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Grand Forks Chorales present 'Messiah' sing-along event

If you love the traditional music that makes the holiday more meaningful, you won't want to miss Grand Forks Chorales' presentation of their annual Sing-along Messiah Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Grand Forks.

Since it was composed in 1741, Handel's "Messiah," one of the most frequently performed choral works in Western music, may be best known for its soaring "Hallelujah" chorus.

At the concert, a free-will donation will be collected for the Global Friends Coalition and Grand Forks Chorales.

The church is at 524 N. Fifth St.

For more information, go to www.gfchorales.org

Lorie Line's Christmas Show, "King of Kings," lights up the stage at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Chester Fritz Auditorium in Grand Forks.

Line brings her world-class Pop Chamber Orchestra and a featured guest vocalist to perform in an all-new Christmas show which "celebrates the magnificent story of the birth of our Savior," according to the venue website.

Santa Claus is sure to show up, too, so bring the kids, ages 4 and older, because they'll be invited on stage to join in the performance of "Twelve Days of Christmas".

And don't forget to bring your bells.

Tickets are $54.

The auditorium is at 3475 University Ave.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to und.edu/chester-fritz-auditorium/ .

The North Dakota Ballet Company presents "Nutcracker Extravaganza" at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks.

More than 75 local dancers, from ages 3 to adult, are presenting a show that includes a light-hearted Act One with local singers and actors, which adds to the fun, festive event, said Laura Arnason, executive director, North Dakota Ballet Company and Academy.

It features a mixed repertoire of holiday favorites such as "Run, Run, Rudolph," "Silent Night," "Carol of the Bells," and more to be performed in styles such as ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip hop dance, Arnason said.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students.

The theatre is at 415 DeMers Ave.

For more information, call (701) 746-6044.

The Second Wind Band is presenting two free concerts, at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Thursday in the center area of Grand Cities Mall.

The 25-member band is directed by Don Craig.

Santa's Village is open from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Lincoln Park Clubhouse in Grand Forks.

Santa Claus will be on site from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Santa and his elves have set up a workshop where kids can enjoy holiday activities—creating crafts, playing games, and listening to Christmas music—surrounded by more than 30 beautifully decorated Christmas trees, each with a different theme.

Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride on Saturday or Sunday, weather permitting, and then warm up with hot cocoa and holiday cookies.

Suggested admission is one nonperishable food item or new toy per person.

For more information, visit www.gfparks.org or call (701) 746-2750.

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