Calendar


December 2014

Please note: Mistakes happen. To confirm event details, call the sponsoring organization’s phone number or visit the website.

Friday, Nov. 28

First Day Dickens’ Christmas in Skaneateles. Noon-4 p.m.; also Saturdays & Sundays through Dec. 21 (and Dec. 24, noon-3 p.m.). Lakeside village fills with Victorian characters, horse-and-carriage rides, carolers, live music, roasted chestnuts and more merriment inspired by English author Charles Dickens. More than 50 characters, including the author of A Christmas Carol himself, fill the Village of Skaneateles, Route 20. Free. 685-0552.

Clinton Square Tree Lighting Ceremony. 6:30 p.m. The annual lighting of the 50-foot-plus Norway spruce takes place after an evening of music by the Brownskin Band and an appearance by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Afterward, there’s a City Hall open house with special treats. Downtown Syracuse. Free. 473-4330. www.syracuse.ny.us.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. The American Hockey League team faces the Binghamton Senators. War Memorial, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. $16-$20, plus applicable processing fees. 473-4444.

Hairspray. 8 p.m.; through Jan. 4. Musical of the John Waters movie features 1960s-era singing, dancing, big hair, and a spunky message about integration and acceptance. (Some mildly suggestive language.) Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. $30-$39/adult; $20/age 12 and under. 443-3275. syracusestage.org.

Saturday, Nov. 29

Dickens’ Christmas in Skaneateles. Noon-4 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays through Dec. 21. See Nov. 28 listing.

Little Red Riding Hood. 12:30 p.m. The Magic Circle Children’s Theatre presents an original version of the fairy tale, in which children in the audience help Little Red and Grandma bring the Wolf to trial, then become judge and jury. Children can dress up as fairy tale characters to enhance their fun. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $5. 449-3823.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m.; Saturdays. Every Saturday, see an interactive presentation on a different aspect of science. Upcoming topics include dog behavior, spacecraft and phases of the moon. Sciencenter. 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. www.sciencenter.org.

Polar Express Pajama Party. 5:30-8:30 p.m.; also Dec. 6 & 20. Children, who are invited to wear PJs, can take part in movie-themed activities, including a visit with Santa Claus. Then they can see The Polar Express in the six-story IMAX theater. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. $4/person for party, in addition to movie tickets: $10/adults; $8/ages 2-17 and seniors age 65 and up. Reservations recommended: 425-9068, Ext. 2132.

Sunday, Nov. 30

Dickens’ Christmas in Skaneateles. Noon-4 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays through Dec. 21. See Nov. 28 listing.

Monday, Dec. 1

Drop-In Playtime. 10 a.m.-noon; also Dec. 8. Children from infants to 5 years, accompanied by caregivers, can play with the library’s toys, including the train set. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578.

Prenatal Yoga. 2 p.m., Mondays; through Dec. 29. Pregnant women can prepare their bodies and minds for childbirth and meet other mothers-to-be. Chicks & Hens baby boutique, 3150 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. $10-$13/class. Registration required: 632-6110. www.chicksandhens.com/classroom.

Grinch Day. 4 p.m. Kids can hear the book How the Grinch Stole Christmas, take part in themed activities and enjoy cookies. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Yoga for Everyone. 6-7 p.m.; also Dec. 8, 15, 22 & 29. Gentle yoga class. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 435-1940.

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Yoga Storytime. 10:30-11:15 a.m.; also Dec. 16. Kids ages 3-6 and parents can have a full-body experience that builds early literacy skills and healthy bodies at the same time. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Mommy & Baby Yoga. 3 p.m., Tuesdays; through Dec. 30. Mothers can do yoga poses and breathing exercises with their newborn in their arms or at their side. Class emphasizes pelvic health and core strength. Chicks & Hens baby boutique, 3150 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. $10-$13/class. Registration required: 632-6110. www.chicksandhens.com/classroom.

Books & Brownies. 4-5 p.m. Students in grades 3-6 can talk about Andrew Clements’ book Last Holiday Concert, and enjoy snacks and drinks. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.www.fflib.org.

Craftastic Critters. 4:30-5:30 p.m.; also Dec. 9 & 16. Kids ages 5-10 can drop in to make a different craft each week. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

An Evening on Broadway. 7 p.m. Pianist Mary Sugar performs Broadway music. Temple Concord, 910 Madison St., Syracuse. Free. 475-9952.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Prenatal Yoga. 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays; through Dec. 17. See Dec. 1 listing.

