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Bentonville, AR

December 1-January 19: Ice Rink at Lawrence Plaza, $5 per session or $3 per session with own skates. Visit www.bentonvillear.com or call 479.464.7272.

December 6, 13, 20: Movie Nights at Lawrence Plaza, 6:30 pm. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to watch movie displayed on a 25-foot screen. Free. Call 479.271.3390.

Show Schedule:

December 6: A Christmas Carol

December 13: Frozen

December 20: The Santa Clause

Fayetteville, AR

December 4: Clint Black Concert, 7 pm, Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St. Singer/songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and actor. Call 479.443.5600.

December 5-6: The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue,
8 pm, Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St. Prominent improv group is well known as the training ground for many now-megafamous alumni, including John Belushi, Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, John Candy, Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert. Experience the magic (and mayhem!) of the holiday season with The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue. Call 479.443.5600

Franklin, KS

December 1-28: Miners Hall Museum Special Exhibit: “Italians in Southeast Kansas.” 10 am-4 pm Monday-Saturday, 701 S. Broadway. Free admission. Call 620.347.4220.

Pittsburg, KS

December 12: Pittsburg State University Winter Commencement Ceremonies, 5-8 pm, Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building. The College of Education and College of Technology will start at 5 pm with the College of Arts and Sciences and Business following at 8 pm. For more information, contact Pittsburg State University at 620. 235.4205.

Carl Junction, MO

December 6: Carl Junction Lion’s Club Community Breakfast, 7-10 am, Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. All-you-can-eat breakfast. Adults/$5, children/$3. Call 417.649.8846.

Carthage, MO

Every Friday: The Woodshed, inside Cherry’s Emporium on the Square, 7:30 pm. Live music. $7 admission. Call 417.358.2707.

December 6-7: Brad Potter’s Coin & Stamp Show, Saturday 9 am-
5 pm, Sunday 9 am-3 pm, Memorial Hall, 407 S. Garrison. Find a variety of gift ideas for your favorite collector. Call 417.237.7050.

Diamond, MO

George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs, two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 am-5 pm. Call 417.325.4151 or visit www.nps.gov/gwca.

December 6 & 7: Against the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance, 1 pm. This 60-minute documentary features more than 130 rarely seen paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures by black artists, along with rich archival footage of those artists at work.

December 13: Holiday Open House, 1-3 pm. The park staff and volunteers invite the public to a holiday celebration of seasonal music, interpretive programs and refreshments.

December 20 & 21: Carver Laboratory Demonstrations, 11 am-1 pm. Want to learn about some of the products George Washington Carver developed in his laboratory? Discover how Carver used some often overlooked plants to change the way we think about agriculture.

December 27 & 28: The Tuskegee Airmen, 1 pm. In 1941, with the world at war, a select group of African Americans made their way to Tuskegee, Alabama, with dreams of becoming the first black fighter pilots in the country. This documentary explores the story of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Joplin, MO

Every Friday: Friday Nights Out at Victory, 6-9 pm, 3405 S. Hammons Blvd, $3/person but a max of $15/family. And if you show your gym membership card you get half off admission. Open basketball court, archery tag, pool tables, foozball, bracelet making, Wii, XBox 360, food available from West Coast Tacos and BBQ. Impact Life praise team performs from 7-9 pm. Call 417.206.6886.

December 5: Joplin Women’s Club, noon, Twin Hills. The “Sweet Adalines” will provide Christmas music. For reservations call Stephanie Everitt 417.781.6138. Hostesses will be Edith Lawellin, and Annie Junge. Bridges will be on December 11 and December 18. Cost: $11. Call 417.781.6138.

December 6-7: R.K. Gun and Knife Show, 9 am-5 pm, Holiday Inn Convention Center, 3615 South Range Line Rd. Know your rights, concealed carry laws. Call 877.859.5095.

Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center

Open Wednesday-Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sunday 12-4 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday. Wildcat Park and nature trails open 7 days a week, dawn to dusk. All programs are held at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, 201 W. Riviera Dr., Suite A, Joplin. Programs require preregistration. Call 417.782.6287 or visit www.wildcatglades.audubon.org.

