This weekend is full of holiday fun from an annual lighting festival, to a time honored play coming to town. There are also a few concerts around the area for your enjoyment.

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    Michael Johnson

    Pioneer Place Main Stage

    Pioneer Place presents Michael Johnson for a special holiday performance. With songs like "Bluer Than Blue", "Give Me Wings", and "That's That", Johnson's voice will keep you entertained all night long. His guitar style, and playing is an important part to his show. Come join Johnson on this special night. Tickets are $24 in advance, and $27 at the door.

    CLICK HERE for ticket information.

    • Sunday, December 7th, 7:30 p.m.
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    26th Annual Festival of Lights

    St. Cloud Hospital
    Festival of Lights 2012 (Photo: Ashli Gerdes)

    The St. Cloud Festival of Lights helps kick off the holiday season every year. Join the St. Cloud Tech High School Choir as they sing holiday carols, while you get to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will also be cookies, cocoa, horse drawn trolley rides, reindeer, living nativity, and the Gorecki Guest House lighting. The festival kicks off at 6:00 p.m., with the lighting at 7:00 p.m. This is a free event open to the public, but you can bring a non-perishable food item to donate. Below is a throwback video from the 2012 Festival of Lights.

    • Thursday, December 4th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
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    Stearns History Museum
    Jani Bryson, Thinkstock

    The Stearns History Museum kicks off the holiday season with it's annual KringleFest celebration. Join the Sons of Norway Trolheim Lodge as they bring Norway to you with crafts, food, and an exhibit of Norwegian culture. Click Here to learn more about the New Land, New Life Exhibit, which ends on December 31st. Be sure to bring  your camera, as Santa will be making a special appearance to meet with the children. Admission is $7 for adults, and $3 for children, members are free.

    CLICK HERE for more information.

    • Sunday, December 7th, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
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    Broken Fiddle with Doug Millaway

    BoDiddley's on 25th Ave.
    Getty Images

    The Granite City Folk Society is brings folk music to St. Cloud from local artist to international sensations. This time they present Broken Fiddle. Second Fiddle and BrakeAway members Angie Crandall, Kris Crandall, Jake Hagedorn, and Doug Millaway come together for a night of fiddling at its best. Tickets are $5 at the door.

    CLICK HERE for a full list of music presented by Granite City Folk Society.

    • Friday, December 5th, 7:30 p.m.
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    A Christmas Carol

    Escher Auditorium - College of St. Benedict
    Photo: Nebraska Theatre Caravan

    The Nebraska Theatre Caravan returns to Central Minnesota with Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'. The play, featuring a 24 member cast, follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he is taken through the past, present, and future to find the true meaning of Christmas. There will also be live musicians accompanying the performance. Kick of the holiday season with this time honored classic. Tickets are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors, $25 for faculty/staff, and $10 for students/youth.

    CLICK HERE for ticket information.

    • Friday, December 5th, 7:30 p.m.