Through Tuesday, Jan. 1

Reflections in the Park

Time: 5-10 p.m. daily.

Location: Louis Murphy Park, Dubuque.

Cost: Advance tickets are $8 at Hillcrest Family Services or any Dubuque Bank & Trust location, or $10 per car at the gate.

Details: Drive through the park for the annual elaborate lighting display benefiting Hillcrest Family Services. The “walk through” is set for 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, with parking/shuttle available at Mount Carmel, or you can park along the street. Santa visits the park from 5 to 8 every Monday night.

Contact: 563-845-0378.

Through Tuesday, Jan. 1

Love Light Star

Time: Daily.

Location: UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital, 350 N. Grandview Ave., Dubuque.

Cost: Free, with donations in honor or memory of a loved one accepted.

Details: The Love Light Star is a UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital tradition and symbol of hope and love during the holiday season. A Love Light Star gift can be made in honor or memory of a loved one. In addition to lighting a bulb on the 12-foot star displayed on the roof of the hospital, donations also help fund patient services and equipment. A tree also will be displayed in the lobby of the hospital in recognition of those honored.

Contact: 563-589-2572 or unitypoint.org/dbqgive.

Through Saturday, Dec. 15

Letters to Santa

Time: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays; noon-8 p.m. Thursdays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

Location: Carnegie-Stout Public Library, 360 W. 11th St., Dubuque.

Cost: Free.

Details: The library has been accredited as an official drop-off spot for letters to Santa. Stop by the Children’s Help Desk, and pick up the special Santa stationery. Write a letter to Santa with your Christmas wishes and drop it off in the certified Santa mailbox in the Youth Services Department.

Contact: www.dubuque.lib.ia.us.

Unwrap the Magic of Christmas I

Time: Various (see details).

Location: Bellevue, Iowa.

Cost: Free.

Details: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Christmas Craft and Vendor Fair, Bellevue Elementary School; 4-8 p.m. Firemen’s Chili Supper, fire station; 6:30 p.m. fireworks and lighted parade to follow. There also will be a silent auction, Santa Claus at the fire station and host open houses hosted by local businesses. The event continues on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Contact: 563-872-5830.

Through Saturday, Dec. 1

Stockton (Ill.) Christmas Walk

Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Location: 100 N. Main St.

Cost: Free.

Details: This holiday tradition begins with a Friday tree-lighting and continues with a Saturday visit from Santa Claus and other activities.

Contact: www.stocktonil.com.

Katie’s Garden Winter Wonderland

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Platteville (Wis.) Regional Chamber, 275 U.S. 151.

Cost: Free.

Details: Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive via fire truck at 6 p.m., followed by a grand lighting. Enjoy cocoa and cookies with Mrs. Claus in her new Christmas Cabin, activities for children, music of the season and luminaries.

Contact: 608-348-8888.

Through Monday, Dec. 3

Hometown Heartfelt Holiday

Time: Various.

Location: Lancaster, Wis.

Cost: Free.

Details: Among the highlights are a Light Up Lancaster ceremony, open houses, carriage rides, library luminaries, Santa at the Courthouse, the Festival of Trees, Love Lights and the Festival of Taste.

Contact: 608-723-2820 or www.grantcounty.org.

Through Tuesday, Jan. 1

Nativities of the World

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Location: Sinsinawa (Wis.) Mound, 585 County Road Z, art gallery.

Cost: Free.

Details: The exhibit features handcrafted nativities from the United States, Krygystan, Haiti, Germany, India, Venezuela, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia and Kenya.

Contact: 608-748-4411 or www.sinsinawa.org.

Saturday, Dec. 1

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Holiday Family Concert

Time: 1 p.m.

Location: Five Flags Theater, 405 Main St., Dubuque.

Cost: $10-$30.

Details: The concert includes a one-hour program of kid-friendly holiday music and sing-along tunes, including Broadway vocalist and Dubuque native Rita Harvey, the Dubuque Chorale Children’s Choir and members of the Heartland Ballet, along with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Children are invited to have a free photo taken with Santa Claus after the show.

Contact: 563-557-1677, 866-803-9280 or www.dubuquesymphony.org.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Five Flags Theater, 405 Main St., Dubuque.

Cost: $8-$75.

Details: Broadway vocalist and Dubuque native Rita Harvey joins the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Dubuque Chorale and members of the Heartland Ballet in performing holiday favorites.

Contact: 563-557-1677, 866-803-9280 or www.dubuquesymphony.org.

“A Christmas Survival Guide”

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

Cost: $21. Early bird discounts are available for this performance.

Details: The Bell Tower Theater presents a musical comedy about coping with the holidays in ways both hilarious and heartwarming, featuring a mix of traditional and new holiday tunes.

Contact: 563-588-3377 or www.belltowertheater.net.

“A Christmas Carol”

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Grand Opera House, 135 W. Eighth St., Dubuque.

