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Old-Fashioned Pioneer Village is Dec. 7-8

The St. John's Lutheran Church Choir sings Christmas hymns in the small church during the 2017 Old-Fashioned Christmas at Pioneer Village. (Tim Middagh / The Globe)

WORTHINGTON — With snow in the forecast this weekend, it appears likely there will be a white Christmas to celebrate during Pioneer Village’s annual Old-Fashioned Christmas next weekend on the village grounds in Worthington.

The village is decorated for the holidays, the musicians, singers and dancers are booked and Santa is taking time out of his busy schedule to hear the wish lists of little boys and girls.

There will be horse-drawn wagon rides through the village courtesy of Glen and Lisa Burnham, or if you prefer a warmer option, Reading Bus Lines is again offering a free motorcoach ride Friday and Saturday evening for a tour of lights through Worthington neighborhoods. People are asked to arrive a little early to board the bus, which will be parked outside the gates, for the 6 p.m. departure each day.

The Old-Fashioned Christmas at Pioneer Village is open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8. All events are free for children ages 15 and younger, thanks to sponsorship by the Worthington Optimist Club, and free for Nobles County Historical Society members. All others will pay a nominal fee at the Village office, which is the entrance into the grounds.

Jacoba Nagel, whose done a lot of the work to organize the annual celebration, said there are several new performers taking part in this year’s schedule of entertainment offerings. Terry and Marlene Miller will perform guitar and vocals, Rod Smit will deliver gospel music, Mike and Tami Wesselink will perform piano and vocals and Molly Bishop is making her first appearance with guitar and vocals, as well as her Navigation Music Therapy Services.

“I really want to thank all of the people that are performing. Without them it would not be possible,” Nagel said.

Santa will greet children in the Fire Hall both Friday and Saturday. While families wait, they are welcome to visit the food station to purchase popcorn, cider and coffee.

Food will also be available for purchase in the saloon, where the Westminster Presbyterian Youth are selling barbecues, coney dogs, hot dogs, chips, bars and soft drinks each day. Another option is to visit the historical society bake sale, with booths set up both in the Fire Hall and the Village Hall.

Visitors to the Village Hall will also find gift ideas at booths featuring Boernsen Bees products, doTERRA essential oils and local wood carvers Louis Stowe and Dan Bogie, who will demonstrate and offer for sale some of their handmade creations. Pioneer Village-related items and books published by the society will also be available for purchase in the Village Hall.

“For Pioneer Village, this is one of our largest fundraisers,” Nagel said.

The village buildings and grounds were decorated for Christmas by the Rock-Nobles Community Corrections Crew and their supervisors.

The complete schedule of entertainment follows:

Friday, Dec. 7

Fire Hall: Santa, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Small Church: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Jan Van Oort’s piano students; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church Choir; 7:30 p.m., Great Plains String Quartet; 8 p.m., Alan and Nancy Jensen (vocal/guitar)

Large Church: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Lois Gruis’ piano students; 6:30 p.m., St. Mary’s choir; 7 p.m., Klassen Family Singers; 7:30 p.m., Maynard and Jeanene Townswick (accordion); 8 p.m., Glenis Marsh, Faith and Lenore Strouth (piano/vocal)

Big Barn: 5:30 p.m., Celebration Chorus, 6 p.m., Shining Fame Dancers, 6:30 p.m., El Sistema (choir); 7 p.m., Line Dancers, 7:30 p.m., Aztec Dancers

Saloon: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Audrey Brake (accordion), 7 to 8:30 p.m., Cindy Harvey (Christmas music)

Saturday, Dec. 8

Fire Hall: Santa, 3 to 7 p.m.

Small Church: 3 p.m., Linda Lang (piano, vocal); 3:30 p.m., Alan and Nancy Jensen (guitar/vocal); 4 to 5 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church Choir; 5 p.m., Galen and Cindy Smith (guitar/vocal); 5:30 p.m., Linda Lund (piano/vocal); 6 p.m., Jean Johnson and Darlene Rautenkranz (piano/vocal), 6:30 p.m., Widboom Family (vocal)

Large Church: 3 p.m., Terry and Marlene Miller (guitar/vocal); 3:30 p.m., DiDi Edwards (piano/vocal); 4 p.m., Worthington Brass; 4:30 p.m., Kristine Stewart (piano); 5 p.m., Jim Krapf reading “German Christmas letters”; 5:30 p.m., Candace Joens (auto harp), 6 p.m., Rod Smit (gospel), 6:30 p.m., Mike & Tami Wesselink (piano/vocal)

Big Barn: 3 to 7 p.m., Kay Williams Prunty’s The Dance Academy

Saloon: 3 to 5:30 p.m., Cindy Harvey (Christmas music), 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Molly Bishop with Navigation Music Therapy Services (guitar/vocal).