Friday Five: 417's Best Events 11/20 - 11/26

Feeling Thankful

Although we may have another wave of canceled events, the Holiday's are not! Enjoy a mix of drive-through light shows, crafts on the go, virtual turkey trot, and more!

What's Happening This Week?

Turkey Trot

Virtual Turkey Trot 5K

Where: 2141 E Pythian Ave, Springfield, MO

When: Thursday, November 26th 7 AM - November 29 at 11 AM

Nothing can stop Springfield’s Thanksgiving tradition, even if we can’t all be together this year. The 26th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk Presented by Brad Bradshaw MD JD LC, takes place Thursday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 29, rain or shine, at the location of your choice.

Register to complete a 5K over Thanksgiving weekend, alone or with friends and family. 🥰 Proceeds from the event benefit the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Youth Recreation Scholarship Fund and the Developmental Center of the Ozarks (DCO).

✨ (Level 1) EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: by Fri., Nov. 20, 5 p.m.
Adults: $20 • Kids 12 & under: $15

Register online at ($3.25 online service fee per person) or download the paper form (deliver to Killian Softball Complex by Nov. 20 or postmark by Nov. 17.)

🎽 Registration includes a long-sleeved Turkey Trot t-shirt, race bib, suggested race routes.

✨ (Level 2) DRIVE-THROUGH PACKET PICKUP: Wed., Nov. 25, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at Killian Softball Complex.

🚘 ON-SITE REGISTRATION during Packet Pickup:
Adults: $30 • Kids 12 & under: $25

🥫 At Packet Pickup, please drop off five nonperishable food donations for Ozarks Food Harvest.

✨ (Level 3) RUN/WALK YOUR OWN 5K: Thanksgiving Weekend:
Nov. 26-29. Upload your race time and photos to

✨ (New Level) HAVE YOUR T-SHIRT MAILED: Register by Nov. 11 and pay an additional $5/t-shirt to have it mailed anywhere in the US.

📸 #TurkeyTrotSGF • Share your photos in your shirts and race bibs to compete in contests, like largest family, best costume, best dressed pet, etc. Upload your race results: include a photo of your Active Endurance app or other distance tracker or personal GPS app. All race times and contest entries must be submitted by midnight on Sunday, Nov. 29.

Ozark park lights

Christmas Lights of Ozark

Where: Farmers Park, 2144 E Republic Rd, Springfield, MO

When: Now - January 2nd

Our annual "Drive Through" Christmas Lights show here in Ozark kicks off November 12th with the 15th annual Mayor's Tree Lighting in the Finley River Park. After that the park is open every night from November 13th through January 2nd for the drive-through light show. Driving through is free, though donations are accepted at the end to help build our light show every year as well as fund other Parks needs throughout the year.

Lights are open from 5PM to 10PM Sunday - Thursday, and 5PM-11PM Friday and Saturday.

Special thanks to the Ozark High-school National Honor Society for helping to hand out candy canes, as well as National Junior Honor Society.

Gardens Glow

Gardens Aglow

Where: Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden

When: Now - January 3rd

"Gardens Aglow returns for its second season with more lights and new features! Bring the whole family to walk the botanical-themed light festival featuring more than 100,000 lights.

𝐀𝐃𝐌𝐈𝐒𝐒𝐈𝐎𝐍 (𝒄𝒂𝒔𝒉 𝒐𝒓 𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒅)
- Adults (ages 13 and older): $5
- Children (ages 3-12): $2
- Babies and Toddlers (ages 0-2): Free
𝘗𝘦𝘵𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦. 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘬 𝘳𝘶𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘭𝘺.

Purchase season passes at to “fast pass” your entry to the event. Season tickets (memberships) start at $35 with Friends of the Garden and $25 with Springfield Sister Cities Association, and they make great holiday gifts.

You may purchase your tickets at the event or in advance at

- A.M. Donuts & Coffee
- SnoNut
- Parks Concessions
𝘈𝘵 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘸𝘰 𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘰𝘳𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵.

In accordance with the city-wide mandate, ages 12 and older are required to wear face coverings; children ages 3-11 are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings. Physical distancing is required."


Ornament Party Package Pottery-To-Go Kit

Where: Firehouse Pottery

When: All Thanksgiving Week, 12 - 8 PM

"Order one of our 2020 Ornament Pottery-To-Go Packages.
We've had families painting ornaments together for twenty-four years. We love the traditions shared with our families of customers. Start or continue a tradition and celebrate with family and friends as you paint keepsake ornaments together with our Ornament Pottery-To-Go Package. Choose from 5 or 10 ornament packages. It's $39 for 5 or $70 for 10. We'll include an assortment of our most popular ornaments, and we'll send all supplies needed to create a fun painting party at home. This package includes your ornaments, glaze, reduced studio fees and firing. It's a great deal!
Create a new tradition and paint together on Thanksgiving or host a holiday painting event with friends, coworkers or with your child's classmates.
You'll receive .5 ounces of each of our six most popular colors (green, light blue, red, yellow, purple, orange and white. A fine tip writer with black glaze can be purchased to do fine detail work and writing. Details are on the order page. We'll include a paint brush for each painter. These will be returned with the supplies. Additional colors of glaze or additional amounts can be purchased for $1.25/ounce.
If you'd like to choose your own ornaments for the package, you can stop by the studio and create your own bundle. We have so many ornaments to choose from, and we'd love to help.
This bundle is available as to go only. Selection is from our many styles of $6 flat ornaments.
Time selected for pick up is 12pm. This is just the default time we open each day. You can pick up any time throughout the day Tuesday-Sunday during our normal business hours. Check out our website for current hours. We're happy to help you create a fun painting package. "

Click here for your tickets

417 Vintage

Urban Christmas Tree Farm + Christmas Market

Where: 417 Vintage Market & Supply Co. (Branson, MO)

When: November 27th - November 29

"Join us for our Christmas Tree Farm + Christmas Market in downtown Branson! 😍🎄❤️🎅

Shop hundreds of lit and unlit artificial Christmas trees while enjoying FREE hot chocolate and coffee! 🎄☕️

PLUS browse two stories of Christmas, vintage, farmhouse, and industrial decor and furnishings! 😍🙌

We have also set it up As THE perfect place to grab some holiday photos 📸 - with a photographer on-site to grab a professional photo too if you’d like! 😍

This event will be taking place every Thursday-Sunday through November and can’t wait to see you! 🥰

The hours for the store, Tree Farm + Christmas Market stick to our usual days:
- Thursday (Thanksgiving) CLOSED
- Fridays (10am-6pm)
- Saturdays (10am-6pm)
- Sundays (Noon-5pm)

We are closed Mondays-Wednesdays.."

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