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Dec. 20, 6-8 p.m. Winterfest at Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St. Pictures with Santa, crafts and hot chocolate. Free.

Dec. 21, 7 p.m. “The Nutcracker(ish)” – “The Nutcracker” meets “The Wizard of Oz.” Ballet, hip-hop, modern dance, Clara, Toto, the Snowman and the Nutcracker and the Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. Tickets, $20 online (cityofevanston.org) or at the door. Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St. 

Also at 3 p.m. on Dec. 22 and 29 and at 7 p.m. on Dec. 28.

Dec. 23, 5:30 p.m. Grand Chanukah Menorah Lighting hosted by Tannenbaum Chabad House. Fountain Square

Dec. 26, 6 p.m., Community Celebration of Kwanzaa. Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.

Dec. 31, FirstNight Evanston, First Methodist Church, 516 Church St.:

            2-4 p.m., family fun with activities like Ben’s Bubbles and music by Jeanie B.

            7 p.m. – midnight, live bands and dancing for adults.

            Tickets through firstnightevanston.org