There's nothing quite like a Wichita Christmas. Nothing says Christmastime quite like thousands of colorful lights coordinated to music, and Wichita is home to several outstanding displays. If you're looking for some free and festive fun, enjoy some of Wichita's best Christmas light presentations!
Lights on Texas
Running in east Wichita for nine years, the Lights on Texas celebrates this year as the first at a new address! Formerly the Lights on Lawrence Ct., the show has grown so much through the years that it was time for a bigger yard! Now located at 11603 W. Texas, the Lights on Texas is one of Wichita's biggest residential Christmas light shows. The lights come on each night at dusk (approximately 5:30 p.m.) and remain lit until 10:30 p.m. on weeknights, and 11-11:30 p.m. on weekends, depending on the flow of traffic. If there's an audience, then the show must go on! The Lights on texas will run through new years eve, and will feature special visits from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus on Dec. 18, 19, and 24. With over half a million likes on it's Facebook page, the Lights on Texas is a Wichita favorite!
Lights on David Street
Located in west Wichita at 409 N. David Street, Lights on David Street is a spectacular light show coordinated to the music playing on 106.9 FM. The show, going on six years, has become Wichita's most loved holiday activities. The Christmas light show runs from Thanksgiving through Christmas, and the shows begin at 5:30 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays. On Fridays and Saturdays, the show runs until 10 p.m. View Website.
The Arc's Lights
Formerly the Arc's Lights on St. Paul, The Arc's Lights is among Wichita's biggest Christmas lights shows. Guests can enter the drive through light show at at Douglas and St. Paul. Featuring a special radio station, guests can tune in to to hear Christmas music coordinated to the magnificent display. The show 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 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The show is open through Dec. 28. Children can get their photo taken with Santa from 5:45 until 9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and on Dec. 21-23. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Proceeds benefit individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For details, click here.
9th Street Lights
6 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Located at 3821 W. 9th Street, the Lights on 9th street is coordinated to the music on 101.7 FM, and features hit Christmas songs such as "Wonderful Chrismastime" by Paul McCartney, "Little Drummer Boy" by the Pentatonix, "Let It Snow" by Dean Martin, "Beginning To Look A lot Like Christmas" by Johnny Mathis and many more. With over 25,000 lights, the show contains 144 channels of computerized light control. Click here for more.
Candy Cane Lane
Located in the Deer Glen addition at 119th and Central, Candy Cane Lane is truly a sight to see as all 20 of the houses on the cul-de-sac are adorned with large candy canes and Christmas lights. Learn More.
Christmas at the McKinney's
The McKinney family loves to share joy through their light shows, and that's exactly what they do! Located at 1462 N. Coolidge, this show runs from 5:30 until 10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, and 5:30 until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Donations will benefit Interfaith Ministries and the Kansas Humane Society. To learn more about Christmas at the McKinney's, view their website.
Lights on Gold Street
The Lights on Gold Street display features over 13,000 lights set to Christmas music! Stop by 5336 S. Gold Street from 6-10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, and 6-midnight on Fridays and Saturdays to see the show! and don't forget to tune your car radio in to 99.5 FM to hear the display's music! For details, click here.
Marshall Family Christmas Lights
Created in 2007, The Marshall Family Christmas Lights show features over 100,000 lights on 260 channels, each coordinated to music! Tune in to 91.7 FM for the full effect! The show runs from 5:30-11 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, and 5:30 until midnight on Fridays and Sundays. The Marshall family Christmas Lights show will run longer than most shows, concluding on Jan. 6. Located in East Wichita, just north of Central on N. Stratford (Halfway in between Woodlawn and Rock Rd.), this show typically features 3-5 songs. Donations will be accepted for the Lord's Diner and St. Anthony Family Shelter in Wichita. For more details, click here.
Illuminations at Botanica
Illuminations at Botanica features over one million lights. Though this show isn't free, for just $8 per ticket, Illuminations 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 through Dec. 31. (excluding Dec. 24-25.)