2013 Holiday Events Around the Ozarks

By KOLR10 News

Published 11/10 2013 01:12PM

Updated 12/07 2013 07:48AM

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November 15 - December 28

Christmas in Lights at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds
The fairgrounds is illuminated with the Christmas spirit for a one-of-a-kind holiday attraction featuring over one million lights in a drive-through show.  Christmas in Lights runs from November 15 through December 28. Admission for the light show is $12 per carload, $25 for limousines, and $40 per bus entry.  Show hours are 5:30 pm through 9:00 pm nightly. 

Saturday, November 16

Battlefield Mall Operation Christmas Child 5K
Benefits "Operation Christmas Child", a program that provides millions of donated gifts to boys and girls in more than 130 countries.  For more information or to register for the race, visit http://www.ozarkraces.com/search/event.aspx?id=23833#tabs-4.
WHEN:             Saturday, Nov. 16. The race begins promptly at 8 a.m.
WHERE:          Battlefield Mall (JCPenney east entrance)
                        2825 S. Glenstone Avenue
                        Springfield, MO 65804
COST:              Registration is $20 or $5, plus a shoe box to benefit Operation Christmas Child (shoe box must be packed according to the following instructions: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box
For additional information, please contact Battlefield Mall at (417) 883-7777 or visit http://www.ozarkraces.com/search/event.aspx?id=23833#tabs-4  to register. 

November 18-25

College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO - Operation Christmas Child

A project of Samaritan’s Purse founded by Dr. Franklin Graham, OCC collects shoeboxes filled with gifts to send to children living in poverty-stricken or war-torn countries worldwide.
Individuals interested in participating in OCC may drop off their gift-filled shoebox(es) Nov. 18-25, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tues. – Sat., noon – 3 p.m., Sunday and 10 a.m. – to noon on Mondays. Shoebox gifts may be dropped off at the OCC truck located next to the Christian Ministries building on the College of the Ozarks campus.
Shoeboxes can contain things such as toothpaste, toys and school supplies. Instructions on what to or what not to include in a shoebox may be found at www.samaritanspurse.org. These small boxes may seem insignificant, but may be the only gift a needy child in another country may ever receive.
For more information on drop-off hours, please call Christian Ministries at 417-690-3446.

Saturday, November 23

49th Annual City of Ozark Christmas Parade
The theme will be “Candy Canes & Christmas Carols.”
This year’s parade categories include: Religious Float, Commercial Float, General Entry Float, Marching Band/Choir, Individual Entry, Automotive Entry, Pet Entry, Equine Entry and Other.
Entry forms received after November 8 will incur a late fee, for a total entry fee of $40

Saturday, November 23

Springfield Festival of Lights   

Springfield’s Center City will host a flurry of activities for the 2013 Festival of Lights season. Festival of Lights kicks off Saturday, Nov. 23rd with an evening full of events!

Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, 5:30 p.m. at Jordan Valley Park -  Join Mayor Bob Stephens for music, entertainment and the lighting of the 33-foot tree. Then parade over to Hammons Field for free hot chocolate and fireworks.

Illumination Celebration at the Tower Club, 5:00 p.m. – Enjoy a festive buffet, music, and a stunning view of the Mayor’s Tree Lighting and Cardinals Fireworks from up above Jordan Valley Park. Open to the public. Call 866-4466 for reservations.

Park Central Square Tree Lighting, 8:00 p.m.  – Cap off the night with live music and entertainment as we flip the switch in Park Central Square.

Other Festival of Lights activities throughout November and December include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shows and concerts, a loft walk, Christmas light displays in Jordan Valley Park, the Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade and First Night Springfield.  Festival of Lights is presented by Mercy, Midwest Family Broadcasting, the Downtown Springfield CID, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, the Urban Districts Alliance, and the City of Springfield.

November 23 - December 25

Free ice skating sessions at the Mediacom Ice Park for the Festival of Lights.
Free admission - Skate Rental $2.50
Each session is 1 hour long except for the very first session on November 23, immediately following the Festival of Lights Kickoff.

