“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” tale about six kids learning about the true meaning of Christmas, presented by Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center, Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. Shows 6:30 p.m. Fri., 1 and 3 p.m. Sat. and 2 p.m. Dec. 14. Tickets $6; $7.50 special pizza shows, reservations required. Pizza served 30 minutes prior to show. Call 316-262-2282.
“Miracle on 34th Street,” follows a single mom working at Macy’s whose young daughter is skeptical that the genial Kris Kringle, who is hired to play Macy’s Santa is real, presented by Music Theatre for Young People, Fri.-Dec. 14, Century II Mary Jane Teall Theater. Shows 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun. Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at door; $10 students and groups. Information and tickets, www.wichitatix.com, www.mtypks.org or 316-219-2849.
“The Nutcracker,” by Ballet Wichita, 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Dec. 14, Century II Concert Hall. Tickets $12.50-$40 at www.wichitatix.com.
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Met: Live in HD “Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg,” comedy, 11 a.m. Sat., Murdock Theatre, 536 N. Broadway. Tickets $23, $21 seniors, $18 students with ID, $13 ages 7-17. Call 316-440-6407.
“The Year Santa Almost Forgot Christmas,” musical tale, Crown Uptown Children’s Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas. Performances Thu.-Sat. and Dec. 16, Dec. 19-20. Doors open 11 a.m., kid-friendly buffet 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., matinee 12:30 p.m. Tickets $15. Call 316-612-7696.
“Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol,” musical, Thu.-Dec. 20, Forum Theatre, 332 E. First St. Show 8 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Tickets $23 Thu. and Sun.; $25 Fri.-Sat. Catered dinner available for additional $15. Information and tickets, www.forumwichita.com or 316-618-0444.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas,” musical, presented by Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. Tickets $6; $7.50 special pizza show, reservations required. Pizza served 30 minutes prior to show. Call 316-262-2282.
“Every Tuesday,” play, 2 p.m. Dec. 14, Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N. Fountain. Tickets $14, $12 seniors. Call 316-686-1282.
“The Nutcracker,” by the Friends University Ballet Department with guest artists from New York City, 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and Dec. 19-20, 2 p.m. Dec. 14 and 20, Sebits Auditorium, 2100 W. University. Tickets $20 adults, $15 seniors/students, online at friends.edu/ballet or at 316-295-5677.
“Santaland Diaries” and “Cindy Summers’ Christmas Garland,” merrily wicked tale of humorist David Sedaris of his tour of duty as an elf at Macy’s Santaland, Roxy’s Downtown, 412 1/2 E. Douglas. Shows 7 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m.Tuesdays, through Dec. 16. Appetizers and drinks only will be served for these performances. Tickets $22. Advanced registration required. Call 316-265-4400.
“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” musical fairy tale, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16-18, Century II Concert Hall. Tickets $35-$75. Information and tickets, www.theaterleague.com or 316-219-4849.
“The Gingerbread Man,” Once Upon a Time Series, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19; noon Dec. 20, Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center, 201 Lulu. Recommended for ages 2-8. Tickets $6; $7.50 special pizza shows, reservations required. Pizza served 30 minutes prior to show. Call 316-262-2282.
“The Game’s Afoot (Holmes for the Holidays),” comic, through Dec. 21, Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N. Fountain. Shows 8 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 7 p.m. Sun. Tickets $14, $12 seniors/military/students; $10 opening night. Call 316-686-1282.
“Christmas Story,” young Ralphie and his quest for the Red Ryder B.B. gun comes to delightful life on stage, through Dec. 21, Salina Community Theatre, 303 E. Iron in Salina. Shows 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Tickets $18.37-$32.42. Reservations required. Call 785-827-3033.
“A Crown Christmas: Our Christmas Spectacular,” comedy and music revue, through Dec. 22, Crown Uptown Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas. Shows 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., 2 p.m. matinee Dec. 18. Tickets $50-$60 dinner/show, $35-$45 show only. Call 316-612-7696.
“Guys on Ice, The Ice Fishing Musical,” dinner theatre, through Dec. 23, Prairie Pines Dinner Theatre, 4055 N. Tyler Road. Shows Thu.-Sun. and Dec. 22-23. Doors open 6:15 p.m., buffet 6:15-7:30 p.m., show 8 p.m. Tickets $29.94-$33.95. Call 316-303-2037.
