“Madeline’s Christmas,” Sunnyvale Theatre at the Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale. Meet the ever-spunky, resourceful Madeline in a musical play adapted from one of Ludwig Bemelman’s captivating books. Suggested for grades K-5. Various times. Also Dec. 14, 20, 21, 22. $13 advance ($15 at the door) at www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/9080 or 408.245.2978. Victorian Holiday Teas, Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, 570 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale. Tours of the museum will be available, as well as a special vintage Christmas exhibit. 2 p.m. Also Dec. 8, 14, 15. $27.50. Reservations at 408.749.0220.
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