Keeper of the Plans

Your 2017 guide to everything holidays in Wichita this year

2017 is swiftly drawing to a close, and that means the holiday season is in full swing.

It’s the most wonderful time of year for many Wichita-area organizations, as many annual staples like Illuminations and The Arc’s Lights will open soon.

One of the biggest changes this holiday season comes at the Sedgwick County Zoo, which is discontinuing its popular Season’s Treatings event, wherein zoo animals received Christmas presents in the form of non-traditional treats.

In its place, the zoo is hosting “Non-Natural Enrichment Days” every month using the same concept, but it’s not going to be exactly like Season’s Treatings. This month’s will be on Dec. 2. For more information on that, visit

Also, the news broke earlier this fall, but Wichita’s official Christmas tree has been moved to Old Town Square. The annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting event has been scheduled for Dec. 3, and fireworks will follow at the Wichita Boathouse. There will be trolleys shuttling people back and forth from Old Town.

Then, on the theatre front, this year brings the return of Crown Uptown holiday shows. Signature Theatre and Ex Leading Man Productions are putting on an original musical revue sporadically in December, and dinner will be served at performances. Roxy’s Downtown is bringing back the ever-popular Monte Wheeler and Kyle Vespestad for “The Kyle and Monte Christmas Musical 2,” a sequel to last year’s show.

There will likely be more holiday events listed after the publication of this calendar, so be sure to visit to find late additions.

Until then, happy holidays from all of us at the Eagle:

Lighting events

The Arc’s Lights, formerly Lights on St. Paul, drive-through light display with more than a million lights starting at Douglas and St. Paul, 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 23-Dec. 28 (to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 11:30 p.m. Christmas Eve); $10 per-carload admission required Fridays and Saturdays, free-will donations accepted Sundays through Thursdays; Santa photos available Fridays-Sundays for a $5 donation;, 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. 24-Dec. 31 (excluding Dec. 24-25), Botanica, 701 N. Amidon. $10, $7 members, $7 ages 3-12, under 3 get in free., 316-264-0448.

A Country Christmas at Fulton Valley Farms, traditional, homecooked Christmas dinners at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, 15 and 22, followed by a stroll through thousands of lights, live reindeer on exhibit, and a visit from Santa. $35 adults, $15.50 children 3-12, free for children under 3. Fulton Valley Farms, 5079 SW Fulton Rd., Towanda., 316-775-1894.

College Hill Holiday Lights Trolley Tour, 5:30-8:45 p.m. Dec. 10, 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. 4 at Traditions, 3220 E. Douglas; if tickets remain, they will be sold at the church during the event.


Feztival of Trees, noon-4 p.m. Nov. 12, Midian Shrine Temple, 130 N. Topeka. Winter wonderland including display of trees created by members of Midian Shrine, plus a boutique, entertainment, light refreshments and photos with Santa. $5. Live tree auction and raffles. Raffle tickets $1. Live auction at 3 p.m. Nov. 12, following by raffle drawings at 4 p.m.

Gingerbread Village, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 12, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Decorate a gingerbread house and explore Exploration Place. $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., 316-660-0600.

Holiday Wright Style, 2-5 p.m. Nov. 12, Allen-Lambe House, 255 N. Roosevelt. See the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Allen-Lambe House decorated for the holidays, including Tai Chi demonstrations on the garden lawn by certified instructor Al Fleming, and gifts available for purchase. $30, $20 for members;, 316-687-1027.

Pet photos with Santa for a fee at Towne East Square, 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 12, Dec. 10; Towne East Square, 7700 E. Kellogg. Visits with Santa free, professional photos cost.

Wreath Festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 16-17, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main. See the 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. Lunch served 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for $15. Lunch reservations will be accepted for groups of 6 or more by calling the museum. Free., 316-265-9314.

Share Our Food, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 16, Mid-America All-Indian Center, 650 N. Seneca. American Indian dishes served along with recipes and a talk by a local expert on American Indian food traditions. $35 in advance, $50 at the door (if available). Includes admission to the museum., 316-350-3345.

Derby Tree Lighting, 6-8 p.m. Nov. 16, Madison Avenue Central Park, 512 E. Madison Avenue, Derby. Lighting of Derby’s Christmas tree. Free photos with Santa in The Pavilion, arts and crafts in The Venue and kettle corn, cookies, hot chocolate and holiday music on the event lawn. Food trucks will be on scene.

