Weekend Outlook December 7-9, 2018

Dec 7, 2018

Christmas Decorations
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The Midtown Neighborhood Association invites you to tour historic Springfield homes decorated for the holidays this weekend.  The Midtown Victorian Christmas Homes Tour is Friday (12/7) from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday (12/8) from noon to 5.  Tickets are $12 and are available at Midtown Pharmacy, Maschino’s, Midtown Carnegie Library, Enterprise Park Lanes and Sunshine Lanes.  Free parking and a shuttle will be available at the Drury Diversity Center, 803 Drury Ln. 

The Nature and the Arts Series at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way, continues Friday (12/7) at 5 and 7 p.m. with “An Evening with Tim Ernst."  Ernst will share images of ten years of nature photography in Arkansas.  Book signings will be held from 6 to 7 and 8 to 9 p.m.  Registration is required. 

The Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way, will host an Evening Stroll Friday night (12/7) from 6 to 9.  Take flashlights.  The Nature Center’s fireplace will be lit, and you’ll be able to enjoy hot chocolate and browse the gift shop.  

The Library Center’s Holiday Store for Kids will be open Friday (12/7) from 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday (12/8) from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday (12/9) from 1 to 4:30 p.m.  Kids up to age 18 can shop for gifts priced from 25 cents to $10, for friends and family. 

First Friday Art Walk, Friday night (12/7) from 6 to 10 at two dozen sites in downtown Springfield, will feature hands-on painting, live art demonstrations, an immersive art installation and more   

A Holiday Concert by the Mother Road Ukulele Ensemble will start Friday night (12/7) at 7:30 at the Park Central Branch Library. 

The Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East in downtown Springfield, presents a screening of the film, “A Hard Day’s Night,” Friday night (12/7) at 8. 

Candy Cane Lane, a holiday light display, is open until December 14 Friday through Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, 3825 W. Farm Rd. 146 in Springfield.  The cost is $5 per vehicle.  Hot cocoa will be available for purchase. 

The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield, is hosting “Evening Strolls through the Garden” Fridays and Saturdays through December 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Admission is $4 for adults and free for kids 12 and under with a paid adult. 

Springfield Regional Arts Council will host the $100 and Under Art Market Friday night (12/7) from 5 to 8 at the Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway. 

Springfield Little Theatre presents “A Christmas Story” through Sunday (12/9) at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut in downtown Springfield. 

Springfield Contemporary Theatre presents “The Legend of Georgia McBride” through December 16 at 431 S. Jefferson. 

A Class Act Productions presents “The Naughty and Nice Christmas Show” through December 14 at The Grove, 401 N. Boonville in Springfield. 

Rudolph’s Five and Dime:  A Holiday Bazaar is open Friday (12/7) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Grand Lounge of Blair-Shannon Residence Hall on the Missouri State University campus.  The event features a variety of items for sale, and a live auction starts at noon.  Proceeds go to the Wilda F. Looney Residence Life Leadership Scholarship fund. 

Adults are invited to “Coloring and Cocoa” Friday afternoon (12/7) from 3 to 5 at the Strafford Branch Library. 

The efactory, 405 N. Jefferson in downtown Springfield, will host a tour Friday (12/7) at 10 a.m.  Explore the building on the guided staff tour and learn about efactory programs and resources. 

The Yellow House Community Arts Center, 209 W. Trish Knight St. in West Plains, will host their annual Holiday Arts Sale Friday (12/7) from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday (12/8) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Adults are invited to “Friday Film Club” Friday night (12/7) at 6 at the Nixa Branch Library, 208 McCroskey.  See the 2008 film, “Doubt,” and take part in a discussion after. 

Sacred Heart Church, 1609 N. Summit in Springfield, will host a Vendor Craft Fair Friday (12/7) from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday (12/8) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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. 

Joplin Little Theatre presents “A Swingin’ Little Christmas,” a musical revue, through Sunday (12/9). 

A Night of Merry Making is Friday night (12/7) from 5 to 8 in downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  Caroling in Basin Spring Park starts at 5 p.m.  Living Windows, including a Living Art Exhibit, and an Elfie Selfie Scavenger Hunt will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. 

The Carroll County Community Orchestra will present a free holiday concert featuring the Kansas City Horns at The Auditorium, 36 S. Main in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Saturday (12/8) at 2:30 p.m. 

The Ozarks Chorale will present their Holiday Concert Saturday night (12/8) at 7:30 at The Auditorium, 36 S. Main in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. 