December 6: Discover Winter Birds and Bird Feeding, 9-11 am. All ages welcome. Suggested age: 7+, $5 per person member/$10 per person non-members. Many winter guests are beginning to arrive at our feeders. Do you know who they are? We’ll begin indoors learning basic bird ID techniques, some of our common winter birds and ways to attract winter guests to your yard. We’ll also learn about critical issues affecting birds and what can be done to help them, including participation in citizen science bird counts and other projects. Following a discussion of how to use binoculars, we’ll head outdoors for a chance to see and hear birds on a short, easy hike through the park.

Preschool Nature Connections

December 13: As the Cold Wind Blows, 10-11 am. Age: 3-6 years, $5 per child members/ $10 per child non-members. Do you ever wonder if animals get ready for winter like you do? Come find out as we explore how animals respond to winter weather and prepare for Missouri to change into a winter wonderland.

December 20: National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count, 8 am-1 pm, all ages welcome; suggested age 7+ accompanied by adult. Free. Sponsored by Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter. We’ll meet at the Center, team up with experienced birders and set out to count as many birds as we can! The longest-running Citizen Science survey in the world, Christmas Bird Count provides critical data on population trends. Tens of thousands of participants know that it is also a lot of fun!

December 20: Yoga in Nature, 9-10 am, $3/members, $6/non-members. Enjoy exercising at your own level beside beautiful Shoal Creek. Instructor Connelaine Gustad teaches Hatha Yoga, exercise for balance, strength, flexibility and endurance, which can instill harmony and tranquility in one’s life. Will be held indoors in inclement weather.

Lamar, MO

December 1, 8, 15, 22: Barton County Senior Center, 9 am-5 pm, Barton County Senior Center, 306 W. 11th. Cards, dominoes, exercise equipment, a reading library, pool, computer/Internet access and Wii. Call 417.682.3881.

Neosho, MO

December 5-6, The Crowder College Theatre Department presents Aesop’s Fable-ous Christmas Tree, 10 am and 2pm, plus bonus show Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 pm. Admission: Adults $3 ($1 off with a canned good), children (age 12 & under) $1 (admitted free if they are wearing their school shirt). For more information call  417.455.5458.

December 7: The Crowder College Community Chorus presents, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, 7 pm, United Methodist Church, 224 S. Wood. Service, traditionally sung on the first Sunday of Advent, consists of readings from the Bible interspersed with traditional Christmas carols, congregational hymns and special music. Call 417.455.5458.

Webb City, MO

Every Saturday: Farmers Market, 9 am-noon, under the pavilions, King Jack Park. www.webbcityfarmersmarket.com.

Miami, OK

December 4: Asleep At The Wheel, 8 pm, Buffalo Run Casino, Indoor Peoria Showplace. Tickets $20. Call 918.542.7141, ext 2200.


Cultural Arts and Entertainment


Rogers, AR

December 5-7 & 11-14: A Christmas Story, 8 pm, 2 pm Sunday matinees, Rogers Little Theater, 116 S. 2nd St. Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie in his quest to get a Red Ryder BB gun. Call 479.631.8988.

Carthage, MO

December 4-7 & 11-14: Sorry, Wrong Chimney. Doors open 6 pm, show starts 7:30 pm; Sunday matinee: doors open 12:30 pm, show 2 pm, Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old Route 66 Blvd. Adults: $24.50; seniors (55 up): $21; youth (13-18): $21; children: $12. Call 417.358.9665 or visit www.stonesthrowdinnertheatre.webs.com.

December 6, 13, 20 & 27: Painting for all Ages, 12:30-2 pm, Cherry’s Art Emporium, 311 S. Main St. Cost $30, includes materials. Call 417.358.2707.

December 31: Stone’s Throw New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery. Doors open at 9 pm. Admission is $30 and includes hor d’oeuvres. Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old Route 66 Blvd. Call 417.358.9665 or visit www.stonesthrowdinnertheatre.webs.com

Joplin, MO

December 4-7: Living Christmas Tree, A Strand of Pearls, 7:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday matinee 4 pm, Ozark Christian College, 1111 N. Main St. Music and drama tell the tale of a family trying to celebrate Christmas amongst the conflict of family issues and the world around us. The Living Christmas Tree features excellent music from the OCC Concert Choir, an outstanding orchestra and remarkable dramatic talent from the OCC student body and the Joplin community. $7 adults, $5 for children under 12. Call 417.626.1221.

December 6-7: Mother Goose Christmas Mystery, 2:30 pm, MSSU Taylor Performing Arts Center. Little Boy Blue is on the case, looking for the perpetrator of the mishaps plaguing Mother Goose’s cherished nursery rhymes. Call 417.625.9393.