Santa’s arrival at Towne West, 11 a.m.-noon Nov. 18, Towne West Square, 4600 W. Kellogg. Musical parade throughout the mall., 316-945-1236.

Holidays in Delano, noon-5 p.m. Nov. 18, Historic Delano District. Christmas shopping at Delano businesses, Santa appearances, live reindeer, sleds and kids’ activities. Bring canned goods to receive a discount at area shops.

Bradley Fair Christmas Tree Lighting, 5:30-6 p.m. Nov. 18, Bradley Fair Plaza, 21st and Rock. Santa photos and horse-drawn carriage rides afterward. Free., 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. 18, Nov. 24-25, Dec. 1-2, Dec. 8-9, Dec. 15-16, 22-23. 21st and Rock Road. Free., 316-630-9990.

Wonders of Wildlife Thanksgiving Safari, 8 a.m.-noon Nov. 22, Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Blvd. Learning activities for children in grades 1-5 at the zoo. $22, $17 for members., 316-660-9453.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 23, Grace Community Church, 1600 S. Anderson, Newton. Free Thanksgiving meal in Newton, open to all. All donations go to Harvest of Love. Volunteers are welcome to show up anytime between 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Cardinal Creek Farm Christmas Open House, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 24, Cardinal, Creek Farm, 396 SW 110th Street, Leon. Free horse and carriage rides, hay rack rides, holiday market, trees and wreaths for sale. Ice skating and other activities available at an extra charge., 316-323-4609

Winter Art Mania, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 24-25, Dec. 26-28, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Free admission to the Wichita Art Museum after Thanksgiving and Christmas. Movies, art-making activities, gallery explorations and more. Free., 316-268-4921.

Winter Luminary Walk, 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 24-25, Dec. 1-2, Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, 177 W. Hickory Street, Hesston. Candles and lights illuminating the arboretum, plus s’mores at fire pits, music, stories and refreshments. Nightly performances. $6, $3 ages 3-15. Tickets available in advance for $1 cheaper by visiting arboretum offices, calling 620-327-8127 or visiting

Polar Express at OJ Watson Park, family activity geared to children 2 and up, reading of “Polar Express,” crafts, miniature train ride to North Pole to see Santa and have s’mores and hot chocolate. $15. 12:30 and 2 p.m. Saturdays Nov. 25-Dec. 23, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 25, Dec. 2; 6 p.m. Fridays Dec. 1-22, 5 p.m. Nov. 25, 2 p.m. Nov. 26, Dec. 17. Register online at or by calling the park at 316-529-9940.

Kansas in Miniature Holiday Show, Nov. 25-Dec. 31, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Popular exhibit decorated for the holidays, including a Christmas parade and nostalgic music. Included with museum admission: $9.50 ages 12-64, $8 seniors, $6 ages 3-11., 316-660-0620.

Rock the Dome, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 25, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Three Pink Floyd-themed cosmic light shows in Exploration Place’s Dome Theater and Planetarium for those 17 and older. $13., 316-660-0620.

Holiday Dome Show: “Let it Snow,” Nov. 25-Dec. 31, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Family-friendly show with holiday images and scenes set to favorite Christmas songs from Frank Sinatra, the Muppets and more. $5, $4 seniors, $3 ages 3-11, free ages 2 and under. Showtimes posted at, 316-660-0600.

Augusta Christmas Parade, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 25, downtown Augusta. After the parade, Santa will visit the Augusta Historic Depot. Sponsored by the Augusta Chamber of Commerce.

McCormick School Museum Christmas Open House, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1, 855 S. Martinson. Wichita’s oldest remaining school (127 years old) allows you to visit an 1890s classroom, Heritage Room and the 1880s print shop. Guests can ring the school’s unique bell tower. Free, donations accepted.

Victorian Christmas, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 8-9, Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd. Traditional holiday event featuring period decorations, wagon rides, carolers, crafts and activities, cookies, cocoa, and Christmas gifts for sale. Included in regular museum admission: $7.75 for adults 18-61, $6.50 for seniors 62 and older, $6 for youth 12-17, $5.50 for children 4-11, free for those under 4 and Cowtown members., 316-350-3323.

Bringing in the Greens: All I Want for Christmas, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 1, Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th Street. Caroling, bell-ringing, decking the halls, cookie decorating, rodent theme, 15 percent discount on gift shop purchases. Free., 316-683-5499.

