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The long-awaited Christmas holiday weekend is almost here. You can get into the spirit with shows, decorations and lots of lights. Real Racine has some great holiday ideas for families.

A musical show. The family holiday program and musical “Mrs. Claus and the Littlest Reindeer” is in its ninth season at Apple Holler Farm, 5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Yorkville. This show includes interactive songs and a special visit from Santa. Guests will also take a ride on the Candy Cane Express and enjoy holiday treats and a craft. Admission is $10 per person. Remaining shows are at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday and at 10 a.m. next Friday, Dec. 29. Reservations are required. Call 262-884-7100 or visit

Dressed up for the holidays. Looking for something fun and interesting? The Racine Art Museum (RAM), 441 Main St., is open daily except Mondays. On display through Dec. 30 is Art of AdORNAMENTS, a handmade ornament competition. You’ll see 40 entries created by artists of all ages. While you’re there, check out the beautiful RAM Holiday Tree that is covered with hundreds of vintage blown glass ornaments. RAM is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 12 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for seniors and students. Visit

Lots of lights. It’s a great time to get out and see some of the area’s outdoor light displays. The Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights has more than 1.5 million lights and spectacular displays along a one-mile trail. It’s all at Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, 8425 Hwy 38, Caledonia. Visitors can see the lights in the comfort of their vehicle or ride in the 43-seat, motorized Santa’s giant sleigh. Admission ranges from $20 to $35 per vehicle. Show hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Christmas Day. For more information, visit or call 262-835-2565. Some other great, free light displays include the Jamestown subdivision off Northwestern Avenue in Mount Pleasant and the Kiwanis Holiday Lights at the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St. See them every evening through Dec. 31.

Spinning tops. Burlington’s Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, 533 Milwaukee Ave., invites everyone to a holiday-themed spinning tops demonstration and tour on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 26-27. Tops that were used as props in the MGM film “My Summer Story” which was the sequel to “A Christmas Story.” The tops expert from the film will demonstrate how the tops were used and share stories from working on the movie set. There are also hands-on activities with 40 different tops, games and optical spinners. Admission is $15 per person. Reservations recommended. 262-763-3946.

Living Christmas stories. Two area churches present live Nativities with live animals, costumed characters, readings of the Christmas story and refreshments. First Church of God, 1650 Lathrop Ave., Racine, presents its Live Nativity from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Christmas in the Barn, presented by English Settlement United Methodist Church, will be held Christmas Eve (Sunday) from 5 to 8:30 p.m. It takes place at the Squire Farm, 26715 Church Road, Burlington (Dover).

Happy holidays, everyone. All of us at Real Racine wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The Real Racine Visitor Center, 14015 Washington Ave. (Hwy. 20), will be closed for the holidays from Sunday, Dec 24 through Tuesday, Jan. 2. We’ll reopen to kick off 2018 at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3.

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