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Ice Skating at Chicken N Pickle

Free Hockey at Chicken N Pickle

Chicken n Pickle has brought outdoor ice skating back to Wichita. Grab your skates (or rent them there) and take a few turns around the pond. Don’t forget to bundle up with a warm coat, thick socks, and gloves! The ICE POND is CLOSED for the season! Check back for new updated information for 2024  […]

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 […]

See Santa at Cabela’s and get a Free Printed Photo

Cabela's Santa

Santa is making an early visit to Wichita this year; you can see him from November 6 to December 24, 2022 at Cabela’s Wichita at 2427 N. Greenwich Road! We’re putting together a huge day-by-day list of holiday events in the Wichita area, including Santa visits, holiday markets, tree lightings, celebrations, and more. We are […]

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 […]

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 […]

Watson Park Christmas Polar Express Polar Activity

Polar Express ride in Wichita at Watson Park!

All aboard for a fun trip to visit Santa! This year Wichita Park and Recreation is offering two ways to enjoy the “Polar Express” experience they call Watson Christmas Express.  Watson Christmas Express will be running at O.J. Watson Park throughout the holiday season. Kids are encouraged to wear pajamas, just like the boy in […]

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 […]

FREE: Board Games with Santa & Blitzen!

Free board games with Santa and Blitzen

Sedgwick County is bringing its Bonding thru Board Games event to the community to connect family and friends in a fun way on Friday, December 17, 2021. The Bonding Thru Board Games with Santa & Blitzen event will be from 6:30pm to 9 p.m. at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, 7001 W. 21 st […]

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 […]

Free pet photos with Santa at PetSmart

FREE pet photos with Santa Wichita

You have photos with Santa for the kids, but what about our furbabies? PetSmart is giving away FREE pet photos with Santa this month. Santa photos are available by reservation in all PetSmart  stores in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico from 12 – 3 p.m. (local time) Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and […]

Breakfast with Santa at Cowtown

Santa reading story to kids at Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita

Join Santa for breakfast at Old Cowtown Museum on Saturday, December 4th or the 11th, 2021! This is a perfect holiday tradition for Wichita kids. Tickets go fast for this event, so get them asap if you want to go at WichitaTix.com   Breakfast, photos with Santa, and activities will be included with your ticket. […]

Village Christmas: Tree lighting and holiday fun in Haysville KS

2021 Village Christmas Celebration in Haysville KS flyer & event schedule

Haysville, KS will kick off the holiday season with Village Christmas – a festive event that includes a tree lighting, photos with Santa, warm food, fun activities, live music, a vendor market, and more.    Village Christmas is scheduled for December 4, and the festivities begin at 4 p.m. with a soup & chili feed […]

A Night with Santa in Haysville

Haysville KS Night with Santa event December 11, 2021 flyer

Join in the fun at the first-ever Night with Santa event in Haysville on Friday, December 11, 2021.  Haysville Recreation has invited Santa to visit and enjoy a festive holiday evening with kids and families from 6-8 p.m. in the historic district.  You’ll get to take a picture with Santa, ride on a horse-drawn carriage, […]

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 […]

Santa’s arrival at the mall

Well this is an annual tradition that stretches way back to your parents’ childhoods: Santa is arriving at the mall! And wow is it going to be a big to-do. This is going to be at Towne East Square Mall at Douglas and Rock Road in Wichita. On Friday, December 3 at 6 p.m., meet at […]

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 […]

Story Time with Santa

story time with Santa

Snuggle up and get ready for Christmas with Story Time with Santa. Santa will be reading a story on December 22, 2020 for anyone to watch online! [sc name=”subscribe-link” ] The story will begin at 6 p.m. and last about 30 minutes. Santa will be reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Comment on the Facebook […]

Skate with Buddy the Elf and the Grinch at the Wichita Ice Center

Buddy the Elf? I know him! I know him!! The Wichita Ice Center is going to be hosting a fun day this December for Wichita kids to skate with Buddy the Elf and the Grinch. Also see: Where to See Santa Claus in Wichita In addition to being able to skate with these characters, you’ll […]

Santa Drive Thru

  Go see Santa on December 20th from 11:30-3pm! [sc name=”subscribe-link” ] This is an opportunity to snag your pic with the big guy & share your list from a safe distance. $5 minimum donation per car with all proceeds going to local Ronald McDonald House Chapter. Your professional pictures will be sent to you […]

Nights Before Christmas Hutchinson Light Display

Christmas lights in Hutchinson

December 12-19 go for a drive and experience Christmas lights in Hutchinson! This year you can experience the Nights Before Christmas light display from the warmth and comfort of your car. Drive along the outside of the Hutchinson Zoo and see the light displays put on by several non-profit groups and the light displays from […]

Happy Hoofidays at Tanganyika

happy hoofidays at tanganyika

The Holidays are all about spending time with friends, family, and… animals!! Happy Hoofidays with Tanganyika is sure to be an fun and safe way to celebrate the holidays. Tanganyika has fun activities planned: Animals Up-Close Petting Zoo Games Holiday Crafts Cookie Decorating  Family Photos with Santa and The Grinch Meet & Greet with Tanganyika […]

Pictures with Santa and Ugly Sweater Contest

Saturday, December 12 head over to Indian Motorcycles of Wichita for an opportunity to take pictures with Santa and participate in an ugly sweater contest. Starting at 10:00 am they will host an adult ugly Christmas sweater contest. Entries will be taken until 5:00 pm and the winner will be announced via Facebook on Monday, […]

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, […]