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Datebook: December, 2011

by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family Magazine
Better Watch Out
In Broadway Theatre of Pitman’s whimsical children’s theater production of Santa Claus is Coming to Town, you’ll watch the tale of young Kris Kringle and his friends as they stop the town’s villainous mayor from outlawing toys. The story wouldn’t be complete without a lesson on how Santa and his reindeer came to be. Dec. 15-17, 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., at The Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman, (856)384-8381, TheBroadwayTheatre.org, $9

Home for the Holidays
Sing and be joyful with the Greater South Jersey Chorus during their annual presentation of classical holiday music and traditional carols. This 90-voice strong chorus invites families for an evening concert featuring guest soprano Kelly Ann Bixby. Dec.17, 8 p.m. at St. Isaac Jogues RC Church, 3 Lord Place, Marlton,(856) 482-8282, GreaterSJChor-us.org, $20 for adults, free for children under 14

Hanukkah Celebration
Community leaders welcome you to this fun and educational Hanukkah party, geared exclusively to the younger crowd. Children ages 3 to 6 will decorate take-home menorahs, join in sing-alongs and snack on latkes. Must reserve space by Dec. 15. Dec. 18, 10 a.m., at Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, (856) 424-4444, KatzJCC.org, free for members, $10 for non-members

Illuminating Traditions
The second night of Hanukkah is commemorated with the Celebra­tion of Lights, hosted by Chabad-Lubavitch of Camden and Burling­ton counties. Following a performance by a local synagogue choir and a lighting of the menorah, families are invited to take part in this free program and sample latkes, donuts and chocolate gelt. Dec. 21, 6-8 p.m. at JC Penney Court in the Cherry Hill Mall, 2000 Route 38, Cherry Hill, (856) 662-7441, Cherry­HillMall.com, free

Joyous Kwanzaa
Share in the seven principles of Kwanzaa, a week-long celebration cherishing important African-American culture and heritage, in these special performances at the Garden State Discovery Museum. For regular observers or first-timers, Queen Nur will light up the stage with interactive, educational storytelling and song. Dec. 26 and ­28, 1 p.m., at the Garden State Discovery Museum, 2040 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, (856) 424-1233, DiscoveryMuseum.com, free with $10.95 admission

First Night
For those who want to celebrate the new year but can’t decide what to do, Haddonfield’s First Night celebration has nearly 30 artists performing, from celtic dancing and acrobatics to mentalist The Amazing Kreskin and country singer Tommy Cash. A three-hour kids’ performance block will entertain until the 9 p.m. fireworks. One admissions button gets you into all events. Dec. 31, 6 p.m-midnight, various locations, (856) 429-4700, FirstNightHaddonfield.org, $12-15

Make a Splash
It’s not a real party until the foam cannons come out—at least not at Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor Water Park. This all-ages New Year’s Eve bash has been a sold-out success in years past. And why not? Tickets include admission to the park’s regular attractions and dance party, $5 credit to the arcades, buffet dinner and dessert from Andreotti’s Viennese Café, and a champagne or sparkling cider toast when the clock strikes midnight. Dec. 31, 7 p.m.-midnight, 535 N. Route 73, West Berlin, (856) 767-7580, SaharaSams.com, $59.99

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 10 (December, 2011).
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