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Christmas and Holiday Events in Wichita for Adults and Kids 2023

Looking for things to do in Wichita, KS, for Christmas? We have the ultimate list of Holiday events, Christmas activities, and what is happening in Wichita this Holiday. We want to take some stress off you this holiday season and make it easy for you to see what’s happening in & around Wichita. 

This list has Adult and Kids’ Holiday events for this Christmas season in Wichita. Many of these events make for an affordable day out with the family, a date night with your spouse or an evening with friends. Immerse yourself in the holiday cheer with these community gatherings designed to bring joy and celebration to all.

The Ultimate list of Holiday Events in Wichita

 

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Christmas Movies & Holiday Classics 
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25 Days of Holiday Fun
Christmas Lights Show and House Displays
Horse-drawn Carriage Rides
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Holiday Traditions that are FREE & Cheap 
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The Ultimate guide of Holiday events Wichita

Wichita Holiday Events for Families: 

Arctic Adventure is back this winter at Exploration Place with new games and experiences including animatronic animals, ice skating in your socks and see the castle turn into a Crystal Castle. $20 (Adults ages 12-64), $15 (Seniors ages 65+), $15 (Youth ages 3-11), Free (Child ages 2 & under), free for members.

November 10 through January 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Thursdays, when it’s open until 8 p.m.

Merry and Bright – Union Station Light Event and Toy Drive will be the 2nd Annual holiday lighting event at the historic Union Station in downtown Wichita. Festivities will include: Toy drive (Please bring a new, unwrapped toy; drop boxes will be on site), Lighting of the Douglas bridge train, Photos with Santa, Carriage rides, Interactive kids’ station, Hot cocoa and cookies and Live holiday music and performances. Free admission. 

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Historic Union Station.

Midian Shrine Feztival of Trees is a fundraiser that helps provide specialized medical care for children. It’s also a wonderful, affordable Wichita holiday tradition. Browse the beautifully decorated trees, purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win one, shop the marketplace of local vendors, enjoy a meal at the Snowflake Cafe or the sweet shoppe serving handmade candies and cookies. And of course, get your Selfies with Santa! $5 per person.

November 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, and 26 at the Midian Shrine Center, 130 N. Topeka, in Wichita, KS. See link for hours.

Bradley Fair Tree Lighting Ceremony is Saturday, November 18 this year. They didn’t give us much of a heads-up! But boy, do they have quite the line-up of activities planned. 

November 18, 2023 from 4-8 p.m.

Holiday Stroll As much a part of the Christmas season in Wichita as Santa himself, this shopping center’s event at Bradley Farir includes $3 train rides, a visit from Santa, and live entertainment, and more!

Every Sunday from November 19 – December 17, 2023

Botanica 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. $16 for adult; discounts for members, military, and kids ages 3-12.

November 24 to December 30 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. nightly at 701 Amidon.

A Country Christmas at Fulton Valley Farms is a holiday event draped with over 1,000,000 lights lights dancing to music. Stroll the wooded paths, partake in activities (like a sleigh ride around the property for $7) and take pictures with Santa and his reindeer! There will be hot chocolate, hot cider, decorated cookies and popcorn available for purchase as well. For some added fun come to the farm on Dec. 16th in your PJ’s or Dec. 23rd in your best ugly sweater! $10 adults (12+), $7 – Children (4-11), free – 3 and under

Opens November 24, 5:30-9 p.m. Click link in red above to get the schedule throughout the 2023 holiday season. 

Watson’s Christmas Express includes a variety of fun holiday activities at different price points from $4 to $18, all centering around experiencing the classic Polar Express Christmas tale. 

November 24 to December 23 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday evenings. See the link above for the full schedule, prices, and details.

Strataca Season of Lights, enjoy a tour like no other as you experience a maze of magical lights throughout the mine in Hutchinson. 

Dates: November 24 – January 6, 2023

Old Fashioned Christmas at Prairie Pines enjoy a traditional Christmas experience including horse-drawn wagon rides out to get your tree, a visit with Santa, bucket train rides for the kids, Christmas carolers, and cookies and hot cocoa to top it all off. Choose & cut trees are $79; pre-cut trees range in price and are clearly marked. 

Opens Friday, November 24 from 9 am to 5 p.m. at 4055 N. Tyler Rd. in Wichita, KS. Use the link above to get the full schedule for the 2023 season. 

