Today

Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Blue Earth County Library, ; stories about dogs read by a BENCHS volunteer.

Holiday open house — 2-4 p.m., St. Peter Public Library, 601 S. Washington Ave.

Holiday Train schedule — 5:15 p.m., 308 S. State St./Highway 13, Waseca; 7 p.m., near Veterans Memorial, 236 Front St., Janesville.

Model Railroad Club open house — 7-9 p.m., 307 Tiell Drive, St. James; no admission fee; for more information, call 327-7744.

Literary/music event featuring unpublished writings of Kathryn A. Cullen — 7 p.m., Arts Center of Saint Peter; donations to scholarship funds accepted.

Minnesota State University concert by a cappella groups — 7:30 p.m., Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. General admission $9; to purchase tickets online, go to: link.mnsu.edu/musictickets.

Kiwanis Holiday Lights — 5-9 p.m., Sibley Park, 900 Mound Ave.; www.kiwanisholidaylights.com.

Makerspace classes — 6 p.m., www.mankatomakerspace.org.

Loose Moose — Tacos and Trivia

Music

Wine Cafe — 5:30 p.m., Organic Cowboys

Friday

First Fridays at First Church’s annual “Music to the Glory of God” — Noon, First Presbyterian Church, 220 E. Hickory St., Mankato.

Visit With Santa — 5-7 p.m., Rapidan Depot; hosted by Rapidan Heritage Society.

Kiwanis Holiday Lights — 5-10 p.m., Sibley Park, 900 Mound Ave.; www.kiwanisholidaylights.com.

Adult comedy show — 7 p.m., Coffee Hag.

Minnesota State University Fall Dance Concert — 7:30 p.m., Earley Center for Performing Arts; tickets $10.

Music

Circle Inn — The Frye

Flame Bar & Grill, St. Peter — Warren Streets Band

Grand Kabaret — Bad Liquor Management

Loose Moose Saloon & Conference Center — Karaoke

NaKato Bar and Grill — Green/Blue and Soft Topic

Road Haus, Henderson — Echoes Swing Band

Steel Wheel, Winnebago — Karaoke

The Windmill, Mapleton — Karaoke

Saturday

Holiday Craft and Vendor Show — 9 a.m.– 4 p.m., Mankato National Guard Armory, 100 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Bells on Belgrade — 2-6:30 p.m., lower North Mankato; activities include trolley rides, medallion hunt, reindeer games, make-and-take crafts and visits with Santa and 6:30 p.m. Winter Wonderland Parade.

Christmas Hilltop Festival — 9 a.m.-noon, Hilltop United Methodist Church, 108 South Manitou Drive; candy and cookie sale, homemade crafts for sale with proceeds benefiting BackPack program

Christmas in Lake Crystal Holiday Craft and Gift Fair  — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lake Crystal Area Rec Center; silent auction, chili feed, photos with Santa, drop-in day care. lcarc.com/special-events

St. Clair Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Winter Festival — 10 a.m.-noon, 120 Church St.; holiday treats sale, silent auction, cupcake contest; luncheon from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with adults $7, students $5, kids age 4 and younger free 

Christmas Boutique — 9 a.m.-noon Valleygreen Square Mall; crafts, choir singing carols

Christmas Bazaar — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, New Richland.

Model Railroad Club open house — 1-5 p.m., 307 Tiell Drive, St. James; no admission fee; for more information, call 327-7744.

Le Sueur County American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team’s craft/bake sale — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Marysburg Church Hall, 27528 Patrick St., Madison Lake.

Mankato Ballet Company “The Nutcracker” — 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., State Street Theater, New Ulm; adult tickets $20; children age 2 and older, $12; www.statestreetnewulm.org.

Minnesota State University Fall Dance Concert — 2 p.m., Earley Center for Performing Arts; tickets $10.

Christmas at Hubbard House — 3-7 p.m., 606 S. Broad St.; $10 for adult admission; $5 for youths ages 5-17.

Live Nativity/benefit for food shelf — 5-9 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 1114 W Traverse Road, St. Peter; cash and food donations collected during drive-through activity.

Kiwanis Holiday Lights — 5-10 p.m., Sibley Park, 900 Mound Ave.; www.kiwanisholidaylights.com.

Bothy Folk Club presents songwriter-poet Mariénne Kreitlow with artist Kim Kotila — Emy Frentz, 523 S. Second St.; adult tickets $8, ages 16 and younger, $4.

Riverfront Performing Arts “A Northwoods Nutcracker” — 7 p.m., Mankato West High School; $12 for adult tickets, $8 for ages 8 and younger.

Children’s Story Time — 11 a.m., at Barnes & Noble, 1850 Adams St.; ages 2-8.

Brewery tours — 3 p.m., Mankato Brewery, 1119 Center St., North Mankato, free public tours, mankatobrewery.com.

Music

Coffee Hag — Cole Allan album release

Grand Kabaret — Lost Walleye Orchestra

Loose Moose Saloon & Conference Center — Karaoke

Oleander Saloon — Karaoke

Red Rocks — Kind Country with Peter Kluge

WOW! Zone — 6 p.m., Amy Manette Band with guest singer Mary Guentzel

Sunday

Breakfast with a Cause benefit for Mankato Area Youth Bowling 8 a.m. to noon, Wow! Zone, 2030 Adams St.

Christmas at Hubbard House — 1-4 p.m., 606 S. Broad St.; $10 for adult admission; $5 for youths ages 5-17.

Good Thunder’s Holiday Spectacular — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Maple River West gymnasium.

Minnesota State University Student Dance Showcase —2 p.m., Earley Center for Performing Arts; $5.

Minnesota State University Holiday Choral Concert — 3 p.m., St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 632 S. Broad St.; $9 adult general admission; $7 for youths; link.mnsu.edu/musictickets.

Mankato Symphony Orchestra’s “The Snowman” — 4 p.m. Sunday, Performing Arts Center at St. Peter High School, 2121 Broadway Ave.

Kiwanis Holiday Lights — 5-9 p.m., Sibley Park, 900 Mound Ave.; 4:45 p.m. Diamond Dash 5K run for YMCA programs. www.kiwanisholidaylights.com.

Riverfront Performing Arts “A Northwoods Nutcracker” — 3 p.m., Mankato West High School; $12 for adult tickets, $8 for ages 8 and younger.

Music

Coffee Hag — Noon, Bruce Benarchuk

Mully’s — Karaoke

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