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Nov. 24th

Bernick’s Family Fitness Series Wishbone 1K/5K 8 a.m. Whitney Park, Northway Drive. Start or continue a family tradition with Central Minnesota’s premiere Thanksgiving running event. It’s part of a series to improve the health and wellness of our community through fun, educational, activity-based, family-friendly fitness events. Details and to register: http://scymca.org/bernicks-family-fitness-series-2.

 Nov. 25th

Christmas on the Home Front 1-8 p.m. Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive S, Little Falls. Experience what Christmas was like for the Lindberghs during World War I in this living history program. Meet costumed interpreters portraying Lindbergh family members and neighbors as they provide insights into early 20th century holiday traditions and the challenges wartime presented. Learn about the impact of food rationing and create your own Christmas decoration or write a note to a soldier as Charles Lindbergh might have done. Camp Ripley will distribute the notes to Minnesota soldiers in time for the holidays. Cost: $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $6 ages 6-17, $2 discount MNHS members, free for ages 4 and younger. Details and tickets: 320-616-5421 or www.mnhs.org/event/1813.

Holiday Kick-Off City of Melrose. Everyone invited for free cookies and hot chocolate, horse-drawn carriage rides, special deals in area shops and restaurants, Craft & Gift Show, Christmas tree lighting, Santa and reindeer, kids crafts at the library, Mini-dazzle Parade and fireworks. Details: www.facebook.com/events/1161850903894017.

Free Holiday Movies: The Secret Life of Pets, Norm of the North, Kubo & the Two Strings 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Quarry Cinema, 111 Minnesota Highway 23, Cold Spring. 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Nov. 25-27. Details and ticket pick-up locations: www.quarrycinema.com.

Nov. 26th

GREAT Theatre Company presents A Christmas Story 7:30 p.m. Paramount Visual Arts Center, 913 St. Germain St. New musical that follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for an Official Red Ryder Range Model air rifle. Details and tickets: 259-5463 or www.paramountarts.org.

Holiday Art Crawl 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Bruno Press, 154 Fifth Ave. SE, St. Joseph. 10 a.m. Nov. 26. Four local venues will each have local artists selling gifts and musicians playing throughout the day: Bruno Press, Bad Habit Brewing Co., The Local Blend and The MN Street Market. Stop by all four of these venues with your punch card, do some holiday shopping, and enter to win one of four prize baskets full of goodies donated from all venues and artists. Details: www.facebook.com/events/1822602954620643.

Christmas on the Home Front 1-8 p.m. Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive S, Little Falls. See Friday listing.

Free Holiday Movies: The Secret Life of Pets, Norm of the North, Kubo & the Two Strings 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Quarry Cinema, 111 Minnesota Highway 23, Cold Spring. See Friday listing.

Nov. 27th

Annual Choral Christmas Concert 4 p.m. St. Joseph Catholic Church, Grey Eagle. Free admission.

Christmas on the Home Front 1-8 p.m. Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive S, Little Falls. See Friday listing.

Free Holiday Movies: The Secret Life of Pets, Norm of the North, Kubo & the Two Strings 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Quarry Cinema, 111 Minnesota Highway 23, Cold Spring. See Friday listing.

GREAT Theatre Company presents A Christmas Story 2 p.m. Paramount Visual Arts Center, 913 St. Germain St. See Saturday listing.

Nov. 28th

Christmas on the Home Front 5-8 p.m. Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive S, Little Falls. See Friday listing.

Nov. 29th

Christmas on the Home Front 5-8 p.m. Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive S, Little Falls. See Friday listing.

Nov. 30th

Christmas on the Home Front 5-8 p.m. Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive S, Little Falls. See Friday listing.

Dec. 1

28th Annual Festival of Lights 6-8 p.m. St. Cloud Hospital, 1406 Sixth Ave. N. Free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable items to donate to the food shelf. In addition to the traditional holiday lighting ceremony at 7 p.m., there will be horse-drawn trolley rides, reindeer, holiday carols by the Tech High School Chamber Choir, a living nativity presented by Messiah Lutheran Church of Sartell, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as cookies and cocoa. The Gorecki Guest House, across the street from the hospital, also will light up, thanks to Emerald Companies Inc. Stop by the St. Cloud Hospital Gift Gallery for its annual holiday sale from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 1 and 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 2; merchandise will be 20 percent off storewide; some exclusions apply.