Cost: $20 for adults and $12 for those younger than 18.

Details: The Grand Opera House presents the Charles Dickens classic that recounts the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his visits with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future in learning the true spirit of the season.

Contact: 563-588-1305 or www.thegrandoperahouse.com.

Christmas at the Library

Time: 12:30-2 p.m.

Location: Carnegie-Stout Public Library, 360 W. 11th St., Dubuque.

Cost: Free.

Details: Several activities will take place, including DIY gift tags for adults, with supplies provided. There also will be Christmas Family Bingo, where the winner will get to flip the switch to light up the library’s Christmas tree, with special music.

Contact: www.dubuque.lib.ia.us. To register for bingo, call 563-589-4225, ext. 2228, or visit the Children’s Help Desk.

Christmas Follies

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Loras College, 1450 Alta Vista St.

Cost: $5. Free for Loras College students.

Details: The holiday variety show is produced by the Loras College Guild of Saint Genesius.

Contact: www.loras.edu.

Unwrap the Magic of Christmas II

Time: Various (see details).

Location: Bellevue, Iowa.

Cost: Free. $10 for the Tour of Homes.

Details: Noon-4 p.m. Tour of Homes; noon-6 p.m. Festival of Trees and Soup Cook-Off; and open houses hosted by local businesses.

Contact: 563-872-5830.

A Kids Only Holiday Variety Show

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Ohnward Fine Arts Center, 1215 E. Platt St., Maquoketa, Iowa.

Cost: $10 for adults and $7 for students in advance; $13 for adults and $10 for students the day of the show.

Details: Local youths up to age 18 will perform holiday songs, dances and more. Holiday items also will be displayed in the Ohnward Fine Arts Center’s Drew Art Gallery, featuring holiday decor, paintings, jewelry and more.

Contact: 563-652-9815 or www.ohnwardfineartscenter.com.

A John Erickson Trio Christmas Show

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: DeSoto House Hotel, 230 S. Main St., Galena, Ill.

Cost: $18.

Details: The Chicago-based trio returns to perform an evening of holiday-inspired jazz music.

Contact: 815-777-0090 or desotohouse.com.

Galena (Ill.) Holiday Fire in the Sky

Time: 6-7 p.m.

Location: Galena levee.

Cost: Free.

Details: Hosted by the Galena Downtown Business Association, the sky will come alive with fireworks to kick off the holiday season, with live carolers, hot cocoa and other festivities.

Contact: visitgalena.org.

Galena (Ill.) Territory Holiday Housewalk

Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with the Territory Market from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Owners’ Club Social Hall.

Location: Various homes throughout the Galena Territory.

Cost: $12. Tickets are available at the Galena Territory Homeowners’ Club, 2000 Territory Drive. Ticket sales end at 2:30 p.m.

Details: Five Galena Territory homeowners invite the public on self-guided tours of their beautifully decorated homes. Proceeds will benefit local nonprofit organizations as designated by the homeowners, including the American Cancer Society, Galena Center for the Arts, Hospice of Northwest Illinois, the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation and Safe Haven Humane Society. Light holiday refreshments will be served at the Galena Territory Homeowners’ Club, where a raffle also will take place for a handmade quilt and other items from the Quilters of the Territory. Quilt raffle proceeds will benefit the Richard Peterson EMT Endowment Fund.

Contact: 815-777-2000 or www.thegalenaterritory.com.

Santa at the Courthouse

Time: 9-11 a.m.

Location: Grant County Courthouse, 130 W. Maple St., Lancaster, Wis.

Cost: Free.

Details: Bring the kids to meet and greet Santa Claus.

Contact: 608-723-2820 or www.lancasterwisconsin.com.

Candlelight Shopping

Time: 5-9 p.m.

Location: Downtown Mineral Point, Wis.

Cost: Free.

Details: The historic downtown streets will be lined with lighted candles, chestnuts will be roasted on the street corners, and carolers will stroll throughout the evening.

Contact: 608-987-3201.

Santa Day

Time: 10 a.m.-noon.

Location: Shake Rag Alley, 18 Shake Rag St., Mineral Point, Wis.

Cost: $10 for photo with Santa, $5 for gingerbread cottages, $5 for Christmas crafts.

Details: Photos can be taken with Santa Claus, and visitors of all ages are invited to work as elves in preparation for the holiday season.

Contact: 608-987-3292 or info@shakergallery.com.

Christmas Parade & Festival

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Downtown Darlington, Wis.

Cost: Free.

Details: The lighting of the floating Christmas trees will take place on the Pecatonica River, as well as living windows and a lighted Christmas parade, ending with a visit from Santa Claus in his candy striped tent on the banks of the river. There also will be Christmas caroling, hot chocolate and bonfires.

Contact: 608-776-3067.

Arts on Point Gallery Weekend Workshop

Time: Noon.

