Keeper of the Plans

152 holiday events that should keep the season merry

Santa poses for a picture with three-year-old Sophia Wallis inside of Century II during “A Night with Santa,” the city's Christmas celebration, in 2014. The event returns Dec. 8.
Santa poses for a picture with three-year-old Sophia Wallis inside of Century II during “A Night with Santa,” the city's Christmas celebration, in 2014. The event returns Dec. 8. File photo

It’s never too early to start planning for the holidays.

The merriment-inducing festivities we’ve listed – from pre-Thanksgiving to Christmas – offer more events than actual days until the holidays.

Though the event schedule changes yearly, one of the more notable omissions this year is that the Crown Uptown Theatre has elected not to host any holiday events this year. The venue – which is in the process of shifting its focus to become more of an event hall rather than a theater venue – traditionally hosted Christmas and Thanksgiving events, at least through 2015.

Another notable change from last year: The Arc’s Lights is now requiring a $10-per-carload admission on Friday and Saturday nights. The fundraising event is expensive to put on, and in the past, too many visitors did not provide a donation for admission, according to The Arc. We’ll have more on that story later in the season.

Then there are the usual holiday standbys – free carriage rides in Old Town and Bradley Fair, Botanica’s Illuminations, Cowtown’s Victorian Christmas, “The Nutcracker” from both Friends University and Ballet Wichita (which will also be performed in McPherson this year), and various collegiate choral concerts.

It’s impossible to make it to every single event, but you can use this chronological guide to help plan your holiday fun.

More may be planned after the publication of this calendar. Be sure to check events.kansas.com now and as the season unfolds to see anything that may not be listed. If you’re a holiday event planner, make sure to list your event there to be considered for future calendars.

Events

Christmas Traditions of Southwest Kansas, 15 themed exhibits showcasing decorating themes and family holiday traditions, on display through Nov. 29; Stauth Memorial Museum, 111 N. Aztec, Montezuma. Free. www.stauthmemorialmuseum.org, 620-846-2527.

Feztival of Trees, winter wonderland including display of trees created by members of Midian Shrine, plus a boutique, entertainment, light refreshments and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 11, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 12, noon-4 p.m. Nov. 13, Midian Shrine Center, 130 N. Topeka; $5; trees will be raffled to benefit Midian Shrine Center. Live tree auction at 3 p.m. Nov. 13.

Gingerbread Village, decorate a gingerbread house and explore Exploration Place, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 13, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd.; $9.50 ages 12-64, $8 seniors, $6 ages 3-11, $5 for Assistance League and Exploration Place members, ages 2 and under free, includes admission to Exploration Place; www.exploration.org, 316-660-0600.

The Jingle, cocktail party benefit for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Specialty cocktails, local beers, silent auction, live entertainment, pictures with Ronald McDonald. 7-10 p.m. Nov. 11, Noah’s Event Venue, 1550 N. Lindberg Cir.; $80, $50 for Red Shoe Society members. www.rmhcwichita.org, 316-269-4182.

Santa’s arrival at Towne East Square, live reindeer outside the Noodles and Co. entrance, indoor snow show, face painting, “ice queen and ice princess meet and greet,” Ballet Wichita performing snippets of “The Nutcracker.” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 11, lower-level Sears wing, 7700 E. Kellogg; free; photos with Santa available for a fee starting around 7:30 p.m. Santa will be at the mall daily through Dec. 24; 316-686-3341.

Santa’s arrival at Towne West Square, parade including the Peabody-Burns High School marching band through the mall, 11 a.m. Nov. 12, 4600 W. Kellogg; www.townewestsquare.com, 316-945-1236.

Holiday Wright Style, see the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Allen-Lambe House decorated for the holidays, including origami peace cranes and a mechanical bird, 2-5 p.m. Nov. 13, 255 N. Roosevelt. $40, $35 for members; www.allenlambe.org, 316-687-1027.

Pet photos with Santa for a fee at Towne East Square, 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 13, Dec. 11; Towne East Square, 7700 E. Kellogg. Visits with Santa free, professional photos cost. www.simon.com/mall/towne-east-square.

Cranksgiving, bike ride/food drive with Coasters Bicycle Club, riders must travel to various stores and purchase one non-perishable food item at each store before returning to socialize over adult beverages, noon Nov. 13; sets out from Hyde Park, 200 S. Ellis. www.locojoe.com/coasters/event/cranksgiving.

Wreath Festival, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum decorated for Christmas, gifts, baked goods, wreaths for sale, music, exhibits including vintage Santa collection, hand-crafted miniature Christmas trees, old Innes store Santa, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 17-18, lunch served 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 204 S. Main. Free; lunch $15 – reservations will be accepted for groups of 6 or more by calling the museum; wichitahistory.org, 316-265-9314.

Share Our Food, American Indian dishes served along with recipes and a talk by a local expert on American Indian food traditions, 6-9 p.m. Nov. 17, Mid-America All-Indian Center, 650 N. Seneca; $30-$50; includes admission to the museum; www.theindiancenter.org, 316-350-3345.

