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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Rudolph Rocking Around The Silver Bells

 

by Emily Sladek

 

Do the events of the holiday season have you all confused and overwhelmed? If you have looked at the calendars, you may be at a loss of how you can get to all of the Christmas events to have fun! Well here you have it…a breakdown of some of the Holly Jolly Christmas events so you don't have a Blue Christmas (sing it Elvis!) set to the tunes of the season! Broken down by category, there is also a timeline at the bottom. (If you need help getting in the spirit, click on the red links to listen to some Christmas favorites!)

 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

And you can catch him at these places:

    • West Park Mall Photos with Santa, Now Until Christmas Eve Come sit on Santa's lap and tell him all of your Christmas Wishes!
    • Santaland, Black River Coliseum, Poplar Bluff, December 7 Come prepared to share with Santa Claus everything on your list this year and get your picture made with him. Make treats, decorations and gifts to take home and share with your family. This event is open and free to children 12 and under.
    • Breakfast with Santa, Osage Center, Cape December 1

 

Parade of the Wooden Soldiers

...and the organizations and the horses and the businesses and the motorcycles and more! As always, there are are plenty of parades for Christmas time!

    • * Downtown Cape Girardeau Parade of Lights, November 25 at dusk
    • *Jackson Annual Christmas ParadeDecember 1 at 2pm
    • Hayti Annual Christmas Parade, December 1 at 11am
    • Malden Annual Christmas Parade, December 1 at 11am
    • Caruthersville Annual Christmas Parade, December 1 at 2pm
    • Senath Annual Christmas Parade, December 1 at 4:30pm
    • Christmas on the Square Afternoon-Evening, Kennett, December 6
    • Steele Annual Christmas Parade, December 7 at 1pm
    • Hornersville Annual Christmas Parade, Downtown Hornersville, December 8 at 6pm
    • Kennett Annual Christmas Parade SEMO Kennett Campus to Downtown Square via First St., December 14 at 5:30pm
    • Cardwell Annual Christmas Parade, Downtown Cardwell, December 15 at 5pm
    • Campbell Annual Christmas Parade, Downtown Campbell, December 15 at 7pm
    • Scott City Christmas Parade, December 1 at 5:00pm
    • Chaffee Christmas Parade, December 1 at 1pm

 

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

With tree lightings and open houses to showcase the sights and sounds of the season! Here are a few events to "brighten" your spirits!

    • Downtown Open House, Cape December 7
    • Christmas Open House, Anna, IL
    • Cape County Park Lights
    • Jackson City Park Christmas Lights
    • Wappapello Christmas Lights Auto Tour, November 23 - December 31 (Various Days)
    • *Christmas in the Village, Old Feed Store, Cobden, IL, December 1
    • Olde Tyme Christmas, Massac County State Park, Metropolis, IL, December 9
    • Kennett Community Christmas Party, First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center, December 8, 10am-4pm
    • Downtown Ste. Genevieve Christmas Festival, December 1-2
    • 25th Annual LFCS Home Tour, December 1
    • Annual Festival of Lights Courthouse Square Jackson, December 1 5pm

 

Oh Come, All Ye Faithful

Beyond traditional worship services, churches across the area celebrate more than just Santa Claus and Popcorn and truly get to the heart of the season with What Child is This.

      • Jason Gray Christmas Stories Concert, Crossroads Church, Jackson, November 30
      • 1st Annual Community Christmas Concert, December 8 Hear the sights and see the sounds of Christmas!
      • Country Christmas Church Tour, December 21-22
      • Friends of Music Presents Annual Kennett Schola Cantorum Holiday Concert 7 p.m. First Presbyterian Church of Kennett December 3
      • "Another Christmas Vacation" Drama and light show for the whole family to enjoy! December 14, 15, and 16
      • Immaculate Conception Christmas Concert, Jackson, December 9

 

I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas

But contrary to the actual song, NOT only a hippopotamus will do! With so many children being denied the opportunity to receive gifts this holiday season, the community has several events to help those in need this season. May no child in the area have to say I'm Gettin' Nuttin' for Christmas!

    • Happy Slapowitz Toy Bash, December 13
    • *Boomland Christmas Open House and Car Show Proceeds from the car show will go towards Toys for Tots.

 

Little St. Nick

For the little ones in your life, create memories that they can grow up with! Here are some things special for the little crumb crunchers to help celebrate The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

    • Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt, Osage Center, December 13
    • Christmas HappeningsDecember 12 Celebrate the impending holiday season with the kiddos with crafts, games, snacks and more!
    • Cookies for SantaDecember 12 Who doesn't love cookies and Santa? Bake cookie ans hear of the classic tale "The Night Before Christmas".
    • Christmas Gift Workshop, December 3 Calling all elves! Bring a picture and a creative mind to the Osage Center to create a gift for someone this year!
    • Merry Christmas to AllDecember 5 Come make Christmas cards for the elderly and others in nursing homes and care facilities in the area. The young'uns can give the gift of happiness this year!
    • The Cajun Night Before Christmas Party, December 15 Catch Santa in the Louisiana Bayou setting, and see what the chef is cookin'! This bayou themed-Christmas tradition story comes to life in a new light when children (ages 8-12) whip up a batch of home baked goodness.
    • The Case of the Christmas Cookie Mystery, December 1 Some cookies have gone missing and Mrs. Claus and her helpers must find out where they have gone! Led by Southeast Missouri State University students, the event ends in tasting some of Mrs. Claus's delicious cookies!

 

The Christmas Song

Some things are just stand alone. Meant to ring in the holidays in many ways, these events are sure to put you in the spirit.

    • I'll Be Home for Christmas Theater Production, Historic Rodgers Theater, Poplar Bluff This musical performance is set during the Golden Age of Radio

 

*Indicates confirmed Santa Sightings in addition to the other festivities.

 

I hope all of these options will give you the opportunity to Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas! Keep in mind all of these and more are available on our various calendars. (If you know of any other planned santa sightings, reindeer shenanigans, parades, music festivals, or anything of the seasonal sort, please email meand let me know!) Now Run Rudolph Run and enjoy this Wonderful Christmastime!

 

 

 

 

 

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