December 3rd is Make a Gift Dayso get creative with that glue gun and macaroni.
Kenosha’s Public Museum5500 First Ave., and Civil War Museum5400 First Ave., is jumping into the holiday season today with the International Holiday Celebration (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Public Museum) and Victorian Christmas (10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Civil War Museum). Visitors will find live music, food, demonstrations and craft projects. Entry is free for all events.
Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum, Groenbaaiweg 880, is offering a holiday boutique and bakery from 9 am to 3 pm today. There will be handmade holiday gifts, wreaths and decorations made from natural materials gathered on the Hawthorn grounds. Visitors can also “stock up on homemade cookies, cakes and candies perfect for gifts, or for your own holiday table,” organizers said.
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“Frozen the Musical Jr.” continues today at St. Joseph Catholic Academy, 2401 69th St. Performances are 7pm Fridays, 2pm and 7pm Saturdays and 2pm Sundays, until 11 December. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and students (with ID) and free for children 3 and under. Tickets are sold at the door and online at https://sjcatheater.ludus.com/
Christmas at Kemper – with the historical Durkee Mansion and the Gallery of Trees – is open today from 10am to 2pm at 6501 Third Ave. Self-guided tours of the Durkee Mansion showcase the “Victorian Winter Elegance” decorations. Adjacent to the mansion is the Gallery of Trees, featuring two floors of designer-decorated trees, wreaths and centerpieces. (There is access to the elevator to the second floor.) Entry to both is free. Raffle tickets are sold at the Gallery of Trees for a chance to win a tree or other item. There are also silent auctions at the Gallery of Trees.
Also at Kemper Center today (and Sunday) is the Kenosha Public Market’s Holiday Market. The market, open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., features a large outdoor heated tent, plus more vendors (and a cafe) inside the Kemper Auditorium, 6501 Third Ave. Kids can pick up free s’mores kits and meet Mrs. Claus, who will help them write letters to Santa. Entry is free.
Lakeside Players’ production of “A Seussified Christmas Carol” continues tonight at the Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 56th St. The show is described as “a whimsical reinvention of Dickens’ best-loved Christmas story in wacky, rhyming couplets.” Performances are 7.30pm Friday and Saturday and 2pm Sunday 2-4 December. Performances continue December 9-11. Tickets are $10 and are available at rhodecenter.org and at the door.
The 16th Street Studios in Racine – home to 70 artists in the area – is hosting a Holiday Open House today from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors can meet artists, tour their studios and buy everything from paintings to pottery and jewelry. Food will be available. Entry is free. Free parking is available on the street and in the east and west lots. Enter the historic building, located at 1405 16th St., on its north side at either of its two entrances, covered canopies marked 1405 and 1515. racineartsandbusinesscenter.com/events