All Things Gingerbread, gazebo at Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb Road turned into lifesize gingerbread house, photos with Santa and a gingerbread boy for a fee, crafts and cookies for purchase, mailbox for letters to Santa (if return address is provided, a letter from Santa is sent); proceeds benefit Assistance League of Wichita; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 19 and Dec. 3; free admission.

Old Town Square carriage rides, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays from Nov. 19 through Dec. 17 starting in front of the Warren Theatre Old Town, 353 N. Mead; free; holiday movies will be screened for free in the theater at 10 a.m. Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10 and 17. www.oldtownwichita.com/old-town-square-holiday.

Bradley Fair Christmas Tree Lighting, 5:30-6 p.m. Nov. 19, plus Santa photos and horse-drawn carriage rides afterward, Bradley Fair Plaza, 21st and Rock Road, free; bradleyfair.com, 316-630-9990.

Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, originating at the fountain at Bradley Fair Plaza, going through miles of crystal lights through Bradley Fair, 6-10 p.m. Nov. 19, Nov. 25-26, Dec. 2-3, Dec. 9-10, Dec. 16-17, 23. 21st and Rock Road; free; bradleyfair.com, 316-630-9990.

Caring Santa, photos with Santa for special-needs kids for a fee at Towne East Square in a sensory-friendly environment, 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 20, Dec. 4; Towne East Square, 7700 E. Kellogg. Free. Reservations may be made at www.simon.com/caringsanta.

School’s Out Edventures, hands-on workshops for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade during Thanksgiving week, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 22-23, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Cost is per day: $35, $30 for members. Registration required in advance by calling 316-660-0620. www.exploration.org.

Wonders of Wildlife Thanksgiving Safari, learning activities for children in grades 1-5 at the zoo, 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 23, Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Blvd. $12, $10 for members. www.scz.org, 316-660-9453.

Rock the Dome, Pink Floyd-themed show in Exploration Place’s Dome Theater and Planetarium for those 17 and older, doors open 6:30 p.m. Nov. 25-26, Dec. 30, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. $12. www.exploration.org, 316-660-0620.

Winter Art Mania, free admission to the Wichita Art Museum after Thanksgiving and Christmas, with movies, art-making activities, gallery explorations and more, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 25-26, Dec. 27-29, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.; wichitaartmuseum.org.

Christmas on the Prairie, cowboy Christmas chuckwagon supper, performance by the Prairie Rose Rangers, horse-drawn-wagon rides, classic cowboy Christmas movies and Silver Screen Cowboy Museum; gates open at 5 p.m., supper at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9-11, 16-18. Sunday performances (Dec. 11, 18) are matinees – gates open at noon and lunch at 1:30 p.m. Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, 15231 SW Parallel St., Benton; $35, $10 ages 3-12, ages 2 and younger get in free; www.prairierosechuckwagon.com, 316-778-2121.

Winter Luminary Walk, candles and lights illuminating Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, plus s’mores at fire pits, music, stories and refreshments. Performances by the Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts Dance Troupe on Nov. 25, Sound of the Heartland on Dec. 2. 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 25-26, Dec. 2-3, 177 W. Hickory St., Hesston; $6, $3 ages 3-15. Tickets available in advance for $1 cheaper by visiting arboretum offices, calling 620-327-8127 or visiting www.dyckarboretum.org.

Bucky Fowler’s Family Christmas, Prairie Rose chuckwagon supper, show, horse-drawn-wagon rides, classic cowboy Christmas movies and Silver Screen Cowboy Museum; doors open at 5 p.m., supper at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26, 15231 SW Parallel St., Benton. $35, $10 ages 3 to 12, ages 2 and younger get in free; www.prairierosechuckwagon.com, 316-778-2121.

Kansas in Miniature Holiday Show, popular exhibit decorated for the holidays, including a Christmas parade and nostalgic music. Nov. 26-Dec. 31, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Included with museum admission: $9.50 ages 12-64, $8 seniors, $6 ages 3-11. www.exploration.org, 316-660-0620.

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, Nov. 26-27, Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 16-31. Exploration Place Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium, 300 N. McLean Blvd.; $5, $4 seniors, $3 ages 3-11, free ages 2 and under. Showtimes posted at www.exploration.org; 316-660-0600.

Twilight Holiday Happening, lights, music, refreshments, door prizes, silent auction, raffles last night of “Christmas Traditions of Southwest Kansas” exhibit, 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 28, Stauth Memorial Museum, 111 N. Aztec, Montezuma. Free, but donations accepted. www.stauthmemorialmuseum.org, 620-846-2527.

Wichita Nativity, hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, music, nativity scenes, children’s activities, 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 1 to 7 p.m. Dec. 3, 7834 W. 29th St. North; free. www.wichitanativity.com.

