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Holiday Traditions that are Free & Cheap in Wichita

Holiday Traditions in Wichita that are Free or Cheap this Holiday. Christmas time is the happiest time of year, and it’s always fun to come up with creative and fun traditions. Spreading the holiday spirit, making memories, and giving back is what Christmas is all about. Christmas doesn’t always have to be expensive, so here is a list of activities to do that are free, minimal cost and unique experiences. 

Holiday Traditions that are Free and Cheap

Holiday traditions play a significant role in providing a sense of continuity, connection, and meaning for individuals and communities. Here are several reasons why holiday traditions are important:

  • Emotional Connection: Holiday traditions create emotional bonds among family members and friends. Shared experiences during holidays can strengthen relationships, fostering a sense of belonging and unity. These connections contribute to a feeling of security and support.
  • Predictability and Comfort: Traditions provide a sense of predictability and routine during a time when many other aspects of life may be changing. This predictability can offer comfort and stability, especially in times of uncertainty.
  • Celebration and Joy: Many holiday traditions are centered around celebration, joy, and festivities. These rituals can enhance the overall positive atmosphere during holidays, promoting feelings of happiness and well-being.
  • Community and Social Bonding: Holidays often involve community-wide or societal traditions that bring people together. Whether through parades, festivals, or shared customs, these traditions foster a sense of community and shared identity.

Free or Cheap Holiday Traditions: 

1. Write a letter to Santa

Writing letters to Santa is a tradition that has been around for a long time. Most of the time, if you mail your letters in, Santa will even send a letter back to your kids. What a fun way to keep the Christmas spirit alive with Santa writing back to you.

Places to mail your letters:

  • WSU Post Office
    • Fee of $1.75
    • Visit before December 16 to get a letter back!
    • Morrison Hall
  • Cambridge Market
    • 21 st &; Webb
  • USPS
    • Return address: Santa, North Pole
    • First-Class Mail stamp
    • Address it to NORTH POLE POSTMARK, POSTMASTER, 4141
      POSTMARK DR, ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998
  • Botanica Illuminations
    • You must have tickets to attend
    •  Mailbox on-site at: 701 Amidon St, Wichita, KS 67203
  • Your mailbox
    • Address to Santa Claus, North Pole

2. Look at the Christmas lights

Cruising around town in search of Christmas lights is such a fun activity for the family to enjoy. After you’ve looked at all of the most popular displays, talk about which ones you liked best. Popular light displays in and around Wichita:

3. Go on a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

Dashing through the snow and oh what fun it is! Every year, we have a few places in & round Wichita that usually offer horse-drawn carriage rides in Wichita. Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides Wichita 

4. Watch Christmas movies as a family

List of Holiday Movies in Wichita. Most theatres are running special deals. 

Whether you are putting up the Christmas tree or having a family movie night, watching Christmas movies as a family is a fun, relaxing activity for everyone.

Notable movies

  • Elf
  • Polar Express
  • Christmas Vacation
  • Santa Clause movies
  • The Grinch
  • Home Alone
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas

5. Do One of the Activities from our 25 Days of Wichita Fun

6. Go to the Library and checkout a Holiday Book 

7. Call Santa. His number is below and free to call. 

8 . Follow Santa on Google Santa Tracker

9. Throw a Sleepover in the Living Room

Get out your sleeping bags or blankets. Play games, pop popcorn, make hot coco, and enjoy time together this holiday. 

10. Organize a Christmas Photoshoot

Use props at home, wear matching socks or jammies, and take pictures under the tree. 

11. Volunteer.

List of Places to volunteer in Wichita 

12. Create Holiday cards for hospital patients.

All you need are some pens and paper to make someone’s day. Writing to a patient that can’t be home for Christmas is a meaningful way to tell someone you are thinking about them and hope they get well soon.

13. Christmas Caroling

Get your friends or family together, go door to door, and start singing some Christmas songs. This can bring so many laughs and smiles to not only your group singing but the people you sing for.

14. Play one of these Cheap & Easy Games at Home.

List of games to pay at home. 

15. Decorate the Tree

Christmas Tree Farms in and around Wichita 

Decorating a Christmas tree is a classic tradition and a memorable experience for everyone. Whether you have a real or artificial tree, setting it up, hanging ornaments, and decorating it any way you like is such a fun way for the family to spend some quality time together.

16. Attend a Holiday or Christmas Concert 

List of Wichita Christmas concerts and Holiday Shows

17.  Make cookies or decorate a gingerbread house

Christmas cookies or a gingerbread house, anything involving food is a smart idea. Let the creativity flow with each person decorating their own cookie and voting on who did the best job. Better yet, bake a batch of cookies and deliver them to a neighbor or family friend.

Go to the Gingerbread Village event that’s every year at Exploration Place. More info HERE! 

Easy cookie recipes:

18. Go Sledding (if we have snow) 

During the holiday season, especially in Kansas, there will be snow and so many opportunities to go sledding.
Things to use if you don’t have a sled:

  • Mattress
  • Laundry basket
  • Cardboard
  • Canoe/Kayak
  • Baby pool

Where to go Sledding:

  • College Hill Park
  • Sedgwick County Park
  • Mid-America All-Indian Center
  • West Kellogg Hill by Cracker Barrel
  • Soccer Field Hill at Oliver & George Washington Blvd.

19. Build a snowman

If there’s enough snow, gather it into balls and build a snowman! Find some buttons around the house, hats, scarves, sticks for the arms, and a carrot for the nose.

  • Snow should be wet and heavy to keep the snowman in place
  • Find the perfect spot to put them
  • Roll the snow until you reach the desired size (three times)
  • Put some snow around the bottom so it doesn’t roll away
  • Get creative decorating your snowman!

20. Call a Family Member

Have a loved one that couldn’t make it? Call them up, wish them a merry Christmas, and let them know that you’re thinking of them. The essence of Christmas is spreading the holiday spirit and this is the perfect way to do so.

21. Make an ornament

Making memories as a family is priceless and making ornaments together is a great way to do so. An ornament a year would make for many on the tree and create conversations when the rest of the family is over.


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