• Dancing toy soldiers, caroling worms and performing poinsettias will light up the stage at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Lightwire Theater’s production of “A Very Electric Christmas.” Tickets for the show are $25, $20, $15 and are available at blackfootpac.com or 208-317-5508.
Wednesday-Saturday & Monday
• The Palace Playhouse, 158 E. Chubbuck Road in Chubbuck, will put on a production of “It’s a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Show” at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Monday. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit palaceplayhouse.com.
• The Union Taproom, inside the Yellowstone Hotel at 230 W. Bonneville St. in Pocatello, hosts DJ Bingo on Thursdays at 8 p.m.
• Pine Ridge Mall and Portneuf District Library hold “Storytime in Center Court” the first Friday of each month at 10 a.m. near the children’s play area in the mall. Each child receives a free book, and a mall merchant usually hands out treats at the end.
• The December First Friday Art Walk will take place in locations throughout Old Town from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Come stroll downtown and enjoy local and regional art, music and food.
• The city of Chubbuck will host Christmas in the Park and a 70th anniversary party for the city at 6 p.m. Friday at Cotant Park. Join them as they light up the park for the holiday season, with hot cocoa, cookies and candy canes.
• Walrus & Carpenter Books, 251 N. Main St. in Pocatello, will host a book launch and signing from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday for “The Farmer’s Mother’s Almanac.”
• The Comedy Project performs at 8 p.m. every Friday, with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. at MP Dance Studios on 575 E. Second Ave. in Pocatello. Admission is $8 or $5 with a student ID. While live, unscripted comedy can be unpredictable, the performers attempt to maintain an approximately PG-13 rating.
• The classic rock band The Relyx will be on stage from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday at Portneuf Valley Brewing, 615 S. First Ave. in Pocatello.
• The First National Bar, 232 W. Center St. in Pocatello, will host the band American Hitmen beginning at 10 p.m. Friday. Bring a toy for Toys For Tots and get in free.
Friday & Saturday
• The Kandy Land Holiday Gift Show will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Kanda’s & Co., 159 S. Main St. in Pocatello.
• There will be a Dickens Festival from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the ballroom of ISU’s Pond Student Union. Admission is $5. As part of the festival, there will be a production of “Scrooge’s Christmas — A Theatrical Ballet” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Frazier Hall at ISU. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at assemblecenter.com or at the door.
• The Idaho State-Civic Symphony will perform its annual Joy to the World concert with “The Stories of Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Stephens Performing Arts Center in Pocatello. Tickets run $13 to $45 and are available online at www.thesymphony.us or by calling 208-282-3595.
• Come have breakfast with St. Nicholas from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony’s Hall, 524 N. Seventh Ave. in Pocatello. In addition to breakfast, also will be games and a goodie bag. The cost is $5 per person or $20 for a family of five or more. For more information, contact Jessica Gallegos 208-232-1196 or email@example.com.
• The annual Alternative Gift Market, International Fair Trade Craft and Bake Sale, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the United Church of Christ gym, 309 N. Garfield Ave. in Pocatello.
• The Idaho Museum of Natural History on ISU’s campus is hosting its 85th birthday party on Saturday. From 9 a.m. to noon, they will be creating ornaments from natural material. At 10 a.m., there will be a ribbon cutting for the newly renovated STEM Center. At 7 p.m. the museum will host a Dungeons & Dragons night. This will be a free event for adults. Registration is required due to limited space.
• Faith Lutheran Church, 856 W. Eldredge Road in Pocatello, will host the Ladies Christmas Tea from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
• New Knowledge Adventures, with other organizations for adults over 50, will be having an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Roy F. Christensen Building #48, 777 Memorial Drive in Pocatello. For more information, call ISU Continuing Education at 208-282-2789 or visit cetrain.isu.edu/nka.
• The Bannock County Historical Museum’s 2019 holiday open house will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 3000 Avenue of the Chiefs in Pocatello. This celebration is free and open to the public. There will be finger foods and punch in the lobby and the following entertainment: readings of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” “The Night Before Christmas” and “The Little Match Girl” and a performance by the Snake River New Horizons Band at 1:30 p.m. Beginning at noon, a video of 2,000 historic images from the museum archives will begin to display in the gallery and will run the remainder of the day.
• Tractor Supply Co., 1800 Garrett Way in Pocatello, will spread Christmas cheer this year with their Photos with Santa event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Tractor Supply customers are invited to bring their children and pets to the store for photos with Santa and other Christmas activities.
• The Marshall Public Library, 113 S. Garfield Ave. in Pocatello, will host the Adamo String Quartet performing traditional and classic Christmas melodies at noon Saturday as part of the library’s “Music in the Library” series.
• Zoo Idaho will host Wild Winter Weekends from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the zoo, 2900 S. Second Ave. in Pocatello. Enjoy yummy North Pole hot cocoa and holiday cookies while you wander through the zoo. Animals will have special treats throughout the day and our holiday Zoo Lights will come on at dusk. They will also have an Animal Enrichment program held from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is admission to the zoo.
• Local artist Teresa Roberts invites you to the seventh annual cupcake party from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Bru House Galilei, 502 N. Main St. in Pocatello. There will be a cupcake tasting, jewelry, art and more. This is an open house-style event so feel free to bring some friends and enjoy an evening of food and fun.
• Portneuf Valley Brewing, 615 S. First Ave in Pocatello, always ends the weekend right with Sunday Funday in which you can enjoy the best card and board games on the planet along with your friends and family.
• It’s a Free Movie Night along with the Pocatello Film Society’s semi-annual Trailer Party and Potluck on Sunday at the Bengal Theater in the ISU Pond Student Union, with Heartland Film Festival winner “The Man Who Invented Christmas” showing at 4 and 7 p.m., while the potluck and trailer party is in between shows at 5:45 p.m. All are welcome. Bring a dish or dessert to share if you’re coming to the potluck. For trailer and more information, go to www.pocatellofilmsociety.com/christmas.
• The Union Taproom, 230 W. Bonneville St. in Pocatello, hosts Open Mic Night every Monday. All ages, come and show off. Comedy, poetry, storytelling, and that enigmatic Idaho music. Gear provided. Sign-ups start at 5:30 p.m. Each person will have 15 to 30 until 9 p.m., with a jam to follow.
• Ketchum Burrito, W. Quinn Road in Pocatello, hosts DJ Trivia every Monday at 7 p.m.
• The Pocatello-based flute choir, Suite 212, is presenting its 2019 fall concert at 7 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, 200 N. 15th Ave. in Pocatello. The concert is free and open to all ages. Enter through the big, red doors in the back.
• Goody’s, 905 S. Fifth Ave. in Pocatello will host DJ Trivia at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
• Wilks Funeral Home, 211 W. Chubbuck Road in Chubbuck, will host its annual Christmas Memorial Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday. This holiday event is a unique and specific opportunity for your family to remember your loved ones this Christmas. Come and enjoy the beautiful presentation of holiday music, performed by various local choirs and performers. Light refreshments will be served after the performances.
• Zoo Idaho will host Science Night Trivia at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Jim Dandy Brewing, 305 E. Lander St. in Pocatello. Test your science knowledge while also participating in an engineering challenge. Cost is $15 per team (up to five people).
• The Yellowstone restaurant, 230 W. Bonneville St. in Pocatello, will host a Holiday Concert at The Yellowstone from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. Enjoy an evening of opera, classic musical theater and holiday songs with soprano Jordan Bowman and pianist David Bowman.