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Get some tree ideas

If you need some new ideas for your Christmas-tree decorating this year, check out the Festival of Trees and Lights at the Manitoba Hydro Gallery, 360 Portage Ave. You'll have to hurry; today is the last day. Admission is free to see the trees, but from noon to 2 p.m. today, there will be high tea with entertainment. Tickets for that are $10.

Fairy tales

The Fairy Tale Vignettes were always a favourite part of Christmas for children who used to go to see Santa at the Eaton's downtown store. Although Eaton's is no more, the sentimental displays remain, have been fully restored, and are on display at the Children's Museum. Check them out today between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The display will be at the museum until Jan. 5 if you want to save it for another weekend.

Yuletide laughs

Need some relief from pre-Christmas stress? Have some laughs at Grandma's Fruitcake show, featuring the Crosseyed Rascals, a local improv group. The show is free, but please bring non-perishable food items or financial donations, as the event is in support of Winnipeg Harvest and Habitat for Humanity. It's 7 p.m. at the Prairie Theatre Exchange.

Say Hey Jude

The Beatles are in town? OK, not really THE Beatles, but tribute band the Fab Four are. They promise you might do a few double takes, because they claim to sound like the real thing. They're playing Beatles' hits at the McPhillips Station Casino tonight at 8 p.m. There is also a dinner option, which starts at 6.

Hear the

Winnipeg Singers

A beautiful choir singing in perfect unison is a great way to get into the holiday mood. The Winnipeg Singers are one of Canada's finest choral ensembles. They'll be performing A Canadian Christmas today at 3 p.m., where the choir will combine its voices with a storybook reading. Crescent Ford Rouge United Church, 525 Wardlaw Ave., $25.

Check out artsy

architecture

If you're intrigued by different and fascinating architecture, I'd recommend seeing Architecture + Film: Coast Modern. It's playing at Cinematheque today at 2 p.m., and features a look at the most fascinating architecture design on the Pacific North West Coast. Get some design ideas or just take in the different and weird things that set these homes apart.

Kids krafts

If you've got a few little ones and are looking for fun and affordable afternoon, The Forks is hosting Christmas Crafts for Kids every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas. Head to the centre court today and create your own holiday crafts between 1-4 p.m. Afterwards, you can get some Christmas shopping done with the distinctive gift options at The Forks Market.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 9, 2012 ??65534

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