6 p.m. | Sun, Dec 28: Jazz-blues concert, Copper Beach Theatre, 1600 East Ave, 4 p.m. | Mon, Dec 29: Gospel Concert, Copper Beach Theatre, 1600 East Ave, 6 p.m. | Tues, Dec 30: Youth art show, 219 Hamilton St, 6 p.m. | Wed, Dec 31: Folktales, 219 Hamilton St, 6 p.m. | Thurs, Jan 1: Imani Kwanzaa Feast, Copper Beach Theatre, 1600 Esat Ave, 6 p.m. | First Community Interfaith Institute, 461-0379, www.fcii.org.

Midnight MADDness Wed, Dec 31. Family New Years event, ice-skating, costumes, food, 4-mile race, to benefit MADD, ESL Sports Centre, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. www.yellowjacketracing.com, 244-5181

Miracle on Main Street Sat, Dec 6. Santa's workshop, the Grinch, holiday tree lighting, various locations, Fredonia, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 679-1565

A Scandinavian Christmas Sat, Dec 6. Workshops, cooking classes, ethnic food, crafts and gifts, Chautauqua Art Trail. 665-5220 ext 3333

Trim-a-Tree for Wildlife Wed, Dec 10. String popcorn, create pinecone feeders, Helmer Nature Center, 154 Pinegrove Ave, Irondequoit, 3:30-5 p.m. 336-3035

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