~ Missouri DECEMBER Shows ~


Victorian Jolly Christmas (THRU Dec. 30), see the Vaile Mansion decorated for the Christmas season, Vaile Mansion, Independence, 816-325-7430,

Grand opening, Bob’s Powerhouse Antiques Finishing and Restoration, specializing in dental and doctor cabinets, country oak, general store items, primitives, AJ Johnson, Horner, Merklin, Ransom Randolph, I-44 Eastbound exit 118, I-44 Westbound exit County Road, Phillipsburg, 417-669-0379


Candlelight tours of the Missouri Governor’s Mansion (THRU Dec. 6), showcasing the historic residence in full holiday décor, Missouri Governor’s Mansion, Jefferson City, 573-230-7000


40th Annual Holiday Season Arts and Crafts Show (THRU Dec. 4), huge assortment of exhibitors from around the region, Civic Center, West Plains, 417-256-8835

Holiday Homes Tour and Tea, tour local homes decorated for the holidays, end your tours with an elegant tea, 1895 Historic Phelps House, Carthage, 417-358-1776

Champagne and Chandelier Tour, twilight tour of the Vaile Mansion with appetizers and champagne, Vaile Mansion, Independence,


The Merry Market, local vendors selling antiques, vintage items, home décor; boutique shopping; food trucks; bonfire; games; Hope Springs Farm, Hartville, 417-300-4068


Jingle Bell Walk, shop for everyone on your holiday gift list, Downtown Odessa Merchants Group, Odessa, 816-230-5600


Red Tag Sale, unique and trendy gifts and home décor, Jesse James Antique Mall and Furniture Gallery and The Rusty Chandelier, St. Joseph, 816-232-0099, 816-676-0662, and

~ Iowa DECEMBER Shows ~


Pella Christmas Tour of Homes (THRU Dec. 3), tour lavishly decorated homes, browse the new Kerstmarkt-Christmas Market, downtown Pella, 641-204-0885

Christmas Window Walk and Static Christmas Parade, live windows, lighted floats, live nativity scene, food, carolers, downtown Manchester, 563-927-4141

Jingle and Mingle on Main, merchant open houses, stroll the sidewalks and enjoy the twinkle of holiday lights, downtown Cedar Falls, 319-277-0213


A Merry Millwork Market (THRU Dec. 3), shop local arts and crafts vendors, downtown Dubuque, 262-729-5725


Holiday Thieves Market (THRU Dec. 4), ceramics, fiber, drawing, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography, sculpture, wood items, Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel and Conference Center, Coralville, 319-688-4000

Handcrafted Market (THRU Dec. 4), shop 44 vendors selling gifts made by local crafters and artisans, Cattle Congress Grounds – NCC Pavilion, Waterloo,

A Norwegian Christmas, traditional Scandinavian holiday activities, singing around a Christmas tree, holiday crafts, s’mores, Scandinavian treats, local musicians, Vesterheirn Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah, 563-382-9681


Historic Jane Young House Festival of Trees, tour the home decorated for the Christmas season, view exhibits of vintage clothing and furniture, Jane Young House, Webster City, 515-297-0846


Holiday Tea, enjoy tea, sandwiches and cookies in the residence, Terrace Hill, Des Moines, 515-281-7205


Home for the Holidays (THRU Dec. 19), tour the home and see Christmas decorations from the Victorian era, Mathias Ham Historic Site, Dubuque,

~ Illinois DECEMBER Shows ~


20th Annual Winter Art and Craft Expo (THRU Dec. 20), jewelry, fabrics, ceramics, glass, painting, mixed media, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, 847-475-5300

Maxwell Street Market (THRU Dec. 18), handmade crafts, housewares, clothing, live music, street food, Desplaines and Harrison streets, Chicago, 312-745-4676


Holiday Craft Fair, soaps, wooden crafts, handmade jewelry, quilts, blankets, décor, Rolland Lewis Community Building, Mt. Vernon, 618-242-6890


19th-Century Christmas, tour historic mansions decked out in beautiful Victorian-era Christmas decorations, Christmas ornament workshop, Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House, Moline, 309-743-2701


Christmas Model Train and Nativity Exhibit (THRU Dec. 11), historical model train sets on display, as well as Nativity scenes from all over the world, Jefferson County Historical Village, Mt. Vernon, 618-246-0033


