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1. Go directly to your calendar and circle Saturday. That's when the Buffalo Fire Historical Museum opens its doors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to show the world the best collection of Christmas Firehouses.

Not only that, the firehouses are arranged in a spectacular village setting with nutcrackers, Santas, other fire-related works of art ? and a train!

All this for free at 1850 William St. at North Ogden Street.

See this red-hot Christmas village Saturdays through Jan. 26.

2. One chance only to catch the Yass Hakoshima Movement Theatre.

Witness Japanese mime and dance at its best starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Drama Theater at UB Center for the Arts. Watch as it combines with the Neglia Ballet for a real cultural fusion. Sponsored by the Buffalo-Kanazawa Sister City committee. Tickets $24, $20 and $12 at box office. for more facts.

3. Kick off the Christmas shopping season when it should start -- the day after Thanksgiving -- with a 7:30 p.m. Friday performance of "A Christmas Carol."

Presented by the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave. Tickets $16 and $12 at box office or call 683-1776.

4. What better place to be Thanksgiving Friday than on the lakeshore in an architecturally supreme setting.

Graycliff tours run on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost $14, $10 students. Call 947-9217 to hold your place. Head for the cliff at 6742 Lake Shore Road in Derby.

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