Winter magic

"Winter Wonders," a holiday magic and comedy show, is being presented at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday and continuing next Friday through Dec. 30. Performances combine traditional magic and comedy and will be presented by the Second Stage at the Adrienne Theater (2030 Sansom St.). These family-friendly shows offer about an hour of entertainment. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and senior citizens. Information and reservations: 215-627-6564,



Christmas Victorian style

"A Dickens of a Christmas" is the holiday presentation at the Pennsylvania Rennaissance Faire today through Sunday. Miss Daisy Elizabeth Brooke Grubb, matriarch of Mount Hope Estate, presides over this annual Victorian Holiday Mansion soiree with Charles Dickens and his characters as guests of honor.

A Christmas Carol,

the holiday classic about the adventures of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge with the spirits of Christmases past, present and future, is a part of the experience. Shows are at 6 and 9 tonight, 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the faire (2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim, Pa.). Reservations suggested. Information: 717-665-7021, Ext. 129,



First-family holidays

The National Constitution Center is offering a "White House Winter Wonderland," with events in honor of the final week of the "First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image" exhibit. Families can celebrate the winter season in presidential style with games, crafts, and contests based on how first families observed the season throughout history. Events are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Dec. 31 at the center (525 Arch St.). Participation is free with museum admission. Information: 215-409-6600 or



Opening Wednesday

Makes me wanna stomp


a unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, comes to the Merriam Theater (260 S. Broad St.) for 12 shows beginning Wednesday. This show began in the summer of 1991 through a collaboration between its creators Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas in Britain. It's truly timeless foot-stomping fun. Information and tickets: Merriam Theater box office, 215-336-1234 or