There’s nothing more romantic than cuddling up next to your sweetheart in a horse-drawn carriage and going for a ride through a Christmas light-lit downtown area full of holiday cheer while sipping hot cocoa. You can do that in Wichita’s Old Town District or Bradley Fair any time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The holidays are a special time in Wichita, loaded with traditional performances, holiday shopping opportunities and romantic dinners for couples. Here are some date ideas as you plan your holiday getaway in Wichita.


Painting together at Pinot's Palette

Art Lovers

Get creative on your romantic weekend in Wichita. Place a reservation at places like Paint the Towne, Board & Brush or Pinot’s Palette. These locations encourage you to make your own masterpieces to take home. Not only is the experience perfect for couples to feed off each other’s creativity; it also ends in a great gift to give away for Christmas.  Top off each evening with some wine (BYOB of course) and dinner of your choice as food and drink are allowed in all establishments.

Notable Events in 2019

Board & Brush
By appointment only
See website for sign inspiration

Paint the Towne
Painting classes happen 7-10 p.m. and are $35 per person.
Winter Trio Truck – Nov. 21-22, Dec. 15
Joy – Nov. 23
Snowman in the Wind – Nov. 29
Gnome for the Holidays – Nov. 30

Pinot’s Palette
Painting classes happen 7-10 p.m. and are $35 per person.
Majestic Wonderland – Nov. 16
Toot Sweet Winter – Nov. 19
Alpine Moon – Nov. 21
A Scary Christmas (Nightmare Before Christmas theme) – Nov. 23
Perfect Tree – Nov. 27

Enjoying a Beer at Hopping Gnome

Beer Drinkers

Wichita is home to 11 breweries offering unique local flavors and seasonal beer options for any palate. Looking for something light and hoppy? Dark and stouty? Wichita’s breweries offer up all flavors of the beer rainbow with light to dark flavors unique to Wichita.

Interior of Reverie Roasters at the Kiva in Wichita that's full of customers enjoying coffee

Coffee Dates

Meet your sweetie for coffee at one of Wichita’s local coffee shops offering exclusive flavors, delicious roasts and unique specialty drinks. When you visit Reverie Coffee Roasters/Founders Bakery, know that you are visiting Wichita’s only full-service specialty coffee roaster, bar and craft bake shop.

Couple holding on to one another under Christmas lights at Illuminations at Botanica Wichita KS

Christmas Lights Tour

Explore different Wichita neighborhoods offering Christmas Lights Tours or create your own from this list of the best Christmas light displays in Wichita. Some of the most active neighborhoods that participate in the holiday spirit include College Hill, Riverside, Old Town District, Bradley Fair, Candy Cane Lane and downtown Wichita.

Couple holiday shopping in Wichita

Day Dates

Beat the evening rush with a lunch and holiday shopping date with your mate to knock out some early (or last-minute) Christmas shopping at Wichita’s local retailers. Start with brunch at Sweet Allie B’s and explore local shops for unique items in downtown Wichita and Old Town District, including Uniquities Home, Urban Interiors and Assistance League of Wichita Thrift Shop. Celebrate Christmas like a kid in a candy store at Nifty Nut House, where you’ll find amazing holiday blends and treats for everyone on your list.

Head to the Historic Delano District for eclectic buys at Bungalow 26, Zeep, Hatman Jack’s and The Health Connection. The Douglas Design District is great for holiday gift items like exclusive coffee and tea blends at The Spice Merchant & Company and Wichita flag swag at The Workroom.

If you’re still in search of the perfect gift to give to someone on your list, try shopping at these museum gift shops to find hidden treasures with historical and local importance.

Plan your date night at Siena Tuscan Steakhouse in Wichita KS

Romantic Evenings

Plan your date night with dinner and a show at one of Wichita’s more than 1,200 restaurants and dozens of live entertainment venues. From big-name concerts happening at INTRUST Bank Arena to the area’s only live audience-participation theater, the opportunities are endless.

Mosley Street Melodrama will be performing “Christmas at the Fire House or is Jack Frost Nipping at Your Hose?” through Dec. 28 and Roxy’s Downtown, a cabaret-style theater will have “A Tuna Christmas” available through Dec. 22.

Dress up and enjoy an upscale dining experience at a local steakhouse like Wine Dive, Scotch & Sirloin, Siena Tuscan Steakhouse or Larkspur Bistro & Bar, all within a short drive of Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, where American Theatre Guild will be hosting “A Magical Cirque Christmas” on Dec. 18.

Other notable events

  • Holiday Film Unclassic: “Elf” Interactive Screening at Wichita Art Museum – Dec. 5, Dec. 12
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra at INTRUST Bank Arena – Dec. 6
  • Ballet Wichita’s “The Nutcracker” at Century II – Dec. 13-15
  • Close to You: A Carpenters Christmas at Orpheum Theatre – Dec. 21
  • Mannheim Steamroller at Hartman Arena – Dec. 23

For more holiday fun in Wichita, check out these upcoming holiday shows or other holiday events as you plan your trip!