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• Brukner Nature Center, 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road, Troy, presents “Wildlife and Wild Places,” a wildlife photography exhibit and lecture by a representative of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Admission: $5 for members, $10 fornonmembers. 937-698-6493.

• Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, presents, “Vikings: Beyond the Legend,” an exhibit of artifacts and the largest Viking ship ever recovered, through April. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $19.50 nonmember adult; $12.50 nonmember child and member adult; $17.50 senior; $8.50 member child at www.cincymuseum.org.

• Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle, Cincinnati, presents “A Christmas Carol” through Dec. 31 and “The Second City’s Holidazed & Confused Revue” through Jan. 8. Times vary. Tickets: $30 and up at www.cincyplay.com or 800-582-3208.

• Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton, presents “Ravaged Sublime: Landscape Photography in the 21st Century” through Jan. 8. Wednesday-Sunday. Admission: $14 adults; $11 seniors 60 and older, students 18 and older and active military; $6 children 7-17; free for members and children 6 and under.

• La Comedia Dinner Theater, 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro, presents “A Christmas Carol” through Dec. 31. Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $59-$75 includes dinner, at www.lacomedia.com and 800-677-9505.

• Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, presents “A Whoville Holiday,” botanical exhibits, through Jan. 8. Hours vary. Admission: $7 adults; $4 children; children under 4, free. www.cincinnatiparks.com.

• Holiday Lights on the Hill, a drive-through holiday light show, opens tonight and runs through Jan. 1 in the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton. Monday-Thursday, 6-9 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 6-10 p.m. Admission: $20-$25 per car. 513-868-1234.

• Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Road, Powell, presents Wildlights at the Zoo through Jan. 1. Sunday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Tickets: $19 adults, $13 children 3-9 and seniors 60 and older. www.columbuszoo.org.

• The Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, presents Lights before Christmas daily through Dec. 31. Light displays, ice carving demonstrations, food. Times vary. Admission: $17 adults, $14 children 2-11 and seniors 60 and older. 419-385-4040.

• Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, presents Merry and Bright, seasonal horticultural displays, through Jan. 1. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $14 adults, $11 seniors 60 and older and college students, $7 children 3-16. 614-715-8000.

• Light Up Middletown, a drive-through display, runs from 6 to 10 p.m., today through Dec. 31 in Smith Park, 500 Tytus Ave., Middletown. Santa visits Friday and Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission: donation. www.lightupmiddletown.org.

• Clifton Mill, 75 Water St., Clifton, turns on millions of lights through Jan. 1, from 5 to 9 p.m. nightly. 937-767-5501.

• Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, presents “Dogs” through 2017; “Glass Magic” through 2018; “Graphic Novelist Residency Exhibition: Ronald Wimberly” through Feb. 19; “The Sun Placed in the Abyss” through Jan. 8; “Bodies@Work: The Work of Ruben and Isabel Toledo” through June 18; “Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of Lego,” through Feb. 26; and “Aminah’s Presidential Suite.” Hours vary. Admission: $6-$20. www.columbusmuseum.org.

• Springfield Museum of Art, 107 Cliff Park Road, Springfield, presents the Dayton.Kyoto Print Exchange exhibit through March 25. Open Wednesday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $5 adults; $3 students and seniors; children 17 and under, free. springfieldart.net.

• Alum Creek presents the 17th annual Fantasy of Lights drive-through light show and Santa house in Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds, 2911 S. Old State Road, Delaware, through Jan. 1; Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5:30-10 p.m. Admission: $25 per car. www.alumcreek.com/fol.

• BalletMet presents “The Nutcracker” in the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Columbus, today through Saturday. Times vary. Tickets: $29-$91 plus fees. www.ticketmaster.com.

• Dayton Ballet and Dayton Philharmonic present “The Nutcracker” today at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 4:30 p.m. in the Schuster Center, 1 W. 2nd St., Dayton. Tickets: $17-$76 at www.daytonperformingarts.org.

• New Knoxville Library offers a Christmas craft from 3 to 7 p.m.

• New Bremen Public Library offers a Christmas craft from 3 to 7 p.m.

• Miami County YMCA hosts a Winter Holiday Day Camp for children in grades 1-6, today, Friday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Dec. 29-30 and Jan. 2 in the Robinson Branch, 3060 S. County Road 25A, Troy, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children can enroll for any number of days. Fee: $20 per day members; $26 nonmembers at 937-440-9622.


• Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc. runs the North Pole Express, Fridays though Sundays, from 5 to 9 p.m., through Jan. 1., leaving from the station at 12505 County Road 99, Findlay. Tickets: $3 adults, $2 children. 419-423-2995.

• Miami County Park District hosts “Night Tree,” a tree-decorating program. Participants decorate a tree with items for woodland animals at 7 p.m. in the Lost Creek Reserve, 2385 E. State Route 41, Troy. Register at miamicountyparks.com.


• Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, offers Clydesdale-drawn sleigh and trolley rides today through Dec. 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets: $3 per person 3 and older. Children 2 and under ride for free. 419-332-2081.


• Darke County Parks hosts an early morning discovery hike at today 8 a.m. and Project FeederWatch, birdwatching, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., today and Wednesday, in the Shawnee Prairie Preserve, 4267 State Route 502 W., Greenville. Free. 937-548-0165.

Compiled by Patricia Ann Speelman. Send event notices to pspeelman@aimmedianetwork.com.

Compiled by Patricia Ann Speelman. Send event notices to pspeelman@aimmedianetwork.com.