Springfield Symphony Orchestra Presents: An American Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas tunes have started playing, and now you can hear your favorite holiday songs on December 7 at An American Christmas concert. Plus, there will be a visit from Santa and a snowy surprise. It’s at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. The pre-concert music begins at 6:45 pm, and the concert starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10–$40. Call the Hammons Hall box office at 417-836-7678 or visit MissouriStateTix.com to buy yours.

32nd Annual Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake Campground in Lee’s Summit

You don’t have to brave the cold to enjoy this winter wonderland. Keep your family in the car with the heat blasting as you drive through and see more than 300,000 lights, 175 animated figures, and splashes of Christmas color. The event is Nov. 27–Dec. 31 and free with donations for local charities accepted. Visit MakeYourDayHere.com for more information.

Jingle Bell Run

Spread Christmas spirit and cheer by participating in a fun charity event. The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is the original festive race for charity. This year it’s coming to Columbia on December 7 to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s number one cause of disability. Dress up in your favorite holiday costume and bring a friend along with you for this 5K. Learn more at VisitColumbiaMo.com/events/jingle-bell-run-2.

Christmas Traditions

Head to Saint Charles to enjoy this Christmas celebration that reminds you how magical the holidays can be. It lasts from Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve. Reminisce on simpler times and celebrate the past with Victorian carolers and classic characters from Christmas legends around the world. Learn more at DiscoverStCharles.com/events/christmas-traditions.

49th Annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Extravaganza

One of the largest craft fairs in the region with artisans and crafters from all over the state is on the horizon! There will be over three hundred different booths selling unique, handmade items that make perfect gifts. It takes place in the Osage Center and the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, the weekend before Thanksgiving. Find out more at VisitCape.com.

Photos courtesy Arthritis Foundation, Notley Hawkins, Arts Council of Southeast Missouri