Fri, 12/18/2020 - 11:30am to 2:00pm

Date:  Friday, December 18, 2020
Location: 1040 Ridge Road (CVPA Ballroom)
Lunch: Doors open at 11:30 am, lunch at noon, dessert and show at 12:45 pm

Under the sparkling chandeliers and vaulted ceiling of the beautiful and spacious Ballroom at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, guests are seated at assigned private, socially distanced tables. The elegant ballroom, which normally holds 400 guests, will be limited to fewer than 100 people, spread out with safe distancing, with masks required for guests when moving around in the ballroom space. The temperatures of guests are taken upon entrance to the dining and show space. While seated at their tables, guests enjoy a delicious plated meal themed with the 55-minute joyous holiday stage program. Both lunch and dinner date options are available. Cash bar includes festive Specialty Holiday Cocktails such as Egg Nog (with hint of Brandy), Sparkling Poinsettia (Champagne Flute with a Splash of Cranberry Juice) and a Festive Delicious Rum Punch (all $8 each).

Added bonuses include nearly 20 elegant and unusual decorated themed holiday trees showcased around the entrance lobby atrium for guests to browse and stroll prior to and after the meal and show. Inside the ballroom, a fascinating table exhibit explores the life of writer Charles Dickens, including a rare framed piece featuring his oddly interesting signature on an original bank draft from the 1800s, as well as other unusual pieces related to “A Christmas Carol.”

THE SHOW: Tribune Newspaper Columnist Philip Potempa and his longtime editor/collaborator Crista Zivanovic, are seated on a stage in the ballroom where guests see everything unfolding right from their table seats during a fast-paced 55-minute show salute to Charles Dickens’ holiday classic “A Christmas Carol.” The two performers use their range of ever-changing and entertaining vocals to portray ALL of more than two dozen characters featured in the story during a wonderfully amusing telling of the holiday spirit tale COMPLETE with all of the old-time radio “Foley-style” sound effects created right before the eyes of the audience!


  • English Pub Broccoli Cheese Soup
  • London’s Parkerhouse Rolls and Butter
  • Mr. Marley’s Ghostly Good Roasted Herb Chicken Breast, Sage and Onion Dressing & Cranberry Applesauce
  • Mrs. Cratchit’s Homestyle Mashed Potatoes
  • Tiny Tim’s Corn O’Brien
  • Ghost of Christmas Past’s Vanilla Bean Ice Cream w/Peppermint Candy Cane Accent

LUNCH & SHOW: $30 plus tax/Cash Bar

For reservations, call the special events office at 219-836-1930, ext. 2.