Location: Shake Rag Alley, 18 Shake Rag St., Mineral Point, Wis.

Cost: Free, no registration.

Details: Floral designer Jason Funkhouser will lead a workshop on creating rustic evergreen door swags for the holidays.

Contact: 608-987-3292 or www.shakeragalley.com.

Christmas in Cassville

Time: All day.

Location: Cassville, Wis.

Cost: Free.

Details: The event will include the Parade of Homes, decorating contests, wagon rides, Christmas parade, vendors, refreshments, fireworks and holiday open houses.

Contact: 608-725-5855.

Christmas at the Ham House

Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Location: The Mathias Ham Historic Site, 2241 Lincoln Ave., Dubuque.

Cost: $7.50 for adults $4 for children.

Details: The Victorian-themed Christmas event will include tours, light refreshments and themed activities.

Contact: 563-557-9545 or www.rivermuseum.com/hamsite.

Saturday, Dec. 1-Saturday, Jan. 5

Festival of Trees

Time: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.

Location: Warren (Ill.) Community Building, 110 W. Main St.

Cost: Free.

Details: The event will feature more than 50 decorated Christmas trees.

Contact: 815-745-2217.

Sunday, Dec. 2

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Five Flags Theater, 405 Main St., Dubuque.

Cost: $8-$75.

Details: Broadway vocalist and Dubuque native Rita Harvey joins the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Dubuque Chorale and members of the Heartland Ballet in performing holiday favorites.

Contact: 563-557-1677, 866-803-9280 or www.dubuquesymphony.org.

“A Christmas Survival Guide”

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

Cost: $21.

Details: The Bell Tower Theater presents a musical comedy about coping with the holidays in ways both hilarious and heartwarming, featuring a mix of traditional and new holiday tunes.

Contact: 563-588-3377 or www.belltowertheater.net.

“A Christmas Carol”

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: The Grand Opera House, 135 W. Eighth St., Dubuque.

Cost: $20 for adults and $12 for those younger than 18.

Details: The Grand Opera House presents the Charles Dickens classic that recounts the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his visits with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future in learning the true spirit of the season.

Contact: 563-588-1305 or ww w.thegrandoperahouse.com.

Holly Ball

Time: 5-9 p.m.

Location: Dubuque County Fairgrounds, 14569 Old Highway Road

Cost: $20.

Details: Ken Killian’s Swingtet jazz ensemble will perform in the ballroom. A cash bar and concession stand will be available.

Contact: 563-588-1406 or www.dbqfair.com.

Jim McDonough and His Orchestra & Singers — The Holiday Grande 2018 Tour

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Location: Monticello (Iowa) High School Auditorium, 850 E. Oak St.

Cost: $35.

Details: The concert features a combination of holiday music courtesy of a 14-piece orchestra and a cast of singers and dancers, complete with sets and costumes to help usher in the Christmas season. Contact: Charge by calling 319-465-7095 or emailing tickets@pianofavorites.com. For discounted groups of 10 or more, call 800-375-7095. Also visit www.pianofavorites.com or www.facebook.com/jimmcdonoughmusic.

Hazel Green (Wis.) Christmas Walk

Time: Various (see details).

Location: Southwestern Community High School, 1105 Maple St., Hazel Green.

Cost: Free.

Details: The event will include a craft fair, food, vendors and Santa’s workshop at the Southwestern High School gymnasium from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A Knights of Columbus breakfast at St. Francis de Sales Hall will take place from 8 a.m. to noon. And a Middle School Christmas Concert will take place at 3 p.m. in the middle school gymnasium.

Contact: 608-854-2360.

“Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells”

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque.

Cost: $39 for a family four pack for two adults and two children, $15 for adults, $13 for alumni and military personnel, $9 for children and students, $11 for UD faculty and staff and $5 for UD students.

Details: First-grader Junie B. Jones is super excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of Junie B.’s fun. So, when Junie B. draws May’s name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her nemesis a lesson.

Contact: 563-585-SHOW or www.dbq.edu/HeritageCenter.

Remembering Our Loved Ones at Holiday Time

Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Location: Sinsinawa (Wis.) Mound, 585 County Road Z.

Cost: Free.

Details: An ecumenical service to honor family and friends who have died, ornaments will be presented to attendees. Light refreshments and fellowship will follow.

Contact: 608-748-4411 or www.sinsinawa.org.

Christmas at the Ham House

Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Location: The Mathias Ham Historic Site, 2241 Lincoln Ave., Dubuque.

Cost: $7.50 for adults and $4 for children.

Details: The Victorian-themed Christmas event will include tours, light refreshments and themed activities.

Contact: 563-557-9545 or www.rivermuseum.com/hamsite.

Monday, Dec. 3

Annual Advent Evening for Women

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Location: Shalom Spirituality Center, 1001 Davis St., Dubuque.

