The holiday season is kicking into high gear in Racine County this week with plenty of entertainment options. Here are some suggestions from Real Racine.
Pajamas + shopping. Downtown Racine's Holiday Pajama Shopping Jam runs from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. While you won't have to wear your jammies, several shopkeepers plan to dress the part and offer early morning specials. For details, visit www.racinedowntown.com
A show for the kids. Youngsters and their parents will enjoy the holiday musical "Mrs. Claus and the Littlest Reindeer" at Apple Holler, 5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Yorkville. In addition to the interactive show, kids can do a craft project with Mrs. Claus, eat a holiday cookie, ride the Candy Cane Express and see Santa. Performances are at 10 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays and select weekdays through Dec. 23. Tickets are $7 per person. Reservations are required by calling 262-886-8500.
Last call for the mansion. Holiday tours at the Racine Masonic Center, 1012 S. Main St., conclude this weekend. “An Enchanted Christmas” featuring eight decorated rooms and themed Christmas trees, also includes crafts, holiday treats and a stocking gift raffle. The mansion is open from noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids age 12 and younger. Kids age 2 and younger are admitted free. The mansion also offers a special breakfast with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 11. For details, call 262-672-2332 or visit www.RacineMasonicCenter.org
Make a joyful noise. The entire community is invited to a Christmas carol sing-along from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Monument Square. Families are invited to have pictures taken in front of the refurbished Nativity scene or with St. Nicholas' sleigh. Free cookies, hot chocolate and coffee will be provided. The event is presented by the Racine Christmas Coalition of Churches - 20 area churches, the Knights of Columbus and the Racine Dominican Sisters that have worked together to maintain and display the Nativity scene.
New art exhibit. "Watercolor Wisconsin 2011" opens Sunday for a four-month run at the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, 2519 Northwestern Ave. This annual exhibition brings together the works of artists from throughout the state. This year's exhibit has 126 pieces by 84 Wisconsin artists. The opening reception is from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. An awards presentation to honor the artists whose pieces were judged best in show starts at 2:30 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through April 21, 2012.