Holiday Events

Nov. 30

Hometown Holidays, Various locations, Ponca, Nebraska. Community Christmas Tree lighting 6:15 p.m. at Dixon County Courthouse; Christmas parade 6:30 p.m. through downtown Ponca; pictures with Santa following the parade. Hot dogs, hot chocolate and cookies served for parade goers. 6:15 p.m.

Dec. 1

PLAC Holiday Open House, Pearson Lakes Art Center, 2201 Highway 71 N., Okoboji, Iowa. Awards, food by local Chef Susanne, drinks, silent auction featuring festive centerpieces from various local businesses and more! 5:30-7:30 p.m. 712-332-7013. www.lakesart.org.

Dec. 2-4

Hometown Christmas, Various locations, Kingsley, Iowa. Dec. 2: 6:30 p.m. lighting of the Christmas tree. Hayrack rides around town looking at lights and voting for winners, Warming station at the Masonic Hall with hot chocolate, coffee and cookies. Dec. 3: 9 to 3 p.m. craft fair. 1 to 3 p.m. Santa photos and cookie decorating for kids. 7 p.m. children's play "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Dec. 4: Matinee performance of the play. 12 a.m.

Dec. 2

Friday Night Music, Scooter's Coffee, 1390 Hamilton Blvd. Come hear Melanie Mergen and Sonia Perea live. Come on in from the cold weather and warm up your hands and hearts listening to Christmas music! 7-8:30 p.m.

Christmas at Morningside, Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave.. Morningside College presents its 21st annual Christmas at Morningside concert, featuring performances by several Morningside College choral and instrumental ensembles and the Siouxland Master Chorale. 7:30 p.m. www.morningside.edu.

NMM Live! A Touch of Brass Quintet, National Music Museum Arne B. Larson Concert Hall, 414 E Clark St, Vermillion, S.D. Popular NMM holiday-music concert kicks off the festivities of the season. 12:05-12:50 p.m. 605-677-5306. nmmusd.org.

Burgess Health Center Poinsettia Holiday Brunch, St. John Catholic Church, 1009 13th St., Onawa, Iowa. Entertainment: Triumphant Sound Quartet. 11 a.m. www.burgesshc.org.

Dec. 3

Santa Day, Moville Area Community Center, 815 Main St., Moville, Iowa. Mason's breakfast and vendor fair. Breakfast served 8-11 a.m. Get your picture taken with Santa 9-11 a.m.

33rd annual Christmas bazaar, WinnaVegas Casino Resort, 1500 330th St, Sloan. This year's raffle items include: Stay & Play packages, TV, iPad, Phone, Star Quilt, Baby Star Quilt, Flute, Beaded Earrings and more! A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the Winnebago boys & girls in receiving hats & mittens this winter season. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 800-468-9466. winnavegas.com.

Christmas in Primghar, Primghar Community Building, Primghar, Iowa. There will be many activities for children and adults including kids shopping, Cookie Walk, vendor shopping, free will donation luncheon, fire truck rides, horse drawn sleigh rides and Santa. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Christmas in Odebolt with Santa, Odebolt, Iowa. Luncheon, prizes and activities. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. www.odebolt.net.

Santa's Whistle Stop Tour, Sioux City Railroad Museum, 3400 Sioux River Road. Santa will arrive via caboose at 12:30 p.m. and leave at 3:45 p.m. Bring out the kids to see and talk to Santa and get your pictures taken. The Conductor from The Polar Express will host a special story book reading of the Polar Express. Dress warm and take a nice winter time motor car ride, it's our version of a Christmas time horse and sleigh ride. Noon-4 p.m. Freewill donation. 712-233-6996. siouxcityrailroadmuseum.org.

Merry TUBACHRISTMAS concert, Betty Strong Encounter Center, 900 Larsen Park Road. A concert featuring Siouxland tuba and euphonium players playing traditional Christmas carols. Reception will follow. 1 p.m. 712-224-5242. www.siouxcitylcic.com.

Traveling Nativity, Maurice First Reformed Church, 410 Main St., Maurice, Iowa. A horse drawn wagon will lead you down a lit path to events leading to the birth of Christ. Enjoy warm refreshments in the church's Family Life Center before or after your ride. Freewill donations will go towards the senior high youth group at Maurice Reformed. 5:30-8:30 p.m. 712-567-4665. mauricereformed.org.

Le Mars Sertoma Lighted Christmas Parade, Central Avenue, Central Avenue, Le Mars, Iowa. Parade Route: line up begins at 5 p.m. on the Boulevard (8th St. S). The Parade travels north on Central Ave. through the Le Mars downtown to 2nd St. NW before dispersing. No pre-registration or entry fee is required. 6 p.m.

