December 31, 2019

Local Events


Holly Jolly Jurassic Holiday 2019 Field Station: Dinosaurs, 2999 N. Rock Road, Derby. Final day. Admission: $10 per person. Members and those 2 & under get in free. The Field Station transforms into a sparkling, Mesozoic Winter Wonderland with 44 life-sized dinosaurs wrapping gifts, decorating trees, and kissing under the mistletoe.

Illuminations Botanica 701 Amidon St. Runs nightly through Jan. 4. Hours are 5:30 – 9:30 on Friday and Saturday and 5:30 – 8:30 on Sundays through Thursdays. Wichita’s premier light display with more than 2 million lights, live music, carolers. Click the link for ticket prices and parking information.

Kansas in Miniature Holiday Show Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Final day. Soak up the sights and sounds of the holiday season as this popular exhibit is decked out for a 1950s holiday, complete with a Christmas parade and nostalgic music. Click the link for more information.

Let It Snow! A holiday music journey Exploration Place Dome Theater, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Final day. Enjoy this fun, family show featuring holiday images and scenes set to favorite Christmas songs from Frank Sinatra to the Muppets. Click the link for more information.

Mark 100: New Year’s Eve Party Mark Arts, 1307 N. Rock Road. 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. This New Year’s Eve bash will also celebrate Mark Arts’ 100 years as a vibrant art center. $500 a person. Click link for details.

Wichita Snow Day Mid-America All-Indian Center, 650 N. Seneca. 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Hosted by City of Wichita Park and Recreation. Bring a nonmetal sled and enjoy playing in artificial snow, provided by Snow Bros Snowmakers. Coffee and hot chocolate available to purchase. Adult supervision needed for children under 10. This event is free. Date subject to change due to weather conditions. Parents/guardians must fill out waiver forms. You can do it at the event, or fill them out ahead of time and bring them with you. Adult waiver form. Waiver form for children.

Elsewhere in Kansas

BELOIT – Chautauqua Isle of Lights Chautauqua Park. Every night through Dec. 31. Fridays and Saturdays: 6:00 – 10:00, other days: 6:00 – 9:00. The roadway circling the park is lined with lights and more than 70 Christmas displays. Categories range from Religious to Winter Wonderland, Patriotism to Toy Land. Some of the displays are humorous while others are thought-provoking. There is no charge, but a donation box is available.

HUTCHINSON – “The Polar Express” at the Cosmosphere 1100 N. Plum. 7:00 p.m. The Cosmosphere continues a ten-year tradition of showing this holiday favorite. Click the link for details.

MANHATTAN – Little Apple New Year’s Eve Celebration Aggieville Historic District. 9 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. More than 7,000 people are expected to ring in the New Year. The event includes music and a midnight apple drop.

WAKEENEY – Christmas City of the High Plains 200 N. Main St. Lights turned on nightly at 6:00 until after New Year’s. This holiday wonderland lights up the prairie skies. The centerpiece is a 35-foot tree in the center of downtown. A canopy of blue lights radiates from four ivory stars that crown the tree. The decorations extend throughout the business district. It’s just the start of this town’s holiday charm.

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