Holiday Tables: An Occasion to Gather, decorated dining tables, boutique and bake shop, 1-4 p.m. today, Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. Admission $10. Tea served 1-4 p.m.; $10. A fundraiser for the Center presented by Designing Women. Information, 316-634-2787.
Holiday Highlights — A Fashion Affair, benefit style show presented by Bonnie Bing of The Wichita Eagle, 7 p.m. today, CAC Theater, WSU. Benefits the African American Faculty and Staff Association Scholarship Fund. VIP tickets $50 (includes a pre-show party at 5:30); advance show tickets $20 by e-mailing Angela Linder at firstname.lastname@example.org; $25 at the door.
Christmas on the Prairie, horse-drawn wagon rides, cowboy movies, Silver Screen Cowboy Museum, Santa, all-you-can-eat barbecue, Christmas music and comedy with the Prairie Rose Rangers, through Dec. 23, Prairie Rose Chuck Wagon Supper, 15321 S.W. Parallel Road, Benton. Sunday performance features the Riders for the Cross. Dinner 6:30 p.m. Thu.-Sun., show at 7:30; gates open at 5. Admission $30, $10 for children 6-12, under 3 free. Information, 316-778-2121.
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Gingerbread Village Kickoff, life-size gingerbread house and children's photos with life-size Gingerbread Boy and Santa, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 13, Cambridge Market, 21st and Webb Road. Free. Proceeds benefit Assistance League philanthropic programs. Information, 316-687-5633.
Gingerbread Village Preview Party, cocktails, dinner, gingerbread houses and auction hosted by Tracy Cassidy of B98, 6 p.m. Nov. 18, Wichita Marriott, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive. Tickets $75. Information, Joan Seaton, 316-683-3144.
Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum Wreath Festival, gifts, baked goods, music, special exhibits, miniature Christmas trees, vintage Santas, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 18-19, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main. Free admission. Lunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m. daily; $12. Group lunch reservations, 316-265-9314.
Gingerbread Village, display of gingerbread houses, bake sale, make-your-own gingerbread house, 2-8 p.m. Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 20, 12:30-5 p.m. Nov. 21, Sedgwick County Extension Center, 21st and Ridge Road. Presented by Assistance League of Wichita. Advance tickets $5 by calling 316-688-0553; $7 at the door.
Horse-drawn Carriage Rides, 6-10 p.m. each Fri.-Sat., Nov. 19-Dec. 18, Bradley Fair, 21st at Rock Road. Free. Information, 316-630-9990.
Holiday Gala Dance, DJ, dance, food, cash bar, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27, Wichita Marriott Hotel, 9100 E. Corporate Hills Drive. Semi-formal or African attire, please. Sponsored by the Griots Board of Directors. Donation $35, tickets available by calling Rosie Vesey, 316-682-8663, or 316-993-6351.
Senior Wednesday Holiday Party, entertainment and refreshments, 10 a.m. Dec. 1, Ulrich Museum of Art, WSU. Free. Information, 316-978-3664.
Festival of Trees — Sneak a Peek Thursday, display of decorated Christmas trees, reduced admission, refreshments, live entertainment, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2, Century II Exhibition Hall Balcony. Admission $2 at the door or by calling Tina, 316-744-9291.
Festival of Trees — Party in the Pines Dance & Tree Auction, food, drink, live auction of decorated Christmas trees, silent auction of wreaths, gifts and holiday items, 7-11 p.m. Dec. 3, Century II Exhibition Hall Balcony. Tickets $75, available by calling Tina, 316-744-9291, by Nov. 26.
Renaissance Christmas Pageant, 60 characters in Medieval dress act out the drama of the manor feast and the birth of our Savior in Bethlehem, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-4, Sanctuary, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 600 N. Greenwich Road. Followed by reception and refreshments. Free. Information, 316-684-5201.
Old Cowtown Museum Christmas Dinner, 6 p.m. Dec. 3-4, Dec. 10-11, Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd. Tickets $26.95, $14.95 for children under 11, available at www.wichitatix.com or by calling 316-219-4TIX. Price includes admission to the museum's Victorian Christmas.
Festival of Trees, public viewing of decorated Christmas trees, Santa and his elf, storytelling, activities and refreshments for children ages 3-10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 4, 12-5 p.m. Dec. 5, Century II Exhibition Hall Balcony. Tickets $5 at www.wichitatix.com, or by calling 316-219-4TIX; children 12 months old and younger free.
Wichita Eagle Holiday Open House, 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 825 E. Douglas. Music, refreshments, building tours, prize giveaways, family photos, visit with Santa, meet Eagle writers and editors, and more. Free. Information, 316-268-6302.
