A thaw is on this weekend to get out and do some Christmas shopping, take carriage rides in Old Town on Saturday afternoon (noon to 4) or at Bradley Fair on Saturday evening (6 to 10), or to take in other events, including these in Wichita:
Wichita Cat Fancy regional cat show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, the Cotillion, 11120 W. Kellogg; $5, $3 seniors and ages 6-12, $10 family pass good for both days.
All Things Gingerbread, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb Road; fees charged for activities as a benefit for Assistance League of Wichita; free admission.
Christmas parade, 1 p.m. Saturday, WaterWalk, 515 S. Main St.; free horse-drawn hay-wagon rides until 4, food trucks on Water Street from noon to 3 p.m.; www.lightsatwaterwalk.com.
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“Victorian Christmas” at Old Cowtown, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd.; $7.75 adults, $6.50 ages 62 and older, $6 ages 12-17, $5.50 ages 4-11; museum members free; dinner buffet $19.95 for adult members and $11.95 for child members, $26.95 and $14.95 for nonmembers; oldcowtown.org.
Friends University Singing Quakers Candlelight Concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Sebits Auditorium in the Riney Fine Arts Center at Friends University; $16 adults, $13 for seniors and students, friends.edu/finearts; 316-295-5677.
Men's Scrapbooking Club absurdist sketch comedy show, 8 p.m. Saturday, Fisch Haus, 524 S. Commerce St.; $5 donation requested.
Handel’s “Messiah,” 2 p.m. Sunday, First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway; $10; wichitachoralsociety.org.
Friends of the Wichita Art Museum Holiday Open House, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.; free; www.wichitaartmuseum.org.
Dennis Family Christmas Concert, 6 p.m. Sunday, St. James Baptist Church, 1350 N. Ash; free.