The calendar at Missouri Western State University is full of holiday-related and family-friendly events for the campus and community to enjoy.

Percussion Ensemble Concert, Dec. 1

The Percussion Ensemble presents their Fall Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 in the Potter Hall Theater. Admission is free and open to the public. The concert will feature renowned composer and performer Dr. Benjamin Finley.

Midday Melodies, Dec. 2

The MWSU Faculty Brass Quintet will present a free concert at 12:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at Kelley Commons, just west of Blum Student Union, or inside the Blum Union Food Court in the event of inclement weather. Free and open to the public.

Ye Olde Madrigal Feaste, Dec. 2 and 3

Ye Olde Madrigal Feaste is an Elizabethan style dinner in the Fulkerson Center to celebrate the holiday season featuring entertainment from the Renaissance Singers.

Symphonic Winds Concert, Dec. 4

Free and open to the public, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, Potter Hall Theater

Orchestra Concert, Dec. 5

Free and open to the public, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, Potter Hall Theater

Light Up Western, Dec. 6

The Western Activities Council will hold its annual holiday event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, starting in the Kelley Commons and moving inside the Blum Student Union. Students will make ornaments, decorate stockings, enjoy hot cocoa and get their pictures taken with Santa. In addition, WAC will unveil the artists in this year’s Spring Concert.

Holiday Art Sale, Dec. 6-8

The MWSU Clay Guild will host its annual Holiday Art Sale in the Potter Art Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, December 8 and 9. The sale will feature artwork created by Department of Art students and faculty and is open to the public. A portion of sales will benefit the Amy Singleton Scholarship Fund.

Second annual President’s Holiday Gala, Dec. 7

Join Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western’s president, in ushering in the holiday spirit at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 in the Fulkerson Center. The concert features the Department of Music’s top ensembles and performers in a collage-style concert, culminating in a finale you will not want to miss. Admission is free and open to the public.

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