Holiday Reception, mix and mingle with elected officials, nonprofit executives and community activists while celebrating community sharing, 4-6 p.m. Dec. 8, Botanica, 701 Amidon. Admittance with the donation of one teen gift to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots. Information, Nonprofit Chamber of Commerce, 316-440-6744.
Let's Make Merry: A Victorian Christmas, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 10-11, Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 Museum Blvd. Admission $7.75, $6.50 for seniors, $6 youth 12-17, $5.50 children ages 4-11, free for children under 4 and members. Group rates available. Information, 316-219-1871.
Wichita Art Museum's 75th Anniversary Gala, cocktails, dinner, dancing, entertainment and auction to benefit the museum, 6:30-11 p.m. Dec. 11, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Tickets $150. Reservations, 316-268-4912 or www.wam75gala.com.
Derby Christmas Parade, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11, starting at Derby High School's Panthers Stadium, 920 N. Rock Road, Derby. Parade proceeds west on Madison to Georgie, south to Market, then back to the stadium. Sponsored by the Derby Optimist Club. Free. Information, 316-788-4422.
Spaghetti with Santa, spaghetti dinner with Santa and Mrs. Claus, stories of the season and the lights of Illuminations, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Botanica, 701 Amidon. Reservations, $12, $7 for youth, available by calling 316-264-0448. Discounts available for members.
"Wyatt Earp Meets Little Richards Simmons at the Holiday OK Corral," followed by a musical comedy revue, Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley in Old Town. Shows Thu.-Sat. Nov. 11-20, then daily Nov. 26-Dec. 30 (no shows Dec. 24-25). For show times and ticket information, call 316-263-0222.
"Holiday Spectac-a-Dazzle," original holiday musical-comedy revue, Cabaret OldTown, 412 1/2 E. Douglas. Runs Nov. 12-Dec. 22. Shows Friday-Saturday in November, Wednesday-Sunday in December. Tickets $21 show only, $36 dinner and show. Information, 316-265-4400.
A Magical Crown Christmas, holiday musical comedy revue, Nov. 19-Dec. 23, Crown Uptown Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas. Buffet 6 p.m. Thu.-Sat., show at 7:30; doors open at 5:45. Buffet 4:15 p.m. Sun., show at 5:45; doors open at 4. Matinee buffet 11:15 a.m. Thu., show at 12:30; doors open at 11. Tickets $28.95-$35.95. Reservations, 316-681-1566.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes, 4 and 7 p.m. Nov. 20; 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Nov. 21, Intrust Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman. Tickets $45.50 to $59.50 at the arena box office or Select-A-Seat outlets. Charge by phone, 316-755-SEAT, online at www.selectaseat.com.
Santa's Christmas Clown, children's holiday musical comedy, Nov. 26-Dec. 18, Crown Uptown Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas. Buffet 11:15 a.m., show at 12:15; doors open at 11. Tickets $9.95. Information, 316-681-1566.
"The Mystery of Moose Lodge," interactive holiday whodunit, nightly Dec. 1-23, Prairie Pines Tree Farm, 4055 N. Tyler Road. Dinner 7:15 p.m., show 7:50. Tickets $32. Information, 316-303-2037.
"Over the River and Through the Woods," holiday comedy, Dec. 2-19, Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N. Fountain. Tickets $12 adults, $10 seniors/students/military; available at the door or call 316-686-1282.
Annual Christmas Gala, dessert buffet and USO show, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Augusta Historic Theatre, 523 State St., Augusta. Tickets $10 at the door or by calling 316-775-2900.
"Toyland," participatory theater for the 2- to 8-year-old audience, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 7; 10 and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8; 10 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Dec. 9; 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. Dec. 10; 11:30 a.m. Dec. 11; 10 and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 18, Wichita Children's Theatre & Dance Center, 201 Lulu. Tickets $5.50, pizza and show $7. Reservations, 316-262-2282.
"The Nutcracker," full-length production by Friends University Ballet and Wichita Ballet Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10-11, and Dec. 17-18, 2 p.m. Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, Sebits Auditorium, Riney Fine Arts Center, Friends University. Guest performers Dominic Walsh from Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre, Dec. 10-12; Wendy Whelan and Philip Neal, New York City Ballet, Dec. 17-19. Tickets $15, $12 for seniors and students. Information, 316-295-5537.
"The Nutcracker," by Ballet Wichita, 8 p.m. Dec. 11, 2 p.m. Dec. 12, Century II Concert Hall. Tickets $12.50-$37.50 at www.wichitatix. Charge by phone, 316-219-4849.
"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," theater for ages 5 and up, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 13-15; 10 a.m., 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 17; 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 18; 2 p.m. Dec. 19, Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. Presented by Wichita Children's Theatre & Dance Center. Tickets $5.50. Reservations, 316-262-2282.
