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.
This is a growing list of 2021 holiday events in the Wichita area. This page will be updated continually throughout the holidays as new information comes in. Be sure to scroll down to the day-by-day list of holiday activities!
Wichita holiday events
Wichita Mayor’s Tree Lighting It’s the annual tree lighting but in a new space and with a Winter Wonderland theme. Happens December 11, 2021. Free.
Bradley Fair Holiday Stroll As much a part of the Christmas season in Wichita as Santa himself. Begins November 21, 2021. Free.
Botanica Illuminations This spectacular family-friendly light display also includes live music, hot beverages, and plenty of other holiday fun. Begins November 18, 2021. Admission is $13.
Ongoing Christmas Attractions Wichita
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.
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.) On Sundays during the Christmas season, Bradley Fair once again has free horse-drawn carriage rides, and the Winfield Isle of Lights has them on select Saturdays this year.
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 symphony 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.)
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!
Day by Day Holiday Christmas Events near Wichita KS
November 6, 2021 Frank Lloyd Wright Holiday tours between noon and 5 p.m. Tour the Allen house in Wichita to experience the Holidays Wright Style. $25 per person. More info.
December 11, 2021 Rose Hill Hometown Christmas
Looking for all the holiday fun in Wichita? Check out these pages!
Christmas Lights in Wichita
Where to See Santa in Wichita
Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Holiday Craft Shows, Local Vendor Markets, and Shopping Events
Free and Cheap Activities for Winter Break in Wichita
Wichita Holiday Shopping Guide
How to Make the Holidays Special When You Can’t Afford Big Presents
Wichita Christmas Tree Farms
Holiday Attractions from Christmas Past
North Pole Substation
[Permanently Closed] 1841 S. Glenn in Wichita
The non-profit Claus, Inc. closed after the holiday season last year. Find out where else you can Visit with Santa in Wichita.
Holiday Laser Adventure
Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd., Wichita
Opens Friday, November 27. This fun family show in the Dome theater at Exploration Place will put you in the seasonal mood with holiday images and scenes set to favorite songs. No museum admission needed to do the Dome. Dome-only fees are $3 for kids ages 3 to 11, $5 for adults and $4 for seniors 65 and older.
Kansas in Miniature Holiday Show
Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd., Wichita
Opens November 30
See the popular “Kansas in Miniature” display – an elaborate, animated miniature of a 1950s Kansas town – decked out with the sights and sounds of the holiday season – complete with a Christmas parade and nostalgic music. The display is included with Exploration Place admission; free for members.
Fulton Valley Farms A Country Christmas
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings throughout the holiday season, enjoy the lights and visit with Santa and his reindeer on the farm in rural Kansas. A Country Christmas at Fulton Valley Farm is only $7 per person.
Prairie Pines Christmas
Experience an old-fashioned family Christmas tradition of going out to choose your tree, and enjoy other traditional holiday activities too at Prairie Pines Christmas Tree Farm.
The Arc’s Lights
2919 W. 2nd St. in Wichita, approach from Douglas and St. Paul St.
Drive through a tunnel of lights and over a million other lights on your drive through this all-volunteer Christmas light display. The Arc’s Lights are on nightly during the holiday season November 26 (Thanksgiving) through December 28, 2020, with a requested $10 donation per carload on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. (Or you can pick up $8 tickets at QT.)
Ice Skating at Chicken N Pickle
Bundle up the family or meet up with friends to skate the outdoor ice pond at Chicken N Pickle. Afterwards, warm up with some hot cocoa. On Saturdays, you can skate with Santa. This is an inexpensive outing and a nice way to put some “merry” in your holiday.
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