Tis the season: How to celebrate the holidays in Marion County this year

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Children perform during the Santa Clause Parade for Christmas at the Palace in 2020. The year's show begins Dec. 3, and is one of many holiday offerings around Marion County in December.
Children perform during the Santa Clause Parade for Christmas at the Palace in 2020. The year's show begins Dec. 3, and is one of many holiday offerings around Marion County in December.

Note: This story has been updated to reflect that the Christmas at the Palace show on Sunday starts at 2 p.m.

It's only a few days after Thanksgiving, but for Marion, the holiday celebrations are soon to be in full cycle.

With December inching closer, the rush to get holiday presents, plan family gatherings and break out that Michael Bublé Christmas album is officially here. And for those looking for a little something extra next month, the Marion Star rounded up a handful of holiday-themed events that will occur over the coming weeks.

Follow along below for details on events, how to get tickets when needed and bookmark your calendars. Tis the season after all!

Dec. 3-5: Christmas at the Palace at the Marion Palace Theatre

Returning for yet another festive year is Christmas at the Marion Palace Theatre for a three-day holiday presentation.

Friday and Saturday will serve as the night showing for the theatre production with both evenings kicking off at 7:30 p.m. For those less inclined to the nightlife, Sunday's show starts at 2 p.m.

All the familiar faces will be on stage including the show being written and directed by Clare Cooke with choreography by Kristi Wink. And yes, the iconic UPS man Dustin Rawlins will be on stage, giving laughs and serving looks.

Adult tickets are $22 a person while kids who are 12 and younger are only $12 a ticket. To purchase tickets, visit the Marion Palace Theatre website or call in at (740)-383-2101.

Dec. 4: The WMRN Peanut Push to benefit the Christmas Clearinghouse

If you see people pushing peanuts down South Main Street this December, don't be alarmed: it's just the annual WMRN Peanut Push.

Stop out in downtown Marion at the start of the month at 10 a.m. to see the Marion community compete in the fundraiser. To nominate someone to participate, mail $20 to the Junior Service Guild to WRMN at 1330 North Main St.

This event is free-to-attend, but donations for the Christmas Clearinghouse are still being accepted. The Christmas Clearinghouse provides more than 400 Marion families with presents and toys for the holidays.

Dec. 4: 3rd Annual Cocoa & Cookies at the Explor-It-orium

Jolly old Saint Nick will be stopping by Marion at the start of the month for two of his favorite Christmas treats: hot cocoa and cookies.

For just $5, the community is invited to the Explor-It-orium on Dec. 4 for pictures with Santa Claus himself as well as enjoying cookies washed back with a warm cup of hot chocolate.

The day kicks off at noon on Dec. 4 and will run until 4 p.m. While at the Explor-It-orium visitors can decorate their own cookies while supplies last and take on some reindeer games and crafts.

Dec. 13: River Valley High School's String Quartet at the Marion Public Library

While the library is typically a place for peace and quiet times, on Dec. 13, it will be full of symphonic Christmas tunes.

The River Valley High School string quartet, led by RV graduate Heather Ulsh, will be putting on a free performance at the Marion Library at 5:30 p.m.

Various times: Christmas by Candlelight at the Marion County Fairgrounds

It will begin to look a lot like Christmas at the Marion County Fairgrounds towards the end of the month when light displays fill up the area.

While the fun kicks off over Thanksgiving weekend, it will be here to stay on select days throughout December. This includes being open on Dec. 2 through Dec. 5 as well as being open every night from Dec. 16 to Dec. 25 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

For a carload of people, tickets are $6. For those looking to bring extra friends, a small bus is $20 for a ticket and a large bus is $35 for a ticket. Tickets are purchased at the main entrance before entering the course.

Dec. 31: Rock the Coliseum at the Marion County Coliseum

With four bands, a DJ and catered food, this New Years Eve party hosted by The OK Café and TruBlues 97.5 promises to be big.

While there was a chance this was going to be held at The OK, the decision was made to move to the Coliseum to provide for more space. The venue is secured from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Clayton Tackett, owner of The OK and Tackett's Southern Bar-B-Que, will provided freshly smoked pork with other barbeque-style sides.

For the evening, DJ Steve Moneysmith will be playing music along with live performances from Sneaky Pete and the Players; Left of Center; Analog Youth; and Octane. Doors open at 5 p.m. and attendees must be 21-years-old or older.

Alcohol will be available for the evening including champagne and beer. Additionally, through a partnership with Anheueser-Busch, there will be a handful of Uber drivers on-scene to make sure people get home safely to start the new year.

General admission tickets are $15 a person for standing room only in the main stands and a $20 ticket secures a wooden chair and table on the ground floor. While floor tickets are selling quickly, general admission tickets are still up for grab and can be purchased on Facebook.

This article originally appeared on Marion Star: Tis the season: How to celebrate the holidays in Marion this year

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