Come downtown for free family-friendly fun Dec. 18

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Enjoy a How the Grinch Stole Christmas, make a personalized ornament & listen to  live holiday music during Center City Saturday Dec. 18

The Galleries of First Friday Art Walk invite you to the Downtown Arts District, on Saturday, Dec. 18, to enjoy a variety of FREE family fun.

Among the highlights:

  • A FREE showing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at 10 a.m. at Hollywood Theaters
  • Free Art Day at The Creamery
  • Live lunchtime music by Stormy Weather at Farmers Gastropub.
  • Holiday Fun at Park Central Branch Library including a 10 a.m. Storytime followed by family films and, starting at 1 p.m., live holiday music
  • Make a FREE, handpainted personalized ornament at Good Girl Art Gallery
  • Warm up and watch the artists of Springfield Hot Glass Studio demonstrate their craft in live glassblowing demonstrations.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Enjoy a FREE showing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Hollywood Theaters College Station, located at the northwest corner of Campbell and College.

Enjoy Free Art Day at The Creamery, 10 a.m.-noon at 411 N.  Sherman Parkway, sponsored by Springfield Regional Arts Council and Junior League of Springfield.  Explore holiday cookie decorating, wrapping paper printmaking, and creating a crafty snowman and a glass ball ornament. The Springfield-Greene County Library will also provide storytelling.  All ages and artistic abilities are welcome for hands-on art activities, and no registration is required. Every participant can create and take home one item from each station. The Creamery is located in Jordan Valley Park, at the intersection of Sherman and Trafficway, just west of Hammons Field. (417) 862-ARTS (2787) www.SpringfieldArts.org

Visit Farmers Gastropub, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 160, for lunch and enjoy live Celtic music by Stormy Weather. “We’re also launching our bid to give away Santa Claus!,” says owner Bill Griffiths. “More accurately we are having a free drawing for a framed original pastel drawing done by local artist Bill Branoch.” The drawing takes place at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, right after Santa visits to fortify himself with Gastropub fare ahead of his busiest night of the year.

Visit Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, 1-4 p.m. to make a FREE, handpainted, personalized ornament with Artist Jesse Stone, and enjoy Good Girl’s ongoing shows Altered Perceptions by Sean Fitzgibbon and the Senior Exhibition of artist and MSU student Ashley Byers. (417) 865-7055 www.goodgirlartgallery.com

Drop by the Park Central Branch Library on the Square for Storytime with Grace Bentley at 10 a.m., followed by Family-Friendly Films, and, at 1 p.m., Live Holiday Music with A Matter of Style. (417) 831-1342 http://parkcentrallibrary.blogspot.com

Stop by Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., for live demonstrations of the glassblower’s art and enjoy a variety of beautiful handcrafted Christmas ornaments, jewelry, vases, animals, and various objet d’art. (417) 868-8181 www.springfieldhotglass.com

Enjoy Your Own Mini Art Walk . The exhibits of fantastic local art that debut on First Friday stay up all month for your enjoyment! Pick up a copy of the FREE Gallery Guide Brochure to enjoy your own self-guided Mini Art Walk. Experience original painting, blown glass, pottery, stained glass, sculpture, photography and much more. You will be amazed, inspired and uplifted by the amazing talent on display in the heart of Springfield.
Center City Saturday is a collaborative downtown happening presented the third Saturday of each month by members of First Friday Art Walk and the Downtown Springfield Association.
Designed as a casual, family-friendly daytime event, Center City Saturday strives to introduce visitors of all ages to the art, culture, entertainment, fashion, food and fun of the Downtown Arts District.

For more information about First Friday Art Walk, please visit www.ffaw.org or check us out on Facebook.

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