Bring your friends and family to experience holiday memories! With free things to do, a variety of shopping options and restaurants to warm your soul, Wichita is the perfect getaway to finish your shopping list and relax before the hustle and bustle begins. Check out the list below of can’t-miss holiday entertainment and activities. Shop for those naughty and nice at Bradley Fair, New Market Square, Old Town, Towne East, Towne West and more. From art on Commerce Street to Wichita goodies at The Workroom, Wichita has something for everyone on your holiday gift list. And the experiences here will help you get into the holiday spirit with the best light display in Kansas, live performances, discounted holiday movies, hands-on activities and more. Book your trip today!
Illuminations At Botanica
Enter a true winter wonderland with a stroll through Kansas’ most grand Christmas light display. Botanica’s Illuminations features over one million lights glittering throughout the garden.
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is bringing their "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve" tour to INTRUST Bank Arena for another year! The progressive rock group’s record-setting “rock theater” tours sell out venues year after year and have cemented TSO’s status as a must-attend, multi-generational, holiday tradition.
Spectate some of rowing’s finest as they paddle their way to victory at Wichita Rowing Association’s 25th Annual Frostbite Regatta.
Mosley Street’s Holidays of our Lives
Nov. 10-Dec. 30
The darlings of Mosley Street Melodrama bring us something fresh—a Christmas parody of the daytime soaps you’ve come to love, coupled with absolute holiday cheer.
Feztival of Trees
Stroll through countless decorated trees and find your very own bit of Christmas joy to take home while shopping the immaculate wreaths and Sweet Shoppe.
Gingerbread Village at Exploration Place
Don’t settle for a mere gingerbread man. Build and decorate an entire gingerbread house and witness the awe-inspiring construction of a giant one.
Roxy’s The Kyle & Monte Christmas Musical
Nov. 11-Dec. 23
Wichita’s comedy duo, Kyle and Monte, bring us another year of side-splitters in their full-length original musical Christmas comedy, including sketches, parodies and medleys.
GPNC’s Full Moon walk
Nov. 14 & Dec. 13
Join Great Plains Nature Center for an evening under the full moon. Walkers will be guided through Chisholm Creek Park for a 45-minute nature walk to experience nocturnal wildlife.
Royal Tenenbaums at the Orpheum
Spend an evening with the dysfunctional Tenenbaum family during a showing of Wes Anderson’s classic, dark indie-comedy film.
Tree Lighting at Bradley Fair
Bradley’s Fair’s annual tree lighting is back for another year of wonderment. Gaze upon the beauty of the 35-foot Christmas tree and meet Santa and his reindeer friends.
Dome Movie: Let it Snow
Nov. 26-Dec. 31
Exploration Place presents “Let It Snow,” a fun-filled, larger-than-life show for all ages, featuring joyful holiday imagery set to classic holiday music from Frank Sinatra to the Muppets.
Kansas in Miniature Holiday Show
Nov. 26-Dec. 31
See a quaint miniature of Kansas lit up with joy and blanketed in white for a traditional retro holiday, featuring both a Christmas parade and nostalgic tunes.
A Jolly Jam
Holiday fun isn’t just for the kids. Join Exploration Place for an adult-only holiday bash, jam-packed with relaxation, themed holiday drinks and activities. This event is 21+.
Jeff Dunham at INTRUST
Join world-renowned comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham for his “Perfectly Unbalanced” tour. Dunham and his cast of kooky friends offer up new skits as well as the classics.
A Classic Country Christmas Chuckwagon
Enjoy the classic Chuckwagon with a country twist—the entire Prairie Rose Ranch has been transformed into a cowboy’s Christmas dream. Special performances with Kim Coslett Dec. 1, 3 and 15.
Victorian Christmas at Cowtown
Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10
Travel back to 1870 and celebrate a classic Victorian Christmas at Cowtown this holiday. Enjoy an evening of popcorn stringing, wagon rides and themed crafts.
Friends of the Art Museum Holiday Open House
Immerse yourself in the season and wonderful works of art at Wichita Art Museum’s free holiday open house featuring live music, refreshments and a visit with Santa Claus.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
A family of children discover the true meaning of Christmas in Mark Arts’ hilarious performance of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
See the red-nosed friend we’ve all come to know and love like never before at the Orpheum with a stage performance of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.
Season’s Treatings at Sedgwick County Zoo
Featuring everything from gorillas and tigers to rhinos and bald eagles, you’ll learn about animal enrichment while watching the creatures munch on delightful holiday-themed treats.
It’s a Wonderful Life at Orpheum
Step into the past and see this holiday classic as it was meant to be seen on the big screen at Wichita’s historic Orpheum Theatre.
Ballet Wichita presents a tale of holiday adventure that follows a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers, and an army of mice.
Breakfast with Santa and Reindeer at Stearman
Visit with Santa and Dasher the reindeer about whether you made it on the nice list this year over a delicious breakfast buffet at Stearman Field Bar & Grill.
Winter Art Mania at Art Museum
Dec. 27-Dec. 29
Spend an enchanting day at the Wichita Art Museum and experience holiday cheer whilst surrounded by astounding works of art and various interactive activities.
Old Town Carriage Rides
Nov. 19-Dec. 17
Cuddle up to your sweetie or start a holiday tradition with free horse-drawn carriage rides in Old Town Square every Saturday from noon-4pm.
The Arc’s Lights
Nov. 24-Dec. 28
Enjoy an extravagant light show to benefit The ARC of Sedgwick County’s mission to support and aid those living with developmental disorders.
Unified Party Bus Christmas Light Tours
Nov. 28-Dec. 30
Schedule your exclusive tour with the official transportation sponsor for Wichita’s light-display fundraisers, including Lights on St. Paul, Lights on the Lake and Illuminations.
River City Trolley’s Christmas Tours
Dec. 1-Dec. 23
Have a holly trolley Christmas with a tour of Wichita’s Christmas lights while sipping on hot apple cider and nibbling on homemade gingerbread cookies.
Carriage Rides at Bradley Fair
Nov. 19-Dec. 23
Following the lighting of the Bradley Fair Christmas tree, get nostalgic and enjoy miles of crystal lights during free horse- drawn carriage rides.
Carrie Underwood and Easton Corbin at INTRUST
Trans-Siberian Orchestra at INTRUST
Jim Brickman at The Orpheum
Experience the ethereal beauty of winter with a haunting performance by the symphony alongside the WSO Chorus of legendary composer Johannes Brahms’ exquisite masterworks.
Tchaikovsky’s Sweetest Suites
Enjoy a very European Christmas, featuring brass compositions by Gabrieli, a mesmerizing string concerto, and the holiday necessities from Tchaikovsky.
Spirit of the Season Free Family Holiday Concerts
Celebrate the sounds of the holiday season with your favorite Christmas carols and holiday hits.