Top 12 holiday events in Sioux City

November 01, 2013 7:45 am  • 

Hot cocoa, Christmas concerts and Santa Claus – in the words of Andy Williams, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

Now might be the right time to make your list to celebrate the season, Siouxland style.

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  • The tour will feature a handful of homes decorated for the holidays. Interior designers from the area will pair up with the Sioux City homeowners to showcase their design ideas and merchandise. Times vary. Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 20-23 at Whispering Creek Golf Club, 6500 Whispering Creek Dr. Tickets: $25-$40. Call (712) 226-8687 or go to www.bigbrothersbigsisters.com.

  • Find one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends from regional crafters. With more than 150 exhibitors, the annual event offers a wide selection of handmade and specialty items like clothing, yard art, wall hangings, jewelry and seasonal décor. Register for door prizes when you arrive. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 at the Sioux City Convention Center, 801 Fourth St. Tickets: $5 for adults, free for children 10 and under. Call (712) 279-4800 for more information.

  • Once again, the Holiday Lighted Parade will jingle all the way down Historic Fourth Street thanks to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 231. Downtown will be filled with sounds of Christmas on Fourth and Nebraska streets, where Santa will light up the holiday tree. After the parade, make sure the children have their wish lists ready. All are welcome to warm up with some hot cocoa and snack on cookies at Santa’s House, 416 Fifth St., while they wait to meet the jolly ol’ man. The parade starts at 6:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25. For more information, go to www.downtownsiouxcity.com or call (712) 252-0014.

  • Each year local organizations, individuals and families come together to create beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and other items. It’s a visual treat to see what each has done. Proceeds from the auction at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 will benefit Siouxland Paramedics. This year, the Giving Tree's snowflakes will feature food and clothing items, which will be distributed to those in need by paramedics between routes. Festivities begin 6:30 p.m. Nov. 25. View the trees from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26 to Dec. 5 in the atrium of the Ho-Chunk Centre, 600 Fourth St. For more information, contact Dr. Tom Molstad at thomasamolstad@aol.com or (712) 276-7742.

  • Enjoy a full breakfast including eggs, bacon, hash browns and a beverage. Make crafts, listen to Christmas stories courtesy of Lamb Regional Arts Theatre and decorate cookies before telling Santa if you’ve been naughty or nice. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 at Long Lines Family Rec Center, 401 Gordon Dr. Admission: $8 per person, free for children under 2. Pre-registration is required. Call (712) 279-6126 or (712) 279-6250.

  • Let the holiday stress melt away and rediscover the magic of the season while watching costumed characters perform astonishing feats. Experience gingerbread men flipping through the air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, penguins spinning, puppets dancing and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Orpheum Theatre, 528 Pierce St. Tickets: $37.50-$57.50. www.orpheumlive.com

  • One of the most popular Christmas shows in Siouxland led by Sioux City Rockestra founder and director John Luebke. Need we say more? 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Orpheum Theatre, 528 Pierce St. Tickets: $21-$36 for adults, $10-$22 for students. www.siouxcityrockestra.com

  • It’s not a horse-drawn sleigh, but Santa arriving by caboose is still a magical moment. Bring the children to see St. Nick at the roundhouse museum and get photos taken. The costumed conductor will read “The Polar Express.” Make sure everyone’s dressed warmly to ride the rails by motorcar. 1:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 7, 14 and 21 at Milwaukee Railroad Shops, 3400 Sioux River Road. Tickets: $5 for adults, $4 for those 50 and older, $3 for students ages 6-18, free for children 5 and under. www.milwaukeerailroadshops.org

  • The country singer promises to bring holiday cheer to Sioux City during her holiday tour, performing everything from pop classics like “Let It Snow” to hymns such as “O Holy Night.” At each stop, an athlete, popular radio personality or local celebrity will read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” while McBride sings along. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Orpheum Theatre, 528 Pierce St. Tickets: $39.50-$79.50. www.orpheumlive.com

  • The Emmy award-winning lead singer of Tonic Sol-fa and his sizzling eight-piece big band are coming to a select stage near you. Enjoy a performance that blends the sounds of Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble with the spirit of the season. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Orpheum Theatre, 528 Pierce St. Tickets: $25-$30. www.orpheumlive.com

  • The Siouxland Civic Dance Association presents “The Nutcracker,” featuring Ballet Sioux and guest artists from the Boston Ballet. Follow Clara on her wondrous journey through the enchanted forest in this beloved holiday classic. 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Orpheum Theatre, 528 Pierce St. Tickets: $25-$40 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under. Call (712) 255-0972 for more information.

  • The Emmy award-winning quartet returns for their 2013 Holiday Tour. The upbeat, interactive set will include well-known Christmas songs their holiday albums. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22 at the Orpheum Theatre, 528 Pierce St. Tickets: $27-$33 for adults, $22-$27 for children 12 and under. www.orpheumlive.com

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