Wichita-Area Christmas and Holiday Events

christmas bellsNovember and December are filled with holiday events in Wichita, including Christmas concerts, holiday shopping bazaars, visits with Santa, and even horse-drawn carriage rides. Many of these events make for an affordable day out with the family, a date-night with your spouse, or an evening with friends. This page will be updated continually throughout the holidays as new information comes in.

Looking for even more things to do? See our list of what’s Cheap This Week in Wichita.

Also see the shortlist of Where to see Christmas lights in Wichita

Ongoing


  • Botanica Illuminations 701 Amidon Street in Wichita. Open every evening through December 31, excluding December 24-25. Kansas’ largest holiday light display. Family-friendly. Live music, hot cocoa and cider. $7 adults ($6 Botanica members); $5 youth ages 3-12. Group and member ticket discounts available. (5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) Activity, Live Entertainment

 

**Past Events**
November 21

  • Holiday Wreath Festival and Special Holiday Exhibits at Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum Annual wreath festival features holiday gifts of all kinds in the museum store, special Christmas displays, and a luncheon served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Luncheon is $14; reservations may be made by calling the museum at 265-9314. (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) Shopping, Dining, Activity
  • City of Derby Tree Lighting Madison Avenue Central Park, 512 E. Madison in Derby. Tree-lighting, photos with Santa (bring your own camera), cookies, kettle korn, hot cocoa, and coffee. (6 p.m.)

November 22

  • Holiday Wreath Festival and Special Holiday Exhibits at Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum Annual wreath festival features holiday gifts of all kinds in the museum store, special Christmas displays, and a luncheon served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Luncheon is $14; reservations may be made by calling the museum at 265-9314. (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) Shopping, Dining, Activity

November 23

  • All Things Gingerbread Village at Cambridge Market 21st and Webb. Life-size gingerbread house, photos with Santa and the Gingerbread Boy. Gingerbread cookies and child-size aprons will be for sale. Benefits the Assistance League of Wichita. (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.) Shopping, Activity
  • Shop the Fab Five Do your holiday shopping at five Wichita museums’ gift shops.  Members get a 20% discount, non-members get a 10% discount at Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, Exploration Place, Mid-America All-Indian Center, Old Cowtown Museum and Wichita Art Museum. This free event also includes special demos, music and more. (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • Let It Snow at the Dome Theater inside Exploration Place.  A fun family show to put you in the seasonal mood with holiday images and scenes set to favorite songs from Frank Sinatra to the Muppets. $5 adults; $3 youth ages 3-11; $4 seniors 65+; admission to Exploration Place is not required to do the Dome.
  • City Arts Boutique Grand Opening 2nd and Mead. Purchase art made by local and regional artists, including blown glass, pottery, photography, paintings, sculptural pieces, hand crafted jewelry and more. (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) Shopping
  • Affair in the Square – Old Town Square Holiday Open House 2nd and Mead. Free entertainment and activities for the whole family. Free horse-drawn carriage rides from noon to 4 p.m.; free children’s art activities inside CityArts 1-4 p.m.; free performances from Music Theater for Young People, Mosley Street Melodrama, and Crown Uptown Dinner Theater. $1000 in Old Town Bucks giveaway. (Noon – 4 p.m.) Shopping, Activity
  • Tree Lighting at Bradley Fair 21st and Rock Rd. Annual lighting of 35-foot Christmas tree, photos with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides. Benefits the Ronald McDonald House. (5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.) Shopping, Activity

November 24

  • Rhythm and Blues for Christmas at Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley. Dress up for a night on the town with fun, prizes, food available for purchase, live music, and dancing. $8 ticket at the door benefits the children of Carpenter Place. (5 p.m.) Activity, Live Entertainment

November 28

  • Lights at St. Paul Douglas and St. Paul in Wichita. Drive through approximately a half-mile of light displays and listen to synchronized music on your radio. Open every evening through December 29, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation per car, benefits people with disabilities. Photos with Santa available inside the ILRC building for a $5 donation on Thanksgiving night and weekend evenings until Dec. 23. (5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sun-Thurs; 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Fri-Sat) Activity

December 3

December 6

  • Bring in the Greens at the Great Plains Nature Center 6232 E. 29th Street North. Join the GPNC staff at this family-friendly event as they deck the halls, sing carols, and offer seasonal treats.  Kids will make homemade ornaments and play the bells, and two local choirs will perform. (6 – 8 p.m.)
  • Westview Christmas Bake, Craft, & Vendor Gala 6-10 p.m. Shop local vendors & crafters, support small local business, and cross items off your gift lists. Storytelling, music, shopping, laughter, s’mores by the fire, and a raffle. Bring a donation of a new unopened toy for local children in need and receive a free raffle ticket. Westview Baptist Church, 1325 S. Meridian, Wichita, KS 67213
  • Christmas at the Kansas Oil Museum 383 E. Central in Goddard. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa in the antique sleigh. Refreshments, carolers, kids’ crafts and activities, costumed historical interpreters, gift shop discounts. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for students 6-18 years of age, FREE for children 5 and younger. (6:30 p.m.)