Holiday Extravaganza, more than 100 craft vendors selling everything from fine art to homemade products, old-fashioned cake walk, concessions, children’s performance groups, a visit from Santa, The Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, 217-782-6661

~ Kansas DECEMBER Shows ~

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree (THRU Dec. 22), shop Main Street merchants and win Main Street Bucks in weekly drawings, grand prize drawings, Leavenworth Main Street, Leavenworth, 913-682-3924,


NOTO Holiday Market (also Dec. 10 and Dec. 17), shop locally, arts, crafts, gifts, holiday music, Redbud Park Pavilion NOTO Arts and Entertainment District, Topeka,

17th Annual Children’s Small Mall (THRU Dec. 4), safe environment for children ages 3-13 to select gifts from $3-$17 for family and loved ones, gift wrapping included, free carousel rides, free admission to kids craft corner, 320 S. Esplanade, Leavenworth,

Folk Art Festival, annual craft show featuring more than 100 vendors selling unique gifts for the holidays, Seward County Activity Center, Liberal, 620-624-8534

Reindeer Romp, holiday shopping, live music and treats, Leavenworth Main Street, Leavenworth, 913-682-3924,

High-quality antiques auction, Webb, Plated Amberina, high-end jewelry, RS Prussia, bronzes, lamps, clocks, Woody Auction, Douglass, 316-747-2694,

Snowflake Parade and Artists’ Studio Open House, historic downtown, Lindsborg, 888-227-2227,


Saint Lucia Festival, traditional Swedish folk dancing, live music, children’s crafts, coronation of the high school’s Saint Lucia, Bethany Lutheran Church, Lindsborg, 785-227-8687


30th Annual Leavenworth Vintage Homes Tour, enjoy the decorations of the holiday season in local historical homes, Carroll Mansion Museum, Leavenworth, 913-682-7759


Annual Christmas Sale Event (THRU Jan. 1), save 10-30%, Paramount Antique Malls, Augusta and Wichita,

~ Oklahoma DECEMBER Shows ~


Route 66 Twinkle Tour (THRU Dec. 31), cruise Tulsa’s 28-mile stretch of the Mother Road to see participating businesses and landmarks adorned in their holiday best on this self-guided tour, Route 66, Tulsa, 918-596-9454

Holiday Pop-Up Shops (THRU Dec. 18), shop local small-business vendors for the holidays, different shops on site every week, midtown, Oklahoma City, 405-620-3883,


The Santa Market (THRU Dec. 3), jewelry, home décor, hand-painted ornaments, Oklahoma City Fairgrounds, Oklahoma City, 405-314-1033


Buchanan’s Flea Market OKC (THRU Dec. 4), high-quality dealers from across the U.S., 608 Kiamchi Place, Oklahoma City, 405-823-0442

Native American Christmas Market, handmade items such as traditional American Indian leather goods, dolls, wood etchings, turquoise jewelry, food for sale including spirit soup and fry bread, Glenpool Conference Center, Glenpool, 918-998-4549


Victorian Walk, window displays, horse-and-carriage rides, strolling carolers, period dancing, downtown historical district, Guthrie, 405-282-1947

~ Arkansas DECEMBER Shows ~


“Fashioning America: Grit to Glamour” (THRU Jan. 30, 2023), exhibition presenting American fashion as a powerful emblem of global visual culture, includes 90 garments and accessories selected from across two centuries of fashion, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, 479-418-5700


An Ozark ‘What the Dickens?’ Live Dinner Show (THRU Dec. 18), dine on classic Victorian fare at Fezziwig’s Feast while watching a live performance of the classic Charles Dickens tale “A Christmas Carol,” Beard and Lady Inn, Chester, 479-632-2129

~ Nebraska DECEMBER Shows ~


Physicians Mutual Holiday Market (THRU Dec. 4), local vendors selling handmade gifts, food and drink from Benson Brewery, Aksarben Village, Omaha, 402-345-5401


Verges Holiday Festival and Tour of Historic Homes, Santa in the Cabin, snacks, lighting of the park, wine and beer tasting, Elkhorn Valley Museum, Norfolk, 402-371-3886