Victorian Holidays: This Thursday and Saturday, 10 am-5pm; Friday, 10 am-8pm; and Sunday, noon to 5 pm, Watson-Curtze Mansion, 356 W. Sixth St. Holiday market Friday through Sunday with local vendors. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted for Toys for Tots. Free entry. 814-454-1813, www.eriehistory.org.
“Sharks: on a mission with Brian Skerry”: Until January 30, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive. National Geographic exhibit organized by the Tom Ridge Environmental Center Foundation. To free. 814-833-7424, www.trecf.org.
Lectures on women’s rights at an evening of open mic poetry: 1020 Collective, 1020 Holland St. Friday, 6 pm – 9 pm An evening of conversation with talks on birth, women’s rights and personal sovereignty, as well as poetry with My Tie. Discussions will begin at 6 p.m. and will also be recorded for live streaming and viewing. With Carly Krahe (mother, physiotherapist and doula), Devorah Ponsell (mother and midwife) and Sarah Moody (mother, doula and birth photographer). bit.ly/314MXXI
“Holiday Inn” and “White Christmas”: Academy Theater, 275 Chestnut St., Meadville and Erie Playhouse 13 W. 10th St. (Holiday Inn: Friday to December 19; “White Christmas”: Friday to December 12). The Academy Theater Meadville and Erie Playhouse are offering a combo vacation pass, which includes seats to both Irving Berlin shows for $ 35. Call the Meadville Box Office at 814-337-8000 or the Erie Playhouse at 814-454-2852. Keep in mind that the Erie Playhouse requires proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test performed within 72 hours of the event for guests 12 years of age and older. Masks compulsory from 2 years old. Details on erieplayhouse.org/covid-policy.
A Dickens Christmas experience: Friday, 7 to 9 p.m., Judson House Museum, 31 High St., Waterford. Reception honoring the works of Charles Dickens and offering wine and beer, food, music, gifts, tours of the decorated house. Benefits Société historique de Fort LeBoeuf. $ 25. 814-882-3562, historyfortleboeuf.com/reception
Elf experience: Friday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Museum of Experienced Children, 420, rue French. Write a letter to Santa, visit Mrs. Claus’ bakery, bake reindeer food, design a toy, and more. Pre-registration encouraged. $ 2. 814-453-3743, eriechildrensmuseum.org
“Funny money”: Friday and Saturday, as well as December 10 and 11 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday and December 12 at 3 pm, All An Act Theater, 652 W. 17th St. Production of the British farce by Ray Cooney. $ 15 for adults, $ 12 for people aged 55 and over and for students, $ 5 for ages 6 to 11. 814-450-8553, 814-449-6554, allanact.net
“Sweet tea and Christmas trees”: Friday, Saturday and December 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday and December 12 at 2 p.m., Meadville Community Theater, Odd Fellows Building, 400 N. Main Street, Meadville. Production of the sequel to “Sweet Tea and Baby Dreams” by local playwright Maribeth McCarthy. $ 13 for adults, $ 11 for seniors and students over 13; $ 10 to watch a recording after the show is broadcast. 814-333-1773, mctbackstage.com/tickets
Appearing at Kellar’s: Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., Kellar’s: A Modern Magic & Comedy Club, 1402 State St. Award-winning magician and comedy actor Michael Misko, who lives in Pittsburgh, is known for creating the role of “Magic Maker” in the Premiere World of Stephen Schwartz’s “Magic To Do” musical review aboard Princess Cruises. Comedian Adam Minnick will be a special guest. The show is for adults 21 and over. $ 30. 814-461-0911, kellarsmagic.com
Holiday open doors: Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Presque Isle Gallery & Gifts, Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive. With over 20 local artists, music, food and drink. Benefits TREC Foundation. Free entry. 814-881-5483. trecf.org/trec
Christmas concert: Sunday, 3 p.m., Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, Mercyhurst University, 501 E. 38th St. Orchestra, Choir and Wind Band Christmas Gala performing sacred songs, traditional pieces and holiday favorites. To free; donations accepted. bit.ly/32DhNHm