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We preface this week’s editorial about great holiday doings in North Iowa with two words: Weather permitting.

After a nice extended fall, Mother Nature is continuing her wintry ways -- never mind that winter doesn’t start until Dec. 21. With this current storm expected to last through Saturday night, we urge you to make sure the event you want to attend is still on.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at holiday happenings.

Una Vocis, one of Mason City’s fine vocal music ensembles, will give its annual Christmas concert, “This Child, This Light,” on Saturday night at Holy Family Catholic Church.

The program will feature a variety of seasonal music, including the world premiere of “Joseph,” commissioned by Una Vocis. By Twin Cities composer Timothy Takach and poet Michael Dennis Browne, It tells the story of the Nativity from Joseph’s perspective.

In Northwood, the 38th annual Christmas Candlelight Service, “Birthday in a Manger,” will be Sunday at First Lutheran Church. The 31-voice choir will tell the Christmas story through scripture, carols, instruments, children’s songs and more.

In Grafton, a Community Christmas Concert will be presented on Saturday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church featuring choir members from Lutheran churches in Worth and Mitchell counties.

The North Iowa Figure Skating Club will present its Winter Show on Sunday at the North Iowa Events Center Ice Arena. The show features skaters in solos, duets and small-group performances as well as three synchronized skating lines.

Among other events:

• Brickstreet Theatre presents “A Christmas Story” Friday and Saturday at the Forest City High School auditorium.

• Heritage Park of North Iowa in Forest City continues its Holiday Tour of Lights.

• “Three Nights of Lights” is Friday through Sunday at Jenison-Meacham Memorial Arts Center in Belmond.

• The world-famed Nativity Scene is on display at the Kossuth County Fairgrounds in Algona.

• Many churches will have special holiday presentations, including living nativity scenes.

Plus, many local restaurants and breweries will have specials and live music.

Hopefully, the weather holds and North Iowans are able to enjoy these holiday activities presented by their friends and neighbors. We’ll see you out and about!

-- For more on these and other events, see Local Entertainment at or see the Preview section in Thursday's Globe Gazette.


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