The weather is turning chilly, but the special events are just heating up. Here’s your guide to winter fun.

**As always, it’s best to check with the organizers for changes or cancelations to planned events. 


East Hills Mall Christmas tree lighting concert – November 16, 6pm
Santa hours 

Krug Park: Holiday Park Lighting Ceremony – November 29, 6pm (the holiday lights continue through January 1) Pictures with Santa Fridays and Saturdays from 6-8:30p.

Hyde Park: South Pole Lighting Ceremony – November 29, 7pm (the holiday lights continue through January 1)

Holidays Downtown  – special lighting November 30

Extra-special houses to drive by:

Commercial St behind Phil Welch Stadium

3002 Newport Road

Santa Sightings

November 18 – December 24 – Photos with Santa (hours coming soon), East Hills Mall. First 100 FREE on November 18.

November 24 – Santa’s Coming to Kohl’s! (1-3p)

December 3 – Story with Santa, RHCL – Savannah (6-7p)

December 4 – Stories with Santa, RHCL – Savannah (10-11a)

December 7 – Breakfast with Santa, RHCL (9-11a)

December 7 – Breakfast with Santa & Gingerbread Workshops, AKMA (9a)

December 7 – Waggin Around the Christmas Tree, St. Joseph Animal Shelter (12-4p)

December 7 – Santa Day, St. Joe Harley Davidson (12-3p)

December 7 – Griffon Block Party + First Saturdays, Downtown (2-8p)

December 7 – Afternoon with Santa Cow, Chick-fil-a (2-4p)

December 7 – Pictures with Santa, Cardinal Country Bakery – Savannah (2-4p)

December 8 – Sensory Sensitive Santa, RHCL (2-4p)

December 8 – Breakfast with Santa, St. Joseph Country Club (9-11a)

December 11 & 12 – Musical Christmas Stories & Sing Along, RHCL – Savannah (10-11a)

December 14 – Santa & Mrs. Clause Come to Grace House, (8-11a)

December 14 – Breakfast with Santa, Zion UCC (8:30-11a)

December 14: Holiday Mart, Mark Twain Elementary School (9a-1p)

December 14 – Story Time & Cookies with Santa, East Hills Mall (11a)

December 14 – Santa, Cocoa & Cookies, Ornaments, Mini Trays and Door Hangers, AR Workshop (1:30-3:30p)

December 16 – Santa is Coming, Boost Mobile (4-7p)

December 18 – Indoor Playground! Santa is Coming!, Mega Gymnastics (10-1130a)

December 21 – Story Time & Cookies with Santa, East Hills Mall (11a)

December 22 – Sensory Free Santa, East Hills Mall (9-10a)

More Holiday Fun

November 15: Christmas in the Country, East Hills Mall (7:30-8:30p)

November 16: Tree Lighting Concert, East Hills Mall (6-8p)

November 30 – December 21: Holiday Windows Tour, Downtown St. Joseph

December 1: Reading Club & Craft, Country Cookie (2-3:30p)

December 6 – Krampusnacht – Manic Snail (6:30-9p)

December 6-8: Elf: The Musical, Missouri Theatre (various times)

December 7: American Girl Doll Club Christmas Tea, Wyeth-Tootle Mansion (2-4p)

December 7: Winterfest with Storyteller Will Stuck, Downtown Library (10-11a)

December 7: Create a Card, Downtown Frames (4-7p)

December 7: Lighted Christmas Parade, Downtown Atchison (5:30-6p)

December 10: Kids Night (Build a Snowman/Create a Snowflake), Pizza Ranch (4-8p)

December 12: Origami Crane Ornament Class, Manic Snail (6-8p)

December 12: Kids’ Holiday Craft, Friedrich’s Market (6:30-8:30p)

December 13 & 14: Drive-Thru Nativity, Wyatt Park Christian Church (6:30-8:30p)

December 14: Winter Magic Downtown, Historic Downtown St. Joseph, (2-8p)

December 14: Vintage Christmas Open House, Restoration Church (5-8p)

December 15: Grinch Movie Night, Ashland United Methodist Church (5-7p)

December 16: Christmas at the Cathedral, Cathedral of St. Joseph (7:30-9:30p)

December 17: Kids Night (Reindeer Scavenger Hunt), Pizza Ranch (4-8p)

December 18: Christmas Sing-a-long, RHCL, (4:30-5:30p)

December 19: Origami Crane Ornament Class, Manic Snail (6-8p)

December 21: Home for the Holidays Downtown, Historic Downtown St. Joseph (2-8p)

December 22-23: Mystery of the Christmas Star, Bushman Planetarium (MWSU), various times – see calendar for details

December 28 – December Craft: “Snowman or Snow Scene,” Remington Nature Center (1-3p)

Christmas Trees

Schweitzers Orchard

Fulk’s Tree Farm (Platte City)

Reindeer Lane (Trimble)

Worship Services

Dec 20: The Miracle of Jesus Family Event, Faith United Church (6-8p)

Dec 22: Christmas Musical, Riverside Baptist Church (10:30a, 5:15p)

Dec 22: A Christmas Night of Worship, McCarthy Baptist (6:30-7:30p)

Dec 23: Christmas Eve Service, Ashland United Methodist (5p)

Dec 24: Christmas Eve Service, Renovation Church (3, 4:30, 6p)

Dec 24: Christmas Eve Service, Ashland United Methodist (4, 6, & 11p)

Dec 24: Christmas Eve service & live nativity, Word of Life Church (4, 6, 8p)

Dec 24: Candlelight Christmas Eve Service, Clair Church (4p)

Dec 24: Christmas Eve Service, The Keys Christian Fellowship (4p)

Dec 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Faith United Church (7p)

Dec 24: Candlelight service, Brookdale Presbyterian Church (7p)

Dec 24: Candlelight Service, Grace Evangelical Church (10-11p)