REGION — Celebrate the season with the many choices this week:
• Lima Symphony Orchestra’s virtual “Bells, Brass & Bows — The Nutcracker” concert will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Van-Del Drive-In, 19986 Lincoln Highway, Middle Point.
The concert will be available to watch at the drive-in and via streaming at home.
Featured artists include dancers of the Cincinnati Ballet Professional Training Division, with a video crew traveling to Cincinnati to film them dancing for this concert, and a choir number recorded by students at Liberty Arts Magnet.
Tickets are adults $20, with streaming code, and students $10. Visit limasymphony.com or call 419-222-5701 to purchase. Programs are available on the LSO website.
• A drive-thru nativity will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Primrose Retirement Community, 3500 W. Elm St., Lima. Admission is free, with donations accepted for Capabilities Club of Lima and Family Promise.
• Encore Theatre will stage a play this weekend and next. “Ken Ludwig’s Twas the Night Before Christmas” will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Friday, Dec. 18 and Saturday, Dec. 19 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Sunday, Dec. 20 at the theater, 991 North Shore Drive, Lima.
The show is one hour with no intermission. Masks are required.
The capacity of the theater will be greatly reduced for each show. Only 42 tickets per performance will be sold, which is 15% capacity.
Request a ticket by leaving a message at the box office, 419-223-8866, including your name, phone number, date and number of tickets needed. A volunteer will call you back to fulfill ticket requests. Cost is $15 for adults and seniors and $10 for students, including college students with a school ID. Use the east door.
• Laurel Oaks Christmas Lights Extravaganza opens Saturday night and runs until the day after Christmas. Hours are 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday through Saturday, Dec. 26. Admission is free.
Neighbors are competing for prizes, with judges making their decisions opening night.
• Cridersville’s Christmas on Main Street Express is Saturday, Dec. 12.
Starting at 8 a.m., you can drive through the Cridersville Fire Department for the $7 pancake breakfast, benefiting Cridersville Elementary School’s “Right to Read.”
Santa will travel from house to house in a firetruck starting at 9 a.m.
Also at 9 a.m. cars can drive through the old recycle building at Tower Park to view a winter wonderland. Children in a vehicle will receive a treat bag from local businesses. Everyone must stay inside the vehicle.
• Shawnee Luminary Night will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. This is the fourth annual event after a 20-year hiatus.
Nearly 350 homes are participating in the Indianbrook and Wildbrook neighborhoods.
Admission is free, with donation stations available at both Indianbrook exits to collect canned goods, toiletries and monetary donations for the West Ohio Food Bank.
Other special events include cookies from Chief, N&H Concession and Kettle Corn samples and Santa with a mailbox to collect letters. The rain date is Wednesday.