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11 holiday events happening in the Lincoln area over the next month

November 23, 2018

Holiday music has been playing already at local stores, but Thanksgiving traditionally marks the beginning of the Christmas season.

With that in mind, here’s a list of some of the top holiday-themed events happening over the next month or so.

Seward Christmas festival and parade

The Fourth of July City does other holidays, too. Its annual Christmas festival runs an entire day and includes various family-friendly activities, including a lighted parade.

When: Saturday. Santa and live reindeer at 10 a.m.; parade at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Seward

More info: cultivatesewardcounty.com

‘A Little House Christmas’

Adapted from the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, this family-friendly play features the Ingalls family gathering for the holidays when disaster strikes and it seems Santa won’t be able to make it.

When: Nov. 30-Dec 2 and Dec. 7-9; 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays

Where: Lincoln Community Playhouse

Tickets: lincolnplayhouse.com

‘A Christmas Carol’

Nebraska Wesleyan University breaks from its long-running tradition to perform a 60-minute children’s adaptation of the holiday favorite.

When: Dec. 1-5 (tickets available for 7 p.m. Dec. 3-5)

Where: Miller Theatre, 51st Street and Huntington Avenue

Tickets: nebrwesleyan.edu/theatre-tickets

Deck the Halls

Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra will perform its annual holiday pops concerts, joined by local dance troops, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s vocal jazz ensemble, local handbell choir Bell-issimo, local Suzuki students and the winner of the orchestra’s young artist competition.

When: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 1

Where: Lied Center for Performing Arts

Tickets: LincolnSymphony.com

Lincoln Continentals Christmas shows

The local men’s a cappella chorus will present “A Musical Christmas Story,” with three performances at two locations.

When and where: 7 p.m. Friday at Seward High School; 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church

Tickets: eventbrite.com, search Lincoln Continentals

‘The Nutcracker’

Lincoln Midwest Ballet Co. will once again perform the beloved holiday classic, accompanied by the Nebraska Symphony Chamber Orchestra. Nearly 200 dance students from Southeast Nebraska will participate, along with touring guest artists.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 7; 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 8

Where: Lied Center for Performing Arts

Tickets: LiedCenter.org

Ashland Hometown Christmas

Santa will roll through Ashland as part of the city’s annual holiday lights parade, following a full day of family activities.

When: Dec. 8. Parade at 6 p.m.

Where: Ashland

More info: ashland-ne.com

The Holiday Cabaret

This musical revue produced by the Nebraska Repertory Theatre will feature holiday standards, a live band, comedy and a cash bar.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 14 and 15; 2 p.m. Dec. 16

Where: Temple Building, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 12 and R streets

Tickets: LiedCenter.org

Elks Christmas Party

Lincoln Elks Lodge No. 80 continues a 111-year-old tradition with its free annual children’s Christmas party. Hundreds of toys will be given away, and every child in attendance gets a goodie bag.

When: noon Dec. 16. Santa arrives at 2 p.m.

Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena

More info: PinnacleBankArena.com

Harry Connick Jr.

Grammy and Emmy-award winner Connick is bringing the Big Easy to Lincoln, toasting the 300th birthday of New Orleans, his hometown, and performing a selection of holiday favorites.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18

Where: Lied Center for Performing Arts

Tickets: LiedCenter.org

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Mannheim Steamroller presents its holiday classics along with a selection from creator Chip Davis’ Fresh Aire series. This show has been a local and national holiday favorite for decades.

When: 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20

Where: Lied Center for Performing Arts

Tickets: LiedCenter.org

— Lincoln Journal Star

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