December 10-14, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, 7:30 pm, 2:30 pm Sunday matinee, Joplin Little Theatre. The Herdsmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant. Visit  www.joplinlittletheatre.org or call  417. 623.3638.

December 20: Christmas Flourishes Concert, 3 pm, presented by the Joplin Area Organists Association and hosted by the Byers Avenue United Methodist Church. Take an hour to celebrate the return of the 1922 Hinners 16 rank pipe organ with festive seasonal music and a special appearance of the Heartland Brass Ensemble. Call 417.825.7259.

Spiva Center for the Arts, Third and Wall Streets. Galleries and gift shop hours: 10 am-5 pm Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary contribution for admission is $2 adults; $1 children. For information, call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at www.spivaarts.org or follow us on Facebook.


December 2, 9, 16: Creation Station, 3:45-5:15 pm, ages 6-12, $5/class. Drop in Tuesday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, collage, photography and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Please pre-register. Space is limited for this popular class.

December 3, 10, 17: Preschooler and Pal Art Class, 10:30-11:30 am, ages 3-5, $5/class. Share art with your very young artist as we explore painting, drawing, water resist and sculpture. Build their creativity through reading and art. Adult must stay with student. Space is limited, so register early.

December 4, 11, 18: Young Painter with Jordan Murdock, 3:45-5:15 pm, ages 6-12, $10/class. Does your child want to learn to paint? If so, they will love this painting class. Artist and teacher Jordan Murdock teaches drawing, color mixing, brush control, broad wash and detailing in this fun introductory painting class.

December 6: Anime with Amber Baker, 11 am-1 pm, ages 12-18, $25. Observe the work of professional anime artists, then practice on real anime boards to create your character, storyline and background.

December 13: Fused Glass Ornaments with Jane McCaulley, 2-4 pm, ages 9-99. Cost: $25. Glass artist/teacher Jane McCaulley teaches how to create beautiful glass ornaments that look great on a Christmas tree, window or mantel. This class is great fun for kids and adults. Be sure to wear close-toed shoes.

December 20: Graham Cracker “Gingerbread” Houses with Lindsay Bowers, 1-3 pm, ages 6+, $15. Students build and decorate a one-of-a-kind “gingerbread” house. Graham crackers, frosting, chocolate and candies will make this a house that’s good enough to display – or eat!

Special Events:

December 13: Open House. In conjunction with Downtown Joplin Alliance Open House, all Spiva gift shop items will be 10 percent off.


November 15, 2014-January 3, 2015: 67th Annual Membership Show, Main Gallery. Spiva members present their best work in the largest, most anticipated exhibit of the year. A fascinating mix of works and media!

November 15, 2014-January 3, 2015: Three Carvers: Set in Stone, Regional Gallery. Following their personal styles, Stacy Deslatte (Longview, Texas), Abraham Mohler (St. Louis) and Robin Putnam (Carthage) sculpt figurative works from raw granite, marble, limestone and alabaster.

December 2, 2014-January 3, 2015: Paintings From Memories Herndon & Ruth Snider, Upstairs Gallery. A travelogue of sorts, Paintings From Memories features work that captures scenes from travels abroad by Ruth and Dr. Herndon (Don) Snider. The exhibit, primarily of watercolors, was largely generated from the couple’s trips to Italy and other countries, as well as travels in the U.S.

Miami, OK

December 4-7: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, 7:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday matinee 2:30 pm, Coleman Theatre, 103 N. Main. Call 918.333.2033 or visit www.colemantheatre.org.


Health Events

Galena, KS

December 2: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Premier Surgical Institute,1619 W. 7th St. Dr. Kido, a fellowship trained surgeon specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and his nurse and success story Lori, are providing free weight-loss surgery seminars at Premier Surgical Institute. The seminars are designed to welcome and inform members of the Four State Area interested in learning about – or already considering – surgery as an option for weight loss treatment.

Dr. Kido has an impressive record of patient weight loss results. He offers a caring approach to improve patients’ overall health and helps those suffering from the physical, emotional, medical and financial consequences of being overweight, as well as provides a solution for the many who are simply frustrated with unsuccessful efforts to lose weight or maintain weight loss. No reservations are necessary to attend the free seminars, which are open to the public.

Premier Surgical Institute was built upon Ortho Four States’ mission to restore patients’ quality of life and unique vision to create a comprehensive, compassionate and affordable world-class place of healing and innovative wellness experience. The resort-like comforts of Premier Surgical Institute provide a relaxing and comfortable setting for those attending the seminars.