“Plaid Tidings,” musical revue, through Dec. 23, Roxy’s Downtown, 412 1/2 E. Douglas. Shows 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat. and Dec. 22-23. Tickets $32 dinner/show, $22 show only. Call 316-265-4400.
“A Christmas Carol,” murder mystery dinner theater, The Grand Chapel, 828 N. Broadway. Shows Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 21. Doors open 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m. Tickets $34.95 in advance, $39.95 at the door. Call 316-264-4444.
“A Bad Christmas Carol or Scrooge You” and “Mistletoe Mayhem Musical Comedy Revue,” comic melodrama, through Dec. 30, Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley. Show times Mon.-Sat., doors open 6 p.m., buffet 6:15-7:30 p.m., show 7:50 p.m.; Sundays doors open 5 p.m., buffet 5:15-6:30 p.m., show 6:50 p.m.; Saturday matinees doors open noon, buffet 12:15-1:30 p.m., show 1:50 p.m. Tickets $28 dinner/show. No discounts or show only tickets. Information and tickets, www.mosleystreet.com or 316-263-0222.
Wichita Community Children’s Choir Winter Prelude Concerts, 3 p.m. Sun., Church of the Resurrection, 4910 S. Woodlawn in Bel Aire. Admission $5. Information, www.wcccks.com.
The Greencards, concert, 4 p.m. Sun., Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, 177 W. Hickory in Hesston. Tickets members $18, $9 ages18 and under; nonmembers $20, $10 ages 18 and under. Call 620-327-8127.
The Dennis Family Concert, 31st annual concert, 6 p.m. Sun., St. James Baptist Church, 1350 N. Ash. Admission free; donations accepted for local charities. Call 316-734-1495.
“Drum Lines,” presented by Temporal Mechanics Union, the percussion ensemble resident, 7:30 p.m. Tue., Robert Brown Theatre, Cowley College, 125 S. Second St. in Arkansas City. Free. Information, www.tmu.cdmayer.net or 620-441-5229.
Matt Andersen, concert, 7:30 p.m. Fri., McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main in McPherson. Tickets $12-$25, $10 students. Call 620-241-1952.
“A Conversation with Christo Brand,” author of “Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend,” interview and signing, 7 p.m. Mon., Lowe Auditorium, Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. North. Gordon Parks Lecture Series, hosted by Wichita State University and city of Wichita, in cooperation with Watermark Books and Cafe. Free. Information, watermarkbook.com/event or 316-978-6791.
Venue 332 Open House, tours, light appetizers, cash bar, 4-6 p.m. Tue., Venue 332, Wichita Scottish Rite Center, 332 E. First St. Free. Call 316-263-4218.
Senior Thursday, program on Olive Ann Beech and her key role in community and employee relations for Beech Aircraft, 10 a.m. Thu., Kansas Aviation Museum, 3350 S. George Washington Blvd. Included in admission. Call 316-683-9242.
Sandy Hook Vigil for Peace, community organizations have joined together to promote peace in the midst of violence and to remember victims of violence around the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., 7 p.m. Fri., Woodland United Methodist Church, 1100 W. 15th St. Information will be provided by Parents of Murdered Children and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Free. Call 316-265-6669.
Student & Faculty Pottery Sale, one-of-a-kind items, pottery and various items, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Studio 5 at Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. Admission free. Call 316-634-2787, ext. 219.
“Downton Abbey,” season 5 on Masterpiece, come dressed as your favorite character, 7 p.m. Dec. 16, Venue 332, Wichita Scottish Rite Center, 332 E. First St. Free. RSVP deadline Dec. 12. Information and tickets, email email@example.com or 316-838-3090.
“Cabinet of Curiosities,” curated by Heather Powell, featuring various artists, opening reception 7-9 p.m. Fri., exhibit through Dec. 26, Vertigo 232, 232 N. Market. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Free. Call 316-264-2450.
“Bruce Conner: Somebody Else’s Prints,” etchings and lithographs, exhibit through Dec. 14, Ulrich Museum of Art, WSU. Hours 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 1-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Admission $10; members and WSU students free. Call 316-978-3664.
