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Wichita Christmas Lights

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!

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Lights on Texas

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Lights on Texas

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Lights on Texas

Lights on Texas Street

Location: 11603 W. Texas
Season: Thanksgiving-New Years
Hours: 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. on weekdays, until 11 p.m. on Fri.-Sun.
Features: Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, boardwalk, Kansas Humane Society donation

Now in its 16th year, the Lights on Texas (formerly the Lights on Lawrence Ct.) show is the biggest residential display in Wichita. The show features half a million lights and utilizes four miles of extension cords, 24 breakers, and 100 amps. With a mixture of computer animated lights and traditional displays, the Lights on Texas show is a little different each year. The show offers guests a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, to walk around and take pictures on the boardwalk and to donate to the Kansas Humane Society. Check out the Lights on Texas Facebook page.

“It’s bringing joy to people, and a great way to give back to the community,” said Brad Short who runs the show.


The Arc's Lights

The Arc's Lights

Location: Enter at Douglas and St. Paul
Season: Nov. 24 – Dec. 28
Hours: Opens nightly at 5:30 p.m.
Features: Meet Santa, Supports those with disabilities
Price: $10 or suggested $10 donation

The Arc’s Lights (formerly Lights on St. Paul) is a 20-year-strong Christmas tradition in Wichita. The drive-through Lights show debuts 100 new displays this year, making the show bigger and brighter than it’s ever been. You’ll also have a chance to meet Santa when you visit, so don’t miss out! The Arc’s Lights is a fundraiser for The Arc of Wichita, which supports children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. In the past, the show has been free with a suggested $10 donation per car. This year, a $10 admission per car will be charged on Friday and Saturday nights only. Sunday through Thursday nights will continue to be free with a suggested donation. Learn more here


9th Street Lights

9th Street Lights

Location: 3821 W. 9th Street
Season: Thanksgiving - New Years
Hours: 6-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 6-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
Features: 25,000 Lights set to popular Christmas hits

Four years strong, the Lights on 9th Street show highlights 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. The show will run from Thanksgiving to New Years, from 6 to 10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, and from 6 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The 9th Street Lights show utilizes 25,000 lights and 144 channels. Each year, something different is added.  Click here for more.
"I think that light shows like mine give the community a way to unwind and forget the stresses of the holiday season. What's better than a thermos of hot chocolate and a bag of cookies and watching a show with your family or friends?" said Jeff McVicker of the Lights on 9th Street.

Candy Cane Lane

Candy Cane Lane

Location: 1002-1037 Cedar Downs Cir. 
Season: Opens on Thanksgiving
Features: 20 houses lit up for Christmas

Located in Northwest Wichita's Deer Glen addition near 119th and Central, Candy Cane Lane is truly a sight to see. The cul-de-sac features 20 houses, and each one is decked out for the holidays.

If you'ew a west-sider, this is a great display to visit. Each house has its own decorations, lights and candy canes! Brighten your night with a trip to Wichita's own Candy Cane Lane. Learn More.


Christmas at the McKinney's

Location: 1462 N. Coolidge
Season: Thanksgiving - Jan. 1
Hours: 6-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 6-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
Features: Large sets, Humane Society and interfaith Ministries donations

Christmas at the McKinney’s is one of Wichita’s best-known residential Christmas lights displays. Featuring 150,000 lights what are well-balanced throughout the yard, this show offers an impressive level of attention to detail. Featuring a whopping 10 songs per set and  a total of about 40 interchangeable songs programmed, this show offers a lot of variety. Now in its 10th year, this show has continued to grow and evolve each season.  Christmas at the McKinney’s is a fundraiser for both  the Humane Society and Interfaith Ministries. Learn more here.

“we love making Christmas special for us and everyone that comes by. I believe the show brings people around the city together and sharing such a special time like Christmas can't be measured in time or money,” said Steve McKinney who coordinates the show. 


Lights on Gold Street

Lights on Gold Street

Location: 5336 S. Gold
Season: Thanksgiving - Jan. 1
Hours: 6-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 6 p.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat.
Features: 13,000 lights set to music in south Wichita

The Lights on Gold have been lighting up the south side of Wichita for seven years. In that amount of time, the show has grown both in size and in number of songs. By switching to LED lights, the show runs on less electricity and is more weatherproof, so it can continue to run in the rain. Featuring 13,000 lights, the show is a great option for Wichita’s south-siders! Learn more

“I enjoyed looking at other people's Christmas light displays when I was a kid, and hope others can enjoy ours.  We've heard stories of people bringing their kids to see our multiple times a year, and we're glad people enjoy our work,” said show coordinator Matt Robertson.


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Marshall Family Christmas Lights

Marshall Family  Lights

Location: 620 N. Stratford Ln.
Season: Thanksgiving Weekend through Jan. 6
Hours: 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m.weekdays, until 11:30 on weekends
Features:   Classical, Christmas songs are chosen to help put Christ back in Christmas, Donations for Lord's Diner and St. Anthony Family Shelter.

Running since 2008, The Marshall Family Christmas Lights focuses primarily on putting Christ back in Christmas. The show features classical Christmas songs rather than Christmas pop songs and highlights a large nativity as the centerpiece. The show uses nearly 200,000 lights and each one is specifically coordinated to the music! The Marshall family Christmas Lights show will run longer than most shows, concluding on Jan. 6. The show typically features 3-5 songs. Donations will be accepted for the Lord's Diner and St. Anthony Family Shelter in Wichita. The family adds something new to the show each year, so come check it out! For more details, click here.

According to the Marshalls, there's a bigger reason than a good show behind what they do.

"We feel it is an important way to spread the love of Christ and to remind people what Christmas is all about. A relapse from the distraction of shopping, and crazy times usually associated with this time of year."


Illuminations at Botanica

Illuminations at Botanica

Location: Botanica, 701 Amidon
Season: Nov. 25 – Dec. 31
Hours: Opens nightly at 5:30 p.m.
Features: Over a million lights, chances to meet Santa, stations for s'mores, hot chocolate and cookies, benefits Botanica
Price: $8 per ticket, $7 for members

Illuminations has been making the Christmas season merry and bright for more than two decades! This year, the show will run from Nov. 25 through December 31. The gardens will light up at 5:30 p.m. and guests are invited to come and walk through the winter wonderland until 8:30 p.m. The event will take place seven days a week with the exception of Christmas eve and Christmas Day. Tickets are available online, at Botanica and at area QuikTrips.

The biggest fundraiser of the year, Illuminations helps Botanica maintain programs, exhibits and activities. This year, guests will be able to see Santa every night, enjoy snack stations with s'mores and hot chocolate, and have dinner in a new pavilion. 

"Botanica is pleased to support the community and share the excitement of the season," said Craig Davis of Botanica.


North Pole Substation

North Pole Substation

Location: 1841 S. Glenn
Season: open Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 16-17, 19-23
Hours: 6-9 p.m.
Features: Beautiful lights and a chance to meet Santa and his elves

The North Pole Substation began 15 years ago and has continued to grow each year since. Its purpose is simple: to bring the reason of the season to children of all ages through Santa and his friends. Part of C.L.A.U.S. ("Christ Living Among Us" - Santa") Inc., the North Pole Substation is a direct result of the passion its founders have for Christmas. Donations are welcome, but never requested. Learn more here


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