Holiday Happenings

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B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert

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Kenny G’s holiday tour will stop by the Covelli Centre on Dec. 17.

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Christmas art and artifacts from Russia at the Sutliff Museum.


Could-Be-The-End-Last-Chance-To-Dance Hafla, 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 15, Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church Pavillion, 1025 N. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown. Featuring a showcase of belly dance performances. Bring your own wine, beer or snacks (no hard liquor). Open dance floor after the showcase. Go to, or call 330-426-3656 or 330-883-5094 for tickets.


Annual Courthouse Christmas Concert Series, 12:30 p.m. Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, Mercer County Courthouse Rotunda, 2 Court House Mercer, Pa. Performances are by high school choirs. Each is 25 minutes.

B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 110 E. Lincoln Ave., New Castle, Pa. Special performances by Aliquippa Church in the Round Choir and the New Castle High School Drum Line. Tickets range from $30 to $40 and are available through the Heinz Hall Box Office, 800-743-8560.

Big Band Jingle Bell Swing, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. 330-841-2931.

Children’s Youth Concert with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren, 330-841-2936.

Christmas Band Concert with Santa Claus, 2 p.m. Dec. 2, Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. 330-841-2931.

Kenny G holiday tour, 7 p.m. Dec. 17, holiday music concert at Covelli Centre; 800-745-3000.

Holiday Concert by fifth and sixth grades, 7 p.m. Dec. 11, Boardman Middle School Auditorium, 7410 Market St., Youngstown.

Holiday Concert by seven and eighth grades, 7 p.m. Dec. 14, Boardman High School Performing Arts Center, 7777 Glenwood Ave., Boardman.

Holiday Concert of Giving, 4 p.m. Dec. 9, Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. Cash donations collected will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Performances by the Stambaugh Chorus and the Youngstown Area Community Concert Band, with a special appearance by Santa.

Judy Collins, presented by the Monday Musical Club, 8 p.m. Dec. 14, Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. Call 330-743-2717.

Stambaugh Youth Concert Band, 5 p.m. Dec. 3, Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.

Youngstown Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert with Phil Keaggy and Natalie Sprouse, 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown. 330-744-0264.


“A Christmas Carol,” 8 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15; and 3 p.m. Dec. 9, 16, Kent Trumbull Theater, 4314 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. 330-675-8887.

“A Seussified Christmas Carol,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 8; and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Penn State Shenango Auditorium, 147 Shenango Ave., Sharon, Pa. 724-983-2836.

“Christmas Carol High School,” 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 9, Cardinal Mooney High School, 2545 Erie St., Youngstown. Call 330-788-5007.

“Hear the Bells — Hymstory for Christmas,” Zeitgeist Drama Ministry, 5 p.m., Dec. 9, Grove City Masonic Lodge, 1340 W. Main St., Grove City, Pa. Includes dinner. Tickets are $15 each or $25 for couples.

“Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular,” 8 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15; and 2 p.m. Dec. 9, 16; Salem Community Theater, 490 E. State St., Salem. 330-332-9688.

“In the Spirit of Christmas,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7, 8, 10; and 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, Victorian Players Theater, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. 330-746-5455.

“Journeys,” 3 p.m. Nov. 18 and 25, 7 p.m. Nov. 23 and 5 p.m. Dec. 2, Move Over Broadway, Ford Family Recital Hall, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown. 330-744-0264. A free concert-style version will be performed at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at St. Michael Church sanctuary, Route 46, Canfield.

“The Christmas Carol,” 8 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7, 8, and 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, Main Street Theater, 5 N. Main St., Columbiana. 330-482-9915.

“The Nutcracker,” 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22, Ballet Western Reserve, Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown. 330-744-4269.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” 8 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22, Youth Theater production, Salem Community Theater, 490 E. State St., Salem. 330-332-9688.

“How the Drag Queen Stole Christmas,” 8 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7, 8, Rust Belt Theater Company, Calvin Centre, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. 330-507-2358.

“The Ugly Christmas Sweater Revue,” 8 p.m. Dec. 14, 15, 16, Rust Belt Theater Company, Calvin Centre, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. 330-507-2358.

“George and Henry Save Christmas,” 34West Theater Company, Dutch Village Inn, state Route 14, Columbiana. Seating for the evening shows begin at 6:45 p.m. with the meal beginning at 7 p.m. Seating for matinees begins at 11:45 a.m. with a meal at noon. Tickets are $40, matinee $35. Discounts for groups of eight or more. For reservations, show times and dates, call 866-482-5050, or go to

“Miracle on Easy Street,” 8 p.m. Dec. 14, 15; and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Easy Street Productions, Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown. 330-743-8555.