Jill Miller Christmas, Orpheum Theater, 528 Pierce St. Jill will be performing her 10th Christmas show for Sunrise Retirement Community's annual fundraiser. She will bring the music of her latest CD, King of Kings among other fan favorites! 7 p.m. $20, kids 12 & under free.

Choral Celebration: "A Briar Cliff Christmas", Bishop Heelan High School - Fine Arts Building, 1018 Grandview Blvd. Kick off the holiday season with "A Briar Cliff Christmas," Siouxland's premier choral-orchestral celebration of the season. 7:30 p.m. 712-279-5548. www.briarcliff.edu.

A Poker Alice Christmas, Gayville Hall, 502 Washington St, Gayville, SD. The veteran South Dakota band, performing since the mid-'80s, will play selections from its eclectic repertoire of western swing, country, and old-time popular tunes, plus seasonal favorites. 8 p.m. $12.50 at door, $15 reserved. 605-267-2859.

Winter Fun Day and Artist Open House, Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, 4500 Sioux River Road. Join us for a fun day of winter activities. We plan to have recycled materials crafts for you to create for holiday gifts if you choose. We'll also have snowshoeing or hiking and other fun indoor and outdoor activities. Dress appropriately and join us for some family fun! Free! Area artists will also have their artwork on display and available to purchase. For more information or to be a vendor contact us at 712-258-0838. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. www.woodburyparks.org.

Koated Kernels Holiday Open House, Jolly Time Koated Kernels, 1717 Terminal Drive. Join us for FREE samples of our specialty popcorn, special deals and activities for the kids. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 712-560-6973. www.koatedkernels.com.

Dec. 3-4

Northwestern College Christmas Vespers, Northwestern College Christ Chapel, 101 7th St SW, Orange City, Iowa. The Northwestern College music department will present its annual Christmas Vespers service 7 p.m. Dec. 3 and 3 p.m. Dec. 4 in Christ Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. The concert will include performances by the Brass Choir, Women's Choir, A cappella Choir and Chamber Orchestra, in addition to Scripture readings by members of the college's campus ministry team. 7 p.m.-8 p.m. 712-707-7062. www.nwciowa.edu.

Dec. 3-4 & Dec. 10-11

Pioneer Village Christmas Wonderland, Plymouth County Fairgrounds Century Hall, Le Mars, Iowa. An authentic Pioneer Village beautifully lit up for the holidays. Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride on a beautiful winter's night. Live nativity scene and musical performances. Roast marshmallows and sip hot chocolate around a campfire in the snow. 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Dec. 4

Tour of Homes/Craft & Vendor Fair, Danbury Catholic School, 602 Peach St, Danbury, Iowa. Danbury Ambulance Service is holding a Tour of Homes and Craft/Vendor Show. Tour of homes features five area homes. $20 gets you into all of these homes. Craft/Vendor Show: No admission to do some Christmas shopping all under one roof! Craft Make It & Take It: Just $25 gives you the supplies you need to make your own Christmas tree. Supplies for just 50 tree. Contact Megan at 712-840-0228 for tickets or more information. Noon-5 p.m. Varies per participation level.

New Horizons Band Christmas Music, Betty Strong Encounter Center, 900 Larsen Park Road. New Horizons Band of Siouxland will perform some of the season's most popular tunes under the direction of Dr. Lou Rossman. Admission will be free; a reception will follow. 2:30 p.m. 712-224-5242. www.siouxcitylcic.com.

Winter Festival, Sergeant Bluff Community Center, 903 Topaz Dr, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. High school band members provide music for the event. Crafts available for you to buy one-of-a-kind gifts for Christmas. Food and fun for all. 3-6 p.m.

Peirce Mansion Holiday Open House, Peirce Mansion, 2901 Jackson St. The historic Victorian-era mansion will be open to the public as a way of saying "thank you" to the community for its support throughout the year. Musical performances include Heelan Madrigal at 2 p.m. and the Mount Zion Praise Team at 3 p.m. A photo booth will also be available. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. 712-279-6174. www.siouxcitymuseum.org.

Dec. 5

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker, Orpheum Theater, 528 Pierce St. The biggest Christmas experience of the year! The original, direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker! "Knock Out!" Raves the New York Times. Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60 foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets. A must-see event, witness the world's best dancers on stage in Sioux City! 7 p.m.

Dec. 6

First State Bank Christmas Luncheon, Community Center, 116 2nd St, Odebolt, Iowa. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. www.odebolt.net.

Dec. 9

Friday Night Music, Scooter's Coffee, 1390 Hamilton Blvd. Come hear Rick, Barry and Carol sing some of your favorite Christmas songs. Come on in and enjoy a Peppermint Mocha to warm up as the weather turns colder! 7-8:30 p.m. 402-689-6390.

