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Santa will be available for photos and requests on Wednesdays at the Palmdale Playhouse during the following times: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18 and from 6 – 9 p.m. on December 11 and 18. Admission is free and photos with Santa are only $5. Call (661) 267-5684.

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On Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7, the Playhouse stage comes alive with the Palmdale Junior Ballet’s presentation of “Cinderella & Roomful of Christmas.” Enjoy a classic fairy tale with romance and comedy, mesmerizing dance, and hilarious fun for the entire family. The Palmdale Tap & Jazz Dance Ensembles perform to Michael Buble’s Holly Jolly Christmas, Frank Sinatra’s I Believe, Toby Mac’s Christmas This Year, and many more.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors, military and ages 12 and under.

On stage from Dec. 13 through 15, “The 1940s Radio Hour” presents a night in the lives of a group of working class artists who bring a little distraction to listeners during World War II. Classic songs include “Blue Moon,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, December. 13 and 14 and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors, military and ages 12 and under.

Capping off the season, West Coast Classical’s Holiday Fantastique celebrates the holiday season featuring “Symphonie Fantastique” by Hector Berlioz on Friday, December 20, at 7:30 p.m. This family-friendly concert features This Christmas, an upbeat rock piece; Christmas Classics, showcasing March from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite; Bizet’s March of the Three Kings; Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus; and A Holiday Celebration featuring Hark the Herald Angels Sing and O Come, All Ye Faithful. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, military and ages 12 and under.

Tickets may be purchased 24 hours a day on the Playhouse website or call (661) 267-5684 for information.

In Lancaster the Fourth Annual “A Magical BLVD Christmas” will be held from 5 – 9 p.m. on Friday, December 6. Evening festivities will include carolers, musicians, arts and crafts, an outdoor movie and the Holiday Train Express. New this year is a children’s sledding area created with real snow. A lot of tasting opportunities will also be in store, with BLVD restaurants and outdoor food vendors serving up delectable comfort cuisine and yummy cool-weather delights, such as hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts.

This is also the perfect time to shop for the holidays. Finding unique treasures for those special people in your life couldn’t be easier with The BLVD’s numerous one-of-a-kind boutique shops and the ever-popular Christkindlmarkt which will feature crafts, homemade goods and a farmers market. Remember to ‘Shop Lancaster’ this season, while spreading the gift of giving.

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