Creative Discovery for Kids. 4:30 p.m.; also Dec. 10 & 17. Seasonal crafts and stories for ages 5-10. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. Registration preferred: 672-3661.

Pajama Storytime. 6-6:30 p.m. Children ages 2-5, with a caregiver, can wear pajamas, bring a stuffed toy, and hear stories, songs and rhymes suitable for nighttime. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Teen Geeks. 6-8 p.m. Kids in grades 7-12 can hang out, play games, eat snacks and create. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Multiple Moms Mingle. 6:30 p.m. Monthly meeting of mothers and expectant mothers of multiples. Ruby Tuesday, 3220 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Reserve if you wish to attend: multiplemoms
mingle@gmail.com.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Dec. 11 & 18. Preschoolers and caregivers can take part in a program with stories, songs and rhymes. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Yoga Storytime. 4:15-5 p.m.; also Dec. 11. Kids ages 4-8 and parents can have a full-body experience that builds early literacy skills and healthy bodies at the same time. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Friday, Dec. 5

First Day Festival of Trees. Noon-5 p.m.; daily, through Dec. 14. See trees, wreaths and special displays that create a winter wonderland. The event raises funds for the Everson Museum of Art. Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. $5/adults; free/under 10. 474-6064.

Trail Tales. 1 p.m.; also Dec. 19 & Jan. 2. A naturalist reads stories to children ages 3-5 and leads them on a walk to experience what nature has to offer. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. Admission: $4 per vehicle. 638-2519.

Polar Express Storytime. 7 p.m. Kids can put on pajamas and hear the Chris Van Allsburg book read, plus have some hot cocoa and cookies. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Hartford Wolf Pack. See Nov. 28 listing.

Saturday, Dec. 6

Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo. 9 or 11 a.m.; also Dec. 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21. Enjoy a delicious breakfast while the kids share Christmas wishes with the jolly old elf, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus and create a holiday craft. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Cost includes zoo admission: $14/general; free/age 2 & younger. Reservations required: 435-8511. www.rosamondgiffordzoo.org/santa.

Breakfast with Santa at Beaver Lake. 9 a.m.-noon; also Dec. 13. Enjoy a meal of pancakes, sausage and a drink. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. Breakfast: $3-$5/person. Admission: $4/vehicle for parking. 638-2519.

Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; also Dec. 7. Dozens of crafters, as well as food and music. Nottingham High School, 3100 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Admission: $2/adult; free/age 16 & younger or 65 & older. 472-5478.

Play Pals Exhibit Opening Celebration. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; also Dec. 7. Special musical performances (Saturday, 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 & 2:30 p.m.) take place in honor of the new permanent exhibit Play Pals, which lets visitors explore the history of dolls, action figures animals and other toys of the imagination. Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. Admission: $13.50/general; free/younger than 2. (585) 263-2700.

A World of Puppets. 11 a.m. Mark Carrigan and Michelle Smith-Carrigan—the Puppet People—perform their version of “A Christmas Carol.” Children as young as 3 and parents can come for an up-close look at the performance at 10 a.m. for an additional $5. International Mask and Puppet Museum, 518 Prospect Ave., Syracuse. $10/adults; $6/children. Reserve: 476-0466.

Little Red Riding Hood. 12:30 p.m. See Nov. 29 listing.

Gift Making for Tweens & Teens. 1-3 p.m. Kids ages 8-16 can make tech-based crafts. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

Gingerbread House Decorating Party. 1-3 p.m. Children (those age 6 and under must have a caregiver present) and teens can decorate a gingerbread house. Central Library, Galleries of Syracuse, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 435-1900.

Frozen Sing-Along Party. 1-3 p.m. Kids can walk the red carpet (in Frozen outfits, if they have them), watch the movie and sing along, and have a special snack. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Milk & Cookies with Santa. 1-3:30 p.m. Children, accompanied by adults, can visit with Santa, have a cookie and see the Festival of Trees. Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. $10/adults & children. Reservations required: 474-6064. www.everson.org.

The Nutcracker. 2 & 7 p.m.; also Dec. 7. Syracuse City Ballet artists perform the tale of a young girl and her dashing Nutcracker Prince. Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse. $39.10-$59.60 (with fees). 435-2121. www.ticketmaster.com.