Grieving During the Holidays 6-7:30 p.m. board room, Benton County Government Center, 531 Dewey St., Foley.  Free training. The holidays can be a particularly difficult time for those experiencing sudden or ongoing loss, be it from a death, divorce, family conflict or division, or living with our own or a loved one’s physical or mental illness. By identifying the array of feelings that can arise, finding healthy outlets, and gaining some perspective, the holiday season can take on a different meaning and bring peace and well-being. Participants will learn ways to navigate expectations and share what has worked for them. Details and to RSVP: email CAMHI@co.benton.mn.us.

Visit the North Pole 5:30-8:30 p.m. Event is at the home of Jim Schroden and Chuck Stenger; due to limited parking, transportation to and from the event will be provided by Voigt’s Bus Service, running continually from St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1111 Cooper Ave. S. Trees, decorations and other holiday items will be for sale 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4. All events benefit cancer research. Donations appreciated.

Christmas on the Home Front 5-8 p.m. Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive S, Little Falls. See Nov. 25 listing.

Dec. 2

A Christmas Carol 7:30 p.m. Alexandria Area Arts Association, 618 Broadway St., Alexandria. Tells the story of bitter old miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet-to-Come. This classic story has been adapted for our stage by Kevin Lee of Alexandria. Details and tickets: 320-762-8300 or www.alexandriaareaarts.org.

A Mosaic of Joy 7:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Cathedral, 25 Eighth Ave. S. Featuring Great River Chorale and musical guests the St. Cloud String Quartet, the Cantabile Girls’ Concert Choir, organist Charles Echols, and narrator Brother Paul-Vincent Niebauer, OSB. This seasonal concert includes carols and readings from the home countries of Central Minnesota’s early immigrants, as well as narrations and audience sing-along carols. Adults $16, seniors $13, students $5, available at the door. Details and tickets: http://greatriverchorale.org.

Arts and Crafts Sale 4-8 p.m. Church of St. Joseph, 12 Minnesota St. W, St. Joseph. Heritage Hall. Along with the arts and craft items for sale will be homemade baked items and light meal. The evening in St. Joseph also includes a tree lighting ceremony and visits with Santa in Heritage Hall. Free. Open to the public. Details: www.churchstjoseph.org.

Christmas Drama: “An Ostrich in The Pear Tree” 7 p.m. River of Life Assembly of God, 22881-178th Ave., Cold Spring. Admission is free; a freewill offering will be taken for the family of Alayna Ertl.

Tree Lighting and Santa Visit corner of College Avenue and Minnesota Street, St. Joseph. Tree lighting at Bello Cucina Patio. At 6 p.m., Santa, Mrs. Santa, craft making, treat bags. Refreshments immediately following at St. Joseph Catholic Church/Heritage Hall, until 7:30 p.m. Event is free of charge.

Christmas at St. John’s 8 p.m. Great Hall, St. John’s University, Collegeville. Annual concert tradition. Featured ensembles include The Amadeus Chamber Symphony, CSB/SJU Brass Choir, CSB Women’s Choir, CSB/SJU Chamber Choir, Saint John’s Boys’ Choir, SJU Men’s Chorus. Details and tickets: 363-5777 or www.csbsju.edu/fine-arts/performances/christmas-at-saint-johns.

George Maurer Trio Holiday Show 7:30 p.m. Great River Arts Center, 122 First St. SE, Little Falls. A piano. A bass. A guitar. That’s all you really need to stage an evening of fun. Well, you might want to include the guys who play the instruments, too. The George Maurer Trio will be jazzing up GRA with a big sound and holiday favorites. Tickets $16 in advance, $20 at the door. Details: 320-632-0960 or http://greatart.org/live.

Christmas on the Home Front 1-8 p.m. Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive S, Little Falls. See Nov. 25 listing.

GREAT Theatre Company presents A Christmas Story 7:30 p.m. Paramount Visual Arts Center, 913 St. Germain St. See Saturday listing.