For more information about Dr. Kido’s seminars or the various insurance plans accepted for his weight loss procedures, please contact Lori at 620.232.9000.

Parsons, KS

Every Thursday: Menu Planning 101, 12 pm or 5:15 pm, Upscale Country Furnishings. Learn to eat better, feel better and save money. Call 620.423.0450.

December 11: Grief Companions Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Enter through north door. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital - Pittsburg, KS

December 9: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room, meets the second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

December 24: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room, meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital

Carthage, MO

December 2-30: Monday and Tuesday Grief Support Group, Monday 1:30-2:30 pm; Tuesday 6:30-7:30 pm. Open to the public at no cost; registration is appreciated. Materials provided. Call Chaplain Galen Snodgrass, 417.359.2636.

Joplin, MO

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Learn about managing fatigue, working with health professionals, relaxation techniques and practicing healthy eating habits. Call 417.625.2492.

Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.

December 10 & 24: Grief Support Group, meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2650 E. 32nd St., Suite 100. Providing a safe, confidential and supportive environment. Call 417.623.8272.

December 16: Brain Injury Support Group, meets every third Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Call 417.659.8086 or visit www.ilcenter.org.

December 23: Joplin Ostomy Support Group, meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3200 McClelland, back entrance. Speaker, refreshments. Call Jackie Strobl at 417.849.7814.

Freeman Health System

December 1: Prenatal Class, 8 am-3:30 pm, Freeman West Meeting Room 1W. Prepares mothers and their labor coaches for childbirth. $35 per couple. Registration is required. Call 417.347.6667.

December 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: Parenting Class for Parents of Teens, 5:30-7 pm, Will’s Place, 1800 W. 30th Street. Tips for parents with teens, presented by Kimberly Fielding. Call 417.347.7580.

December 2: Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center, 3230 Wisconsin Ave. Call 417.347.7850.

December 2: Friends and Family CPR, 6:30-9:30 pm, Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Suite C, class is for people who are looking to learn CPR who do not need to be certified, $15. Call 417.347.4448.

December 9: Alzheimer’s Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman East Conference Room 4E. Call 417.347.5876.

December 10: Cancer Support Group, 2 pm, Freeman Cancer Institute Downstairs Conference Room. Call 417.347.4029.

December 11: Screen Team Early Detection Screenings. Appointments required. Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E 32nd Street Suite C. Stroke Screening/Carotid Artery - $40, Abdominal Aortic - $40, Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) - $20, Osteoporosis Risk Assessment - $10. Receive all four screenings for $100. Additional services available. Call 417.347.6555.

December 15: Diabetes Support Group meets the third Monday of each month, 4:30-5:30 pm, Freeman Women’s Center Conference Room, 1532 W. 32nd St. Call 417.347.5831.

December 16: Sleep Apnea Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman Health Essentials, 1130 E. 32nd St. Roundtable discussion with a sleep therapist. Call 417.347.7400.

December 18: Stroke Support Group, 3 pm, College View Manor, 3828 College View. Call 417.347.1234.

December 27: Freeman Advantage Tea, 9-11:30 am, Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Annual health screening; open to the public. Call 417.347.5837 or visit www.freemanhealth.com/advantage.

Mercy Hospital

Every Monday: Parkinson’s Support Group, 2 pm, SWMO Community Alliance Conference Room, 2914 E. 32nd St. Call Nancy, 417.623.5560.

Every Wednesday: Free Blood Pressure Screening, 9 am-12 pm, St. John’s Medical Equipment Store, 3120 S. Main, Suite 10. Call 417.627.8424.

Every Thursday: Free Blood Pressure Screenings, 10-11 am, Mercy Hospital Lobby. Call 417.627.8424.

Mercy Auxiliary- Call 417.625.2262

December 1-2:  Poinsettia Sale, 9 am-5 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin, 2817 St. John’s Boulevard.  Sponsored by Mercy Auxiliary.

December 5: Miche Purse Sale, 7 am-7 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin, 2817 St. John’s Boulevard.   Sponsored by Mercy Auxiliary.

December 22: Books R Fun, 7 am-5 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin, 2817 St. John›s Boulevard. Sponsored by Mercy Auxiliary.

December 23: Community Blood Center of the Ozarks Blood Drive, 8-10 am, Silver Creek and 12:30-4:30 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin, 2817 St John’s Boulevard. Co-sponsored by Mercy Auxiliary.

