Illuminations, 5:30-8:30 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31, walk-through light display, music performances, nightly Santa appearances, hot drinks and snacks available, Botanica, 701 Amidon. Admission: $7 adults, $6 members, $5 ages 3-12, under 3 free. 316-264-0448
“Let It Snow,” 7 p.m. through Dec. 29, holiday images and scenes, Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Tickets $5. 316-660-0600
The Arc’s Lights on St. Paul, 5:30 p.m. nightly through Dec 29, The Arc of Sedgwick County, 2919 W. Second St. Donations accepted. 316-943-1191
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Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, originating at Bradley Fair Plaza, 21st and Rock Road, Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m. through Dec. 21. Free. Information, 316-630-9990.
Kansas in Miniature Holiday Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., through Dec. 29, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Admission $9.50, seniors $8. 316-660-0600
Christmas on the Prairie, Christmas chuckwagon supper, Prairie Rose Rangers show, horse-drawn-wagon rides, classic cowboy movies and Silver Screen Cowboy Museum. 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 21, plus Sunday matinees at 1 p.m. Dec. 8 and Dec. 22. Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, 15231 SW Parallel St., Benton. $30; $10 ages 6 to 12; $5 ages 3 to 5; younger children free. Information, 316-778-2121, www.prairierosechuckwagon.com.
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. 5 p.m. Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, 15231 SW Parallel St., Benton. $30; $10 ages 6 to 12; $5 ages 3 to 5; younger children free. Information, 316-778-2121, www.prairierosechuckwagon.com.
“A Christmas Carol: A Spirited Musical,” through Dec. 22, Forum Theatre, 147 S. Hillside. Visit www.forumwichita.com or call 316-618-444 for show times and tickets.
“Derbysville: The Town of Misfit Toys,” musical comedy revue through Dec. 30, Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 S. Mosley. Tickets $27 dinner/show. Information, www.mosleystreet.com or call 316-263-0222 for show times.
“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The Musical,” Thursday to Dec. 22 at Crown Uptown Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas. Visit www.crownuptown.com or call 316-612-7696 for show times and ticket prices.
Christmas revue, Nov. 15 to Dec. 22, Cabaret Oldtown, 412½ E. Douglas. Visit www.cabaretoldtown.com or call 316-265-2558 for show times and ticket prices.
“It’s a Wonderful Life (Radio Version),” Nov. 29 to Dec. 22, at Wichita Community Theatre, 258 N. Fountain. Visit http://wichitact.org/ or call 316-686-1282 for show times and ticket prices.
“A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol,” Nov. 30 to Dec. 23, at Prairie Pines Dinner Theatre, 4055 N. Tyler Road. Visit www.prairiepines.com/ or call 316-722-1145.
Lights on David Street Drive-By Christmas Music and Lights Show, 5:30-9 p.m. weeknights, 5:30-10 p.m. weekends, through Dec. 26, 409 N. David. Free. Visit email@example.com.
Bringing in the Greens, 6-8 p.m. Fri., bell ringing, decking the halls with boughs of cedars and homemade ornaments, games and crafts, Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th N. Free. 316-683-5499
Winter Luminary Walk, 5:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, 177 W. Hickory, Hesston. Tickets: $5 adults, $3 college students, $2 ages 3-15, free 2 and under. 620-327-8127
Gingerbread Festival, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri. and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., create your own gingerbread house and tour the display, Physicians Pavilion, 1305 E. Fifth Ave. in Winfield. Tickets: $5, $6 at the door. 620-222-6275
Old-Fashioned Christmas, 6:30 p.m. Fri., art activities, carolers, Santa appearance, Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum, 383 E. Central in El Dorado. Light refreshments will be served. 316-321-9333
Singing Quakers Christmas Candlelight Concert, 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Sebits Auditorium, Friends University. Tickets $16, $13 seniors/students. Information and tickets, friends.edu/finearts or 316-295-5677.
Victorian Christmas at Cowtown, 6-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., and Dec. 13-14, dance performances, wagon rides (weather permitting), Santa Claus, re-enactors, hands-on crafts, Old Cowtown Musem, 1865 W. Museum Blvd. Adults $7.75, seniors $6.50, $6 ages 12-17, $5.50 ages 4-11. 316-219-1871
Wellington Holiday Open House, 5 p.m., Wellington Chamber, 207 S. Washington in Wellington. Information, wellingtonks.org or call 620-326-7466.
“Santa’s Toyland”, Fri.-Sat., and Dec. 13and 14, Crown Uptown Children Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas. Visit www.crownuptown.com/childrens-theatre or call 316-612-7696 for show times and tickets.
“Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells,” 10:30 a.m. and noon, and Dec. 13 and 14, Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center, 201 S. Lulu. Tickets $6; pizza shows $7.50. 316-262-2282
Affair in the Square, 10 a.m., holiday movies at the Old Town Warren Theatre, carriage rides noon-4 p.m., Old Town Square, Second and Mead. Free. Information, www.facebook.com/OldTownSquare.