Dec. 3

12th Annual Holiday Stop ‘n Shop Craft, Vendor & Bake Sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Kimball United Methodist Church, Minnesota Highway 55 W, Kimball. Sloppy Joe lunch available. Coffee and treats all day.

2016 Holly Ball 6:30 p.m. River’s Edge Convention Center, 10 Fourth Ave. S. A gala event to raise money for the CentraCare Health Foundation Hospice Greatest Needs Fund and Coborn Cancer Center Greatest Needs Fund. Silent auction, grand hors d’oeuvres, photo booths, dancing. Details and tickets: 800-835-6652 ext. 52810 or www.centracare.com/foundation/events/holly-ball.

Advent Day of Reflection: A Celebration of Hope in God’s Cosmic Promise 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. St. Francis Convent, 116 Eighth Ave. SE, Little Falls. St. Francis Hall. Participants will examine the virtue of hope and its message for our dark times, reflect on the meaning of “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,” and examine how hope motivates continual conversion, creating an ever greater place for God’s Spirit in our daily life. Time for personal reflection and small group sharing will also be part of the day. Presenter: Sister Elise Saggau, OSF. Freewill donations will be accepted; there is no cost to attend. Lunch is included. Details or to register by Nov. 28: 320-632-0668 or www.fslf.org.

Free Holiday Movies: Angry Birds, Storks 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Quarry Cinema, 111 Minneota  Highway 23, Cold Spring. Details and ticket pick-up locations: www.quarrycinema.com.

Annual Christmas Bazaar 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 8871-135th St., Kimball. Bake sale, crafts, gently used Christmas items. Soups, sloppy Joes, and desserts can be purchased for lunch. The event is free. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Christmas on Somerset Art and Gift Sale 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 1106 Somerset Blvd. Sterling and gold jewelry, turned wood, original photo greeting cards, fine art nature photography, pottery, fiber arts, blown glass. Free. Details: 253-3426.

Cookie Walk 10 a.m.-noon First United Methodist Church, 1107 Pinecone Road S, Sartell. Purchase 3-4 dozen homemade cookies for $12. Red plastic buckets and gloves provided, so you can pick out your own cookies from our wide selection. Details: 251-0804 or www.fumcscr.org.

European Christmas Coffee Party and Bake Sale 10 a.m.-noon Rejoice Lutheran Church, 1155 County Road 75, Clearwater. The Sunday school children at Rejoice invite you to a European Christmas Coffee Party. Freewill donations go to support the Sunday school program at Rejoice. Details: 320-558-6851.

Figgy Pudding Handbell Concert and Dessert Night 7 p.m. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4310 Stearns County Road 137. Peace Hall. Tickets are $10 each and advanced purchase is required; no tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets can be purchased by calling the church office 251-8356 or Barb at 252-8439.

Gingerbread Festival 2-4 p.m. First United Methodist Church of St. Cloud Region, 1107 Pinecone Road S, Sartell. Build your own gingerbread house. This is to be an intergenerational event for the young and the young at heart. Details: www.fumcscr.org.

Holiday Bazaar 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 8871-135th St., Kimball. Bake sale, gift items, crafts, gently used Christmas decorations. Serving homemade soups, sloppy Joes, bread and desserts.

Journey to Christmas 10 a.m.-noon Atonement Lutheran Church, 1144-29th Ave. N. Free coffee, punch and Christmas treats; lefse sale; craft sale; White Elephant sale; music. Come with friends; enjoy the decorations. Details: 252-6203.

Kringlefest 1-3 p.m. Stearns History Museum, 235-33rd Ave. S. Spend an afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays with your family. Santa is cozied up by the fireplace waiting to hear children’s holiday wishes. Bring your camera and take your family holiday photos. The museum is all decked out. Make holiday crafts; see the exhibits. There will be treats and music. Details: 253-8424 or http://stearns-museum.org.

Toys 4 Tots Drive 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sauk Rapids Fire Department, 408 Benton Drive N, Sauk Rapids. Firefighters also will be accepting toys along the Parade of Lights parade, which starts at 5 p.m. and runs along Second Avenue.

