Weekend Outlook December 14-16, 2018

Dec 14, 2018

Candy Cane Lane at Rutledge Wilson Farm Park
Credit Springfield-Greene County Park Board

This is the last weekend for Candy Cane Lane at Rutledge Wilson Farm Park.  The drive through light display will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (12/14-12/16) from 5 to 8.  Hot cocoa will be available for purchase.  Admission is $5 per vehicle.

The Branson Regional Arts Council presents the play, “Miracle on 34th Street,” at the Owen Theater in downtown Branson this weekend.  Shows will be Friday (12/14) at 7 p.m., Saturday (12/15) at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday (12/16) at 2 p.m. 

A Holiday Train Garden Display is at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic, through December 31.  Hours are Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The Discovery Center of Springfield will offer the class, “Science Sprouts:  Frosty Fairytale Festival,” Friday morning (12/14) at 10.  Activities are free with paid admission. 

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board presents “Evening Strolls through the Garden” at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, 2400 S. Scenic.  The garden will be illuminated with festive lights Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 to 8:30 through December 22. 

The program, “An Old-Fashioned Christmas,” for infants through age six, will be held at 10 Friday morning (12/14) at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.  There will be old-fashioned crafts, activities and snacks. 

The Courthouse Chorale will present a holiday concert Friday (12/14) at 12:15 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library. 

The Christmas Tree Forest continues through January 1 on the lawn of the Crescent Hotel.  There are more than 30 trees decorated for the holidays, and you can vote for your favorite. 

The Naughty and Nice Christmas Dinner Theatre continues this weekend (12/14-12/16) at The Grove, 401 N. Boonville in Springfield. 

Springfield Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” Friday through Monday (12/14-12/17) at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut in downtown Springfield. 

“The Legend of Georgia McBride" continues this weekend (12/14-12/16) at Springfield Contemporary Theatre, 431 S. Jefferson. 

The Finley River Park Holiday Drive-Thru is open nightly through December 30 in Finley River Park, located off Highway 14 in Ozark. 

Branson’s Gift of Lights, holiday light display, is open through January 1 on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. 

The City of Monett’s Christmas light display, Festival of Lights, can be seen nightly through December 31 at Highways 37 and 60 in Monett. 

The 399th Army Band presents “Letters from the Front” Friday night (12/14) at 7 at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East in Springfield. 

Heartland Opera Theatre will present “Amahl and the Night Visitors” Friday night (12/14) at 7 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 810 S. Pearl in Joplin. 

The Moxie FLIX Series presents “Miracle on 34th Street” Friday (12/14) at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday (12/15) at 10 a.m. at the Moxie, 305 S. Campbell in Springfield.  The monthly series focuses on essential films kids should see before they turn 13.  Admission is free. 

Springfield CookieFest, a pop up bakery benefiting Safe and Sober, will be open Saturday (12/15) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of Macy’s at the Battlefield Mall. 

The Mystery Hour is Saturday night (12/15) at 7:30 at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East in Springfield. The tapings will include two regular episodes and an Ozark Jubilee Tribute episode.

The Springfield Conservation Nature Center invites anyone 18 and older to go on a naturalist-guided hike in the Mark Twain National Forest Saturday (12/15).  Registration is required. 

The Springfield Chamber Chorus will present two Christmas concerts this weekend.  The first will be Saturday night (12/15) at 7 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1115 N. Campbell, and admission is free.  The second is Sunday at 3 p.m. at University Heights Baptist Church, 1010 S. National, with special guests, the Ozark Middle School 7th Grade Women’s Ensemble.  Tickets are required for the Sunday performance and are $5 for students and $10 for adults.  (tickets)

Kids can stop by the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way, Saturday (12/15) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make natural holiday crafts.  Learn more here

The Ozark Humane Society in Harrison, Arkansas will host Pet Pictures with Santa Saturday (12/15) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cause for Paws Thrift Store, 201 E. Crandall in Harrison.  For a $10 donation you’ll receive a print and digital copy of your pet’s photo with Santa.  Proceeds benefit the Ozark Humane Society. 

Christmas at the Fox will be held Saturday night (12/15) at 7 at the Historic Fox Theatre on Park Central Square in Springfield featuring Nate Sallie. 

The Nathan Boone Homestead Historic Site, 7850 N. State Highway V in Ash Grove, will present Ozark Christmas Traditions Saturday (12/15) from 1 to 5 p.m.  See how the Boones and residents of the Missouri Ozarks celebrated Christmas.  The Boone home will be decorated for the season, and a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” will start at 3. 

A Homemade Wreath Workshop will be held Saturday (12/15) at 10m a.m. at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic.  Registration and a fee are required, and space is limited. 

The Children’s Chorus of Springfield will present a Christmas Concert Saturday night (12/15) at 7 at the Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway in Springfield.  Admission is free. 

Mediacom Ice Park will offer free ice skating Saturday (12/15) from 5:30 to 6:30.  Skate rental is $3. 

The Midtown Workshop Series, which focuses on teaching life skills, will present the class, Gift Wrapping 101, Saturday (12/15) at 2 p.m. at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.  Learn gift wrapping skills from the person who trains 400 volunteer gift wrappers who help out the Developmental Center of the Ozarks each year. 

Art Exploration, for kids in grades K-6, will be held Saturday (12/15) at 2 at the Library Station.  Materials will be provided. 

The Family STEAM Challenge will start Saturday morning (12/15) at 10 at the Library Center. 

Hygge Holidays is Saturday (12/15) at the Library Center.  Hygge is a Danish word that embodies feelings of contentment, comfort and enjoying the present.  Adults are invited to stop by the auditorium between 2:30 and 4:30 for a make-and-take craft session featuring a variety of rustic Christmas crafts.   

A Eureka Christmas will start at 6:30 Saturday night (12/15) at The Auditorium, 36 S. Main in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. 

The Missouri State Lady Bears Basketball Team will host Gonzaga Sunday (12/16) at 2 p.m. at JQH Arena.   Learn more here.   

The Santa Shuffle Fun Run, originally scheduled for December 8, will be held December 15 at 10 a.m. in Harrison, Arkansas.  Run through the historic Harrison square while listening to Christmas music. 

The Discovery Center of Springfield will host a Parent/Child Robot Workshop Saturday (12/15) at 9 a.m.  Registration and a fee are required. 

The program, Struggle for Education, will be held Saturday and Sunday (12/15-12/16) at 1 at George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO.  Learn about the challenges Carver faced in his pursuit of an education. 

The Second Saturday Art Walk will be held Saturday (12/15) from noon to 5 in downtown Springfield. 

Michael McDonald will present “Season of Peace, Holiday & Hits” Sunday night (12/16) at 8 at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East in Springfield. 

Sunday Make ‘n Play:  Family Edition is Sunday (12/16) from 2 to 4 at the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library for ages three through fourth grade.   

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will present a free screening of the film, “Under the Gun,” Sunday night (12/16) at 7:15 at the Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell in Springfield. 

The Ozark Festival Orchestra will present a Christmas Concert Sunday (12/16) at 3 p.m. at Monett High School Performing Arts Center, 1 David Sippy Dr. in Monett. 

Central Christian Church, 1475 N. Washington in Springfield, will present “Keyboards at Christmas” Sunday (12/16) at 3 p.m. featuring the church’s handbell choir.