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Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008 05:24 pm

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Christmas parade
The Springfield Jaycees and Ansar Shrine are celebrating this holiday season with the return of the annual Christmas Parade. The parade was canceled last year because of the weather, but the show will go on this year, rain or shine. This year’s theme is “Holiday Scenes from the Big Screen” and the committee is expecting some creative floats with scenes from popular Christmas movies like A Christmas Story and HowThe Grinch Stole Christmas. The parade will also feature Southeast High School, Sacred Heart Griffin and Jacksonville High School marching bands as well as the Lincoln Magnet School band. The arrival of Santa’s carriage and free candy makes the celebration complete.

Saturday Dec. 6
Ansar Shrine and Jaycees Christmas Parade
Downtown Springfield
West on Jefferson, South on Fifth St., East on Capital and North on Sixth St.
10 a.m.

The Nutcracker
The Springfield Ballet Company is taking Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday tale and giving it a new look. The story follows Clara and her prince as they go from a regal Christmas party to a magical adventure through The Land of Snow and The Kingdom of Sweets. The production includes everyone’s favorite characters — The Mouse King, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen — with new costumes and choreography. Julie Dunn, SBC artistic director, said the extravagant performance promises to be a delight. Local children, adults, company dancers and guest artists Todd Kiech and Jeff Lynch make up the 120-member cast. Twirling ballerinas and breathtaking scenery make the production a must-see for the holidays.

Sat. & Sun. Dec. 6 & 7
The Nutcracker
Sangamon Auditorium
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sat, 2 p.m. Sun
$25 adults, $23 seniors, $15 students and children

Musical holidays
Share the joy of the holiday season with the ones you love most at the Lowe Family Christmas Show. The nine-member group has been featured as special guests during the Olympics and China’s New Year Celebration. They are known for their six-part harmony and high-energy performances. This year the group will ring in the holiday season with a show unlike any other. The Lowe Family Christmas show is a mix of jazz, classical, Broadway and old-time favorites with festive costumes and dancing. Singing traditional Christmas songs like White Christmas, Jingle Bells, and more, the Lowes remind us that family is the reason for the season.

Monday Dec. 8
Lowe Family Christmas Show
Prairie Capital Convention Center
1 Convention Center Plaza
7:30 -10 p.m.

Small town radio
Let the personalities of OKKK radio tell you about Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas in A Tuna Christmas. The holiday themed play is the sequel to Greater Tuna, and follows the residents of Tuna, Texas as they prepare for the annual Holiday Lawn Display won 14 times in a row by Vera Carp. The play is a satire about small-town life as characters struggle to keep families together, get off parole and bring holiday cheer to the community despite unpaid electric bills. Only two actors, Rich McCoy and Darin Harms, play the entire cast of more than 20 eccentric residents of the town. Through quick changes and clever costumes the two men bring to the stage the trials of Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas.

Fri.-Sun Dec. 5-7 & 12-14
A Tuna Christmas
Hoogland Center for the Arts
8 p.m. Fri –Sat, 4 p.m. Sun

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