Conscious Clay, ceramics exhibition examining innovative solutions to hunger awareness through clay, community and conversation, exhibit through Dec. 14, Ulrich Underground: Grafly Gallery, Ulrich Museum of Art, WSU. Hours 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri. Free. Call 316-978-3664.
Fine Art for the Wine Heart-Calla Lily Turned Away, recreate a selected painting and sip wine, 7 p.m. Dec. 18, The Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. Painting supplies and wine glasses provided. Cost $45. Call 316-634-2787.
“Hidden Treasures,” oil, watercolor, acrylic paintings, print media, textile pieces and metal work, artwork from the Adorers of the Blood of Christ Wichita Center, exhibit through Dec. 19, Inter-Faith Ministries-C.A.F.E. Gallery, 829 N. Market. Hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Free. Call 316-264-9303.
“Gertrude’s Tahoe Adventures in Time,” drawings and works on paper by Jess Bechtelheimer, exhibit through Dec. 19, Jones Gallery at Positive Directions, 414 S. Commerce. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Free. Call 316-263-2214.
Stan K. Rogers, acrylic paintings, exhibit through Dec. 21, Friends University Sebits Auditorium. Hours 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Free. Call 316-295-5677.
“Backroad to Anywhere,” paintings by Brian Hinkle, ceramics by Susan deWit, exhibit through Dec. 23, Gallery XII, 412 E. Douglas. Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Free. Call 316-267-5915.
“Born of Fire,” collection from glass blowers, exhibit through Dec. 31, Karg Art Glass, 111 N. Oliver. Hours 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Free. Call 316-744-2442.
Small Works Show, two and three dimensional art, exhibit through Dec. 31, Mead Street Gallery, 121 N. Mead. Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. Free. Call 316-262-5192.
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition, range of styles from abstraction to realism with imagery including landscapes, still life and technique of water media, exhibit through Jan. 4, Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. Hours 1-5 p.m. Tue.-Sun. Free. Call 316-634-2787.
“Kansas: Roots and Reflections,” “Dreaming,” photographs by Jim Richardson, watercolor monotypes by Kathleen Kuchar, exhibit through Jan. 18; Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, 401 N. First St. in Lindsborg. “Holiday Gift Show,” art includes paintings, prints, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, blown glass and will be for sale. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Free. Call 785-227-2229.
Mundi Group, art exhibit through Feb. 1, Gallery at Larksfield Place, 7373 E. 29th North. Hours 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Free. Call 316-636-1000.
Hutchinson Theatre Guild, auditions for “Doubt, A Parable,” 9 a.m.-noon and 2-5 p.m. Sat., 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Dec. 14, Stage 9, 9 S. Main in Hutchinson. Roles available for one man age 20-40 and two women ages 20-60. Call 316-350-7529.
Village Christmas Celebrations, horse drawn carriage rides, vocal performances, caroling and various activities, 4-8:30 p.m. Sat., W.W. Hays Village Historic Park, 200 S. Main in Haysville. Silent auction, soup and chili feed at the Masonic Lodge, 300 S. Main. $6, $3 for kids. Information, www.haysville-ks.com or 316-529-5922.
Christmas Candlelight Concert, with the Friends University choirs, 2 p.m. Sun., Sebits Auditorium, 2100 W. University. Tickets $16 adults, $13 seniors/students at friends.edu/finearts or 316-295-5677.
Casual Christmas Celebration, lunch, carriage rides and movie, “Holiday Inn,” 1 p.m. lunch, 2:30 p.m. movie, Sun., Augusta Historic Theatre, 523 State in Augusta. Tickets $15 lunch/movie, $6 movie only. Call 316-775-2900.
Delano Wind Ensemble, Christmas concert and reception, 3 p.m. Sun., West Side Baptist Church, 304 S. Seneca. Free; donations accepted. Call 316-259-0467.
Christmas Vespers, concert, 2 p.m. Sun., Robert Brown Theatre, Cowley College, 125 S. Second in Arkansas City. Free. Call 620-441-5587.
Christmas By Candlelight, “The First Nowell,” vocal and instrumental performances by Kansas Wesleyan University and local high school students, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sun. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Concert free; dinner/concert ticket for 7:30 p.m. show $20. Reservations recommended. Information and reservations, firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Christmas By Candlelight” in the subject line or call 785-827-5541, ext. 1127 or ext. 5214.
