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Dec. 1

Okauchee Tree Lighting: Be part of a hometown tree lighting that features children from Holy Trinity Lutheran School singing carols, plus a Nativity scene with live animals. The American Legion Hall next door will host more festivities, including Santa and his elves, free cookies and hot chocolate, goodie bags and kids’ activities. Hot dog plate available for $2. Bring nonperishable food items. 6 p.m. Dec. 1. Bergmann & Hohm Dental Group, N50 W34770 Wisconsin Ave., Okauchee

Dec. 1-11

“A Christmas Carol”: This is Lake Country Players' fifth anniversary of this magical adaptation of Dickens’ timeless tale of transformation. It is a classic way to celebrate the holidays. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $22; $25, first and second rows. Lake Country Playhouse, 221 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland. 262-367-4697, lakecountryplayhousewi.org

Dec. 1-23

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”: An annual Christmas pageant turns disastrous in this delightful and poignant comedy featuring many popular holiday tunes and lots of laughs. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. $12.50-$25. Sunset Playhouse, 800 Elm Grove Road, Elm Grove. 262-782-4430, sunsetplayhouse.com

Dec. 2

Hartland Lights: This festive holiday event starts with caroling at the community Christmas tree from 6 to 6:30 p.m. and the ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Stay for the free trolley rides, photos with Santa and other family activities. 6-9 p.m., Village Square, Hartland, downtownhartland.com

Dec. 2-4

“Christmas Carol”: An original musical play, this version presented by the Falls Patio Players, has all the delightful elements of Dickens’ classic tale, plus plenty of music to enhance the story. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday. $8-$10. North Middle School auditorium, N88 W16750 Garfield Drive, Menomonee Falls. 262-255-8237, fallspatioplayers.com

“Willie Wonka”: Roald Dahl’s children’s classic is brought to the stage in this musical, including all the characters who win the opportunity to visit the chocolate factory, where Oompa Loompas and other unexpected perils await. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. $22 adults/$18 students and seniors. Theatre on Main, W359 N5920 Brown St., Oconomowoc. 262-560-0564, theatreonmain.org

Dec. 2-18

“For Purely Elfish Reasons”: Marx Brothers-style slapstick, snappy one-liners and catchy tunes abound in this family holiday tale in which Santa Claus needs to find more elves to complete his tasks. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, plus 3:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 2 p.m. Dec. 17. $27 adults/$24 students and seniors. Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 W. Main St., Waukesha. 262-547-0708, waukehsacivictheatre.org

Dec. 2-30

Horse-drawn carriage rides: Clip-clop along the streets of downtown Waukesha during the holiday season and stop and shop at your favorite spots. 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 30. Downtown Waukesha. Waukeshasilverbells.com

Dec. 2-31

A Country Christmas Holiday Light Display: This spectacular drive-through wonderland features displays totalling more than a million holiday lights, plus indoor displays of animated figures, holiday scenes, model trains and a nearly life-size Nativity set. 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. $15 per carload or minivan Sundays–Thursdays/$20 carload or minivan Fridays, Saturdays and holidays/$30 limo or large passenger van/$40 minibus. Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee. 262-547-0201, thecountrychristmas.com

Dec. 2, 3

Mistletoe Market: Two-day craft and art show features hundreds of unique holiday gift and home décor ideas. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $3, free for children 15 and younger. Waukesha County Expo Center, Forum Building, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha, 815-878-2728, craftproductionsinc.com

Dec. 3

Art Crawl: Meet the artists and start your holiday shopping with gifts of fine arts. Check out the many galleries, boutiques and eateries along the way. 4 to 10 p.m., downtown Waukesha, waukeshaart.com

Blizzard Brawl: Root for your favorites during an evening of pro wrestling matches. 7 p.m. $10 general admission/$15 at the door. Waukesha County Expo Center, Arena, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha, blizzardbrawl.com

