Holiday events sparkle throughout Nodaway County, as Christmas activities abound.

Tour of Lights, Maryville

The Tour of Lights in Maryville grand prize has been donated by Dr. Stan and Debbie Snyder. This year’s lucky winner will get December’s electric bill paid.

Judging will begin promptly after sign-up ends and the winner will be announced on air at KNIM 95.9FM on Friday, December 2 during the Make It Maryville hour. A map/listing of all the addresses will be made available so that everyone can drive around to enjoy the lights. Participants are asked to keep the lights on through December.

Christmas Light Contest, Jackson Township

The Jackson Township Christmas Lighting Contest: two classes, big and small displays. Judging will take place Saturday, December 3. Winners announced at the Winter Festival parade.

Animal Shelter

The New Nodaway Humane Society Animal Shelter is promoting “Home for the Holidays” with half-price adoptions until Saturday, December 31.

Downtown Maryville Christmas Parade

The Maryville Christmas Parade will begin at 6 pm, Friday, December 2. A new starting point will be Franklin Park and will proceed south along North Main Street to the Pocket Park at North Main and Third streets.

The Grinch will lead the lighted parade. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance on a fire truck. The Nodaway Chorale will sing holiday songs on Main Street in front of the Courthouse from 5:45 pm to the completion of the parade.

Yuletide Feaste

Journey back in time to the days of merrie olde England from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3 to enjoy the songs, dances and entertainment magic of the day. With the sound of each fanfare, you will discover Christmas as celebrated in the ancient traditions of Tudor England. Partake of the delicacies that graced the tables of the Lords and Ladies of the 16th century.

Tickets are $38 each, tickets available at

Senior Center Craft Fair

The Nodaway County Senior Center Craft Fair is 8 am to 2 pm, Saturday, December 3 at 1210 East First Street, Maryville. Free admission.

Holiday Shop Hop

A Very Merryville Christmas Shop Hop, 9 am to 4 pm, Saturday, December 3. Participating businesses include: Barnyard Boutique, 1630 North Main Street, Blue Willow Boutique, 107 East Fourth Street, Fantastic Fidos, 220 North Main Street, Ferluknat Farms, 805 South Main Street, Kitchen and Bath Source, 1315 South Main Street, Maryville Florists, 214 North Main Street, Minnie Lane Vintiques, 112 East Third Street, MTE Office Center, 216 East Third Street, The Perk, 322 North Main Street, Simply Posh Boutique, 216 North Main Street, Toploaded, 322 North Main Street, and White Elm Mercantile, 105 East Fourth Street.

Skidmore Christmas Lighting

Free ham and bean supper for Skidmore residents at 5 pm, Saturday, December 3 at Newton Hall, Skidmore. Afterwards the lighting ceremony will take place and the Nodaway Chorale will provide Christmas Carols from 6:30 to 7 pm.

Homes Tour

The Sixth Annual Under the Son Ministry’s Homes Tour will be 1 to 5 pm, Sunday, December 4. Tickets are $20 each. The homes toured are Chris and Elizabeth Bowles, 1122 Forest Street, Wyatt and Melinda Eubank, 1109 Bellows Drive, Coby and Teresa Hayes, 25530 Willow Drive, and Scott and Jayne McGinness, 186 North Sunset. Proceeds will go to support Under the Son’s outreach programs.

Rose Theatre

“Alibis, a murder mystery” with dessert, will be performed at 7 pm, Thursday, December 8, Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10 at the Rose Theatre, 120 West Third Street, Maryville. Tickets are $10 each and are available at

Blood Drive

West Nodaway High School and Community Blood drive 2 to 6 pm, Friday, December 9 at WN elementary gym. Sponsored by National Honor Society.

Holiday Bake Sale

The Nodaway County Historical Society Museum will hold a holiday bake sale and children’s craft station from 9 am to noon, Saturday, December 10. The museum is at 110 North Walnut Street, Maryville. Admission is free.

Legion Christmas Bazaar

Legion Christmas Bazaar, 9 am to 3 pm, Saturday, December 10 at the American Legion, Fifth and Laura streets, Maryville. Admission is $1 per person.

Ravenwood’s Winter Festival

The Ravenwood Second Annual Winter Festival is Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11. Saturday events: 2 to 4 pm at the community building, activities, drinks and fun; Face painting at Halo Salon and Spa, 2 to 4 pm; Senior class meal, soup supper, freewill donation, 4 to 6 pm, at the community building; parade registration, 5:15 to 6 pm, at the school; parade judging, 6 pm; Lighted Christmas parade, 6:30 pm; during the parade, drinks and cookies by B&G, downtown; Christmas drive through at the park, enter by west drive, exit by east drive, 7 to 8 pm.

Sunday events: Quarter auction, 3 pm at Community Building; Carriage rides start at Tuck Point, 4 to 7 pm; Caroling by the NEN band/choir, starting at Tuck Point, 5 pm; Junior Class meal, pork supper, at the Community Building, 5 to 7 pm.

Ravenwood Winter Festival Quarter Auction

The Quarter Auction will open doors at 2:30 pm, with the auction beginning at 3 pm, Sunday, December 11 at the Ravenwood Community Building. Cost is $3 to enter, which includes one bidding stick, additional sticks are $2. Bring quarters to bid on items you desire.

Holiday Concert

Nodaway Chorale Holiday Concert, “Holiday Tapestry,” with special guests Maryville High School Spectrum at 4 pm, Sunday, December 11 at the Schneider Performing Arts Center, MHS. Free admission, donations welcomed.

Blood Drive

Mosaic Medical Center, Maryville Blood drive, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Thursday, December 15 at the clinic conference room, 2016 South Main Street.

Host Lions

Maryville Host Lions Family Christmas Dinner, Thursday, December 15 at the Country Club.

Breakfast in Who-ville

Breakfast in Who-ville, Maryville Community Center, Saturday, December 17.

Fundraiser for Elks new building

The Elks will hold a tenderloin meal fundraiser from 11:30 am to 6 pm, Saturday, December 17. Meal is a tenderloin sandwich, choice of corn or green beans, cheesy potatoes and choice of apple, cherry, pecan or strawberry pie, $15. Text preorders and time of pick-up to 660.541.2308 beginning Monday, December 12. Orders accepted day of event.

Blood Drive

The Maryville Elks Lodge sponsored Community Blood Center drive will be 2 to 6 pm, at the First Baptist Church, Thursday, December 22.

It’s a Real Christmas

The 32nd annual Christmas Day Buffet “It’s a Real Christmas,” from 11 am to 1 pm, Sunday, Christmas, December 25 at the Nodaway County Senior Center, 1210 East First, Maryville. The full Christmas meal with dessert will be available for pick-up, home delivery or dine-in. Open to the public. Freewill donation.

To place your order before 9 am for delivery, call 660.562.3999.

To make a monetary donation make checks payable to “It’s a Real Christmas” and drop off or mail to the senior center.

Blood Drive

American Legion Post #100 Blood Drive, 2 to 6 pm, Friday, December 30 in the main room of Legion Hall, 1104 East Fifth, Maryville.

Elks New Years Eve Dance

Elks New Years Eve Dance, with the BarbWire band, from 8 pm to midnight, Saturday, December 31. Purchase presale tickets up until Friday, December 30 at the south door, 115 North Main Street.