A variety of regional events offered

Fe Fi Fo Fum

The Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater in Balboa Park will present Jack and the Beanstalk, 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. through Dec. 30. The hand puppets come from Big Joe Productions. Tickets: $5. (619) 544-9203.

Science Stuff

The holiday digital show, ‘Let It Snow,’ features seasonal sights and classic songs in the Heikoff Dome Theater, 5 p.m. daily and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to Jan. 6.

Admission to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center will be free on Tuesday, Jan. 1 for San Diego County residents, military and college students. Tickets for Giant Dome Theater shows will be $9.50. ID required. An astronomer-led “Wonders of the Winter Sky,” planetarium show will be offered 7 and 8:30 p.m. Jan. 2. Weather permitting, the SD County Astronomy Association will provide free telescope viewing outdoors on the Prado in Balboa Park. The Jan. 2 event is $12 for non-members; $10 for members. (619) 238-1233.

On Stage

The story of Scrooge is presented as a live 1940’s radio play, 7:30 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 and 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St. in Old Town. Tickets: From $40. (619) 337-1525.

Sweet Treat

The interactive exhibit ‘Chocolate,’ is up through March 10 at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. Learn the history of its creamy evolution from an ancient civilization in Central America to its development as a world commodity. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission: $11-$17. (619) 232-3821.

Zoom Zoom

Representatives from 36 leading automotive manufacturers will be on-site to answer questions about the latest vehicles at The San Diego International Auto Show, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 27-30, at the San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive. The event is presented by the New Car Dealers Association of San Diego County. Tickets: $9-$12 at