Dec. 10

Indian Youth of America's 36th Annual Christmas Party, Promenade Cinema 14, 924 4th St. Indian Youth of America is sponsoring our 36th Annual Christmas Party for area Indian children. We will sponsor a free showing of the movie, "MOANA", hold a drawing for door prizes and provide a "goodie bag" and gift to each child. This is IYA's Christmas gift to Indian youth of Siouxland. The doors will open at 9 a.m. and the movie will begin at 9:30 a.m. K - 12 school age students only will be admitted free, adults must pay a $7 admission. 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Adults $7. 712-252-3230.

Kamryn's Christmas Drive, Unity Point Health-St Luke's, 2720 Stone Park Blvd. Kamryn recently had the largest donation for a child to the Siouxland Humane Society. She accepted items for the animals instead of birthday gifts for herself! She wants to do the same for Christmas and collect for the hospital! Here are the items we will be collecting: individual boxes of 8 or 16 crayons, character coloring books, match box cars, blankets, stuffed animals and board books. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

81st Annual Little Yellow Dog auction, Ho-Chunk Centre, 600 4th St. Fundraiser for the Sioux City Journal's Mr. Goodfellow Charities, which buys Christmas gifts for local children in need. The All-America Concert Band will begin a program of Christmas music at 11 a.m. and will play throughout the proceedings. Auction begins at noon. siouxcityjournal.com/goodfellows/

Sioux City Symphony, Orpheum Theater, 528 Pierce St. The symphony will give a special Christmas performance with the award-winning Native American music group Brule. 8 p.m. 712-277-2111. www.siouxcitysymphony.org.

Santa's Whistle Stop Tour, Sioux City Railroad Museum, 3400 Sioux River Road. Santa will arrive via caboose at 12:30 p.m. and leave at 3:45 p.m. Bring out the kids to see and talk to Santa and get your pictures taken. The Conductor from The Polar Express will host a special story book reading of the Polar Express. Dress warm and take a nice winter time motor car ride, it's our version of a Christmas time horse and sleigh ride. Noon-4 p.m. Freewill donation. 712-233-6996. siouxcityrailroadmuseum.org.

Dec. 11

All-America Concert Band, Bishop Heelan Fine Arts Center, 1018 Grandview Blvd. Concert of Christmas songs. Benefits Heelan's Music Department. 2:30 p.m. $10, students free.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Orpheum Theater, 528 Pierce St. The world's most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster will help Santa save Christmas. 3 p.m. 800-514-ETIX.

Dec. 13

Holidays for our Heroes, Liberty Elementary, 1623 Rebecca St. Holiday meal, groceries and gifts. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Dec. 16

Le Mars Community Christmas Party, American Legion Hall, 110 Plymouth Street SW, Le Mars, Iowa. Community Christmas Party, Open to the Public, all children and parents welcomed. Serving hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and desserts, free will offering taken. 6-8 p.m. nwiaalr.com.

Friday Night Music, Scooter's Coffee, 1390 Hamilton Blvd. The COLT 45 Dual will be adding some Christmas songs in with their traditional country sounds. 7-8:30 p.m.

Dec. 17

Sioux City Christmas Bird Count, Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, 4500 Sioux River Road. The Loess Hills Audubon Society exists to educate individuals and the general public to enjoy and promote birding, to support ornithology and to be an advocate for wild areas and environmental issues. Loess Hills Audubon is a chapter of the National Audubon Society.

Dec. 18

Tonic Sol-Fa, Orpheum Theater, 528 Pierce St. Tonic Sol-fa has established itself not only as the most in-demand vocal group in the Midwest, but also one of the most successful independent acts in America. 7:30 p.m. $31-$37 adults, children 12 and under $11. www.orpheumlive.com.

Dec. 23

Friday Night Music, Scooter's Coffee, 1390 Hamilton Blvd. Kelsey Dill will be singing Christmas music live. Warm your hearts and hands with a yummy Gingerbread Latte and live music. 7-8:30 p.m.

Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Children's Pageant, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1008 River Drive, North Sioux City, SD. Traditional celebration of the historical event of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, performed by the children of the congregation. 4-5 p.m. 712-252-8290. www.resurrectionlutherannsc.com.

Peace Reformed Church Christmas Eve service, Peace Reformed Church, 4100 Outer Drive N. 5-6 p.m. 712-258-0486. www.peacereformed.org.

Dec. 25

Midnight Candlelight Christmas Service, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1008 River Drive, North Sioux City, S.D. Celebrate birth of the Christ Child during this traditional midnight service. Noon-1 a.m. 712-252-8290. www.resurrectionlutherannsc.com.

Peace Reformed Church Christmas service, Peace Reformed Church, 4100 Outer Drive N. 9:30-10:30 a.m. 712-258-0486. www.peacereformed.org.

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