List of Holiday Events Posted on December 14, 2022 – West Central Tribune | Jobs Reply

The holiday season brings many special festivities. From family gatherings to school concerts and church programs, there are many events that people can choose to participate in. Various concerts, festivals and other public activities planned for the coming weeks are listed.

* A festival of trees will be on display in the event center of the Barn Theatre. Companies, organizations and individuals have decorated the trees; Open from 10:00 to 16:00 from Wednesday to Friday.

* “Celebrate the Light of the World” disco-lit display is open daily from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Robbins Island in Willmar. Non-profit organizations that benefit from free will donations include Kandiyohi County Food Shelf, The Salvation Army of Willmar, United Way of West Central Minnesota and Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota.

* The Litchfield Area Male Chorus presents “Let All Men Sing,” a holiday concert at 7 p.m. at Litchfield Christian Church; voluntary donation

* The Sweetest Christmas Soiree, benefiting the Bethesda Foundation, will host a virtual show at 7 p.m. featuring local musicians performing favorite Christmas selections along with a variety of holiday-themed auction items featuring the area’s sweetest treats and treats. The event and auction will be on the Bethesda Facebook page.

* The annual Christmas program will be held at the Historic Salem Community Church, 28547 220th St., four miles north of Paynesville. In the afternoon from 15:00 to 16:15 horse-drawn carts, and at 16:30 the program will be given following the program. Bring a non-perishable food item and/or a toy that will be delivered to the Paynesville Community Center; free donation for the restoration and maintenance of Salem Church and Cemetery.

* Sunburg Heritage Arts presents “Fiddle ‘n Christmas” at 4 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in Sunburg. Special guest artists Dempsey Schroeder and Maggie Harp will join 30 fiddlers from the Sunburg area to play Christmas carols, carols and fiddle tunes. Voluntary donations.

* The Southwest Minnesota State University Planetarium presents the “Star of Wonder” holiday laser light show Saturday at 7:00 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm in the planetarium located in SM 108 on the Marshall campus, which seats 82 people. Admission is $5, available at the door only.

* The 70th annual Lucia Day Festival will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Bethel Lutheran Church, 411 Becker Ave. SW, in Willmar. The Saint Lucia Lighting Ceremony will take place in the grant room, and guests will be able to enjoy coffee and sweets.

* The Reindeer and Santa event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Andrew J. Volstead House in Granite Falls. There will be free hot chocolate and each team will be given a reindeer treat to attract reindeer on Christmas Eve. Children can visit with Santa. Following the schedule, a special session has been set up from 15:30 to 15:30 for children and adults with sensory impairments and other disabilities to be able to participate without being overly stimulated. To join us for sensory time, email or post on our Facebook page.

* The West Central Connection Chorus presents “A Spectacular Christmas” at 3 p.m. at Assembly of God Church in Willmar. The concert of traditional Christmas carols performed in an a cappella barbershop style will also feature the Broberg Family, the Green Lake Bluegrass Band and the “2701” Willmar High School choir. A free will offering will benefit the Kandiyohi County Food Shelf.

* The Benson Arts Council presents “The Nutcracker Ballet” by the Continental Ballet Company at 4:00 pm in the Performing Arts Center. Adults $20, students $10 in advance, $25 and $15 at the door, available online at

* A “Blue Christmas” church service will be held at 7:00 pm at First Lutheran Church in Norway Lake, west of New London. Held on the longest night of the year, it is a service that acknowledges loss, including prayers for healing and hope. People seeking comfort, hope, wholeness and renewal are invited to this time of quiet reflection, Scripture, prayer, music and Holy Communion. Light refreshments will be served after the service. Everyone is welcome.

* The annual Lillejulaft (Little Christmas Eve) Norwegian language worship service will be held at 7:00 pm at Calvary Lutheran Church, 302 Olena Ave. of Willmar. The service will include readings from the Norwegian Scriptures, prayers and songs. The service folder will be in Norwegian with a full English translation. Those with Norwegian sweaters and/or bunadas are asked to wear them.

* The Southwest Minnesota State University Planetarium presents the “Star of Wonder” holiday laser light show at 7:00 pm Friday and 2:00 pm Saturday in the planetarium located in SM 108 on the Marshall campus, which seats 82 people. Admission is $5, available at the door only.

* Christmas in the Barn at Dale and Debbie Tonsfeldt Farm, 13200 15th Street SE, Blomkest. At 09:00 the service at the Svea Lutheran Church will include singing and a live nativity. Everyone is welcome, please dress warmly.

* The Willmar Public Library will have a Pajama-Rama story time at 6:30 p.m. Come put on your pajamas, bring a blanket and listen to stories, milk and cookies before going home to bed.

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