Winter Concert: Remembrance 7:30 p.m. Charles D. Martin Auditorium, Little Falls Community High School, Little Falls. The HSO will be performing under the direction of Alex Corbett. Star Wars, John Williams; The Sound of Music, Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II arr. Bennett; Christmas Festival, Leroy Anderson; Nutcracker Suite No. 1 — Tchaikovsky; Christmas Sing-Along, Bob Cerulli. Details and tickets: http://heartlandsymphony.com.

Christmas on the Home Front 1-8 p.m. Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive S, Little Falls. See Friday listing.

A Christmas Carol 7:30 p.m. Alexandria Area Arts Association, 618 Broadway St., Alexandria. See Dec. 2 listing.

Christmas Drama: “An Ostrich in The Pear Tree” 7 p.m. River of Life Assembly of God, 22881-178th Ave., Cold Spring. See Dec. 2 listing.

Christmas at Saint John’s 2 p.m. Great Hall, St. John’s University, Collegeville. See Dec. 2 listing.

Dec. 4

A Mosaic of Joy 4 p.m. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4310 Stearns County Road 137. Featuring Great River Chorale and musical guests the St. Cloud String Quartet, the Cantabile Girls’ Concert Choir, organist Charles Echols, and narrator Brother Paul-Vincent Niebauer, OSB. This seasonal concert includes carols and readings from the home countries of Central Minnesota’s early immigrants, as well as narrations and audience sing-along carols. Adults $16, seniors $13, students $5, available at the door. Details and tickets: http://greatriverchorale.org.

Christmas Open House 2-4 p.m. Franciscan Welcoming House, 1600-11th Ave. S. The Franciscan Sisters and Franciscan Community Volunteers invite the public to come and learn more about the growing ministry of the Franciscan Community Volunteers while sharing in the Christmas spirit. Details: 320-240-6184 or www.fcvonline.org.

Holy Spirit Church presents “O, Come Rejoicing” 11 a.m. Church of the Holy Spirit, 2405 Walden Way. Annual Advent concert with songs, readings and carols. Performers include the Holy Spirit Adult Choir and Spirit Rings On Handbell Choir. The concert is free to attend. Details: www.holyspiritstcloud.org.

St. Francis Community Chorale Christmas Concert 2 p.m. St. Francis Convent, 116 Eighth Ave. SE, Little Falls. Sacred Heart Chapel. Featuring the St. Francis Children’s Choir. A wide variety of Christmas music will be performed. Concert is free and open to the public. Details: 320-632-0637 or www.sfmusiccenter.org.

Christmas on the Home Front 1-8 p.m. Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive S, Little Falls. See Nov. 25 listing.

GREAT Theatre Company presents A Christmas Story 2 p.m. Paramount Visual Arts Center, 913 St. Germain St. See Nov. 26 listing.

A Christmas Carol 2 p.m. Alexandria Area Arts Association, 618 Broadway St., Alexandria. See Dec. 2 listing.

Christmas Drama: “An Ostrich in The Pear Tree” 2 p.m. River of Life Assembly of God, 22881-178th Ave., Cold Spring. See Dec. 2 listing.

Free Holiday Movies: Angry Birds, Storks 9 and 11 a.m., Quarry Cinema, 111 Minnesota Highway 23, Cold Spring. See Dec. 3 listing.

Figgy Pudding Handbell Concert and Dessert Night 2 and 7 p.m. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4310 County Road 137. See Dec. 3 listing.

Dec. 5

Justin Ploof & The Throwbacks Welcome To Our World Christmas Show 7:30 p.m. Pioneer Place on Fifth, 22 Fifth Ave. S. A Christian Christmas in true Rockumentary style. Hear the Christmas story as you have never heard it told, leading up to the purpose of His coming in this first-of-its-kind Christmas performance. Complete with numerous moving songs of the season that you won’t hear in traditional church services. Details and tickets: 203-0331 or www.ppfive.com.

