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WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN 
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Performing arts
Montgomery County Community College: The Dance Ensemble Concert is held at 8 p.m. Dec. 5. The Chamber Strings Concert begins at 4 p.m. Dec. 6. All performances are free and held in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. To reserve your seat, visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call the box office at (215) 641-6518.
Bryn Mawr College: The college’s Performing Arts Series presents “Words Adorned: Andalusian Poetry and Music from Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture” at 8 p.m. Dec. 5 in Goodhart Hall, 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors, $10 for students and Dance Pass holders, $5 for children under 12. See www.brynmawr.edu/arts/series.html or call (610) 526-5210.
First Friday
Skippack: Enjoy free live music, art exhibits and more 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4 in Skippack Village on Route 73, Skippack.
Ring in December
Sellersville Winterfest: Starting at 6:45 p.m. Dec. 1 Santa arrives at the firehouse at 2 N. Main St. for the tree lighting. Trolley service will be available to various events throughout Sellersville.
Open house shopping
Christmas Market: The “Christmas Market: Treasures & Traditions through Time” event is an open house 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 and noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Franconia Township; the Goschenhoppen Historians Museum, Route 29, Green Lane; and the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, 105 Seminary St., Pennsburg. See more at www.mhep.org, www.goschenhoppen.org and www.schwenkfelder.org.
Mirthful Angel Pottery and Sculpture Studio: The annual Holiday Open House and Sale at 1301 Valley Forge Road, Worcester, is held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4-6. Browse hand-crafted pottery and ceramic sculpture by Marlene Serafine Gaudio.
Music junkies’ paradise
Pennsylvania Armory: The Not Just Rock Expo takes place noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 27 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 28 at the armory, 2700 Southampton Road and Route 1, Philadelphia. Browse music collectibles, CDs, records and more. Admission is $5 daily, $15 for pre-show shopping. Visit www.notjustrockexpo.com.
Treat yourself
Gershman Y: It’s Latkepalooza 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 6, featuring gourmet versions of the potato pancakes associated with Hanukkah, prepared by nine Philadelphia chefs. There’s also live music by The Plants, magic by Ari Paul, balloon animals and face painting, children’s Hanukkah crafts and more. Tickets are $20, $12 for children 2-12. Call (215)545-4400 or visit www.gershmany.org. The Gershman Y is at 401 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.
Cliveden: The Kitchen Conversations series program at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 is “The Cup That Cheers.” Americans in the 18th century avoided water, which could often be tainted, in favor of spirit beverages. This talk and slideshow discusses American’s fondness for alcohol, how it almost led to the disbanding of the Continental Army and the origins of our current interest in wine. Included are tastings of 18th century style wines; Haymakers’ Switchel, a non-alcoholic drink; and Tavern Biscuits made from an 18th century recipe. Suggested donation is $15. To reserve a seat, call (215) 848-1777. Cliveden is at 6401 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia.
Valley Forge Beer & Cider Festival: The fifth annual festival for ages 21+ returns Dec. 5 to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Upper Providence. Sessions are 12:30 to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 9 p.m. More than 75 breweries and cideries will be serving up samples of their best-sellers and seasonal creations. You can also sit in on educational programming sessions led by industry pros. Food will be available for sale. The event helps raise funds for the Committee to Benefit the Children, a charity that provides resources for treatment, care and family support to benefit area children with cancer, leukemia and serious blood disorders. CBC will be conducting a toiletry drive for local needy families in their network. Attendees are encouraged to bring soap, deodorant, shampoo, infant diapers and wipes. Tickets are $40. Designated driver tickets are $10. Go to www.valleyforgebeerfest.com.
Church of the Holy Spirit: It’s a holiday Gingerbread Tea 3 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the church, 2871 Barndt Road, Upper Salford. Tickets are $15, $5 for children. Proceeds benefit local senior centers. For more details, visit www.churchoftheholyspirit.us.
