? "Howard Pyle in Wisconsin" reception: 5 to 7 p.m., at St. Norbert College's Baer Gallery in Bush Art Center, 403 Third St., De Pere. Four color paintings from the "Travels of the Soul" collection, 18 historical black and white paintings to illustrate "Colonies and Nations," written by Pyle's friend, Woodrow Wilson. Exhibit is free and open to the public until Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. (920) 403-3072, email@example.com.
? Holiday Lights Tour: 5 to 8 p.m., downtown Green Bay. Take the Green Bay Metro bus and view holiday light displays in the downtown, Olde Main and Broadway districts and Astor Park. Route picks up every 30 minutes at the Daily Buzz Coffee Shop, corner of Broadway and Hubbard. Free admission. (920) 437-5972, firstname.lastname@example.org.
? Give-A-Kid-A-Book fundraiser: 5 to 10 p.m., at Hagemeister Park, 325 N. Washington St., downtown Green Bay. Donate new books that are fun for babies, kids or teens. Cash donations welcome. 10 percent of restaurant proceeds donated to Give-A-Kid-A-Book. Skate for $2 ($3 extra for skate rental). BrownCountyLibraryFriends.org.
? The Chantelles Christmas Concert - "Christmas Can Begin": 7 p.m., at Bethany Methodist Church, 1110 Echo Lane, Ashwaubenon. Food or monetary donations collected for Kingdom Come Food Pantry. (920) 434-0845.
? Laugh Box Comedy Show: 8 p.m., at The Green Room Lounge, 353 Main Ave., downtown De Pere. A mix of the best new local comics and area favorites. $5 admission. (920) 983-0966, www.thegreenroomonline.com.
? The Polar Express: 5 and 7 p.m. Thursday; 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Friday to Sunday, at National Railroad Museum, 2285 S. Broadway, Ashwaubenon. Train ride to the North Pole and back. Festival of Trees, full-size trains, Reindeer Games. Dramatic reading of the original The Polar Express book. Visit with Santa Claus. Buy ticket for a specific 2-hour show. (887) 772-5425, nationalrrmuseum.org/exhibits/exhibits/polarexpress13/index.html.
? Senior Holiday Gala: starts at 4 p.m., at Riverside Ballroom, 1560 Main St., Green Bay. Live music, family-style chicken dinner, raffles and door prizes. Registration required. (920) 432-5518.
? YWCA Green Bay-De Pere 2013 YWCA Holiday Gala: 6 to 10 p.m., at Thornberry Creek at Oneida, 4470 N. Pine Tree Road, Hobart. Live and silent auctions. Tickets $100, contact Monica Moe at (920) 432-5581, ext. 141.
? Comedy City: 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. both days, at The Green Room Lounge, 353 Main Ave., downtown De Pere. Improv comedy by teams. Late-night show at 11:15 Saturday. Regular admission is $12 for adults and $10 for students, senior citizens and military personnel. Reservations recommended at (920) 983-0966 or www.comedycityonline.com.
? Holiday Open House: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, at Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery, N2185 Sleepy Hollow Road, Stangelville. Sample wine, cheese, chocolate and more. Free admission. (920) 388-4400, parallel44.com.
? Green Bay Jingle Bell Run/Walk: 8 a.m., at UW-Green Bay's Kress Events Center, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay. Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others. Wear a holiday-themed costume and tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Run or walk a 5-kilometer route. $30 adults, $20 ages 12 and younger. Discounted if registered by Dec. 5. jbrgreenbay.kintera.org.
? Second annual Breakfast with the Gingerbread Man: 9 a.m., at The Children's Museum of Green Bay, 301 N. Washington St., downtown Green Bay. Special activities include a pancake breakfast, crafts, story time, gingerbread decorating and a visit from the Gingerbread Man. For ticket information, call (920) 432-4397 or send email to email@example.com.
? Winter Wonderland Run/Walk: 10 a.m., at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, 2740 W. Mason St., Green Bay. Registration fees are $22 for adults and $15 for children. Proceeds benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Brown County. winterwonder5K.weebly.com.
? "Storytime on Stage": 10 a.m., at Harmony Cafe, 1660 W. Mason St., Green Bay. Storytellers take the stage to perform crowd-pleasing stories. Supports the Give-a-Kid-a-Book campaign.
? Tree Trunk Ornament Workshop: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve, 2024 Lakeview Drive, Suamico. Cross-sections of tree trunks are used as the base for attendees to get creative in making holiday ornaments. Cost is $5 per ornament, and all materials are included.
