Wichita is a must-visit Midwest destination year-round, and wintertime is especially loaded with holiday activities and unique experiences. You’ll find plenty to do, whether you’re planning on indoor family fun or a romantic getaway.

There are Wichita hotels at every price point, and you’ll find affordable indoor attractions and diverse events for every interest. Read along to see how a vacation in the heart of the country can be a great destination for your winter break this November, December and January!

A family of four stops to admire the lights as they walk through a holiday light display during Illuminations at Botanica Wichita

Holiday Experiences

Wichita is where you’ll want to be for unlimited holiday fun, from holiday-themed pop-up bars to annual lighting events considered the best in the region. As we get closer to the holidays, we’ll have a plethora of blog posts guiding you on where to eat, drink and be merry this season.

You can count on annual traditions such as 2 million lights strung throughout 30+ themed gardens at Illuminations at Botanica Wichita, scheduled for Nov. 18 to Jan. 2; Victorian Christmas at Cowtown on Dec. 3-4 & 10-11; and the holiday tours at Frank Lloyd Wright's Allen House Museum and Study Center. There’s also Holly Jolly Jurassic Holiday at Field Station: Dinosaurs, The Arc’s Lights drive-thru light display and so many more unique holiday experiences.

The Wichita State Shockers mascot WuShock walks in front of the school's marching band during a college basketball game.

Spectator Sports

Wichita is a sports city, and we’ve got just the ticket for you this winter:

  • Wichita Thunder Hockey – Cheer on the home team at INTRUST Bank Arena where the Wichita Thunder Hockey take to the ice in all their ECHL glory. The regular season runs October to April.
  • Wichita State Basketball – Head to Charles Koch Arena for a home game for Wichita State Shocker athletics. The men’s basketball games draw a loud crowd, making the roundhouse one of the arenas with the best home-court advantage according to ESPN.

A wide view of people skating around the Wichita Ice Center during an open skate session

Active Experiences

Ready to burn off some energy? Try these options:

  • Bowl at The Alley Indoor Entertainment, Northrock Lanes or West Acres Bowl.
  • Bliss Climbing & Fitness Complex – With auto-belay the whole family can enjoy this safe, fun, challenging activity together. There is a 38-foot climbing wall and a 15-foot bouldering wall at this state of the art indoor facility.
  • Urban Air Trampoline Park – Jump into the fun of an indoor trampoline park at this 30,000-square-foot facility with its own space for the little kids.
  • Wichita Ice Center – Skate indoors with family and friends on Olympic and NHL-regulation ice.
  • Wichita Sports Forum – With six basketball courts, 10 hardwood volleyball and six sand volleyball courts, an indoor soccer field, eight batting cages and a 32,000-square-foot indoor trampoline park called “Aviate,” Wichita Sports Forum is the perfect place to get active this winter.

About a dozen people enjoying a nighttime skating session at an outdoor rink in Wichita, KS

Game Time

Head to an arcade or have a friendly competition at one of these attractions:

A family with a stroller walks underneath the illuminated entrance of the Sedgwick County Zoo in winter

Amazing Exhibitions

Wichita is home to many exciting cultural and historical attractions and museums that have amazing traveling exhibitions alongside their worthwhile permanent exhibits.

Colorful slip-on shoes arranged in a circle around the outside of a circular glass table

Shopping

Wichita is a year-round regional shopping destination, and we’ve also got special shopping experiences:

A pink and blue neon sign that reads "Roxy's Downtown"

Live Entertainment

From music and comedic performances to holiday shows, the calendar is filling up this winter. The Wichita performing arts scene surprises many with its variety and quality, and welcomes an impressive collection of performing arts in the Midwest.

A sample of upcoming events and venues:

Upcoming Wichita Events

Wichita has something happening every night. When booking your winter getaway to Wichita, be sure to visit our event calendar for the latest options. 

Deals & Discounts

Take advantage of the deals and discounts offered by Visit Wichita through our Explore Card program. Wichita is an affordable destination, but you can stretch your vacation dollars even further by picking up an Explore Card at our offices or one of 14 participating partners. Explore our itineraries or customize your own experience with our Trip Planner.