The dates are:

Saturday November 23:  6 pm – 8 pm
Thursday November 28:  5 pm – 6 pm
Friday November 29:  5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Saturday December 14:  7:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Saturday December 21:  5 pm – 6 pm
Wednesday December 25:  5 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, November 23

Downtown Christmas on Route 66 - History Museum on the Square
6:00pm - 1:00am
Address:  155 Park Central, Springfield
Join us outside for our Windows on Boonville reveal and help us kick off the holidays!
Jerry L. Rice’s nostalgic painting will take you back in time. See vintage images of the Square during Christmas and enjoy old images of visits with Santa and downtown shopping on historic Route 66. Our special holiday windows will delight the kids! Windows on Boonville will be on display from November 23 through January 4th, 2014.
The History Museum on the Square will also be open that evening from 6-8 pm where you may visit our Route 66 Exhibit @ 155 Park Central and enjoy more unique images and new artifacts from Heer’s! $5 for Adults & $3 for Kids (2 and under free) Free cocoa and cookies for museum guests!

November 28

The 19th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk — held Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, 8 a.m. in downtown Springfield, Mo. Proceeds benefit the Developmental Center of the Ozarks and the Springfield-Greene Co. Park Board Scholarship Fund.

Packet pick-up is Wednesday, Nov. 27, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; or on Race Day, Thursday, Nov. 28. 6:15 – 7 a.m., at the Springfield Expo Center, 635 E. St Louis St., downtown Springfield. You may pick up packets for friends and family, but please make sure the right person gets the right packet.
Race Day parking is available at Jordan Valley Car Park, Mediacom Ice Park, Hammons Tower and other area lots. Please note these streets will be closed on race day:
St. Louis St., closed between Kimbrough Ave. and John Q. Hammons Parkway. You must access the Jordan Valley Car Park from East Trafficway.
Kimbrough Ave., closed between East Trafficway and Walnut St.

November 29th-January 1

Christmas Light Display in Republic
Liberty Place Subdivision at 3099, 3064, and 3083 E. Bradford in Republic, MO
Three families will be supplying a donation box for the Republic Paw Pantry.
Drive out, admire the lights and donate to a good cause!
All proceeds will benefit area families and pets in need.
The Christmas light display will run from November 29th through January 1st.

December 3

On Dec. 3, the OTC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will be performing “Christmastime: Music for the Season” program at 7 p.m. at the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E Brookside Drive.
The concert is free and open to the public.

December 4-6

The OTC Theater Department will perform Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on the Gillioz Theater stage. The performances will start at 7:30 p.m.  The ensemble cast of 32 includes OTC Theater students and 10 4th grade students from Rountree Elementary.
Tickets are available at the Gillioz box office.

Wednesday, December 4

The College of the Ozarks Jazz Band will perform a Christmas concert on December 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Royal Oak Forum of The Keeter Center.
"The College of the Ozarks Jazz Band will perform many favorite Christmas classics in a variety of styles, including traditional wing and funk," said Jazz Band Conductor Dr. Kevin Powers. "If you are a fan of jazz, big band music, this is a must-hear concert."
"Winter Wonderland," "Jingle Bells," "Away in a Manger" and "Christmas Time is Here" are only some of the selections that will be featured at the concert.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Music Department at 417-690-2244.

December 5 & December 7

The Keeter Center will host the annual Yuletide Feast at 6 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 7.
This year’s Yuletide Feast will include a traditional hot wassail toast, caroling at the fireplace, and boar’s head processional into Dobyns Dining Room. While guests enjoy a traditional Renaissance dinner, C of O Chorale will perform a Christmas concert.
Come celebrate for only $34.95 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, call (417) 690-2146 or for online reservations go to www.keetercenter.edu.