College Essay Writing Workshop. 2 p.m. Syracuse University writing instructor Molly Voorheis helps students develop college application essays at any stage of the process, from drafting to revising. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 435-3636.

Basics to Potty Training. 2 p.m. Monthly meeting is a chance for parents to get support and advice during the trials of potty training. Caregivers and little ones welcome. Chicks & Hens baby boutique, 3150 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Free. Registration appreciated: 632-6110. www.chicksandhens.com/classroom.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Rochester Americans. See Nov. 28 listing.

Sunday, Dec. 7

Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo. 9 or 11 a.m.; also Dec. 13, 14, 20 & 21. See Dec. 6 listing.

Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. See Dec. 6 listing.

Play Pals Exhibit Opening Celebration. Noon-5 p.m. See Dec. 6 listing.

Moto-Inventions. 1-2 p.m.; Sundays in December. Tinker with recycled materials and electricity to make whirling, moving machines. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. First Sunday of the month (through March): Free admission. Regular admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600.

Chemsations. 2 p.m.; also Dec. 21. High school students demonstrate chemical reactions with color changes, bubbles and light. Sciencenter. 601 First St., Ithaca. First Sunday of the month (through March): Free admission. Regular admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600.

The Nutcracker. 2 p.m. See Dec. 6 listing.

Home Learners’ Association Film Screening. 3 p.m. HLA of CNY will show the documentary Class Dismissed, about taking the learning out of the classroom, and hold a discussion after the film. St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 5108 W. Genesee St., Camillus. $10. 546-3056.

Voices of Faith Concert Choir. 7 p.m. Carols and classical music with the Voices of Faith Choir and guest artists including the Seneca String Quartet and the John Spillett Jazz Duo. A holiday reception follows the concert. Holy Family Church, 122 Chapel Drive, Fairmount. Free will offering. 487-1194.

Monday, Dec. 8

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Tuesday, Dec. 9

Teen MOPS. 4-6 p.m. Young mothers, ages 13-21, with children under 6 enjoy a faith-based program with fun, food and activities while their children are cared for by the childcare program. Liverpool First United Methodist Church, 604 Oswego St., Liverpool. Free. 569-2542.

Wednesday, Dec. 10

MOMS Club of Syracuse-East. 10 a.m. Gathering for local kids and moms. Manlius United Methodist Church, 111 Wesley St., Manlius. Free. 466-6033. http://momsclubofcuseeast.webs.com/.

Lego Brainstorm. 3:30-5 p.m. Students in grades 3-5 can learn about Lego robotic programming and take part in a team mission challenge. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Anime Night. 6-8 p.m. Teens can watch anime on the large screen, take part in drawing and trivia contests, and more. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Holiday Ornaments. 4 p.m. Children age 3 and up can make ornaments for the library tree. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3519.

Hanukkah Storytime. 6:30 p.m. A storytime celebrates Hanukkah. It’s followed by a performance by the Hebrew Day School Chorus. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Thursday, Dec. 11

Drop in for Crafts. 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Children from preschool age to grade 6 with a caregiver can make seasonal crafts; all materials provided. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Smart Play. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Children age 5 and under can explore a free-play environment that promotes discovery, creativity and the development of early literacy skills. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Friday, Dec. 12

Festival of Lights. 6-8:45 p.m.; also Dec. 13, 19 & 20. Families board horse-drawn wagons for rides through the park up to the clubhouse, decorated as the North Pole, where Santa waits to visit with youngsters and treats are provided. Burnet Park, Coleridge Avenue at Burnet Park Drive, Syracuse. Free. 473-4330.

The Fresh Beat Band. 6:30 p.m. Nickolodeon’s preschool music group and stars of the TV series of the same name will perform their greatest hits. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse. $53.15-$63.40 (with fees). 475-7979. www.ticket
master.com.

Oz, The Musical. 7 p.m.; through Dec. 20. Syracuse Children’s Theatre presents a new musical adaptation of the L. Frank Baum story of the adventures of Dorothy and her friends. Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse. $18.50/adults; $16.50/senior citizens & students; $10/age 12 & younger. 432-KIDS.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Hershey Bears. See Nov. 28 listing.

 

Saturday, Dec. 13

Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo. 9 or 11 a.m.; also Dec. 14, 20 & 21. See Dec. 6 listing.

