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Weekend Outlook December 8-10, 2017

Matt Reinbold

Joplin Parks and Recreation will host the 11th annual Candy Cane Hunt tonight (12/8) from 6 to 8 at 3301 W. 1st St. in Joplin. 

Candy Cane Lane, a drive-through light display, is open at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, 3825 W. Farm Rd. 146 in Springfield, Friday and Saturday nights from 5 to 8 through December 17.  The cost is $5 per vehicle.  

OTC presents “It’s a Wonderful Life:  A Live Radio Play” tonight and tomorrow night (12/8-12/9) at 7:30 with a matinee Sunday (12/10) at 2:30 at the Gillioz, 325 Park Central East.  Ticket are $10 at the door.  

Studio Live Social Hour starts at 6 tonight (12/8) at Barley, Wheat and Rye Social House in Springfield with a performance by jazz guitarist, Jin J X.  Jin will perform live on KSMU at noon.  For details,

Wild Bob’s Musical Book Club presents Choose Your Own tonight (12/8) at 6:30 at Lindberg’s Tavern, 318 W. Commercial St. in Springfield. 

Springfield Improv, 308 S. Avenue in downtown Springfield, presents Ask the Bobs with Comedy Inc.  tonight (12/8) at 8 and Pappy Van Winkle at 10. 

Springfield Contemporary Theater, 202 E. Pershing in Springfield, presents The Santaland Diaries tonight and tomorrow night (12/8-12/9) at 7:30 and Sunday (12/10) at 2:30. 

Moscow Ballet’s “The Great Russian Nutcracker” will be at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East in Springfield, tonight (12/8) at 7.  For ticket information, (417) 863-9491 or

The Nutcracker will be presented tonight (12/8) at 7 and tomorrow (12/9) at 2 and 7 at the West Plains Civic Center. 

Elf Jr. the Musical continues through Sunday (12/10) at the Lander Theatre.  For ticket information,

A Holiday Train Garden Display is open to the public at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.  Donations are accepted. 

Rudolph’s Five and Dime:  A Holiday Bazaar continues today (12/8) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Blair-Shannon Grand Lounge on the Missouri State University campus.  Proceeds benefit the Wilda F. Looney Residence Life Leadership Scholarship fund. 

The Missouri State Ice Hockey Bears will take the ice at Mediacom Ice Park today and tomorrow (12/8-12/9).  To view a schedule and for ticket information,

The MSU women’s basketball team will host Wichita State tonight (12/8) at 7:05 and Oral Roberts Sunday (12/10) at 2:05 at JQH Arena.  For ticket information, (417) 836-7678 or

The 12th annual Christmas Mile and 5K starts tomorrow morning (12/9) at 8 at the Meyer Center, 3545 S. National in Springfield.  Proceeds benefit Senior Foundation of the Ozarks. 

The Monett Alternative Gift Fair will be held tomorrow (12/9) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Monett Historical Society Event Center, 422 Broadway in Monett, MO. 

The 64th annual Pierce City Christmas Parade starts tomorrow (12/9) at 5:30 p.m.  The theme is “An Old Time Christmas.” 

The Yellow House Community Arts Center, 209 Trish Knight St. in West Plains, will host the Holiday Arts Show today (12/8) from 3 to 7 p.m. and tomorrow (12/9) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Breakfast with Santa will be held tomorrow morning (12/9) from 8 to 11 at the West Plains Civic Center. 

The Springfield Symphony will present a Holiday Concert tomorrow night (12/9) at 7:30 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.  For ticket information, (417) 836-7678 or

The West Plains Christmas Parade will start at 4 p.m. tomorrow (12/9) at the corner of Porter Waggoner and Missouri Ave.  The theme is “A Year to Give Thanks.” 

The Springfield Christmas Parade starts tomorrow afternoon (12/9) at 2 in downtown Springfield.  The theme is “A Downtown Christmas Story.” 

Second Saturday Art Walk is tomorrow (12/9) from noon to 5 in downtown Springfield. 

Create your own wreath or centerpiece during a class tomorrow (12/9) at noon at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield.  The cost is $25 and includes materials.  To register, (417) 891-1515.

The Springfield Symphony will present the Home for the Holidays Matinee tomorrow afternoon (12/9) at 2:30 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, 525 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway in Springfield.  Admission is free. 

The Choose Your Own Holiday Adventure! Breakfast and movie fundraiser for Isabel’s House starts tomorrow morning (12/9) at 9 at the Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell in Springfield.  Tickets start at $25.  You’ll be able to choose from two holiday movies:  Polar Express or National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. 

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield will host the annual Memorial Luminary Driving Tour tomorrow night (12/9) from 5:15 to 9:30.  It will feature more than 2500 luminaries representing those killed, wounded or missing during the Battle of Wilson’s Creek.  An opening ceremony starts at 4:30 at the Visitor’s Center.  Admission is free. 

The Ozarks Chorale will present a Holiday Concert tomorrow night (12/9) at 7:30 at The Auditorium36 S. Main St. in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  Tickets are $10 at the door. 

Santa in the Park will be held tomorrow (12/9) at 1 at Basin Spring Park in downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas. 

Make nature ornaments from a variety of natural materials tomorrow morning (12/9) at 10 at the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery in Branson.  To learn more, click here.

Stop by the Springfield Conservation Nature Center tomorrow (12/9) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make holiday crafts from natural and recycled materials.  The trails at the nature center will be closed for a managed archery deer hunt.  To learn more, 888-4237 or click here.

George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond will host a Holiday Open House tomorrow (12/9) from 1 to 3 with holiday music, interpretive programs and refreshments. 

Santa’s Gift House will be open tomorrow (12/9) from 9 a.m. to noon at Branson United Methodist Church, 1208 W. Highway 76 in Branson.  The event, by Junior Auxiliary of Taney County, will allow kids in kindergarten through fourth grade to purchase up to four gifts for 50 cents each for their loved ones for Christmas.  Santa will make a visit, and kids will be able to make an ornament. 

Drury Men’s Basketball will host Lyon tomorrow (12/9) at 3:15 at the O’Reilly Family Event Center. 

Breakfast with Santa will be held tomorrow morning (12/9) from 9 to 11 at the Jordan Valley Community Health Center, 860 Lynn St. in Lebanon.  Admission is free. 

Professor Powers will present a Star Wars Science Class tomorrow (12/9) at the Summit Preparatory School, 2155 W. Chesterfield Blvd.  A class for ages five to 11 starts at 1, and a class for ages 10 to 15 starts at 2:15. 

The Sports Cards Show is tomorrow (12/9) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cash Center, 1754 Burls Way, in Harrison, Arkansas. 

The History Museum on the Square, 157 Park Central Square, has a Christmas window display now.  Windows at the Fox continues through January 20, 2018. And the exhibit, Memories of the Mother Road:  Route 66 through Springfield, continues through July 24, 2018 at the museum. 

The MSU Trombone Octet will present a concert featuring Dr. Bill Haugeberg Sunday night (12/10) at 5:30 in Ellis Recital Hall. 

Central Christian Church, 1475 N. Washington, will present Handel’s Messiah Sunday morning (12/10) at  9:30.  /

The Queen City Voices will present “A Brassy, Sassy Christmas” Sunday afternoon (12/10) at 2 at the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive in Springfield.