Breakfast with the Reindeer: Kids will love meeting Santa’s amazing reindeer while enjoying complimentary doughnut holes, milk and hot cocoa at the Delafield Chamber’s annual event. Bring your camera for photos with Santa, elves and reindeer. 8 a.m. to noon, Delafield Fish Hatchery grounds, 417 Main St., Delafield, 262-646-8100, visitdelafield.org

Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets: Wisconsin’s premiere doo-wop group presents “'Tis the Season,” a night of finger-snapping music, comedy and great choreography. 7:30 p.m. $16-$36. Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest Ave., Oconomowoc, 262-560-3172, theoac.net

Holiday Cookie Decorating and Craft Fair: All ages will be able to enjoy a day of cookie decorating, a visit from Santa and his elves and refreshments, plus browse the 40 arts and crafts booths for holiday shopping ideas. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aurora Medical Center, 36500 Aurora Drive, Summit.

Oconomowoc Christmas Parade: Kick off the holidays with a festive parade sponsored by the Oconomowoc Kiwanis Breakfast Club. The parade will line up on Oakwood Avenue, travel south to Wisconsin Avenue, proceed west on Wisconsin Avenue and end at Church Street. 5 to 6 p.m., downtown Oconomowoc, oconomowockiwanis.org

Pewaukee Community Christmas Tree Lighting: This holiday tradition features Santa’s arrival at 2 p.m., pictures with Santa and the missus, Santa’s $2 gift shop (includes wrapping), craft table, treats, tours, caroling and the tree lighting at 5 p.m. Bring nonperishable food items. 2 to 5 p.m., Clark House Museum, 206 E. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee, positivelypewaukee.com

Dec. 3, 4

Christmas at the Inn: The 1850s inn will be dressed for the holidays with traditional, natural decorations. Tour the inn and get a flavor of the era. Check out the gift shop for some unique items. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hawks Inn, 426 Wells St., Delafield, hawksinn.org

Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11,

An Old World Christmas: Wander the festively decorated village for this 19th-century celebration of Christmas tales and holiday customs, including storytelling, performances by holiday characters, free horse-drawn bobsled or wagon rides, caroling and food samples. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10 adults/$7 children 5-17/free for children 4 and younger. Old World Wisconsin, S103 W37890 Highway 67, Eagle. 262-594-6301, oldworldwisconsin.org

Old World Foundation’s Polish Holiday Dinner: This celebration of the Polish immigrants coming to Wisconsin in the late 1800s includes traditional Polish food and beverages, decorations and entertainment. Call for reservations. Times TBA. $70 includes admission to An Old World Christmas. Old World Wisconsin, Clausing Barn, S103 W37890 Highway 67, Eagle, 262-594-2922 or friendsoww.org

Dec. 3, 10, 17

Breakfast with Santa: Kids will love having breakfast with Santa and doing a fun holiday craft Saturdays, 8 to 10 a.m. Martha Merrell’s Books & Toys, 231 W. Main St., Waukesha. Call for reservations. 262-547-1060

Dec. 4

Milwaukee Miniature Motors: See hundreds of model cars and racing memorabilia on display and for sale at this holiday show. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $5 adults/$10 family/free for children 12 and younger. Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha, milwaukeeminiaturemotors.com

Santa Run: Santa, reindeers, elves and more festive characters will descend on downtown Waukesha for the annual run. 10:30 a.m. Corner of Clinton and Main, downtown Waukesha. Register at interfaithwaukesha.org/Events/Santa-Run

Dec. 4, 11, 18

Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market: Fresh produce and other items from local vendors come indoors for the winter months. Check out this year’s new location. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Sundays through April 9, except Christmas and New Year’s). Oconomowoc High School cafeteria, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc, oconomowoc.org