Holidays with the Animals. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Watch as animals throughout the zoo receive “presents”—new toys that give them a chance to play and demonstrate natural behaviors. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission: $8/adults (ages 19-61); $5/over age 62; $4/ages 3-18; free/age 2 and younger. 435-8511.

Oz, The Musical. 10 a.m., 2:30 & 7 p.m.; through Dec. 20. See Dec. 12 listing.

Sensory Friendly Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Children with sensory integration issues or other special needs, accompanied by a caregiver, can take part in a program combining books, songs and activities that promote learning and play at the preschool developmental level. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 435-5320 or 435-3395.

Dasher's Magical Gift

Dasher’s Magical Gift. 11 a.m. In new narrated ballet for children created by local theater professionals and performed by students from Dance Centre North, a crisis arises in the days before Christmas when Santa’s fastest reindeer, Dasher, loses his ability to fly. Presented by CNY Arts. Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse. $10-$19. 435-2154. www.cnyarts.org.

Pictures with Santa. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Kids can listen to a musical family storytime and get their pictures taken with Santa. Don’t forget your camera! Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

A World of Puppets. 11 a.m. Open Hand Theater performs “Grandfather Frost’s Stories of Russia.” Children as young as 3 and parents can come for an up-close look at the performance at 10 a.m. for an additional $5. International Mask and Puppet Museum, 518 Prospect Ave., Syracuse. $10/adults; $6/children. Reserve: 476-0466.

Toddler’s Tango. 11:30 a.m. Creative music and dance for little ones. Central Library, Galleries of Syracuse, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1900.

Animal ABCs. Noon. A Rosamond Gifford Zoo educator introduces audience members to live animals, animal artifacts and more. Best for children from birth to age 5, accompanied by a caregiver. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3519.

Jingle Bell Craft and Storytime. Noon. Hear the Chris Van Allsburg story The Polar Express, make a bell ornament for the tree and see the movie based on the book at 1 p.m. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. 672-3661.

Little Red Riding Hood. 12:30 p.m. See Nov. 29 listing.

Sensory Friendly Time at the MOST. 5:30-8:30 p.m. This chance for children with sensory processing disorders to experience the museum is also a Polar Express pajama party. Doors are left open so visitors who need a break can get away from the stimulation of the exhibits, and during The Polar Express the IMAX sound is turned down. MOST (Museum of Science & Technology), 500 S. Franklin St., Syracuse. IMAX tickets: $10/adults; $8/ages 2-11 and senior citizens; cost for the event is $4 more per person. Reservations: 425-9068, Ext. 2132. www.most.org.

Festival of Lights. 6-8:45 p.m.; also Dec. 19 & 20. See Dec. 12 listing.

Live Nativity. 6:30 p.m.; also Dec. 14. See life in Bethlehem and watch the Christmas story come to life. There will also be a Christmas carol sing-along, cookies and hot cocoa. Northminster Presbyterian Church, 7444 Buckley Road, North Syracuse. Free. 458-0393.

Star Party. 7-9 p.m. See the Geminid meteor shower, a shower of asteroid debris, as well as bright stars and nebulae through telescopes. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit back and watch the meteors. (Backup date: Dec. 14.) Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $8/person. Register: 673-1350.

Sunday, Dec. 14

Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo. 9 or 11 a.m.; also Dec. 20 & 21. See Dec. 6 listing.

Lightapalooza. 2 p.m.; also Dec. 28. High school students demonstrate optical illusions, bending light and making sound waves visible. Sciencenter. 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. www.sciencenter.org.

Live Nativity. 6:30 p.m. See Dec. 13 listing.

Caroling in the Woods. 7-8:30 p.m. Pick up a lantern and a song sheet for this traditional event. Bring natural treats to hang for the birds and holiday cookies to share with fellow carolers. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. Free. Reserve: 673-1350.

Monday, Dec. 15

Signing Storytime. 10-10:40 a.m. Children ages 2-3 (but siblings are welcome) can learn 6-7 signs that correspond to the week’s story. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Holiday Tween Crafts. 4 p.m. Kids ages 9-12 can drop in and be creative, making a gift or something for themselves. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Gingerbread Houses. 5:30-7 p.m. Children ages 6-12 can use provided goodies to make variety of structures, whether churches, libraries or houses. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 435-5442.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

HANUKKAH BEGINS

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. 7 p.m. The international touring ballet company returns to Syracuse for its holiday performance. Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse. $36.05-$78.05 (with fees). 435-2121. www.ticketmaster.com.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Discovery Club. 4 p.m. Kids ages 7-12 can explore aspects of science with videos, experiments and fun facts. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, Dec. 18

Tinker Tots. 11-11:35 a.m. Children ages 3-6 will have hands-on opportunities to learn, explore and invent. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374.

