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December events

Every month I bring you the best things to do in Sioux City and Siouxland, from storytimes and crafts to music festivals, streaming concerts, and holidays from silly to serious. This month, some of the highlights include Christmas and New Year's Eve events! It's also a great month to visit a local Christmas tree farm!  I hope this event list inspires you to go make some happy memories with your family this month!
red, green, and gold bokeh in background. in foreground, "December events for Siouxland Families"


  • Thurs 12/1
    • NAIA Women's Volleyball National Championship Tournament at the Tyson Events Center, full details here.
    • 6-7pm: Standstill Parade of Lights in downtown Vermillion, SD, with programming to follow in the Vermillion Public Library
    • 6-8pm: Christmas Centerpiece craft event at Hawks Coffee Shop in Sgt. Bluff. $25 per centerpiece.
    • 6-8pm: Brush N' Brew with Pickled Palette at Jefferson Beer Supply, full details here.
    • 6pm: Downtown Lighting Ceremony in Onawa, IA
    • 6:30pm: Festival of Trees closing auction Make sure to see these festive trees before they're gone or bid on one so you can take it home and enjoy it all season long!
    • 7:30pm: Christmas at Morningside
    • 7:30pm: Another Night Before Christmas by LAMB Regional Arts
  • Fri 12/2
    • NAIA Women's Volleyball National Championship Tournament at the Tyson Events Center, full details here.
    • Rural Route Ramble small business shopping event throughout rural Siouxland, full details here.
    • 6-8pm: Grinch Tree workshop at Pickled Palette, full details here.
    • 7pm: Away in a Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas presented by the New Stage Players in South Sioux City
    • 7:30pm: Christmas at Morningside vocal and instrumental music concert presented live by the students at Morningside University
    • 7:30pm: A Christmas Carol presented by the Sioux City Community Theater
    • 7:30pm: Another Night Before Christmas by LAMB Regional Arts
  • Sat 12/3
    • NAIA Women's Volleyball National Championship Tournament at the Tyson Events Center, full details here.
    • Rural Route Ramble small business shopping event throughout rural Siouxland, full details here.
    • 9:45am to noon: Clay footprint/handprint workshops at Pickled Palette, full details here.
    • 10:30am: Sinterklaas Dog Dutch Christmas celebration for PK-4th graders at the Stadscentrum in Orange City, IA with puppet show, Dutch chocolate treats, and more!
    • Holiday Gift Making Workshop at the Sioux City Art Center
    • 11am: Pirates Ahoy! First Saturday Family Storytime at the downtown branch of the Sioux City Public Library
    • 11am to noon: The Train Rolls to the North Pole featuring Omaha author Jodi Adams reading her brand new children's book at Hawk's Coffee Shop. $25 includes a signed copy of the book plus tabletop s'mores for 2!
    • 11am: Hot Cocoa Gift kids craft event at the South Sioux City Public Library
    • 1-2pm: Learn & Make: Peace Medals at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center for kids, $5 per participant 
    • 5-8pm: Ladies Night: Happy Trees workshop at Pickled Palette, full details here.
    • 5pm: Hinton Holiday Homes Tour
    • 6:30 to 8pm: Living Nativity at Sacred Heart Catholic Church
    • 7pm: Away in a Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas presented by the New Stage Players in South Sioux City
    • 7:30pm: Disney Princess the Concert at the Sioux City Orpheum, full details here.
    • 7:30pm: A Christmas Carol presented by the Sioux City Community Theater
    • 7:30pm: Another Night Before Christmas by LAMB Regional Arts