“Elf” interactive screening, audience participation viewing of the movie “Elf” with activity pack for ages 21 and older, sponsored by the WAM Contemporaries. Cash bar available, 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Wichita Art Museum; $20, $15 museum members; www.wichitaartmuseum.org

Jingle Mingle, night of adult holiday entertainment, wintry drinks created by a mixologist, ugly sweater contest, create holiday decor, a capella entertainment. 7-11 p.m. Dec. 1, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. $30. $25 for members, $20 in advance. Admission includes unlimited food, one drink ticket and access to museum exhibits. www.exploration.org, 316-660-0620.

Newton Parade of Lights, illuminated floats in downtown Newton, free community open house at Fifth and Main before, downtown businesses stay open late; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Main Street, Downtown Newton. 316-284-3642.

Victorian Christmas, traditional holiday event at Old Cowtown Museum featuring period decorations, wagon rides, carolers, crafts and activities, cookies, cocoa, and Christmas gifts for sale; 6-9 p.m. Dec. 2-3, 9-10, Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd. Included in regular museum admission: $7.75 for adults 18-61, $6.50 for seniors 62+, $6 for youth 12-17, $5.50 for children 4-11, free for those under 4 and Cowtown members. www.oldcowtown.org, 316-350-3323.

Bringing in the Greens: Jingle Owl the Way, caroling, bell-ringing, decking the halls, cookie decorating, live owls, 15 percent discount on gift shop purchases, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 2, Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th. Free. www.gpnc.org, 316-683-5499.

Newton’s Five Places of Christmas, free admission to five Newton institutions – Carriage Factory Art Gallery, Harvey County Historical Society Museum, Kauffman Museum, Warkentin House Museum and Bethel College Women’s Association; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3, museums in Newton. www.tonewton.com/christmas, 316-284-3642.

Santa arrives at Alefs Harley-Davidson on a trike, take your own photos with him, 1 p.m. Dec. 3, 5427 Chuzy Drive; 316-440-5700.

Breakfast with Santa, donuts and fun activities with Santa, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 3, Towne West Square, 4600 W. Kellogg. Free. www.townewestsquare.com, 316-945-1236.

Christmas Tea, warm drinks, desserts, champagne, Christmas sing-alongs, visit from Santa in the decorated Grand Ballroom of the McPherson Opera House, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3, McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main, McPherson. www.mcphersonoperahouse.org, 620-241-1952.

Meet Santa at Exploration Place, noon-2 p.m. Dec. 3, 10, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Free. www.exploration.org, 316-660-0620.

Candy Cane Dash and Grab, youth 10 and under will search for hidden candy canes throughout Haysville’s Historic District, 4 p.m. Dec. 3, Haysville Historic District, 100 S. Main, Haysville. Free.

Red Stocking Breakfast, including pictures with Santa, to benefit Kansas Children’s Service League, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 3, Candle Club, 6135 E. 13th St.; $15, $12 in advance, ages 10 and under free; www.kcsl.org, 316-942-4261 x1321.

Polar Express at OJ Watson Park, family activity geared to children 2 and up, reading of “Polar Express” with milk and cookies, crafts, miniature train ride to North Pole to see Santa and have s’mores and hot chocolate, 12:30 and 2 p.m. Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18; 6 p.m. Dec. 23; $15; register online at www.wichita.gov/parkandrec, or by calling the park at 316-529-9940.

Sensitive Santa, photos with Santa for special-needs kids for a fee at Towne West Square before the mall opens, with lights dimmed and no music, 9:30-11 a.m. Dec. 4, 4600 W. Kellogg; www.townewestsquare.com, 316-686-3341.

Holiday Open House, holiday refreshments, live music, visit with Santa Claus, free pictures with Santa, sponsored by the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum. 2-4 p.m. Dec. 4, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.; free, including museum admission; www.wichitaartmuseum.org

Soroptimist Christmas Gala, buffet dinner, live auction, holiday merriment to benefit the Soroptimist Scholarship Fund programs and service projects; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas. $40. www.soroptimistwichita.org.

A Classic Country Christmas, Christmas chuckwagon supper, performance by Kim Coslett, horse-drawn-wagon rides, classic cowboy Christmas movies and Silver Screen Cowboy Museum; doors open at 5 p.m., supper at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15, Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, 15231 SW Parallel St., Benton; $35, $10 ages 3 to 12, ages 2 and younger get in free; www.prairierosechuckwagon.com, 316-778-2121.

Mayor’s Tree Lighting, A Night With Santa sponsored by the city of Wichita, lighting of downtown Christmas tree, carnival games, fireworks, cake walk, bingo, crafts; starts at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 on Kennedy Plaza, continues 6:30-8:30 p.m. inside Century II Exhibition and Convention halls; free.

Community Carol Sing, holiday carol singing, performance of Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” reading of “The Tale of Three Trees,” presented by Music on Site; 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church, 3700 E. Mt. Vernon. Free.

