1 A CHOSEN SPOT CHRISTMAS: Canandaigua will be filled with holiday-themed events this weekend. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 320 S. Pearl St., will host a Christmas Treasures Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park (151 Charlotte St., Canandaigua) will host "Dickens Christmas," with carols from Sweet Adelines, country dancing with Meryton Assembly Dancers and a reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. (Bring $7 and a nonperishable food donation.) A "Tuba Christmas" performance will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Commons Park gazebo, preceded by a 2:30-3:45 p.m. registration and practice above One Source Antiques, 125 S. Main St. (Bring your instrument and music stand, dress for the weather. (Registration is $10; music is available for $16 at the practice.) The Ontario County Historical Society will hold its holiday open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at 55 N. Main St. And then on Sunday, Dec. 3, comes the Community Messiah Sing-along from 3 to 4 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 58 N. Main St., Canandaigua, with a rehearsal at 1 p.m. All singers are welcome, and scores and refreshments will be provided. Edith Rice directs. (Details: 585-2184, canandaiguachurch.org.)
2 AN INTERACTIVE CHRISTMAS CAROL: Breadcrumb Productions and the Geneva Historical Society invite you to a rather different kind of theatrical experience. In this interactive production of "A Christmas Carol Retold, follow Scrooge through the halls of Rose Hill Mansion as you unravel this yuletide tale of greed, guilt and forgiveness — while taking Tiny Tim's hand, dancing with Fezziwig, and engaging with Spirits of the past, present and future. Performances (60 minutes) are at 6 and 8 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 3 at the 1839 Greek Revival mansion Rose Hill, 3373 Route 96A, with a reception between them from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Space is limited, so reservations are required. Tickets: $20 for performance and reception, at 315-789-5151 or brownpapertickets.com.
3 ALT-COUNTRY TROUBADOR: Emerging in the mid-1980s with "Guitar Town," singer-songwriter Steve Earle has been a musical force to be reckoned with in the rock, country, folk, bluegrass and many another genre, with some 20 albums (some with his band The Dukes) to his credit and songs recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Joan Baez and Vince Gill. Steve Earle & The Dukes will appear in concert Friday, Dec. 1, at Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St., Geneva, with alt-country duo The Mastersons opening. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show, with wine and beer available at the Smith's Downstairs Cabaret. Reserved-seating tickets: $29.50-$39.50 (plus $3.50 service fee), at the Smith box office, 315-781-5483 or www.thesmith.org. (The box office will be open 60 minutes before the concert Friday.)
4 CHRISTMAS KARAOKE: The Phelps-Clifton Springs Community Theatre will once again bring Christmas Karaoke to the region on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Phelps Hotel, 90 Main St., Phelps. It's the third year for the event, with the proceeds used to produce the theatre troupe's annual summer musical. Cecilia Augustus will act as DH and have both Christmas and pop tunes for singing; there also will be raffles, door prizes, and food and drink available for purchase at the hotel. It's the same evening as Phelps Hometown Christmas, so people are encouraged to come for the village tree lighting and then join the Karaoke event. Admission: $5.
5 FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: Downtown Clifton Springs becomes a holiday wonderland from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, for the Festival of Lights. The event includes free horse-drawn wagon rides, ice sculpting, free snacks and beverages, visits with Santa, live music and caroling, a "Nutcracker" ballet preview, Rudolph and the Gingerbread Man, decorated trees for sale, vendors under covered walkways, children's activities, and more. Details: 315-462-8200, cliftonspringschamber.com.