Plenty to do for the holidays: light displays, concerts and more

Many holiday events are long-standing Wichita traditions, a few of which have changes in store this year. Check out today’s guide for specific details about these and other events, including several that take place this week.

Botanica is making its Illuminations event bigger and brighter this year with the addition of 700,000 lights. To showcase these lights and allow more people to visit, organizers also will extend the event to stretch from Nov. 25 through Dec. 31, closing only on Christmas and Christmas Eve.

Goodwill’s Festival of Trees at Century II also is expanding its hours to allow for more public viewing. The public can browse and purchase decorated trees Dec. 3 and Dec. 4, as opposed to only one day of viewing. There also will be extended children’s activities and smaller trees sized more suitably for offices or smaller spaces.

These events are for all ages unless otherwise noted:

Christmas/winter holiday events

Gingerbread Village, 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. today, Beech Activity Center, 9710 E. Central. View and create gingerbread houses. Homemade treats. Benefits Assistance League of Wichita. $6 in advance, $7.50 at the door. Information, 316-871-0755 or http://assistanceleaguewichita.org/.

Wreath Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main St. Lunch, bake sale, music, holiday decorations. Lunch reservations for groups of six or more. Lunch $12, $4 adults, $2 children. Kids under 6 and members free. Information, 316-265-9314 and www.wichitahistory.org.

Miniature Trees and Moore Family Vintage Santa Collection, Thursday-Dec. 31. Hours 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays at Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. $4 Adults, $2 children, members and children 6 and under free. Information, 316-265-9314.

Family Fun Time: Winter Carnival, 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Westlink Library, 8515 W. Bekemeyer. Stories and activities. Ages 3 and up. Free. Information, 316-337-9456.

Tinsel and Tears, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 861 N. Socora. Support group and holiday fun for grieving families with children 8 to 18. Ages 8 and up. Free. Information, 316-263-3335.

Bradley Fair horse-drawn carriage rides, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays starting Saturday-Dec. 23 at Bradley Fair, 2000 N. Rock Road. Free.

Derby Christmas Parade, 6 p.m. Nov. 26. Route begins at the Derby Panther football stadium.

Victorian Christmas at Old Cowtown Museum, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 2-3 and 9-10, Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd. Old-fashioned Christmas celebration. Photos with Santa, crafts, re-enactment of “Night Before Christmas,” dancing, food. Dinner available Dec. 9 and 10 for a cost. Admission $7.75 adults, $6.50 seniors, $6 children 12-17, $5.50 children 4-11, under 4 free. Information, 316-219-1871.

Goodwill Festival of Trees Starlight Gala, 7 p.m. Dec. 2, Century II Exhibition Hall, 225 W. Douglas. Fundraising event to support disability programs. Auction, dinner and drinks. 21 and up. Tickets $75. Information, 316-744-9291.

Goodwill Festival of Trees public viewing and Reindeer Romp, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3 at Century II Exhibition Hall. Trees on display, holiday goods for sale and children’s activities. $5 per person. Information, 316-744-9291.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, 8:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. One- and 4-mile races, prizes, giveaways and costume contest. Adults $25, youth (6-17) $15, 5 and under $10. Information, 316-263-0116.

2011 KNRC Reindeer Run, 2 p.m. Dec. 3 at Kingman-Norwich Recreation Commission, 111 S. Main, Kingman. Two-mile run/walk. Registration at 1:15 p.m. in Kingman High School lobby. All ages, $15 if registered before Nov. 22, $25 after. Register at 620-532-2761.

Breakfast with Santa, 9 a.m. Dec. 3-10 at Old Cowtown. Breakfast, crafts and letters to Santa. $12.95 adults, $7.95 children. Information, 316-219-1871 or oldcowtown.org.

The Wichita Eagle Holiday Open House, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 825 E. Douglas. Tour building, see press, refreshments, prizes. Free. Information, Kansas.com.

Great Plains Dulcimer Alliance Christmas Party, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 10, First Evangelical Free Church, 1825 N. Woodlawn. Monthly meeting, coffee and doughnuts, music, potluck lunch. Free to first-time members.

Santa and Surprises, 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 10, Wichita Public Library, 223 S. Main. Pictures with Santa, treats, crafts. Free. Information 316-261-8500.