A Christmas Concert. 6:30 p.m. The Wisdom People of St. Daniel, a senior citizen group, performs a concert, along with the Lyncourt Community Band and Harmony Katz. St. Daniel School gym, 3004 Court St., Syracuse. Free. 432-1005.

Friday, Dec. 19

Festival of Lights. 6-8:45 p.m.; also Dec. 20. See Dec. 12 listing.

Oz, The Musical. 7 p.m.; through Dec. 20. See Dec. 12 listing.

Holiday Magic. 7:30 p.m.; also Dec. 20. Symphoria, local dancers, and singers Julia Goodwin and Nick Ziobro perform traditional favorites. Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse. $35-$79. 299-5598.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Last Chance Run and Breakfast. 8:30-11 a.m. An 8-mile trail walk or run and an all-you-can-eat breakfast. Highland Forest, Route 80, Fabius. Registration: $10/general; $5/under 12; $20/family maximum. Admission: $1/person. 449-9615.

Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo. 9 or 11 a.m.; also Dec. 21. See Dec. 6 listing.

Make Your Own Gingerbread House. 1-3 p.m. Young people ages 10-17 can make a gingerbread house for decoration or to eat. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

Make a Dreidel. 2:30-3:45 p.m. Kids can make their own clay dreidel and learn to play the game. Win some chocolate coins! Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Oz, The Musical. 10 a.m., 2:30 & 7 p.m. See Dec. 12 listing.

Little Red Riding Hood. 12:30 p.m. See Nov. 29 listing.

Holiday Concert. 1 p.m. The Stan Colella All-Star Band, made up of high school and college musicians in Syracuse, performs jazz music. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Holiday Magic. 2 p.m. See Dec. 19 listing.

Festival of Lights. 6-8:45 p.m. See Dec. 12 listing.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Albany Devils. See Nov. 28 listing.

Solstice Hike. 7-8:30 p.m. Take a lantern-lit hike through the woods and learn about ancient traditions. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $8/person. Register: 673-1350.

Sunday, Dec. 21

WINTER BEGINS

Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo. 9 or 11 a.m. See Dec. 6 listing.

Monday, Dec. 22


Cirque Dreams Holidaze. 7 p.m.; also Dec. 23. A holiday-themed cirque show, Broadway musical and family show all in one. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse. $33-$65. 475-7979 or 424-8210.

Tuesday, Dec. 23

Cirque Dreams Holidaze. 7 p.m. See Dec. 22 listing.

Wednesday, Dec. 24

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Thursday, Dec. 25

CHRISTMAS


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Friday, Dec. 26

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Albany Devils. See Nov. 28 listing.

Saturday, Dec. 27

Little Red Riding Hood. 12:30 p.m. See Nov. 29 listing.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Worcester Sharks. See Nov. 28 listing.

Sunday, Dec. 28

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Monday, Dec. 29

Lego Block Party. 11 a.m.-noon. Children age 3 and up can play with the library’s Legos. There will also be a video, a craft, games and snacks. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

Winter Break Extravaganza. 2:30-4:30 p.m.; also Dec. 30, Jan. 2 & 3. Each day a new project: Make straw rockets, New Year’s Eve party favors, ice castles, and a 2015 calendar. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

The Bubbleman. 2 p.m. See Doug Rougeux perform a bubble-filled program with lots of audience participation. Central Library, Galleries of Syracuse, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1900.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Noon Year’s Eve. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ring in the New Year at the zoo with entertainment, crafts, games, and a ball drop and sparkling grape juice toast at noon. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission: $8/adults (ages 19-61); $5/over age 62; $4/ages 3-18; free/age 2 and younger. 435-8511.

Thursday, Jan. 1

NEW YEAR’S DAY


MOST. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibits include Dinomania and other science displays and activities. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Museum admission: $10/adults; $8/seniors and ages 2-11. 425-9068.