Cost: $24, including dinner.

Details: Continuing a 20-year tradition, the the music group Lydia will lead a prayerful and inspirational celebration of the season. The program will be preceded by a dinner in the dining room.

Contact: 563-582-3592 or www.shalomretreats.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 4

Teen Trivia & Treats

Time: 2-3:30 p.m.

Location: Carnegie-Stout Public Library, 360 W. 11th St., Dubuque.

Cost: Free.

Details: Decorate holiday cookies and play holiday trivia. For ages 12 through high school.

Contact: 563-589-4225, ext. 2228, or www.dubuque.lib.ia.us.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Five Flags Center, 405 Main St., Dubuque.

Cost: $44-$74, plus fees.

Details: The concert, directed and co-produced by Grammy Award-winner Chip Davis, will feature classic Christmas hits, as well as a selection of “Fresh Aire” compositions from Mannheim Steamroller, along with multimedia effects.

Contact: 800-745-3000, Ticketmaster.com or the Five Flags Center box office.

“A Christmas Survival Guide”

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

Cost: $21.

Details: The Bell Tower Theater presents a musical comedy about coping with the holidays in ways both hilarious and heartwarming, featuring a mix of traditional and new holiday tunes.

Contact: 563-588-3377 or www.belltowertheater.net.

Thursday, Dec. 6

Snowbiz

Time: Matinee is noon check-in, 12:30 p.m. lunch and 1:30 p.m. show. Evening is 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. dinner and 7:30 p.m. show.

Location: Dubuque Golf & Country Club, 1800 Randall Place.

Cost: $50 for the matinee and lunch and $60 for the evening performance and dinner.

Details: The pair of shows performed dinner theater-style will feature traditional and contemporary carols with five vocalists backed by a nine-piece band. A complimentary cup of cheer (wine, tap beer or soda) will be available, in addition to a cash bar.

Contact: 563-599-7775 or mistletones.biz.

“A Christmas Survival Guide”

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

Cost: $21. Girl’s Night Out and Free Wine Night.

Details: The Bell Tower Theater presents a musical comedy about coping with the holidays in ways both hilarious and heartwarming, featuring a mix of traditional and new holiday tunes.

Contact: 563-588-3377 or www.belltowertheater.net.

Friday, Dec. 7

Christmas Tea

Time: Noon-1:30 p.m.

Location: Four Mounds, 4900 Peru Road.

Cost: $35.

Details: The event features a selection of tea, handmade sweets and savories. Visitors also can tour the Grey House, enter the raffle and bid on exclusive items at the silent auction. Reserve early. Space is limited.

Contact: 563-557-7292, 563-556-1908 or www.fourmounds.org/events/christmas-tea.

Dubuque Senior High School Music Department Madrigal Dinner

Time: 6:15-9:45 p.m.

Location: Masonic Temple, 1155 Locust St., Dubuque.

Cost: $30.

Details: The Dubuque Senior High School vocal and instrumental ensembles will present a multi-course dinner, accompanied by old-fashioned holiday carols.

Contact: 563-552-5500 or dubuqueseniormusic.com.

“A Christmas Survival Guide”

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

Cost: $21.

Details: The Bell Tower Theater presents a musical comedy about coping with the holidays in ways both hilarious and heartwarming, featuring a mix of traditional and new holiday tunes.

Contact: 563-588-3377 or www.belltowertheater.net.

Saturday, Dec. 8

“A Christmas Survival Guide”

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

Cost: $21.

Details: The Bell Tower Theater presents a musical comedy about coping with the holidays in ways both hilarious and heartwarming, featuring a mix of traditional and new holiday tunes.

Contact: 563-588-3377 or www.belltowertheater.net.

“The Nutcracker”

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Grand Opera House, 135 W. Eighth St., Dubuque.

Cost: $20 for adults and $12 for those younger than 18.

Details: The Dubuque City Youth Ballet returns with its annual production of the Tchaikovsky classic that tells the story of Clara, her nutcracker and the adventures they have through a world filled with mice and fairies.

Contact: 563-588-1305 or www.thegrandoperahouse.com.

Jim McDonough and His Orchestra & Singers — The Holiday Grande 2018 Tour

Time: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Location: Five Flags Theater, 405 Main St., Dubuque.

Cost: $29-$45, plus fees.

Details: The concert features a combination of holiday music courtesy of a 14-piece orchestra and a cast of singers and dancers, complete with sets and costumes to help usher in the Christmas season. Proceeds benefit Camp Courageous of Iowa, a year-round recreational and respite facility for individuals with disabilities.

Contact: Charge by calling 800-745-3000 or by visiting Ticketmaster.com or the Five Flags Center box office. For discounted groups of 10 or more, call 800-375-7095. Visit www.pianofavorites.com or www.facebook.com/jimmcdonoughmusic.