Drive-Through Christmas presented by Countryside Christian Church, drive through light displays and narrated scenes from the events surrounding Jesus’ birth, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 9-11, 1919 S. Rock Road; donations and canned food accepted to benefit the 184th Family Support Organization; 316-686-7206.

A Night in Bethlehem, outdoor event that re-creates the streets of Bethlehem, with shops, displays and re-enactments, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 9-10, First Christian Church, 1600 State St., Augusta; admission is $1 or a non-perishable food item; 316-775-6317.

Iron Riderz Christmas for the Kidz, motorcycle ride from Alefs Harley-Davidson to Wesley Medical Center to deliver toys to children in the hospital. All bikes and vehicles welcome; registration 8:30 a.m., kickstands up 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10, Alefs Harley-Davidson, 5427 Chuzy Drive. Admission is one new (unwrapped) toy or minimum cash donation of $20 per bike. www.jackshabit.com

Christmas at the Barn, dinner/movie, hot chocolate bar, s’mores bar, meet Santa, 4-8 p.m. Dec. 10, Stone Hill Barn, 9333 SW Haverhill Rd., Augusta. $20. www.stonehillbarn.com, 316-252-5779.

Season’s Treatings, zoo animals receiving holiday treats, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 10. Check www.scz.org for scheduled times, Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 W. Zoo Blvd.; included in zoo admission or membership; 316-660-9453.

Pet photos with Santa for a fee, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 11, Towne West Square, 4600 W. Kellogg; www.townewestsquare.com, 316-686-3341.

Supper With Santa, dinner, cookies, craft, story read by Santa, includes Illuminations in the gardens. Menus for each night featured on www.botanica.org. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11-14, Botanica, 701 N. Amidon; $14 ($12 member), $10 ($8 member) for ages 3 to 12; 316-264-0448.

Living Nativity, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, plus display of Advent symbols, children’s and family activities, toys made by the Sunflower Woodworkers Guild for the needy, a coffee bar, demonstrations by organist David Cason, East Heights United Methodist Church, 4407 E. Douglas; free. (Takes place during the College Hill Holiday Lights Trolley Tour; see listing under “Lighting Events” for details.)

Journey to Bethlehem, outdoor event that re-creates Bethlehem, with indoor activities and games, 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 15-17, Rose Hill Christian Church, 314 N. Rose Hill Rd., Rose Hill; free; 316-776-0844.

Children’s Farms Festival: Holiday in the Barn, visit with Santa, play with farm toys, animal demonstrations including animals found in a manger, 1-4 p.m. Dec. 17, Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 W. Zoo Blvd.; included in zoo admission or membership; 316-660-9453; www.scz.org.

Breakfast With Santa, 9-11 a.m. Dec. 17, Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd.; $12.95, $7.95 ages 4-15; reservations required at www.wichitatix.com or 316-350-3323; www.oldcowtown.org, 316-350-3323.

Winter Break Edventures, hands-on workshops for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade over holiday break from school. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 21-23, 27-30, Jan. 2-3, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. $35 per day, $30 for members. www.exploration.org, 316-660-0620.

Lighting events

The Arc’s Lights, formerly Lights on St. Paul, drive-through light display with 1.9 million lights starting at Douglas and St. Paul, 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 24-Dec. 28 (to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 11:30 p.m. Christmas Eve); $10 per-carload admission required Fridays and Saturdays, $10 suggested donation Sundays through Thursdays; Santa photos available 5:30-8 p.m. Fridays-Sundays (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) and Dec. 19-22 for a $5 donation; www.arc-sedgwickcounty.org, 316-943-1191.

Illuminations, light displays throughout the gardens of Botanica, music, nightly Santa appearances, hot drinks and snacks for sale; 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 25-Dec. 31 (excluding Dec. 24-25), Botanica, 701 N. Amidon; $8, $7 members, $6 ages 3-12, under 3 get in free; advance tickets at Botanica or QuikTrip stores; 316-264-0448, botanica.org.

A Country Christmas at Fulton Valley Farms, thousands of lights, a live nativity vignette, live reindeer on exhibit, hot drinks and snacks for sale; 6-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Nov. 26-Dec. 24, Fulton Valley Farms, 5079 SW Fulton Rd., Towanda. Free-will offerings accepted. $5 to view reindeer, $10 for souvenir photo with them. www.fultonvalleyfarms.com, 316-775-1894.

College Hill Holiday Lights Trolley Tour, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 11, setting out from East Heights United Methodist Church, 4407 E. Douglas; $8 (free for children under 2 sitting on a lap); buy tickets for specific tour times starting Dec. 5 at Traditions, 3220 E. Douglas; if tickets remain, they will be sold at the church during the event; 316-685-0745.

Concerts

Carillon Thanksgiving Concert, noon-1 p.m. Nov. 23, outside the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main; free.

Christmas Express Concert, local musicians performing a variety of Christmas music to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children, 7 p.m. Nov. 26, Orpheum Theater, 200 N. Broadway; $20, $10 children under 12; www.selectaseat.com, 855-755-7328, Intrust Bank Arena Box Office and Select-A-Seat outlets; www.wichitaorpheum.com.

