Chamber Merchants Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Join the Orange City Chamber merchants for decorating and lighting of the downtown Christmas tree on Thursday, Dec 6th. 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Decorating the tree will start at 4:30 p.m., and attendees are encouraged to bring decor to add to the tree. The tree will be lit at 5:30 p.m. for the Christmas season. Join in the fun at Stadscentrum with cider, hot chocolate, and treats!

Holiday Central Market

This summer, the Orange City Farmers Market introduced Central Market. Now, Central Market is back for the holiday season! Visit us in the Hawkeye building downtown Orange City every Saturday in December. Shop from many vendors and enjoy this unique shopping experience – just in time for the holidays!

OCCS Annual Christmas Cookie Walk

 

The Orange City Christian School’s annual Christmas Cookie Walk will be held Saturday, December 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Iowa State Bank basement meeting room. Participants are encouraged to bring their own container. Enjoy selecting cookies and baked goods from a variety of homemade treats.

Northwestern College to Present Christmas Vespers

The Northwestern College music department will present its annual Christmas Vespers concert on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. in Christ Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s Vespers is focused on Christ’s coming, his challenge to us, and our response. The event will include performances by numerous musical ensembles and soloists as well as the Drama Ministries Ensemble.

Dr. Thomas Holm, chair of Northwestern’s music department, says the central inspiration for the program is the Taiwanese Christmas hymn titled “The Hunger Carol.” “Its four verses progress from the idea that the baby was born in poverty, knows what it means to have little or nothing, has provided the bread of life that is needed by all humankind, and that, if we simply enjoy the benefits of our own bread and don’t care about the needs around us, we are essentially crucifying Christ again on a Christmas tree.”

The A cappella Choir, under Holm’s direction, will perform that carol in Taiwanese as part of the concert. The ensemble will also sing “I Wonder as I Wander,” arranged by John Rutter; “Mary, Did You Know?” arranged by Craig Courtney; “Sweetest Music, Softly Stealing” by Elaine Hagenberg; and “Kyrie” by Ugis Praulins, among several other works.

The event will also include performances by the Brass Ensemble, Women’s Choir and Chamber Orchestra.

The Women’s Choir’s repertoire will include John Englert’s “Veni, Veni Emmanuel” and “How Great Our Joy” by Courtney. The Chamber Orchestra will play “Carol of the Bells”/“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” arranged by Matt Riley, and “Fantasia on Greensleeves” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The concert will also include organ solos by MaryLou Wielenga, Northwestern’s organ instructor, as well as opportunities for the audience to sing carols along with the choirs, orchestra and organ.

Northwestern College to Present Christmas Vespers

The Northwestern College music department will present its annual Christmas Vespers concert on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. in Christ Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s Vespers is focused on Christ’s coming, his challenge to us, and our response. The event will include performances by numerous musical ensembles and soloists as well as the Drama Ministries Ensemble.

Dr. Thomas Holm, chair of Northwestern’s music department, says the central inspiration for the program is the Taiwanese Christmas hymn titled “The Hunger Carol.” “Its four verses progress from the idea that the baby was born in poverty, knows what it means to have little or nothing, has provided the bread of life that is needed by all humankind, and that, if we simply enjoy the benefits of our own bread and don’t care about the needs around us, we are essentially crucifying Christ again on a Christmas tree.”

The A cappella Choir, under Holm’s direction, will perform that carol in Taiwanese as part of the concert. The ensemble will also sing “I Wonder as I Wander,” arranged by John Rutter; “Mary, Did You Know?” arranged by Craig Courtney; “Sweetest Music, Softly Stealing” by Elaine Hagenberg; and “Kyrie” by Ugis Praulins, among several other works.

The event will also include performances by the Brass Ensemble, Women’s Choir and Chamber Orchestra.

The Women’s Choir’s repertoire will include John Englert’s “Veni, Veni Emmanuel” and “How Great Our Joy” by Courtney. The Chamber Orchestra will play “Carol of the Bells”/“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” arranged by Matt Riley, and “Fantasia on Greensleeves” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The concert will also include organ solos by MaryLou Wielenga, Northwestern’s organ instructor, as well as opportunities for the audience to sing carols along with the choirs, orchestra and organ.

Las Posadas Celebration at Orange City Public Library

The Orange City Public Library will be hosting a Las Posadas celebration on Saturday, December 8, starting at 10:00am. The Las Posadas event will adapt the traditional 9-night celebration into one event. Participants will knock at the doors of various stations around the library, singing the Las Posadas song. The final station will have activities, as well as a food and drink, typically associated with Las Posadas.

¡Marque su calendario! La biblioteca tendrá una celebración de Las Posadas sábado el 8 de diciembre a las 10:00 am. ¡Celebre la navidad Mexicana, haga manualidades para niños, coma comida, y rompa una piñata!

Sinterklaas Dag Celebration

Welkom Sinterklaas to town on Saturday, December 1 at 10:30am. Children and families are invited to meet downtown at Stadscentrum and walk with Sinterklaas and Piet to the City Hall. Once there, kids ages kindergarten through fourth grade can enjoy Dutch stories, treats and games.

The Sinterklaas Day Celebration, on the first Saturday of December, draws children and their families to downtown Orange City to see the arrival of the Dutch “Santa” on his white horse. This is a popular day for the area children and their families to come and enjoy the spirit of Christmas in Orange City’s “Dutch Village” atmosphere.

Sinterklaas Dag is organized and hosted by the Dutch Heritage Boosters.

Northwestern College Christmas Tree Lighting Service

Orange City area residents are invited to join Northwestern College students, faculty and staff for the annual President’s Christmas Tree Lighting Monday evening, Nov. 26.

The 7 p.m. worship service in front of Zwemer Hall will include music by a brass ensemble and the Women’s Choir, remarks by President Greg Christy, Scripture reading by theatre students, and Christmas carols sung by the audience as they light candles. It will culminate in the lighting of a Christmas tree, followed by the lighting of additional Christmas decorations around the campus green.

After the service, attendees are invited to enjoy refreshments in the Vogel Community Room of the DeWitt Learning Commons.

In case of inclement weather, the President’s Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Happy Holidays with Two on Tap!

 

TWO ON TAP brings audiences back in time to an era when couples like Fred & Ginger and Mickey & Judy filled the silver screen with undeniable chemistry, effortless harmony, and precision tap dancing. Gorgeous vocals, exciting choreography, and unique musical arrangements all take center stage in performances which have entertained tens of thousands worldwide.

Join them as they take us on a song-and-dance tour of American holiday classics—plus catch our local dance troupes as they steal the spotlight with the opening number!

 

 

Broadway professionals Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano bring variety to the mainstage in a world-class headline act filled with timeless melodies from the Great American Songbook, fantastic vocals, gorgeous costumes, and exciting tap-dancing. Since debuting in February 2010, this one-of-a-kind duo has performed at hundreds of venues worldwide while fulfilling one important mission: to breathe new life into classic song-and-dance with clever arrangements, a meaningful connection to the audience, and signature high-energy routines.

Happy Holidays with Two on Tap!

Date: Friday, December 7, 2018

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Unity Knight Center

Tickets: $15/adults, $10/students