Dubuque Senior High School Music Department Madrigal Dinner

Time: 6:15-9:45 p.m.

Location: Masonic Temple, 1155 Locust St., Dubuque.

Cost: $30.

Details: The Dubuque Senior High School vocal and instrumental ensembles will present a multi-course dinner, accompanied by old-fashioned holiday carols.

Contact: 563-552-5500 or dubuqueseniormusic.com.

For a Blessed Christmas

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Clarke University, 1550 Clarke Drive, Sacred Heart Chapel.

Cost: $15.

Details: Clarke University Music Department vocal and instrumental ensembles present the story of the Nativity through Scripture and song.

Contact: 563-584-8642 or www.clarke.edu.

Teen Trivia & Treats

Time: 2-3:30 p.m.

Location: Carnegie-Stout Public Library, 360 W. 11th St., Dubuque.

Cost: Free.

Details: Decorate holiday cookies and play holiday trivia. For ages 12 through high school.

Contact: Register at the Children’s Help Desk; call 563-589-4225, ext. 2228; or visit www.dubuque.lib.ia.us.

Mother/Daughter Christmas Nativi-Tea

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Location: Sinsinawa (Wis.) Mound, 585 County Road Z.

Cost: $10.

Details: Moms, daughters and loved ones of all ages are invited. Wear your favorite holiday dresses. Girls can bring dolls. There will be tea, hot chocolate, canapes and holiday desserts on Sinsinawa Mound’s Heritage Collection of porcelain plates and silver services.

Contact: 608-748-4411 or www.sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

Holiday Cookie Walk

Time: 9 a.m. until sold out.

Location: Desoto House, 230 S. Main St., ballroom, Galena, Ill.

Cost: $6 per pound.

Details: Shoppers will be given a box and gloves and walk the tables choosing from hundreds of homemade holiday baked goods. Proceeds benefit the the Galena Arts and Recreation Center.

Contact: 815-777-2248, office@galenaarc.org or www.galenaarc.org.

Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 8-9

Santa Claus Visit

Time: 11 a.m.-noon.

Location: National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, 350 E. Third St., Dubuque.

Cost: Admission to the museum.

Details: Santa and Mrs. Claus will dive into the Gulf of Mexico aquarium. There also will be a free holiday treat and a discount at the museum stores and cafe.

Contact: 563-557-9545, 800-226-3369 or www.rivermuseum.com.

Night of the Luminaria and Living Windows

Time: 4-9 p.m.

Location: Main Street, Galena, Ill.

Cost: Free.

Details: More than 30 storefront windows come alive with holiday-inspired animation and luminaries lighting up the sidewalks along downtown Galena’s historic Main Street.

Contact: 815-776-9200 or www.visitgalena.org.

“Singalong Nativity”

Time: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Location: Hazel Green (Wis.) Opera House, 2130 Main St.

Cost: $5 for adults and $4 for children.

Details: The Fever River Puppeteers will present a holiday puppet show.

Contact: 608-732-7129 or hazelgreenoperahouse.blogspot.com.

Christmas Glow Celebration

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Main Street, Cuba City, Wis.

Cost: Free.

Details: A parade and other activities will take place.

Contact: www.grantcounty.org.

Sunday, Dec. 9

“A Christmas Survival Guide”

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

Cost: $21.

Details: The Bell Tower Theater presents a musical comedy about coping with the holidays in ways both hilarious and heartwarming, featuring a mix of traditional and new holiday tunes.

Contact: 563-588-3377 or www.belltowertheater.net.

“The Nutcracker”

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: The Grand Opera House, 135 W. Eighth St., Dubuque.

Cost: $20 for adults and $12 for those younger than 18.

Details: The Dubuque City Youth Ballet returns with its annual production of the Tchaikovsky classic that tells the story of Clara, her nutcracker and the adventures they have through a world filled with mice and fairies.

Contact: 563-588-1305 or www.thegrandoperahouse.com.

For a Blessed Christmas

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Clarke University, 1550 Clarke Drive, Sacred Heart Chapel.

Cost: $15.

Details: Clarke University Music Department ensembles present the story of the Nativity through Scripture and song.

Contact: 563-584-8642 or www.clarke.edu.

Starlight Carols

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Emmaus Bible College, 2570 Asbury Road, Marble Chapel.

Cost: Free.

Details: The Emmaus Bible College Music Department presents a choral concert to celebrate the Christmas season in song.

Contact: 563-588-8000 or www.emmaus.edu.

A Classic Christmas Fantasy

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Location: Elkader (Iowa) Opera House, 207 N. Main St.

Cost: Free.

Description: The holiday performance is an Opera House Players gift to the community.

Contact: 563-873-2378 or elkaderoperahouse.com/lab.

“Singalong Nativity”

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Hazel Green (Wis.) Opera House, 2130 Main St.

Cost: $5 for adults and $4 for children.

