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There are a ton of options for getting in the holiday spirit this week without ever opening your wallet. Among the highlights are the Christmas concert presented by the Boston Town Band on Sunday. The show begins at 3 p.m. in Boston Valley School, Back Creek Road, Boston. Call 649-8570 for details. If you're free during the day on Tuesday, stop by Lancaster Opera House at noon for the "Holiday Sparkle" show featuring the Lancaster High School Show Choir and Jazz Band. Freewill donations will be accepted. Check it out at 21 Central Ave. in Lancaster. Call 683-1776 for more information. And peruse the Gusto calendar for a complete listing of holiday entertainment in the coming week.



Not 21? No problem

The title of Buffalo's best emcee will be on the line when the AG-1 Hip-hop Dance Coalition hosts a competition at 7 p.m. today. Buffalo's 2005 Battle of the Emcees takes place in the Langston Hughes Institute, 25 High St. Admission is $6; call 909-4462 for more information. Another option is the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and next Friday in Shea's Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. Tickets for the holiday favorite cost $22 to $45 and are available through the Shea's box office or Ticketmaster.



Go single -- or bring a friend

Here's a sweet deal for any lovers of chocolate. "Chocolate Passion" offers a tour of a working chocolate factory, a taste of great chocolates and their perfect wine complements, and the chance to meet fellow chocoholics. The best part is that the $10 entry to the event benefits the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. It all happens from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Choco-Logo Confectionery Design, 141 Broadway. Be sure to make reservations at 858-8900 or by noon on Tuesday.

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