Christmas countdown nearing the end

Santa Claus has taken his place in the opening between J.C. Penney, Old Navy and Maurice’s. His clock tower is up to catch the attention of all the eager young children looking to tell Santa what they want for Christmas and get a photo with the jolly man. Shyanne Belzer/MDN

Christmas is only days away but that doesn’t stop the continued holiday themed events taking place around town. As the final weekend before Christmas gets underway, some may be doing their final shopping, travelling, arriving for holidays, starting their family holiday time, and more. Between it all, various events will be taking place to give families a chance to enjoy.

Santa Claus will continue to be at the Dakota Square Mall for parents to get some festive photos of their little ones. He will be there through Dec. 24 before he will have to take off to deliver all the gifts for children all over the world.

To have your child see the jolly man himself, his booth will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with breaks at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday will be noon to 6 p.m. with a break at 3 p.m.

Other kiddy geared Christmas fun will take place on Sunday. Starting at 6 p.m. a special movie and ice skating event will take place at Maysa Arena. Santa Skate will give all ages of children a chance to don their skates and slide around while the movie Elf plays.

Open to all ages, the event costs $4 to skate and $4 for skate rentals.

While a new animated version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” has been released, another new take on the story will be performed at Glory to Glory Ministries (3331 East Burdick Expressway) on Sunday. “How The Grinch Found Jesus” will be performed at 4:30 p.m. with free entry and cookies and snacks after the play.

Starring Pastor Bob Adkins as the Grinch, Carlton Mahlum as the narrator and many others as the various members of Whoville, the play will tell a new story of the Grinch and his Christmas feelings.

For those looking for more adult geared events, the weekend is offering those as well.

First off on Saturday is a Pour House Christmas Pajama Party starting at 7 p.m. A simple event, those 21 and older are invited out in their best holiday pajamas for games, drink specials and karaoke at the Pour House.

At the same time at The Spot, a Griswold Family Christmas event will be held. With a required $5 admission, the dress code is an ugly sweater or redneck style. There will be a “Cousin Eddie” contest, a white elephant gift exchange with gifts up to $10, a spiked egg nog special and snacks.

As people prepare to get together and spread Christmas cheer, keep your eyes out for the different things the community is offering.