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Holiday Calendar

<cal1>NOW THROUGH JAN. 8

<cal2>Miracle of Lights, a holiday drive-through light show, is now opened and will run through Jan. 8, 2005 in Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville. The show will run from 5:30-10:30 p.m. every night (except New Year's Eve).

This year's show will feature: Planet Holiday, Victorian Virginia, Noah's Ark, Santa's Wood, The Angel's Playground and The Enchanted Woods. The show is located in Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, and is hosted by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. The show is sponsored by M.C. Dean, Hot 99.5, WASH FM 97.1, WMZQ 98.7, WBIG 100, Pennysaver, Comcast, Journal Newspapers, The Community PhoneBook and the Connection Newspapers. Cost is $12 per car (1-14 people), $25 per commercial van (15-34 people) and $50 per bus (35 people or more). Discount coupons are available in local papers and on the Miracle of Lights Web site www.miracleoflights.com. Call Miracle of Lights 703-709-KIDS (5437) or visit www.miracleoflights.com.

<cal1>THURSDAY/DEC. 16

<cal2>Paul VI Catholic High School will hold its Annual Christmas Concert Thursday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. The chorus and instrumental students will combine to present traditional Christmas selections. Admission is $2 per adult, $1 per student, or $5 per family. The school is located at 10675 Lee Highway, Fairfax. Call 703-352-0925 ext. 471 or 332.

<cal1>DEC. 20-22

<cal2>Chantilly High revives its dramatic adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol," on Dec. 20, 21, and 22. Shows begin at 7 p.m. in the Chantilly High School auditorium. Seating is reserved for each performance. Tickets are $4 and are available in advance and at the door. Call 703-222-8182. The cast includes 22 students ranging from freshmen to seniors.

This faithful version of "A Christmas Carol" follows the transformation of a cruel and merciless businessman, Ebenezer Scrooge (Faqir Qarghah, senior), on one fateful Christmas Eve. Scrooge, upon finishing a day's work with his assistant, Bob Cratchit (Brian McDonald, senior), heads to his home where he is haunted by the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley (Jae Laroya, senior). Marley warns of the coming visits from three ghosts of Christmas that will help Scrooge to see the error of his ways. When the clock strikes 1 o'clock, the Ghost of Christmas Past (Melissa Klein, senior) appears to lead Scrooge through shadows of his life. At the stroke of 2, the Ghost of Christmas Present (Mike Deveney, senior) takes Scrooge to the home of his assistant, Bob Cratchit, where he sees the rest of the Cratchit household: Mrs. Cratchit (Meredith Lynch, senior), Martha (Juliette Delp, junior), Beth (April Glick, junior), and Tiny Tim (Chloe West, sophomore).

<cal1>Dec. 21-22

<cal2>Westfield High's Children's Theatre presents holiday shows, Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 21-22, at 10 a.m. each day, in the school theater. Students will perform "The Grinch," "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "Meet The Maccabees," an original play about Chanukah. Tickets are $3 at the door and $2 for groups of 20 or more. Call 703-488-6432.

<cal1>WEDNESDAY/DEC. 29

<cal2>Sully Holiday Concert at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. This popular Celtic group combines powerful vocals, compelling flute and whistle and unique harp to bring the music of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and France, blending songs, dance tunes and aires into a rich and stunning tapestry. House tour included. Refreshments served in the original 18th century kitchen. Prepaid reservations required. Limited seating. $8/seat. Call 703-437-1794.

<cal1>THURSDAY/DEC. 30

<cal2>Sully Holiday Concert at 2 and 3 p.m. Enjoy vocal and instrumental music on period and reproduction 18th century instruments featuring selections that bring America's music heritage to live with beauty and accuracy. David Hildebrand's music has been featured in movies and on television, such as the PBS-TV series "Liberty." House tour of Sully Historic Site included. Refreshments served in the original 18th century kitchen. Prepaid reservations required. Limited seating. $8/seat. Call 703-437-1794.