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Wild n’ Woodsy Art Club
December 6 at 4:30pm
Making wood, cookie and stone ornaments
For kids ages 8-14
Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
Call 712-258-0838 to register

Ugly Sweater ARTWALK
Dec. 8 at 5:30pm
Join us for the UGLY SWEATER edition of ARTWALK on December 8! Sioux City ARTWALK is a collaboration between the Sioux City Art Center and downtown art galleries, including Gallery 103, 3 Rivers Art Gallery, and Art SUX Gallery, bringing people together to experience exhibitions, local artists studios and work, and cultural events for FREE. Beginning at 5:30pm at the Sioux City Art Center we’ll view artwork on display and kickoff the evening with beverages, move to the Ho-Chunk Centre to explore the artwork at Gallery 103 and 3 Rivers Art Gallery at 6:00pm while enjoying appetizers, and conclude the event as we visit Art SUX Gallery at 6:30pm for dessert and even MORE art- a perfect opportunity to finish up that shopping list! At the end of the night, we’ll vote for best ugly sweater and that person will win a prize package. Join us!

Visit Santa at Sunset Plaza Mall
December 9-11
Weekdays from 4-8pm and Sat. & Sun. from 12-6pm
Norfolk, NE

Santa’s Whistle Stop Tour
December 10th
Sioux City Railroad Museum

Pioneer Village Christmas Wonderland
December  10 & 11
No Charge
Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars
Festival of Trees, Wagon Rides with Horses, Santa Claus Visits, Round Barn Displays, Free Stuffed Animals and Music and Refreshments

The Elf Hunt
December 10th at 10am
Sergeant Bluff Community Center

with Siouxland tuba and euphonium players
December 10th at 12pm
Free admission and Reception to follow

Dynomite Climbing Competition
December 10
Long Lines Climbing
Solve boulder problems and climb to new heights at the first Dynomite Climbing Competition at Long Lines, arriving December 10th.

Holiday Open House and Bake Sale
December 10 at 10am
Ho Ho Ho! We invite you to join us on Saturday, December 10th, 10am-4pm and Sunday, December 11th, 12pm-4pm for our annual Holiday Open House and Bake Sale. Stop by the shelter for some hot apple cider and treats. There will be a bake sale, and gifts to choose from that would be absolutely pawsitively purrfect for your pet! We will also be running a “HELP THE HOMELESS PET DRIVE to fill one of our kennels with supplies. Everyone who brings cans of cat food, bags of cat or dog food, paper towels, laundry soap, or bleach will be entered into a drawing for a door prize. Join us for some holiday fun. Come shop for the holidays and support the homeless pets!

Winter Fun Day and Artist Open House
December 10 from 10a-2pm
Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
We are excited to announce that we will have a full house of local vendors at the Winter Fun Day & Artist Open House! Support local businesses and find unique nature-inspired gifts on December 10th at the Nature Center!
Craft boxes will also be available, as well as sling shots, a campfire, hot cocoa and more!

Sweet Treats with Santa
December 11 from 1-1:45pm
LaunchPAD Children’s Museum
Visit Santa without the line. Book your timeslot to reserve your 45 minute session with Santa where your child will have their photo taken, receive a sweet cookie treat, and make a ceramic ornament.
Space is limited, advance registration required.Register at:

Holidays for our Heroes
December 13th at 5pm
Long Lines Rec Center
Holiday meal, Santa, Gifts and More! for veterans and military families. Please show proof of service. First come First served.

Nature Tales
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
December 13 at 10am
Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
read a story, make a craft, and go for a hike!

Family Café
December 13 from 5:30-6:30pm
South Sioux City Library Café in South Sioux City
Story time and activities for kids.
Register by emailing Kathy at 

The St. Patrick’s Choir Presents Community Christmas Program
December 15th at 7pm
St. Patrick’s Parish Hall in Battle Creek, NE
Everyone is welcome

History at High Noon
Sioux City’s Art Deco presented by Tom Munson
Sioux City Public Museum
December 15 at noon
Attendees are invited to bring their own lunches

Visit Santa at Sunset Plaza Mall
December 16-24
Weekdays from 4-8pm and Sat. & Sun. from 12-6pm
Norfolk, NE

Breakfast with Santa
December 18 & 18
$15 per person (under 2 yrs is free)
Breakfast with Santa is only a month away! Enjoy cookie decorating, a catered breakfast, crafts, and more! Purchase your tickets today by calling the Parks & Recreation office at 712-279-6126 or go online to

How to Hand Crochet
December 19 at 3:30pm
South Sioux City Public Library

Winter Break Baking Fun! Pies
December 28th at 8am
Youth will enjoy learning the art of baking pies. From tender crusts to fillings, this workshop has it all. Knife and cutting board safety as well as decorating included. Open to Grades 4-8
Contact: Christine Craig-Beyerink
(712) 276-2157

Adult Volleyball
December 29 Registration DUE
$250 per team
Long Lines Family Rec Center
Call 712-279-6126 to register

Winterfest at Ponca State Park
December 31st at 8am
Join us at Ponca State Park for Winterfest! All activities are free during this outdoor family tradition. There will be Outdoor Education programs in the morning, followed by the National Championship Fruitcake Fling at high noon, where guest throw wildlife friendly fruitcakes competing for distance. Prizes will be awarded for the longest throws in four age categories. At 2 p.m., we’ll have the Yule Log Quest. Guests for teams of three to five members will compete in a series of five challenges, followed by a series of five clues that ultimately lead them to the hidden Yule log. Prizes will be awarded to the first team to find the Yule log and to the team with the most unique name. The day will conclude with lighted hayrack rides.

First Day Hike at Ponca State Park
January 1st at 9am
Start off your New Year’s Day with a First Day Hike at Ponca State Park! Meet at the West Shelter in the park and join our park naturalist as we hike the Old Oak Trail looking for winter flora and fauna. We will stop at the Old Oak Tree for photos. This is an easy to moderate hike (approx. 1.25 miles). After the hike, enjoy a warm fire and hot cocoa at the West Shelter. Remember to bring water, warm hiking shoes, snacks, camera, binoculars, etc.! Dress for the weather; limited snowshoes available to borrow. A valid 2023 Vehicle Park Permit is required.

Adult Curling League
Tuesday evenings from January 3-February 28
Cone Park Outdoor Ice Rink at 3800 Line Drive
Must be 18 years and out of high school
Register by calling 712-279-6126

Life in Denali National Park
January 5th at 7pm
Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
Woodbury CCB Naturalist, Kari, shares her experience living and working in Denali National Park.

History at High Noon
Philip C. Waltermire Photography presented by Tom Munson
January 19 at noon
Sioux City Public Museum
Attendees are invited to bring their own lunches

Trivia Night
January 28th at 6pm
Salix Community Center
Gather up your team of 8 for a night of Trivia! Social hour at 6, trivia at 7. This is a fundraiser for Westwood Music Boosters, fee is $200 per team of 8. Team themes are encouraged but not required. Text Jill @ 712-898-1895 to get your team in!

Birds N Breakfast at Ponca State Park
February 10 – 11
Looking for a cozy Valentine’s Day weekend away from home? Visit Ponca State Park and enjoy a Birds and Breakfast package that includes birding activities, the Great Backyard Bird County, 30% lodging discount, a bottle of wine or cider, a bundle of firewood and a Saturday Breakfast. During the month of February, the National Audubon Society conducts the Great Backyard Bird Count, and during Birds and Breakfast tours, members of the Loess Hills Audubon Society will introduce and inform guests on the Great Backyard Bird Count and how they can personally participate. For more details and to reserve your spot, contact the park at (402) 755-2284 or at