Christmas is almost here. If you're not in the holiday spirit yet, we have just what you need to transform into Clark W. Griswold. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency. We're about to be the jolliest bunch of Wichitans this side of the nuthouse!
From classic Christmas movies to modern rock operas, there are lots of great Christmas activities happening in the Wichita area this week. Check out our list of Holiday events, performances and movie screenings.
For more events, check out our event calendar, or if you know of a holiday activity we missed, leave a comment below. Happy holidays!
Trans Siberian Orchestra at Intrust Bank Arena, Dec. 22
Trans Siberian Orchestra stops once again at Wichita's Intrust Bank Arena on Dec. 22. Offering two performances this year, the group will begin the shows at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Christmas themed concert tells the story of a boy who runs away on Christmas Eve, and features hit Trans Siberian Orchestra songs like "Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24," "O’ Come All Ye Faithful," "Good King Joy," "Christmas Canon," "Music Box Blues," "Promises To Keep," "This Christmas Day" and many more. Come see a show like nothing you've experienced before while you listen to the songs you love. Tickets range in price from $36-$76, and are available through Select A Seat.
Illuminations at Botanica, Nov. 27- Dec. 31
Featuring over one million lights, Illuminations at Botanica allows guests to see the gardens transformed into a winter wonderland filled with festive light displays. Illuminations operates from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m., and runs seven days a week (excluding Dec. 24-25.) Tickets to Illuminations are just $8 each. One of Botanica's biggest events of the year, Illuminations offers guests a truly unique Christmas experience, allowing them to walk through the gardens and view the spectacular lighting displays.
Botanica also offers ever-changing scenery, educational classes for all ages, and special events all year round. Visit Botanica often and take advantage of all that the Gardens have to offer!
The Arc's Lights, Nov. 26- Dec. 28
Turning 19 this year, what was formerly the called Arc's Lights on St. Paul is ready to ring in another Holiday season! That Arc's Lights is one of Wichita's biggest Christmas lights shows. The entrance is located at Douglas and St. Paul, and the event features a special radio station for guests to tune in to to hear coordinated Christmas music as they drive through the magnificent display. The Arc's lights runs from 5:30 until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 until 9 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, and 5:30 until 11:30 on Christmas eve. Children will be able to get their photo taken with Santa at this event from 5:45 until 9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and on Dec. 21-23. Admission to the Arc's Lights is free, but donations are welcome. Proceeds will benefit individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each $10 donation will add a light to the live Shine! tree in front of the Arc! The Arc is also accepting volunteers to help run the program. For details, click here.
Dickens of a Christmas 40th Anniversary at Old Cowtown Museum, Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 4-19
Photo by oldcowtown.org
Old Cowtown Museum celebrates its 40th Christmas with this year's Dickens of a Christmas. Held on Fridays and Saturdays from Dec. 4-19, museum guests can see the Christmas classic, "A Christmas Carol" come to life all across the museum! Scenes from the play, written by Charles Dickens, will be re-enacted in various locations on the museum grounds. The event also features a visit to Santa's workshop, Christmas carolers wandering the grounds, cookies and cocoa and a variety of Christmas activities for the kids!
Regular admission tickets admit guests into the Museum grounds for Dickens of a Christmas, and tickets for the accompanying Christmas dinner are $26.95 for ages 16 and older ($19.95 for members), and $14.95 for ages 4-15 ($11.95 for members.) Dinner Tickets must be bought in advance, either online or by phone.
The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical at Roxy's Downtown, Now through Dec. 26
Catch the Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical at Roxy's Downtown! Doors open at 6:30 for dinner, drinks and appetizers. Drinks will be served from 6:30 until the end of the show. Performances will be held on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, through Dec. 26, with select Sunday performances. Dinner will be available for all show days and times.
Tickets are $25 each for the show, or $40 each for dinner and a show. Advance reservations are strongly recommended for the show and are required for those who attend dinner. Call to reserve your seat at (316) 265-4400.