  • Sun 12/4
    • NAIA Women's Volleyball National Championship Tournament at the Tyson Events Center, full details here.
    • 1-4pm: Peirce Mansion Holiday Open House at 2901 Jackson St, fun opportunity to peek into this Victorian mansion!
    • 1:30pm: Another Night Before Christmas by LAMB Regional Arts
    • 2pm: Away in a Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas presented by the New Stage Players in South Sioux City
    • 2pm: New Horizons Band Holiday Concert live at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, with reception to follow, FREE
    • 2pm: A Christmas Carol presented by the Sioux City Community Theater
    • 2pm: Santa Visit at the Sloan Public Library
    • 3-5pm: Glass Tree Workshop at Pickled Palette, full details here.
  • Mon 12/5
    • NAIA Women's Volleyball National Championship Tournament at the Tyson Events Center, full details here.
  • Tues 12/6
    • NAIA Women's Volleyball National Championship Tournament at the Tyson Events Center, full details here.
    • 7pm: A Charlie Brown Christmas live stage show at the Sioux City Orpheum, full details on OrpheumLive.com
  • Weds 12/7
    • 4pm: Christmas Movie and Board Game Marathon at the Mead Cultural Center in Yankton, SD, featuring The Grinch and Elf
    • 5pm: Santa Supper at the Hinton Community Center in Hinton, IA
    • 7pm: Zach Williams "I Don't Want Christmas to End" tour live at the Sioux City Orpheum theater, full details on OrpheumLive.com
  • Thurs 12/8
    • 6-8pm: Gingerbread Men glass tray workshop at Pickled Palette, full details here.
    • 6:30pm: Cookie Decorating Class at Jefferson Beer Supply with Fig Tales bakery
  • Fri 12/9
    • 6pm: Kids Night Out at Pickled Palette
    • 7pm: Away in a Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas presented by the New Stage Players in South Sioux City
    • 7:05pm: Sioux City Musketeers hockey home game at the Tyson Events Center, full details here.
    • 7:30pm: A Christmas Carol presented by the Sioux City Community Theater
    • 7:30pm: Another Night Before Christmas by LAMB Regional Arts
  • Sat 12/10
    • 10am to 2pm: Winter Fun Day at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
    • 10-11:30am: Kids Saturdays: Holiday Make & Take at the Sioux City Public Museum, FREE
    • noon: Merry TUBACHRISTMAS live brass concert at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, with reception to follow, FREE
    • 5:30-8pm: Bad Santa themed adult workshop at Pickled Palette, full details here.
    • 6-9pm: Old Town Christmas at the Woodbury County Fairgrounds in Moville, IA, full details here
    • 6:05pm: Sioux City Musketeers hockey home game at the Tyson Events Center, full details at TysonCenter.com
    • 7pm: Away in a Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas presented by the New Stage Players in South Sioux City
    • 7:30pm: A Christmas Carol presented by the Sioux City Community Theater
    • 7:30pm: Another Night Before Christmas by LAMB Regional Arts

  • Sun 12/11
    • Jingle all the Way Through Sloan
    • A Very Merry Y-Mas at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA
    • Sweet Treats with Santa at the LaunchPad Children's Museum
    • 9-11am: Breakfast with the Grinch at the Salvation Army featuring green pancakes, crafts, and fun while watching the classic Christmas movie! FREE!
    • 1:30pm: Another Night Before Christmas by LAMB Regional Arts
    • 2pm: Away in a Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas presented by the New Stage Players in South Sioux City
    • 2pm: A Grateful Feel live concert by harpist Mary Watts at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, with reception to follow, FREE
    • 7:30pm: A Christmas Carol presented by the Sioux City Community Theater
  • Mon 12/12
  • Tues 12/13
    • 10am: Nature Tales at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center for preschoolers plus a parent or other adult caregiver, FREE but registration required.
    • 4:30pm: Wild n Woodsy Art at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center for ages 8-14, $5 per person
  • Weds 12/14
    • 4pm: Gingerbread Cookie Decorating at the Mead Cultural Center in Yankton, SD
    • 6pm: Paint & Sip at Oscar Carl Vineyard, hosted by Pickled Palette
  • Thurs 12/15 
  • Fri 12/16
  • Sat 12/17
    • Breakfast with Santa at Cone Park, hosted by Sioux City Parks & Rec
    • 9am to noon: Lowe's Christmas ornament workshop at Lowe's on Sunnybrook, FREE but registration required *unclaimed kits may be given out to walk-ins starting at noon 
    • 11am: Wreaths Across America Siouxland ceremony at the Floyd Monument
    • 1-2pm: Kids' Sugar Cookie Decorating at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, FREE

  • Sun 12/18
    • Breakfast with Santa at Cone Park, hosted by Sioux City Parks & Rec
    • 2pm: Jack and Mike Langley Holiday Concert live at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, with reception to follow, FREE
    • 3pm: Christmas with the Sioux City Symphony, featuring Brule at the Sioux City Orpheum Theater, full details at OrpheumLive.com
  • Mon 12/19
  • Tues 12/20
  • Weds 12/21
    • 4pm: Christmas Ornament Decorating at the Mead Cultural Center in Yankton, SD
    • 5pm: Winter Solstice Yoga at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
  • Thurs 12/22
  • Fri 12/23
  • Sat 12/24
    • Christmas Eve
  • Sun 12/25
    • Christmas
  • Mon 12/26
  • Tues 12/27
  • Weds 12/28
    • 10am & 2pm: Meet a Screech! owl education program at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
  • Thurs 12/29
    • 9am to noon: Winter Day Camp at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
  • Fri 12/30
    • 10am: The Mitten storytime at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
    • 7:05pm: Sioux City Musketeers Hockey home game at the Tyson Events Center
  • Sat 12/31
    • New Year's Eve
    • Winterfest at Ponca State Park, all day, including hayride, fruitcake fling, and more festive fun!
    • 6:05pm: Sioux City Musketeers Hockey at the Tyson Events Center

I do not run any of these events and encourage you to call or visit the websites of the hosting locations, organizations, or stores with any questions and to confirm details. Many paid events and some free events require tickets or registration in advance and some may sell out or fill up quickly or very far in advance. Age and other recommendations are general guidelines provided by the event or activity organizer and should not be considered legal or medical advice and may not apply well to all children.

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