Thursday, December 5-8, 2013

15th Annual Community Nativity Celebration - Springfield
Free admission

The Twelve Days of Christmas will be celebrated with a mixture of choirs and several popular Branson entertainer families. Among them are the SIX, the Brett Family, America’s Got Talent top five 2009 - Voices of Glory, George Dyer and the Hughes Family.
Also making a joyful noise this year are choirs from Wanda Gray Elementary, Ozark High School, Kickapoo High School, the Springfield Chamber and the Nativity Choir, all against the backdrop of 700 Nativity sets from around the world.
Also, as in past years at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Cox Road, there will be a live Nativity in the parking lot. This will include animals and a recreation of the stable.

Thursday December 5th through Sunday December 8th, 2013 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Church is located on South Cox Road a quarter mile south of Republic Road (4450 South Farm Road 141 Springfield).

December 6

The OTC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will sing Christmas carols at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 on Park Central Square during First Friday Art Walk and will then lead Art Walk-goers down Park Central East to the Gillioz lobby for a special pre-curtain Christmas caroling performance.

December 6

4th Annual Chritmas Concert
College of the Ozarks Concert Band and Handbell Choir

Royal Oak Forum of The Keeter Center on Friday, December 6, at 7 P.M.
This concert will help usher in the Christmas season with a variety of Christmas songs ranging from “An English Christmas” to Victor Herbert’s “March of the Toys” performed by the College’s Concert Band and “Carol of the Bells,” “We Three Kings,” and “The First Noel” performed by the College’s Handbell Choir.   
The Concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Public Relations at 417-690-2212

Friday-Sunday, December 6-8

Winterfest Visual and Performing Arts Festival
Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts
5 p.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 7 and noon- 5 p.m. Dec. 8. 
Festival-goers can shop for gifts from the region’s best visual artists and enjoy live holiday music from local choirs and instrumental groups. Admission to the arts festival is free. For more information call (417) 836-6767.

December 6 & 7

Youngblood Auto Group toy drive for Toys for Tots
3505 S Campbell Ave, Springfield, MO
Youngblood Auto Group will host a two-day toy drive to collect new, unwrapped toys and donations.
The toy drive will be hosted at Youngblood’s Nissan showroom on December 6 and 7th and will include live Christmas music and a special visit from Santa.

December 6 & 7

Midtown Springfield's 23rd Annual Victorian Homes Tour
Enjoy a stroll through some of Springfield’s “Finest Historic Homes”.
Friday, December 6, 5pm to 9pm
Saturday, December 7, 12 noon to 5pm
Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
The event will begin at the Drury Diversity Center in the Historic Washington Avenue Baptist Church (corner of Drury Lane & Bob Barker Blvd.). Shuttles will be available from the Diversity Center to all stops.
Tickets are on sale Nov 11 – Dec 6 (noon), at the following locations; Maschino’s, Enterprise Lanes, Sunshine Lanes, Holiday Lanes, The Medicine Shoppe (811 E. Division St). Tickets will be available during the tour at Drury Diversity Center (corner of Drury Lane & Bob Barker Blvd.). Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

There will be a craft fair at the Historic Sacred Heart Catholic Church 1609 N. Summit, (417) 869-3646 Shuttles will be available to and from Scared Heart, tour tickets available at Scared Heart on the day of the tour.
Please park in the lot adjacent to the Drury Diversity Center or in the lot directly across the street.

Saturday, December 7

Come Enjoy "Breakfast with Santa" at the Republic Community Center
The Republic Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting their annual "Breakfast with Santa" event on Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 8:30 -10:30 a.m., at the Republic Community Center.  A pancake and sausage breakfast will be served for $3.00 per plate and pictures with Santa himself will be available for $1.00 per picture (or you may take your own; personal cameras are allowed).  Don't miss your chance to tell Santa what you want this Christmas!  No registration is necessary for this event.  For more information, contact the Republic Parks and Recreation Department at (417) 732-3500. 