Mercy Gift Shop

December 12: Gift Shop Sale, 9 am-5 pm, 20% off most items, including Christmas (excludes candy, magazines, cards, flowers and sundries). Call 417.625.2260.

Mercy Bariatrics

December 4: Bariatric Seminar with Dr. Danny Liu, Mercy certified bariatric physician, 6-7 pm, Messenger Chapel on the new Mercy Joplin campus. Free. Call Nancy Bettasso to get registered, 417.659.6671.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit www.namijoplin.org. The NAMI building is located at 219 W. 2nd St. in Joplin.

Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm, NAMI building.

Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm, NAMI building.

Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm, NAMI building.

Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm, NAMI building.

Every Wednesday: Post 5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am, NAMI building.

Every Thursday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A new signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. NAMI building.

December 1: Asperger’s Support for Parents/Adolescents meets the first Monday of each month, 6:30 pm, NAMI building.

Barton County Memorial Hospital - Lamar, MO

December 6: Marketplace enrollment event, 10 am-3 pm, Barton County Library, 300 W. 10th St. Appointments preferred, but will assist walk-ins as well. Schedule appointment call 417.681.5228.

December 9: Caregiver Support Group for Memory Loss, 6-7 pm, Barton County Memorial Hospital Board Room. Call 417.681.5100.

December 9 & 23: Blood Pressure checks, Senior Center, 306 W. 11th St. Call 417.682.3881.

Neosho, MO

December 16: Remember Me Group meets the third Tuesday of each month, 4-5 pm, 400 Lyon Drive. Create a scrapbook with education about dementia. Must RSVP. Call 417.451.2544.

Nevada Regional Medical Center – Nevada, MO

December 7: 11th Annual Children’s Holiday Festival, 1-4 pm, NRMC lobby. Call 417.448.3801.

December 9: Breastfeeding Support Group, 6:30 pm, Medical Arts Building 2nd floor conference room. For women in their third trimester of pregnancy. Call 417.448.3801.

December 10: Diabetic Foot Ulcer Screening, 10 am-12 pm, Mezzanine conference room. Call 417.448.3622.

December 15: Community Blood Center Blood Drive, 1-4 pm, Moore Few Community Room. Call 417.448.3801.

December 17: Blood Pressure Screening, 11 am, Vernon County Senior Center, Call to register 417.448.3622.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center - Grove, OK

December 11: Diabetes Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.

December 11: Low Vision Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month, 9:30 am, Honey Creek Retirement Village, 200 Har-Ber Road. Call 918.786.2223.

Miami, OK

December 9 & 23: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

December 11: Caregivers Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center

Miami, OK

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.

December 2: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month, 11 am, Generations 4th floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

December 4 : Autism Support Group meets the first Thursday of each month, 5:30 pm, Miami First Baptist Church Fellowship Center, 24 S. Street SW with Dr. Alan Carnahan. Call 918.919.0148.


Holiday Events

Bentonville, AR

December 13: 2014 Bentonville Christmas Parade, 11 am, downtown. One of the largest daytime parades in the state, the theme is “A Story Book Christmas.” Live music, food and festivities. Call 479.254.0254 or visit

Aurora, MO

December 13: Aurora Christmas Parade, 2 pm, corner of Pleasant and Roosevelt. Trophies will be awarded to the Best of Show Float, Best Business Entry, Best Religious Entry and Horse entries. Call 417.678.4150.

Carl Junction, Mo

December 7: Carl Junction Christmas Parade, 2 pm, presented by the Carl Junction Lion’s Club. Theme “A Christmas Salute to Our Veterans.” Prizes will be given for Religious, Civic & Club, Commercial Business and Special Entries categories

December 7: Carl Junction Community Christmas Celebration, 2 pm, presented by the Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. Post-parade activities include crowning of Miss Jingle Bell & Mr. Elf, Christmas-themed dance demonstration, pictures with Santa and the Candy & Cookie House. For more information, please contact Sharon Clark at 417.438.8348.

Cassville, MO

December 6: Christmas Parade, 7 pm, downtown. The area’s only nighttime Christmas parade features beautifully lighted floats, marching bands, antique vehicles and drill teams. Santa brings up the rear in his larger-than-life sleigh. Call 417.847.2814.

Golden City, MO

December 6: Christmas Parade, 12 pm, Main Street. Call 417.682.3595.

