Christmas calendar: A sample of holiday happenings

Through Dec. 31

Elk River Arts Alliance Holiday Art and Gift Show and Sale: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 609 Main St., Elk River. An artist reception will run from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13.

For more information, go to www.elkriverart.org.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Taste of the Holidays: 3:30-6:30 p.m., Coborn’s, 19425 Evans St., Elk River. Free samples from every department and live music.

SimpleGifts Holiday Concert will be Dec. 4 at Elk River High School's Zabee Theater.
SimpleGifts Holiday Concert will be Dec. 4 at Elk River High School’s Zabee Theater.

SimpleGifts holiday concert: 7 p.m., Elk River High School Zabee Theater, 900 School St. Tickets: Adults, $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Students, $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Groups 20 plus qualify for an online discount. Tickets available at Coborn’s in Elk River or online at simplegiftsmusic.net. A portion of the proceeds will go to arts programming at Elk River High School.

Salk Middle School Winter Choir Concert: 7 p.m. at the school gymnasium, 11970 Highland Road, Elk River.

Holiday Decorating and Entertaining District 728 Community Education class: 7-9:30 p.m., Zimmerman Home and Garden. Discover tips to add holiday touches to every room. Make a holiday arrangement while enjoying party food ideas. Fee: $19. Register online at www.728communityed.com or call 763-241-3520.

 

Saturday, Dec. 6

Breakfast with St. Nicholas: 8:30-11:30. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1506 Main St., Elk River. Breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. Donations accepted. The event features a craft for children, a bake sale with homemade lefse, a drop box for Toys for Tots and pictures with Santa.

Celebrate the Season in Zimmerman: Variety of events including a holiday boutique from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Nelson Nursery and Garden Center; professional photos with Santa, 10 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. (fee applies); horse-drawn trolley rides departing from Nelson Nursery, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Neighbors Helping Neighbors toy and food drive at Zimmerman Fire Station’s open house, 1-3 p.m.; tree-lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. with a bonfire; and Santa arriving on the fire truck at Second Street and Fremont.

Christmas Tree Ornament Festival: 10 a.m. to noon, Sherburne History Center, 10775 27th Ave. SE, Becker. Santa will be there from 11 a.m. to noon. Other highlights include a performance by Command Performance Premiere, Prep, and Prima Choirs of Elk River, crafts, snacks and a fresh-cut Christmas tree door prize. Free.

•Santa pictures at Kaleidoscope Charter School: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kaleidoscope Charter School, 7525 Kalland Ave., Otsego. Bring the kids and choose from a picture with Santa or a festive holiday backdrop. All proceeds go to the PTO at Kaleidoscope Charter School. Visit www.kcsmn.org to learn more.

Toy Making Workshop: 1 to 3 p.m., Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River. Guests will choose between making several 19th-century toys, including a ball-and-cup game, buzz saws, pick-up sticks and corn husk dolls. All tools and materials will be provided. There is a $5 material fee. Reservations required; call 763-441-6896.

 

Sunday, Dec. 7

Lions Breakfast with Santa: The Elk River Lions Club is hosting its annual Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lions Park Center, 1104 Lions Park Dr., Elk River. There will be homemade buttermilk pancakes (plain, blueberry, chocolate chip and walnut). The cost is a free will offering at the door. All profits will go to Gifts Anonymous.

 

Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 6 & 7

SOAR Regional Arts third annual Holiday Concert: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at St. Michael-Albertville Middle School West, 11343 50th St. NE, Albertville, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at Word of Peace Lutheran Church, 21705 129th Ave. N., Rogers.  Concert will feature 100 SOAR Singers, SOAR’s teen group, and members of the SOAR Board with guest performances by Oh Brother quartet, Schola of St. Michael Catholic Church, Beth Leona King, Evan Wilberg and members of Elk River High School choirs.

Tickets are available online at www.soararts.com/Tickets.html and at the door as supply permits. Online tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and children. Door tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors, students and children.

 

Monday, Dec. 8

Rogers High School Holiday Concert: 7 p.m., Rogers High School commons area, 21000 141st Ave., Rogers.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Elk River High School Jazz and Percussion Concert: 7 p.m. at the school, 900 School St., Elk River.

 

Thursday, Dec. 11

VandenBerge Middle School Holiday Choir Concert: 7 p.m. at the school, 948 Proctor Ave., Elk River.

Jazz Band Performance: 6:30 p.m., Zimmerman High School, 25900 Fourth St. W., Zimmerman.

Rogers Middle School Band Concert: seventh-grade band concert at 6:30 p.m. and eighth-grade band concert at 7:45 p.m. at the school, 20855 141st Ave., Rogers.

 

Friday, Dec. 12

Spectrum High School Winter Fine Arts Band Concert: 7 p.m. at the school, 17796 Industrial Circle, Elk River. Free.

 

Saturday, Dec. 13

Santa held a young boy dressed as a mini reindeer during his visit to downtown Elk River in 2012.
Santa held a young boy dressed as a mini reindeer during his visit to downtown Elk River in 2012.

Santa in the Park in downtown Elk River: Santa will be at the River’s Edge Commons Park from noon to 3 p.m. There also will be special promotions and treats at downtown businesses and caroling by the Command Performance Choir. Unwrapped toys will be accepted for Gifts Anonymous.

•Elk River Arts Alliance artist reception: 1-4 p.m., 609 Main St., Elk River.

•Christmas dinner: Glory of Christ Fellowship invites the community to a Christmas Dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Handke Center, 1170 Main St., Elk River.

There will be a free dinner, gifts, music, fellowship and fun.

