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THAT'S THE SPIRIT! 5 UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS

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There are lots of exciting events coming up in the Midland region. Here are some fun things to put on your calendar for the month of December.

Starbright Village

Over in Odessa, you’ll find a great way to celebrate the holidays: Starbright Village. This event takes place at McKinney Park, and with over 300,000 lights and holiday displays, it is the largest light show in the Permian Basin. You can walk or drive through, and enjoy it the way you prefer – in the comfort of your car with holiday music playing on the radio or out in the fresh air. It’s a truly magical experience that has become part of the holiday tradition for many locals.

Holiday Tea at Turner Mansion

This free event takes place at Turner Mansion on Dec. 10 from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. Though you must make reservations ahead of time, the event is free. There will be delicious, traditional tea sandwiches and you get to choose from a selection of teas during the event.

Gingerbread Workshop

Sponsored by the Museum of the Southwest, this festive workshop is free and open to the public. It takes place at the Brown Science Center in the Blakemore Planetarium on Dec. 11 from 1 to 3 PM. They’ll provide cones and cookies for you to decorate, as well as candy. You can also bring your own gingerbread house for decorating, or purchase one of those that will be available at the event.

Trains & Trucks

Visit the Museum of the Southwest on Dec. 11 from 10 AM to 3PM and enjoy this small truck and car show. There’s also a model train depot to check out and activities for everyone.

Midland Festival Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Speaking of holiday traditions, there are few as beloved as going to the theater to view a live performance of The Nutcracker. Fairies, a land of candy, and epic battles all set to the most elegant, precise choreography you have ever seen – it’s the perfect seasonal treat. This year, Midland Festival Ballet is presenting their annual production on the weekend of Dec. 18 and 19. The Saturday show is at 7:30 PM and the Sunday matinee will start at 2:30 PM. Pick up your tickets as soon as possible!

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