Newton’s Five Places of Christmas, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2. 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. This year will also include the Goerz House, 2512 College Drive in North Newton., 316-284-3642.

Holiday Fun at the Castle, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. Dec. 2, The Castle Inn Riverside, 1155 N. River Blvd., Christmas carolers, holiday vendors, warm spiced drinks and pampering services. $10.

Old Town Square Christmas, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays from Dec. 2 to 23, Old Town Square, 2nd and Mead. Free carriage rides, visit Santa in the Square, Wichita police officers giving candy canes, Christmas tree and a holiday-decorated trolley.

Carriage Rides in the Park, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 2, Derby High Park, 2801 E. James, Derby. Clydesdale-drawn carriage rides, reindeer with sleigh, a petting zoo, hot chocolate and sugar cookies. Free.

Yule Ball, 8-11 p.m. Dec. 2, Museum of World Treasures, 835 E. 1st Street. A Harry Potter-themed Yule Ball, featuring a DJ, photobooth, and a cash bar. 18+. $20., 316-263-1311.

Caring Santa, 10-11:30 a.m. Dec. 3, Towne East Square, 7700 E. Kellogg. Photos with Santa for special-needs kids for a fee at Towne East Square in a sensory-friendly environment. Free. Reservations may be made at

Holiday-Themed Enrichment Activities, Dec. 3, Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 W. Zoo Blvd. Watch zoo animals be treated to holiday-themed snacks as part of monthly Non-Natural Enrichment Days. Included in zoo admission or membership., 316-660-9453.

Holiday Open House, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 3, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Holiday refreshments, live music from the Goddard High School Madrigals, storytime with Glitter Elf, visit with Santa Claus, free pictures with Santa, sponsored by the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum. Free., 316-268-4921.

Mayor’s Tree Lighting, 6 p.m. Dec. 3, Old Town Square, 2nd and Mead. Lighting of downtown Christmas tree, which was relocated to Old Town Square for 2017. Santa will appear on the CityArts rooftop, and after the ceremony, holiday trolley rides will be offered to the Boathouse to watch fireworks. Free.

Native Christmas, Dec. 4-Jan. 7, 2018, Mid-America All-Indian Center, 650 N. Seneca. Annual exhibit featuring an American Indian Christmas tree decorated with handmade ornaments and four separate nativity sets in different American Indian art styles. Included in museum admission: $7 adults, $5 seniors 55 and older, military and students 13 and older with ID; free for children under 6., 316-350-3340.

Soroptimist Christmas Gala, 6:30-10 p.m. Dec. 5, Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas. Buffet dinner, wine, hors d’oeuvres, live auction, holiday merriment to benefit the Soroptimist Scholarship Fund programs and service projects. $40., 316-371-5125.

Senior Wednesday Holiday Brunch, 10 a.m. Dec. 6, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Coffee, treats, and holiday music in the S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall., 316-268-4921.

“Elf” interactive screening, 6 p.m. Dec. 7-8, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Audience participation viewing of the movie “Elf” with activity pack for ages 21 and older, sponsored by the WAM Contemporaries. Cash bar available. $20, $15 museum members;, 316-268-4921.

A Night With Santa, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Century II Exhibition & Convention Halls, 225 W. Douglas. Visit with Santa, carnival games and prizes, cake walk, bingo, drawings for Christmas trees, bicycles and more. Sponsored by Wichita Park & Recreation. Free.

Newton Parade of Lights, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7, downtown Newton. Illuminated floats in downtown Newton. Downtown businesses stay open late. Hot chocolate and Santa photos. Community open house at Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, Fifth and Main, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Friday Nights for Old Town Christmas, 5-7 p.m. Dec. 8, 15, 22, Old Town. Event runs until 9 p.m. Dec. 15. Businesses stay open late, Santa visits Old Town Square, Christmas tree, police officers handing out candy canes, strolling carolers and a holiday trolley. Free.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas Tour, 6-10 p.m. Dec. 8-10, 15-17, 21-23. Oxford Senior Living, 3051 N. Parkdale Circle. Drive-through Christmas display featuring live nativity sets, Christmas card scenes and more. Donations accepted. Presented by Koinonia Senior Care., 316-209-9028.

Red Stocking Breakfast, 8-11 a.m. Dec. 9, LaVela, 6147 E. 13th Street. Traditional fundraising breakfast to benefit Kansas Children’s Service League. $15, $12 in advance, ages 10 and under free., 316-942-4261 x1321.