Granby, MO

December 2: Christmas Parade, 2 pm, Call City Hall, 417.472.6556.

Joplin, MO

December 2: Joplin Christmas Parade, 6 pm, Main Street. Contact Freeman Health System at JoplinChristmasParade@freemanhealth.com or 417.347.1019.

December 4 & 11: Santa visits Downtown, photos taken at 420 S. Main, 5:30-7:30 pm.

December 6-7: Mother Goose Christmas Mystery, 2:30 pm, MSSU Taylor Performing Arts Center. Little Boy Blue is on the case, looking for the perpetrator of the mishaps plaguing Mother Goose’s cherished nursery rhymes. Call 417.625.9393.

December 12: 5th Annual DickensFest hosted by Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc., 6-9 pm, Moffet and Sergeant avenues between Third and Fourth streets in residential historic district.

December 13-14: 5th Annual DickensFest, 2-8 pm. Outdoor events centered around Byers Avenue and 5th Street; indoor events will be at the majestic Scottish Rite Cathedral, 505 S. Byers Avenue. Admission to festival complimentary, with donation buckets available. Tickets available for purchase for horse and carriage rides and kiddie train rides.  Information: 417.483.3116; www.murphysburg.org; Murphysburg@gmail.com; www.Facebook.com/Murphysburg; twitter.com/Murphysburg.

December 13: Santa visits Downtown, photos taken at 420 S. Main, 10 a.m.-noon. For more information: facebook.com/downtownjoplin.

December 15: Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express, 4 pm, former Union Depot, 201 N. Main. Visitors can board the train, visit with Santa and his elves and tour three cars of the festive six-car train. Free. Call 417.310.3472.

Lamar, MO

December 6-7: Miss Merry Christmas Pageants, 7-9 pm, Thiebaud Auditorium. Annual holiday pageant for women of various ages. Call 417.682.3595.

December 12: Home for the Holidays Lighting on the Square, 6 pm. Call 417.682.3595.

December 12: Christmas Parade, 6 pm, town square. Call 417.682.3595.

Liberal, MO

December 6: Santa Day, 10 am-4 pm, Liberal High School. Vendors, soup/chili feed, visit from Santa, raffles, musical entertainment. Call 417.843.3453.

Monett, MO

November 26-December 31, Festival of Lights, nightly 5:30-9:30 pm and until 10 pm weekends. Monett South Park. Lights are free with donations taken at the end by volunteer elves. Call 417.235.7919.

December 13: Christmas Parade, 11 am, held on Broadway.  Typical parade with floats, horses, bands. Call 417.235.7919.

Mt. Vernon, MO

November 29: Village of Lights Homes Tour, 12-4 pm. Owners of 5-6 homes open their doors to share their special seasonal decor. Tickets: $5 in advance; $7 the day of the tour. Call 417.466.7654.

November 29: Meet Santa, 3-4:15 pm, Courthouse, Chamber office. Call 417.466.7654.

November 29: Christmas Parade, 4:45 pm, on the square. Call 417.466.7654.

Neosho, MO

December 4: Holiday Market VIP Ladies Night, 5-9 pm, Mills Park Centre, 100 N. College St. $5 admission. Refreshments, cash bar, giveaways, over 50 vendors, unique gifts, handmade items, gourmet foods. Call 417.451.1925.

December 4-6: 13th Annual Journey to Bethlehem, 6-9 pm, Racine Christian Church, 12218 State Hwy K. Live stage show, interactive outdoor theater, real animals, living nativity. Call 417.501.5821 or visit facebook.com/Journey.Racine.

December 5: Holiday Market, 5-9 pm, Mills Park Centre, 100 N. College. $2 admission. Refreshments, over 50 vendors, unique gifts, handmade items, gourmet foods. Call 417.451.1925.

December 5: Lighting of the Park, dusk, Big Spring Park. Call 417.451.1925.

December 6: Winter Wonderland, 8 am-noon, The Civic on the Square. Breakfast with Santa, 8-11 am. Kids’ activities, 9 am-noon. Call 417.451.1925.

December 6: Holiday Market, 10-4 pm. $2 admission. Refreshments, over 50 vendors, unique gifts, handmade items, gourmet foods. Call 417.451.1925.

December 6: Christmas Parade, 5 pm, historic Neosho square, “Christmas Around the World.” Call 417.451.1925.

