From a Christmas concert featuring Cloverton, to a living nativity at a local church, there's a plethora of Christmas events taking place throughout Delaware County and the surrounding area in the coming days. Here's a look at what's taking place into next week
• Cloverton Hallelujah Christmas
Members of Cloverton will present the Hallelujah Christmas tour at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, at COS (Church of the Shepherd), 1600 West Har-Ber Road, Grove.
This is the second appearance by the group in Grove. Known for its rendition of Leonard Cohen's song, Hallelujah, the band returns for Christmas concert.
During the concert, the band expects to play a variety of music from its Christmas album, including “A Hallelujah Christmas," the song based upon Cohen's work.
The Manhattan, Kansas based band, is comprised of Lance Stafford, piano and vocals, his twin brother, Layne Stafford, bass, Conner Giles, guitars, and Rains Wall, drums.
General admission is $8. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at Jeff Lungren Chevrolet, First National Bank, Rustic Rehab, Grove Dental Associates and at COS.
The concert is designed to serve as a benefit Project 7. For more information, persons interested may call 620-506-7312.
• Old Fashioned Christmas at Cayuga
Volunteers at Cayuga-Splitlog Mission will host an event, “An Old Fashioned Christmas” to raise funds for their church renovation project at 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, at the church.
Some of the activities - like a cake walk - will have a nominal fee. Others, including tours of the church, are free. Donations will be accepted to help with the project.
For more information, persons interested may email Nyta Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Living Nativity
The Ninth Annual Living Nativity at Foundation Free Will Baptist Church will take from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3, at Foundation Free Will Baptist Church.
The two-night event includes free refreshments, live characters, sheep, donkeys and even camels. The entire event is free and open to the public.
The church is located approximately two miles north of Sail Boat Bridge on Highway 59. For more information, persons interested may call the church office at 918-787-8950.
• Blackwoods in Concert
Members of Trinity Baptist Church will celebrate the congregation’s move to its new location at Fourth and Main with an open house, which includes refreshments, is set for 4 to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, followed by a Christmas concert by the Blackwood Brothers at 6 p.m.
On Sunday, the Blackwood Brothers will lead the worship at 10 a.m., in the new sanctuary. A luncheon will follow.
This is the eighth appearance by the Blackwoods in Grove. The events are free and open to the public. The church is located 400 South Main, Grove. For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-4063.
• Christmas Concert at FUMC
Musicians at First United Methodist Church, Grove, will host “The Glory of Christmas: Songs for our Savior,” a Christmas Concert, at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3, at the church, 1005 Leisure Road, Grove.
It will feature members of the chancel choir, the celebration ringers and an instrumental ensemble. The event is designed to celebrate the wonder of God’s love and the greatest gift of all - Jesus.
For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-5148.
• MLT presents A Christmas Carol
Members of the Miami Little Theatre will present A Christmas Carol now until Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Coleman Theatre.
The play tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an old man who transforms his miserly ways after four ghostly visits one Christmas Eve.
The cast includes David Sanda as Bob Cratchit, Ray VandeGiessen as Marley, Phillip Shamblin as the Narrator, Randy Billings as Scrooge and Jacob Sanda as Tiny Tim.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., on Friday, and 2:30 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens, students and children. Facility fees will apply.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, persons interested may call 918-540-2425 or stop by the box office window at 103 North Main in Miami, or visit www.colemantheatre.org/events.
• Christmas at the Playmakers
The comedy, “Every Christmas Story You’ve Ever Heard (and then some)” will continue now until Dec. 10, at The Playmakers, 121 W. 3rd Street, Grove.
The play is a selection of "holiday classics put through a blender and mashed up," featuring three actors: Ashley Davidson, Dave Simpson and his twin brother, Don Simpson. Davidson also serves as the director.
The backstage crew includes Phoenix Smith, Tony Watkins and Leigh Thomas. Rob Bane moves to sound operation for this production and Linda Fracek will run the lights.
There will be some special pecan treats and desserts at each performance during intermission, or purchased to take home for the holidays.
