This Week in Springfield, Missouri

Find the best things to do this weekend in Springfield and around southwest Missouri.

by Kali Salazar

Nov 30 2023 at 8 a.m.

Shepherd of the Hills Christmas lights
Photo courtesy Shepherd of the Hills

November 30–December 7

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December 1–2: Victorian Christmas Homes Tour

Drury Diversity Center, 3 p.m.

Tour seven beautiful Victorian homes at the Victorian Christmas Homes Tour! Two new homes have been added to this annual event for your viewing this holiday season. Enjoy free parking and shuttles to the home tour from Drury University.

December 1: The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show

Aetos Center for the Performing Arts, 7 p.m.

Enjoy one-of-a-kind musical comedy at the Grand Ol’ Christmas Show! Led by the best entertainers in Texas, this retro radio program is coming to you live with a unique take on all your favorite Christmas classics. Make this holiday program a new Christmas tradition.

December 1–31: North Pole Adventure

Shepherd of the Hills, all day

Join Shepherd of the Hills for their North Pole Adventure! This family-friendly attraction includes Rudolph’s hayride, Christmas displays, a ropes course, Santa’s workshop and so much more.

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Through December 31: Gardens Aglow

Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, 5 p.m.

Bring your whole family to Gardens Aglow at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden for a night of beautiful strolls and Christmas lights. With more than 200,000 lights, Gardens Aglow is sure to wow you this holiday season.

November 30–December 4: 9 to 5: The Musical

Coger Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Join characters Violet, Judy and Doralee as they dream of seeking revenge on their cruel boss. Follow along as their dreams come true through a series of comedic events and the office’s success reaches an all-time high. Full of Dolly Parton originals, this musical is overflowing with fun, humor and girl power.

December 1–17: Candy Cane Lane

Rutledge Wilson Farm Park, 5 p.m.

Don't miss your chance to drive through Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park's annual holiday light display, Candy Cane Lane! Enjoy dazzling farm-themed holiday displays and more than 100,000 lights. This is the perfect event for you and your family this holiday season!

December 2: Holiday Home Tour

Rountree Neighborhood, 10 a.m.

Enjoy local home tours just in time for the holidays in the Rountree neighborhood, Phelps Grove neighborhood and more. Get inspiration for your own holiday decor from this festive event.

December 2: Saturdays with Santa

Liberty Plaza, 2 p.m.

Head to Liberty Plaza in Branson for a meet-and-greet with Santa! The event also includes a festive pizza party for attendees. Grab your kiddos and head to this family-friendly event.

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December 9: Springfield Christmas Parade

Park Central Square, 2 p.m.

Head to downtown Springfield for the annual Springfield Christmas Parade! The theme this year is Santa Paws is Comin' to Town. Enjoy floats, bands, Santa, pets and more!

December 9: Christmas at the Farm

Cassidy Station, 10 a.m.

It's time for Christmas at the Farm! Head to Cassidy Station for pictures with Santa, vendors and kids cookie decorating.

December 15–18: The Nutcracker

Landers Theatre, showtimes vary

Join Springfield Ballet for The Nutcracker! Follow along with Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they embark on a magical journey through the enchanted forest of snow and the land of sweets after a fierce battle with an evil mouse queen.

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Kali Salazar, Engagement Editor

About the Writer

Kali Salazar is the Engagement Editor at 417 Magazine. Kali has been working at 417 since June 2023. She manages 417 Magazine’s social media accounts, writes the weekly Datebook newsletter and blog, updates the calendar and looks for new things for 417-landers to get excited about. Read more about Kali here.