Christmas Gifts from Nature, 2 p.m. Dec. 11, Dillon Nature Center, 3002 E. 30th Ave., Hutchinson. Use natural supplies to make gifts. $10 admission or $8 for members. Register in advance at 620-663-7411.

Santa Jump, 6 p.m. Dec. 15 and 21 at Pump It Up of west Wichita, 6803 W. Taft. Inflatables, picture with Santa. $8 for jump, additional fee for pizza. Tickets required. Information, 316-680-1138.

Family Artventure: Holiday Greetings, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 17, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Explore art, make holiday cards. Free. Information, 316-268-4921.

Story Time Village Christmas Celebration, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 17, Kansas African American Museum, 601 N. Water. Christmas story read by guest, games, activities, refreshments. Free. Information, 316-262-7651 or www.tkaamuseum.org.

Park City Alive, 7 p.m. Dec. 17, Park City Public Library, 1530 E. 61st St. North. Songs and stories around the Christmas tree. Free. Information, 316-619-7800.

Special Holiday Cottage Tour, 2 p.m. Dec. 17, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Tour Victorian cottage decorated for Christmas. Admission $4 adults, $2 children, 6 and under and members free. Information, 316-265-9314.

Arkansas City Christmas Bird Count, 8 a.m. Dec. 23, Chaplin Nature Center, 27814 27th Dr., Arkansas City. Survey of bird populations. Meet at 8 a.m. in Newman Park on Highway 177 in Arkansas City. Meet for supper and compilation of results at nature center. $5 fee to National Audubon Society. Call ahead at 620-442-4133.

Hot Cocoa Party, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 30, Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library, 3051 E. 21st St. Hot cocoa and winter-themed crafts and games . Ages 7-11. Free. Registration required, 316-688-9580.

Winter Carnival, 2:30-4 p.m. Dec. 30 at Rockwell Public Library, 5939 E. Ninth St. Games, activities and prizes for those 3 to 11 and their families. Ages 3 and up. Free. Information 316-688-9361.

Light displays

Bradley Fair Christmas Tree Lighting, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Bradley Fair. Tree lighting with Santa. Photo opportunities, free carriage rides, holiday countdown with local celebrities. Free, donations to Ronald McDonald House encouraged. Information, 316-630-9990.

Lights on St. Paul, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 24-Dec. 27, The Arc of Sedgwick County, 2919 W. Second St. Free, donations encouraged. Information, 316-943-1191.

Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce 18th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade and Festivities, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 3, North Main St., Kingman. Breakfast, free movie, Santa, live music, lighted parade, fireworks. Free. Information, 620-532-1853.

Shopping events

Christmas Trees Holiday Gala and Auction, 6 p.m. Friday, Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. 6th St., Newton. Wine and hors d’oeuvres, live auction of trees and other items at 7 p.m. Benefits the Harvey County Safe House. 21 and up. Tickets $25. Reservations, 316-284-6920.

Christmas in the Manger Arts and Crafts Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Park Place Ministry Center, 2139 S. Maize Road. Homemade gifts and crafts. Santa visits from noon-2 p.m. Free. Information, 316-305-2806.

Derby Recreation Commission Christmas Art Fair, 10 a.m. Dec. 3, 801 E. Market, Derby. Indoor market with local musicians, games, photos with Santa, food. Admission $1. Information, www.festivalnet.com.

Christmas in Delano, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 3, Historic Delano, 500-1000 W. Douglas. Shopping, entertainment, activities, lighting ceremony of Delano Clock Tower at 5 p.m., vintage homes tour. Free. Information, 316-640-2453.

Christmas Cookies, Crafts and Creches, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Dec. 10, Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, 1600 W. 27th St. North. Craft sale to benefit local mission projects. Silent auction, display, refreshments. Free. Information, 316-838-8460.


“Goodnight Gracie! Did You Lose Your Garland?” 7:50 p.m. weekends through Dec. 30 with Saturday matinee Nov. 26-Dec. 23, Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley. Christmas theme melodrama and dinner. $26 dinner and show, $22 seniors 60 and up, $20 children under 12. Show only $16 all ages.