Performances continue on 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 28, Friday, Dec. 1, Tuesday, Dec. 5, Friday, Dec. 8; and 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10.
For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-8950. Additional information may be obtained by emailing email@example.com or visit www.groveplaymakers.com.
For The Kids
• Christmas Story Time on Monkey Island
A Christmas story time at the J. Weber Lending Library on Monkey Island will take place from 3 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Port of Entry shopping center, just south of the intersection of Highway 125 and 85A, going towards Monkey Island.
The event will include three Christmas stories read by Joyce Weber, retired teacher and librarian: "Too Many Toys," "My Christmas Stocking," and "The Night Before Christmas." Students will have a chance to create their own Christmas stocking.
For more information, persons interested may call 918-694-4518.
• Christmas open house for kids
Volunteers from Grove's First Baptist Church will host a Christmas Open House for Kids featuring the town of Bethlehem from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 2, at the church, 501 East 13th Street, Grove.
The event will give families a chance to visit the town of Bethlehem including the bakery, yarn shop, the manger and more.
Then children can go "shop" for their family at the gift shop and have a wrapped gift for their family on Christmas.
The event is free and open to the public. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to bring a camera to capture the memories of the day.
For more information, persons interested may contact the church office at 918-786-4419.
• Polar Express at Grove LE
The annual Polar Express experience, for younger students will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4, at the Grove Lower Elementary.
The event will include hot cocoa and cookies, an ornament making station, a visit at the polar express book room, and a Christmas movie (Frosty, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, or Rudolph). Those events are free and take place at the school.
As an added bonus, families can purchase a "trolley ride around the block" to the Grove Administration Building to have a picture with Santa for $10 per person (everyone must have a ticket). For those just wanting a picture with Santa (and will provide their own transportation to the admin building) the cost is $5.
Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Lower Elementary by calling 918-786-3003 ext. 6, before Monday afternoon. The spots are expected to sell out, with the trolley traveling every 15 minutes between the buildings. Tickets will have a specific time.
• Santa Claus to visit Fairland
Santa Claus will make a stop in Fairland from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Fairland Senior Center, 485 North Main Street, Fairland.
The event will include free hot chocolate, and candy canes, and give parents/guardians a chance to take a picture of their child(ren) with Santa. For more information, persons interested may call 918-409-8396.
• Holiday Spectacular at the Library
Jingles the Elf will bring some Christmas magic and fun to the Grove Public Library during a “holiday spectacular” event starting at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 7.
The event will include a variety of stories featuring toys. The event is free and open to the public. This is designed to be a family event.
The library is located at 1140 NEO Loop, Grove. For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-2945.
• Jay Holiday Homes Tour
Members of the Jay Education Foundation will host the annual Holiday Homes tour from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, in Jay.
Tickets are $10 and available at Grand Savings Bank and Arvest Bank in Jay.
Homes on the tour include: Jeanie and Larry Bingham, Brian and Callee Lane, Spring Valley Ranch, Judy Sturgis, and Chris and Jodi Waeckerle.
Proceeds from the tour benefit the Jay Education Foundation scholarship fund for graduating seniors. Buses will be available at Bulldog Arena for those not wanting to drive between the houses. Cookies and cider will also be available at the arena.
For more information, persons interested may contact Lynn Hendren, school counselor, at 918-253-4466 ext. 324.
• Picher Christmas Parade
The Picher Christmas Parade is back for a third year and is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.
It is free to enter and last year’s parade brought in nearly a thousand people. The theme this year is "Coming Home For Christmas."
The parade will start at A Street and go to Fourth Street. For information, persons interested may contact Sherri Mills by calling or texting 918-541-5805 or by Facebook message.
• Miami Christmas Parade
The 2017 Miami Christmas Parade, “A North Pole Christmas” will take place at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, in downtown Miami.
The “Christmas Parade on Route 66” will head south on Main Street, through downtown and disperse at Second Avenue and South Main.
Participants can find parade registration forms on the Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page or at the Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau office.
For more information, persons interested may contact the Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce at 918-542-4481 or visit the chamber’s Facebook page.