Handel’s “Messiah” presented by the Wichita Choral Society, directed by Shawn Chastain, 2 p.m. Nov. 27, City Life Church, 216 E. Second. $10. www.wichitachoralsociety.org, 316-680-5194.

Christmas Benefit Concert for Youth Horizons, Earnest Alexander, the Wichita Community Children’s Choir, the Friends University Jazz Vocal Band and Craig Curry, including desserts/coffee/tea; 7 p.m. Nov. 28, Hyatt Regency Wichita, 400 W. Waterman; $25; tickets at Youth Horizons office at 1601 E. Douglas and online at youthhorizons.net/concert; 316-262-8293.

“Messiah” singalong with the Wichita State University Symphony Orchestra, audience members can borrow music scores and sing along to Handel’s “Messiah,” while the WSU Symphony Orchestra performs it, opera and vocal students will perform solos, organist Lynne Davis performs, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29, Wiedemann Hall, 1845 Fairmount. $12 adults, $10 seniors, faculty, staff, military, $6 students or children, www.wichita.edu/fineartsboxoffice, 316-978-3233.

Butler Vocal Music Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, First United Methodist Church, 421 W. Central, El Dorado. No tickets needed.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Intrust Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman; $47-$77. www.selectaseat.com; intrustbankarena.com. 316-440-9000.

Candlelight Concert by Wichita State’s four choirs plus strings, brass, woodwinds, organ and percussion, 54th annual. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2-3, 4 p.m. Dec. 4, Wiedemann Hall, WSU; $12 adults, $10 seniors, faculty, staff, military, $6 students or children, www.wichita.edu/fineartsboxoffice; 316-978-3233.

Christmas Candlelight Concert presented by the Friends University Singing Quakers, Concert Choir, Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Choral Union. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2-3, 2 p.m. Dec. 4, Sebits Auditorium, 2100 W. University; $16, $13 seniors/students; www.friends.edu/finearts, 316-295-5677.

Cantus, professional all-male chorus returns to the Hesston Bethel Performing Arts Series for a choral celebration of Christmas, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Hesston Mennonite Church, 309 S. Main, Hesston. $11.06-$21.20 (pre-tax). www.hesstonbethel.org, 620-327-8158.

Tchaikovsky’s Sweetest Suites, classical holiday celebration by the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m. Dec. 3, 3 p.m. Dec. 4; Concert Hall, Century II, 225 W. Douglas. $20-$65. www.wichitasymphony.org, 316-267-7658.

Newman University Choral Christmas Concert, “A Classical Christmas .. or Not,” featuring the Newman Chorale, Troubadours, and special guests, the Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Madrigals. 3 p.m. Dec. 4, De Mattias Hall, Newman University, 3100 W. McCormick. $8 adults, $5 students college-age and below.

Vespers Service, Newton’s Treble Clef Club hosts its 48th annual Vespers service, 3 p.m. Dec. 4, Faith Mennonite Church, 2100 N. Anderson, Newton. Free.

Dennis Family Christmas Concert, 32nd annual concert, 6 p.m. Dec. 4, Tabernacle Bible Church, 1817 N. Volutsia; free; donations accepted for local charities; 316-734-1495.

Spirit of the Season Free Family Holiday Concert, hourlong concert presented by the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and chorus, featuring classic Christmas carols and holiday hits, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Century II Convention Hall; Free; wichitasymphony.org, 316-267-7658.

Carillon Christmas Concert, noon-1 p.m. Dec. 8, outside the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main; free.

“Almost There: A Christmas Cantata” by Country Acres Baptist Church Choir, 7 p.m. Dec. 10, 10:45 a.m. Dec. 11, 8810 W. 10th St.; free; 316-722-1239.

“Sounding Joy – Simple Gifts,” concert by Wichita Chamber Chorale, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at East Heights United Methodist Church, 4407 E. Douglas, 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at Plymouth Congregational Church, 202 N. Clifton; $20, $15 seniors, $5 college students, high school students free; 316-712-2678, www.wichitachorale.com.

“Lights, Camera, Christmas,” concert by the Heart of America’s Men Chorus, featuring songs from Christmas movies, 7 p.m. Dec. 10, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 11, De Mattias Hall at Newman University, 3100 McCormick St.; $15, $5 students.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, performance by Mannheim Steamroller complete with special effects. 3 p.m. Dec. 11, Concert Hall, Century II, 225 W. Douglas. $53.90-$71.50. www.wichitatix.com, 316-303-8100.

Harmonies in Holiday Homes Tour, 48th annual tour to benefit the Charles Olson Memorial Scholarship Foundation, tours of four Newton homes with live instrumental performances in each. 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 11, Programs available at Prairie Harvest, 601 N. Main. $13 suggested donation. www.prairieharvestks.com.