‘Tis the season
Glencairn Museum: Christmas holiday events Nov. 27-Jan. 10 include special exhibitions, tours and programs for all ages (closed Dec. 14, 24- 25 and until 7:15 p.m. Dec. 15). Get the complete schedule at www.glencairnmuseum.org or (267) 502-2600. The museum is at 1001 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn.
Christkindlmarkt: The Bethlehem holiday marketplace returns for its 23rd year on weekends through Dec. 20, with more than 130 artisans and vendors, plus activities to put everyone in the holiday spirit at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Regular daily admission is $9 for ages 13+, $5 for children ages 6-12. For more information, visit www.christmascity.org or call (610) 332-3378.
See the lights: The Candlelight Tour at The Henry Muhlenberg House hosted by The Historical Society of Trappe, Collegeville, Perkiomen Valley is set for 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Guests can enjoy a self-guided tour depicting the way Christmas was celebrated in the 18th century by the Muhlenberg family.
Tours will begin at the Visitors Center where light refreshments will be served in the festive surroundings of our Gift Shop featuring a display of unique holiday gifts.  You will be directed to a candlelit path leading to The Henry Muhlenberg House.
The Henry Muhlenberg House is located at 201 W. Main Street in Trappe, across from St Luke’s Church where parking is available.  A donation of  $4 for adults and $2 for children under age 12 will help to defray costs.  Reservations are not required.  For information call 610-489-7560 or visit www.trappehistoricalsociety.org.
Mercer Museum: The annual exhibit “Under the Tree: A Century of Holiday Trees and Toys” is open through Jan. 3. It features trees decorated to the tastes of earlier eras, together with some of the toys that once delighted children on Christmas mornings past. On Nov. 27, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., visitors can stop by the Log House to help culinary historian, Susan Plaisted prepare gingerbread from original historical recipes and learn how it evolved from a mixture of ginger and bread crumbs to its present-day form. Admission is $14, $12 for seniors and $8 for youths 6-17. The museum is at Pine Street and Scout Way, Doylestown. For more information, call (215) 345-0210 or visit www.mercermuseum.org.
Historic Philadelphia Center: Through Dec. 17 meet at the center at Sixth and Chestnut streets, Philadelphia, for a Tippler’s Tour Yuletide Cheers & Beers, where you can enjoy a pint, learn about history and raise a glass alongside a Red Coat soldier. Tickets are $40, $35 for students, seniors and members of the military. Tours start at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. Check www.historicphiladelphia.org/tipplers-tour.
Historic Bethlehem: Christmas 2015 tours and programming through Jan. 10 include A “100 Years of Gift Giving” exhibition will be at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, 427 N. New St. Also on view will be a display from the Elizabeth Johnston Prime Dollhouse collection. The Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, 66 W. Church St., will host the exhibition “All Dolled Up: Polly and Her Sisters,” focusing on the history and traditions associated with German doll making. “Trees of Many Colors” is a multi-site Christmas tree display highlighting specific time periods at the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, the 1810 Goundie House, the Single Sisters’ House and the Luckenbach Mill in the Colonial Industrial Quarter, off Main Street in downtown Bethlehem. The Holiday Putz Trail displays miniature replicas of the Nativity scene at the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem Gemeinhaus, Single Sisters’ House, 1810 Goundie House, and Central Moravian Church. See more at www.historicbethlehem.org or call (800) 360-TOUR.
Koziar’s Christmas Village: The Berks County holiday attraction at 782 Christmas Village Road, Bernville, is open through Jan. 2. Hours through Thanksgiving are 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $10, $9 for seniors 65+ and $8 for children 4-10. Learn more at www.koziarschristmasvillage.com.
Lehigh Valley Zoo: The Winter Light Spectacular runs 5:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through Jan. 3 at the zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville. Bundle up and enjoy the beauty of nature as you stroll through tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights and themed animated displays. Warm up next to the outdoor fire pits while enjoying hot cocoa and s’mores. Call (610) 799-4171 or go to www.lvzoo.org.