Dec. 6

Annual Lutefisk & Swedish Meatball Holiday Supper 4:30-8 p.m. Bethel Lutheran Church, 901 Broadway W, Little Falls. Also serving potatoes, cole slaw, lefse, homemade pie and cookies. Adults $18, youth 11-16 $10, children 10 and younger free. Details: 320-632-2316.

Dec. 7

7th Annual Authentic Norwegian Holiday Supper 4-7 p.m., Jordie’s Trailside Cafe, 105 First Ave., Bowlus. All-you-care-to-eat homemade supper including Swedish meatballs, honey-cured ham, potatoes, roasted squash, lutefisk, Sonya’s homemade fruit soup, Grandma Rosie’s homemade lefse, Jordie’s homemade rosettes and krumkake, more. Cost: $18.99 with lutefisk, $14.99 without.

Granite City Radio Theatre Holiday Show 7:30 p.m. Pioneer Place on Fifth, 22 Fith Ave. S. Comprised of a radio drama serial, live music, and various comedic sketches in-between. Local professionals and students will be putting their best foot forward in this production that is sure to take the Granite City by storm. Special musical guest Kat Perkins. Details and tickets: 203-0331 or www.pfive.com.

Dec. 8

At Prayer with Mary on Her Feast Day 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict, 104 Chapel Lane, St. Joseph. The mother of Jesus has been honored since the earliest Christian times with great devotion and reverence. Many forget her humanness and the fact that she struggled with life just as we do. With study, reflection on Gospel passages and prayer, we will focus on a down to earth image of Mary and discover a model of Christian living that can support and guide our faith journey. Participants are welcome to join the monastic community for 5 p.m. Eucharist. $45 by Nov. 29; $55 after. Details and to register: 363-8987 or http://bit.ly/2eWHoNJ.

St. Cloud Weihnachtmarkt 5-9 p.m. Fifth Avenue North (downtown St. Cloud). Bratwurst, sauerkraut, beer from Beaver Island Brewing Co, gluhwein (hot spiced wine), lebkuchen (gingerbread), sugar cookies, music, crafts. Find all of this under the new ramp on Fifth Avenue North.

Dec. 9

Assumption Community Craft and Christmas Cookie Sale 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Assumption Home, 715 First St. N, Cold Spring. Assorted frosted and decorated cut-out Christmas cookies and caramel rolls will be available for purchase. Sweet & Eat Shop and lunch is also available. Various craft vendors will be set up for shopping. Details: 685-3693.

Bridge Community Church presents: CHRISTMAS on an Elevator, by Myron Carter 7 p.m. Bridge Community Church, 1702 Highview Drive W, Sauk Rapids. Doors open 30 minutes before each show. Free admission; family friendly performance. Christmas treats will be served. Details: www.bridgechurch-saukrapids.org.

TUBA CHRISTMAS 5:30 p.m. Pioneer Place on Fifth, 22 Fifth Ave. S. Registration will begin at 4 p.m. for players, and the cost is $5. Please bring you own music stand or lyre with your instrument. Music performance will begin at 5:30 p.m. and is free to the public. Please arrive early, as this event does “sell out” quickly. Doors will open for seating about 5 p.m. Details: 203-0331 or www.ppfive.com.

A Christmas Carol 7:30 p.m. Alexandria Area Arts Association, 618 Broadway St., Alexandria. See Dec. 2 listing.

Dec. 10

12th Annual Winter Wonderland 1-4 p.m. Lake George, 1101 Seventh St. S. Afternoon filled with holidazzled fun for children of all ages. Kids can meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus, create arts and crafts, decorate a cookie, see the penguin exhibit, enjoy a hayride around the lake and more. The big trucks are back for Touch-a-Truck, where children can see, touch and safely explore their favorite big trucks and heavy machinery. Admission: $3 per child or $5 per family; bring an item for the food shelf to receive $1 off. Details: http://ci.stcloud.mn.us/177/Special-Events.

2016 Winter Nights & Lights Festival: CapitalOne Skywalker Parade 5 p.m. St. Germain Street. Details: http://stclouddowntown.com/pages/WinterFestival.

2016 Winter Nights & Lights Festival: CapitalOne Winter Blast 2-5 p.m. CapitalOne, Seventh Avenue South. Live childrens band, indoor and outdoor games, food vendors, fishing house, caricatures, more. Details: http://stclouddowntown.com/pages/WinterFestival.

