Several holiday-themed events, festivals, concerts and activities are happening in and around the Fort Leonard Wood area in the coming weeks.
— Christmas in the Park is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the St. Robert Community Center in St. Robert. Visitors can enjoy holiday music, photos with Santa, coloring sheets for kids and several local craft and home-based business vendors, along with free soup and beverages. Admission is free. For details, call the St. Robert Parks and Recreation Department at 573.451.2625 or send an email to email@example.com.
— Christmas on the Square takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5 at the historic Waynesville Downtown Square. The event features the 67th annual lighting of Waynesville’s nativity scene overlooking Route 66, food, vendor booths and more. For more information, visit the Westside Baptist Church Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/westsidewaynesville.
— The Lebanon Christmas in the Park will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at Atchley Park in Lebanon. Activities include photos with Santa, Christmas caroling, horse-drawn hayrides, inflatables, free hot dogs. Food trucks with items available for purchase and carriage rides available for $15. Admission is free. For details, call 417.991.2222.
— The Ozark Actors Theatre’s Breakfast with Santa takes place at 8 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Cedar Street Playhouse, 701 North Cedar Street, in Rolla. Visitors can enjoy breakfast and take photos with Santa. Admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Admission is free for children ages 3 and younger. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit www.ozarkactors theatre.org.
— The Annual Laquey Christmas Bazaar is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Laquey Elementary School gymnasium. Held in conjunction with the Laquey Christmas Parade, the bazaar features numerous craft and food vendors, information booths and more. For details, call 573.528.8840 or visit the Buckhorn-Laquey Lions Club Facebook page.
— The St. James Christmas Craft Fair begins at 9 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Lucy W. James Elementary School in St. James. Visitors can visit booths featuring local craft makers, vendors and homemade baked goods. For more information, click the calendar listing at visitrolla.com.
— Journey to Bethlehem is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 at Crocker Christian Church. Featuring live actors, animals and sets, the event is a 30- to 45-minute tour of ancient Bethlehem, complete with Roman soldiers, a marketplace, innkeepers, a live nativity scene and more, along with free snacks and beverages. The event is free and open to the public. For details, call 573.5121 or visit www.crockercc.com.
— Breakfast with Santa begins at 8 a.m. Dec. 14 at Pershing Community Center. Visitors of all ages can enjoy breakfast, a visit with Santa, activities, crafts and more. Admission is $11 for adults and children ages 11 and older, $6 for children ages 4 to 10 and free for children ages 3 and younger. Advance reservations are required. Register by clicking the “Sign up” button on the event listing at https://leonardwood. armymwr.com.
— Christmas on Commercial is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in downtown Lebanon. Visitors can enjoy a tree lighting, photo booth, inflatables, a Christmas tree decorating contest, music, food vendors and more. For details, call 417.532.4642 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
— The annual Ole’ Time Christmas celebration is scheduled from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at Shady Dell Park in Richland. The event features a holiday bazaar, sleigh rides, lighted displays, photos with Santa, local artists, live music, free snacks and hot chocolate and more. For more information, contact the Richland Parks Department at 573.765.3532.
— The Santa Fly-In is scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Floyd W. Jones Airport in Lebanon. Santa will fly into the airport to greet visitors, who can also enjoy free hot chocolate. For more information, click on the event listing at the @Cityof LebanonMO Facebook page.
— The 399th Army Band will perform its holiday concerts Dec. 16 and 17. The Dec. 16 concert will take place at 7 p.m. at the Cowan Civic Center, 500 East Elm Street, in Lebanon, and will feature a joint performance with the Boswell Elementary Children’s Choir. The Dec. 17 concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Main Post Chapel and will feature a joint performance with the Rolla Middle School Choir. Both concerts are free and open to the public.
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