Do you have visions of sugar plums dancing in your head?
Well, you're not alone. With the holiday season upon us, we've compiled a list of what is going on in the Erie area to fill your festive calendar. We are sure to miss a few of the events, but we will add to this list as we get more information. You can also find more things to do around Erie, and add your own event, at GoErie.com/calendar.
Presque Isle Lights
Presque Isle Lights returns for the second year with self-guided evening driving tours at the peninsula to see seasonal lights beginning Friday. It will continue on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 26. Jon DeMarco, executive director of the Presque Isle Partnership, said Thursdays were added this year to help reduce congestion.
DeMarco said the hours will likely remain 6 to 9 p.m. There will be more than 30,000 lights, all of them LED, and visitors will still see them in nature themes, such as light displays of deer and birds.
Presque Isle Lights is free to attend, but donations are accepted at a booth at the Vista 2 parking lot.
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The boardwalk, woods and wetlands at the Andrew J. Conner Nature Center at Asbury Woods gets dressed up in lights for visitors' nightly walks all throughout December.
Get ready to enjoy a stroll along every night from 5:30 to 8:30 except Dec. 24 and Dec. 25, when Winter Wonderland takes a holiday break of its own.
Admission to the lighted boardwalk and Nature Center will be free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted but are not required.
Here are some other holiday events coming to the Erie area:
“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas": The Erie Playhouse, 13 West 10 St., will produce the holiday musical on Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 5, 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. $15-$24. 814-454-2852, erieplayhouse.org.
“Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn”: Academy Theatre, 275 Chestnut St., Meadville, puts on a modern show based on the 1942 classic. It runs Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11 and Dec. 17, 18 at 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 5, 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. There is also a 2 p.m. show on Dec. 11. $14-$20. 814-337-8000, theacademytheatre.org.
"Sweet Tea and Christmas Trees": Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11, 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 5 and 12, 2 p.m., Meadville Community Theatre, Odd Fellows Building, 400 N. Main Street, Meadville. Production of the sequel to local playwright Maribeth McCarthy's "Sweet Tea and Baby Dreams." $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and students over 13 years; $10 to view a recording after the show's run. 814-333-1773, www.mctbackstage.com/tickets
"Christmas Memories" at The Station Dinner Theater, 4940 Peach St., will return Dec. 4-19 for its 31st run. $28-$41. 814-864-2022, canterburyfeast.com
"Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge": Performing Artists Collective Alliance, 1505 State St., will produce the holiday comedy by Christopher Durang, running Dec. 10-18. $15. 814-616-7222, paca1505.org.
Christmas in the Mansion: The Woman's Club of Erie, 259 W. Sixth St., presents dinner and a house tour, Dec. 10 with seatings at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Menu includes Cornish hen, cranberry sage stuffing, cod Oscar, roasted root vegetables, beverages and more. Also, Dec. 11, 1-4 p.m., pick up orders of chicken Parmesan carryout dinner or cookie trays. Reservations and orders due Dec. 6. $30 for Dec. 10 dinner at the mansion, $12 for Dec. 11 carryout dinner, $10 for 18 assorted cookies, $20 for 36 cookies. 814-450-3199
Handel’s "Messiah" at First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 250 W. Seventh St.: Dec. 11, 3 and 8 p.m. The famous holiday oratorio features the Erie Philharmonic chorus and musicians, along with conductor Thomas Brooks, soprano Elizabeth Baldwin, mezzo-soprano Joan Marie Peitscher, tenor Wesley Lawrence and baritone Edward Pleasant. $10-$21. 814-452-4857, eriephil.org.
Barber Christmas Ball at Bayfront Convention Center, 1 Sassafras Pier: Dec. 11, 7 p.m.-midnight. Annual festive event supports the mission of the Barber National Institute. Lively celebration with food, drink, dancing and live music. $95. 814-455-1260, barberinstitute.org.
Tuba Christmas at Penn State Behrend's Junker Center, Dec. 11 at noon. Performers are invited to stay and play at the Behrend women’s basketball game. For information, visit https://bit.ly/3cDpHlT
"Stars & Promises 2021 – Ring out the Bells Tour": Dec. 18, 8 p.m., Mercyhurst Preparatory School, 538 E. Grandview Blvd. Peter Mayer Christmas show. $35 and $80 ($100 sold out). petermayer.com
Boogie on the Bay at the Bayfront Convention Center, Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Ring in the new year with Boogie on the Bay the Parisian Way. Tickets include drink tokens, hors d'oeuvres, Champagne toast. Individual tickets and tables for 10 are available at erieevents.com, at the Erie Insurance Arena box office or by calling 814-452-4857. Must be 21 or older. Guest must show proof of COVID-19 full vaccination or negative test results within 72 hours of the event.
"A Little Night Music" at Erie Playhouse, 13 West 10 St., Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. Ring in the New Year with the classic musical by legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who died Nov. 26. It's a story of love, nostalgia, regret and the magic of music on a summer’s night. $30 plus fees. 814-454-2852, erieplayhouse.org.
First Day Walk at Presque Isle State Park: Jan. 1, 10-11:30 a.m. Celebrate the new year on a 2½-mile walk over easy terrain with a park naturalist. Register by Dec. 30 at events.dcnr.pa.gov/presque_isle_state_park
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This article originally appeared on Erie Times-News: Erie PA holiday events 2021: Christmas and other happenings