Pennypacker Mills: Through Jan. 10, take a free Holiday Tour of the Montgomery County historic site at 5 Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township, which is adorned with old-fashioned Christmas decorations. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The last tour of the day begins at 3. The site is closed Nov. 26, Dec. 24-25 and 31, and Jan. 1. For more information, or to arrange for a group tour for 10 or more people, call (610) 287-9349.
Franklin Square: The Franklin Square Holiday Festival runs through Dec. 31. Highlights include alternating Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Shows every 30 minutes from 4:30 to 8 p.m.; comfort food, local beers and hot beverages at Ben’s Bites & Brews; a Holiday Market; and special themed nights including Franklin Square Fridays, Santa Saturdays and Seasonal Sounds on Sunday. Find it on South Sixth Street, between Market and Walnut streets, Philadelphia. Check out www.historicphiladelphia.org.
Six Flags Great Adventure: The theme park at Route 537, Jackson, N.J., offers a Holiday in the Park winter attraction on weekends and select days through Jan. 3, including lights, entertainment, Santa’s village and select rides operating. Admission starts at $39.99. Go to www.sixflags.com/greatadventure.
Fonthill Castle and Moravian Pottery and Tile Works: Holiday Festivities for the Family runs noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at both Doylestown sites off Route 313 and East Court Street. Enjoy Fonthill’s decorations during a ground floor open house. Sip hot cider and make an ornament. Visit the Tile Works and enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, holiday music and a visit with Santa. Admission is free.
Souderton Holiday Parade/Tree Lighting: On Dec. 5, the parade steps off at 11 a.m. on Main Street. During the tree lighting 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hollow on Main Street, there will be photos with Santa, music and crafts.
Ambler Holiday Parade: Ambler Main Street’s annual Holiday Parade is at 1 p.m. Dec. 5 along Butler Avenue. Check www.facebook.com/ambler.main.street.
Ursinus College: George F. Handel’s oratorio “Messiah” is performed Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 2:30 p.m. in the college’s Bomberger Auditorium, off of East Main Street, Collegeville. Tickets are $10, $5 for students. Visit www.ursinus.edu/tickets.
Mount Hope Estate: Dec. 2-23 “Dickens of A Christmas” features a party at the Victorian Mount Hope Mansion, hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig, then two intimate theater performances in the Ballroom and the Chapel. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $18.95 weekends and $17.95 midweek. Visitors also have the option of purchasing combination meal and show tickets. Lunch or dinner is served in the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern, adjacent to Mount Hope Mansion prior to the scheduled performance. Lunch/show tickets are $31.95 and dinner/show tickets are $42.95. Make reservations at www.parenfaire.com or by calling (717) 665-7021. The Mount Hope Mansion is at 2775 Lebanon Road, Cornwall Township.
Grand View Hospital: The Grand View Auxiliary invites you to participate in its 32nd annual Festival of Lights dedication at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Grand View Hospital Main Lobby, 700 Lawn Ave., West Rockhill. The lighted trees come from donations to memorialize loved ones, to honor a person or organization, to recognize a cancer survivor or to celebrate the birth of a baby. There will be live music by pianist Dave Kenney and the Souderton Area High School Chamber Choir.
Also, the annual Breakfast with Santa is held Dec. 5 in the second floor cafeteria, with seatings at 8, 9 or 10 a.m. Cost is $3.50 for children 3 and up, $5.50 for adults, and includes a photo with Santa, face painting and goody bag. Reservations are required by calling (215) 453-4084.
Peter Wentz Farmstead: Take part in an historic Pennsylvania German winter season celebration 3 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5 at historic site at 2030 Shearer Road, Worcester. Enjoy a glimpse into 18th century holiday traditions by candlelight, including live music and a visit with Belsnickel (the Pennsylvania German St. Nicholas in furs) from 3 to 6. A $2 donation per person is suggested.
Philly Pops: The “Christmas Spectacular” concerts run Dec. 5-22 at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Times vary. Get more information at www.phillypops.org and (215) 893-1999.
