Theater groups in Wichita traditionally offer fun and festive holiday shows for children this time of year. Tickets go fast, so plan your outings now:
1) Crown Uptown Theatre at 3207 E. Douglas will present the musical-comedy " Santa's Toyland" on Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 19. Tickets are $8.95 and include lunch. For more information, call 316-681-1566 or go to www.crownuptown.com.
2) Music Theatre for Young People will present " Celebrate!", offering a multicultural experience of Christmas songs, dance and storytelling. Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Mary Jane Teall Theater in Century II. Tickets are $10 at wichitatix.com or by calling 316-219-4TIX.
3) Wichita Children's Theatre & Dance Center offers three holiday shows for kids in various age groups. First up is " The Runaway Snowman," aimed at children 2 to 8. It runs from Wednesday through Dec. 5, then again on Dec. 18 and 19, at 201 Lulu. Another holiday favorite is " The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," for ages 5 and up, on Dec. 7 and 8, and again from Dec. 11 through the 14, at Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. The final show is " A Christmas Carol," a musical for kids ages 10 and up, on Dec. 9, 10 and 13, at Wichita Center for the Arts. For show times, ticket information and reservations, call 316-262-2282.