A Cappella Christmas, concert by the Emerald City Chorus to benefit Operation Holiday, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 11, Southwest Presbyterian Church, 1511 W. 29th St. South. Free. Donations and non-perishable food items and clothing accepted. 316-773-9300.

Hard Candy Christmas, holiday show/craft show by Sunny Sweeney, Brennen Leigh, Courtney Patton, and Jamie Lin Wilson, 8-11:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Port of Wichita, 1548 S. Webb. $10. 21+. www.mountainartisans.net, 316-977-8873.

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 KNSS 1330 AM on Christmas morning, 7 p.m. Dec. 13, Scottish Rite Center, 332 E. First St.; admission is a non-perishable food item or monetary donation for the Kansas Food Bank; 316-776-2121.

Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main, McPherson. $25-$35, students $10. www.mcphersonoperahouse.org, 620-241-1952.

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” 70th anniversary screening of the classic holiday film, 7 p.m. Dec. 15, Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. $5, $4 students, seniors, military. www.wichitaorpheum.com, 316-263-0844.

Elvis: Rock N’ Remember Christmas, performance by acclaimed Elvis Presley tribute artist Joseph Hall, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main, McPherson. $26-$30, students $8-$12. www.mcphersonoperahouse.org, 620-241-1952.

Scotty McCreery Hits and Holiday, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Kansas Star Arena, 777 Kansas Star Drive, Mulvane; $20-$55, www.ticketmaster.com.

Jim Brickman, “Comfort and Joy Holiday Tour 2016,” 8 p.m. Dec. 17, Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. $40-$65. www.wichitaorpheum.com, 316-263-0884.

Salina Symphony Christmas Festival, 7 p.m. Dec. 17 and 4 p.m. Dec. 18, Stiefel Theatre in Salina; $25 and $35, www.ticketmaster.com.

Handel’s “Messiah,” 7 p.m. Dec. 18, First Mennonite Church, 429 E. First, Newton. Free. 316-283-0273.

Cool Yule – Three Times a Charm, performance by McPherson native Sammie King and his InsideOut jazz big band, featuring Michelle King on vocals. All proceeds from ticket sales benefits the McPherson Opera House; 7 p.m. Dec. 18, McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main, McPherson. $20. www.mcphersonoperahouse.org, 620-241-1952.

Brett Valliant Advent Concert, Christmas carols played on a 5,000-pipe organ, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22, First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway; donations accepted for the maintenance of the organ; 316-267-6244.

Live nativity and choral cantata, re-enactment of the nativity story with live animals to the choral cantata, “Noel,” 7 p.m. Dec. 24, Hillside Christian Church, 8330 E. Douglas; free; 316-683-6577.

Dance

“The Nutcracker” by the Friends University Ballet Department with guest artists from the New York City Ballet and Denver Ballet, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9-10 and Dec. 16-17, 2 p.m. Dec. 11 and Dec. 17, Sebits Auditorium, 2100 W. University; $25, $20 seniors/students, www.friends.edu/ballet, 316-295-5677.

“The Nutcracker” by Ballet Wichita performed in McPherson, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11, McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main, McPherson. $25-$35, students $10. www.mcphersonoperahouse.org, 620-241-1952.

“The Nutcracker” by Ballet Wichita with guest artists from Dance Theatre of Harlem, 7 p.m. Dec. 16-17, 2 p.m. Dec. 18, Concert Hall, Century II, 225 W. Douglas; $20-50, www.wichitatix.com, 316-303-8100.

“The Hip Hop Nutcracker,” hip-hop reimagining of classic Tchaikovsky ballet, dancers, DJ, and on-stage electric violinist, 7 p.m. Dec. 20, Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway; $35-$40, www.wichitaorpheum.com, 316-263-0884.

Theater

“Holidays of Our Lives” written by Carol Hughes, Thursday-Saturday Nov. 10-19, then seven days Nov. 25-Dec. 30 (excluding Dec. 24-25), Mosley Street Melodrama; dinner 6:15 p.m., show 7:50 p.m. Monday-Saturday; dinner 5:15 p.m., show 6:50 p.m. Sundays; Saturday matinees lunch 12:15 p.m., show 1:50 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 and 17, 234 N. Mosley; $30 for dinner and show, $20 for show only (available only before Thanksgiving); www.mosleystreet.com, 316-263-0222.

“The Kyle and Monte Christmas Musical,” Fri.-Sat. Nov. 11-26, Wed.-Sat. Nov. 30-Dec. 23, Sunday shows Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 18; 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat. (6:30 p.m. dinner by Stroud’s), 6 p.m. Sun. (4:30 p.m. dinner by Stroud’s), Roxy’s Downtown, 412½ E. Douglas; $20-$30 for show, $15 for dinner; 316-265-4400, www.roxysdowntown.com.

“Christmas Letters,” presented by the Forum Theatre Company, Nov. 17-Dec. 11 (excluding Thanksgiving), 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.; $23 Thursday evenings and Sunday matinees, $25 Friday and Saturday evenings; opening night tickets $15; Wilke Center, First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway; www.forumwichita.com, 316-618-0444.

