1. ‘A Magical Cirque Christmas’
Get ready to see magic tricks, circus acts and live musical talent singing your favorite Christmas carols at a special holiday-themed show.
“A Magical Cirque Christmas” will take the stage at F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6. Performers will present several Christmas classics. This show will be full of comedy, stunts and tricks to entertain audiences of all ages.
General admission tickets cost $38, $48 and $58, or guests can opt for VIP tickets for $125 that will give them a seat on stage as well as a meet-and-greet with a cast member after the show. For tickets, visit the box office or ticketmaster.com or call 570-826-1100.
The Marywood Players and the Creative and Performing Arts Academy of NEPA will co-present the music “Newsies” at the Ritz Theatre, 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. The show is based on the New York City newsboys strike of 1899 and follows protagonist Jack Kelly and his friends, Davey and Les, as they plan a protest against a greedy publisher. Showtimes are Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 21, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 22, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 23, at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $14.50 to $28.50 and can be purchased at showtix4u.com or at the box office, which will open one hour before curtain. Doors will open 30 minutes before the show starts.
For more information, email Sheri Melcher at email@example.com or call 570-252-4156.
3. ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
Catch a holiday classic back on the big screen Friday, Dec. 21, at F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre.
Audiences can catch the beloved 1946 holiday film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” about a man, George Bailey, who learns what his town would have looked like had he never existed.
The at 1 p.m. matinee screening costs $3, and doors will open at 11:30 a.m. The 7:30 p.m. show costs $5, with doors opening at 6.
For tickets, visit the box office or ticketmaster.com or call 570-826-1100.
4. Book signing
Lorri Ann DeCandia will sign copies of her first book, “Doves in the Snow,” on Friday, Dec. 21, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Library Express in the Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton.
The time is subject to change, so those interested in coming are encouraged to call ahead. “Doves in the Snow” is a 24-page children’s book written for readers on a third- to fourth-grade level.
For more information, call 570-558-1670.
5. Cookie decorating
Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to Scranton Public Market at the Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, to decorate cookies with kids. Catch the couple Sunday, Dec. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for their last stop before Christmas. Every child who attends will receive a cookie from Osborne Specialties to decorate.
This event is free, but guests are asked to register ahead of time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, call 570-343-3400.