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State of Nebraska

Nebraska: Thomas Hart Benton—MONA Collection. Through Feb. 25, Museum of Nebraska Art, 2401 Central Ave., Kearney. Celebrate Nebraska’s 150th statehood anniversary with this MONA exhibit, which will show the only 28-piece set of Benton’s gouache paintings, including the pieces featured in the 1945 book The Oregon Trail. 308-865-8559.
mona.unk.edu

Hayrack Rides, Storytelling and S’mores in Nebraska City Nov. 3-4 and 10-11

Hayrack Rides, Storytelling and S’mores. Nov. 3-4 and 10-11, Lied Lodge and Conference Center, 2700 Sylvan Road, Nebraska City. Guests will spend the evening sipping apple cider, listening to stories, making s’mores, and taking hayrack rides at Arbor Day farm. Reservations required. 800-546-5433.
liedlodge.org

Fort Atkinson Candlelight Tour 2017. Nov. 4, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, 201 S. Seventh St., Fort Calhoun. Take a guided tour of the fort by candlelight. The evening also includes a mystery, based on actual events. Each stop along the way will reveal another part of the plot. Reservations required. 402-445-0706.
fortatkinsononline.org

27th Annual Frost Frolic Holiday Market. Nov. 4, Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 56885 PWF Road, Fairbury. Kick off the holiday season early at this 27th annual event. Explore a variety of décor from artisan crafts and goods from popular vendors. 402-300-7146.
frostfrolic.bonhamtheatre.org

A Brownville Christmas Concert. Nov. 8-10, Brownville Concert Series and Hall, 126 Atlantic St., Brownville.  Experience a Brownville Christmas at the Home for the Holidays concert. Performances will feature award-winning musicians and vocalists. 402-825-3331.
brownvilleconcertseries.com

Veterans Day. Nov. 11, Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, 28210 W. Park Highway, Ashland. Honor military veterans at a special program, including the posting of colors and lunch with keynote speaker Major Cory Kuehn, the assistant director of operations in the 740th Missile Squadron at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. Veterans are encouraged to come in uniform. 402-944-3100.
sacmuseum.org

Gateway Farm Expo. Nov. 15-16, Buffalo County Fairgrounds, 3807 Ave. North, Kearney. Guests will see the latest agriculture technology and services at this 49th annual expo, which will feature more than 400 exhibits and free barbecue. 308-234-2717.
gatewayfarmexpo.org

North Pole Express in Lincoln Dec. 1-3, 8-10, and 15-17

North Pole Express. Nov. 18 and 25, Stuhr Museum, 3133 W. U.S. Highway 34, Grand Island. Children will enjoy taking a trip to the North Pole through songs, stories, and much more, while on a real train car. Reservations required. 308-385-5316.
stuhrmuseum.org

Christmas at the Mansion. Nov. 18-Dec. 23, Lied Lodge and Conference Center, 2700 Sylvan Road, Nebraska City. Go back in time and tour the historic 52-room mansion with vintage-inspired decorations and holiday-themed displays. 800-546-5433.
liedlodge.org

Christmas at Cody Park. Nov. 26-Dec. 30 at Cody Park, 1601 N. Jeffers St., North Platte. Come to Santa’s workshop, drop off a letter for the big guy, and enjoy free carousel and glider rides during this special time at the park. Special events, such as music, movies, or parades, occur throughout the month. 308-535-6700.
ci.north-platte.ne.us

Fantasy of Trees. Nov. 24, 2017-Jan. 2, 2018, Stuhr Museum, 3133 W. U.S. Highway 34, Grand Island. View dozens of lavishly decorated trees on display at the various historic buildings at this museum that celebrates Nebraska. 308-385-5316.
stuhrmuseum.org

Holiday Trolley Tour of Lights. Fridays and Saturdays in December, Lied Lodge and Conference Center, 2700 Sylvan Road, Nebraska City. Guests will ride the Arbor Day Farm trolley to tour Nebraska City’s Christmas lights display and listen to classic Christmas stories. 800-546-5433.
liedlodge.org

North Pole Express. Dec. 1-3, 8-10, and 15-17, Lincoln Children’s Zoo, 1222 S. 27th St., Lincoln. Climb aboard the North Pole Express to write a letter to Santa, and visit the man himself. The train will also stop at the Claus’ house to see Mrs. Claus and the elves, and taste some cookies. 402-475-6741.
lincolnzoo.org

Santa goes to Space. Dec. 2, Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, 28210 W. Park Highway, Ashland. Santa and Star Wars characters are teaming up for Space Day. Take photos with the man in red and Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion, and enjoy planetarium showings and holiday activities. 402-944-3100.
sacmuseum.org

23rd Annual Historical Christmas Dinner and Light Up the Fort. Dec. 2 Fort Robinson State Park, Crawford. Guests can see the historical fort buildings decorated in Christmas lights and enjoy a historical Christmas dinner. 308-665-2592.
highplainshomestead.com

