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Everyone has holiday favorites – music, ornaments, foods and traditions. Experience some special favorites in Racine County this weekend! Real Racine has these suggestions. A musical story. The often-told “A Christmas Carol” gets a tuneful treatment in “Scrooge – the Musical.” The Haylofters present this Charles Dickens classic all weekend at the Malt House Theatre, 109 N. Main St., Burlington. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, call 262-763-9873 or visit www.thehaylofters.com See a mansion. The Henry S. Durand mansion, 1012 Main St., is all gussied up for the holidays. This 19th century treasure has special themed room and more decorated Christmas trees than you can count! Mansion tours are scheduled for the next two weekends (Saturday and Sunday) from 12 to 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kid ages 4 through 11. The Racine Masonic Center also holds a wine, beer and soda tasting this Friday evening. Tickets are $35. For more information, call 262-989-6681 or visit www.racinemasoniccenter.com Rock that sweater. This year’s Downtown Racine shopping jam features those irresistibly ugly Christmas sweaters. Participating merchants will be wearing their sweaters all day Saturday and you’re invited to join the fun. That sweater will help you get in-store specials. Visit www.racinedowntown.com Art in ornaments. Come see some amazing ornaments made by local artists at the Racine Art Museum’s “The Art of AdORNAMENTS” exhibit opening Friday. The exhibit runs through Sunday, Dec 28 at RAM, 441 Main St. RAM is open Tuesday through Sunday. Visit www.racinedowntown.com See it live. Live nativity scenes are a wonderful Christmas tradition. You can see one this Friday and Saturday at the Lutheran Chapel of the Cross, 1426 Fancher Road, Mount Peasant at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday; 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Free Christmas concert. The annual Kiwanis Youth Symphony winter concert is 5:30 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave., Racine. The presentation of Christmas and classical music is performed by elementary through high school students. Free admission; donations are welcome For daily updates, “like” us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/realracine) or follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/realracine)

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