Christmas Family Fun Day, 8:30-11 a.m. Dec. 9, Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, 6000 E. Harry. Christmas crafts, singing, free breakfast of cinnamon toast and fruit. Free.

Meet Santa at Exploration Place, noon-2 p.m. Dec. 9, 16, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Free., 316-660-0620.

Christmas Tea, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9, McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main, McPherson. Warm drinks, desserts, champagne, Christmas sing-alongs, visit from Santa in the decorated Grand Ballroom of the McPherson Opera House $25 adults, $12 children., 620-241-1952.

Grand Christmas Ball, 4-7 p.m. Dec. 10, Venue 3130, 3130 W. Central. Live singing performances and interactive skits by princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, the Little Mermaid and more, sponsored by Princess Pros Entertainment. $75., 316-680-2032.

Supper With Santa, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10-13, Botanica, 701 N. Amidon. Dinner, cookies, craft, story read by Santa, includes Illuminations in the gardens. $16 ($14 member), $14 ($12 member) for ages 3 to 12., 316-264-0448.

Pet photos with Santa for a fee, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 10, Towne West Square, 4600 W. Kellogg., 316-686-3341.

Christmas at the Barn, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 15, Stone Hill Barn, 9333 SW Haverhill Road, Augusta. Screening of “The Polar Express,” dinner, hot chocolate bar, s’mores bar, meet Santa. $25., 316-252-5779.

“A Drag Queen Christmas,” 8 p.m. Dec. 15, Wichita Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Holiday drag show featuring contestants from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on VH1, performing live on stage. $25.25-$171.50., 855-755-7328.

Breakfast with Santa, 10:30 a.m.-noon Dec. 16, Towne West Square, 4600 W. Kellogg. Hot breakfast and fun activities with Santa for KidX members (KidX signup available on site). Free., 316-945-1236.

Winter Break Edventures, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 18-22, 27-29, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Hands-on workshops for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade over holiday break from school in the newly redesigned “Design Build Fly” exhibit. $40 per day, $35 for members., 316-660-0620.

“Miracle on 34th Street” screening, 7 p.m. Dec. 21, Wichita Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. 70th anniversary screening of the classic holiday film. $5., 855-755-7328.


Wichita Nativity, 6-8 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 1-7 p.m. Dec. 2, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7834 W. 29th Street North. A non-denominational live nativity featuring music, nativity scenes, children’s activities and more. Free., 316-761-4355.

A Night in Bethlehem, 6 p.m. Dec. 8-9, First Christian Church, 1600 State Street, Augusta. Outdoor event that re-creates the streets of Bethlehem, with shops, displays and re-enactments. $1 or a non-perishable food item., 316-775-6317.

Living Nativity, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, East Heights United Methodist Church, 4407 E. Douglas. Live nativity, display of Advent symbols, children’s and family activities and more. Free. Takes place during the College Hill Holiday Lights Trolley Tour; see listing under “Lighting Events” for details.

Journey to Bethlehem, 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 14-16, Rose Hill Christian Church, 314 N. Rose Hill Road, Rose Hill. Outdoor event that re-creates Bethlehem, with indoor activities and games. Free. 316-776-0844.

Drive-Through Christmas 6-9 p.m. Dec. 15-17, Countryside Christian Church, 1919 S. Rock. Drive-through light displays and narrated scenes from the events surrounding Jesus’ birth. Donations and canned food accepted to benefit the 184th Family Support Organization., 316-686-7206.



Carillon Thanksgiving Concert, noon-1 p.m. Nov. 21, outside the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main. Featuring Brett Valliant. Free., 316-265-9314.

Prairie Rose Rangers Christmas on the Prairie, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 24, Dec. 1-3, 8-9, 15-17, 22; Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, 15231 SW Parallel Street, Benton. 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. every day but Sunday. Sunday performances (Dec. 3, 17) are matinees – gates open at noon and lunch at 1:30 p.m. $35. $10 ages 3 to 12, ages 2 and younger get in free., 316-778-2121.

Diamond W Wranglers Cowboy Christmas, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 25, Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, 15231 SW Parallel Street, Benton. Cowboy Christmas chuckwagon supper, performance by the Diamond W Wranglers and their 10-piece Chisholm Trail Orchestra. Orin Friesen will make an appearance. Gates open at 5 p.m. $45., 316-778-2121.