Details: The Fever River Puppeteers will present a holiday puppet show.

Contact: 608-732-7129 or hazelgreenoperahouse.blogspot.com.

Christmas at the Ham House

Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Location: The Mathias Ham Historic Site, 2241 Lincoln Ave., Dubuque.

Cost: $7.50 for adults $4 for children.

Details: The Victorian-themed Christmas event will include tours, light refreshments and themed activities.

Contact: 563-557-9545 or www.rivermuseum.com/hamsite.

Monday, Dec. 10

Advent Dinner, Music and Prayer Program

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Location: Shalom Spirituality Center, 1001 Davis St., Dubuque.

Cost: $24, which includes dinner.

Details: This year’s theme is “Come To Us, O Gift Of God.” The annual event includes food, music and prayer.

Contact: 563-582-3592 or www.shalomretreats.org.

Wednesday, Dec, 12

“A Christmas Survival Guide”

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

Cost: $21.

Details: The Bell Tower Theater presents a musical comedy about coping with the holidays in ways both hilarious and heartwarming, featuring a mix of traditional and new holiday tunes.

Contact: 563-588-3377 or www.belltowertheater.net.

Thursday, Dec. 13

“A Christmas Survival Guide”

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

Cost: $21. Girl’s Night Out and Free Wine Night.

Details: The Bell Tower Theater presents a musical comedy about coping with the holidays in ways both hilarious and heartwarming, featuring a mix of traditional and new holiday tunes.

Contact: 563-588-3377 or www.belltowertheater.net.

Friday, Dec. 14

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino, Port of Dubuque.

Cost: Starting at $30, plus fees.

Details: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will jazz up the holiday season with original tunes and arrangements of yuletide favorites from its CD, “It Feels Like Christmas Time.”

Contact: 563-690-4800, www.moonbarrocks.com, the Diamond Jo Casino’s Diamond Club or the Mississippi Moon Bar box office.

“A Christmas Survival Guide”

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

Cost: $21.

Details: The Bell Tower Theater presents a musical comedy about coping with the holidays in ways both hilarious and heartwarming, featuring a mix of traditional and new holiday tunes.

Contact: 563-588-3377 or www.belltowertheater.net.

“The Nutcracker”

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Grand Opera House, 135 W. Eighth St., Dubuque.

Cost: $20 for adults and $12 for those younger than 18.

Details: The Dubuque City Youth Ballet returns with its annual production of the Tchaikovsky classic that tells the story of Clara, her nutcracker and the adventures they have through a world filled with mice and fairies.

Contact: 563-588-1305 or www.thegrandoperahouse.com.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Urban Cowboy Christmas Reunion, starring Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee

Time: 4 and 8 p.m.

Location: Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino, Port of Dubuque.

Cost: Starting at $25, plus fees.

Details: In addition to performing their hit songs, the country music entertainers will play music from their Christmas albums, “Christmas at Gilley’s” and “Santa Claus is Lookin’ for Love.”

Contact: 563-690-4800, www.moonbarrocks.com, the Diamond Jo Casino’s Diamond Club or the Mississippi Moon Bar box office.

“A Christmas Survival Guide”

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

Cost: $21.

Details: The Bell Tower Theater presents a musical comedy about coping with the holidays in ways both hilarious and heartwarming, featuring a mix of traditional and new holiday tunes.

Contact: 563-588-3377 or www.belltowertheater.net.

“The Nutcracker”

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Grand Opera House, 135 W. Eighth St., Dubuque.

Cost: $20 for adults and $12 for those younger than 18.

Details: The Dubuque City Youth Ballet returns with its annual production of the Tchaikovsky classic that tells the story of Clara, her nutcracker and the adventures they have through a world filled with mice and fairies.

Contact: 563-588-1305 or www.thegrandoperahouse.com.

Grinch Family Event

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Carnegie-Stout Public Library, 360 W. 11th St., Dubuque.

Cost: Free.

Details: Create a Grinch ornament and participate in other hands-on activities. The event will culminate with watching “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” while enjoying green snacks. For ages 5-10, with an adult.

Contact: Register at the Children’s Help Desk; call 563-589-4225, ext. 2228; or visit www.dubuque.lib.ia.us.

The Generals’ Christmas Ball

Time: 7-11 p.m.

Location: DeSoto House Hotel, 230 S. Main St., Galena, Ill.

Cost: $50.

Details: Actors will portray the nine Civil War generals from Galena. A meal of stuffed pork chops and mixed vegetables will be included. Period dress is welcome.

Contact: 815-777-0090 or desotohouse.com.

“Singalong Nativity”

Time: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Location: Hazel Green (Wis.) Opera House, 2130 Main St.

Cost: $5 for adults and $4 for children.

Details: The Fever River Puppeteers will present a holiday puppet show.

Contact: 608-732-7129 or hazelgreenoperahouse.blogspot.com.

