Holiday plan­ner: Fes­tive Wi­chita events will get you in the spirit

The Wichita Eagle (Sunday) - - Arts & Culture - BY DENISE NEIL AND MATT RIEDL

It hap­pens every Christ­mas.

You have all that dec­o­rat­ing and shop­ping and cook­ing and par­ty­ing to do, then Wi­chita has to go and throw a month-full of must-visit holiday events — light­ings, gin­ger­bread dec­o­rat­ing, Santa vis­its, plays and Christ­mas con­certs by well-known mu­si­cians.

To help you pri­or­i­tize how to spend your pre­cious holiday min­utes, we’ve again com­posed a list of some of Wi­chita’s most-loved holiday events.

Here are some of the high­lights. Then, in­side this sec­tion, you’ll find an even longer list of holiday hap­pen­ings.

LIGHT­ING EVENTS

Bradley Fair Christ­mas Tree Light­ing, 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Satur­day, Nov. 17, Bradley Fair, Rock Rd. at 21st St. An­nual light­ing of Christ­mas tree on Bradley Fair Plaza to ben­e­fit Ron­ald McDon­ald House Char­i­ties Wi­chita. Christ­mas carol sing-a-long, pho­tos with Santa and his rein­deer pho­tos, horse-drawn car­riage rides. 6-10 pm. 316630-9990 https://bradley­fair .com/spe­cial-events/bradley­fair-christ­mas-tree-light­ing/

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. 22-Dec. 28 (to 10 p.m. Fri­days and Satur­days and Dec. 19, 20 and 23, and un­til 11:30 p.m. Christ­mas Eve); $10 per-car­load ad­mis­sion re­quired Fri­days through Sun­days, free-will do­na­tions ac­cepted Mon­days through Thurs­days; www.thearc­s­lights.org, 316-9431191.

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. 23-Dec. 31 (ex­clud­ing Dec. 24-25), Botan­ica, 701 N. Ami­don. $10, $7 mem­bers, $7 ages 3-12, un­der 3 get in free. www.botan­ica.org, 316-2640448.

Lights on the River and Mayor’s Tree Light­ing, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Sun­day, Dec. 2 Wi­chita Boathouse, 515 S. Wi­chita. A free fam­ily event on the Arkansas River with ac­tiv­i­ties. Pur­chase float­ing lights for the Lights on the River Launch, en­joy wagon rides, visit with Santa, buy food from lo­cal food trucks, watch fire­works. Orbs can be pur­chased in ad­vance or at event. At 6 p.m., Mayor Jeff Long­well will light the official city tree in Old Town Square. Trol­leys will be avail­able. 316-262-2038

EVENTS

Hol­i­days in De­lano, 11-4 p.m. Nov. 17, Historic De­lano District. Christ­mas shop­ping at De­lano busi­nesses, Santa ap­pear­ances, live rein­deer, car­ol­ers, Santa and kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties. Bring canned goods to re­ceive a dis­count at area shops.

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. $16. 37 ses­sions be­tween Nov. 23 and Dec. 23. Regis­ter on­line at www.wi­chita .gov/parkan­drec or by call­ing the park at 316-529-9940.

A Night With Santa, 6:308:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 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.

Vic­to­rian Christ­mas, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7-8, Dec. 14-15, 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. Tick­ets $9 for adults 18-61, $8 for se­niors 62 and older, $7 for youth 12-17, $6 for chil­dren 5-11, free for those 4 and un­der and Cow­town mem­bers.

CON­CERTS

Home for Christ­mas fea­tur­ing Chris Mann, 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Cen­tury II, 225 W. Dou­glas. Spon­sored by Wi­chita Grand Opera. Tick­ets: $81-$90. at se­lec­taseat.com. 316-262-8054

Jewel’s Hand­made Holiday Tour, 7 p.m. Mon., Nov. 26, Wi­chita Or­pheum The­atre, 200 N. Broad­way. Jewel per­forms holiday clas­sics as well as her hits. $45.50-$126.50. www.wi­chi­taor­pheum.com, 316-263-0884

Lind­sey Stir­ling’s The Wan­der­land Tour, 8 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 29, In­trust Bank Arena, 500 E. Water­man. Pop­u­lar vi­o­lin­ist brings her holiday tour to Wi­chita. $35-$75. www.se­lec­taseat.com, 855-7557328.

Jim Brick­man: A Joy­ful Christ­mas, 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8, Wi­chita Or­pheum The­atre, 200 N. Broad­way. Grammy-nom­i­nated pi­anist per­forms holiday clas­sics. $47-$65. www.wi­chi­taor­pheum.com, 316-263-0884

The Wi­chita Ea­gle file photo

The Arc’s Lights is a drive-through dis­play with more than a mil­lion lights.

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