The weather is cool, people are jolly and snow is on the ground….yes, it’s that time of year, it’s Christmas time! Mason City, is full of festive events this time of year, from holiday lights to joyous performance that will be sure to give you that warm, tingly feeling this holiday season!
‘It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas’
November 25- December 30, 2016
Music Man Square, 308 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
The longest running Christmas display in ALL OF IOWA, takes place right here in River City! In celebration of the holiday season the Music Man Square in transformed into a winter wonderland. Admire beautiful Christmas décor, trees, and window displays all alone the a 1912 Streetscape, with an ice cream parlor and gift shop! Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 1pm-5m & Friday 1pm-8pm. Closed Mondays & Holidays. Admission is $10 adults, $5 students; children 6 & under free.
“Home for the Holiday Lights”
November 26- December 23, 2016
Central Park, Downtown Mason City
Join us for a kickoff to the holidays at the first annual celebration, “Home for the Holiday Lights”! Take a night to admire holiday lights and shop local business in the downtown district of Mason City. The celebration is a multi-week event beginning with the lighting of the Central Park tree at 5:00pm Saturday, November 26. Santa and local dignitaries will be present for the kickoff! Carolers will provide holiday songs for sing-along and refreshments will be available at the event. Throughout the coming weeks people may vote for their favorite business’ Holiday Lights (via Home for the Holiday Lights Facebook Page). Results will be tallied and a trophy awarded to the top vote-getter, on December 23, 2016.
Designs under the Tree Craft Fair
December 2-3, 2016
Friday: 10am-6pm, Saturday: 10am-4pm
First Covenant Church, 411 S. Ohio Avenue
Shop all your holiday favorites with a portion of the sales being donated to the Humane Society. Seasonal wreaths, silk and fresh evergreen floral, hand-dyed 100% silk scarves, original designed jewelry, cotton and wool quilted designs, tree ornaments, giftware and more!
December 3, 2016
The Decker House, 119 2nd St. SE
Enjoy Christmas Tea in a historic building, the Decker House (located next to the Music Man Square). A holiday high tea will be served featuring 3 settings of scones, savories and desserts. Earl Grey Tea will be served in antique tea cups. Admission $15.00, plus tax. Reserve early for this popular event.
Joyful Christmas Performances
North Iowa Area Community College Auditorium, 500 College Drive
Broadway performance come to you live in Mason City, Iowa! Get into the Holiday spirit by singing along to festive Christmas performances!
‘Love for the Holidays’– December 3, 2016 at 7:30pm
Starring Darlene Love , an annual holiday tradition on the David Letterman Show singing her “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” hit song. Hers was the voice that helped launch hundreds of hits including the #1 “He’s a Rebel, (Today I Met) the Boy I’m Gonna Marry”, “A Marshmallow World”, and “He’s Sure the Boy I Love”.
‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’– December 6, 2016 at 6:30pm
Rudolph and his friends soar off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. From fleeing the Abominable Snow Monsters to saving Christmas, join Rudolph® and his friends as their adventures teach us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.
Holiday Pops– December 10, 2016 at 2pm & 7pm
From the creator of Candlelight Christmas comes a new locally produced show for the holiday season. Enjoy music from pop to swing with large choral numbers!
Christmas Celebration- December 20, 2016 at 7:30pm
Four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of country hits and earned them Grammy®, Dove, CMA, and ACM® awards.
Off the Clock Holiday Edition
December 9, 2016
MacNider Art Museum, 302 2nd St. SE
Mingle with friends as you explore the beautiful museum filled with a variety of galleries and Bil Baird’s puppets from the ‘ Sound of Music’! Complimentary wine and appetizers are available throughout the event, in addition to live music by Sam Crosser. Free admission and open to the public.
Holiday Open House
December 10, 2016
MacNider Art Museum, 302 2nd St. SE
Family fun free holiday event! Children’s activities available during the event such as meeting Santa Claus, make and take activities and more! Adults, can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the MacNider and view beautiful art and watching their young ones have fun with others!
We hope you all have a blessed Holiday Season! For more events and information about Mason City, Iowa >>> www.visitmasoncityiowa.com
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