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By Shane Cohn and Michel Miller 12/20/2012

A FAIRGROUNDS CHRISTMAS 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Ventura County Fairgrounds will be celebrating “A Fairgrounds Christmas.” Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the inaugural event, visiting with all of the children and posing for Christmas photographs. Parents are encouraged to bring cameras. Decorations everywhere will provide beautiful Christmas backdrops for your family photos. Live Christmas music will fill the air with performances by the Jill Martini Soiree, carols sung by Teen Challenge Kid’s Choir, children’s dancing with Alma de Mexico and more.
10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura.

A RUBICON FAMILY CHRISTMAS Dec. 20-23. Conceived and directed by Brian McDonald, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and the big jolly man himself reunite with the spectacular cast of A Rubicon Family Christmas for a joyous concert celebration that critics have called “A tuneful stocking stuffer” the entire family will enjoy! The cast includes Joan Almedilla, Teri Bibb, Dina Bennett, Trey Ellett, Anthony Manough and Brian Sutherland, who have starred on Broadway in such shows as Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon, 1776 and Rent, among others. They are joined by an ensemble of talented young artists from the region. Glorious renditions of holiday carols and contemporary songs of the season will be performed in styles including classical, pop, jazz and gospel. The result is an hour and a half of the best-performed holiday music you’re likely to hear all season. $20-$45. Ventura College Theater, 4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura.
667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.  

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