1. Lindsey Stirling
Join violinist and Youtube sensation Lindsey Stirling at F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, when she brings her Wanderland Tour there Monday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m.
Stirling’s music has earned her several awards since her debut in 2012. Last year, she released her first holiday album, “Warmer in the Winter,” which featured both classic and original songs. The album became the top new Christmas album of 2017 and was the best-performing holiday album on Pandora. This year, Stirling is re-releasing that Christmas album with some new songs.
Doors for the concert will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49.50 and are available at the box office, kirbycenter.org and 570-826-1100.
2 Toys for Tots open skate
If you’ve ever dreamed of skating on the same ice as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, you’ll have your shot this weekend.
Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp., will be opening its doors for a public open skate Thursday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. This is the only day of the year that the public is allowed to skate in the arena, and the event will benefit the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. For admission, guests need to bring a new, unwrapped toy or donate $5 to Toys for Tots.
All guests must bring their own skates, as there will be none on-site to rent. Toyota SportsPlex, 38 Coal St., Wilkes-Barre, will rent out a limited number of pairs for $3 on Wednesday, Dec. 12, starting at 4 p.m. . A photo ID and credit card must be presented to rent skates.
For more information, visit mohegansunarenapa.com.
3. Santa on the Trolley
Join Santa for a trolley ride this weekend at Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff St., Scranton.
Santa will ride the trolley Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16, departing at 10 and 11 a.m. and 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m.
If you can’t make it this weekend, you can join Santa again on the trolley Saturday, Dec. 22, and Sunday, Dec. 23.
Rides cost $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for children 4 to 17. Children 3 and under ride for free.
Reservations are required, and guests are asked to call ahead to confirm holiday trolley excursion schedules.
For more information or to make a reservation, call 570-963-6590.
4. ‘Home Alone’
Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple’s Youth Theatre Program will hold a free showing of “Home Alone” on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m.
The screening will take place in the cultural center, 420 N. Washington Ave. and will have open floor seating as well as some benches and chairs. Guests are welcome to bring blankets to sit on the floor.
Although the event is free, all patrons will require tickets, which are available at the box office, ticketmaster.com and 570-344-1111. Convenience fees may apply.
5. Santa Con
Dress up as your favorite holiday character and unpack your ugly Christmas sweaters for Santa Con on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton.
From 3 p.m. to midnight, the venue will provide live music, and its full-service kitchen will be open.
Always Undecided will take the stage from 3 to 6 p.m. followed by Dance Hall Devils from 6-9 Dave Matthews Band and Tim Reynolds tribute band A Proud Monkey from 9 to midnight.
Entry for the 21-and-older event costs $10. For more information, call 570-343-7100.