"A Christmas Carol," theater for ages 10 and up, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 16, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 19, Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. Presented by Wichita Children's Theatre & Dance Center. Tickets $5.50. Reservations, 316-262-2282.
It's Christmas with the Diamond W Wranglers, western-style Christmas music and dinner, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11-13, Nov. 19-20, Nov. 26, Dec. 2-3, Dec. 5, Dec. 9-10, Dec. 12, Empire House Theater, Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd. Doors open at 5:30. Tickets $30, $20 for children 12-under, available at www.wichitatix.com or by calling 316-219-4TIX.
Singing Quakers Alumni Choir Holiday Concert, anthems and carols, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1958 N. Webb Road. Donation $12, $10 for seniors age 60-up and students. Reservations, 316-295-5677. Tickets may be purchased at the door with cash or check.
Rhythm & Blues for Christmas, benefit auction and music by The Macy Brothers, 5:45 p.m. Nov. 21, Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley. Doors open at 5. Benefits Carpenter Place for children. Admission $8 at the door or by calling Donna Davis, 316-264-9660. Food and drink available for purchase.
Michael Martin Murphey's Cowboy Christmas, horse-drawn wagon rides, cowboy movies, Silver Screen Cowboy Museum, all-you-can-eat barbecue, music by Michael Martin Murphey & his Rio Grande Band, Nov. 26-27, Prairie Rose Chuck Wagon Supper, 15321 S.W. Parallel Road, Benton. Dinner 6:30 p.m. Thu.-Sun., show at 7:30; gates open at 5. Admission $40. Information, 316-778-2121.
Christmas Express: A Rockin' Holiday Concert, with Diamond W, The Santa Cats featuring Karl Berkebile, and The Good Guys, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27, Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Benefits the Wichita Midian Shrine Transportation Fund and Shriners Hospitals for Children. Tickets $20 at Select-A-Seat outlets, www.selectaseat.com and employee clubs. Charge by phone, 316-755-SEAT. Box office, 316-263-0884.
Mannheim Steamroller 25th Christmas Anniversary Tour, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28, Century II Concert Hall. Tickets $58.50, $69, at www.wichitatix.com, 316-219-4TIX. Information, 316-264-9121.
Holly Days Kickoff Party, open mike and munchies, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28, Iron Horse Concert Hall, 315 S. Main, El Dorado. Presented by the FlintHills Folk Music Guild. Admission $12, children under 12 free. Information, 316-321-6348.
"All I Want for Christmas," Heart of America Men's Chorus holiday concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 4, 4 p.m. Dec. 5, Plymouth Congregational Church, First and Clifton. Tickets $18, available by calling 316-708-4837, children 12-under free.
Dennis Family Christmas Concert, 6 p.m. Dec. 5, Tabernacle Bible Church, 1817 N. Volutsia. Offering. A portion of proceeds benefit the W.G. Williams Community Foundation. Information, 316-734-1495.
Handel's "Messiah," Wichita Choral Society conducted by Shawn Chastain, 2 p.m. Dec. 5, First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. Admission $10. Information, Carol Parsons, 316-258-2518.
"The Spirit of Christmas," Wichita Symphony Orchestra's Free Family Holiday Concert with vocalist Nick Saverine and the Butler Community College Concert Choir, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Century II Convention Hall. Mail-in forms for free tickets will be published in The Wichita Eagle. Information, 316-267-7658, online at www.wso.org.
Wichita Community Children's Choir, winter concerts, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, First Baptist Church, 216 W. Second St.; 4 p.m. Dec. 12, First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. Concerts $5 each. Information, 316-295-5570.
Bittersweet Christmas Band, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Iron Horse Concert Hall, 315 S. Main, El Dorado. Presented by the FlintHills Folk Music Guild. Admission $12, children under 12 free. Information, 316-321-6348.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, 8 p.m. Dec. 15, Intrust Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman. Tickets $25-$58 at the arena box office or Select-A-Seat outlets. Charge by phone, 316-755-SEAT, online at www.selectaseat.com.
"Sounding Joy," Wichita Chamber Chorale, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, West Heights United Methodist Church, 745 N. Westlink; 4 p.m. Dec. 19, Plymouth Congregational Church, 202 N. Clifton. Tickets $15 at Senseney Music, online at www.wichitachamberchorale.com, or by calling 316-267-2796.
Girls Night Out, holiday shopping event with Sterling Miss and 12 other vendors, 6-8 p.m. Nov. 12, Lakeside Estates Clubhouse, 12219 W. Sheriac. A benefit for Camp Quality Kansas. Information, 316-440-8891.