Prairie Pines Mystery Theatre: “Murder Most Fowl, or Yule Get Run Over by a Reindeer,” doors open at 6 p.m. for cider and browsing in the Old Barn Christmas Shop, three-course dinner served starting at 6:40 p.m. and throughout show, which concludes around 10 p.m., Nov. 18-19, 25-26, Dec. 1-4, 7-11, 14-23; 4055 N. Tyler Road; $32.95 plus tax, $33.95 plus tax for individuals in groups of 20 or more; 316-303-2037, prairiepinesplayhouse.com.

“Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas,” 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 29, McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main, McPherson. $28-$32 adults, $10 students, group discounts available. www.mcphersonoperahouse.org, 620-241-1952.

“Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” presented by Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center, 10 a.m. Dec. 1-2, 16; noon Nov. 30, Dec. 1-3, 17 (pizza served at 11:30 a.m.), 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and Dec. 16 (pizza served at 6 p.m.), 201 S. Lulu; $7 for show only, $8.50 for show and pizza (which is served at noon and 6:30 p.m. shows), group discounts available; 316-262-2282, www.wctdc.com.

“Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” stage musical based on the classic TV special, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. $37.50-$47.50. www.wichitaorpheum.com, 316-263-0884.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” presented by Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center for 33rd year, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 10, 2 p.m. Dec. 11, Mark Arts, 9112 E. Central; $7; school performances also available at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 6-9, call 316-262-2282; www.wctdc.com.

“A Christmas Carol,” presented by Music Theatre for Young People (music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens), 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9-10, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Mary Jane Teall Theater, Century II, 225 W. Douglas. $15 adults, $10 students. Adults $12 in advance. www.wichitatix.com, 316-303-8100.

“A Christmas Carol,” musical adaptation, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main, McPherson. $25-$35, students $10. www.mcphersonoperahouse.org, 620-241-1952.

Broadway Christmas Wonderland, presented by Theater League. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20-22, Concert Hall, Century II, 225 W. Douglas. $45-$90. www.wichitatix.com, 316-303-8100.

Shopping

Turkey Dinner and Craft Show, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 10, Haysville United Methodist Church, 601 E. Grand, Haysville. Serving traditional Thanksgiving dinner at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Craft show opens at 10 a.m. www.haysvilleumc.org

Bazaar at Reflection Ridge Golf Course, 4 -8 p.m. Nov. 11 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 12., Reflection Ridge Golf Course, Wichita. Variety of vendors at craft show that’s open to the public. Free admission.

Fall Bazaar, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov 11-12, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 3850 W. 71st St. South: Christmas decor, gift baskets, collectibles, baked goods, hand-crafted items. Soup, sandwiches, pie and rolls served daily. www.rxluth.com

Paramount Antique Mall Holiday Open House, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 12-13; Paramount Antique Mall, 13200 W. U.S. 54. Save 10 percent mall-wide, gift certificate drawings, refreshments.

Paramount East Antique Mall Holiday Open House, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 12-13; Paramount East Antique Mall, 10187 E. U.S. 54, Augusta. Save 10 percent mall-wide, gift certificate drawings, refreshments.

Clearwater Christmas Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 12, Clearwater Middle School, 140 S. Fourth St., Clearwater. Jewelry, clothing, food, crafts and more. Free admission.

Fall Bazaar, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 12, Valley Center First United Methodist Church, 560 Park Ave., Valley Center.

One Stop Christmas Shop, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 12, Benton United Methodist Church, 14300 S. W. 20th St., Benton. Admission free.

29th Annual Christmas Market, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 12, Newton Recreation Commission, 415 N. Poplar Street, Newton: Craft vendors, door prizes and more. Free admission.

Twelfth Annual Holy Spirit Altar Society Spirit Bazaar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 12, Explorer Elementary, 454 S. 167th St. West, Goddard. More than 60 vendors, bake sale, raffle, door prizes, pictures with Santa. Admission $2, free for children 12 and under.

Asbury Shoppaganza, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 12, Asbury West Campus, 11910 W Pawnee. More than 36 booths, food and beverage. Free admission.

Wichita Alternative Gift Market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 12, East Heights United Methodist Church, 4407 E. Douglas. Charitable gifts, fair-trade products, craft items and more. Admission is free.

United Methodist Women’s Holiday Shop, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 12, Rose Hill United Methodist Church, 19551 SW Butler Rd., Rose Hill, free admission. Local vendors, baked goods.

Tillie’s Christmas Open House, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 12, Tillie’s Flower Shop, 3701 E. Harry. Storewide discounts, preview new Christmas trees.

Bountiful Blessings Sharing and Shopping Event, 1-4 p.m. Nov. 12, Carpenter Place, 1501 N. Meridian. Local vendors. Admission $2.

Newton Christmas Market, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 12, Newton Activity Center, 415 N. Poplar, Newton. Handmade items from regional vendors. 29th annual. Free admission.

