Entertainment Briefs — Nov. 23

A round-up of upcoming entertainment events, such as concerts, plays, music in the park, author events in the Brainerd lakes area.

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Nisswa to host City of Lights Celebration

NISSWA — Looking for a holiday tradition? Bundle up the kids and head to downtown Nisswa Friday, Nov. 25, for the annual City of Lights Celebration.

Embrace the holiday season with dazzling lights that will adorn trees, fences and buildings in downtown Nisswa.

The event begins in the afternoon with horse-drawn wagon rides from 4-6 p.m., a photo opportunity with live reindeer from 4-7 p.m., storytelling at the railroad caboose, food merchants, bonfires at 4 p.m., hot cider and mini-donuts and strolling carolers.

Children can also share their Christmas wishes with Santa from 4-5:45 p.m. in the Nisswa Square Courtyard and the entire family can enjoy fireworks at 7:30 p.m. that will illuminate the winter sky.

For more information or a detailed schedule of activities, visit .


‘Santa's Breakfast’ at Crosslake American Legion

CROSSLAKE — Santa will be at the Crosslake American Legion from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, to listen to all Christmas wishes and present each child with a bag of goodies provided by the Auxiliary.

Breakfast will include scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, juice and hot cocoa or coffee. The cost is $10 for adults; $6 for children from ages 4-15 years; and children under 4 are free.

There will also be free cookie decorating, story time and card making for children at the holiday event.

Christmas concert in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS — Sherwin & Pam Linton and The Cotton Kings will perform from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at Great River Arts at 122 First St. SE in Little Falls.

Their show “Christmas Time is Comin’” has deep roots and is well steeped with holiday spirit and tradition, according to a news release.

For over 35 years, the Lintons and their band The Cotton Kings have performed holiday Christmas shows throughout the Midwest.

In 1986, Sherwin Linton wrote and recorded a novelty anti-drunk driving song “Santa Got a DWI” which became a million-selling record.

The show includes a great variety of holiday favorites drawn from the couple’s vast repertoire developed through the years.


With beautiful costuming, a brightly-lighted colorful stage setting and their flair for comedy and humor plus music with energy, this show has become a holiday tradition and is a hit everywhere, according to the news release.

Tickets are $25 per person in advance or $30 at the door. For more information, call 320-632-0960 or visit or purchase tickets online at .

Breakfast with Santa at Great River Arts

LITTLE FALLS — Have breakfast with Santa from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at Great River Arts at 122 First St. SE in Little Falls.

Participants will have the chance to have their photo taken with Santa at the event and the opportunity to make a holiday card or Christmas ornament.

For cost and more information, call 320-632-0960, email or visit .

CLC Cultural Thursday to focus on Haiti

BRAINERD — The community is invited to learn about the culture and values of the Haitian people at Central Lakes College’s next Cultural Thursday event at noon Dec. 1 in the Chalberg Theatre, Brainerd campus.

Longtime Brainerd lakes area resident Jim Kirzeder has dedicated much of his life to the people of Haiti and has visited the country more than 100 times, building schools and clean water infrastructure.

Kirzeder will share his experiences and perspectives about the past, present and future of Haiti through the lens of service and assistance.


For more information on the Cultural Thursday series, email Jason Edens at .

Books, Burgers & Brews to meet at Nisswa brewery

NISSWA — Books, Burgers & Brews will meet at 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at Roundhouse Brewery in Nisswa to discuss “Educated” by Tara Westover.

Each month hosts Sheila DeChantal and Laurel Hall will take participants through an engaging discussion. RSVP is required and to register online, visit .

Copies of the book are available at the Brainerd Public Library front desk by asking for the Books, Burgers & Brews title for September. The books at the library are first come, first served.

This program is supported in whole or part by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteering and fundraising efforts. Find out more about how to get involved at .

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