Please RSVP by Dec. 10 to Pastor Charlie Handren at [email protected] or 763-438-9900.

North Star Boys’ Choir: Singing for Mass, 5-5:45 p.m., carol concert following Mass at Church of St. Andrew, 566 Fourth St., Elk River.

“The Nutcracker” will be presented by the North Ballet Academy of Rogers on Dec. 13 in Elk River.
“The Nutcracker” will be presented by the North Ballet Academy of Rogers on Dec. 13 in Elk River.

•“The Nutcracker”: presented by the North Ballet Academy of Rogers: 1 and 4:30 p.m., Elk River High School Zabee Theater, 900 School St., Elk River. For ticket information, go to www.minnesotanutcracker.com.

 

Sunday, Dec. 14

Rides through the Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River will be part of a Christmas on the Farm event, Dec. 13 and 14.
Rides through the Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River will be part of a Christmas on the Farm event, Dec. 13 and 14.

A Christmas Tea with the Land of Lakes Choirboys: 2 p.m. Elk River Lutheran Church, 729 Main St., Elk River. Tickets: $30 per individual or $200 for a table of eight. Make reservations online at www2.lolcb.org.

 

Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 13 & 14

Christmas on the Farm: 2-4 p.m., Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River. Join a guide for a 75-minute tour of the Kelley Farm, including a hike along the nature trail, a stop inside the historic farmhouse and a visit to the livestock pens. Discover how farm families and their animals coped with shorter days and colder temperatures, and how they prepared for the upcoming holidays 150 years ago. Enjoy a horse- or oxen-drawn bobsled or wagon ride. Warm refreshments follow in the Visitor Center Fee: $10 or $8 for Minnesota Historical Society members. Reservations required; call 763-441-6896.

"O Holy Night," a walk-through living nativity, will be held Dec. 13 and 14 at  St. John Lutheran Church in Zimmerman.
“O Holy Night,” a walk-through living nativity, will be held Dec. 13 and 14 at
St. John Lutheran Church in Zimmerman.

“O Holy Night,” an outdoor walk through a living nativity: 6-8 p.m. St. John Lutheran Church, 13045 Fremont Ave., Zimmerman. Free admission. Event features live animals, music and free coffee, hot chocolate and cider. Guests are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the local food shelves. For more information, call the church at 763-856-4561.

 

Monday, Dec. 15

Zimmerman Middle School Band Concert: 6:30 p.m., Zimmerman Middle/High School, 25900 Fourth St. W., Zimmerman.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Rogers Middle School sixth-grade band Winter Concert: 6:15 p.m., first-hour bands and percussion; 7:30 p.m., second-hour, third-hour bands and percussion. Rogers Middle School cafetorium, 20855 141st Ave., Rogers.

•Salk Middle School  Winter Band Concert:  7 p.m. in the Salk Middle School gymnasium, 11970 Highland Road, Elk River.

 

Thursday, Dec. 18

Westwood Elementary’s third-grade music concerts: 1:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the school, 13651 Fourth Ave. S., Zimmerman.

VandenBerge Middle School Holiday Band Concert: 7 p.m. at the school, 948 Proctor Ave., Elk River.

Spectrum High School Winter Fine Arts Choral Concert: 7 p.m. at the school, 17796 Industrial Circle, Elk River. Free.

 

Friday, Dec. 19

North Star Boys’ Choir Candlelight Christmas Carol Concert: 7 p.m., Central Lutheran Church, 1103 School St., Elk River. Donations accepted.

 

Saturday, Dec. 20

Participants in the Christmas Bird Count, set for Dec. 20 at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge near Zimmerman, will be looking for all types of birds, including cardinals like this one.
Participants in the Christmas Bird Count, set for Dec. 20 at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge near Zimmerman, will be looking for all types of birds, including cardinals like this one.

Christmas Bird Count: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join Friends of Sherburne Refuge to count birds on the refuge and in the local area. Meet at the refuge headquarters, located on Sherburne County Road 9, 5 miles west of Highway 169. For more information, go to www.fws.gov/refuge/sherburne or call 763-389-3323.

Holiday Craft Show: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Prairie Center, 8899 Nashua Ave., Otsego. Admission is free. Santa’s Workshop will be open the same time as the Holiday Craft Show. Children will be able to pick out a present for mom and/or dad, and elves will help wrap it without the parents knowing what it is. Fee for Santa’s Workshop: $25.

 

Friday & Saturday, Dec. 19 & 20

Land of Lakes Choirboys concert: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, and Saturday, Dec. 20, Union Congregational Church, 1118 Fourth St., Elk River. Donations accepted. The concert will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1914 Christmas truce during World War I.

 

Sunday, Dec. 21

Elk River Arena’s Holiday Spectacular: 2:30-3:30 p.m., Elk River Arena, 1000 School St., Elk River. Event showcases the Elk River Figure Skating Club’s skaters performing to holiday classics. Free, with donations accepted for the Community Aid Elk River food shelf.

Skate with Santa Open Skating: 3:45-5:45 p.m., Elk River Arena, 1000 School St., Elk River. Free, but participants are asked to bring nonperishable food items for the Community Aid Elk River food shelf. Rental skates: $2.

Command Performance Choirs Holiday Extravaganza: 6 p.m. at Monticello High School. Go to www.commandperformancemn.org for more information.

 

Monday, Dec. 22

Elk River High School Concert Choir holiday concert: 7 p.m. at the school’s Zabee Theater, 900 School St., Elk River.

Zimmerman Middle/High School Choir Concert: 7 p.m., Christ Our Light Catholic Parish, 25909 Fourth St. W. Zimmerman.