Girls Night Out Charity Event, 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 18, Hyatt Regency Wichita, 400 W. Waterman. Clothes from All Yours Fashion, giveaways, girl time.

Wichita Art Museum Store Holiday Open House, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 19-20. Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. www.wichitaartmuseum.org, 316-268-4291. Jewelry, stationery, books, children’s gifts, artwork available for purchase. Hot cider provided. Museum members receive a 20 percent discount.

Calvary Arts & Crafts Mission Market, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 19, Calvary United Methodist Church, 2525 N. Rock Road. Handmade crafts, jewelry, etc. Admission $1.

Nelson Elementary Fall Boutique, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 19, Nelson Elementary School, 245 N. Delos St., Haysville. Vendors and crafters. Free admission.

St. Mary’s Fall Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 19, St. Mary’s Catholic School, 2306 E. Meadowlark, Derby. Vendors and crafters. Admission $2.

Christmas in the Foothills, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 19, Kansas State Fairgrounds, 2000 N. Poplar, Hutchinson. More than 50 local vendors. Free admission.

November Final Friday at the Workroom, 6-9 p.m. Nov. 25, The Workroom, 150 N. Cleveland. Featuring goods $100 or less made by local artisans.

Wichita Etsy Local Trade Show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 26, Hotel at Oldtown Conference Center, 210 N. Mosley. Free admission.

Artisan Gallery Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 26, Augusta Historic Theatre and Augusta Arts Council, 523 State, Augusta. Artists and crafters.

Explore Store Discount Shopping Weekend, Nov. 26-27, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Museum admission not required to shop. www.exploration.org, 316-660-0620. Discounts at Exploration Place’s gift store (10 percent off for non-members, 20 percent off for members).

Mill Creek Lumber Open House, 1-4 p.m. Nov. 27, Mill Creek Lumber, 623 E. 16th, Wellington. Fresh-cut Christmas trees, wreaths and roping.

The Winter Bazaar at section37, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 27, section37, 12111 E. 21st St. Handmade goods, high fashion, food trucks. Event by Haute Handmade Pop-Up Market.

Client Appreciation Sale, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 at Eric Fisher Salon, 2441 N. Maize; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Eric Fisher Salon, 302 N. Rock; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Eric Fisher Salon, 1918 N. Rock in Derby. Discounts on beauty products – skin care, hair care, makeup, consultations with beauty experts, drawings to win gift baskets.

Fourth annual Holiday Market & Food Truck Rally, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2, Catholic Care Center, 6650 E. 45th St. North, Bel Aire. Food trucks and crafts including jewelry, cards, decor and more. Admission free.

Winterfest Annual Bazaar and Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3, Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 431 S. Woodlawn, Derby. At least 100 vendor booths, bake sale, silent auction. Admission free.

Community Art and Music Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 3, First Church of the Brethren, 1103 N. Jefferson. Local art, homemade breakfast foods, lunch soups and baked goods for sale. 316-263-0274.

Merry Little Holiday Market, 6-10 p.m. Dec. 8, Wichita Boathouse, 515 S. Wichita. Locally made gifts.

Mark Arts Holiday Studio Sale and Open House, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 10, Mark Arts, 9112 E. Central. Find one-of-a-kind gifts by the artisans at Mark Arts.

Christmas Artisan Market, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 10, Hendrick Hall, East Heights United Methodist Church, 4407 E. Douglas.

Infinity Art Glass Holiday Open House, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 11, Infinity Art Glass, 120 N. Main, Benton. Design your own ornaments, glassblowing demonstrations, 15 percent off store inventory.

Walks and runs

Turkey Trot, 10-mile race and 2-mile run/walk, 7:45 and 8 a.m. Nov. 19, Century II, 225 W. Douglas; 2-mile $25, 10-mile $40, youth 17 and under $17 through Nov. 11, then must pay adult prices; wichitaturkeytrot.com.

Say Grace Thanksgiving Day 5K Race, 9:30 a.m. Nov. 24, GraceMed Health Clinic, 1122 N. Topeka; $35 in advance, $15 ages 5 to 15 in advance, gracemed.org.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, benefit for the Arthritis Foundation, including carolers and entertainment, 9 a.m. (1-mile) and 9:30 a.m. (5K) Dec. 3, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd.; $35 in advance for 5K, $25 ages 10 and under. Fees increase on-site, www.jbr.org.

Great Santa Run, costume contest, finisher’s medals, 5K at 9 a.m. Dec. 3, 10 a.m. Little Elves Fun Run for ages 8 and under, Wichita Boathouse, 515 S. Wichita; $32-$40 for 5K, $12-$15 for kids’ fun run, www.wichitasantarun.com.

St. Nick 5 Klick and Little Dashers 1K, 8 and 9 a.m. Dec. 3, Sedgwick County Park; 6501 W. 21st St.; $10-$40, www.stnick5klick.com.

Matt Riedl: 316-268-6660, @RiedlMatt

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