Several communities surrounding Fort Leonard Wood have holiday-themed festivals scheduled in the coming weeks. Here are just a few upcoming events:
— Santa at the Gazebo in St. James is scheduled immediately after the annual St. James Christmas Parade at 5 p.m. Saturday. During this special event, visitors can meet and take photos with Santa and enjoy free cookies and hot chocolate. For more information, visit stjameschamber.net or see the event listing at the chamber’s Facebook page.
— Christmas on Main Street is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Crocker City Park. Following the town’s lighted Christmas parade, the celebration will include photos with Santa and crafts, the lighting of the community Christmas tree, free hot dogs, hot chocolate and cookies. For more information, visit the Crocker Community Park Facebook page, or call the Crocker Park Board at 573.528.5681.
— Holiday in the Park takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the St. Robert Community Center, located at 114 J.H. Williamson Jr. Drive in St. Robert. The event includes local crafts, holiday music, free soup and beverages, photos with Santa and more. Admission is free. For more information, call the City of St. Robert Parks and Recreation Department at 573.451.2625.
— Christmas on the Square is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 in downtown Waynesville. Held by the Waynesville Downtown Business Association, this family-friendly event typically includes activities like pony rides, a live nativity, photos with Santa, free food and beverages, warming stations and more. For more information visit the Waynesville Downtown Business Association page on Facebook.
— Christmas in the Park is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at Atchley Park in Lebanon. Activities will be held throughout the park, including a hot chocolate bar, photos with Santa, horse-drawn hayrides, light displays, live music and more.
— Journey to Bethlehem is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 at Crocker Christian Church in Crocker. More than a living nativity, this expanded display takes visitors through Bethlehem as Mary and Joseph arrive for the Roman census. Features live actors and numerous displays. Admission is free. For details, visit crockercc.com or call 573.736.5121.
— The Rolla Vendor Blender Christmas is scheduled for 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Highway 72 Event Center, at 1100 Missouri 72 in Rolla. Visitors can receive free pictures with Santa, meet Mrs. Claus and the elves, enjoy cookies, hot cocoa, live music from carolers and visit more than 70 vendors. For details, call 573.578.8274.