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Wichita Winter Activity Checklist

Wichita Winter Checklist ICT

We all get a little stir-crazy when winter seems to drag on during these cold months. It can get to the point where we all feel like shut-ins and, as a mom of a small child, I get tired of cleaning up all of the glitter and slime that I provided as indoor entertainment. (Note-to-self: […]

Cars for Charities Car Show in Wichita has FREE Admission for Kids

Starbird Car Show Wichita

The Starbird-Devlin car show – now renamed Cars for Charities Rod & Custom Car Show- will be held this January in Wichita 2023. Kids 11 and younger get in free! The annual Wichita car show is a three-day event that was started by Darryl Starbird in 1957. It features award-winning show cars, hot rods, custom cars, motorcycles, […]

Wichita Snow Glow Event (rescheduled to January 27th)

Snow Glow Wichita

Wichita Park & Recreation is hosting a Snow Glow event at the Mid-America All-Indian Center for 2023. It was scheduled for January 20th but they have moved it to the 27th due to the weather!!  It’s a night sledding event you’ll never forget featuring music, LED light show, food trucks, and snow provided by Snow […]

$5 admission to Botanica through February

$5 General Admission Botanica

Whether it’s chilly or mild, keep this winter discount at  Botanica in mind. Now through February 28, 2023 Botanica will be open regular hours and you can get admission for just $5 per person! Every season is beautiful at Botanica, but this deal will be especially nice on those unseasonably warm winter days.  What do […]

Botanica Illuminations 2022

Illuminations Ultimate guide

Botanica’s Illuminations is an annual tradition in Wichita, which fills the night sky with holiday lights (up to two million of them!) and Christmas music. In addition to the amazing displays, show and carousel rides, Illuminations will have live carolers each night, hot coco and treats, and the opportunity to visit Santa. Illuminations Dates: November […]

Free Christmas tree disposal, recycling in and around the Wichita area

Christmas tree Disposal

Sedgwick County residents can recycle real Christmas trees for free! When you’re ready to get rid of your Christmas tree, you can take it to one of more than 20 locations to have it turned into mulch. The program is run by Sedgwick County Environmental Resources. While you’re there, you may also pick up free mulch — if […]

First Day Hikes on New Years Day in Kansas, Wichita

First Day Hikes on New Years Day

Take a hike on the first day of 2023 to start your new year off right! Numerous Kansas State Parks – and a Wichita city park – are offering First Day Hikes, which are guided hikes on New Year’s Day, January 1. Bring the family – bundled up, of course, and wearing comfortable, sturdy hiking […]

Victorian Christmas at Old Cowtown Museum

Dancers at Victorian Christmas Cowtown

Celebrate an old-fashioned holiday at Old Cowtown Museum’s Victorian Christmas event this season in Wichita. Stroll along lamp-lit, carol-filled streets, warm up with a cup of hot cocoa, and check out the Victorian dancers in the evenings on two weekends in December. [sc name=”double-check-reminder” ] Victorian Christmas has become a family tradition for many in […]

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides in Wichita 2022

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Dashing through the snow and oh what fun it is! Every year, we have several places in Wichita that usually offer free horse-drawn carriage rides in Wichita.There is something incredible magical about the experience of an old fashioned carriage ride that will put even the must ‘humbug’ of people into the Christmas spirit!  Look below […]

Christmas events in Wichita 2022

Christmas Events Wichita

Looking for things to do in Wichita, KS for Christmas? November and December are normally filled with holiday events in Wichita, including Christmas concerts and shows, festive bazaars and markets, visits with Santa, Christmas light tours, and even horse-drawn carriage rides. Many of these events make for an affordable day out with the family, a […]

Fulton Valley Farms: A Country Christmas Holiday Event

Fulton Valley Farms Reindeer

Fulton Valley Farms in Butler County puts on A Country Christmas starting November 25 – December 16, 2022 with over 800,000 lights, live reindeer, Santa and so much more. They have also added some really fun special events for this Holiday Season that are reasonably priced. Fulton Valley Farms is a short 15-minute drive east […]

Where to see Santa in Wichita 2022

Where to see Santa

He’s a busy guy, but Santa still always makes time to visit Wichita every year. See the full schedule of his stops below! He loves our city because the people are great, there isn’t a lot of traffic, and we have so many affordable things to do. But best of all, of course, is the […]

