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ARTICLE_TEXT <p>There are many ways to celebrate the holidays in Greene County. Here are just a few options:</p> <p><b>Downtown Springfield's Festival of Lights</b> <a href="http://www.itsalldowntown.com/resources/68">[.pdf]</a> <br /> Features events throughout Center City, including the annual Christmas parade, featured in this video.&nbsp; <br /> Saturday, December 12 <br /> Starts at 1:00 p.m. at the corner of Campbell and Mt. Vernon heading toward Park Central Square.</p> <p style="text-align: left"><b>Christmas at the Farm </b><a href="http://www.parkboard.org/info/city_parks/rutledge_wilson/pdfs/christmas_at_farm09.pdf">[.pdf]</a><b><br /> </b>Learn what happens at a farm, participate in holiday crafts, and drink hot cocoa! <br /> Saturday December 12 - 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.<br /> Sunday December 13 - 12:00 p.m.&nbsp;- 8:00 p.m.<br /> <i><a href="http://www.parkboard.org/info/city_parks/rutledge_wilson/index.html">Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park</a></i><br /> 3825 W. Farm Road 146<br /> Call 837-5949 for more information!</p> <p style="text-align: left"><b>Christmas Lighting Contest</b><br /> The city of Fair Grove is hosting a Christmas Lighting Contest through December 14. Information about registering and judging the contest can be found at the <a href="http://fairgrove.org/">City of Fair Grove website</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: left"><b>Christmas Cookie Sale</b><br /> Don't have time for baking this holiday season? Homemade cookies are being sold for $5 a pound!&nbsp; <br /> Saturday December 12<br /> 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.<br /> <i>Grace United Methodist Church</i><br /> 600 S. Jefferson Ave<br /> 869-0765</p> <p style="text-align: left"><b>&quot;Voices of Christmas&quot; Concert</b><br /> A chorus of local talent joined by guest artists in a concert of holiday music.<br /> Sunday December 13<br /> 2:00 p.m. <br /> <i>Credo Dance Academy</i> <br /> 931 S. Kickapoo Ave<br /> Call 863-1960<br /> Admission: $20</p> <p style="text-align: left"><b>Springfield Ballet's &quot;The Nutcracker&quot; </b><br /> This classic Christmas fairy tale comes to life on the stage with local ballet dancers.<br /> December 18-20 (call for showtimes)<br /> <i><a href="http://www.springfieldlittletheatre.org/">Lander's Theatre</a></i><br /> 311 East Walnut Street<br /> Call 862-1343<br /> Admission: $16 for children and $20 for adults<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>The Library is also hosting a number of holiday-related events:</p> <p><b>'A Christmas Story' Movie </b><br /> Watch the movie and discuss the book! <br /> Thursday December 10<br /> 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.<br /> <i>The Library Station</i> (in the Santa Fe room)<br /> 2535 N. Kansas Expwy<br /> Call 865-1340 for more information.</p> <p><b>Gingerbread House Building</b><br /> Kids ages 2-12 can build gingerbread houses! Midtown Carnegie Branch Library on December 12 at 1pm.&nbsp; Registration begins December 1, and&nbsp; is required for this event.&nbsp; Call 862-0135 or visit the branch site for more information. <br /> Saturday December 12<br /> 1:00 p.m.<br /> <i>Midtown Carnegie Branch Library</i><br /> 397 E. Central<i><br /> </i>Call 862-0135 for more information.</p> <p><b>Holiday Music Program <br /> </b>Featuring Drury University Chamber Brass and sponsored by the Friends of the Library. <br /> Tuesday, December 15<br /> 1:30 p.m.<br /> <i>Brentwood Branch Library</i><br /> 2214 Brentwood Boulevard<br /> Call 883-1974 for more information.</p> <p><b>Holiday Horns Concert </b><br /> Featuring the Springfield Symphony Horns Ensemble and sponsored by the Friends of the Library. <br /> Wednesday, December 16&nbsp; <br /> 12:15 p.m.&nbsp;in the upstairs meeting room<br /> <i>Midtown Carnegie Branch Library </i><br /> 397 E. Central<br /> Call 862-0135 for more information.</p> <p>Come to your local library branch for holiday storytimes and activites the whole family can enjoy.&nbsp;</p> <p>All Library programs are free and listed in our monthly Bookends <a href="http://thelibrary.org/programs/documents/bookends2.pdf">[pdf]</a> magazine. <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Happy Holidays from the Library!</p>
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Community Matters, Missouri & Ozarks

Ozarks' Holiday Celebrations

There are many ways to celebrate the holidays in Greene County. Here are just a few options:

Downtown Springfield's Festival of Lights [.pdf]
Features events throughout Center City, including the annual Christmas parade, featured in this video. 
Saturday, December 12
Starts at 1:00 p.m. at the corner of Campbell and Mt. Vernon heading toward Park Central Square.

Christmas at the Farm [.pdf]
Learn what happens at a farm, participate in holiday crafts, and drink hot cocoa!
Saturday December 12 - 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday December 13 - 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park
3825 W. Farm Road 146
Call 837-5949 for more information!

Christmas Lighting Contest
The city of Fair Grove is hosting a Christmas Lighting Contest through December 14. Information about registering and judging the contest can be found at the City of Fair Grove website.

Christmas Cookie Sale
Don't have time for baking this holiday season? Homemade cookies are being sold for $5 a pound! 
Saturday December 12
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Grace United Methodist Church
600 S. Jefferson Ave
869-0765

"Voices of Christmas" Concert
A chorus of local talent joined by guest artists in a concert of holiday music.
Sunday December 13
2:00 p.m.
Credo Dance Academy
931 S. Kickapoo Ave
Call 863-1960
Admission: $20

Springfield Ballet's "The Nutcracker"
This classic Christmas fairy tale comes to life on the stage with local ballet dancers.
December 18-20 (call for showtimes)
Lander's Theatre
311 East Walnut Street
Call 862-1343
Admission: $16 for children and $20 for adults
 

The Library is also hosting a number of holiday-related events:

'A Christmas Story' Movie
Watch the movie and discuss the book!
Thursday December 10
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Library Station (in the Santa Fe room)
2535 N. Kansas Expwy
Call 865-1340 for more information.

Gingerbread House Building
Kids ages 2-12 can build gingerbread houses! Midtown Carnegie Branch Library on December 12 at 1pm.  Registration begins December 1, and  is required for this event.  Call 862-0135 or visit the branch site for more information.
Saturday December 12
1:00 p.m.
Midtown Carnegie Branch Library
397 E. Central
Call 862-0135 for more information.

Holiday Music Program
Featuring Drury University Chamber Brass and sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Tuesday, December 15
1:30 p.m.
Brentwood Branch Library
2214 Brentwood Boulevard
Call 883-1974 for more information.

Holiday Horns Concert
Featuring the Springfield Symphony Horns Ensemble and sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Wednesday, December 16 
12:15 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room
Midtown Carnegie Branch Library
397 E. Central
Call 862-0135 for more information.

Come to your local library branch for holiday storytimes and activites the whole family can enjoy. 

All Library programs are free and listed in our monthly Bookends [pdf] magazine.
 

Happy Holidays from the Library!


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