Handel’s “Messiah,” 2 p.m. Nov. 26, First Baptist Church, 216 E. Second. Presented by the Wichita Choral Society, directed by Shawn Chastain. $10., 316-680-5194.

2017 K-LOVE Christmas, 7 p.m. Nov. 26, Century II, 225 W. Douglas. Christmas favorites performed by Steven Curtis Chapman, Plumb, We Are Messengers, and Marc Martel., 316-303-8100.

Christmas Benefit Concert for Youth Horizons, 7 p.m. Nov. 27, Hyatt Regency Wichita, 400 W. Waterman. Earnest Alexander and Craig Curry will perform. Includes desserts. $25; tickets at Youth Horizons office at 1601 E. Douglas and online at 316-262-8293, ext. 204.

Straight No Chaser, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28, Wichita Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Popular a cappella group will perform, including some holiday tunes. $39.50-$56.50., 855-755-7328

Wednesdays in Wiedemann Annual Christmas Concert, 5:15 p.m. Nov. 29, Wiedemann Hall, WSU. Christmas songs performed on the Macussen organ. Free., 316-978-3233.

Barry Ward & Friends Holiday Homecoming, 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, 15231 SW Parallel Street, Benton. Performance by Barry Ward and guests for an evening of cowboy Christmas music and cowboy poetry. Concert only – does not include supper. $15., 316-778-2121.

WSU Candlelight Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 4 p.m. Dec. 3, Wiedemann Hall – Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount. 55th annual concert by Wichita State’s four choirs plus strings, brass, woodwinds, organ and percussion. $12 adults, $10 seniors, faculty, staff, military, $6 students or children,, 316-978-3233.

Friends University Christmas Candlelight Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 2 p.m. Dec. 3, Sebits Auditorium – Friends University, 2100 W. University. Concert featuring the Singing Quakers, Concert Choir, Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Choral Union. $15, $12 seniors/students., 316-295-5677.

Kenny Rogers: The Gambler’s Last Deal, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Hartman Arena, 8151 N. Hartman Arena Drive, Park City. Rogers will perform Christmas songs and other hits. $42-$347., 800-745-3000.

Christmas with Mirari Brass Quintet, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Hesston Mennonite Church, 309 S. Main, Hesston. New Christmas arrangements for brass section. $11.06-$24.89 (pre-tax)., 620-327-8144.

ELVIS: Rock N’ Remember Christmas, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main, McPherson. Joseph Hall, who has been an Elvis impersonator since 2006, brings Elvis Christmas tunes to McPherson. $26-$30, students $8-$12., 620-241-1952.

Jenny & Tyler Christmas Stories Tour, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Norm’s Coffee Bar, 613 N. Main, Newton. Recording artists Jenny & Tyler will perform Christmas songs. Proceeds benefit the So Shine Foundation. $32.23.

Music of Christmas, 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Pine Valley Christian Church, 5620 E. 21st Street. Traditional and non-traditional Christmas songs. Canned goods accepted for the Kansas Food Bank. Free., 316-616-5538.

Cirque de la Symphonie, 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 3 p.m. Dec. 3; Century II, 225 W. Douglas. Holiday concert from the Wichita Symphony Orchestra featuring Cirque de la Symphonie’s aerialists, acrobats, jugglers and more. $25-$70., 316-267-7658.

Newman University Choral Christmas Concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 3, De Mattias Hall – Newman University, 3100 W. McCormick. Concert featuring the Newman Chorale, Troubadours, and special guests Skyline High School. $10 adults, $5 students college-age and below.

Vespers Service, 3 p.m. Dec. 3, Faith Mennonite Church, 2100 N. Anderson. Newton’s Treble Clef Club hosts its 49th annual Vespers service, featuring the Newton High Jazz Ensemble. Free.

Dennis Family Christmas Concert, 6 p.m. Dec. 3, Tabernacle Bible Church, 1817 N. Volutsia. 34th annual concert featuring Christmas and contemporary gospel. Free. Donations accepted for local charities.

Appalachian Christmas Quartet, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-5. Sunday concerts at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 7901 W. 21st Street; Monday concerts at Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 431 S. Woodlawn, Derby; Tuesday concerts at Calvary United Methodist Church, 2525 N. Rock. Free.