“Nativity,” 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, Top Hat Productions, Fairview Arts and Outreach Center, 4220 Youngstown-Poland Road, Youngstown. Go to

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, 800-745-3000.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 26, Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, 888-894-9424.

Sales and Shows

American Fine Arts and Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2, Butler Institute of Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown. Works by more than 100 artists and crafters, lunch available. Admission: $5 (free for children under 12). Free parking in YSU decks. 330-743-1107, ext. 112.

Holiday Open Studio and Art Sale, noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 17, 18 and 24, Artists of the Mahoning Commons, Ward Bakery Bldg., 1024 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Painting, jewelry, sculpture, pottery, fiber art, glass, soap, mixed media, drawing, prints, photography and custom woodwork. Admission is free.

Miche Holiday Madness Sale, 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2, Wing Warehouse, 3701 Elm Road, Warren. The sale will include a raffle and door prizes. Call 330-716-0096.

Once Upon a Christmas Craft Show, 9 to 4 Dec. 1, Ursuline Center, 4300 Shields Road, Canfield. Presented by Ursuline Preschool and Kindergarten. Admission is free. More than 100 vendors selling unique holiday crafts and gifts. Sale also includes homemade baked goods and candy, as well as a raffle and themed basket raffles. Call 330-792-4150.

St. William Parish Winterfest Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 8, 5411 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. More than 70 tables of crafts. Ethnic food (takeout available); call 330-847-0146.

Arms Family Museum’s “Memories of Christmas Past exhibit,” Dec. 1 though Jan. 6. The museum at 648 Wick Ave., Youngstown, will be decorated with toys and ornaments from a bygone era.

Special Events

Old Fashioned Christmas at the Mill, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 24 and Nov. 25. Lanterman’s Mill in Mill Creek Park will be open for the last weekend of the season and dressed in holiday finery. Visitors can taste chestnuts roasted on an open fire, give Santa their wish list, purchase unique gifts from artisans demonstrating their crafts and be entertained by a juggler, a bagpiper and other musicians. If you wish to share the holiday spirit with others, bring a hat, scarf, or pair of mittens to decorate a Giving Tree. For information, call 330-740-7107.

Santa’s Wintertime Barn, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dec. 2. Mill Creek Metroparks Farm, route 46, Canfield. Santa will visit with his animal friends..

“A Winter Wonderland” brunch, noon, Dec. 8, 15, 22, with Youngstown Playhouse Youth Theater, 600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown. Event includes visit with Santa, elves and reindeer. Recommended for children age 1 to 12. Cost is $7 for children, $10 for adults. Reservations required. Call 330-788-8739.

“A Cortland Christmas,” 6 p.m. Dec. 10, Cortland Branch Library, 578 Lake-view Drive, Cortland. A special Christmas story time. Participants can make an ornament and enjoy a holiday snack. For all ages. Registration is required by calling 330-299-8120.

Breakfast with Santa, 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 1, Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown. The event will include a breakfast buffet, craft stations, face painting, photo booth and gifts for children. Bring a camera for pictures with Santa. Cost is $20 ($10 for children 10 and under). The event also will feature a Holiday Trees of the Valley display. Proceeds benefit Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. For information, call 330-746-9122.

Christmas Art and Artifacts from Old Russia, Sutliff Museum, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library (second floor), 444 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. Free admission. On display Nov.-Dec. Hours: 2 to 4 Wed.-Sat. 330-399-8807, ext. 121, or

Christmas on the Patio, 2 p.m. Dec. 8, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. Hot chocolate and music will set the mood for decorating trees and the patio with lights, ribbons and pine cones. For all ages. Registration is required by calling 330-399-8807, ext. 401.

Cinderella Brunch, noon, Dec. 1, Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. Children can join Cinderella and friends for brunch, try on the glass slipper, and dance with Prince Charming in the Grand Ballroom. Children will receive a Cinderella coloring book and princess tiara. Admission is $15 for children and $20 for adults. Reservations must be made by Nov. 29 by calling 330-259-0555, or at

Hermitage Holiday Light Parade, 6 p.m. Nov. 17, begins on East State Street, a night of lights, floats and Santa Claus.

Holiday Classics on Ice, 2 p.m. Nov. 25, the Skating Club of Greater Youngstown presents a holiday skating event; 330-502-7528.

Homespun Christmas Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9, 10, 11, 24, 25, Leetonia. Selected area artisans present homecrafted wares to view and purchase, providing gift and decorating ideas for the holidays. Each stop will have a door prize drawing, and a cash drawing will take place for those who stop at every location. A homemade lunch will be offered at the first stop. Flyers can be found at Wilms Greenhouse, 37563 Ohio 558, Leetonia. For information, email, or go to the Facebook page “Homespun Christmas Tour.”

