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If you're looking for something to put you in the holiday spirit, why not check out a few of the following events? Some even offer senior discounts.

* "The Nutcracker," by the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis, will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7; 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and 3 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 9 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children and $8 for senior citizens (matinees only). Information: 263-2909.

* If Handel's "Messiah" is one of your favorites, don't miss the Annapolis Chorale's Chamber Chorus and Orchestra performance at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8, at St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Spa Road and Hilltop Lane in Annapolis. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students.

Information: 263-4471 or 956-6881.

* The Ensemble Galilei, a group of instrumentalists specializing in both Renaissance and traditional music, will present Traditional Christmas music at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, in the Great Hall of McDowell Hall on the St.

John's College campus.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for general admission, $7 for students and senior citizens and may be purchased at the door.

* North Arundel Hospital is selling poinsettias for its Poinsettia Christmas Tree. At $8 each, the plants may be bought in honor of family members and friends. Checks should be made payable to North Arundel Hospital. Deadline to purchase plants is Dec. 21. Pickup for the plants is 3 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 4 in the main lobby. Information: 787-4367.

* The Crofton Village Club will be host to a House Tour and Christmas Boutique at Linthicum Walks, on Route 424 next to Crofton Junior High School, from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 9. Many hand-designed arrangements, wreaths and tree ornaments will be for sale. House tour donation is $5. Proceeds benefit the Crofton Community. For tickets, contact Garden Club members or call 721-3344 or 721-2833.

* The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society is continuing a local holiday tradition by sponsoring its sixth annual Christmas Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Bay View Inn.

Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased by calling 867-0958 or 261-9384. Money raised by the brunch ticket sales will be used for the restoration of the Captain Salem Avery House museum at 1418 East West Shady Side Road. Information: 261-5234.

* Lubavitch of Anne Arundel County invites everyone for a pre-Hanukkah family celebration, conducted by Rabbi and Mrs. David Kugel, at 2 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 9, in the conversation room at St. John's College Key Auditorium.

Entertainment will be provided by Chaim and the Cheder Boys. A professional storyteller, a magic show and a concession stand will be featured. Admission is $5 at the door, $4 in advance. All proceeds go to Jewish education in the county. Free parking is available at the state government parking lot nearby. Information: 263-8544 or 263-8438.

* Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau will sponsor a holiday tour of private homes and bed and breakfasts in the historic area of Annapolis from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8. Park in the Navy-Marine stadium parking area and take the shuttle service to the tour.

Admission will be charged. Information: 280-0445.

* The Colonial Players is presenting a special benefit production of "A Christmas Carol" as part of the group's 10th anniversary of performing the Christmas classic. Proceeds go to the Light House Homeless Shelter in Annapolis.

The performance will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, with a dessert reception following. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at the Light House Shelter office at 206 West St., Annapolis, or by sending check or money order to Light House Shelter, P.O. Box 6149, Annapolis 21401.

Information: 263-1835.

* If a colonial celebration is what you're looking for, visit London Town Publik House's Historic Tavern Tour from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9. A tour will feature period decorations, music, a decorations and greens sale and refreshments. The cost is $3.50 for adults, $3 for senior citizens, $1.50 for children. Information: 222-1219.

* "A Christmas Celebration" will be created by the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra to benefit Pathways, the Anne Arundel Medical Center's substance abuse treatment center for adolescents and young adults.

The performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Constitution Avenue and Greenfield Street in Annapolis. Reservations required. Information: 956-6881 or 974-8307.

* The hospice of Anne Arundel Medical Center will offer holiday bereavement support on a drop-in basis, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 13 and 17 at the hospice office, 275 West Street, Suite 216, in Annapolis.

Bereavement support helps individuals cope with the loss of a loved one.

This emotional support is especially important during the holiday season.

Services are provided by professionally trained hospice staff. Information: 280-6586.

* Historic Annapolis Foundation's two-day Christmas Celebration will contrast the differences between an 18th-century and 19th-century Christmas. The William Paca House, circa 1765, 186 Prince George's St., and the Gassaway-Feldmeyer House, circa 1878, 184 Prince George's St., will be decorated for Christmas with evergreens, dried flowers, colorful fruits, vegetables and toys appropriate to the two different cultural periods.

Both houses will open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, with candlelight from 4 to 7 p.m. Greens demonstrations will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in the William Paca House conference room, conducted by Nancy Avallone and Boots Michalak.

The celebration continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, with a colonial cooking demonstration in the Old Kitchen of the William Paca House by Anne Arundel Community College students. Visitors may sample the food.

Continuous music will be performed both days by Maggie Sansone, the Chamber Players, Ginger and David Hildebrand, and the Singers Madrigale.

Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for ages 6 to 18; children younger than 6 are free. A special combination ticket that includes the Hammond-Harwood House is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 18. Information: 267-8149, 269-0432 and 261-1110.

* The Greater Annapolis Chamber of Commerce will conduct its second annual Christmas Parade of Lights gala Saturday, Dec. 15. The 1990 Christmas Lights Parade is the Eastport Yacht Club's holiday greeting to the city of Annapolis. More than 60 yachts decorated with thousands of lights will parade through the Annapolis Harbor and Spa Creek.

Several Dock area restaurants are offering celebration packages.

Maryland Inn will be host to a gourmet fireside dinner at $25 per person plus tax. Reservations are suggested. Information: 263-2641.

Enjoy a view of the parade at Carrol's Creek Cafe while you dine.

Reservations will be taken before 6 p.m. Information: 263-8102.

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