1. A Musical Celebration of Christmas
Head to Clark Summit University, 538 Venard Road, South Abington Twp., for “A Musical Celebration of Christmas” this weekend in its historic Murphy Memorial Library.
Presented by the university’s Department of Music, the Christmas concert takes place Friday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 16, at 3 and 7 p.m. The school’s choirs, vocal soloists and instrumentalists will perform a wide variety of musical genres and styles under the direction of Adam Schwamb and Dr. David Harris. The audience also can sing along with Christmas carols.
Tickets cost $8 and are available in advance at clarkssummitu.edu.
2. Theater at North concerts
The Theater at North, 1539 N. Main Ave., Scranton, presents a weekend of music with Twelve Twenty-Four on Friday, Dec. 15 and the Northern Appalachian Wind Symphony on Saturday, Dec. 16.
Established in 2002, Twelve Twenty-Four is a Christmas-themed rock orchestra, featuring a six-piece rock band, multi-piece string section and a variety of vocalists. The group presents a massive, high-energy performance of favorite holiday music and original holiday pieces.
Made up of 45 woodwind, brass and percussion players from across the country, the Appalachian Wind Symphony has planned an evening of Christmas and wintertime cheer, featuring appearances by guest singers, Santa and more.
Both performances begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for Twelve Twenty-Four and $16 for the symphony and are available online at thetheateratnorth.com.
3. Scranton Cultural Center events
Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., hosts a pair of Christmas events on Saturday, Dec. 16, with a free screening of the movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and the NEPA Holiday Show.
Starting at 11 a.m., the 2000 adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss story stars Jim Carrey as the Christmas-hating Grinch, who plots to ruin the holiday in the town of Whoville.
Starting at 6 p.m., the Menzingers, Tigers Jaw, Captain We’re Sinking, Three Man Cannon and the Hill You Die On will perform in the annual concert. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Doors open at 5 p.m. Visit the box office or scrantonculturalcenter.org or call 800-745-3000 to reserve tickets.
4. Running of the Santas
Go for a jolly jog with Santa Claus on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. in downtown Scranton.
Participants are encouraged to wear Santa costumes for the Running with the Santas 5K, which steps off at and returns to Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave. Registration runs from noon to 12:45 p.m., and a post-race celebration follows at the restaurant.
Registration is $30 the day of the race. Participants who registered in advance can pick up their packets Friday, Dec. 15, from noon to 7 p.m. at Scranton Running Co., 3 W. Olive St.
Proceeds benefit Catholic Social Services and St. Joseph’s Center. For more information, visit runsignup.com/santa.
5. ‘A Royal Affair Tea Party & Revue’
The Creative and Performing Arts Academy of NEPA, 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, will host a family-friendly tea party with live entertainment this weekend.
“A Royal Affair Tea Party & Revue” takes place Saturday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m. Guests are encouraged to dress up for the program, which includes a tea party catered by POSH at the Scranton Club, and can meet, dance and take pictures with princes and princesses.
Tickets are $22 in advance, available at showtix4u.com, and $25 at the door. For more information, call 570-252-4156 or email Dana at email@example.com.