Free Holiday Movies: Kung Fu Panda 3, Arthur Christmas 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Quarry Cinema, 111 Minnesota Highway 23, Cold Spring. Details and ticket pick-up locations: www.quarrycinema.com.

2016 Winter Nights & Lights Festival: Jedi Tree Lighting 6 p.m.m corner of 10th Avenue and St. Germain Street. Join in some caroling with the St. Cloud Symphony and Apollo High School Choir as we count down to the lighting of the tree. Details: http://stclouddowntown.com/pages/WinterFestival.

2nd Annual Christmas Concert 5:30 p.m. St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 930-31st Ave. N. Featuring the choirs of St. Peter’s Church. The event will follow 4:30 p.m. Mass with a social hour featuring alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, appetizers and Christmas cookies prior to and after the concert. Freewill offerings accepted.

Annual Christmas Cookie, Candy & Gift Sale 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Immaculate Conception Church, 145 Second Ave. NE, Rice. Let us do your holiday baking for you. We provide the container, and you fill it with an assortment of cookies and candies you want to purchase for $7 per pound. Handmade and specialty gifts also for sale by local vendors. Details: 393-2725.

Breakfast with Santa and Silent Auction 8-10:30 a.m. Foley High School, 621 Penn St., Foley. Includes a fun and festive breakfast, a professional photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus, music, face painting, a variety of craft and activity stations, a silent auction, and additional wintry photo stations. Cost: $5. The Breakfast with Santa and Silent Auction are hosted by members of the Foley High School National Honor Society as a benefit for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization. Details: www.foley.k12.mn.us.

Felix Finds Christmas 6 p.m. River of Life Church, 22881-178th Ave., Cold Spring. A family fun Christmas play. Free admission; a freewill offering will be taken with all proceeds going to the Jacob Wetterling Foundation. Details: www.riveroflifeag.org.

Is It Too Late To Be Good? A Holiday Comedy Show 7:30 p.m. Great River Arts Center, 122 First St. SE, Little Falls. Unforgettable evening of holiday laughs starring Jason Schommer with Ron Lamprecht and music by Kelly Cordes. This laugh-a-minute show is an outrageous night of hilarious stand-up comedy with a holiday flair, hysterical holiday sketches with a local twist, Christmas music, and awesome prizes for an Ugly Holiday Sweater contest.. All tickets $12 general admission, on sale at GRA office, by phone at 320-632-0960, or online at www.greatart.org.

Minnesota Center Chorale “Good Will to All” Dinner and Concert 5:30 p.m. St. John’s University, Collegeville. Special guests St. Cloud String Quartet: Marion Judish, Thea Stockinger, Jennifer Wildeson and Michael Zellgert. Concert selections include: “See, Amid the Winter’s Snow” by Dan Forrest, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” medley by John Rutter, “Jubilate Deo” by W.A. Mozart and “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson. Social hour and silent auction, 5:30 p.m.; dinner, 6:30 p.m.; concert, 7:30 p.m.; dessert reception to follow. Tickets $40. Details: 428-0622 or www.minnesotacenterchorale.org.

Salem Lutheran Celebrates 68th Annual Santa Lucia Festival of Lights 7 a.m. Salem Lutheran Church, 90 Riverside Drive SE. The public is invited to join in the festivities to celebrate and learn about the legend of Santa Lucia as the symbol of light and hope to humanity. See the 2016 Lucia enter the sanctuary wearing a white gown and glowing crown of candles. They will also meet King Knut, Lucia’s escort, and learn about his Scandinavian heritage. Following the short program, all guests are invited to a Swedish breakfast of traditional sweets, potato sausage, oranges and coffee. There is no charge to attend, but a freewill donation is accepted. An array of Swedish products and treats will also be available for purchase. Details: http://salemstcloud.org.

Brunch/Lunch 11:30 a.m. Anton’s Restaurant, 2001 Frontage Road N, Waite Park. All widowed persons are welcome. Details: 252-4634.