Christmas at the Ham House

Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Location: The Mathias Ham Historic Site, 2241 Lincoln Ave., Dubuque.

Cost: $7.50 for adults $4 for children.

Details: A Victorian-themed Christmas event that includes tours, light refreshments and themed activities.

Contact: 563-557-9545 or www.rivermuseum.com/hamsite.

Sunday, Dec. 16

Breakfast with Santa

Time: 8 a.m.-noon

Location: Dubuque County Fairgrounds, 14569 Old Highway Road.

Cost: $5 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 2-12 and free for younger than 2 (limit of two free children per adult).

Details: Join Santa Claus for a pancake and sausage breakfast.

Contact: 563-588-1406 or www.dbqfair.com.

Toys-For-Tots Kids’ Christmas Party

Time: Noon-3 p.m.

Location: Five Flags Center, 405 Main St.

Cost: Free.

Details: Hosted by Marine Corps, Toys For Tots of Dubuque and the Dubuque Police Department.

Contact: 563-589-4254 or www.fiveflagscenter.com.

“A Christmas Survival Guide”

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

Cost: $21.

Details: The Bell Tower Theater presents a musical comedy about coping with the holidays in ways both hilarious and heartwarming, featuring a mix of traditional and new holiday tunes.

Contact: 563-588-3377 or www.belltowertheater.net.

“The Nutcracker”

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: The Grand Opera House, 135 W. Eighth St., Dubuque.

Cost: $20 for adults and $12 for those younger than 18.

Details: The Dubuque City Youth Ballet returns with its annual production of the Tchaikovsky classic that tells the story of Clara, her nutcracker and the adventures they have through a world filled with mice and fairies.

Contact: 563-588-1305 or www.thegrandoperahouse.com.

“Singalong Nativity”

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Hazel Green (Wis.) Opera House, 2130 Main St.

Cost: $5 for adults and $4 for children.

Details: The Fever River Puppeteers will present a holiday puppet show.

Contact: 608-732-7129 or hazelgreenoperahouse.blogspot.com.

Christmas at the Ham House

Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Location: The Mathias Ham Historic Site, 2241 Lincoln Ave., Dubuque.

Cost: $7.50 for adults and $4 for children.

Details: The Victorian-themed Christmas event will include tours, light refreshments and themed activities.

Contact: 563-557-9545 or www.rivermuseum.com/hamsite.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Elves Needed!

Time: 3-4:30 p.m.

Location: Carnegie-Stout Public Library, 360 W. 11th St., Dubuque.

Cost: Free.

Details: This is a secret mission, and Santa needs help. He is swamped and hopes that some very caring elves will help answer the letters in his Santa mailbox. Join for refreshments and holiday spirit to pitch in and lend a hand. For ages 12 through high school. No registration necessary.

Contact: 563-589-4225, ext. 2228, or www.dubuque.lib.ia.us.

Winter Breakfast — “Dark Night to Daybreak”

Time: 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Location: Shalom Spirituality Center, 1001 Davis St., Dubuque.

Cost: $10.

Details: Mary Potter Kenyon will present.

Contact: 563-582-3592 or www.shalomretreats.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas, starring Evan Tyrone Martin

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Five Flags Theater, 405 Main St., Dubuque.

Cost: $55, plus fees.

Details: Chicago’s Evan Tyrone Martin stars as Nat King Cole, relating the singer’s journey, while delivering festive hits, including “L-O-V-E,” “Mona Lisa,” “The Christmas Song” and “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.”

Contact: 800-745-3000, Ticketmaster.com or the Five Flags Center box office.

Friday, Dec. 21

“Who’s Holiday”

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Grand Opera House, 135 W. Eighth St., Dubuque.

Cost: $12.

Details: The adults-only comedy tells the story of Cindy Lou as she recalls the Christmas Eve she first met the Grinch. Seating is limited to 100 per performance. The show is not recommended for those younger than 16 due to language and content.

Contact: 563-588-1305 or www.thegrandoperahouse.com.

Winter Solstice

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Sinsinawa (Wis.) Mound, 585 County Road Z.

Cost: Freewill offering.

Details: This two-hour session celebrates the shortest day and longest night of the year through ritual and contemplation. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in several types of spiritual exercises. It is part of the ongoing series, “Exploring a Contemplative Ecology.”

Contact: 608-748-4411 or www.sinsinawa.org.

Saturday, Dec. 22

“Who’s Holiday”

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Grand Opera House, 135 W. Eighth St., Dubuque.

Cost: $12.

Details: The adults-only comedy tells the story of Cindy Lou as she recalls the Christmas Eve she first met the Grinch. Seating is limited to 100 per performance. The show is not recommended for those younger than 16 due to language and content.

Contact: 563-588-1305 or www.thegrandoperahouse.com.

