1. Live Nativity of the Abingtons
More than two decades of tradition continue with the return of the annual Live Nativity of the Abingtons. The reenactment of the birth of Jesus takes place Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. at Clarks Green Assembly of God Church, 204 South Abington Road. The outdoor performance takes less than 30 minutes and features live music and animals, dancing and special effects. The audience then can head indoors for entertainment by pianist Denise Warner, snacks, drinks and the Abingtons Christmas Giveaway, for which local businesses donated many gifts. Registration for the giveaway is free.
Parking is available at the church, on surrounding streets and the lot of the former CVS Pharmacy, Hall Avenue and South Abington Boulevard. For more information, call 570-586-8286 or visit livenativityoftheabingtons.com.
2. ‘School of Rock’
The stage version of a movie about a wannabe rock star who starts a band with his students comes to Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., this weekend.
Presented by SCC’s youth theater program, “School of Rock: The Musical” takes place Friday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 9, at 2 and 7 p.m.
The musical focuses on substitute teacher Dewey Finn, who discovers his students at a prestigious prep school have musical gifts and ropes them into forming a rock group to compete in a Battle of the Bands. The show’s staff includes director Camille Reinecke, music director Jillian Rojek and choreographer Jackilyn Yamialkowski.
Tickets cost $5 and are available at the box office, 570-344-1111 and scrantonculturalcenter.org.
3. ‘Of Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All!’
Keystone College presents a free holiday concert, “Of Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All!,” on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Theatre in Brooks on the La Plume campus.
Several of the college’s music ensembles — including the Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Chorale at Keystone and the Voices at Keystone College — will perform. The event also will feature a visit with Santa Claus, holiday treats and presents for children. Audience members are encouraged to donate a new, unwrapped toy; pet products; money; canned goods and other non-perishable foods to be distributed to Toys for Tots, Griffin Pond Animal Shelter and Giants’ Food Pantry at Keystone College.
In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place Sunday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. For details, call 570-945-8599 or email email@example.com.
4. ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
Catch a classic holiday film on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Free screenings of “It’s a Wonderful Life” take place at 2, 7 and 8 p.m. and include free popcorn and soda. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Directed by Frank Capra, the 1946 movie traces the life of George Bailey (James Stewart), who discovers on Christmas Eve what the world and the lives of his friends and family would have been like had he never been born.
Call 570-996-1500 or visit dietrichtheater.com for more information.
5. Hawley Winterfest
The Lake Region celebrates the season from Friday, Dec. 8 to Sunday, Dec. 10, with events around Hawley and Lake Wallenpaupack. The annual Hawley Winterfest includes dozens of activities, including train rides, visits with Santa, a Christmas show at Ritz Company Playhouse, a beer tour, holiday card-making and open houses. Visitors also can enjoy live music, specials at local restaurants and businesses and more family-friendly activities.
This year’s festival includes a tour of four privately owned Delaware and Hudson Canal lock houses decorated for the holidays on Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour begins at the Lock House 31 museum. Tickets are $20 and available at Looking Glass Art Gallery in Hawley Silk Mill, the Settlers Inn, Teeters’ Furniture and Wayne County Historical Society.
Visit hawleywinterfest.com for a full schedule of events and more details.