From country to Celtic, there's a holiday show that's bound to get you in the spirit. "A Carpenters Christmas Special": Lisa Rock and her band bring back the holiday tradition of the Carpenters' Christmas albums and Christmas variety shows. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 18 at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights; $25; 847-577-2121, metropolisarts.com "Celtic Thunder Christmas": The ensemble performs fan favorites from the "Heritage" and "Christmas" albums. 3 p.m. Sunday at Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont; $32.50-$73 Kenny Rogers: The Genesee has a stocking full of holiday entertainment, including Rogers' ¿Christmas and Hits¿ tour. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan; $40-$95 Oak Ridge Boys: The only act to play Star Plaza Theatre every year since the Star opened in 1979 is making its Christmas show a tradition too. 4 p.m. Sunday at Star Plaza Theatre, 8001 Delaware Place, Merrillville, Ind.; $39-$49 Why go: You need something to do while you wait for "It's a Wonderful Life" to come on TV ¿ again. Reconsider: There are 102 days until spring. Details: All tickets from Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com unless otherwise noted.
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