December 7
Walnut Grove Christmas Parade
Walnut Grove MO announces its Annual Christmas Parade will be on December 7th 2014 starting at the Walnut Grove School.
The Christmas Parade will start at 2:00pm on Saturday. Bring the family and enjoy the parade. Entries are still being accepted. Line up and float judging will begin at 1:00pm at the high school parking lot.
There will be prizes for both religious and non-religious floats.
Entry form at www.walnutgrovemo.com/paradeentry.pdf  Return to: Billye Killingsworth 313 E Main Walnut Grove Mo 65770

Saturday, December 7

The Rogersville Christmas Parade, "Winter Wonderland" , will be held on Saturday, December 7 at 4:30 pm. Line up is at 3:30 pm at the City Park. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 floats. Donations will be accepted at the park and throughout the parade route for Logan-Rogersville Wildcat Closet and Care to Learn. Call 417-753-7538 with entries.

Saturday, December 7

Candyland at the Footbridge
This event is located Jefferson Avenue Footbridge located at Commercial and Jefferson. (321 E. Commercial)
Time:  12:00pm - 2:00pm
Cost: Free
The footbridge plaza area will be transformed into a festive holiday setting for children as they visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Hosted by The Kitchen, Inc. and the Urban Districts Alliance, this event is open to all children in the Springfield community.  Each child attending will receive a small toy, a book and candy as supplies last.  In additional to Santa and Mrs. Claus and fun activities will be available for all to enjoy. 

Saturday, December 7

Breakfast with Santa
Central Christian Church - 1475 N. Washington
8:30 am – 11 am
*Complimentary Village Inn Pancake Breakfast
*Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus
*Face Painting
*Free Gift Selection for Parents/Guardian
for Children 3 years of age through Middle School
ALL FREE - Please come and join in the fun!

December 8

Branson's 64nd Annual Christmas Adoration Parade

Sunday, December 8, 2013, Branson’s 65th Annual Adoration Celebration and Parade will begin at 5:00pm in Downtown Branson with the lighting of Branson’s Adoration Scene (located on Mt. Branson).  The parade will follow at 5:30pm beginning in Downtown Branson as it makes its way down Commercial Street across the Branson Landing Blvd. and along Lake Taneycomo past the Branson Landing fountains.

December 8

Santa Train returns to Hollister for its 20th consecutive year, which offers an unique opportunity to celebrate Christmastime.
Old Saint Nick will park his sleigh this weekend and ride into Hollister Sunday afternoon aboard a Branson Scenic Railway passenger train for the 20th annual
Santa Train. The free event is offered from 1:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Sunday, December 8, at the Historic Hollister Train Depot and will include fun for the entire family.
The event, which is presented by The Hollister Area Chamber of Commerce,will include dancing elves, Ronzo the Clown, face painting, goodie bags andrefreshments, as well as a chance to see Santa.
For more information about Santa Train, call The Hollister Area Chamber of Commerce at 417.334.3050 or visit HollisterChamber.Net.

December 8

SBU and Ministerial Alliance to Present 33rd Annual Festival of Christmas
6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in Mabee Chapel on the Southwest Baptist University campus in Bolivar.

The Festival of Christmas, sponsored by Southwest Baptist University and the Bolivar Ministerial Alliance, brings together the churches of Bolivar and surrounding communities.  The program is free to the public, but as part of the festival tradition, the Bolivar Area Ministerial Alliance will collect a special offering to be used for purchasing food for Christmas baskets and to help those in need throughout the year. BAMA serves the Bolivar area by helping people and local ministries.

December 12

The Evangel University Music Department will present its 30th Annual Christmas Concert one week later than originally planned, due to Friday’s snow. (12/06/2013)
The popular holiday celebration has been rescheduled for Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m., in the Robert H. Spence Chapel. Doors will open at 6:45, and they are still planning on a pre-concert presentation.
The public is invited to attend. As always, admission is either a cash donation or non-perishable food item for The Salvation Army.

December 12-15

The Springfield Ballet presents "The Nutcracker"
At the historic Landers Theater in downtown Springfield.

The region’s sole professional-quality production of everyone’s holiday favorite returns to the Landers Theatre for six performances only this season. Tickets range from $16 – $24 and are available through the Landers Theatre Box Office, at 869-1334, or online at www.landerstheatre.org.