A Christmas Carol 7:30 p.m. Alexandria Area Arts Association, 618 Broadway St., Alexandria. See Dec. 2 listing.

2016 Winter Nights & Lights Festival: Yoda Gingerbread Contest Display Courtyard by Marriott, 404 St. Germain St. See Dec. 5 listing.

Bridge Community Church presents: CHRISTMAS on an Elevator, by Myron Carter 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Bridge Community Church, 1702 Highview Drive W, Sauk Rapids. See Dec. 9 listing.

Dec. 11

Children’s Christmas Pageant: Tell Me the Story of Christmas 9:30 a.m. First United Methodist Church of St. Cloud Region, 1107 Pinecone Road S, Sartell. Performed by our children and youth during our 9:30 a.m. worship service. Details: www.fumcscr.org.

Holiday Train 7:30 p.m. Oak Avenue Crossing, next to Memorial Park, Annandale. Cheers! Lights! Live Music! All to feed people in need. The 1,000-foot Canadian Pacific train with thousands of LED holiday lights will stop in Annandale. Live band, Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Annandale Food Shelf receives a donation from Canadian Pacific. Folks attending are encouraged to give a donation to the Annandale Food Shelf. This is the food shelf’s major fundraising event of the year. Dress warm. Hot chocolate available. Details: www.annandalechamber.org.

2016 Winter Nights & Lights Festival: Han Solo Softball Tourney 10 a.m. Whitney Center, 1527 Northway Drive. Co-ed tournament. Dress warm. Cost: $100 per team. Space is limited; register at 650-3051 or online at www.ci.stcloud.mn.usCQ. Details: http://stclouddowntown.com/pages/WinterFestival.

GREAT Theatre Company presents A Christmas Story 2 p.m. Paramount Visual Arts Center, 913 St. Germain St. See Nov. 26 listing.

A Christmas Carol 2 p.m. Alexandria Area Arts Association, 618 Broadway St., Alexandria. See Dec. 2 listing.

Bridge Community Church presents: CHRISTMAS on an Elevator, by Myron Carter 10 a.m. Bridge Community Church, 1702 Highview Drive W, Sauk Rapids. See Dec. 9 listing.

Free Holiday Movies: Kung Fu Panda 3, Arthur Christmas 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Quarry Cinema, 111 Minnesota Highway 23, Cold Spring. See Dec. 10 listing.

Annual Christmas Cookie, Candy & Gift Sale 9- 10:30 a.m. Immaculate Conception Church, 145 Second Ave. NE, Rice. See Dec. 10 listing.

Felix Finds Christmas 9 and 10:30 a.m. River of Life Church, 22881-178th Ave., Cold Spring. See Dec. 10 listing.

Dec. 12

St. Cloud Municipal Band Christmas Concert 7:30 p.m. Whitney Center, 1527 Northway Drive. Join the St. Cloud Municipal Band as they ring in the sounds of the season. Music selections will include classic Christmas tunes such as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Carol of the Bells,” along with some new pieces including “Hark! The Herald Tubas Sing.” Free. Details: www.scmunicipalband.org.

Dec. 13

Lorie Line: A Merry Little Christmas 7:30 p.m. Escher Auditorium, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph. A fun-filled, magical night of Christmas music and holiday festivities. Recommended for ages 4 and older. Details and tickets: www.csbsju.edu/fine-arts.

Winter Open House 5-7 p.m. Quiet Oaks Hospice House, 5537 Galaxy Road. Enjoy holiday treats and refreshments. Tour the facility. We will be collecting coats, gloves, hates and scarves to be donated to Place of Hope. Please RSVP to Molly at 255-5433 ext. 34 or email mjean@quietoakshospicehouse.org.

Dec. 14

7th Annual Authentic Norwegian Holiday Supper 4-7 p.m., Jordie’s Trailside Cafe, 105 First Ave., Bowlus. See Dec. 7 listing.

Holiday Classics Film Series: How the Grinch Stole Christmas 7 p.m. Marcus Parkwood Cinema, 1533 Frontage Road N, Waite Park. See Dec. 11 listing.