December 7

  • Free Arts and Crafts Fair Northwest High School, 1220 N. Tyler, Wichita. (Enter from Tyler Rd. only.) Fundraiser for the Northwest Performing Arts Booster Club. Local artisans, crafters, and businesses will sell a variety of items including jewelry, home decor, soaps, candles, and more. Live entertainment from NW High students. Live Zumba. https://www.facebook.com/NorthwestPABC/events (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
  • All Things Gingerbread Village at Cambridge Market 21st and Webb. Life-size gingerbread house, photos with Santa and the Gingerbread Boy. Gingerbread cookies and child-size aprons will be for sale. Benefits the Assistance League of Wichita. (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.) Shopping, Activity
  • Lights on the River Near the Wichita Boathouse at 515 S. Wichita St. Family-friendly event that includes a lantern launch, live music, a visit from Santa, wagon rides, food trucks, and fireworks. Lanterns will be sold in advance for $3 each or 2 for $5. The lantern launch will be at 6 p.m. on the Lewis Street Bridge, followed by fireworks and a visit from Santa. Free. (5 p.m.)
  • Goddard Christmas Tree Lighting Goddard Public Library, 201 North Main Street in Goddard. Fun family event open to all. There will be free cookies, cocoa, live music, crafts, movies, games, and a visit from Santa! (6-8 p.m.)
  • Christmas Express – A Rockin’ Holiday Concert Wichita Orpheum Theater, 200 N. Broadway. Wichita musicians donate their time to perform Christmas favorites in blues, gospel, rock, jazz, and classical styles. Visit from Santa Claus. $20 tax-deductible ticket benefits the Shriners Hospitals for Children and the local Midian Shrine Transportation Fund. (7 p.m.) Live Entertainment

December 8

  • Magnificat East Heights’ UMC sanctuary, 4407 E. Douglas St. The Chancel Choir will perform John Rutter’s Magnificat, featuring a 17-piece orchestra, Chancel Choir soloists, and David Cason, organist. Free admission. (11 a.m.)
  • Friends of the Wichita Art Museum Holiday Open House 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Warm up with holiday refreshments, live music, and a visit with Santa in the museum’s Farha Hall. Free museum admission too. (2 p.m.)
  • A Capella Christmas Southwest Presbyterian Church, in Scott Hall, at 1511 W. 27th St. South. The Emerald City Chorus will present its annual benefit concert, singing Christmas favorites. Home-baked cookies, wassail, and coffee will be served. Admission is a donation of non-perishable food items to benefit Operation Holiday. (2 – 4 p.m.)
  • ICT Winter Bazaar Local vendors selling handmade wares, fine art, and more. Food trucks, live music, FREE admission. This one looks like it will be big. The bazaar is being organized by former Onion Tree owner, who says there could be as many as 100 local vendors. Century II Convention Hall, 225 W. Douglas, Wichita. https://www.facebook.com/events/332440906892652/Thanks, Doug. (3-7 p.m.)
  • Living Nativity East Heights UMC,  outside north entrance. Living Nativity outside and free refreshments, art displays, and music in the Coffee House inside. Special event for all ages. (6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.)

December 10

  • Wichita Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert Century II Convention Hall. FREE, but tickets are required and they go quickly. Donation of a non-perishable food item is requested, and benefits the Kansas Food Bank. (7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.) Live Entertainment

December 12

  • Hometown Christmas in Andover At Andover Central Park. Lighting of the new 22-foot Christmas tree, live music, hayrack rides, s’mores and hot chocolate, chili cookoff, holiday-themed crafts, and pictures with Santa. Admission is a donation of shelf-stable foods, new toys, or cash, which will benefit Andover families through the local Caring and Sharing program. (5:30 – 8 p.m.)

December 13

  • Family Board Game Night Sedgwick County Extension, 7001 W 21 St. N. Besides just being good clean family fun, this would be a great way to try games before buying them as gifts.

December 14 

  • Breakfast with Santa Chick-fil-A West, 10515 W. 21st Street, Wichita, Kansas 67205. Pictures with Santa, Santa Cow, and Elf Kid cow, free crafts from Michael’s, carolers from Maize High. Share pics on Facebook too. (8-10 a.m.)
  • Breakfast with Santa Goddard High School, 2500 S. 199th Street W. Santa will arrive through the east doors at 8:55 am. Free cinnamon rolls and drinks, some fun games, movies, and crafts throughout the morning. (8:55 – 11 a.m.)
  • Free Holiday Movie Warren Old Town Theater, 2nd and Mead. It’s a Wonderful Life (10 a.m.)
  • The Nutcracker by Ballet Wichita Century II 225 W. Douglas. Tickets to this classic ballet range in price from $12.50 to $40 each. (8 p.m.)
  • Affair in the Square Old Town Square, 2nd and Mead. Free carriage rides from noon to 4 p.m.

December 15

  •  The Nutcracker by Ballet Wichita Century II 225 W. Douglas. Tickets to this classic ballet range in price from $12.50 to $40 each. (2 p.m.)

December 19

  • It’s a Wonderful Life at the Wichita Orpheum Theater, 200 N. Broadway. This classic film starring James Stewart and Donna Reed will be shown on the big screen at the historic Wichita Orpheum. Tickets are just $5 for adults and $4 for seniors, military and students. (7 p.m.)

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    The Collegiate Association of Parents (CAP) of Wichita Collegiate School is hosting its annual holiday market and poinsettia sale on Thursday, December 6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will be held in the school’s multi-purpose room, which is located on the southwest corner of Wichita Collegiate School’s campus. Admission is free.

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