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Entertainment can be found throughout Racine County this weekend. Take in theater, live music, shopping and more! Step out with Real Racine.

Mary’s flying back. Everybody’s favorite practically perfect nanny, “Mary Poppins”, returns this weekend to the Racine Theatre Guild stage, 2519 Northwestern Ave. This delightful musical was so popular a year ago that it’s being brought back to entertain families once again. “Mary” is here for just two weekends — Friday through Sunday and Dec. 16-18. Show are at 7 p.m. on Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are expected to go fast. Order at 262-633-4218 visit

Holiday tradition. It’s the best way to get into the holiday spirit! The annual Racine Symphony Orchestra (RSO) Holiday Pops concert is 7 p.m. Friday at Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St. Guest vocalist Bob Benson will perform holiday favorites. Local choirs from Case, Racine Lutheran and Prairie high schools will be on hand to lead an audience sing-along. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Don’t delay! This concert always sells out. Tickets at 262-636-9285 or

Lend a hand. You can help out the area’s homeless population — and catch some great local music — at BlankFest Wisconsin X this Friday and Saturday at McAuliffe’s Pub, 3700 Meachem Road, Mount Pleasant. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is a new or gently used blanket or $10 cash. Organizers will also be accepting socks, gloves and toiletries.

Rock that ugly sweater. Pull out your favorite “ugly” Christmas sweater and head to Downtown Racine on Saturday for fun at the Holiday Open House. Shoppers wearing ugly sweaters will be entered into a drawing to win one of three $50 Downtown Racine gift certificates. Visit

A Christmas tale. The kids will love “Mrs. Claus and the Littlest Reindeer,” an original holiday season musical show presented at Apple Holler Farm, 5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Yorkville. After the performance, kids can enjoy homemade cookies, make a craft and take a ride on the Candy Cane Express. Show times are at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 18. Admission is $10 per person. Ticket information at 262-884-7100 or

On stage. Over Our Head Players’ production of the dark comedy, “A Behanding in Spokane”, continues Friday through Sunday at the Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth St., Racine. This play, by award-winning playwright Marin McDonagh, sold out last Friday. Tickets are still available for this weekend’s shows at 8 p.m. on Friday, 5:30 and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Order at or call 262-632-6802.

Make it brassy. The Belle City Brassworks Brass Band’s annual holiday concert, “A Brass Christmas”, is coming next Wednesday (Dec. 14) at 7:30 p.m. to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., Racine. The band will be joined by the Sacred Heart vocal ensemble and bell choir. Free admission; donations accepted.

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