Performances are as follows:

Thursday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 14 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Springfield Ballet is pleased to welcome back to the Nutcracker stage (for the second year in a row) professional guest artist and Springfield Ballet alumna Emily Ricca as the Sugar Plum Fairy alongside her Cavalier, Tomas Mazuch. Last year’s run of The Nutcracker was completely sold out, purchase tickets now to guarantee your seats!

December 14

Springfield, Missouri Christmas Parade
Time:2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cost: Free to attend
The parade starts at Elm and South Avenue and goes north through Park Central Square, then east.
See a map of the route 
Christmas comes to town on Saturday, December 14th with the Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade!  Featuring over 60 floats, 10 marching bands, and Santa himself, the parade will wind around the Park Central Square and end at Jordan Valley Park.
The theme for the 2013 Christmas Parade is “Joy to the World!”

Saturday, December 14

Springfield Symphony Holiday Concert
7:30 p.m. at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

A mix of scared carols, classical Christmas tunes, and popular holiday favorites. The concert will feature performances of Corelli’s Christmas Concerto a gorgeous baroque string music piece, Brahms’ Lo How a Rose, a romantic take on the medieval sacred carol, Haydn’s charming Toy Symphony which usually uses 18th century children’s toys but the orchestra will be doing it with a twist, Sheldon’s arrangement of favorite holiday tunes, A Most Wonderful Christmas, Holcombe’s Festive Sounds of Hanukah, Gabrieli’s Canzon Septimi Toni No. 1, an antiphonal brass piece written for European Renaissance cathedrals, and Finnegan’s Carol Sing-a-long.
Tickets are currently on sale at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall box office, and can be purchased by calling (417) 836-7678, or online at www.missouristatetix.com.  Ticket prices range from $11 - $36, and discounts are available for students and seniors.

December 14-15

The Aurora United Methodist Church  (1211 So. Carnation Aurora, MO 65605 phone 678-3359) will present  “How One Baby Changed the World”, a Live Nativity
Saturday, December 14 at 5 - 8 pm and Sunday, December 15 at 3-7 pm
The Live nativity will be a journey through the woods at Aurora United Methodist Church
There will be 4 stations with 2 sets of guides who will be leading groups from the Sanctuary to the Live Nativity and back into the Fellowship Hall for refreshments.
We will have live animals; a camel, a donkey, among other animals with actors playing the following parts.
1.    Joseph & Mary with a donkey
2.    Shepard’s leading sheep and Angels announcing the birth of Jesus
3.    Joseph & Mary with baby Jesus in a manger
4.    3 wise men following the star
We will have hospitality at the front (foyer & sanctuary) where will have registration for the tour/journey, greeters, videos and carolling for entertainment as people wait for their tour.  We will have supplies for making a birthday card for Jesus to keep the children entertained.

December 15

College of the Ozarks will present Christmas Card to the Community twice on December 15, at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m. in the Williams Memorial Chapel. The event is a traditional, Christian worship service that features Christmas music presented by the College’s Chapel Choir, Chorale,   and Handbell Choir.  Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. for the 2 p.m. service and 6:30 p.m. for  the  7 p.m. service.
College of the Ozarks invites the public to share in this annual Christmas service. A fruitcake reception will immediately follow the both services in the Fellowship Hall of the Chapel. Tickets are not required; seating is limited. For more information, please contact Public Relations at 417-690-2212

December 18

Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts will present Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis (Broadway Bonus) at 7:30 p.m. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller, along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Tickets for this event are $20-$75. Tickets can be purchased online at www.HammonsHall.com, at any Missouri State box office location or by calling (417) 836-7678.

Saturday, December 14

Santa in the City
City Hall, Battlefield, MO
5434 S Tower Drive

Bring one non-perishable item and you will receive
Your picture with Santa and a free pancake breakfast
There will be a coloring contest, also!
Questions? Call 417-883-5840

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