VoxAmaDeus: Handel’s “Messiah” is presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., Chestnut Hill; at 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at Daylesford Abbey, 220 S. Valley Road, Paoli; and 4 p.m. Dec. 20 at St. Katharine of Siena Church, 104 S. Aberdeen Ave., Wayne. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors, $10 for students and children. Call (610) 688-2800 or go to www.voxamadeus.org. At the door, tickets will cost $30, $25 for seniors and $10 for students and children.
American Swedish Historical Museum: The feast of Sweden’s matron saint is celebrated with a Lucia Fest and Christmas Market 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Admission is $10, $4 for children 4-12. The museum is at 1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia. Call (215) 389-1776.
Elmwood Park Zoo: What keeps reindeer warm and healthy in their chilly habitat? How long have reindeer been in North America? Meet live reindeer and other cold weather animals during Reindeer Review workshops for families with children 3 and above at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 5-6. Cost is $25 per family, $20 for zoo members. The zoo is at 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown.
Pottsgrove Manor: Guided Twelfth Night tours run Nov. 27-Jan. 10, and focus on the English traditions of Twelfth Night, which was different than Christmas. The manor will be adorned with greens and holly. Suggested donation is $2 per person. Located at 100 W. King St., Pottstown, hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
Crafts: A family-friendly workshop making winter crafts from found natural objects starts at 1 p.m. Nov. 28 in the Main Pavilion at Lower Perkiomen Valley Park, 101 New Mill Road, Upper Providence. Pre-registration is $4 and can be made at (610) 666-5371. Make a wreath that can be used indoors or outdoors at 1 p.m. Nov. 29 in the park office at Norristown Farm Park, Upper Farm Road at Barley Sheaf Drive and West Germantown Pike, East Norriton. Pre-registration is $5 and can be made at (610) 270-0215.
Byers Choice: More than just where the Caroler figurines are made, there’s a creche collection and Christmas Museum open year-round. Located at 4355 County Line Road, New Britain, hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Pennridge High School: The North Pennsmen Barbershop Chorus’ annual Christmas Show, “The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t,” is presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at the school, 1228 N. Fifth St., Perkasie. Advance tickets are $15, $12 for seniors and students. Tickets at the door are $18 and $15 for seniors and students. Admission is free for children 12 and under with an adult. Visit www.northpennsmen.org.
Jurassic world
Academy of Natural Sciences: Dinosaur Days Nov. 27-29 examines dinosaurs and their closest living relatives — birds — with a holiday weekend of family fun at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Explore real fossils up close, meet live birds, talk with dinosaur experts, play games and make crafts. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 27, till 5 p.m. Nov. 28-29. Admission is $15.95, $13.95 for children 3-12, seniors, students and military personnel. Call (215) 299-1000.
All aboard
Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club: The annual model railroad free open house schedule runs 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 28-29 and Dec. 5-6 at 400 S. Main St., Phoenixville. Call (610) 935-1126 or visit www.svmrrc.com.
Abington Lines Model Railroad Club: A free open house is held noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 5-6 at 2066 Second Street Pike (Route 232), Richboro. Call (215) 598-7720 or go to www.abingtonlines.org.
St. Alban’s Railroad Fellowship: Admission is free for the open house 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 28-29 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3625 Chapel Road, Newtown Square. Visit www.starrmrc.org.
Brisk run
Reindeer Run: Generations of Indian Valley, 259 S. Second St., Souderton, hosts this 5K run and one-mile Fun Walk Dec. 5. Don reindeer antlers and hoof around Souderton, then enjoy a hot breakfast buffet. Register at www.pretzelcitysports.com/onlineform1.php?id=737.
Last time around
Menlo Park: The carousel in the Perkasie park at Third and Park Avenue will be open noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 5.
Flying south?
Green Lane Park: Meet at the Tennis Court parking lot with your binoculars at 1 p.m. Nov. 28 and Dec. 5 for Waterfowl Watches for ducks, geese and swans. The program is for ages 8 and up. The park’s main entrance is off Snyder Road, Marlborough Township. Pre-registration is required by calling (215) 234-4528.

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