Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols — 7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Hilary Catholic Parish, 2750 W. Market St., Fairlawn. An evening of sacred music by the St. Hilary adult, hand bell and youth choirs, interspersed with readings from scripture. Free. For more information, go to www.sthilarychurch.org.
Akron’s 33rd Annual TubaChristmas — Noon and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22, E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St., University of Akron. TubaChristmas combines hundreds of tubas and singalongs. Interested performers should call Tucker Jolly at 330-972-6641. Free for audience, $5 for performers. 330-972-7570, www.uaevents.com.
Akron Symphony’s Holiday Pops — 7:30 tonight, Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St. and 8 p.m. Friday at the Medina Performing Arts Center, 851 Weymouth Road. Tickets start at $22. For tickets, call 330-535-8131 or go to www.akronsymphony.org.
Alliance Symphony Big Band Swingin’ Into the Season — 7 p.m. Saturday at Mount Union Theatre, 1745 S. Union St., Alliance. $10, $8 seniors, free for students and children. 330-829-8102, www.alliancesymphony. org.
Apollo’s Fire: An Early Music Christmas — 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Hudson Library & Historical Society, 96 Library St. Free. 330-653-6658, ext. 1010, or www.hudsonlibrary.org.
Breakfast With Santa in the Rainforest — 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and Dec. 22 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way. Includes a breakfast buffet, coffee, juice and milk, a Get Close animal encounter, face painting, cookie decorating, crafts and more. Tickets are $22.50, $18.50 for juniors and include admission to the zoo. Reservations required, call 216-635-3306.
Brunswick Area Historical Society Holiday Wine Tasting — 7 p.m. Dec. 20, Skyview Lodge, 336 Pearl Road, Brunswick. $25. For more information, call Mamie at 330-225-3489 or go to www.brunswickhistory.com.
Canton Symphony Orchestra Holiday Brass Pops Concert — 3 p.m. Sunday at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2323 17th St. NW, Canton. Featuring the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, Canton Symphony Orchestra and choirs from Jackson and Louisville high schools. $18, $24 and $28. 330-452-2094 or www.cantonsymphony.org.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Annual Noon Year’s Eve — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way. Ring in 2013 with a dance party hosted by Radio Disney, a countdown to noon with a ball drop on the Welcome Plaza, crafts, Get Close animal encounters, “Safe Rides for All Kids” activities and plenty of photo opportunities. Free with zoo admission: $8.25; $5.25 kids 2-11. 216-661-6500, www.clemetzoo.com.
A Farnam Family Holiday — 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21-22, and 29 at Farnam Manor, 4223 Brecksville Road, Richfield. Enjoy a holiday supper with our historical interpreters in the 19th century manor of Everett Farnam where you will be served an authentic menu from the era, hear the “latest” news, join in conversation, play parlor games and more. $60 per person. For more information and to make a reservation, call 234-200-6547 or go to www.olhs.org.
Friday Night Wines-A Holiday Wine Tasting — 7-11 p.m. Dec. 28, Skyview Lodge, 336 Pearl Road, Brunswick. $12 to sample wines. 330-225-8345.
Holiday Lantern Tours at Hale Farm & Village — Friday and Saturday, and Dec. 19-23 at Hale Farm and Village, 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath Township. Lantern-lit journey takes guests on a holiday history tour of Northeast Ohio during the Civil War. Tours depart every 20 minutes beginning at 6 p.m. $20, $15 members. Reservation required, 330-666-3711.
Hower House Favorite Holiday Memories — Through Dec. 30, Hower House, 60 Fir Hill, University of Akron. Self-guided tours featuring old-time holiday decorations. Santa Claus will greet visitors in the ballroom on Saturday and Dec. 15. Hours are noon to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Guided and group tours by appointment. Closed Dec. 24-25-26 $8, $6 seniors, $2 students; www.uakron.edu/howerhse, 330-972-6909.
Illusion Factory: How the Grinch Stole Christmas — 1 p.m. Sunday, Boston Township Hall, 1775 Main St., Peninsula. 25-minute staged reading. Free. Reservations requested, 330-657-2291.