Spirit of the Season Free Family Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Century II, 225 W. Douglas. Hourlong concert presented by the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Butler Concert Choir, featuring classic Christmas carols and holiday hits. Free., 316-267-7658.

A Patsy Cline Christmas, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 14 and 21, Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, 15231 SW Parallel Street, Benton. Show and supper featuring Kim Coslett. Gates open at 5 p.m., supper at 6:30 p.m. $35. $10 ages 3 to 12, ages 2 and younger get in free., 316-778-2121.

Mark O’Connor’s “An Appalachian Christmas,” 8 p.m. Dec. 7, Wichita Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Mark O’Connor and the O’Connor Band will play Christmas tunes in his bluegrass/folk style. $25-$45., 855-755-7328.

Michael Londra’s Celtic Christmas, 8 p.m. Dec. 7, Stiefel Theatre, 151 S. Santa Fe, Salina. Emmy nominee Michael Londra presents a “Christmas from Ireland” concert featuring Irish carols and dancers. $25-$45., 785-827-1998.

“Jingle Bell Beach,” 7 p.m. Dec. 8, Immanuel Baptist Church, 1415 S. Topeka. Christmas musical put on by the Immanuel children’s choir. Free., 316-262-1452.

Andrew Peterson: Behold the Lamb of God, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 8, Grace Community Church, 1600 S. Anderson, Newton. Christmas and Christian contemporary music by Andrew Peterson. $20, can skip the admission line for an extra $10., 316-283-2554.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” 8 p.m. Dec. 8, Intrust Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman; $48-$78., 855-755-7328.

Tommy Emmanuel CGP, 8 p.m. Dec. 8, Wichita Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Classics & Christmas Tour featuring Emmanuel, Pat Bergeson, John Knowles CGP and Annie Sellick.$39.50-$59.50., 855-755-7328

Christmas Gala Jazz Concert, 8 p.m. Dec. 8, Krehbiel Auditorium – Bethel College, 300 E. 27th Street, Newton. Concert by Bethel College jazz musicians. Free.

Chris Mann: Home for Christmas, 7 p.m. Dec. 9, Century II, 225 W. Douglas. Wichita native Chris Mann, who rose to fame on NBC’s “The Voice” and who has played the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, is returning for a holiday show with the Wichita Grand Opera. $37-$85., 316-264-9121.

Heart of America Men’s Chorus presents “Mistletoe Magic,” 7 p.m. Dec. 9, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 10; De Mattias Hall – Newman University, 3100 W. McCormick. Annual Christmas concert featuring old favorites and some contemporary songs. $15, $5 students.

Christmas Cantata, 7 p.m. Dec. 9, 10:45 a.m. Dec. 10, Country Acres Baptist Church, 8810 W. 10th Street. Free. 316-722-1239.

“Sounding Joy – Northern Lights,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 3 p.m. Dec. 10, Plymouth Congregational Church, 202 N. Clifton. Concert by Wichita Chamber Chorale. $20, $15 seniors, $5 college students, free for high school, middle or elementary school students., 316-712-2678.

Harmony in Holiday Homes Tour, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 10, Newton. 49th annual tour to benefit the Charles Olson Memorial Scholarship Foundation, tours of four Newton homes with live instrumental performances in each. Programs available at Prairie Harvest, 601 N. Main. $12.50 suggested donation.

Bucky Fowler’s Family Christmas, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, 15231 SW Parallel Street, Benton. Prairie Rose chuckwagon supper, show, 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. $35. $10 ages 3 to 12, ages 2 and younger get in free., 316-778-2121.

Air Capital Chorus Christmas Radio Hour, 7 p.m. Dec. 12, Scottish Rite Center, 332 E. First. 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. Admission is a non-perishable food item or monetary donation for the Kansas Food Bank. 316-776-2121.

Salina Symphony Christmas Festival, 7 p.m. Dec. 16, 4 p.m. Dec. 17, Stiefel Theatre, 151 S. Santa Fe, Salina. Christmas concert featuring the Salina Symphony, Center for Theatre Arts, Tamara Howe School of Dance, Salina Chorale, Kansas Wesleyan University and Salina Youth Choir. $27-$37., 785-827-1998.

Carillon Christmas Concert, noon-1 p.m. Dec. 22, outside the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main. Featuring bellringer Dean Roush. Free., 316-265-9314.

Live nativity and choral cantata, 7 p.m. Dec. 24, Hillside Christian Church, 8330 E. Douglas. Re-enactment of the nativity story with live animals. Free. 316-683-6577.


Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker,” 7 p.m. Nov. 20. 25th Anniversary Tour of Moscow Ballet’s over-the-top reimagining of “The Nutcracker.” $28-$175. Wichita Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway., 855-755-7328

“Snowkus Pocus,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main, McPherson. A holiday story told through cirque, ballet and acrobatics. $25-$35. Students $10., 620-241-1952.

“The Nutcracker” by the Friends University Ballet Department, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9 and Dec. 15-16, 2 p.m. Dec. 10, 16; Sebits Auditorium – Friends University, 2100 W. University; $25, $20 seniors/students,, 316-295-5677.

“The Nutcracker” by Ballet Wichita featuring the Ballet Wichita Symphony, 7 p.m. Dec. 15-16, 2 p.m. Dec. 17; Century II, 225 W. Douglas. Under the direction of New York-based directors Sean McLeod and Karen Brown. $25-$55., 316-687-5880.


“Fist of Furry Reindeer,” written by Tom Frye, Nov. 9-Dec. 30, Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley. To see available dates, visit or call 316-263-0222. 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. $30 for dinner and show, $20 for show only (available only before Thanksgiving).

“The Kyle and Monte Christmas Musical 2,” comedy musical starring Monte Wheeler and Kyle Vespestad. Fri.-Sat. Nov. 10-18 (8 p.m.), Fri.-Sun. Nov. 24-Dec. 16 (8 p.m. Fri./Sat., 6 p.m. Sun.), Wed.-Sat. Dec. 20-23 (8 p.m. and 2 p.m. daily). Dinner available starting at 7:15 p.m. for evening shows. Roxy’s Downtown, 412½ E. Douglas; $20-$30 for show, $17 for dinner; 316-265-4400,

Prairie Pines Mystery Theatre: “The Maltese Partridge (In a Pear Tree),” Nov. 17-18, 24-26, 30, Dec. 1-3, 6-10, 13-17, 20-23, 4055 N. Tyler Road. Doors open at 6:15 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., $34.95 plus tax., 316-303-2037.

“A Christmas Carol,” presented by the Forum Theatre Company, Nov. 30-Dec. 17, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.; $17-$25; Wilke Center, First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway;, 316-618-0444.

“The Gingerbread Man,” 10 a.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1; noon Nov. 29-30, Dec. 1-2, 16; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 15, Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center, 201 S. Lulu. Participatory theater for 2- to 8-year-olds. Pizza available for $1.50 extra 30 minutes prior to noon and 6:30 p.m. shows. $7., 316-262-2282.

“A Christmas Survival Guide,” Dec. 2, 3, 7, 10, 14-17, 21-23, Crown Uptown Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas. Musical comedy revue that deals with the stresses of the holiday season. Produced by Signature Theatre and Ex Leading Man Productions. Doors and dinner at 12:30 p.m. Sundays and at 6:30 p.m. every other day. Dinner and show $32.50., 316-612-7696

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Dec. 10, Mark Arts, 9112 E. Central. 34th annual show presented by Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center. $7. School performances also open to the public at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 5-8., 316-262-2282.

“Bethlehem, Kansas,” presented by Music Theatre for Young People, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 10; Mary Jane Teall Theater, Century II, 225 W. Douglas. $15 adults, $10 students. $12 in advance., 316-303-8100.


Jingle Mingle Holiday Shopping Event, 4-8 p.m. Nov. 16, Maize Central Elementary, 304 W. Academy, Maize. Featuring local vendors and food trucks.

30th Annual Christmas Market, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 18, Newton Recreation Commission, 415 N. Poplar Street, Newton. Craft vendors, door prizes and more. Free.

Calvary Arts & Crafts Mission Market, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 18, Calvary United Methodist Church, 2525 N. Rock Road. Handmade crafts, jewelry, etc. Admission $1.

Christmas in the Foothills, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 18, Kansas State Fairgrounds, 2000 N. Poplar, Hutchinson. More than 60 local vendors. Free admission.

Wichita Art Museum Store Holiday Open House, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 18-19. Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd., 316-268-4291. Jewelry, stationery, books, children’s gifts, artwork available for purchase. Hot cider provided. Museum members receive a 20 percent discount.

Holiday Gift Shop Bazaar, 3-8 p.m. Nov. 24-25, Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, 177 W. Hickory, Hesston. Books, cards and gifts created by local artists.

