It’s live music from the Parachute Pandas and food from Mario’s Italian Kitchen food truck at the pre-Thanksgiving party 3-10 p.m. at Bobbing Bobber Brewing Co., 900 State Highway 15 S., Hutchinson; 320-455-4999.
Live music by 5 Minute Major 8:30 p.m. at River House Kitchen + Drinks, 122 Main St. S., Hutchinson; 320-587-9957.
Neon Nights Dance Party with music from DJ Fulfill 9 p.m. at Muddy Cow, 35 Third Ave. SE, Hutchinson. For more information, call 320-455-8034.
Live music by Audioscars 9-1am at Muddy Cow, 915 US Highway 12, Litchfield; 320-373-5505.
Gob, gob! Happy Thanksgiving.
Free Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Anastasia Catholic Community, 460 Lake St., Hutchinson. Voluntary donations are welcome and dine-in or take-out options are available. For more information, call the church office at 320-587-6507.
Free Thanksgiving dinner 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cokato City Hall, 255 Broadway Ave. S. Takeout will be available. Reservations are not required, but recommended to schedule at LeAnn at 320-286-5580.
The Dassel-Cokato Arts Association welcomes Shaun Johnson and the Big Band Experience Christmas 7 p.m. at DC Performing Arts Center, 4852 Reardon Ave., Cokato. Shaun Johnson is an Emmy Award-winning crooner and the lead singer of Tonic Sol-fa. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at bit.ly/DCAAtickets or at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Meeker Area Ministries Hosts an Evening of Song and Joy 7 p.m. at the Litchfield Opera House. Come join in the carol singing and eating holiday treats at this fundraiser for the homeless in Meeker County. Voluntary donations are welcome. For more information, call Meeker County Outreach Worker Rochelle Brummond at 320-693-7911. or at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Live music by the Cole Diamond Band 8:30 p.m. at River House Kitchen + Drinks, 122 Main St. S., Hutchinson; 320-587-9957.
It’s Small Business Saturday. New this year is a 10 a.m. pong pong ball hunt in Library Square in downtown Hutchinson. There are plenty of prizes, so happy hunting! For more information, call the Chamber at 320-587-5252.
Litchfield launches its local holiday shop program with Let’s Keep the Cheer Here. The promotion runs until December 15, with the chance to enter for prizes.
Light up the park 4-5pm in Litchfield’s Central Park. This event includes Christmas carols, cider and more. It’s the start of ‘Light Up Litchfield’, a competition where participating businesses decorate the exterior of their buildings with lights. The public will vote for their favorites, with the top three winners taking home prizes. For more information, call the Litchfield Chamber at 320-693-8184.
Doors open at 4.30pm for Glencoe Days Purse and Gun Bingo at Glencoe City Center, 1107 11th St. E. Event includes raffles and door prizes, plus bingo at 6 p.m.
Plato’s Lions Host Their Fourth Annual Plato Christmas 6:00 p.m. Enjoy park lighting, Christmas carols, fire pits, photos with Santa, and goodie bags.
Live music by the Shaw Brothers Band 8:30 p.m. at River House Kitchen + Drinks, 122 Main St. S., Hutchinson; 320-587-9957.
Saturday and Sunday 26-27 Nov.
Hutchinson Toy Fair at the McLeod County Fairgrounds, 840 Century Ave. SW, Hutchison. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $3, free for children 12 and under. For more information, call 320-779-0242.
Live music by John Beck 3-6 p.m. at Crow River Winery, 14848 State Highway 15 S., Hutchinson. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Future performers include: Steve Michaud on December 4; Trent Shaw on December 11; and Lower North on December 18. For more information, call the winery at 320-587-2922.
It’s quiz night 6-7 p.m. at Crow River Winery, 14848 State Highway 7 E., Hutchinson. Future trivia nights are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14 and Wednesday, December 28. For more information, call 320-587-2922.