Family Story Time: Ornament Making If you live near the southeast part of Wichita, bring your kids ages 0-7 to the Mulvane Public Library for this ornament-making workshop holiday children’s activity. They’ll have a variety of craft supplies available for the kiddos. Call the library for details. Free. 

November 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 408 N. 2nd Ave. in Mulvane.

Cookies with Santa at Don Hattan West will be a free and fun event for you and your family to kick off the holiday season. Meet Santa and tell him your holiday wishlist, plus enjoy some cookies. Free.

November 27 & 28 from 5-8 p.m. at 7800 W. Kellogg Dr.

Victorian Christmas at Old Cowtown Museum is a lamp-lit, carol-filled magical night and one of the most affordable family events in town! Enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate with family and friends while you stroll through the streets of Cowtown as it has been transformed into a good ol’ fashioned Victorian Christmas. $8 for ages 5 and up; 4 and under, veterans, and Cowtown members get in free.

December 1, 2, 8, and 9 from 6-9 p.m. at 1865 W. Museum Blvd. in Wichita.

Christmas Coloring is a fun and free relaxing event from Wild Cherry Handmade Crafts located in The COOP Coffee Co.’s East Douglas location. Bring the family or just bring yourself – and your holiday shopping list – and relax with a coloring page or two. Delicious snacks, special coffees and handmade gifts will be available to purchase while you’re there.  

December 2, 2023 from 2 to 4 p.m. at 2812 E. Douglas Ave.

Bel Aire Holiday Celebration is going to be a stop on Santa’s itinerary again this year. He’ll bring his reindeer along, and you can enjoy treats, crafts, and a light show with him! 

December 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

 

Pancakes with Santa will be extra jolly these mornings with the opportunity to have breakfast with Santa. Your ticket includes breakfast (All-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea, milk, and juice), a meet-and-greet with Santa for photos and admission into the farm to meet live reindeer and enjoy activities like the kid’s hay maze. $15 for everyone ages 4 and up; 3 and under are free.

December 2, 9, 16, 23, and 24; choose and early-morning or late morning session at 5079 SW Fulton Rd, Towanda, KS 67144.

Lights on the River is a fun annual holiday event from Wichita Clean Streams that includes food trucks, wagon rides, s’mores and a lighted orb float. Purchase a floating light at the Boathouse on December 3rd, and launch it onto the Arkansas River during the floating light parade! Bring your electronic receipt and pick up your light at the boathouse on the day of the event. Purchase of lights goes towards improving water quality in the River. Also, bring your kids ( or fur babies!) to visit Santa.

December 3 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Wichita Boathouse, 515 S. Wichita Str.

Winter Wonderland at Naftzger Park Enjoy a free night of holiday lights, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, photo booth and live entertainment. Sweet treats like candy canes, cookies, s’mores and hot chocolate will be available while you walk around but be careful, the Grinch may be up to some tricks!

Date: December 8, 2023  
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Location: Naftzger Park 
Cost: FREE

Christmas in the Park is a day of holiday fun! There will be pictures with Santa. carousel rides. crafts. cookies, model trains, food trucks, carriage rides and much more! 

Date: December 9, 2023
Time: 10 am – 6 pm
Location: Madison Avenue Central Park Derby
Cost: FREE (except for Breakfast with Santa) 

Lighted Christmas Parade! in addition to its Isle of Lights, Winfield is celebrating the holidays with a good old fashioned parade! This year’s parade theme is “Vintage Christmas.” 

Date: December 9, 2023  
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
Location: The parade will be on Main Street and start at 17th Avenue and go North to 10th Avenue.
Cost: FREE

Hometown Christmas in Andover is the perfect small-town celebration with a tree lighting, photos with Santa, holiday crafts, hot chocolate, teen winter carnival, s’mores, hay rack rides and more! Event will be in Andover Central Park. 

Date: December 14, 2023  
Time: 5:30-8 p.m. 
Location: Andover Central Park 
Cost: Admission is a canned goods or monetary donation to benefit Cabering and Sharing.

Polar Express at the Mulvane Library is another fun, kid-friendly holiday event for those southeast of Wichita. Join us for our third annual Polar Express event! Families with young children can come to the library for a morning filled with trains, crafts, story time, hot cocoa, and holiday cheer! You won’t want to miss the Polar Express at the Library! Geared towards families with children ages 0-10.

