Gather with Congregation Shaarei Shamayim for a free family-friendly community Hanukkah celebration 6 p.m. Friday in the Landmark Auditorium, First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive. Bring a vegetarian dish to pass at the potluck dinner and stay for music and singing, games, crafts for kids, dreidel competition, and more. Latkes and sufganiyot (jelly donuts) will be provided!
More information www.shamayim.org; or phone 608-257-2944.
MSCR pottery sale
Purchase pottery perfect for presents at Madison School and Community Recreation’s (MSCR) Pottery Sale 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at MSCR, 3802 Regent St. The annual sale features a wide range of pricing with more than 1,000 pieces from MSCR instructors, students, and local ceramic artists. Proceeds benefit MSCR’s programs. Cash and local checks are accepted.
More information www.mscr.org/our-programs/adult-arts-enrichment/pottery; or phone 608-204-3000.
- Attend a free performance of “Old Befana” 7 p.m. Saturday at Plymouth Congregational Church, 2401 Atwood Ave. Befana, a cranky, old lady always sweeping with her broom, sees a bright light and a procession one night and is invited to go along to see the Baby King of Bethlehem. Madison musician Ken Lonnquist adapted the Italian yuletide tale of peace and our powers as individuals to make it happen into a musical 31 years ago.
More information: www.kenlonnquist.com/old-befana or phone 608-249-1537.
- Join Children’s Theater of Madison for a performance of “A Christmas Carol” 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Capitol Theater at Overture Center, 201 State St. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Tickets range $28 to $58 and can be purchased online at www.overture.org, by phone 608-258-4141, or at the Overture box office.
More information: ctmtheater.org/see-a-show/christmas-carol or phone 608-255-2080.
- Enjoy Dance Wisconsin’s unique twists to the classic tale of “The Nutcracker” ballet 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Wisconsin Union Theater, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St. Tickets range $11 to $40 and can be purchased online at www.dancewisconsin.com; by phone 608-256-ARTS (2787); or at the Memorial Union box office.
More information: www.dancewisconsin.com or phone 608-221-4535.
- Marvel at the 25-foot Christmas tree in Madison Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Overture Hall at Overture Center, 201 State St. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased online at www.overture.org, by phone 608-258-4141, or at the Overture box office. Other chances to see the show happen 2 p.m. Dec. 23 and 26, and 1 p.m. Dec. 24.
More information: www.madisonballet.org/nutcracker or phone 608-278-7990.
— Robyn Norton