Friday, Jan. 2

First Snow Leopard Day. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Half-price admission at the zoo through Feb. 28. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park. 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission in January & February: $4/adults; $2.50/senior citizens; $2/children; free/age 2 and younger. 435-8511. Ongoing attractions include Humboldt penguins.

Saturday, Jan. 3

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Sunday, Jan. 4

Final Day of Dinomania. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Kokoro Exhibits’ animatronic dinosaurs, images, sounds and lighting create an immersive experience of the Mesozoic era. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Museum admission: $10/adults; $8/seniors and ages 2-11. 425-9068.

ONGOING EVENTS

Festival of Trees. Wednesday, Friday & Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; Thursday, noon-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday & Tuesday, closed; Dec. 5-Dec. 14. See trees, wreaths and special displays that create a winter wonderland. The event raises funds for the Everson Museum of Art. Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. $5/adults; free/under 10. 474-6064.

Lights on the Lake. 5-10 p.m., daily; through Jan. 4. Drive through the annual light extravaganza featuring two miles of life-size displays, themed sections, animated scenes and the memorable grand finale. Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. $10/car, Monday-Thursday; $15/car, Friday-Sunday. 453-6712.

Hairspray. Nov. 28-Jan. 4. Musical of the John Waters movie features 1960s-era singing, dancing, big hair, and a spunky message about integration and acceptance. (Some mildly suggestive language.) Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. $30-$39/adult; $20/age 12 and under. 443-3275. Consult website for showtimes: syracusestage.org.

Erie Canal Museum Gingerbread Gallery. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; through Jan. 4. (Closed Dec. 25 & Jan. 1.) Street scene from the 1800s features more than 40 gingerbread houses made by amateurs and professionals. Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. $5/adults; $4/seniors; $2/age 12 & under. 471-0593.

Horsedrawn Hay or Sleigh Rides. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; weekends through February. Twenty-minute ride into the woods at Highland Forest, 1254 Highland Park Road (off Route 80), Fabius. $6/person; $3/age 5 & under. Registration required: 683-5550.

Cross Country Ski Lessons. Saturdays & Sundays, 9 a.m.; Jan. 4-Feb. 23. One-hour introductory lesson, weather permitting. Highland Forest, 1254 Highland Park Road (off Route 80), Fabius. $25/lesson & equipment rental; $10/lesson only. Reservations required: 683-5550.

Try Snowshoeing. Sundays, 12:30 p.m.; Jan. 4-March 1. One-hour clinic includes instructions and a short snowshoe hike. Offered when weather permits. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. Admission: $4 per vehicle. Registration required (day of hike, starting at 8 a.m.): 638-2519.

Lights on the Lake. 5-10 p.m., daily; Nov. 14-Jan. 4. Drive through the annual light extravaganza featuring two miles of life-size displays, themed sections, animated scenes and the memorable grand finale. Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. $10/car, Monday-Thursday; $15/car, Friday-Sunday. 453-6712.

Erie Canal Museum Gingerbread Gallery. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Nov. 21-Jan. 4. (Closed Nov. 27, Dec. 25 & Jan. 1.) Street scene from the 1800s features more than 40 gingerbread houses made by amateurs and professionals. Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. $5/adults; $4/seniors; $2/age 12 & under. 471-0593.

Weekend Walks With a Naturalist. Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. Nature discovery hike with different topics each weekend. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. Admission: $4 per vehicle. 638-2519.

Great Swamp Conservancy Nature Trails. Daily, dawn to dusk. National Fossil Days exhibit, Oct. 31-Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Learn about the Mesozoic Era and the Age of Reptiles. Throughout the year, visitors can grab their walking shoes (or snowshoes) and explore 4.5 miles of well-groomed, flat trails. Trails feature a 900-foot boardwalk, osprey nesting platform, and wetland and grassland restoration areas. The area is a stop for many migratory waterfowl and songbirds; other wildlife include muskrats and beavers. Great Swamp Conservancy, 3.5 miles off I-90, Exit 34, 8375 N. Main St. Canastota. Free. 697-2950.

Baltimore Woods Nature Center. Hiking trails and parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk. Little Naturalist backpack program allows preschoolers and their families to explore the center through activity-based backpacks available for sign out at the Interpretive Center. Interpretive Center open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sundays. Snowshoe rental: $5/day. 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. 673-1350.

Maxwell Library Storytimes. Storytimes and book groups for all ages. Call for dates and times. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. 672-3661.

