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1. Santa hits Toy Town on Saturday!

Come and see a very special exhibit of more than 40 hand-carved Santa Claus figures, each with a riveting story to tell. Exhibit creator Charles Hunt will give you an insider's look at what it takes to create a wooden Santa, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Toy Town Museum, 636 Girard Avenue, East Aurora.

Make a reindeer for your tree for free!

2. Kick off the holidays in proper Victorian fashion with -- what else -- a fashion show featuring coats, capes and fabulous furs.

A splendid lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave., with fashion to follow. All for $19. Call 884-0095 to reserve your seat.

3. Count them: 218 Nativity sets representing 43 countries on display at one place at one time.

From 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 6, tour the world -- manger by manger -- at SS. Columba-Brigid Church, Hickory and Eagle streets.

Presented with pride by the Rev. Roy Herberger. Call him with questions at 852-2076.

4. Witness the Holocaust through the eyes of a child in "Kindertransport," a play based on historic incidents of 10,000 Jewish children moved from their homes in Germany.

Presented by Jewish Repertory Theatre, the play opens today at 7:30 p.m. at Road Less Traveled Theatre, 639 Main St. It continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 22. Tickets $30 and $32. Call 688-4114, Ext. 334.


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