Stan Kenton Christmas Carols, 40th-anniversary performance of carols arranged for the big-band Stan Kenton Orchestra, 10:30 a.m. Sun., West Heights United Methodist Church, 745 N. Westlink. Free.
Handel’s Messiah, Wichita Choral Society’s 69th annual performance, 2 p.m. Sun., First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. Tickets $10. Call 316-524-0995.
Friends of the Wichita Art Museum Holiday Open House, holiday refreshments, live music, visit with Santa Claus, free museum admission; 2 to 4 p.m. Sun., Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Free. Information, wichitaartmuseum.org.
“Handel’s Messiah,” presented by Wichita Choral Society, 2 p.m. Sun., First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. Tickets $10. Call 316-267-6244.
Hymns of the Incarnation: A Nativity Concert, celebration of the birth of Christ in the traditional Russian and Byzantine choral music of the Eastern Orthodox Church, 5 p.m. Sun., St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral, 7515 E. 13th St. Free. Call 316-636-4676.
“Let Heaven and Nature Sing,” featuring Newman University Chorale, Newman Concert Band and the Troubadours, 3 p.m. Sun., De Mattias Fine Arts Center, Newman University. $7, $5 students (college age and below), free for Newman students with ID. Call 316-942-4291, ext. 2164.
Gift of Christmas: A Celebration of Carols and Hymns, choir and orchestra, 7 p.m. Mon., Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1958 N. Webb Road. Free. Call 316-634-0337.
Instrumental Band Christmas Concert, Christmas story told through instrumental music and scripture readings, 7 p.m. Dec. 9, Trinity Academy, 12345 E. 21st St. Free. Call 316-634-0909.
Spirit of the Season Free Family Holiday Concert, Wichita Symphony performing holiday music, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Century II Convention Hall. Free with ticket available at www.wichitasymphony.org. Call 316-267-5259.
Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker,” 7 p.m. Dec. 9, Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Tickets $28-$175, online at www.selectaseat.com, by phone at 855-755-7328, in person at the Intrust Bank Arena Box Office and Select-A-Seat outlets.
Supper With Santa, dinner, stories, goodie bag, visit by Santa; includes Illuminations in the gardens of Botanica, Botanica Gardens,701 Amidon. Hours 5:30 p.m. Tue. (Mexican) and Dec. 16 (pizza). $14 ($12 member) for ages 13 and up and $10 ($8 member) for ages 3 to 12. Reservations and information, 316-264-0448, ext. 115, www.botanica.org.
A Patsy Cline Christmas, Christmas chuckwagon supper, Kim Coslett and the Patsy Cline Tribute Band show, horse-drawn-wagon rides, classic cowboy movies and Silver Screen Cowboy Museum, Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, 15231 SW Parallel in Benton. Shows 5 p.m. Thu., and Dec. 18. Tickets $35 adults; $10 ages 3 to 12; younger children free. Information, www.prairierosechuckwagon.com or 316-778-2121.
Letters to Santa, children ages 12 and under are invited to drop off their letters for Santa through Fri. All kids who participate will be automatically entered in a gift giveaway. Drop off letters in special mailboxes at Century II, CityArts, Cowtown, the Mid-America All-Indian Center, Cambridge Market or Starkey, Inc. Children must include their age and return address on their letter to receive a response from Santa Claus himself. All kids who participate will be automatically entered in the gift giveaway. 316-264-9121.
Victorian Christmas at Cowtown, music and dance performances, wagon rides (weather permitting), Santa Claus, baked goods and cider for purchase, historical Christmas displays and cooking demonstrations, re-enactors, hands-on crafts for children, Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd. Hours 6-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Admission $7.75 adults, $6.50 ages 62 and older, $6 ages 12-17, $5.50 ages 4-11, free for children under 4 and members. Information, www.oldcowtown.org or 316-350-3323.
Polar Express, family activity geared to children 3 and up, ride the decorated train, stop at a campfire for s’mores and hot chocolate, do a holiday activity, Watson Park, 3022 S. McLean Blvd. Hours 12:30 to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 20. Cost $15. Register online at wichita.gov, clicking on Park and Recreation, or call 316-529-9940.
