Christmas at DWU

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Members of the Mitchell community and surrounding areas will not have a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this holiday season.


All Dakota Wesleyan University musical ensembles will come together the first weekend in December to perform this year’s Christmas at Dakota Wesleyan concert, “Joy to the World.”

“Christmas at Dakota Wesleyan is one of my favorite events of the year. It is a joy to bring all of the DWU musical ensembles together to celebrate the season in festive song,” said Clint Desmond, director of choral activities at DWU.

The concert will include multiple musical selections with performances by The Dakota Wesleyan Choir, Wesleyan Band, LyricWood orchestra, Highlanders, Dakota Dynamics, The Singing Scotchmen and Wesleyan Bells.

Show times will be Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. in the DWU Sherman Center. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at or by calling 605-995-2603. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the DWU store inside the McGovern Library.

Members of the community are also invited to a special holiday event this year that will take place on the campus of DWU.

Dr. Mike Farney, professor emeritus at DWU, invites you to step inside the Florence Glenny Farney Dakota Discovery Dome, an inflatable planetarium in honor of Dr. Farney’s mother, for an inaugural show, “The Stars of Bethlehem.”

“The Stars of Bethlehem,” is a twenty-minute show which takes you on an astronomical adventure, diving into the history, philosophy and extraordinary story behind the Bethlehem sky.

The show will run Monday-Thursday, Dec. 2-5 with show times at 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each evening.

The inflatable planetarium is located inside Hughes Hall [the former science building] room 207, on the DWU campus. Street parking will be available along University Ave. The planetarium is family and kid-friendly and is also handicap accessible - chairs will be available for those in need, but guests are encouraged to bring pillows or seat cushions for use while inside the dome. The planetarium is free and open to all who wish to attend but registration is required and may be done by completing the online form that can be found at:

In addition, the DWU science club, CHAOS, is sponsoring “Toys for Tots” and will be collecting toys for young children and adolescents ranging from babies to teenagers. Collection boxes will be placed in the Sherman Center and the Glenda K. Corrigan Health Sciences Center on the DWU campus. Collection boxes will also be available during the planetarium “Stars of Bethlehem” performances in Hughes Hall. The toy collection will begin Monday, Dec. 2, and end Monday, Dec. 16. All donations will stay local and go directly to the Department of Social Security for the Mitchell area.

Holiday tradition continues in the Mitchell community as well with this year’s Parade of Lights hosted by Mitchell Main Street and Beyond, in conjunction with the World’s Only Corn Palace, taking place on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7:00 p.m. on Mitchell’s Main Street. Christmas at the Palace will take place beforehand from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Join fellow community members for a night of music, Christmas-fun and plenty of entertainment.


Don’t miss out on all things Christmas this holiday season!