Jingle Bell Bash, 7 to 11 p.m. Nov. 30, Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown. Adults only, will feature a performance by Donnie Iris and the Cruisers. The event will include unlimited food, beer, wine tastings and desserts, as well as live and silent auctions and a cash drawing. The event also will feature a Holiday Trees of the Valley display. Cost is $75 per person. Proceeds benefit Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. Purchase tickets at For information, call 330-746-9122.

Joy of Christmas Drive Through Light Show, 6-9 p.m. Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 16-Dec. 13; and every night Dec. 13-25, Firestone Park, 347 E. Park Ave, Columbiana. More than 60 animated displays featuring one million lights, and events such as Teddy Bear Tea, Gingerbread House Contest, Feed the Birds crafts, Winter Wagon Rides, and musical entertainment at Santa’s Ice Castle. For information, call 330-482-3822 or go to

Lunch with Santa, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 8, Wick Park, 260 Park Ave., Youngstown. Event will include music, games, prizes, pizza, chips, and drinks for children ages 2-12. Sponsored by Youngstown Department of Parks and Recreation.

Lunch with Santa, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 22, Austintown Bounce, 4317 Kirk Road. Tickets are $7 and include unlimited playtime in bounce areas, photos with Santa, a hot dog, drink, and a SnoGlobe. For information, call 330-793-5867.

Medieval Celebration of Christmastyme, 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7, 8, Christ Episcopal Church, 2627 Atlantic St. NE, Warren. Presented by Tapestries of Ohio. Authentic dining experience complete with costumes, drama and music from the 15th through 17th centuries. Reservations required. Discounts for groups of 8 or more. For reservations, call 330-726-5576 or go to

MetroMutts Jingle Hike, 11 a.m. to noon Dec. 8, MetroParks Bikeway Trailhead, MetroParks Farm. Hike with your canine companion while the jingle of their bells get us in the holiday spirit. Special jingle bell collars will be provided. Spiced apple cider and donuts will be served after the hike. Two miles. 330-702-3000.

Poland annual Lighting and Village Christmas Celebration, 5:30-7:30 Dec. 1, Lighting of the tree and Santa at Town Hall; crafts, carolers, Mrs. Claus reading a Christmas story and cider and cookies at Poland Library. Horse-drawn carriage rides, tickets: Adults $3, Children $2, 2 and under free. Go to

Youngstown Holiday Parade and Festival, 1-7 p.m. Dec. 1. Events for children at 20 Federal Place, including train rides and Santa’s Workship, and caroling. A parade, with the arrival of Santa, begins at 3 p.m. on Federal Street. The lighting of the Christmas tree on Federal Square will follow the parade.

Santa Shuffle 2012, noon-5 p.m. Dec. 1. Bar crawl starts at the Royal Oaks, 924 Oak St. Team Santa Claws, the Little Steel Derby Girls and the ROCcK Choir will join to raise money for three local charities. Each registration enters you into a chance to win the grand prize of a $1,000 gift card. Participating bars and restaurants will offer drink specials, games and holiday cheer. Registration is $5 along with an additional $5 donation to charity. For information, call 330-550-4000.

Santa’s Wintertime Barn, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 2, MetroParks Farm. Visit Santa and his reindeer. Children can make a craft. 330-702-3000.

Snowman Workshop, 5 p.m. Dec. 11, Howland Branch Library, 9095 E. Market St., Howland. Join the library staff in a program dedicated to snowmen. Enjoy various crafts and hot cocoa. For children ages 5 and up. Registration is required by calling 330-856-2011.

Supper with Santa, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6, Lariccia Family Community Center, 375 Boardman Poland Road. Enjoy Supper with Santa while doing crafts, playing games and listening to music. Souvenie photos will be taken. Tickets are on sale at Boardman Park office from 8-5 Monday through Friday. Tickets are $7 for Boardman residents and $9 for non-Boardman residents. Children aged 2 and under are free. No tickets will be sold at the door. For information, go to or call 330-965-0482 or 330-726-8105.

Victorian Christmas, 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 9, Loghurst Farmhouse and Museum, 3967 Boardman-Canfield Road, Canfield. Event will include jazz Christmas music, German dinner and a tour of Loghurst. Admission is $7.50 or two adults for $10. Go to

Winter Celebration: The Snow Garden, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun. in December, Fellows Riverside Gardens. Enjoy the decorated trees and holiday florals throughout the Davis Center. Visit the courtyard of the Snow Kingdom, and shop in the garden for gifts. 330-740-7116.

Winter Nights Walk, 5-7 p.m. Dec. 9, 16, 23, Fellows Riverside Gardens. Twinkling lights will brighten the frosty night as families enjoy a wintry walk. Music, cocoa and sugar cookies at the Davis Center afterward. Bring a nonperishable food item to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank. 330-740-7116.

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