George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO will host a Holiday Open House Saturday (12/8) from 1 to 3 at 5646 Carver Rd.  It’s a holiday celebration of seasonal music, interpretive programs and refreshments. 

The Joplin Historical Society will host an open house Saturday (12/8) from 2 to 4 at the Joplin History and Mineral Museum, 504 S. Schifferdecker in Joplin.  Enjoy refreshments and tour the museum as it’s decked out for the holidays. 

The Harlin Museum, 405 Worcester Ave. in West Plains, presents the Model Railway and Winter Art Exhibit through December 30. 

The 15th annual Memorial Luminary Driving Tour is Saturday (12/8) at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, 6424 W. Farm Rd. 182 in Republic.  There will be more than 2500 luminaries along the Tour Road representing those killed, wounded or missing in the Battle of Wilson’s Creek. An opening ceremony starts at 4:30 at the Visitor’s Center, and the tour opens to the public at 5:15 and goes until 9:30.  Admission is free. 

The Senior Foundation of the Ozarks will host the Christmas Mile and 5K 2018 will Saturday morning (12/8) at 8 at the CoxHealth Meyer Center. 

The program, “Candy Cane Coding,” for tweens will be held Saturday (12/8) at 10 a.m. at the Ozark Branch Library, 1005 N. 4th.  Create personalized beaded candy canes using binary code. 

The Ozark Humane Society will host Pet Pictures with Santa Saturday (12/8) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cause for Paws Thrift Store, 201 E. Crandall Ave. in Harrison, Arkansas.  For a $10 donation, you’ll receive a print and a digital copy of your pet’s photo with Santa. 

Adults will make a wreath using flannel-inspired ribbon and a wreath form Saturday morning (12/8) at 10 at the Ozark Branch Library, 1005 N. 4th St.  Registration is required.  Learn more here

The program, “Sugar Cookie Decorating,” for adults, will start Saturday (12/8) at 1 p.m. at the Ozark Branch Library, 1005 N. 4th St.  Registration is required. 

The North Arkansas Medical Foundation will host the Santa Shuffle Fun Run Saturday morning (12/8) at 10.  Listen to Christmas music while running one mile from NARMC through the Harrison, Arkansas square. 

Free Art Day will be held Saturday (12/8) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway in Springfield.  Kids can make a variety of craft projects and decorate cookies. 

The Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade, “Wonders of Christmas,” will start at 2 p.m. Saturday (12/8).  It will travel north on South St. into Park Central Square, go east on Park Central East and disband at the Springfield Expo Center.  

The Springfield Symphony will present the “Home for the Holidays Matinee” Saturday afternoon (12/8) at 2:30 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.  Admission is free, and seating is first come, first served.  Doors open at 2. 

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra presents “Christmas at the Movies” Saturday night (12/8) at 7:30 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. 

Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center, 483 Hatchery Rd. in Branson, will host the program, “Nature Ornaments,” Saturday morning (12/8) at 10.  Make unique nature-related ornaments.  Registration is required. 

The Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East in downtown Springfield, will host Imagine 2018 Saturday (12/8) at 7 p.m.  Local bands will present this tribute to John Lennon and the Beatles. 

The Ash Grove Branch Library will host a Holiday Open House Saturday (12/8) from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

The Ash Grove Christmas Parade will start Saturday morning (12/8) at 10 in downtown Ash Grove.

Adults are invited to Second Saturday Craft Saturday (12/8) at 2 p.m.  Make your own wrapping paper. 

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 Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Kids in grades one through six are invited to STEAM Train Saturday (12/8) at 2 at the Library Station.  They’ll make a light-up winter-themed card using LED lights. 

See the classic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Sunday (12/9) at 3 p.m. at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East in downtown Springfield.  Free tickets can be picked up Sunday. 

Central Christian Church, 1475 N. Washington, will present the “Bach Christmas Oratorio” Sunday (12/9) at 9:30 a.m. as part of the worship service. 

Southern Missouri Arts Connection will host a Holiday Pop Up Art Market Sunday (12/9) from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Branson Community Center, 201 Compton Dr. in Branson.  Artists and volunteers will host a Children’s Gift-Making Workshop during the event. 

Springfield Contemporary Theatre presents SCT Sings the Yuletide Collection Sunday and Monday night (12/9-12/10) at 7:30 at 302 E. Pershing in Springfield.