 

Dec. 16

St. Francis Preparatory, Concert and Chamber Orchestras Christmas Concert 7 p.m. St. Francis Convent, 116 Eighth Ave. SE, Little Falls. Sacred Heart Chapel. Beautiful string music for the holiday season will be performed. Concert is free and open to the public. Details: 320-632-0637 or www.sfmusiccenter.org.

The Crusade Choir 7:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 340 Fifth St. S. The Crusade Choir will be presenting “Comfort and Joy” by Randy Vader and Jay Rouse under the direction of Don Fortner this holiday season. Details: www.fpcstcloud.org.

Dec. 17

Old Fashioned Christmas Historic Salem Community Church, 28547-220th St., Paynesville. Reindeer rides from 3-4:15 p.m.; program at 4:30 p.m. Homemade Christmas cookies and refreshments will be served. Free; a freewill offering will go for the restoration and preservation of the church and grounds. Gifts of toys and nonperishable food items are welcome to give to the Paynesville Community Center. Details: www.salemhistoricalchurch.com or “like” us on Facebook.

Free Holiday Movies: The Polar Express, Ice Age Collision Course 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Quarry Cinema, 111 Minnesota Highway 23, Cold Spring. Details and ticket pick-up locations: www.quarrycinema.com.

The Crusade Choir 7:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 340 Fifth St. S. See Dec. 16 listing.

Dec. 18

A Bethlehem Noel 4 p.m. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4310 Stearns County Road 137. Local professional musicians, outstanding students and community members combine to present chamber orchestra music. Also includes an audience sing-along of holiday favorites. Suggested donation: $10 adults, $5 students or food shelf donations. Details: 251-8356 or www.bethlehemlutheran.org.

Widowed Persons’ Christmas Dinner 4 p.m. The Tuscan Center at Midtown Square, 3333 Division St. W. Social, 4 p.m.; dinner, 5 p.m. All widowed persons are welcome. Details: 252-4634.

The Crusade Choir 2 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 340 Fifth St. S. See Dec. 16 listing.

Free Holiday Movies: The Polar Express, Ice Age Collision Course 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Quarry Cinema, 111 Minnesota Highway 23, Cold Spring. See Dec. 17 listing.

Dec. 19

Free Community Meal 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Resurrection Lutheran Church, 610 Stearns County Road 2 N, St. Joseph.

Dec. 21

Blue Christmas Worship Service 6:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church of St. Cloud Region, 1107 Pinecone Road S, Sartell. Sometimes there are losses in our life that may lead to feeling blue, especially during the bustle of Christmas. This Blue Christmas service will give space to those feelings and acknowledge the hope we find in Christ. Details: www.fumcscr.org.

7th Annual Authentic Norwegian Holiday Supper 4-7 p.m., Jordie’s Trailside Cafe, 105 First Ave., Bowlus. See Dec. 7 listing.

Dec. 22

Christmas Program 7 p.m. Sts. Peter and Paul School, Central Avenue, Richmond. Christmas program in the school’s gymnasium.

Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Mass 7:30 p.m. St. Francis Convent, 116 Eighth Ave. SE, Little Falls. Sacred Heart Chapel. The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite you to attend this festive Christmas Eve Mass. Christmas hymns will begin at 7 p.m. Fellowship to follow. Details: 320-632-0668 or www.fslf.org.

Christmas Eve worship service 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church of St. Cloud Region, 1107 Pinecone Road S, Sartell. Come begin your Christmas evening with choirs, carols and candlelight. Details: www.fumcscr.org.

Dec. 25

Christmas Day Mass 8:30 a.m. St. Francis Convent, 116 Eighth Ave. SE, Little Falls. Sacred Heart Chapel. The Franciscan Sisters invite you to join them for Christmas blessings. Details: 320-632-0668 or www.fslf.org.

Christmas Day worship service 9:30 a.m. First United Methodist Church of St. Cloud Region, 1107 Pinecone Road S, Sartell. Details: www.fumcscr.org.

Christmas Blessing Dinner 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jordie’s Trailside Cafe, 105 First Ave., Bowlus. Delicious homestyle dinner with all the fixings and dessert. Freewill offering with all donations going to local addiction programs in memory of Gary Currie.


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