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Christmas at Kemper

November 30, 2019 – January 12, 2020

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Christmas at Kemper

Christmas at Kemper is a series of holiday events at the historic Kemper Center, which includes Durkee Mansion. Note: due to renovations at Anderson Arts Center, all of the events will be held at Kemper Center’s main campus (north of Anderson Arts Center) this year.

Events include:

23rd Annual Opening Night Gala

Kemper Center Conference Center

November 30, 2019

6 – 10 p.m.

An exhibition and auction of decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, centerpieces, and mantelpieces. $25 per person. Cash bar available.

 

Gallery of Trees

Kemper Center Conference Center

December 1-8, 2019

This is an exhibition of decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, centerpieces, and mantelpieces. Free admission, donations greatly appreciated. This is underwritten by Snap-on. There will be a bakeshop selling baked goods, coffee and cocoa at the Gallery of Trees.

Days and times:

December 1: 1 – 5 p.m.

December 2-6: 1 – 7 p.m.

December 7-8: 1 – 5 p.m.

 

Durkee Mansion Holiday Celebration of “Victorian Holiday Eve”

Durkee Mansion at Kemper Center

December 1, 2019 – January 12, 2020

See the historic 1860s Durkee Mansion fully decorated for Christmas. The old and the new are blended into a magical holiday experience by the talented designers of the Durkee Yuletide Volunteers. Free admission, donations greatly appreciated. This is underwritten by BMO Harris Bank.

Days and times:

December 1: 1 – 5 p.m.

December 2-6: 1 – 7 p.m.

December 7-8: 1 – 5 p.m.

December 14-15: 1 – 5 p.m.

December 21-22: 1:30 – 4 p.m.

December 28-29: 1:30 – 4 p.m.

January 4-5: 1:30 – 4 p.m.

January 11-12: 1:30 – 4 p.m.

 

Lakefront Studio’s Art Market

December 1, 2019

1 – 5 p.m.

Artists of Lakefront Studios at Kemper Center will be hosting this event in tandem with the Durkee Mansion Open House and the Gallery of Trees. Kemper’s fabulous Artist Community will have their studios open and have their artwork for sale.

 

Snowflake Jazz Concert

Simmons Auditorium at Kemper Center

December 7, 2019

7 – 9 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

This is the ninth annual concert. Free admission.

 

Christmas Wonderland Ball

Simmons Auditorium at Kemper Center

December 14, 2019

7 – 10 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

There will be a 10-piece band called “Southport Sound” conducted by John J. Sorenson. There will also be a cash bar, which will include special holiday drinks, and a free dessert buffet. Tickets sold at the door: $15 per person.

 

Christmas at Kemper is underwritten by Camosy Construction.