Holiday Happenings 2018

Holiday Happenings: Farmers market’s holiday edition coming up

Although its standard sales have closed for the year, the Lawrence Farmers’ Market will return for a special holiday edition in early December. The 29th annual Holiday Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 200 McDonald Drive. About 60 vendors ...

Holiday Happenings: Nativities on display each weekend in December

A staple of the Lawrence holiday season, the Festival of Nativities will once again be hosted at Centenary United Methodist Church. Each weekend in December — beginning Dec. 1 — the church, at 245 N. Fourth St. in North Lawrence, will be open from noon to 4 p.m. The event will end after ...

Holiday Happenings: Bizarre Bazaar offers all things handcrafted

A recent Bizarre Bazaar social media post touts that the pictured handmade item, among designs to be for sale at the event, is something “you won’t come across in stores.” That’s a signature of this annual only-in-Lawrence holiday shopping event — and antithesis to Black Friday at ...

Holiday Happenings: Holiday Music

Local musicians and touring acts will give you plenty of opportunities to get in the holiday spirit over the next few weeks. Here are some of the highlights for this year’s holiday music scene: Organ Vespers 4 p.m. Nov. 25, First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St. Lawrence concert ...

Holiday Happenings: Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade

There’s no better way to kick off the holiday season than hearing the clip-clopping of horses in downtown Lawrence, says Elaine VanDeventer, director of Lawrence’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade. The 26th annual parade will include horses of all colors and sizes trotting down Massachusetts ...

Holiday Happenings: Van Go Adornment

Shoppers in Lawrence will have the opportunity again this holiday season to shop for some local, handmade arts and crafts while helping support an arts-based job training program for at-risk teens in the area. This year’s Van Go Adornment Art Show and Sale begins Saturday, Nov. 24, at the ...

Holiday Happenings: Gingerbread house display returns Dec. 1

For the second year, Lawrence’s Gingerbread Festival & Auction will be spread over two weekends instead of just one — enabling ample opportunity to view the exquisite sugary creations and participate in a festive auction for them. The annual festival, a Lawrence tradition for more ...

Holiday Happenings: Baldwin City festival will light up the night

Vehicles, floats, horses and even marchers will be decked out in strings of holiday lights on Dec. 1 for Baldwin City’s annual Festival of Lights. The parade starts at 6 p.m. on Eighth Street along the west side of the Baker University campus and then turns east on High Street. Jeannette ...

Holiday Happenings: A journey through the history of Christmas music at Baker

The Baker University Music and Theater Department will present a historical, musical Christmas revue for its 88th annual Christmas Candlelight Vespers, said Ryan Olsen, the Baker vocal music director. The annual Vespers performances are scheduled for 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in Rice ...

Holiday Happenings: Festival of Trees

The Lawrence community once again will kick off its holiday season with the annual Festival of Trees at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., in downtown Lawrence. The event is the primary fundraiser for The Children’s Shelter, a nonprofit agency that provides temporary residential care, ...

Holiday Happenings: Holiday Homes Tour

Those looking for the holiday spirit will find it in high supply at the annual Holiday Homes Tour, which showcases homes decorated for the season. Holiday Homes Tour Committee Chair Kris Marsh said many have made a tradition of the annual tour, and that she thinks people enjoy it because it ...

Holiday Happenings: A Kansas ‘Nutcracker’

The Lawrence Arts Center’s annual performance of E.T.A. Hoffman’s story of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King reimagines the traditional tale in a Kansas setting. “I consider the show to be a lovely family experience that is magical, transformative and that celebrates what Lawrence loves ...