Metropolitan Ballet’s “The
Nutcracker” A full-length, traditional production of “The Nutcracker,” featuring dancers from 6 years old to adults. The production will also feature two guest artists from New York – Sabrina Yap and Patrick Mihm.7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1; 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2, Wichita Scottish Rite Center, 332 E. First Street. Tickets: $25-$75. www.metropolitanballetwichita.com, 316-768-7180
“Will Santa Drink Canada
Dry,” written by Tom Frye, through Dec. 30, Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley. To see available dates, visit www.mosleystreet.com or call 316-263-0222. Dinner 6:15 p.m., show 7:50 p.m. Tuesday-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 “The Kyle and Monte Christmas Musical 3,” comedy musical starring Monte Wheeler and Kyle Vespestad. Friday and Saturday through Dec. 23. Check website for showtimes. Roxy’s Downtown, 412½ E. Douglas; $20-$30 for show, 316-265-4400, www.roxysdowntown.com.
Prairie Pines Mystery Theatre: “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Missing
Holly,” Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2, 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, 4055 N. Tyler Road. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for cider and browsing in the Old Barn Christmas Shop, dinner served starting at 6:40 p.m. $35.95 plus tax. www.prairiepinesplayhouse.com, 316-303-2037. A Drag Queen Christmas 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, Wichita Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Murray and Peter present drag-queen contestants
Elf - The Musical through Dec. 9, Salina Community Theatre, 303 E. Iron Ave. 785-8273033,
salinatheatre.com Ms. Holidazzle Musical
Dinner Theater Event 6 p.m., Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 for dinner and show. Tickets are $30. Show-only matinee at 3 p.m. Nov. 18. Performances at Bethany Lutheran Church and School, 1000 W. 26th St. South. Tickets at www.emeraldcitychorus.com. 316-773-9300. Wichita Children’s Theatre: The Runaway Snowman noon Dec. 1; 10 a.m. Dec. 15. Mary Jane Teall Theatre at Century II, 225 W. Douglas Ave. Tickets: $8, available at Wichita Tix at 3038100. www.wctdc.org.
Bradley Fair Carriage Rides
Bradley Fair, Rock Rd. at 21st St. Free carriage rides will be offered 1-7 p.m. every Sunday afternoon until Christmas. 316-630-9990
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. through 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. through 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.
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. Sessions sell out quickly. Register online at www.wichita .gov/parkandrec or by calling the park at 316-529-9940.
Kansas in Miniature Holiday
Show through Dec. 31, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Popular exhibit decorated for the holidays. Included with museum admission: $10.50 ages 12-64, $9 seniors, $7 ages 3-11. www.exploration.org, 316-6600620.
Holiday Dome Show: “Let it
Snow” through Dec. 31, Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Family-friendly show with holiday images and scenes set to favorite Christmas songs. $5, $4 seniors, $3 ages 3-11, free ages 2 and under. Showtimes posted at www.exploration.org, 316-6600600.
Santa’s Wonderland at Cabela’s featuring Free photos with
Santa10 a.m.-8 p.m., through Dec. 24, Cabela’s, 2427 N Greenwich Rd. Free. Free 4x6 studioquality photos with Santa and free family holiday activities including crafts and games. Features include rustic Christmas cabins, holiday characters and live elves set amongst a dazzling backdrop of snowcovered hills and illuminated Christmas trees. Guests can reserve their free visit and photo with Santa using the free Bass Pass system. Visit the Bass Pass Ticket Depot located at the entrance of Santa’s Wonderland to pick up a time-stamped pass. 316-854-3130
Elf Interactive Screening 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 30, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. $25 general admission; $15 for members. Doors open at 6 p.m. Ages 21 and older only. Audience-participation event. The screening room will be decorated in elf-inspired holiday regalia. Cash bar. 316-268-4921, www.wichitaartmuseum.org/ events
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1, Wichita Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Screening of the 1989 movie starring Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold. $8.
Community Art and Music Fair 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1, First Church of the Brethren, 1103 N. Jefferson. Free admission. Shop with local artists while listening to live music all day. Homemade lunch, breakfast, and baked goods available for purchase, all while supporting local organization Family Promise. 316-263-0274
Ho! Ho! Ho! Holiday Shopping Expo 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1, Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 6770 E 34th Street North. Free.From artisan baked goods to crafty Christmas gifts and clothes from Kansas vendors. Giveaway drawings every hour. 316-683-5538
Special Storytime: Visit from
the Grinch 10:30-11 a.m. Sat., Dec. 1, Watermark Books & Cafe, 4701 E. Douglas. For children ages 4-8 with a surprise visit from the Grinch. 316-6821181,www.watermarkbooks.com
4th Annual Holiday Market at WSU Tech 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1, WSU Tech National Center for Aviation Training, 4004 N. Webb Road. Free admission. The Tech Student Center will be filled with unique vendors selling everything from homemade jewelry to home décor. Raffle, food trucks. Come early for coffee. 316-677-9400.
Holiday Marketplace 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1, Kidron Bethel Village, 3001 Ivy Drive, North Newton. Shop from a wide variety of crafts, jewelry, baked goods. Proceeds benefit the
Health Care Benevolent Fund, assisting residents who are unable to cover the full cost of their care. 316-284-2900
Historic Holiday Homes Tour 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1, McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main Street, McPherson. $20. Tour three of McPherson’s most prominent historic homes and the McPherson Opera House Theatre -all decorated for the holiday season. Trolley rides available to destination homes. 620- 241-1952, www.mcpherson operahouse.ticketforce.com
Holiday Fun at the Castle 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, The Castle Inn Riverside, 1155 N. River Blvd., Christmas carolers, holiday vendors, warm spiced drinks and pampering services. $10, www.eventbrite.com.
Holiday Open House at Wichita Art Museum 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2 Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Free admission. Holiday refreshments, live music, and a visit
with Santa Claus. 316-268-4921 wichitaartmuseum.org/events
Holiday Sip & Shop 1-4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2, Wyldewood Cellars Winery, 951 W. 119th St. South, Peck. Family-friendly event. No entry fee. Shop and sample wines and hors d’oeuvres, and more. 316-554-9463
Books Into Movies: The Man Who Invented Christmas 5:307:30 p.m. Tue., Dec. 4, Wichita Public Library Advanced Learning Library, 711 W 2nd Street. Free. This re-imagining of Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.” Rated PG. 316-261-8500
Senior Wednesday: Holiday Brunch10-11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Enjoy coffee, treats, and holiday music. Drawings for door prizes. For adults 55 and older. 316-2684921, wichitaartmuseum.org/ seniorwednesday