Small Works for Big Holidays, Nov. 24-Dec. 29, Reuben Saunders Gallery, 3215 E. Douglas. Featuring small works by local artists that can serve as unique holiday gifts.

Final Friday Holiday Open House, 6-9 p.m. Nov. 24, The Workroom, 150 N. Cleveland. Featuring local artisans’ works under $100.

Christmas Open House 2017, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 25, Dutch’s Greenhouse, 5043 S. Seneca. Poinsettias and other holiday decor on sale.

Wichita Etsy Local 2nd Annual, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 25, Hotel at Old Town Conference Center, 210 N. Mosley. Free.

Small Business Saturday at the Workroom, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 25, The Workroom, 150 N. Cleveland. Featuring holiday gifts. 10 percent off if shoppers are wearing Wichita flag apparel.

Christmas Market, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 25, Limitless Yoga Studio, 357 S. Pattie.

Explore Store Discount Shopping Weekend, Nov. 25-26, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Museum admission not required to shop., 316-660-0620. Discounts at Exploration Place’s gift store (10 percent off for non-members, 20 percent off for members).

Friends of the Wichita Public Library Used Book Sale, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Wichita Public Library, 223 S. Main. Load up on used books, $5 for a bag-full.

Holiday Market & Food Truck Rally, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Catholic Care Center, 6650 E. 45th St. North, Bel Aire. Food trucks and vendors including Farris Wheel Candy, Popcorn Express, Scentsy, Mary Kay and others. Admission free. 316-771-6593

Christmas Tree Gala and Bazaar, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2, Hubbard Center at Derby Historical Museum, 208 N. Westview Drive, Derby. Christmas tree raffle and homemade goods for purchase.

St. Nicholas Cookie Fair, 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 2. Trinity Episcopal Church, 400 W. Ash, El Dorado. Homemade Christmas cookies sold by the pound, fresh soups to go, baked goods and other holiday items for sale., 316-321-6606

Holiday Extravaganza, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2, Faith Lutheran School, 208 S. Derby, Derby. Free.

Holiday Shops at the Venue, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 2, The Venue at Madison Avenue Central Park, 512 E. Madison, Derby. Over 60 vendors.

Blood Orchard Vintage Market, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2, Blood Orchards, 6346 S. Broadway.

Christmas Artisan Market, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2, East Heights United Methodist Church, 4407 E. Douglas.

Holiday Market at WATC, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2. Wichita Area Technical College, 4004 N. Webb. Antiques, vintage items, crafts, home decor, jewelry, handmade and homemade items.

Towne West Holiday Vendor Fair, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Towne West Square, 4600 W. Kellogg.

Holidays Sip and Shop, 1-4 p.m. Dec. 3. Wyldewood Cellars Winery, 951 W. 119th Street South, Peck. Sample wines, shop, and eat hors d’oeuvres. Kid-friendly. 316-554-9463.

Merry Little Holiday Market, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 5-6, Lyceum at Reverie, 2206 E. Douglas. Locally made gifts.

16th Annual Cookie Walk and Raffle, 5-6:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 10, All Saints Catholic School, 3313 E. Grand. Many cookies and sweets available for purchase.

Last-Minute Holiday Shopping at the Pallet, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 16, The Busted Pallet, 5255 N. Maize Road, Maize. Featuring vendors, food trucks and Santa photos.

Walks and runs

Turkey Trot, 10-mile race and 2-mile run/walk, 7:45 and 8 a.m. Nov. 18, Century II, 225 W. Douglas; 2-mile $30, 10-mile $45 through Nov. 16. $50 for the 10-mile and $35 for the 2-mile at packet pickup.

Say Grace Thanksgiving Day 5K Race, 9:30 a.m. Nov. 23, GraceMed Health Clinic, 1122 N. Topeka; $35 in advance, $15 ages 5 to 15 in advance.

Great Santa Run, costume contest, finisher’s medals, 5K at 9 a.m. Dec. 2, 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,

St. Nick 5 Klick and Little Dashers 1K, 8 and 9 a.m. Dec. 9, Sedgwick County Park; 6501 W. 21st St.; $20-$40,

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, benefit for the Arthritis Foundation, including carolers and entertainment, 9 a.m. Dec. 16, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd.; $35 in advance for 5K, $20 ages 10 and under. Fees increase on-site.

Matt Riedl: 316-268-6660, @RiedlMatt