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ContempraDance Theatre parodies the holiday ballet classic,

The Nutcracker

, on Saturday with a combination of comedy, hip hop, jazz, modern and ballet. The show has a local flavor with lots of Philly-related references. Call 610-917-1228 or visit

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Date:

December 8

Time:

2 p.m.

Location:

Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville

Fee:

$12 for adults and $10 for children and members of the Colonial; children 2 and under are free.

Old Country Christmas

Holiday activities celebrate the season with old-fashioned style at Oxford's Old Country Christmas this weekend. Tomorrow offers carriage rides, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, a tree lighting, strolling choral groups, a children's holiday scavenger hunt, and photos with Santa. Saturday will include photo ops for kids and pets to pose with Santa and his Mrs. as well as a film festival showing

The Muppets Christmas Carol

(10 a.m.),

A Christmas Story

(noon) and

Santa Claus III

(2 p.m.). On Sunday, guests may have tea with Mrs. Claus at SerendipiTea. Call 610-998-9494 or visit

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for specific locations and schedule information.

Date:

Tomorrow through Sunday

Time:

Call for event times.

Location:

Downtown Oxford

Fee:

Free (except for the tea with Mrs. Claus, which is $10 per child, call 610-932-6003 for more information)

Christmas Parade

The Downingtown Good Neighbor Christmas Parade will feature the Chester County Emerald Society Pipe Band, high school bands, string bands, marching and twirling units, floats, antique cars and service vehicles, scouts groups, special appearances by 76ers mascot Hip Hop and, of course, Santa Claus. QVC host Antonella Nester will serve as grand marshal. For more information, contact Diane Plaugher at 610-269-4203 or

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Date:

Saturday

Time:

3:30 p.m.

Location:

Parade runs along Lancaster Avenue from Gable Avenue east to Whiteland Avenue, Downingtown

Fee:

Free

Holiday Celebration

Malvern's Victorian Christmas includes a visit by Santa, a tree lighting, musical performances, a puppet show, a magic show (free, but tickets are required), a display of toy soldiers, horse and carriage rides, hayrides, pony rides, caroling, strolling singers and musicians, a book signing, workshops for children and adults, food and shopping. Call 610-647-0100 or visit

for more information.

Date/Time:

6:15-9 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

Location:

Downtown Malvern

Fee:

Most events are free (carriage rides are $5 on Friday; pony rides are $2; workshops also require a fee, call for specifics)

Live Nativity

Nothing expresses the beauty of the Christmas story like a living tableau re-creating the story of the birth of Jesus. Manor Presbyterian Church in Cochranville will host a live nativity to express the extraordinary events that took place in Bethlehem that very first Christmas. More than 50 actors and live animals appear in several scenes depicting events such as the Blessed Mother receiving God's message from an angel, a young expectant couple seeking shelter for the night, shepherds being visited by an angel with joyous news, and the arrival of the Christ child in a stable. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be offered as well. Call 610-869-2402

Date:

Tomorrow through Sunday

Time:

7 to 8:30 each night

Location:

Manor Presbyterian Church, Route 926, halfway between Route 41 and Route 10, Cochranville

Fee:

Free