Nevada, MO

November 28-December 25: Lights at the Lake, Radio Springs Park. Holiday lights run from Thanksgiving weekend through Christmas. Various civic groups work the park each evening and accept donations.

December 6: Miss Merry Christmas Pageant, 10 am-12 pm, historic square, ages from K-12. Call 417.667.5300.

December 6: Christmas Parade, 5:30 pm, historic square. Theme: “Home for the Holidays.” Santa will be on the Courthouse lawn in his house following the parade from 6:30-8:30 pm. Call 417.667.5300.

Pierce City

December 6: Pierce City Christmas Parade,
2 pm, downtown, floats, children’s activities, visit with Santa after parade. Call 417.476.2323.

Webb City, MO

December 4 & 7: Cookies & Cocoa with Santa, December 4, 4-6 pm; December 7, 2-4:30 pm. Call 417.673.1154.

December 5-6 & 12-13: First Annual Holiday Market & Craft Fair, 4:30-9 pm, Route 66 event Center, 21 S. Webb. Call 417.673.1154.

December 6: Victorian Christmas Open House, 2-4 pm, Public Library, 101 S. Liberty.

December 14: A Storybook Christmas, 2 pm, Route 66 Event Center, 21 S. Webb, free admission, reservations are required. Call 417.673.1154 or email gwen@webbcitychamber.com.

December 17: Christmas Parade, 6 pm, downtown. Coordinated by project graduation. Call 417.621.8906 or 417.540.8114.

Baxter Springs, KS

December 6: Christmas Tree Lighting, 6 pm, Chamber of Commerce office. Lighting of the tree and pictures with Santa. Call 620.856.3131.

December 7: Christmas Parade, 2 pm. Call 620.429.0190.

Columbus, KS

December 3: Christmas Celebration & Parade, 5-7 pm. Entertainment, vendors, pictures with Santa, letters to Santa. Parade begins at 7 pm. Call 620.429.1492.

December 5: First Christian Church Cookie Walk, 7 am. First Christian Church, 128 W. Elm. Choose from dozens of holiday cookies to purchase. Call 620.429.2715.

Parsons, KS

December 4: Christmas Parade, 7 pm, 22nd and Main. Call 620.421.6500.

December 12: Holiday Tea, 2-4 pm, Public Library, 311 S. 17 St. Free. Call 620.421.4760.

Pittsburg, KS

December 1: Pittsburg Christmas Parade, 6:30 pm, downtown. Lineup begins at 5 pm in front of the Middle School. Call 620.231.8310.

December 6: 6th Annual Holiday Craft Fair, 8 am-1pm, Lower Lever of Pittsburg’s Memorial Auditorium. Visit Santa’s Workshop from 10 am-1 pm; admission is free with a non-perishable food donation. Children will be able to decorate an ornament, color pictures and play games. Call 620.231.1212.

December 7: PSU Holiday Concert, 3 pm, Memorial Auditorium. For more information, call 620.231.7827 or visit  www.memorialauditorium.org.

Grove, OK

November 29-30: December 6-7, 13-14: Har-ber Village Christmas on Main, 2-8 pm. Local businesses, organizations and individuals decorate buildings for this family event; includes music, refreshments, activities and a  visit from Santa. Call 918.786.6446.

December 6: Santa and Mrs. Claus visit, 2:30-4 pm. Find out who’s been naughty or nice. Call 918.786.6446.

December 13 & 14: Build Your Own Gingerbread, 2:30 pm. Build your own gingerbread house. Cost: $17 for non-members; $12 for members. Reservations and prepayment required. Call 918.786.6446.

December 13: Grove Annual Christmas Parade, 6-10 pm, Business District. Call 918.786.9079.

Miami, OK

November 27-December 30: Twin Bridges Park of Lights, 6-9 pm, 14801 S. Hwy. 137. Drive-through exhibit of 40 light displays. Free; donations appreciated. Call 918.542.6969.

December 6: Miami Christmas Parade on Route 66, 6 pm. downtown. “Songs of Christmas” is the theme for the parade that averages over 100 entries per year. Call 918.542.4481.

December 7: NEO’s Concert Choir presents A Festival of Lessons and Carols, 4 pm, Commons Hall on the NEO Campus. $5. Call 918.540.6196.

December 19: A Coleman Family Christmas with Frank Voltz on the Organ, Piano & Harp, 7 pm, Coleman Theatre, 103 N. Main. Call 918.540.2425 or visit www.colemantheatre.org.