Date: December 16 , 2023  
Time: 10 am-Noon
Location: Mulvane Cpublc Library
Cost: FREE 

Merry Grinchmas at Kansas Aviation Museum is where you can meet the Grinch! Plus, movie at 11 am, crafts and a scavenger hunt with prizes.

Date: December 19, 2023  
Time: 10am-Noon (movie will start at 11 am)
Location: Kansas Aviation Museum 
Cost: $5 per person/ Kids 3 and under are free 

Cocoa and Cookies with Santa at the Kansas Aviation Museum.  Santa and his elves are coming to the Kansas Aviation Museum! Bring your kids to meet Santa and enjoy hot cocoa in a unique aviation setting. They can share their holiday wishes, take photos, and explore the magic and science of Santa’s sleigh, plus decorate cookies to take home.

Date: December 20, 2023  
Time: 11m – 1 pm 
Location: Kansas Aviation Museum

The Cookie Decorating Party at Exploration Place will be a delicious holiday activity. Receive a decorating kit with 8 locally made cookies from The Cookie Rookie, icing, and sprinkles. The fun includes a visit with Santa and entry into the exhibits for your family or decorating group. Festive music and fun activities will be available to keep little hands busy as adults and bigger kids finish their decorating. Kits are limited. $30 per kit for non-members; members receive a $5 discount on that price. 

Date: December 21, 2023  
Time: 5-7 p.m. 
Location: in the WaterWay Hall of Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. in Wichita
Cost: $30 for your family 

 

Additional Christmas Attractions in Wichita

Take in a Show

We have our share of holiday shows and concerts in Wichita! There’s everything from Nutcracker performances – both traditional and unconventional – to musical performances from choirs or symphonies to holiday comedy and beyond. 

Visit a Christmas Tree Farm

You can find live Christmas trees in a lot of places, but it’s really fun to go out into a field and choose the perfect tree for you and your family. Wichita’s Christmas Tree Farms will give you the full holiday experience. You won’t find the cheapest trees there but you’ll have memories that are priceless! (In a normal year, some Christmas tree farms have holiday activities and wagon rides out to the fields, making this a very Christmassy thing to do. This isn’t a normal year though, so be sure to double-check what is being offered before you make your plans.) 

Look at Christmas Lights

Turn on the radio and enjoy festive holiday light displays in neighborhoods all over Wichita. You can enjoy the residential displays completely free of charge, or donate to the charities the homeowners are collecting for. Another way to enjoy holiday lights is to drive through The Arc Lights or drive or walk through Illuminations at Botanica. 

Visit Santa

Ho ho ho! Where’s the big guy? You can find Santa (and even his reindeer) at locations around Wichita. Santa prefers Wichita’s milder climate and high-percentage of “Nice List” residents so he often flies in for visits (kind of like Harrison Ford). Find out Where to See Santa in Wichita.

Take a Horse-drawn Carriage Ride

There’s nothing better for a Hallmark Ho-Ho than to enjoy a horse-drawn carriage. (Okay, if we had more snow it would be better to ride in a horse-drawn sleigh, but this is Kansas.) See our complete list of horse-drawn carriage rides

Do a Little Local Shopping

As soon as the autumn leaves start turning, local makers start bringing all their lovingly made goods to fall bazaars, Christmas craft fairs, and holiday markets all around Wichita. Although there may be fewer of these vendor markets these days, they aren’t all a thing of Christmas past! 

Local Gift Experience Christmas Gift Guide. Join us as we unwrap the gift of local experiences, exploring the joy of giving moments rather than things. 

Also visit our list of Discount and Outlets stores in and around Wichita,

Christmas family outside in the snow

Photo Opp Locations in Wichita 

Santa Photos:

Cabela’s 

2427 N Greenwich Rd  from

Illuminations at Botanica

Botanica, 701 N. Amidon

Santa Photo Experience at Towne East 

7700 E. Douglas

Old Fashioned Christmas at Prairie Pines 

4055 N. Tyler Road in Maize, KS

Other Holiday Photo Opps:

The Selfie Spot on Douglas – 1811 East Douglas Ave. Wichita, KS

Holiday-themed vignettes 

Adult Event: 

Pop Up Holiday Bars and Igloos in Wichita

Checkout this Video: Snowbound Video

Photo Of Snowbound at Chicken N Pickle

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