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Holiday events listing published Dec. 15, 2021

The holiday season brings many special festivities. From family gatherings to school concerts and church programs, there are many events in which people may choose to participate. Listed are several concerts, festivals and other public activities set for the coming weeks.

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The holiday season brings many special festivities. From family gatherings to school concerts and church programs, there are many events in which people may choose to participate. Listed are several concerts, festivals and other public activities set for the coming weeks.

Through Dec. 31

  • The fourth annual Meeker County Museum Christmas tree village with trees decorated by Meeker County nonprofit organizations, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, closed Nov. 27; $3.

Through Jan. 1

  • The “Celebrate the Light of the World,” open from 5 to 10 p.m. daily at Robbins Island in Willmar. Nonprofits benefiting from the freewill donations are The Salvation Army of Willmar, Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota, Kandiyohi County Food Shelf and United Way of West Central Minnesota.

  • The Kenneth Newberg home in rural Blomkest welcomes you to drive into the yard and enjoy the holiday lights between 5 and 11 p.m. daily. The address is 2800 165th Ave SW, Blomkest; eight miles south of Willmar on Highway 71, then 1 ¾ mile west on 165th Avenue Southwest (also County Road 80), which is a gravel road.

Through Jan. 3

  • The Roger Mitteness farm south of Benson welcomes you to drive in and see the holiday lights up close between 5:30 and 10:30 p.m. daily. The address is 525 20th Ave. S.E.; four miles south of Benson on Highway 29, turn left on 50th Avenue, go one mile east and turn right (south) onto 20th Avenue.

Dec. 15-17

  • “Christmas at Sperry House” is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays in the partially restored 1893 home. The home is decorated for Christmas and the tree displays a variety of 1800s (Victorian) ornaments. The Sperry House, part of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society, is located just west of the museum on North Business Highway 71 in Willmar. Admission is $3 adults, kids 12 and under are free. Closed Dec. 24 and 31.

Dec. 16

  • Santa Claus will ride into Raymond, accompanied by a Raymond ambassador, at 6 p.m. He will follow a firetruck in a parade down 2nd Avenue South to 5th Street South to 4th Avenue South to 1st Street South to 3rd Avenue South and 4th Street South to Babcock Avenue (Hwy 23) and then take a spot in the fire hall to welcome all youth. Cameras are welcome as kids young and older get a chance to tell Santa their hopes and dreams for Christmas gifts. Santa will have a treat bag for each child, courtesy of the Raymond Civic and Commerce group. Attendees are encouraged to follow safety precautions regarding COVID-19.

Dec. 16-19

  • The Barn Theatre presents “Elf, the Musical,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the theater in downtown Willmar; adults $20 and students $10. Box office open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, call 320-235-9500 or visit thebarntheatre.com; 321 Fourth St. S.W., Willmar.

Dec. 17

  • The Sweetest Christmas Soiree at 7 p.m. benefiting Bethesda Foundation. A virtual show of local musicians performing their favorite Christmas selections alongside your chance to bid on a variety of holiday-themed auction items featuring the area’s sweetest baked goods and candies. Event and auction will be on the Bethesda Facebook page.

Dec. 18

  • A “Living Nativity” will be at 1 and 6 p.m. at Hilbrands Cattle Company, 11020 10th St. N.E., Clara City. A one-hour program about the Christmas story, with family photo opportunities with the animals following the program. Request free tickets online at eventbrite.com and search Hilbrands.

  • The annual Christmas program will be held at the Historic Salem Community Church, four miles north of Paynesville. Horse-drawn wagon rides from 3 to 4:15 p.m., followed by the program at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the program. Bring a non-perishable food item and/or a toy that will be delivered to the Paynesville Community Center; freewill donation for the restoration and upkeep of Salem church and cemetery.

  • Movies on Ice at the Willmar Civic Center, open skating 6:30 p.m., movie 7 p.m., skates available on a first-come, first-served basis, bring your own skates if you have them.

