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The annual crèche exhibit, a free community event, will be from 1-7:30 p.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 4. Refreshments are provided. There will be a separate touching room where the children will find touchable nativities such as crocheted nativities and finger puppets and they can color their own creche.
The Nutcracker is a perennial holiday favorite that follows Clara on her journey through a winter wonderland to the Kingdom of Sweets. Audiences of all ages are welcome to usher in the holiday season with Dance Arts Los Alamos in this beloved tradition set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 and 2 p.m. Dec. 4-5 at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students.
Parents are invited to drop their children off while they shop for holiday gifts from 9 a.m.-noon at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church for the 8th annual Children’s Christmas Bazaar. The Bazaar is open to kids from Kindergarten-6th grade. Visit latoth.org for more information.
The Los Alamos Geological Society presents its Earth Treasure Show from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Masonic Temple, Canyon Road and 15th Street. The show will feature a silent auction, geode sawing, door prizes, kids craft, wheel of fortune, mineral ID, jewelry, fossils, books, food and more. Free admission.
The holidays wouldn’t be the same without the buzz of shopping, which is why the Christmas Craft Fair is an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts. The Fair will take place 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall and Grounds, located at 3700 Canyon Road in Los Alamos.
The Affordable Arts Holiday Celebration runs through Jan. 3 and is a great venue to purchase affordable arts and crafts from over 120 northern New Mexico artists. The opening show on Dec. 4 is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. Subsequent hours for the duration of the show are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call 662-1635 for details or visit fullerlodgeartcenter.com.
A free theater and dance performance of “Rap-Punzel,” a modern-day version of the fairy tale, directed by UNM-LA adjunct faculty member Melissa Balice, will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 4 at Piñon Elementary School in White Rock and at 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at Los Alamos Middle School.
The sounds of Santa’s sleigh might be heard during the Christmas classic Twas the Night Before Christmas, performed by the NM Dance Theater. The show is from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. Visit nmdt.org for details.
The Winterfest weekend starts at 1 p.m. with horse drawn carriage rides available outside the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce at 109 Central Park Square. Following the carriage rides, Central Avenue will be transformed into a parade of sound and light with the annual Main Street’s Sounds of the Holidays Lights Parade starting at 6 p.m. The official tree lighting ceremony will follow the parade near Ashley Pond, at 7 p.m. Visit lamainstreet.com for complete details about Winterfest.
Los Alamos Little Theatre is holding auditions for its Feb./March 2011 production, “Moonlight and Magnolias,” by Ron Hutchinson at 2 p.m. Dec. 4 and Dec. 5. The auditions will be held at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. in Los Alamos. Parts are available for three males and one female. Scripts are available to check out at Mesa Public Library. For more information on “Moonlight and Magnolias,” visit www.lalt.org.
At 7:30 p.m. at Crossroads Bible Church, hear the Best Brass of Christmas as brass musicians from the Four Corners area and Colorado come together to serenade music lovers with holiday ensembles.
Los Alamos Little Theatre is holding auditions for its Feb./March 2011 production, “Moonlight and Magnolias,” by Ron Hutchinson at 2 p.m. The auditions will be held at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. Parts are available for three males and one female. Scripts are available to check our at Mesa Public Library. For more information on “Moonlight and Magnolias,” visit www.lalt.org.
A free theater and dance performance of “Rap-Punzel,” a modern-day version of the fairy tale, directed by UNM-LA adjunct faculty member Melissa Balice, will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at Los Alamos Middle School.
Take a photograph with Santa Claus and decorate cookies and crafts from 5-7 p.m. during the 10th annual North Pole Workshop and Luminaria Walk. The North Mesa stables at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge will be lit with luminarias and lights that evening, as well. Dress warmly. The cost is $5 per person; proceeds benefit the Recreation Division Scholarship Fund. Contact Joseph Harris at 662-8173 for more information or visit losalamosnm.us.
Nate Downey will speak on permaculture and his new book “Harvest the Rain,” as part of the Winter Wednesdays Talk, at 7 p.m. at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St.
The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will host a free Christmas concert from 7-9:30 p.m. at Crossroads Bible Church. Visit http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/laso_nm/ for more information.
Dance Arts Los Alamos’ production of Nuts, Crackers, and Sweets is a modern twist on the traditional Nutcracker and features many genres of dance including modern, tap, jazz as well as ballet. It will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Duane Smith Auditorium. A lively hip hop battle scene staged by faculty member Manny Romero will be a highlight of the show. Tickets are $5 at the door.