Christmas in November, craft fair and bake sale, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 13, Mulvane United Methodist Church, 107 S. Central, Mulvane. Free. Soup and drink, $3. All proceeds benefit mission work.
Annual Fall Bazaar and Luncheon, holiday shopping bazaar, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 13, Valley Center United Methodist Church, Fifth and Meridian, Valley Center. Free admission. Lunch served 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; $7.50, $3 for children 3-10. Information, 316-755-1112.
16th Annual Wichita Alternative Gift Market, explore charitable organizations for potential gift-giving, with live entertainment and food available for purchase, 9 a.m. Nov. 13, Grace Presbyterian Church, 5002 E. Douglas. Free admission. Free catalog available by calling 800-842-2243; online orders taken at www.alternativegifts.org.
Holiday Gift & Craft Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 13, El Dorado Senior Center, 210 E. Second, El Dorado. Free admission. Information, 316-321-0142.
35th Annual Clearwater Christmas Fair, holiday gifts, decorations and food, decorated wreath contest and Santa and Mrs. Claus, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 13, Clearwater Middle School, 140 S. Fourth, Clearwater. Free admission. Information, 620-584-6884.
Holiday Open House, glass-blowing demonstrations, studio tours, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 20, Dec. 10-11, Infinity Art Glass Studio & Gallery, 120 N. Main, Benton. Design-your-own suncatcher or ornament on either Saturday. Free. Information, 316-778-2115, online at www.infinityartglass.com.
Holiday Gift Blitz, 20 vendors, crafts, drawings, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 27, Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, 7001 W. 21st St. Free admission. Information online at www.holidaygiftblitz.com.
"Scrooged," film, 7 p.m. Nov. 18, the Orpheum, 200 N. Broadway. Tickets $5 (discounts available). Information, 316-263-0884.
"Miracle on 34th Street," film, 7 p.m. Dec. 16, the Orpheum, 200 N. Broadway. Tickets $5 (discounts available). Information, 316-263-0884.
Christmas Movie and a Visit with Santa, 10 a.m. Dec. 18, Augusta Historic Theatre, 523 State St., Augusta. Free. Information, 316-775-2900.
Bradley Fair Christmas Tree Lighting, 35-foot tree, Santa Claus, Ronald McDonald, horse-drawn carriage rides, 5:30-6 p.m. Nov. 20, Bradley Fair, 21st at Rock Road. Free. A benefit for Ronald McDonald House. Information, 316-630- 9990.
Lights on the Lake Preview Party, dinner, spirits, entertainment, live and silent auctions, and flip-the-switch ceremony, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20, Heartspring Conference Center, 8700 E. 29th St. North. A benefit for the Heartspring Pediatric Services financial assistance program. Tickets $50, available by calling 316-634-8761, online at www.lightsonthelake.org.
Lights on the Lake, hundreds of thousands of lights in a drive-through display with giant lit candy canes and 40-foot tree overlooking the lake, 6-10 p.m. Thu.-Sun. from Nov. 25 to Dec. 12 and nightly Dec. 16-25, Heartspring, 8700 E. 29th St. North. Hot drinks, holiday treats and music available inside the Hospitality Center (closed Dec. 24-25). Free; donations accepted. Photos with Santa, $5 donation. Information, 316-634-8761.
Illuminations, 4,000 luminarias, tens of thousands of lights, chimineas, Santa, displays and music throughout the gardens, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 26-27, Dec. 3-4, Dec. 10-11, Dec. 17-18, Botanica, 701 Amidon. Tickets $7, $3 youth ages 2-12, children under 2 free, available at area QuikTrips, at www.botanica.org and at the gate. Discounts available for members. Information, 316-264-0448.
Lights on St. Paul, drive-through display of trees, displays and a fountain decorated with thousands of lights and programmed to music, open Nov. 28-Dec. 27, the Arc of Sedgwick County, 2919 W. Second St. Enter at Douglas and St. Paul. Hours 5:30-9 p.m. Sun-Thu., 5:30-10 p.m. Fri-Sat., 5:30-11:55 p.m. Christmas Eve. Donation. Photos with Santa Fri.-Sun.; $5 or for a donation if you bring your own camera. A benefit for programs for local residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Information, 316-943-3292, online at www.arc-sedgwickcounty.org.
Christmas Light Tour, take a chartered River City Trolley to look at the Christmas lights, 8-9:30 p.m. Dec. 5, departing from the Sedgwick County Extension Center, 21st and Ridge Road. Presented by the Bel Aire Senior Center. Seniors will gather at 7 p.m. to carpool from the Center at 7651 E. Central Park, Bel Aire. Cost $14. Sign-up deadline Oct. 29. Information, 316-744-2451, ext. 121.