Today in Lawrence: Weekend of holiday happenings and warmer weather

Lawrence native Ashley Davis will perform "Celtic Songs for a Winter's Eve" Friday evening at the Lied Center.

Lawrence native Ashley Davis will perform "Celtic Songs for a Winter's Eve" Friday evening at the Lied Center.

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Warming up

Thursday's snow is all wrapped up, and Friday, Saturday and Sunday will move on to weather we're more accustomed to: highs in the high 30s and low 40s with a mix of sun and clouds. Friday will see clouds and a high of about 36 degrees with a low of 30. Saturday will have some sunshine and a few clouds, with a high of 43 degrees. The low will be around 35 degrees. And Sunday will get even warmer, with a high of 47 and clouds, and a low of 41.

Christmas flick

It may not have the nostalgia of "White Christmas," but "Die Hard" has plenty of Christmas at its core. The 1988 Christmas-action film starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman is screening at 7 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. Friday at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

Celtic Christmas

Lawrence native Ashley Davis's haunting vocals marry a variety of Celtic traditions with a contemporary sensibility—evoking an enchanting magic. In this winter solstice celebration, Ashley's ensemble will be joined by Dublin harper Cormac De Barra. Ashley Davis: Celtic Songs for a Winter’s Eve is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Lied Center Pavilion, 1600 Stewart Drive.

Variety of outlaws

From standup comedy to music and burlesque, there's something for everyone at the Outlaw’s Wild West Christmas Show and Benefit for Toys for Tots! The show, featuring Outlaw Jake, Brock Wilbur, Romany Romany Jewel , Scarlet Harlot and Dolly Dimples Comedy of Peter Lyrene and Chance Dibben, is at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Granada Theater, 1020 Massachusetts St.

A Christmas formality

Everybody likes to get dressed up for the holidays. Break out your finery for the Annual Christmas Formal with The Jazzhaus Big Band at 10 p.m. Saturday at the The Jazzhaus, 926 1/2 Massachusetts St. Get your swingin' groove on with the 19-piece band! There is a $5 cover at the door.

Menorah of Warmth

Join Chabad of KU for a menorah lighting ceremony and Hanukkah celebration at the Lawrence Arts Center! The 9-foot Menorah of Warmth will be decorated with mittens, socks and hats for those in need. New items will be collected at the ceremony. The Menorah of Warmth lighting ceremony is at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

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More Dec. 19 events

Mike Shurtz Trio featuring Erin Fox, 10:15-11:30 a.m., Signs of Life, 722 Massachusetts St.

Amazing Olive Press Workshop, 10:30 a.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.

Adornment Holiday Art Show and Sale, 1-5 p.m., Van Go, 715 New Jersey St.

New Horizons Band, 4 p.m., Drury Place, 1510 St. Andrews Drive.

Dinner: Angie’s Indian Tacos, 5:30 p.m., Eagles Lodge, 1803 W. Sixth St.

Bingo night, doors 5:30 p.m., refreshments 6 p.m., bingo starts 7 p.m., Eagles Lodge, 1803 W. Sixth St.

Taize service, 6 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Church, 1234 Kentucky St.

A Kansas Nutcracker: 1856 Bleeding Kansas Edition, 7 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

“Mary Poppins,” 7:30 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive.

The Nutcracker, 7:30 p.m., Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.

Christmas Festival, 8 p.m., Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.

William Baker Festival Singers: 17th Annual Candlelight, Carols & Cathedral, 8-9 p.m., Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 416 West 12th Street (at Broadway), Kansas City, Mo.

More Dec. 20 events

Red Dog’s Dog Days workout, 7:30 a.m., parking lot in 800 block of Vermont Street.

St. John Catholic Church Rummage Sale, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1246 Kentucky St.

Eudora’s Market On Main indoor farmers and crafts market, 9 a.m.-noon, 724 Main St., Eudora.

Art Cart: What’s Missing? 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.

Santa Splash, noon-12:45 p.m., Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive.

Festival of Nativities, noon-4 p.m., Centenary United Methodist Church, 245 N. Fourth St., North Lawrence.

Christmas Festival, 1 p.m., Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.

Pickett, Paull & Jeans, 1-3 p.m., Mass Street Music, 1347 Massachusetts St.

Adornment Holiday Art Show and Sale, 1-5 p.m., Van Go, 715 New Jersey St.

A Kansas Nutcracker: 1856 Bleeding Kansas Edition, 2 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

The Nutcracker, 2 p.m., Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.

Saturday Afternoon Ragtime, 2-4 p.m., Watkins Community Museum, 1047 Massachusetts St.

Americana Music Academy Saturday Jam, 3 p.m., Americana Music Academy, 1419 Massachusetts St.

Headpin Challenge, 6-9 p.m., Royal Crest Lanes, 933 Iowa St.

American Legion Bingo, doors open 4:30 p.m., first games 6:45 p.m., snack bar 5-8 p.m., American Legion Post #14, 3408 W. Sixth St.

KU Hilarity for Charity, 7 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

A Kansas Nutcracker: 1856 Bleeding Kansas Edition, 7 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Painting Class: “Kansas Pride,” 7-9 p.m., Painted Kanvas, Suite H, 1540 Wakarusa Drive.

“Mary Poppins,” 7:30 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive.

The Nutcracker, 7:30 p.m., Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.

Christmas Festival, 8 p.m., Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.

More Dec. 21 events

Art Cart: What’s Missing? noon-4 p.m., Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.

Festival of Nativities, noon-4 p.m., Centenary United Methodist Church, 245 N. Fourth St., North Lawrence.

The Nutcracker, 1 p.m., Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.

Adornment Holiday Art Show and Sale, 1-5 p.m., Van Go, 715 New Jersey St.

English Country Dance, lesson 1:30 p.m., dance 2-4:30 p.m., Lawrence Community Building, 115 W. 11th St.

A Kansas Nutcracker: 1856 Bleeding Kansas Edition, 2 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

“Mary Poppins,” 2:30 p.m., Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive.

Christmas Festival, 2:30 p.m., Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.

The Nutcracker, 5 p.m., Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.

Irish Traditional Music Session, 5:30-8 p.m., upstairs Henry’s on Eighth, 11 E. Eighth St.

O.U.R.S. (Oldsters United for Responsible Service) dance, doors 5 p.m., potluck 7:15-7:45 p.m., dance 6-9 p.m., Columbus Hall, 2206 E. 23rd St.

Old Time Fiddle Tunes, Potluck and Jam, all acoustic stringed instruments welcome, 6-10 p.m., Americana Music Academy, 1419 Massachusetts.

Smackdown! trivia, 7 p.m., The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St.

Christmas Festival, 7 p.m., Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.

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