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Santa at the Virginia.

Updates about two Christmas favorites:

— Santa returns to the Virginia Theatre on Wednesday, Thursday and Dec. 12 (5-7 p.m. each day). Kids of all ages are invited to downtown Champaign for a candy cane and a picture with the big fella at an event that is growing in popularity each December.

— It’s Year 10 for the inspiring and helpful Christmas Day dinner at First Christian Church in Champaign. Jim Turpin will emcee on Dec. 25. To reserve a spot or volunteer, call/text 217-493-9323 or visit fcc-online.org/christmasdinner.

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