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This Week in 417-Land

The very best things to do this weekend and beyond in 417-land. Updated every Thursday.

by Jamie Thomas

Dec 24 2020 at 8 a.m.

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Photo courtesy Designing IndieVisit Gardens Aglow from November 28 at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden.

Many of our local businesses are offering online alternatives and additions to regular services, and they have adopted safety precautions such as capacity limitations. When you’re heading to events, please make sure to stick to the rules about physical distancing, hygiene and mask-wearing. All events are highly subject to change right now, so please make sure you double check event pages for dates and times. If you know about anything that isn’t on this page, please let us know.

This Week: December 24–31

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Until January 3: Gardens Aglow

Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden

Haven’t taken a walk around the festive lights at the Mizumoto Stroll Garden yet? You’ve got until January 3 to make the most of it! Don’t forget to take some photos to send to us.

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December 25: A Springfield Christmas

Online, 6–11 a.m.

Springfield Chamber Chorus presents A Springfield Christmas, broadcast Christmas morning in partnership with KY3 and KSPR. What better accompaniment for when the kids get you up a 6 a.m. (or earlier) to open presents.

December 26: The 2020 Classic Beer Mile Series

Springfield Brewing Company, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Christmas drinks and dinner weighing you down? Jump into the last Beer Mile run of 2020 with Springfield Brewing Company Athletics.

December 26: Natural Christmas Tree Recycling

2011 S Campbell Ave, Springfield, noon–6 p.m.

Bass Pro Shops partners with the Missouri Department of Conservation to repurpose old Christmas trees to provide wildlife habitat for rabbits, quail and songbirds.


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December 26: Sunset Over Snowy Pines

Painting with a Twist, 10 a.m.–noon

Paint some snowy pines in a laid back atmosphere with Painting with a Twist. The perfect way to unwind after a somewhat-less-than-normal holiday.

Until December 31: School's Out Childcare

Discovery Center Springfield, 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

The Discovery Center Springfield is offering a week of childcare in a COVID-safe environment. Check out the different classes and experiences on offer, from The Science of Whoville to experiments with chemistry.

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