“Amazing Christmas,” 8 p.m. weekends-Dec. 22, Wednesday-Sunday showings Nov. 30-Dec. 22, Cabaret Oldtown, 412½ E. Douglas. Musical comedy. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets $21 show only, $36 dinner and show. Information, 316-265-4400.

“Christmas on the Prairie,” 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday starting Thursday-Dec. 23, Prairie Rose Chuck Wagon Supper, 15231 SW. Parallel St., Benton. Show and chuckwagon supper with Santa. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Adults $30, kids 6-12 $5, under 6 free. Reservations required. Information, 316-778-2121.

“White Christmas” Nov. 25-Dec. 23 at Crown Uptown, 3207 E Douglas. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays (doors open at 5 p.m., buffet at 6:30 p.m.); 5:45 p.m. Sundays (doors open at 4 p.m., buffet at 4:15 p.m.); select Thursday matinees at 12:15 p.m. (doors open at 11 a.m., buffet at 11:15 a.m.). Tickets $35.95 Thursday-Saturday evenings, $32.95 Sunday evenings, $29.95 Thursdays, $16.95 children under 12. Show only, $15-$18.95. Information, 316-612-7696 or www.crownuptown.com.

Christmas Express, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27, Orpheum Theater, 200 N. Broadway. Benefit for Shriners Hospitals for Children, performance by Diamond W Wranglers and Christmas Express Orchestra. Tickets $20. Information, 316-263-0884.

Puppet shows, 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Westlink Library. Performance of “Authors Christmas Cookies.” Kids 3-8 and their families. Free. Information, 316-337-9456.

Friends University Christmas Candlelight Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec 2, Friends University Sebits Auditorium, 2100 W. University. $15 adults, $12 students and seniors. Tickets at 316-295-5677.

Christmas Radio Hour, 7 p.m. Dec. 3, Orpheum Theatre. Comedy show, Christmas performance by Air Capital Chorus live on KNSS Radio. Benefits Kansas Food Bank. Nonperishable food item for admittance. Information, 316-263-0884.

Dennis Family 28th Annual Christmas Concert, 6 p.m. Dec. 4, Tabernacle Bible Church, 1817 N. Volutsia. Free. Donations for charity encouraged. Information, 316-734-1495.

Road to Bethlehem, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 9-10, Vineyard Church, 2020 E. Blake. Story of Jesus’ birth. Tours 45 minutes every 15 minutes.

Steve Darmody and Jennifer LaMountain Christmas Concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 10, Wichita Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 820 W. 27th St. South. $15 adults, $10 children 8-18, 7 and under free. Tickets and information, www.wichitaadventist.org.

Trinity Academy Christmas Concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 11, Trinity Academy, 12345 E. 21st St.. Free. Information, http://www.trinityacademy.org.

Christmas at the Cathedral: The Greatest Celebration, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Dec 11, St. Mark Cathedral Cogic, 1018 N. Dellrose. Live music, dance, drama. Attendees asked to bring supplies for The Treehouse. Free. Information, 316-684-5597.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 12-14, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 16, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 17 and 2 p.m. Dec. 18, Wichita Children’s Theatre and Dance Center, 201 S. Lulu. Tickets $5.50. Information, 316-262-2282 or www.wctdc.com.

The Spirit of the Season Concert by the Wichita Symphony, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Century II Convention Hall. Free, but reservations required. Tickets, 316-267-5259.

Hutchinson Symphony Orchestra Christmas Celebration, 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 15, Hutchinson Fox Theatre, 18 E. First Ave., Hutchinson. Orchestra performance with guest soloists. $20 adults, $5 children. Information, 620-663-1981.

“A Christmas Carol,” 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 15 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Wichita Children’s Theater and Dance Center. Tickets $5.50. Information, 316-262-2282 or www.wctdc.com.

Mistletoes, 7 p.m. Dec. 20, Wichita Children’s Theater and Dance Center. Advanced dancers and glee club concert. Free, donations requested. Information, 316-262-2282 or www.wctdc.com.

“Sounding Joy: An American Christmas” by Wichita Chamber Chorale, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and 4 p.m. Dec. 18, Plymouth Congregational Church, 202 N. Clifton. Admission $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. Information, 316-267-2796.

12th Annual Brett Valliant Christmas Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, First United Methodist Church, 33 N. Broadway. Organ concert. Free. Information, 316-267-6244.