Christmas on Main Street is the title of this year’s holiday event 6:30 p.m. at the McLeod County History Museum, 380 School Road SW, Hutchinson. There are free elf hats for the first 100 guests, plus live music, treats, and a visit with Santa. Free entry. For more information, call 320-587-2109.
Meeker Area Ministries Hosts an Evening of Song and Joy 7 p.m. at Litchfield Opera House, 136 N. Marshall Ave. Come sing carols and eat holiday treats at this fundraiser for the homeless in Meeker County. Voluntary donations are welcome; 320-693-7911.
Christmas concert with the Garms family. Cocktail receptions will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by the concert at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 410 First St. N., Winsted. Voluntary donations are welcome. For more information, call 320-485-2522.
Friday and Sunday December 2 and 4
Crow River Singers Winter Concerts 7 p.m. Friday at New Journey UCC Church, 31 Fourth Ave. SW, and 2 p.m. Sunday at Peace Lutheran Church, 400 Franklin St. SW, both in Hutchinson. Admission is $9 and children under 12 are free.
Stock up on seasonal treats on the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour’s Cookie Walk, 9 a.m. at Church, 800 Bluff St. NE, Hutchinson. Bring your own containers, weigh your cookies and candies and pay. For more information, call the church office at 320-587-3318.
Trees and traditions 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1040 South Grade Road, Hutchinson. FREE ENTRANCE. This annual event features everything Christmas, from live music and decorated trees to demonstrations and samples of lefse and krumkaka; 320-587-2776.
Free family screening of “Polar Express” at CineMagic Century 9, 766 Century Ave. SW, Hutchison. Doors open at 9:30am with the show at 10am. Concessions are available for purchase.
pioneer christmas 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Forest City Stockade, 6 miles northeast of Litchfield and about 1/2 mile south of Forest City on State Highway 24. Admission is $5 and children 12 years or younger are free. For more information, visit forestcitystockade.org.
Members of the Litchfield Area Writers Group will read selections from the group’s new book ‘Patchwork’ 2 p.m. at GAR Hall, 308 Marshall Ave. in Litchfield. Refreshments will be served after the program. “Patchwork” is available for sale at KLFD radio, the Open Door gift shop at Meeker Memorial Hospital, and the Natural Food Co-op in Litchfield.
Dazzle Dassel 3-6pm Enjoy treats at local businesses, plus hot chocolate with Santa and his reindeer, plus the Grinch, Cindy Lou, Olaf Santa’s elves and more at Bandstand Park. Donations of non-perishable food for the Dassel Food Shelf are welcome.
Arli-Dazzle Holiday Glow Dance 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Main Street Hall above the dugout. Stay for the 14th Annual Arli-Dazzle Parade 5:30 p.m. in Arlington. The parade route is lit up with Christmas decorations and real burning fireplaces. For more information send an e-mail [email protected].
The French Lake Wrestling Association presents pro wrestling at the Silver Lake Auditorium in downtown Silver Lake. Doors open at 6 p.m. with bell time at 7 p.m. For tickets, call 320-327-2777.
Litchfield Community Theater presents its annual holiday showcase 7-9 p.m. at Bernie Aaker Auditorium, 114 Holcombe Ave. N. Admission is a voluntary donation. For more information, call Litchfield Community Education at 320-693-2354.
Saturday and Sunday December 4 and 5
Meet Santa at Santa’s House noon-2 p.m. at Central Park in downtown Litchfield. Santa Claus will also be present from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11 and from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, December 17 and 18.
Christmas visit to churches 1-5pm at Litchfield. Churches in the region open their doors to share their history, their traditions and the beauty of Christmas. Drop by participating churches and enjoy decorations, music, refreshments and more. Bring the family and find out “the reason for the season”. Free entry. For more information, call 612-212-3846.
“Do you have an event for the A&E calendar?” Local entertainment related events are welcome and posted for free once. Email information to Kay Johnson at [email protected]