I got Botox for Christmas at Mosley Street Melodrama, Now Through Dec. 30
Catch the holiday production I Got Botox For Christmas, written & Directed by Tom Frye, at Mosley Street Melodrama now through Dec. 30! Starring Steve Hitchcock, Briley Meek, Jenny Mitchell, Monte Wheeler, and Joella Wolnik, the production follows Nicky and Sally, who have been promised to each other by their parents. Neither wish to wed someone they haven't even met, so Sally convinces her ugly sister, Sylvia, to take her place. Sylvia agrees because wedding Nicky will grant her access to Nicky's aunt's plastic surgery skills, allowing her to finally be beautiful. Following the intermission, guests will enjoy a holiday revue!
Dinner will be catered by Pig In Pig Out Barbecue, and the menu will include pulled pork, brisket, smoked turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, and green beans as well as salad and bread. Click here for showtimes. Tickets are $2 for the show only, and $30 for dinner and a show.
Santa's Magical Christmas at Crown Uptown, Dec. 11, 12, 17, 18, 19
Santa's Magical Christmas at Crown Uptown is a children's theatre production written by Ted Morris and Bill Johnson. At 2 p.m. on Dec. 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19, you can bring the kids and enjoy the show! Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Children will love this Santa special, and each child in attendance will even receive a snack during the performance!
General admission tickets cost just $10 (with an additional $1.75 fee), and snacks are included in the cost of the ticket. Call ahead to reserve seats at (316) 612-7696.
The Santaland Diaries at Roxy's Downtown, Dec. 15, 22
Returning as Crumpet the Elf, David Stone is excited to visit Roxy's once again. A graduate of Wichita State's theatre program, Stone has gone on to do big things. Acting in New York, he has played the roles of Julian in Toys in the Attic, Luke in Tobacco Road, the narrator in Heritage at Lincoln Center, and the title role in Professor George for the AFTRA Television Playhouse on PBS. Most of Stone's professional career was spent in Philadelphia. While there, he wrote, produced, and even directed television commercials, industrial and educational films, videos, and even business events. With over 100 voice-overs for dozens of corporate clients under his belt, Stone has gained significant experience. Join Stone as he takes the stage at Roxy's again on Dec. 15 and 22. Doors will open at 7 p.m., Santaland Diaries will begin at 8 p.m. and cocktails, appetizers and desserts will be served until 9 p.m. Tickets to the show are $20 each.
Kansas in Miniature Holiday Show at Exploration Place, Nov. 28- Dec. 31
The Kansas in Miniature Holiday Display at Exploration place is truly a sight to see! Featuring over 3,000 trees and plantings, more than 1,000 people, 200 period vehicles, 125 buildings and over 51 animations, this display provides a breathtaking look into the 1950s right here in Wichita, Kansas! The meticulously detailed display reflects the innovation and optimism for future generations that was present in the 1950's. The display features models of actual structures and landmarks of Kansas. The Kansas in Miniature Holiday show is included with Exploration Place's general museum admission and is free for members.
Old-Fashioned Victorian Holiday Open House at Serenity Bed and Breakfast, Dec. 3-31
Serenity Bed and Breakfast is one of Wichita's oldest structures. The Victorian house, which was built in 1887, offers an open house this holiday season, running from Dec. 3-31. Guests can see the beautiful B&B adorned in its finest Christmas decor, take guided tours, hear stories about Wichita in Victorian times and enjoy snacks and music. If you're lucky, Santa might just drop by for a visit and a picture while you're at Serenity, and Mrs. Claus might be the one to serve your snacks! Guests will also receive goodie bags filled with coupons for local retail shops.
The open house runs from 5-8 p.m. on weekdays (excludes 12/11), from 1–9 p.m on Saturdays (excludes 12/12), and from 1-6 p.m. on Sundays (excludes 12/13.) Tickets are $10 for adults ages 10 and up, $7.50 for children ages 10-4, and children under the age of 3 get in for free.
Christmas Lights Tours
If you and a group of friends are planning on viewing Christmas lights, ride in style with Wichita's Party Express Bus. Party Express Bus offers a variety of different styles of high tech, premium buses perfect for any occasion. Featuring sleek, wrap-around leather seating, neon disco lights and lasers as well as a wide variety of music to choose from, our buses are tons of fun! With competitive rates, Party Express Bus is a great choice for your holiday event transportation. No matter what you Holiday plans involve, Party Express Bus will pick you up and drop you off anywhere you need to go!