Northeast Community Center Library Storytimes. Preschool storytimes with rhymes and occasional games; youngsters learn group listening and participation skills. Call for times. Northeast Community Center Library, 716 Hawley Ave., Syracuse. Free. 472-6343, Ext. 208.

Fayetteville Free Library Storytimes. (Excluding holidays.) First Steps: (Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.) for children up to age 2. Pre-K Storytime: (Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.) for ages 3-6. Cuddletime: (Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.) for babies not yet walking and an adult. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

Petit Branch Library Storytimes. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Toddler and preschooler storytime for children ages 18 months-5 years and caregivers. Includes stories, rhymes, finger plays and songs. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. 435-3636.

Regional Market Farmers’ Market. Saturdays, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. (year-round); Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (May through November only). Shop seasonal produce, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, specialty foods and more on display throughout covered sheds; heated shops of Regional Market Commons feature gift and unique items including jewelry, paintings and home decor. Also, flea market, Sundays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 2100 Park St., Syracuse. 422-8647.

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Corning Museum of Glass. 1 Corning Glass Center, Corning. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $14/adults; free/age 19 and under. (607) 937-5371. Ongoing: You Design It, We Make It: Glassblowers choose from among designs submitted by young visitors and create that work on the spot.

Erie Canal Museum. 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; closed holidays. Free. 471-0593. Interactive exhibit: Work the Weighlock. The Stonecutters: Exhibit reveals the fascinating world of the stonecutters and quarrymen who built the 83 locks and 18 aqueducts along the 363-mile Erie Canal.

Everson Museum of Art. 401 Harrison St. Tuesday-Friday, Sunday, noon- 5p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 donation. 474-6064. World-class museum includes Children’s Interactive Gallery designed to acquaint beginning art viewers with basic art principles, with areas dedicated to portraiture, hands-on activities, and a classroom.

H. Lee White Museum and Maritime Center. W. First St., Oswego. Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $7/adult; $3/teen; free/age 12 & under. 342-0480. Exhibits highlight more than 400 years of maritime history. Vessels on display include: New York State Derrick Boat 8 from the Canal System, schooner Ontario and Eleanor D, the last U.S. commercial fishing vessel to work Lake Ontario.

Museum of Science and Technology (MOST). 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum admission: $10/adults; $8/seniors and ages 2-11. IMAX admission only: $10/adults; $8/children and senior citizens; (473-IMAX). Planetarium (only available with museum admission): $2. 425-9068. Through end of November: Dinomania, Kokoro Exhibits’ animatronic dinosaurs on display. Hands-on science center features the Bristol Omnitheater, Science Playhouse, Earth Science Discovery Cave, Technotown, and Flight and Space Exhibit. Silverman Planetarium shows “Zoo in the Sky,” for kids under age 8, Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays, 11:15 a.m.; “Seasonal Sky” Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays, 3:15 p.m.

Onondaga Historical Association Museum. 321 Montgomery St., Syracuse. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Donation. 428-1864. Syracuse’s only comprehensive local history museum, with exhibits on architecture, local industries, transportation and more.

Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park. 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Daily, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $8/adults; $5/senior citizens; $4/children; free/age 2 and younger. 435-8511. Ongoing attractions include Humboldt penguins. Through Nov. 21: Art Gone Wild, an exhibit of art works created by animals, with imprints of trunks, paws, feet, hooves, and even brushes.

Sciencenter. 601 First St., Ithaca. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. Eighteen-hole mini-golf course, open through Nov. 30 (weather permitting): $6; free/under 4. (607) 272-0600. www.sciencenter.org. Inspires people of all ages to discover the excitement of science through exhibits and programs.

WonderWorks. 9090 Destiny USA Drive, Syracuse. Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Experience more than 100 hands-on exhibits, compete in a game of lazer-tag and take part in the Canyon Climb Adventure. Suspended 70ft in the air it’s the World’s largest indoor ropes challenge course. General admission: $24.99 (plus tax)/adults $16.99+/children (4-12) and seniors (55 plus);. Add lazer tag: $3+. Add the Canyon Climb: $10+. Canyon Climb only: $14.99+. Sky Tykes only (48 inches tall and under): $7.99+ (Included in general admission for children 48 inches tall and under). Lazer tag only: $6.99+ (replays $2.99+). Children age 3 and under are free. 466-7700. Wonderworksdestiny.com.

 




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