Here are our top picks of events not to miss this holiday season.
Saturdays in December, Osage Beach
The widely popular Osage Beach Farmers Market will be bringing local farmers and artisans for a special Winter Market at the Stone Crest Mall. The market will run on the first three Saturdays of December from noon–4 p.m. Locavore favorites such as farm fresh eggs, grass-fed beef and bison, whole turkeys, baked goods, and raw milk will be featured along with a wide range of local, hand-made products. Many of the foods and crafted goods will have a holiday theme, and there will even be homemade pet treats for pooches who need a reward after behaving in their Santa photo.
Holiday Light Displays
The 2013 Laurie Enchanted Village of Lights is open showcasing hundreds of lighted displays in the 27-acre park. This year the Laurie Fairgrounds will open each night at 5 p.m. through Jan. 1. Go to www.cityoflaurie.com for more information.
Also in Laurie, the St. Patrick's Festival of Lights, is celebrating 30 years. The drive-through festival is open daily from 6-9 p.m. on weekdays and 6-10 p.m. on weekends. New for this year, the gift shop will be open during festival hours and volunteers will be serving hot chocolate and apple cider. The Festival of Lights is a free event, though donations are accepted. St. Patrick’s is located on Hwy. 5 in Laurie.
Through Jan. 1, the Unity Circle of Lights in Versailles will be on display. This holiday light display features 40 lighted holiday exhibits in the city park. The park is located at the Junction of Hwy. 5 and 52 in Morgan County.
Pictures with Santa
Dec. 7, 14, 21
Stone Crest Mall will host Santa Claus for pictures with kids and pets on Saturday afternoons, beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving and going until the Saturday before Christmas. The photos with Santa will be from noon–4 p.m. at the Stonecrest Book & Toy Store. Saturday, Dec. 7 will be Pet Photo Day, where families can bring their furry friends to pose with Saint Nick.
Winter Mystery Play
December 14, Sunrise Beach
The Young Museum Players will present "CSI: Christmas Scene Investigators" by Houston playwright Pat Cook at the Camden County Museum in Linn Creek. The curtain goes up on Dec. 14 on this Christmas mystery at 4:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be provided. Admission is $5 per family.
When Santa Claus goes missing from a high school's annual Christmas show, a group of students find themselves becoming Christmas Scene Investigators to ensure the show goes on.
Page 2 of 2 - For more information, contact the Camden County Museum at 573-346-7191.
Free Winter Concerts
Dec. 8, 10, 15 & 17
The Lake Area Community Orchestra will perform its winter concert series at several locations. All concerts start at 7 p.m. Free for the community.
Concerts are: Dec. 8 West Lake Christian Church, Route O, Laurie; Dec. 10 Hope Lutheran Church, Hwy 54, Osage Beach; Dec. 15 Versailles Royal Theatre, Versailles; and Dec. 17 Lake Ozark Christian Church, Lake Ozark
December 14, Lake Ozark
One of the Lake of the Ozarks' favorite Christmas traditions, the 29th annual Lake Area Christmas Magic Parade, will be held Dec. 14.
This year's theme is "An Old-Fashioned Christmas." The parade begins at 1 p.m. on Bagnell Dam Blvd. at the Route 242 intersection and heads east down Bagnell Dam Blvd.
Cost to enter into the parade is $10 per entry. Judges will award ribbons to first, second and third place in each of the following categories: business, civic and youth groups. A Best of Parade will also receive a ribbon.
Immediately following the Parade, Santa’s sleigh will be parked at the White House on the Bagnell Dam Strip. Santa’s helpers will be giving out Christmas stockings to the first 250 children to arrive. The stockings will be filled with a variety of treats.
For more information, go to www.lakechristmasparade.com.
Christmas on Main Street
Through December 22, Osage Beach
The Christmas show at the Main Street Music Hall in Osage Beach is one of the Lake of the Ozarks' most entertaining holiday traditions. This season's performances will be held through December 22. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $11 for children ages 5-12, and children under four are free. For more information and a full list of show dates and times, call the Main Street Music Hall box office at 800-348-9501 or visit www.LakeMusicHall.com.