Dec. 6

Healthy Holiday Cooking with Diabetes: A registered dietitian will help you plan for the holidays without throwing your diabetes off course. Learn simple cooking tips and how to manage blood sugars, plus easy holiday recipes. Light breakfast at 8 followed by presentation at 8:30 a.m. Aurora Medical Center Summit, 36500 Aurora Drive, Summit. Call 888-863-5204 to register, Aurora.org

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train: The 18th annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train arrives in Hartland this year at approximately 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. The train is decorated from engine to caboose with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights, and makes the one-hour stop at the intersection of Cottonwood and Pawling Avenues.  Surrounding streets will be closed earlier in the evening to safely accommodate the crowds. Visit www.hartland-wi.org  or the Hartland Chamber's Facebook page for continued updates, or call the Hartland Chamber for details about the Holiday Train at 262-367-7059.

Dec. 6, 8

Joel Kopischke’s “I Got Yule Babe”: A hilarious holiday show featuring Joel and his merry band presenting a night of irreverent and outrageous comedy. For ages 13 and older. 7:30 p.m. $13 adults/$11 students and seniors. Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 W. Main St., Waukesha, 262-547-0708, waukehsacivictheatre.org

Dec. 7, 8

Tom Wopat and Linda Purl – Home for the Holidays: Make it a jazzy holiday with the musical stylings of Wopat, a Wisconsin native, and Purl as they sing Christmas tunes and standards. 1 p.m. $25-$29. Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield’s Mitchell Park, 19805 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, 262-781-9520, wilson-center.com

Dec. 8

Ladies Night Out: The Downtown Oconomowoc Business Association hosts a night just for ladies, with special shopping and dining options. Gather up your gal friends and plan on a fun evening. 4 to 9 p.m., downtown Oconomowoc, oconomowoc.org

Dec. 9

Carols Old and New: Ancient and familiar carols help launch the holiday season. Selections include Shakespeare’s “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind” and festive 16th-century Spanish carols, plus a singalong of well-known tunes. 7:30 p.m. $15 adults/$13 seniors/$8 students/$4 younger than 12. St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 300 Carroll St., Waukesha, 414-297-9310, choralunion.org

The King’s Singers: One of the world’s finest vocal ensembles, this British sextet is known for its timing and intonation and promises an enchanting holiday evening. 8 to 10 p.m. $49-$71. Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield’s Mitchell Park, 19805 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, 262-781-9520, wilson-center.com

Dec. 11

Carols Old and New: Ancient and familiar carols help launch the holiday season. Selections include Shakespeare’s “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind” and festive 16th-century Spanish carols plus a singalong of well-known tunes. 3 p.m. $15 adults/$13 seniors/$8 students/$4 younger than 12. St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish, W359 N8512 Brown St., Oconomowoc, 414-297-9310, choralunion.org

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops: A holiday tradition, this festive concert features beautifully performed holiday favorites, plus a singalong. Tickets sell out early. 2 p.m. $49-$71. Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield’s Mitchell Park, 19805 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, 262-781-9520, wilson-center.com

Dec. 16-18

"The Nutcracker Ballet": Presented by the Mainstage Academy of Dance, this holiday favorite features all-new choreography to delight the entire family. 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $18 adults/$16 high school students and younger. Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest Ave., Oconomowoc, 262-560-3172, theoac.net

Dec. 19

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”: Part of WCT’s Pix Flix film series, the holiday classic features the lonely, Christmas-hating Grinch and his plans to ruin Christmas for all the Whos down in Whoville. 6:30 p.m. $5. Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 W. Main St., Waukesha, 262-547-0708, waukehsacivictheatre.org

Dec. 29-31

“Elvis: The Legend Lives On”: Elvis tribute artist Tony Davis will recreate Elvis’s iconic country, gospel and rock 'n’ roll performances. Davis takes an in-depth look at The King’s life through comedy and drama. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday. $27 adults/$24 students and seniors. Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 W. Main St., Waukesha, 262-547-0708, waukehsacivictheatre.org

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