Santa’s On His Way , 7 p.m. Sat. and 4:30 p.m. Sun., presented by the Heart of America Men’s Chorus, benefiting First Metropolitan Community Church Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, De Mattias Fine Arts Center, Newman University. Admission $15. 316-708-4837
Christmas Cookie Festival, 9 a.m., homemade cookies, breads, candies, decorated cut-out-sugar cookies, Grace Lutheran Church, 3310 E. Pawnee. 316-685-6781
Peppernut Contest, 1 p.m., peppernut judging contest, Faith & Life Bookstore, 606 N. Main, Newton. 316-283-2210
All Things Gingerbread, 10 a.m., life-size gingerbread house, pictures with Santa, Cambridge Market, 9747 E. 21st St. 316-871-0755 or 316-636-1277
“Amahl and the Night Visitors,” 3 and 7:30 p.m., presented by Opera Kansas and Woodland United Methodist Church, 1100 W. 15th. Admission $10, $5 students. 316-978-6220 or 316-265-6669
Christmas In Delano, 10 a.m-5:15 p.m., Historic Delano, 500 W. Douglas. Free. 316-640-2453.
Lights on the River, 5 p.m., Wichita Boathouse, 515 S. Wichita. Free. Companies, organizations and individuals are invited to participate in lantern launch. Participants may pre-purchase lantern orbs online at www.lightsontheriverwichita.com. Event proceeds help restore and protect the river. 316-285-2775
Derby Christmas Parade, 6 p.m., Derby Middle School Auditorium, 801 E. Madison in Derby. Free. Musical performances at 5:15 p.m. at the corner of Madison and Derby streets. 316-788-4422
Holiday Cookies and Crafts, 10 a.m., Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, 1600 W. 27th North. 316-838-1600
Holiday Giftmaking, 3:30 p.m., origami boxes, “glass” sculptures, resin keychains, Wichita Public Library, 223 S. Main. Free. For ages 12-17. Registration required. Call 316-261-8512 or 316-261-8500.
Lighted Christmas Parade, 6 p.m., Kingman Area Chamber Of Commerce, 322 N. Main. Free. 620-532-1853
Nativities Through the Years, 10 a.m., display of approximately 100 Nativities, Bethel College Fine Arts Center, 300 27th St. in North Newton. Free. 316-283-25003
Santa Saturday, 9 a.m., breakfast, Santa, crafts, Wellington Recreation Commission, 202 S. Jefferson in Wellington.
Shop Till You Drop to Find a Cure, 10 a.m., massages, health and wellness, crafts, face painting, Beech Activity Center, 9710 E. Central. 316-207-1162
Wichita Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, 8:30 a.m., holiday themed costumes encouraged, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Registration $40. Information, www.jbrwichita.org or 316-448-6843.
Christmas Express Concert, 7 p.m. Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Tickets $20. Information, 316-263-0884 or www.wichitaorpheum.com.
St. Nicholas Cookie Fair, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 400 W. Ash, El Dorado. Cookies sold by the pound.
Christmas Gala: A Storybook Christmas, 2 p.m., Augusta Historic Theatre, 523 State. Tickets $10, $5 students. 316-775-2900
A Cappella Christmas, 2 p.m., Emerald City Chorus annual benefit concert, Scott Hall, Southwest Presbyterian Church, 1511 W. 27th S. Refreshments will be served. Admission bring nonperishable food or warm clothing,items. Cash donations accepted. Items will be donated to Operation Holiday. 316-773-9300
Handel’s Messiah, 2 p.m., presented by the Wichita Choral Society and members of the Wichita Symphony, First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. Admission: $10. 316-524-0995
“Harmonies in Holiday Homes,” 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Newton Area Homes, 3307 Woodside Drive. $12.50. 316-283-4754
Holiday Open House, 2-4 p.m., Santa, live music and refreshments, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Free. Bring your camera and take photos with Santa at no charge. 316-268-4921
Wichita Winter Bazaar, 3 p.m., music, art, activities for children, Century II Performing Arts And Convention Center, 225 W. Douglas. Free. 316-264-9121
Living Nativity, 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m., East Heights United Methodist Church, 4407 E. Douglas. Music, art displays, refreshments, in the Coffee House. 316-682-6518 or 316-733-0371
Wichita Community Children’s Choir Winter Concerts, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at First Baptist Church, 216 E. Second St., and 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at College Hill United Methodist Church, 2930 E. First St. Admission $5 at the door. Information, visit http://www.wcccks.com.
Spaghetti With Santa, 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Tue., Botanica, 701 Amidon. Admission $12 ($10 members), $7 to age 12 ($5 members), reservations required. 316-264-0448, ext. 115
Midday Movie: “The Christmas Story in Art,”12:30 p.m., Howard E. Wooden Lecture Hall at Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Free. 316-268-4921
Spirit of the Season Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m., doors open 6:30 p.m., Century II Convention Hall, 225 W. Douglas. Free, but tickets required for admission. Tickets available at http://wichitasymphony.org/tickets-events/. Those without tickets will be seated about 10 minutes before the concert begins if space is available. The Kansas Food Bank will be present with bins to collect donations of canned food items.
Friday, Dec. 13
A Night in Bethlehem, outdoor event that re-creates the streets of Bethlehem, with shops, displays and re-enactments, 6 p.m. Dec. 13 to 14, First Christian Church, 1600 State St., Augusta. Admission is $1 or a non-perishable food item. Information, 316-775-6317.