Dec. 18-19

  • The Southwest Minnesota State University planetarium presents the “Star of Wonder” holiday laser light show at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the planetarium, located in SM 108 on the Marshall campus, seats 82 people. Admission is $5, available only at the door; information online at facebook.com/smsuplanetarium.

Dec. 19

  • The 69th annual Lucia Day Festival will be from 10:30 to noon at Bethel Lutheran Church, 411 Becker Ave. S.W., in Willmar. The St. Lucia Lighting ceremony will be in the fellowship hall where guests may enjoy coffee and treats.

  • The West Central Connection Chorus presents “An Old Fashion Christmas” at 3 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Willmar. The concert of traditional Christmas songs performed in the a cappella barbershop style will also feature the Sweet Adelines’ “Affinity Quartet,” Peggy Soucek, the Broberg Family and the Assembly of God worship ensemble. A freewill offering will benefit the local Toys for Tots.

Dec. 21

  • A "Blue Christmas" church service will be at 7 p.m. at First Lutheran Church of Norway Lake, west of New London. Held on the longest night of the year, this is a service acknowledging loss, including prayers for healing and hope. Folks looking for comfort, hope, wholeness, and renewal are invited to this time of quiet reflection, scripture, prayer, music and Holy Communion. Everyone is welcome.

Dec. 20-23

  • “Christmas at Sperry House” is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays in the partially restored 1893 home. The home is decorated for Christmas and the tree displays a variety of 1800s (Victorian) ornaments. The Sperry House, part of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society, is located just west of the museum on North Business Highway 71 in Willmar. Admission is $3 adults, kids 12 and under are free. Closed Dec. 24 and 31.

Dec. 22

  • A teen holiday party will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Willmar Public Library. A white elephant gift game, Jackbox games, and crafting ornaments. Snacks and drinks provided. Pre-registration required on the library website.

Dec. 23

  • The annual Lillejulaften (Little Christmas Eve) Norwegian language worship service will be at 7 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 302 Olena Ave. in Willmar. The service will feature Norwegian scripture readings, prayers and songs. The service folder will be in Norwegian with a full English translation. Those with Norwegian sweaters and/or bunads are asked to wear them.

Dec. 24

  • The Southwest Minnesota State University planetarium presents the “Star of Wonder” Holiday laser light show at 2 p.m. The planetarium, located in SM 108 on the Marshall campus, seats 82 people. Admission is $5, available only at the door; information online at facebook.com/smsuplanetarium.

Dec. 25

  • Christmas in the Barn at Dale and Debbie Tonsfeldt farm, 13200 15th Street Southeast, Blomkest. The 9:30 a.m. Svea Lutheran Church service will include singing and a live nativity. Everyone is welcome, please dress warmly.

Dec. 27-30

  • “Christmas at Sperry House” is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays in the partially restored 1893 home. The home is decorated for Christmas and the tree displays a variety of 1800s (Victorian) ornaments. The Sperry House, part of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society, is located just west of the museum on North Business Highway 71 in Willmar. Admission is $3 adults, kids 12 and under are free. Closed Dec. 31.

  • The Kandiyohi County Historical Society Museum, 610 Business Highway 71 N.E. in Willmar, will be celebrating the new year from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. There will be a selfie photo booth and stations to make your own party hat and decorate your New Year’s glass. Admission is $3 adults, kids 12 and under are free. Three special events will be held at 1 p.m. with a limit of 30 persons due to COVID-19 restrictions, so it will be first come, first served. Dec. 28 is Bingo; Dec. 29 is make-it-and-take-it project of New Year’s noisemakers; and Dec. 30 is make-it-and-take-it project of a 2022 suncatcher.

Dec. 30

  • The Willmar Public Library will have a Lego and Duplo free play day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No kits will be available.

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Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at dmiddleton@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4341.
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