Sunday, Dec. 23

“Who’s Holiday”

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Grand Opera House, 135 W. Eighth St., Dubuque.

Cost: $12.

Details: The adults-only comedy tells the story of Cindy Lou as she recalls the Christmas Eve she first met the Grinch. Seating is limited to 100 per performance. The show is not recommended for those younger than 16 due to language and content.

Contact: 563-588-1305 or www.thegrandoperahouse.com.

Tuesday, Dec. 25

Plymouth Court Luminaries

Time: 5 p.m.

Location: Plymouth Court, Dubuque.

Cost: Free.

Details: A Christmas Day tradition more than 80 years in the making, the annual presentation features more than 1,500 candlelit paper bags that line Plymouth Court, Victoria Place, Diane Court and Logan Street in Dubuque.

Contact: tinyurl.com/yahfecg7.

“Who’s Holiday”

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Grand Opera House, 135 W. Eighth St., Dubuque.

Cost: $12.

Details: The adults-only comedy tells the story of Cindy Lou as she recalls the Christmas Eve she first met the Grinch. Seating is limited to 100 per performance. The show is not recommended for those younger than 16 due to language and content.

Contact: 563-588-1305 or www.thegrandoperahouse.com.

Thursday, Dec. 27

“Singalong Nativity”

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Hazel Green (Wis.) Opera House, 2130 Main St.

Cost: $5 for adults and $4 for children.

Details: The Fever River Puppeteers will present a holiday puppet show.

Contact: 608-732-7129 or hazelgreenoperahouse.blogspot.com.

Saturday, Dec. 29

Christmas at the Ham House

Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Location: The Mathias Ham Historic Site, 2241 Lincoln Ave., Dubuque.

Cost: $7.50 for adults $4 for children.

Details: A Victorian-themed Christmas event that includes tours, light refreshments and themed activities.

Contact: 563-557-9545 or www.rivermuseum.com/hamsite.

Sunday, Dec. 30

Christmas at the Ham House

Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Location: The Mathias Ham Historic Site, 2241 Lincoln Ave., Dubuque.

Cost: $7.50 for adults $4 for children.

Details: A Victorian-themed Christmas event that includes tours, light refreshments and themed activities.

Contact: 563-557-9545 or www.rivermuseum.com/hamsite.

Monday, Dec. 31

Celebrating Sinatra — His Life in Music

Time: 8-10 p.m.

Location: The Grand Opera House, 135 W. Eighth St., Dubuque.

Cost: $35.

Details: Performed by Bryan Anthony with Hunter Fuerste and His American Vintage Orchestra and hosted as part of the Dubuque Arts Council’s 50th anniversary season and New Year’s Eve at the Grand Opera House, the concert pays homage to the legacy of Frank Sinatra. Anthony is a veteran vocalist who has performed with ensembles including the Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Nelson Riddle orchestras, as well as appearing in the off-Broadway production, “Our Sinatra.” Fuerste has performance credits with Guy Lombardo and has performed with his big band across the United States.

Contact: 563-588-1305 or www.thegrandoperahouse.com.

New Year’s Eve Bash

Time: 8 p.m. doors open; dancing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Location: Dubuque County Fairgrounds, 14569 Old Highway Road.

Cost: $35.

Details: The Larry Busch Band will perform, with a Champagne toast at midnight and a breakfast brunch.

Contact: 563-588-1406 or www.dbqfair.com.

Dueling Pianos

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino, Port of Dubuque.

Cost: Tickets start at $10.

Details: Featuring Chicago-based keyboardists Elisa Carlson and Alan Bukowiecki, Dueling Pianos will end the year on a high note by playing groovy tunes to help the crowd swing the night away. The performance will include a balloon drop, party favors, a midnight Champagne toast and more. Patrons must be 21 or older.

Contact: 563-690-4800, www.moonbarrocks.com, the Diamond Jo Casino’s Diamond Club or the Mississippi Moon Bar box office.

Dropping of the Carp

Time: 9 p.m.-midnight.

Location: Downtown Prairie du Chien, Wis.

Cost: Free.

Details: A unique countdown to the New Year, with festivities beginning at 9 p.m., including a bonfire, music, food and the special Dropping of the Carp countdown at 11:59 p.m.

Contact: 608-326-8602 or 800-732-1673.

Sunday, Jan. 6

Women’s Christmas: An Evening of Rest and Restoration (and Presents) Epiphany Mini-Retreat

Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: Shalom Spirituality Center, 1001 Davis St., Dubuque.

Cost: $15.

Details: In some parts of the world Epiphany, which brings the Christmas season to a close, also is celebrated as Women’s Christmas. Using sections of artist and author Jan Richardson’s “The Map You Make Yourself,” the evening of prayer, discussion and light snacks with tea will end with a present for each attendee. It will be facilitated by Mary Potter Kenyon.

Contact: 563-582-3592 or www.shalomretreats.org.