? Photos with Santa: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Envisions Studio, 1507 Sunset Beach Road, Suamico. Kids of all ages invited to meet Santa Claus and be photographed. Cookie decorating, face painting, refreshments. Free admission. (920) 373-4016, envisionsbykaren.com.
? IMC Holiday Concert: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Instrumental Music Company, 2908 Ontario Road, Green Bay. Holiday music performed by The Frankie Salerno Trio, Sam Stranz Jazz Combo, His & Hers Sax Quartet and IMC's Brass Quintet. Free admission. (920) 863-3191, musicimc.com.
? Community Kwanzaa Celebration: 3 to 5 p.m., at UW-Green Bay's Phoenix Room in University Union, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay. African-American celebration based on the tradition of the African harvest festival. Music, dancing, food. Jointly hosted by UWGB, St. Norbert College and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to arrive early for a free African jewelry-making workshop, which begins at 2 p.m. in the 1965 Room at University Union. (920) 465-2720.
? Green Bay Girl Choir holiday show: 7 p.m., at Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 2270 S. Oneida St., Ashwaubenon. Concert will feature 100 girls in four choirs from the Green Bay area. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens 62 and older. Tickets available in advance at Seroogy's Chocolates stores in De Pere (144 N. Wisconsin St.) and Ashwaubenon (784 Willard Drive) and Heid Music in Ashwaubenon (2201 S. Oneida St.) or by calling the Green Bay Boy Choir & Girl Choir office at (920) 321-0541.
? 1st Saturday Performance - Rebecca and the Violatones: 7 to 9 p.m., at The ARTgarage, 1400 Cedar St., Green Bay. The newly formed group will perform familiar carols and classic instrumental holiday music. Free admission, though a $5 or more donation is welcome and appreciated. Some snacks provided. (920) 448-6800, www.theartgarage.org.
? 2013 Advent Series: 9:15 to 11 a.m. Dec. 7 and 14, at St. Norbert Abbey's Norbertine Center for Spirituality, 1016 N. Broadway, De Pere. The Rev. John Bostwick, O. Praem., will present "The Love of Beauty and the Desire for God" on Dec. 7, and Msgr. Jim Feely will present "Compelled to Be: Henri Nouwen - A Spiritual Gift" on Dec. 14. Admission for each presentation is a free-will offering with a suggested donation of $5. www.norbertines.org/programs.html, (920) 337-4315.
? Children's Only shop: noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 7, 14 and 21; 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18; at Neville Public Museum of Brown County, 210 Museum Place, downtown Green Bay. Children ages 4 to 12 invited to purchase holiday gifts at $3 each and have them gift-wrapped.
? The Spirit of Christmas Past: noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 7, 14 and 21, at Heritage Hill State Historical Park, 2640 S. Webster Ave., Allouez. Celebrate the holiday season in a historical setting. Family-themed events include a Christmas shadow play, music from local performers, historical dancing, holiday baking, crafts, Christmas stories by fire, horse-drawn wagon rides ($1 per person), many hands-on activities and a visit from a historic Santa Claus. Admission: $9 adults, $8 seniors 62 and older, $7 ages 4 to 17, free younger than 4 years old and members. $1 discount on admission with a canned good donation. (920) 448-5150, heritagehillgb.org.
? Memorable Mediations: noon, at Aging & Disability Resource Center of Brown County, 300 S. Adams St., downtown Green Bay. Public invited to attend the free conversation about mediation hosted by Mediation Center of Greater Green Bay. Discussion will include what mediation is, when it can be used and how it can be useful to individuals. Pre-registration required by calling (920) 448-4300.
? Healing service: 6:30 p.m., at Rivers of Life Christian Center, 522 Orlando Drive (County EE), De Pere. All are welcome to attend the service held by evangelist/pastor John Dessart and the Rivers of Life Ministries team. All faiths are welcome. Admission is a free-will offering. (920) 265-0708.
? Green Bay Boy Choir holiday show: 7 p.m., at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 413 St. John St., downtown Green Bay. Concert will feature 50 boys in three choirs from the Green Bay area. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens 62 and older. Tickets available in advance at Seroogy's Chocolates stores in De Pere (144 N. Wisconsin St.) and Ashwaubenon (784 Willard Drive) and Heid Music in Ashwaubenon (2201 S. Oneida St.) or by calling the Green Bay Boy Choir & Girl Choir office at (920) 321-0541.