Upcoming events include holiday activities, music, theater, food and more
photo by: Sarah Baker
Opportunities for merry-makers are available in and around Lawrence this weekend. Holiday shopping, dancing, music, craft-making and more are on tap, as well as the annual Holiday Farmers’ Market, a plan-ahead gardening event and a “wrap party” for charitable gifts.
• The Lawrence Barn Dance Association presents the Yuletide Frolick, a two-day contra dance event with dances, workshops and more. See lawrencebarndance.org for a full schedule, including times and places as well as admission fees.
• Lots of holiday-shopping opportunities will greet you at Van Go, 715 New Jersey St., as the Adornment Holiday Art Show & Sale continues Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
• “The Nutcracker, A Kansas Ballet 2022,” opening this week at the Lawrence Arts Center, continues at 7 p.m. This holiday favorite receives a local-history treatment with dancers of all ages. Additional performance dates and ticket purchases at lawrenceartscenter.org.
• The public is welcome as Carswell & Hope host the LFK Musicians Holiday Party & Musical Game Night at 7 p.m. Teams of local musicians will entertain the audience with impromptu, unrehearsed performances at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. Tickets at libertyhall.net.
• Check the Theatre Lawrence website for ticket availability for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” at 7:30 p.m. with additional shows weekends through Dec. 18.
• Some tickets are still available for “Canadian Brass Christmas” at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive, at 7:30 p.m. The world-famous brass ensemble will present a selection of holiday tunes. Tickets at lied.ku.edu.
• Thinking ahead to spring? The final event in the Self-Sufficiency Saturday series, “Garden Planning and Seed Starting,” is 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Dreher Family 4-H Building, Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2210 Harper St. Experts will explain how to plan ahead on your garden layout as well as when and how to start seeds. See motherearthnews.com for registration.
• The Douglas County Fairgrounds once again will host the annual Holiday Farmers’ Market, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 40 market vendors will offer meat, produce, baked goods and gifts of all kinds. Live music, a kid craft table and a free chance to visit with Santa for a photo op (9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.) will round out this family-friendly shopping experience at 1930 Harper St.
• Limited spots are still available for Craft Club: Adorning, 10-11 a.m. in Meeting Room A at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Participants will use hot glue and other items to create small decorations. Register at lawrence.bibliocommons.com/events.
• Come visit the Winter Light Faire, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Prairie Moon Waldorf School. This event welcomes families for a celebration of handmade gifts, crafts, food and entertainment at 1853 East 1600 Road.
• The Eudora Recreation Center is the place for the Holiday Mart, where more than 80 makers, crafters and more will have their creations available to shoppers. Admission is free, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 1630 Elm St., Eudora.
• Interested in signing up for Federally Facilitated Marketplace health insurance? Application assistance is available at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. No registration or appointment necessary. Additional times available during the week; see lplks.org for details.
• Art buyers can support local artists at the Holiday Art Market Crawl event, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Visit Art Emergency, 721 E. Ninth St.; Van Go, 715 New Jersey St.; and the Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St.
• You have another opportunity to get your picture taken with a holiday icon at noon-5 p.m. today when Krampus visits 1313 Mockingbird Lane Toys & Collectibles, 1027 Massachusetts St. Donations will be accepted for the Lawrence Humane Society.
• Baking expert and cookbook author Erin Jeanne McDowell returns to her Lawrence roots with a book-signing at 12:30 p.m. at the Raven Book Store. She’ll be on hand to sign her “Savory Baking,” “The Book on Pie” and “The Fearless Baker” at 809 Massachusetts St.
• If you’ve already checked “visit with Santa” off your list, you might want to drop by Trivedi Wine, 1-5 p.m., and have your picture taken while sipping a beverage with the Grinch. Wine-free photo ops are also available for children, 1826 East 1150 Road.
• Kansas Public Radio’s Big Band Christmas returns to Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St., at 8 p.m. for the first time since 2019. Come and dance (or just listen) to the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra performing swinging holiday tunes. Reserved tables are sold out; check for general admission (balcony) tickets at libertyhall.net.
• 100 Good Women invites you to their Wrap Party today, 1-3 p.m., at Boulevard Grill in the DoubleTree by Hilton, 200 McDonald Drive. Participants will be wrapping presents that have been donated for the organization’s Family Adoptions.
• Young artists and artisans will be featured at the first Lawrence Youth Makers Market today, 1-4 p.m., at Carnegie building, 200 W. Ninth St. Entrepreneurs aged 5-17 will sell their products and services. More than 30 youth makers will be showcasing their baked goods, bath products, pet treats, art and other holiday gifts.