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Dec
1
Sat
Christmas in the Woods @ Ponca State Park
Dec 1 all-day

Seasonal educational activities including old-fashion holiday crafts, lighted hayrack rides, free cookies and hot cider, sledding hill, groomed cross-country ski trails (snow permitting), and Snowman Building Contest.

A Park Entry Permit is required.

Archery on Fire @ Platte River State Park Outdoor Heritage Education Complex
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Spend a fun day outdoors shooting archery with the whole family. This free event will feature archery, crossbows, tomahawk throwing and our new pellet gun shooting gallery. Warm up to the campfire and roast a few marshmallows. Kids crafts and campground games will keep you busy. Food will be available, sponsored by Scheels Sports of Omaha.

Christmas at the Mansion @ Arbor Lodge State Historical Park
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

See the 52-room mansion — home of J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day — at its festive best during the holiday season. Enjoy vintage décor, special holiday-themed collections on display, and holiday music to get you into the spirit of the season. Questions? Call 402-873-7222.

 

24th Annual Historical Christmas Dinner @ Fort Robinson State Park
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm

The annual Christmas dinner at Fort Robinson State Park on Dec. 1 will take people back to a period that marked the end of what became known as the Sioux Wars. 

The 200 attendees of the 24th annual Christmas Dinner at Fort Robinson State Park at the park’s Buffalo Barracks will be treated to the same menu as that one in 1890. That year, the dinner occurred during the Fort’s period as headquarters of the all-black Ninth Cavalry, the first of two regiments known as Buffalo Soldiers to be stationed there. The feast will include beef ribs, turkey, gravy, dressing and “all the fixings.”

The dinner’s program, annually enhanced by the many attendees who choose to dress in period attire, includes live music and historical commentary. The doors will open at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the event usually sell out in a hurry and will become available at select locations 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5. They may be purchased for $30 each at Fort Robinson’s headquarters, Herren Brothers True Value in Harrison and the Visitors Center-Chamber of Commerce in Chadron. Because of high demand, there is a limit of four tickets per household.

Park entry permit required.  

 

Light up the Fort @ Fort Robinson State Park
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm

 Christmas lights will be installed on park buildings with help from community members. The lights will turn on at 6 p.m. and will remain lit each evening through December. Groups interested in decorating a building at the park may contact the office at 308-665-2900 or ngpc.fort.robinson@nebraska.gov.

Park entry permit required.

 

Christmas at the Mansion @ Arbor Lodge State Historical Park
Dec 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Special after-hours Mansion viewings

See the 52-room mansion — home of J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day — at its festive best during the holiday season. Enjoy vintage décor, special holiday-themed collections on display, and holiday music to get you into the spirit of the season. Questions? Call 402-873-7222

Evening admission: $12 adults; $6 youth (age 3-12)

Dec
2
Sun
Shootout at Salt Creek @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Dec 2 @ 8:45 am – 12:00 pm
Christmas at the Mansion @ Arbor Lodge State Historical Park
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

See the 52-room mansion — home of J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day — at its festive best during the holiday season. Enjoy vintage décor, special holiday-themed collections on display, and holiday music to get you into the spirit of the season. Questions? Call 402-873-7222.

 

Dec
3
Mon
Beginner JOAD & Adult Archery: Oct-Dec Qtr @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Dec 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

This USA Archery program runs quarter to quarter – the beginner class is open to students who are new to JOAD or have only completed one quarter. Explore Archery is a recommended prerequisite but not required.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in a minimum of 10 weeks. The course includes achievement awards, skill training, and games with focus on guiding each student in improvement at their own pace. Each session includes a short lesson and coaching while students are on the line.

No equipment required, but personal equipment is allowed for some portions of the class. Students should wear close-toed shoes only.

If seats are listed as available, students may register & join the class at any time except the last 4 weeks of the quarter. Allowances may be made at the discretion of the instructor. Full price still applies.

Class is usually not held the week of a major holiday. Check “Meeting on” list. Class is canceled in the event or threat of an imminent severe weather warning.

$40/participant/quarter + membership in USA Archery

Dec
4
Tue
Centerfire Challenge League (Mini Winter Series) @ Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center
Dec 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:15 pm
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