This year the holiday trains at North Shore Scenic Railroad and Lake Superior Railroad Museum will be sitting still amidst this pandemic shutdown so for the first time ever, the annual holiday reading of the "Christmas City Express"story will be done via live webcast at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. If viewers choose, they will be able to order the "Christmas City Express" book, ornament and teddy bear during the webcast. Money raised will support the mission of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum. The performance features the actors who are also the authors of the book: Cheryl Skafte and Luke Moravec. The sponsors are WDIO/WIRT TV and Super One Foods. To participate, register at DuluthTrains.com. The webcast is free.
ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) congregations invite you into your car to drive through Duluth and the Christmas Story. Six Duluth area Lutheran Churches are working together to tell the Christmas story with a lighted display on each campus. To participate, start at Elim Lutheran Church, 6101 Cody St., for the first scene and drive from there to the next five scenes. An accompanying online video (or paper packet) provides the Bible story, reflections, prayer, and music. Displays will be lit from 4:30-11 p.m. through Dec. 25.
Participating congregations, in order of scenes: Elim Lutheran Church, 6101 Cody St.; Our Savior’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4831 Grand Ave.; First Lutheran Church, 1100 E. Superior St.; Kenwood Lutheran Church, 2720 Myers Ave.; Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 410 N. Arlington Ave.; and Grace Lutheran Church, 5454 Miller Trunk Highway, Hermantown.
The event is free. Grace Lutheran Church is collecting items for CHUM, of which all participating churches are member congregations. Items may be left at Grace’s lighted scene.
More information and the video are found at Facebook Event: fb.me/e/3AdtGkyp7 or oursaviorsduluth.org/driving-tour-christmas-lights or youtu.be/TZgxzSYAGWw.
County Seat Theater presents "A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play," on-demand Wednesday, Dec. 23, through Dec. 25. Cost: $9.99 per person or $14.99 per household. Call 218-878-0071 or go to countyseattheater.com.
The University of Minnesota Duluth presents DanceWorks2020 today, Dec. 18, through Sunday, Dec. 20. Free open streaming. Join performers online to celebrate movement, creativity and resilience. Faculty and student choreographers will premiere original camera dances filmed in a range of styles and locations. More information available soon at z.umn.edu/danceworks2020.
- The Duluth Playhouse is streaming “Songs of the Season,” featuring local singers, including Carolyn LePine, Gabriel Mayfield, Shad Olsen and Christina Stroup, on YouTube through Jan. 3. Donations accepted.