New Year's at Noon, face-painting, bounce house, clowns, deejay, treats, Bubble Man, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 1, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Included with general admission. Information, 316-660-0600.

Arts and crafts

"Making Merry Holiday Pottery Sale 2009," group exhibit, through Tue., Lawrence Photo Gallery, 401 E. Douglas. Free. Call for hours, 316-267-3700.

Miniature Christmas Tree Exhibit, handcrafted by Sylvia Jackson, on display through Jan. 9, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main. Hours 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 1-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Admission $4, $2 children 6-12. Information, 316-265-9314.

Holiday Workshops, Let It Snow! 1:30 p.m. Sun.; Winter Bird Bungalows, 1:30 p.m. Tue.; New Year's Kaleidoscope, 1:30 p.m. Wed., all at Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. All ages. Call for prices and to register, 316-660-0665.

Stage and theater

"A Crown Uptown Christmas," holiday musical-comedy and buffet, through Thu., Crown Uptown Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas. Tickets $26.95-$33.95, $14.95 for children 12-under. Information, 316-681-1566, online at

"The Tinsel Tale of Tori," premiere of an original holiday melodrama followed by musical-comedy revue, through Wed., Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley in Old Town. Tickets (includes dinner): $26, $22 seniors 60 and over, $20 children under 12; show only: $16. Call 316-263-0222.


Holiday Covered Dish & Singles Dance Mixer, 6:30 p.m. Sun., American Legion Post 401, 101 E. 31st St. South. Cost $5 ($1 off with food). Information, PSN Hotline, 316-942-5117.

Christmas on the Prairie, live entertainment, food, horse-drawn wagon rides, old cowboy movies, 6:30 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1:30 p.m. Sun., through December, Prairie Rose Chuck Wagon, 15231 SW Parallel Road, Benton. Tickets $30, $10 for children 6-12, $5 for children 3-5. Reservations, 316-778-2121.

New Year's Eve Celebration, with the Diamond W Wranglers and the Legendary Del Burro Brothers, chili feed, show, rockabilly dance, New Year's celebration and breakfast, 7 p.m. Thu., Old Mill Theater, 111 Old Mill Lane, Buhler. Doors open at 6. Tickets $45, available by calling 316-960-6455, online at

New Year's Eve Extravaganza, music by Rain and Victor Rose, champagne toast, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Thu., Broadview Hotel. Tickets $19 single, $35 couple. Packages: $169 with overnight accomodations, dinner and party for two, breakfast buffet and late checkout; $69, dinner and party for two. Reservations, 316-262-5000 or 800-362-2929.

New Year's Eve Bash, includes games, DJ, prizes and champagne toast, 7 p.m. Thu., Fox & Hound Pub and Grille, 1421 Waterfront Parkway. Tickets $10. Dinner package available. Information, 316-634-2123.

New Year's Eve Dance, music by A Touch of Class, 8 p.m.-midnight Thu., Moose Lodge, 10005 E. Kellogg. Admission $30, members $25. Reservations, 316-682-7654.

New Year's Eve Dance, music by Jacked Up, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Thu., American Legion Post 401, 101 E. 31st St. South. Cost $10 (includes breakfast). Information, PSN Hotline, 316-942-5117.

Wichita Swing Dance Society New Year's Eve Party, food and dancing, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Thu., Boulevard Banquet Hall, 900 S. George Washington Blvd. All-ages event. No alcohol allowed. Advance tickets $10, $15 at the door. Information, 316-305-5699.

New Year's Eve Dance, with Les Gilliam and the Silver Lake Band, 9:30 p.m.-midnight Thu., Prairie Rose Chuck Wagon, 15231 SW Parallel Road, Benton. Dinner 6:30 p.m., with Prairie Rose Rangers show. Dinner/show/dance $40, dinner/show $30, dance only $15. Children's prices available. Reservations, 316-778-2121.

Lights and displays

Lights on the Lake drive-through display, 6-10 p.m. today, Heartspring, 8700 E. 29th St. North. Thousands of holiday lights, hundreds of lit candy canes, more than 70 displays and 40-foot tree. Admission free; donations encouraged. Proceeds go to Heartspring. Information, 316-634-8761.

Lights on St. Paul, drive-through holiday lights, through Sun., on St. Paul from Douglas to Second Street. Hours 5:30-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 5:30-9 p.m. Sun.-Thu. Admission free but donations accepted. Proceeds benefit The Arc of Sedgwick County, serving people with developmental disabilities Information, 316-943-1191.