A Night in Bethlehem, outdoor event that re-creates the streets of Bethlehem, with shops, displays and re-enactments, 6 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13, First Christian Church, 1600 State St., Augusta. Admission is $1 or a non-perishable food item. Information, 316-775-6317.
“Old-Fashioned Christmas,” crafts, music and refreshment, 5-8:30 p.m. Sat., Old Mill Museum, 120 Mill in Lindsborg. Admission $2, $1 ages 6-12, kids 6 and under free. Call 785-227-3595.
A Drive-Through Christmas, experience the true story of Christmas as you drive through beautiful light displays and narrated scenes from the events surrounding Jesus’ birth, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Countryside Christian Church, 1919 S. Rock Road. Monetary donations and canned food items accepted and will benefit the Wichita Children’s Home. Continues through Dec. 13. Call 316-686-7206.
Santa at the Aviation Museum, visit with Santa in the museum’s Christmas Village with G-scale “Polar Express”-type train running underneath the Christmas tree, plus crafts, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Kansas Aviation Museum, 3350 George Washington Blvd.; included in regular admission or membership. Information, 316-683-9242; kansasaviationmuseum.org.
Heart of America Men’s Chorus: Cheers – A Toast to the Holidays, annual Christmas concert, 7 p.m. Sat. and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14, DeMattias Hall, Newman University, 3100 W. McCormick. Tickets $15 at the door or by calling 316-708-4837.
Holiday Ornaments Craft, for adults to do with children, 10 a.m. to noon Sat., main gallery of CityArts. Free. Information, wichitaarts.com/cityarts or 316-462-2787.
Santa at the Barn, the zoo’s barn is decorated and the animals have their stockings hung; visit with Santa, play with farm toys, catch animal demonstrations including animals found in a manger, 1 to 4 p.m. Sat., Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 W. Zoo Blvd. Included in zoo admission or membership. Information scz.org or 316-660-9453.
Santa Shuffle, 5K race where all participants will receive a Santa hat, beard and commemorative Santa shirt, 9:30 a.m. Sat., Sedgwick County Park. Registration $30 through Wed., $35 after, at www.santashufflewichita.com.
Christmas Arts and Crafts Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 13, Cessna Activity Center, 2744 George Washington Blvd. $2, under 12 free. Call 316-684-3971.
Lucia Day, celebrating the figure who is the emblem of light and comfort with candles in her hair and food in her hands, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., downtown Lindsborg. Free. Call 888-227-2227.
Wichita Chamber Chorale “Sounding Joy: A Silent Night,” festival of holiday music for acapella choir, 7:30 p.m. Sat. and 3 p.m. Dec. 14, Plymouth Congregational Church, 202 N. Clifton. Tickets $15, $12 seniors, $5 students, high school students free. Information, www.wichitachorale.com or 316-204-2315. www.wichitachorale.com.
Advent Concert, brass, percussion and choir performing three modern British masterworks: Rutter’s “Gloria,” Chillcoth’s “And Peace on Earth” and Kirchner’s “Behold New Joy,” 5 p.m. Dec 14, Church of the Magdalen, 12626 E. 21st St. Free; donations accepted for Guadalupe Clinic. Call 316-634-2315.
Sandzen Gallery Christmas Concert, featuring Wabash City Brass Quintet from Manhattan, 3 p.m. Dec. 14, Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, 401 N. First St. in Lindsborg. Free. Call 785-227-2220.
Bucky Fowler’s Family Country Christmas, Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, show, horse-drawn-wagon rides, classic cowboy movies and Silver Screen Cowboy Museum; 5 p.m. Dec. 14, 15231 SW Parallel St., Benton. Tickets $35 for adults; $10 ages 3 to 12; younger children free. Information, 316-778-2121, www.prairierosechuckwagon.com.
Living Nativity, 6, 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, East Heights United Methodist Church, 4407 E. Douglas. Free. Inside the church will be a display of angels painted by Paula Plott Amos, toys made by the Sunflower Woodworkers Guild for the needy, a coffee bar, and demonstrations by organist David Cason.
College Hill Holiday Lights Trolley Tour, take a trolley past houses lighted up for Christmas in College Hill, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14. Trolleys set out from East Heights United Methodist Church, 4407 E. Douglas. Tickets $6 (free for children under 3). Buy tickets for specific tour times starting Mon. at Traditions, 3220 E. Douglas.