Jingle Bell Swing — 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St. Starring Helen Welch and featuring the Miller South Show Choir, the Stanton Middle School choirs and special guests from the Hudson and Fairlawn Schools of Music. $10, $20 reserved. 330-253-2488 or www.akroncivic.com.
Lake Anna Holiday Light Display — Lights will remain lit through New Year’s Day 5-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 5-10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. Each corner of Lake Anna is decorated in a particular theme. Lake Anna is at 615 W. Park Ave., Barberton. 330-848-6653.
Lock 3 Park — 200 S. Main St., Akron. Ice skating through Jan. 27, also Holiday Market in the German cottages, the Akron History Exhibit and Toy Marble Museum. Ice skating hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Closed Christmas and New Year’s days. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 26, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Dec. 31, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 2, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 21. Admission is free, skate rentals $3. Also, Reindeer Run, a 150-foot sledding hill with toboggans and tubes provided by park. Hours are 6-9 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 6-9 p.m. Saturdays; 1-4 p.m. Dec. 24; 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Dec. 26; 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Jan. 2. Rent sleds/toboggans for $3 for 33 minutes, free for children under 5. www.lock3live.com.
The Lantern Theatre presents A Cold, Cold Reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol — 7 p.m. Dec. 21 in the Big, Red Barn at Canal Corners Farm, 7243 Canal Road, Valley View. $10. Reservations recommended, call 216-401-5131. Dress warmly.
Medina Holiday Spectacular — Weekends through Dec. 30 at various spots in Medina. Includes Civil War Christmas at the John Smart House, 206 N. Elmwood St. this Sunday (www.medinahistorical.com for details); Holiday Lights at the Fairgrounds weekends through Dec. 30 (www.medina-fair.com). See www.mainstreetmedina.com for full schedule.
Mustill Store Holiday Open House — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Cascade Valley Park, 57 W. North St., Akron. Meet the authors: Lisa Abraham, Jeri Holland, Mary McClure and Boone Triplett. For more information, www.cascadelocks.org.
Ohio Conservatory of Ballet’s The Nutcracker — 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Northwest High School, Puffenberger Hall, 8580 Erie Ave. NW, Canal Fulton. $12. 330-497-3288 or www.ohballet.com.
Ryan Humbert Holiday Extravaganza & Variety Show — 8 p.m. Friday at the Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St. Featuring: The Juke Hounds, Tracey Thomas, Yankee Bravo, the Blue Ribbon Bluegrass Band and the Strange Familiar. Proceeds will benefit Mobile Meals Inc. $15, $20 reserved. 330-253-2488 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold — 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St. $27.50 and $37.50. 330-253-2488 or www.akroncivic.com.
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Deck the Halls —Through Dec. 30 at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron. Theme is Sounds of the Season with decorations inspired by familiar Christmas music. Special guest will be Mr. Jingeling, who will take up residence in the Corbin Conservatory. Tickets for house and grounds tour are $17, $7 ages 6-17 and college students with ID. 330-315-3287 or www.stanhywet.org.
Summit Choral Society Christmas Candlelight Concerts — 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Bernard Church, 44 University Ave., Akron. A Christmas Mass Across the Ages featuring the Masterworks Chorale, the Summit Children’s Touring Choir and the Summit Children’s Choir Program Alumni Choir. $20 and $25. 330-434-7464, www.summitchoralsociety.org.
Summit County Historical Society Perkins Stone Mansion Holiday Tours — 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through Dec. 22 at the Perkins Stone Mansion, 550 Copley Road, Akron. $6, $4 seniors, $2 students, free for SCHS members. 330-535-1120 or www.summithistory.org.
Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra and Children’s Chorus present Yuletide Celebration — 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Performing Arts Center, Kent State Tuscarawas, 330 University Drive NE, New Philadelphia. $9-$32. 330-308-6400 or www.tuscarawas philharmonic.org.
Winter Lights Lantern Festival — Through Dec. 26 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., University Circle. The lanterns are created by Northeast Ohio artists and will be displayed outside on Wade Oval and inside the museum. For more information, call 800-262-0033 or go to www.ClevelandArt.org.