Tommy Emmanuel Christmas Classics Tour. Dec. 5, Rococo Theatre, 140 N. 13th St., Lincoln. Tommy Emmanuel will preform Christmas classics with Pat Bergeson, John Knowles, Annie Sellick, and a live orchestra. 402-476-6540.
rococotheatre.com

Jay-Z: 4:44 Tour. Dec. 6, Pinnacle Bank Arena, 400 Pinnacle Arena Drive, Lincoln
Grammy-award winning hip-hop artist Jay-Z performs hits from his 4:44 album in Lincoln. 402-904-4444.
pinnaclebankarena.com

Iowa

The Color Purple in Des Moines through Nov. 5

The Color Purple. Through Nov. 5, Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines. Experience a re-enactment of Tony Award-winning musical The Color Purple, featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, and blues music. This play explores a woman’s journey living in the South. 515-246-2300.
desmoinesperformingarts.org

Des Moines Holiday Boutique. Nov 3-5, Iowa Events Center, 730 Third St., Des Moines. Don’t miss the shopping event of the season. The holiday boutique will feature over 200 companies and vendors selling apparel, jewelry, holiday décor, and gourmet food. 515-564-8000.
iowaeventscenter.com

Sioux City Symphony Orchestra: Disney Fantasia Live in Concert. Nov. 18, Orpheum Theater, 528 Pierce St., Sioux City. This show is a mash-up of the original Disney Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 performed with a live score.  712-244-5000.
orpheumlive.com

Elf the Musical. Nov. 19, Orpheum Theater, 528 Pierce St., Sioux City. This show will feature the 2003 film’s storyline with new and exciting songs. 712-244-5000.
orpheumlive.com

Sioux City Orchestra: Christmas with the Symphony. Dec. 9, Orpheum Theater, 528 Pierce St., Sioux City. Sit back, listen, and sing along to new and classic Christmas songs preformed by the Sioux City Orchestra. 712-244-5000. 
orpheumlive.com

Missouri

Through the Eyes of Picasso. Through April 8, 2018, Nelson-Aktins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St., Kansas City. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is the only United States arts venue to show this exhibit. Pablo Picasso was an avid collector of non-western art, and the collection was constant source of exploration and inspiration. The exhibition will feature 170 works, including more than 60 paintings, sculptures, and ceramics by Picasso alongside more than 20 works of African and Oceanic art that were part of his personal collection. 816-751-1278.
nelson-atkins.org

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri Nov. 24

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Nov. 24, Crown Center, 2405 Grand Blvd., Suite 200, Kansas City. Guests will witness the mayor light his 100-foot tall Christmas tree, and be able purchase hand-crafted ornaments carved out of last year’s tree. All ornament purchases will benefit the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund, which helps the city’s less fortunate. 816-274-8444.
crowncenter.com

Lady Gaga: World Tour. Nov. 15, Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City. Energetic artist Lady Gaga will be performing songs from her new World Tour album. 816-949-7100.
sprintcenter.com

Christmas in the Sky. Nov. 22, 11101 Raytown Road, Kansas City. Jackson County Parks and Recreation is partnering with a radio station to light the sky with fireworks timed by Christmas songs. This 30th annual event will feature a cast of 100 singers and dancers. 816-503-4800.
makeyourdayhere.com

Christmas Candlelight Tour: A Prairie Christmas. Nov. 24-25, 4000 Baltimore, Kansas City. Visit Kansas City’s oldest residence and enjoy an old-fashioned 1860s Christmas celebration with the Westport Historical Society. Tour the home of Col. John and Henrietta Harris, and watch realistic 1860 scenarios. 816-561-1821.
westporthistorical.com

Holiday Park. Nov. 24-Jan.1 Krug Park to Hyde Park, St. Joseph. One of the largest annual holiday lights displays in northwest Missouri, this event started in 1981, and today more than 100,000 visitors drive through each year to see the lavish display of lighted arches and trees, winter scenes, and the park’s Italianate buildings outlined in lights. At the southern end of the parkway, Hyde Park is dazzlingly lit for the holiday season. 816-271-5500
stjomo.com

Candlelight Homes Tour. Dec. 1-3, throughout Weston. Tour historic homes in this antebellum city as the downtown street lamps are aglow with greenery and lights. The streets leading to the tour homes will be lined with luminaries. Father Christmas will be there, of course. 816-640-2909.
westonmo.com

Christmas with Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. Dec. 8, Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City. Enjoy classic and new Christmas songs preformed by Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. 816-949-7100.
sprintcenter.com

2017 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship in Kansas City, Missouri Dec. 14-16

2017 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship. Dec. 14-16, Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City. Join the best in collegiate women’s volleyball as they compete for the title of 2017 champion. 816-949-7100.
sprintcenter.com

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