December 6, 7, 8: Dance Gallery presents the Nutcracker
Advanced tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for children. Tickets at the door are $18 for adults, $16 for children. Shows are at the Orpheum Theatre. 7 p.m. shows on Dec. 6 and 7 along with 2 p.m. shows on Dec. 7 and 8.
December 7: Active Generations North Pole Carnival
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Active Generations will host a family-friendly event. Reindeer games, elf school, a North Pole workshop, Mrs. Claus' kitchen and free pictures with Santa will be available for free. There will be treats available for a small fee. The snow date for the event is Dec. 14.
December 7: Volga's First Parade of Lights
Parade starts at 7 p.m. on Kasan Avenue in Volga. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance.
December 7: Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Brookings County Food Pantry Fundraiser
The holiday train is 1,000 feet in length, featuring 14 decorated rail cars. Donations brought to the event at 5 p.m. will support the Brookings County Food Pantry. The train will be at the 22nd Avenue railroad crossing at the corner of 22nd Avenue South and Orchard Drive in Brookings.
December 7: Cookies with Santa
The Great Plains Zoo is hosting 'Cookies with Santa.' The Delbridge Museum of Natural History will be decorated with more than 20 themed trees, families can decorate cookies, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there for photos and up-close encounters with the Zoo's animals.
December 7: Northwest Iowa Symphony Youth Orchestra Fall Concert
Starting at 3 p.m. in the BJ Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, the concert is free and open to the public. NISYO features middle and high school string students from the surrounding area.
December 7: Mingle and Jingle at Pierre's Body Shop
Refreshments and free pictures with Santa will be offered from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Pierre's Body Shop, 1304 S. Cliff Ave.
December 7: Christmas Cookie Walk
The Orange City Christian School Monica Society is hosting a cookie walk in the Iowa State Bank basement, 105 Albany Ave. SE, Orange City, Iowa. Christmas cookies and holiday treats will be available for purchase individually or by the dozen from 8 a.m. to noon.
December 7 and 8: Howliday Open House at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., holiday crafts, baked goods and pet supplies will be available for purchase. All proceeds support the care of animals at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society.
December 7: Hope for the Holidays Philippines 2013
Many vendors including Scentsy Pampered Chef, ItWorks, Vi Bella Jewelry, Arbonne, Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Martha and Mary and more will be at the fair. Items from local businesses will be raffled off to support Typhoon Haiyan relief. The Stampede will also raffle off a package, as well as sell discounted tickets to future games. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
December 8: Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner at Worthington's First Lutheran Church
Serving at 2:30 and again at 5:30 p.m., the First Lutheran Church in Worthington, Minn. will host a lutefisk and meatball dinner. Tickets can be purchased at HyVee in Worthington, Ax Photo or the First Lutheran Church office. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
December 8: Harrisburg Performing Arts Center Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers
Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers is at 4 p.m. in the Harrisburg PAC, 1300 W. Willow St. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Harrisburg box office (605-743-9038) or at harrisburg.k12.sd.us.
December 14: Fort Sisseton Frontier Christmas
The historical buildings and museum will be open for a 'frontier' Christmas. Visitors can take sleigh rides, turn rope, string popcorn, churn butter, sample hearth baked bread or spend time making holiday crafts. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a Christmas tree lighting at 4 p.m.
December 14: Fourth Annual Santa's Last Stop Craft Show
The Fourth Annual Santa's Last Stop Craft Show will be held at the Masonic Temple, 112 E. 5th St., Mitchell from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
December 14: Live nativity at First United Methodist Church
The First United Methodist Church, 207 W. 11th St., Yankton, will host a live nativity at 4:30 and 7 p.m. A brief pageant and music will be performed. The performance is free and open to the public.
December 14 and 15: An Evening at the Stable
Canton Lutheran Church hosts the fifth year of its living nativity. Each evening performances will take place at 5:30, 6 and 6:30 p.m. The CLC Choir will perform a cantata at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 4 p.m. on Dec. 15. CLC Youth will host a free-will soup supper.
December 19 - 22: Christmas at the Cathedral to present "The Holy Family"
Christmas at The Cathedral will be performed at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sioux Falls. This year's production shares the Christmas and Advent story and will feature the return of internationally-renowned tenor Scott Piper, the debut of soprano Marni Raab and the arrangements of conductor Dan Goeller.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with an additional 1 p.m. show Saturday and 2 p.m. viewing Sunday.
December 22: Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers
At 4 p.m. join Jeremy, Jon and a ten-piece band for a concert of new and traditional holiday classics. All proceeds support Children's Care. Tickets on sale at www.cchs.org.
December 22: Grace Lutheran Church Live Nativity
The outdoor living nativity at Grace Lutheran Church, 500 N. Kniss Ave., Luverne, Minn., runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Carolers, bonfires, free hot chocolate and popcorn, children's activities, Christmas music and a free-will chili supper will be available.
January 11: Christmas with the Animals
Animals at the Great Plains Zoo open their Christmas presents. Gifts are delivered to the animals every half hour from 1 to 4 p.m.
January 25: Bootlegger's Ball
The 1920s themed fundraiser for the South Dakota Art Museum starts at 7 p.m. in the Swiftel Center in Brookings. Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, live jazz and dancing, gambling, psychic Donna O'Dea, raffle and silent auction items. 1920s attire encouraged. Tickets are $50 each. Visit www.southdakotaartmuseum.com for more information.
April 5: Ira Glass speaks the Washington Pavilion
Ira Glass, host of public radio's 'This American Life,' will host a 60-minute presentation with a 30-minute Q&A at the Washington Pavilion.
April 19: Party for the Planet
In honor of Earth Day, the Zoo will host an annual 'Party for the Planet' from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is designed with fun and educational activities to involve parents and children alike and encourages enthusiasm for nature.
April 26: Dakota Chapter Breweriana Show
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. residents can buy, sell and trade all types of breweriana items at the VFW Hall, 3601 S. Minnesota Ave.
June 7: Zippity Zoo Day
The Zoo hosts its annual carnival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The family-friendly event includes inflatable jumpers, face painting, carnival games, zookeeper talks, animal encounters and live performances by children's musician Phil Baker.
August 2: Bike MS: Sanford Health Pedal the Plains
A one-day ride through the Sioux Falls area benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Long and short routes available. Registration and information at www.myMSbike.org.