Best Bets: Welcome to the holiday season

Published 10:30 am Thursday, November 17, 2016

The area will begin to get into the swing of the season with a variety of events taking place the at Hormel Historic Home over the weekend. There will also be a chance to take in some hockey, enjoy a Christmas classic and even get some learning in.

1.  Enchanted Evening Tour and Concert

6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Hormel Historic Home

This historic setting will truly kick the holiday season off as people tour the home of the George A. Hormel family, fully decorated and enjoy the music of the Bissen Family Band. Tickets are $10. For more information call 1-507-433-0595.

2. Austin Bruins vs. Minnesota Magicians

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7:05 p.m. Friday at Riverside Arena

The Austin Bruins will face the Minnesota Magicians in some high-paced NAHL junior hockey action.

3. “It’s a Wonderful Life”

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday at Frank W. Bridges Theatre

Riverland Community College Theatre brings this Christmas favorite to the stage as George Bailey searches for redemption with the help of his guardian angel Clarence. It’s a feel-good story with a feel-good ending that will put you in the perfect mood for Christmas. Tickets are $13. Call 1-507-433-0595 for more information.

4. One Stop Christmas Shopping Women’s Expo

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at I.J. Holton Intermediate School

Search for that perfect gift from crafters and vendors while at the same time help out a good cause in this I.J. Hilton student fundraiser. For more information call 1-507-460-1525.

5. Hormel Historic Home Holiday Event

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Hormel Historic Home

This annual event features tours through the home dressed in all the holiday finery complete with festive music and treats. $10 per person. For more information call 1-507-433-4243.

6. Saturday Science Experience — The Scientific Method

11:15 a.m. Saturday at the Austin Public Library

This free event provided interactive science learning for the whole family as they learn about the scientific method and even get a free science experiment kit to take home. Even get ideas to do your own experiments at home. For more information call 1-507-433-2391.

7. Soup and Santa

4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Hormel Historic Home

Return to the Hormel Historic Home for even more holiday goodness and get a chance to see Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy some soup, cookies, hot chocolate, holiday crafts and get a family photo taken. $5 per person or $25 per family. Children 2 and under are free. For more information call 1-507-433-4243.