Christmas tree lightings Wichita 2022

Christmas Tree Lighting & Events

Feeling nostalgic for some old-fashioned hometown holiday fun? We’ve rounded up a Santa-pack full of free Christmas tree lightings in Wichita as well as in our neighboring communities. Wichita is surrounded by wonderful small communities that have their own traditions and events for the holiday season. These festive events will have you exploring beyond your immediate […]

Bradley Fair Holiday Stroll

Bradley Fair

The Bradley Fair Holiday Stroll happens weekly on Sundays this year, and includes live entertainment on the Plaza throughout the day, complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides, opportunities to snag a photo with Santa or with your crew in other festive spots, face painting, hot coco and more!  And of course, the best part, is that it’s […]

Prairie Pines Christmas Tree Farm 2022

Prairie Pines Tree Farm

Prairie Pines Christmas Tree Farm opens for the season on the day after Thanksgiving in November with holiday fun for families until mid-December. If you want the traditional family experience of going out and finding your tree, they have some beautiful pines growing on the property. Prairie Pines also has pre-cut trees for sale. But […]

Fall Bazaars, Craft Shows and Holiday Markets 2023

Holiay Craft Shows, Bazaars and Holiday Markets

Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and handmade items at these upcoming bazaars, Christmas craft fairs, open houses, artisan markets and other holiday shopping events in and around Wichita. Local artists and crafters have been hard at work throughout the year making awesome, unique items. Enjoy their handiwork and support your local artists at any of the […]

Wichita Mayor’s Tree Lighting at Union Station Wichita

This year they are changing thigs up! The Mayors Christmas Tree Lighting will be at Union Station 2022 unlike it has been in the past. This is a completely FREE event to go to in Wichita and they will have lots of holiday activities to get you into the Holiday Spirit!  Merry & Bright Union […]

Wichita Trick or Treat and Fall Fun Events for Halloween 2023

Trick or Treat Halloween Wichita

Leave the tricks at home, you’re in for a treat! Below we have compiled the full list of all of the great places to take your family this October for a Halloween to remember for years to come! With traditional door-to-door trick or treating becoming less popular, Wichita has gained some really fun new options […]

Winter Break fun in Wichita: free and cheap things to do with the kids

christmas activities for the family

The holidays sure can put a dent in your wallet, but don’t let that ruin your Christmas break fun! There are lots of free and cheap things to do during winter break in Wichita that will keep the kids from getting bored! These are a few of our favorites, but feel free to add your […]

Andover Hometown Christmas this Thursday

Andover KS Christmas Tree

Welcome Santa and enjoy fun activities for the whole family at the Andover Hometown Christmas celebration this December. The event WILL be held in 2021! The Andover Hometown Christmas holiday event will be held at Central Park on Thursday, December 9 from 5:30-8 p.m. “This is truly an event where the community benefits as we […]

Midian Shrine Feztival of Trees

2021 feztival of trees midian shrine wichita ks

Midian Shrine’s annual Fezitval of Trees event will provide a fun walk through dozens of fully decorated Christmas trees on display, along with festive activities and swag packages to be raffled off.  The 2021 Feztival of Trees will be held over two weekends, November 19-23 and again November 26-28, 2021. Admission is $5 and you can […]

Newton Parade of Lights

newton parade of lights 2021

The Newton Lions Club will again hold its annual Christmas parade in Newton, Kansas. The Parade of Lights will be happening on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Admission is FREE. Every float in the parade will be illuminated. It should be an awesome sight! The route will follow Main Street in the historic […]

Drive Thru Christmas and Scavenger Hunt

Although some of our normal traditions might not happen this year, there are so many ways to have fun and stay safe! Sunday, December 20, 2020 Gracepoint Church on West Central will be hosting a Drive Thru Christmas and Scavenger Hunt. [sc name=”subscribe-link” ] Drive through the Church’s parking lot from 3-5pm to see Santa, […]

Free Tickets to Botanica’s Illuminations

Blue lights at Botanica Illuminations

This December, you can get FREE tickets to Botanica’s spectacular holiday light show, Illuminations. Reddi Industries, the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County (CACSC), and Botanica have partnered up to make this holiday season extra special. [sc name=”subscribe-link” ] They are collecting toys and snacks for the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County. The CAC […]

2021 Rose Hill Hometown Christmas

FREE Photos with Santa at Rose Hill Hometown Christmas 2017

Hometown Christmas in Rose Hill, KS is held the 2nd Saturday of each December, so that makes it December 11 this year.  Experience old-fashioned family fun at this holiday event with activities for all ages all around town! All activities are FREE except for meals or unless otherwise noted. There is going to be so […]