December 1, 2016 by Cassy Rohr
This holiday season hasn’t brought us any snow…yet, and I have yet to turn on my furnace. So, the saying “It’s that time of year again!” doesn’t sound quite right. Although, regardless of the forecast, in four short weeks yet another year will be behind us all, and a new one will begin. I hope that this year has been prosperous and rewarding and that the New Year quickly approaching will be even more so! I also hope that in between the hustle and bustle of your holiday prep, you’ll find time to get out, enjoy what is left of 2017 and partake in a few of the holiday events taking place throughout our beautiful city!
What’s Christmas without a trip to see Old St. Nick?
Monday through Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Santa will be located in the lower level in the Sear’s court. Click HERE for additional information!
Towne East Mall – 7700 E Kellogg Dr, Wichita, KS 67207
Monday through Saturday – 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Santa will be located in the Center court, near Dillard’s. Call 316-945-1236 for additional information!
Towne West Mall – 4600 W Kellogg Dr, Wichita, KS 67209
Visit Santa this year at Prairie Pines! Santa will arrive Friday, November 24th, and is available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Santa’s Schedule: Weekdays – 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturdays – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m.
Call 316-303-2037 for additional information
Prairie Pines – 4055 N Tyler Rd., Maize, KS 67010
See Santa during Botanica’s Illuminations event!
November 24th through December 31st 2017 (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Click HERE for additional information!
Botanica – 701 Amidon St, Wichita, KS 67203
Have breakfast with Santa and one of his reindeer at Stearman Field Bar & Grill!
Saturday, December 16th 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Stearman Field Bar & Grill – 14789 SW 30th Street, Benton, KS 67017
Celebrate the season with a horse drawn carriage ride!
Grab a coffee from Cocoa Dolce and enjoy the lights and atmosphere of Bradley Fair! Carriage rides are free to the public, running November 24th and 25th, December 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd. Rides will originate at the fountain and run from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Bundle up for a carriage ride around the Waterfront, located at 13th and Webb. Rides running each Thursday in December from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
High Park – 2017 will mark the 2nd Annual Carriage Rides in the Park. High Park is located at 2801 James Street, Derby, KS. Carriage rides, petting zoo, hot chocolate, sugar cookies and reindeer all included! Carriage rides will begin, Saturday, December 2nd and run from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
With a city full of one of-a-kind locally owned boutiques, shops and restaurants, the gift giving possibilities are endless! Be sure to check out all of our local vendors as well as the short list of favorites below!
Pink Saloon – A locally owned boutique located in the Waterfront at 1423 N Webb Rd #137, Wichita, KS. The Pink Saloon features designer clothing, shoes, jewelry and handbags. A stop for any lady on your list!
The Workroom – Located in the Douglas Design District at 150 N Cleveland, Wichita, KS, this locally owned shop features work from local artist and vendors. The Workroom also provides custom sewing services for window treatments, bedding, pillows and more!
Cocoa Dolce – Artisan chocolate shop featuring handcrafted chocolates and specialty coffee drinks as well as wine and gelato! Pick up a box of chocolates for every one of your Christmas list! Cocoa Dolce is located in Bradley Fair at 2132 N Rock Rd, Wichita, KS.
Vortex Souvenir – New to Wichita just this year, be sure to stop by Vortex Souvenir for one-of- a- kind gift ideas, stationary and locally produced art. Visit Vortex Souvenir located at 1640 E 2nd Street N., Wichita, KS 67214.
Order a salted caramel hot chocolate from Starbucks, turn on the Christmas tunes and enjoy the lights throughout our city!
Candy Cane Lane – Deer Glen Addition, located at 119th and Central. On display through the holiday season.
Riverside Castle – 1155 N River Blvd., Wichita, KS – On display every evening through the holiday season.
The Arc Lights – Douglas & St. Paul Street, Wichita, KS 67203 – On display daily at 5:30 p.m. through December 28th 2016. Friday and Saturday nights; $10 per car load required admission, Sunday through Thursday donation of $10 is suggested.
College Hill – Christmas lights throughout the majority of the neighborhood on display through the holiday season.
Lights on Texas – 11603 W Texas, Wichita, KS – On display through the holiday season.
Click HERE to read Where to see Wichita-area Christmas lights and holiday displays by The Wichita Eagle for a complete list of light displays!
A Christmas tradition that my family and I especially enjoy is creating our own tree ornaments. If this isn’t a tradition that you and your family already practice, give it a try!
Color Me Mine – Paint your own ceramics studio! Located in New Market Square at 2441 N Maize Rd. #215, Wichita, KS. Walk-ins are welcome, for large groups call 316-425-5614 to reserve your studio space.
Karg Art Glass – Blow your own glass ornaments at Karg Art Glass located at 111 N Oliver Ave, Kechi, KS. Event runs through December 31st 2017. Studio is open every day (except Wednesday and Sunday) from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Call 316-744-2442 to schedule your studio session!
Step out of out your old routine! Take dance lessons at A Step Ahead Dance Studio located at 501 S St. Francis Street, Wichita, KS. Click HERE for complete class schedule or call 316-440-4546 to schedule private lessons and to receive additional information!
Celebrate the holidays at the Exploration Place! Several family friendly events to attend, such as Let it Snow! showing in the Boeing Dome Theater, Kansas in Miniature Holiday Show, Holiday Food Drive benefiting the Kansas Food Bank, Meet Santa and Winter Break Edventures! Click HERE for a complete list of holiday activities taking place this year at the Exploration Place!
Exploration Place – 300 N. McLean Blvd. Wichita, KS 67203
Take the family to Prairie Pines where you’ll see Santa, enjoy holiday treats and be able to cut down a Virginia Pine to take home and call your own! Click HERE for Prairie Pines holiday business hours.
Prairie Pines – 4055 N Tyler Rd., Maize, KS 67101 – 316-722-1145
Wichita Ice Center – 505 W Maple, Wichita, KS 67203
Enjoy the arts and plan a date night to see The Nutcracker!
Friends University – The Nutcracker
Nutcracker Ballet performed at Sebits Auditorium – Friends University Campus – 2100 W. University Ave., Wichita, KS 67213
Friday, December 8th 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 9th 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 10th 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, December 15th 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday December 16th 2017 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Click HERE to show times and to purchase tickets!
Ballet Wichita – The Nutcracker
Nutcracker Ballet performed at Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center – 225 W Douglas, Wichita, KS 67202
Friday, December 15th 2016 at 7:00 p.m
Saturday, December 16th 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 17th 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
Click HERE to Purchase tickets
Appreciate and shop local art while you mingle and explore local venues during a Final Friday gallery crawl! As the name implies, Final Friday happens on the last Friday of each month. For a complete Final Friday line up visit Downtown Wichita or follow @FinalFridayICT on Facebook!
Final Fridays for 2017; Friday, November 24th and Friday, December 29th.
Grab your closest friends and plan to attend a workshop at Liv & Work! Need a fun and fresh holiday event for your small work group? Plan a private event for your group. Liv & Work is one of Wichita’s newest shops featuring, handcrafted homewares, clothing and art. Eat, drink, be merry and create something of your own!
For a complete list of upcoming workshops click HERE.
We’d like you to know, however you choose to celebrate your holiday season, we wish you a warm one!
Have additional holiday events you’d like to share with us? Please leave comments and suggestions below.
Editor’s Note: This blog was originally published on December 1st, 2016 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.