Vocal Music Christmas Concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 14, Trinity Academy, 12345 E. 21st St. Free. Call 316-634-0909.
Air Capital Chorus Christmas Radio Hour, old-time-style radio comedy featuring local celebrities and singing groups that will be recorded and played back on radio station KFH at 7 on Christmas morning, 7 p.m. Dec. 16, Wichita Scottish Rite, 332 E. First St. Admission is one non-perishable food item. Call 316-683-9242.
Sandi Patty, The Voices of Central, Central Orchestra, 7 p.m. Dec. 16, Central Community Church, 6100 Maple. Tickets $10-$20. Information and tickets, Perfect Peace, itickets.com. and 316-943-1800.
Old Town Square Carriage Rides, noon-4 p.m. each Saturday through Dec. 20, starting out in front of Warren Theatre Old Town, 353 N. Mead. Free.
Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, originating at Bradley Fair Plaza, Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m. through Dec. 20. Free. Call 316-630-9990.
Breakfast With Santa, Christmas crafts including a telegram to Santa, Santa’s arrival by stagecoach and photos with him, breakfast, 9 a.m. Dec. 20, Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd. Admission $12.95 ages 16 and older, $7.95 ages 4 to 15. Information, www.oldcowtown.org or 316-350-3323.
Christmas on the Prairie, Christmas chuckwagon, Prairie Rose Rangers show, horse-drawn-wagon rides, classic cowboy movies and Silver Screen Cowboy Museum, Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, 15231 SW Parallel in Benton. Times 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 20, plus Sunday matinees at 1 p.m. Dec. 7 and Dec. 21, Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, 15231 SW Parallel St., Benton; $35 for adults; $10 ages 3 to 12; younger children free. Information, www.prairierosechuckwagon.com or 316-778-2121.
Carillon Christmas Concert, noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 23, outside the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main. Free.
Brett Valliant Advent Concert, Christmas carols played on a 5,000-pipe organ by Brett Valliant, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23, First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. Admission is a donation for the maintenance of the organ.
Santa’s at Towne West Square, 4600 W. Kellogg. Free. Photos with Santa taken for a fee. Information and list of his appearances through Dec. 24, www.simon.com/mall/towne-west-square
Santa’s at Towne East Square, 7700 E. Kellogg Drive. Free. Photos with Santa taken for a fee. Information and list of his appearances through Dec. 24, www.simon.com/mall/towne-east-square
Heartspring’s Lights at WaterWalk, walk or drive through light displays, sundown through 10 p.m. through Dec. 25, downtown at the WaterWalk, entry on South Water Street from Waterman to Dewey. Free. Information, lightsatwaterwalk.com or 316-634-8700.
Trolley Christmas Light Tours, 6-7:30 p.m. daily through Dec. 27, Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, 7001 W. 21st St. $15. Reservations required. 316-773-1931.
Cardinal Creek Christmas, ice skating, Christmas trees, wreaths and ornaments, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri.-Sun. through Dec. 27, Cardinal Creek Farm, 396 S.W. 110th St. in Leon. 316-323-4609.
Lights on St. Paul, by the Arc of Sedgwick County, holiday lights exhibit, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. through Dec. 28, 2919 W. Second St. $5. Call 316-943-1191.
Live Science Show Fruitcake Smash, put fruitcake into liquid nitrogen and smash it up, 1:30 p.m. through Dec. 28, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Included in admission or membership. Information, www.exploration.org.
Holiday Dome Show: “Let it Snow,” family-friendly show with holiday images and scenes set to favorite Christmas songs from Frank Sinatra, the Muppets and more, through Dec. 28, Exploration Place Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Admission $5, $4 seniors, $3 ages 3-11, free ages 2 and under. Show times posted at www.exploration.org.
Illuminations, elaborate walk-though light display with more than 120 trees, music performances, nightly Santa appearances, hot drinks and snacks for sale, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. through Dec. 31 (excluding Dec. 24 and 25), Botanica, 701 Amidon. Admission $8, $7 members, $6 ages 3-12, under 3 free. Advance tickets at Botanica or QuikTrip stores. Information, botanica.org or316-264-0448.