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Christmas in the Woods at Ponca State Park

Ponca State Park will be offering free Christmas family photos on November 29.
Ponca State Park will be offering free Christmas family photos on November 29.

Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend at Ponca State Park this Saturday, November 29. With Christmas just around the corner, warm up your cookie decorating skills and get a head start on holiday crafts such as homemade ornaments and greeting cards. The day will conclude with free family photos and lighted hayrack rides. All activities will meet at the Resource and Education Center. All ages welcome.

Start your Christmas Day countdown by making your own natural chalkboard at 9 a.m. Participants must preregister at the front desk for $3/craft; spaces are limited to 30 people.

Learn how to make snowflake pine cone ornaments at 10 a.m. Preregister at the front desk for $2/craft, limit 30 participants.

At 11 a.m., decorate two Christmas cards, one for yourself and another to send to local nursing homes, $2/person.

Cookie decorating will take place from 1 to 2 p.m., free.

Then bring the whole family to the center for Christmas family photos from 3 to 4 p.m. Photos are free and will be emailed to families.

At the end of the day, enjoy the frosty chill of a winter evening on lighted hayrack rides. Tours will be offered for free from 5 to 6 p.m.

Come for the day or stay for the weekend. Ponca State Park has several modern mini-lodges and rustic cabins available by reservation. To find out more, contact the park at 402-755-2284. All vehicles must display a valid park sticker for entry.

About Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley

NEBRASKAland Associate Editor Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam, and moved to the United States with her parents in 1992. She graduated from Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove, California, in 2008 and completed her bachelor’s degree at UCLA in 2012. Wheatley was editor-in-chief for her high school newspaper and continued to write in college, freelancing for various publications, the Tiger Woods Foundation and writing for her blog FoodForHunters.com. After graduating college, she moved to Nebraska in early 2013 to join the Commission as Regional Editor at NEBRASKAland Magazine. She then became associate editor in 2015. Wheatley enjoys hiking, camping, horseback riding, hunting, fishing and wild game cooking.

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