2018 Holiday Events

'Tis the season!

Thanksgiving is coming early this year -- and that means holiday events are too.

We've compiled a list of events taking place across Kansas this holiday season.

We hope they leave you merry and full of good cheer!

Thursday, Nov. 14 - City of Derby Tree Lighting (6-8 p.m.) Madison Avenue Central Park, 512 E Madison Ave, Derby, Kansas. Free.

Nov. 16-Dec. 23 - Holly Jolly Jurassic Holiday (5-9 p.m.) Field Station: Dinosaurs, 2999 North Rock Rd, Derby, Kansas. $10 plus taxes.

Saturday, Nov. 17 - Annual Christmas Tree Lighting (5-6 p.m.) Bradley Fair, 2000 N. Rock Rd. #160, Wichita, Kansas. Free.

Nov. 23-Dec. 1 - Winter Luminary Walk 2018 Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, 177 W Hickory St, Hesston, Kansas. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children 3-5 years old.

Nov. 23-Dec. 31 - Illuminations (5:30-8:30) Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, 701 N Amidon Ave, Wichita, Kansas 67203. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children.

Nov. 23-Dec. 28 - Arc Lights Drive-through display (5:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday) Douglas and St. Paul, Wichita
Admission is $10 per vehicle or $8 if you buy in advance. Active military members and first responders get in free, the weekend of Nov. 23-25 only.

Nov. 23-Dec. 22 - Christmas on the Prairie (6:30-9:30 p.m.) Prairie Rose Chuckwagon, 15231 SW Parallel St, Benton, Kansas. Tickets are $35 +tax and reservations are required.

Saturday, Nov. 24 - Christmas at the Castle Inn (1-6 p.m.) 1155 North River Boulevard, Wichita, Kansas 67203. Admission is $10.

Saturday, Nov. 24 - The Polar Express (multiple times) OJ Watson Park, 3022 S McLean Blvd, Wichita, Kansas 67217. $16.

Friday, Nov. 30-Dec. 22 - A Country Christmas Holiday Lights & More Fulton Valley Farms, 5079 SW Fulton Rd, Towanda, Kansas.

Saturday, Dec. 1 - Christmas in Bel Aire (5-7:30 p.m.) 7651 E Central Park Ave, Bel Aire, KS. Free.

Saturday, Dec. 1 - Breakfast with Santa (8-9:30 a.m.) pin
Madison Avenue Central Park, 512 E Madison Ave, Derby, Kansas. $7 per person. Additional photo package will be available for purchase.

Saturday, Dec. 1 - 2018 Derby Christmas Parade (6-8 p.m.) VFW POST 7253, 101 South Baltimore Avenue, Derby, Kansas 67037

Dec. 1 and 15 - Once Upon a Time Series - The Runaway Snowman Century II, Mary Jane Teall Theater - General Admission (ages 2+) - $8.00, Groups 10+ - $7.00. Optional add-on: Pizza* - $1.50 (2 slices of pizza and a drink will be served at 11:30am)

Sunday, Dec. 2 - Mayor Longwell's Christmas Tree Lighting and Lights on the River Kickoff (4 p.m.), at the Boathouse and in Old Town Square.

Dec. 6 - Pictures with Santa (5-7 p.m.) Chick-fil-A Central & Rock Road, 7990 E Central Ave, Wichita, Kansas. There will be a professional photographer, and all photos will be downloaded to Facebook, where you will have full digital rights to them.

Dec. 7-15 - Nights Before Christmas (6-8:30 p.m.)Hutchinson Zoo, 6 Emerson Loop East, Carey Park, Hutchinson, Kansas. TICKETS (will go on sale November 15th): $5.00/ticket (children 2 & under free). Zoo Members FREE.

Dec. 7-15 - Victorian Christmas at Cowtown Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W Museum Blvd, Wichita, Kansas. Regular admission prices apply.$9/adults, $8/seniors (ages 62+), $7/youth (ages 12-17), $6/kids (ages 5-11), kids 4 and under FREE! Cowtown Members get in FREE!

Saturday, Dec. 8 - 3rd Annual Carriage Rides in the Park (5-8 p.m.) High Park, 2801 E James, Derby, Kansas. Free.

Dec. 8 and 15 - Cowtown - Breakfast With SantaBreakfast With Santa Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W Museum Blvd, Wichita, Kansas. Non-members: $14 for adults (ages 16 and over) and $12 for children (ages 4-15). Members: $12 for adults (ages 16 and over) and $10 for children (ages 4-15). To purchase member tickets, call 316-350-3323 (Tax included in ticket prices)

Dec. 13-19 - McPherson Holiday Light Trolley Tours (6, 7 & 8 p.m.) 1111 E Kansas Ave, McPherson, KS. Tickets are $5 each.

Dec. 13 - Andover Hometown Christmas (5:30-8 p.m.)
Andover Central Park, 1607 E. Central, Andover, Kansas.

Dec. 14-16 - The Nutcracker Ballet Century II, Concert Hall. Tickets start at $25.00. This show is suitable for ages 3 and up! (Please note: Children 2 and under do not require a ticket. However, they must remain in your lap.)

Dec. 15 - Gingerbread House Decorating with Hutch Rec (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) Memorial Hall Auditorium, 101 S Walnut St, Hutchinson, Kansas. FREE.

Dec. 15 - Real Men Real Heroes, Inc. Christmas in the Park (3:30-7:30 p.m.), McAdams Recreation Center, 1329 E 16th St N, Wichita. There will be Christmas themed activities such as: A Christmas Tree Lighting, Pictures with Santa, Gifts for Kids, Gingerbread Man Decorations and more to bring the joy of the season into their lives.