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This Week / Some recommended events for the week of Dec. 19-25

>Today

The bearded one

What: "A Visit From St. Nick"

Why: The crowd gets to sing along.

Info: Matthew Kraemer leads the Buffalo Philharmonic in a program of carols and classics with a Santa Claus sing-along in this Family Series concert at 2:30 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children. Part of the BPO's 75th Anniversary celebration. For more information, call 885-5000 or go online to www.bpo.org.

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Mangers galore

What: Nativity Display

Why: See mangers made from ebony, Coca-Cola cans, birch bark, broom bristles and more.

Info: The Rev. Roy T. Herberger will display the more than 300 Nativity sets he has collected from around the world from 1 to 4 p.m. at SS. Columba-Brigid Church, Hickory and Eagle streets. Call 852-3331. The exhibit continues Jan. 1 and 2, 8 and 9.

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Thunder coming!

What: Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Why: Do you hear what I hear?

Info: The light and music extravaganza rolls into town at 4 and 8 p.m. at HSBC Arena. Tickets are $27.50 to $59.50 and are available at the HSBC Arena box office, online at www.tickets.com and Tickets.com locations. For more info or to charge by phone call 888-223-6000.

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>Tuesday

Hello, winter!

What: Winter Solstice Full Moon Snowshoe Stroll

Why: The longest night is here.

Info: Enjoy a winter night at the Tifft Nature Preserve with a snowshoe stroll (snow permitting) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. followed by a warm drink by the fire. Bring a flashlight. Admission $7; for ages 5 and up. Registration is required, call 896-5200, Ext. 338.

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Dickens, live!

What: "Charles Dickens Presents a Christmas Carol"

Why: An old favorite.

Info: Weatherman Mike Randall (of WKBW fame) re-creates a visit Dickens made to Buffalo in March 1868 as he voices Scrooge, Cratchit and more. At 7:30 p.m. in the Springville Center for the Arts, 37 N. Buffalo St., Springville. Tickets are $12. Refreshments will be provided!

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