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Christmas events in Wichita 2022

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 date night with your spouse or an evening with friends.

Wichita Holiday Events for Families

Winter Wonderland and Mayors Tree Lighting This local tradition now takes on a new agenda with the Mayor’s tree lighting ceremony being combined with a new Winter Wonderland event at Nafzger Park.

Date: December 10, 2022 –  5pm

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

Date: Sunday, November 20, 2022 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Christmas Events Wichita

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.

Dates: November 18 to January 1 (excluding Nov. 25 & 26, Dec. 24 & 25)


A Country Christmas Holiday at Fulton Valley Farms is a holiday event draped with over 800,000 lights, live reindeer, a new Santa Station and so much more. They have also added some really fun special events for this Holiday Season that are reasonably priced. 

Dates: November 25 – December 16, 2022


Victorian Christmas at Old Cowtown Museum is a lamp-lit, carol-filled magical night where you can enjoying 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. 

Dates: December 2, 3, 9, 10 – 6-9pm


Old Fashioned Christmas at Prairie Pines enjoy a traditional Christmas experience including horse-drawn wagon rides, a visit with Santa, bucket train rides for the kids, Christmas carolers, and cookies and hot cocoa to top it all off. 

Dates: Begins Friday, November 25th, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


STRATACA Season of Lights enjoy a tour like no other as you experience a maze of magical lights throughout the mine.

Dates: NOV. 12, 2022 – JAN. 9, 2023 8am – 5pm


Additional Christmas Attractions 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 and Christmas craft fairs all around Wichita. In 2020, we did see several craft fairs and holiday markets get canceled but they aren’t all a thing of Christmas past! 

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

Christmas family outside in the snow

Photo Opp Locations in Wichita 

Santa Photos:

Cabela’s November 5 – December 24

2427 N Greenwich Rd  from

Illuminations at BotanicaNovember 18 – December 23

Botanica, 701 N. Amidon

Santa Photo Experience at Towne EastBeginning November 23, during mall hours

7700 E. Douglas

Old Fashioned Christmas at Prairie Pines – Beginning November 25

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 beginning Nov. 19th

Adult Event: 

Snowbound at Chicken N Pickle: Pop-Up Bar 

Join us for Aprés-Ski in Snowbound, a pop-up holiday bar! With summit views, a gondola, a cozy atmosphere and outdoor fire-pits, there’s no question that Kris Kringle will be sipping holiday cocktails at Snowbound all season long.

Monday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 9:30pm
Friday: 5:00pm – 11:45pm
Saturday: 2:45pm – 11:45pm
Sunday: 2:45pm – 7:15pm

Reserve your Spot HERE! 

Reserve your ski passes and enjoy our spacious venue with summit views, craft bites, and unique holiday drinks. For more information check out the Snowbound FAQs.
For ages 21 & older

Checkout this Video: Snowbound Video

Photo Of Snowbound at Chicken N Pickle 

Jingle and Mingle: A Christmas Pop-Up Bar

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 30

Time: 5:30 – 10:00 pm

Location: Security First Title, 2127 N Collective Lane, Wichita, KS 67206

Cost: Free

Event Description:

Get the holiday tingles when you come to the mingle at our Christmas Pop-Up Bar! Gather your friends and family to enjoy holiday spirit cocktails, mingle with new and old friends, and snap a selfie at our festive selfie stations. Vote for your favorite designs by making a donation to St. Anthony Family Shelter at Catholic Charities to help provide shelter, food and supplies to homeless families in our community.

Come take a fun holiday photo, enjoy a drink, a mingle with friends while supporting a good cause. Selfie station designs by Mary Billings, Britney Mckenzie, & friends of Catholic Charities.

Link to learn more information: https://fb.me/e/3gabpeTcb



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