The Best Things to Do in Wichita (Dec. 7-12 Edition)

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Bucky Fowler Family Christmas | December 17
Join the Bucky Fowler Family and Southern Charm for a night of country Christmas music at the beautiful Prairie Rose Chuckwagon! Food is available for purchase before the show starting at 5:00.


1 Million Cups at Groover Labs | December 8
1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Every Wednesday morning at 8:45 a.m., one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators, and advisors.

Food Truck Thursdays at Exploration Place | December 9
Thursdays at Exploration Place just got more awesome! Mark your calendars for weekly Food Truck Thursday events continuing into the fall and winter. Chow down with Wichita’s best food trucks, join in on fun activities like trivia or themed events, then end your evening with the Keeper of the Plains 9 p.m. ring of fire lighting. While you’re here, bring the whole family to check out our exhibits at a discounted rate!

■ Apparition Yule Ball | December 9-11
You are invited to represent and prove the worthiness of your House, as well as enjoying an enchanting selection of cocktails crafted and created by the finest alchemists the world has to offer. Please join us at King’s Cross Station, located at 2120 N Woodlawn Blvd next to Headshots Bar & Grill. Cross through platform 9¾ and journey to the school of witchcraft cocktails and wizarding spirits for a night of magic, mayhem and make believe! This pop up bar will be available from 6 PM – 1 AM and be open exclusively at Apparition: Wichita behind Headshots Bar & Grill. Read our feature about the event.

■ “Christkindlmarkt” Market Series @ Revolutsia | December 9-11
Just in time to place those {local} presents under the tree, our little elves have been working hard to bring you a Christmas Evening Market Series, with our dear friends at Prost & Revolutsia! PLUS! We little elf told us Santa is going to make an appearance, live music, local shopping, and festive food & drink!

■ Adult Skate Night | December 10
Adult Skate Night takes place on Fridays at Carousel Skate Center from 11 p.m. to 2 p.m. Must be 21 with a valid ID. $10 includes skate rental. Beer and mixed drinks are available.

KS Collective Pop Culture Expo | December 11
Come one come all to the ks collective pop culture expo we have more words in or name than any show in town guaranteed!!!! Food, fun, friends, toys, games, cards, comics, art and SANTA!

Christmas in the Park in Derby | December 11
Join us again this year at Madison Avenue Central Park here in Derby for Christmas in the Park, featuring Breakfast with Santa, Santa’s Village and Carriage Rides!

A Season of Senseney! | December 11
‘Tis the Season with Senseney! Shop local this holiday season and find fun, lasting holiday gifts for the whole family.

Winter Gnome Paint Night | December 11
Join us to create your own winter gnome painting to decorate your home for the holidays. All supplies, hors d’oeuvres, and wine provided.

Show Your Love for Autumn | December 12-15
Friends & family of Autumn! Your plans for the week of Dec 12th are made. The businesses below will donate a portion of their sales to Autumn. Choose your favorite local bar and restaurant on their day for Autumn— or do what we would do and visit all 𝟳!

Snowbound: A Merry Ski Lodge at Chicken N Pickle | All Week Long
Ready to be Snowbound? Reserve your ski passes and get ready to enjoy with family, friends and Mr. Kringle at our spacious venue with summit views. Read our feature about the event.

Illuminations at Botanica | All Week Long
Held in the main gardens at Botanica Wichita, Illuminations includes more than 2 million lights along a mile-long pedestrian path. There are three different light displays choreographed to music, a 240-foot-long walk-under tunnel of lights, candy cane lane and tree top forest in the Butterfly House, a funky tree that takes 80 hours to adorn with light sculptures, an underwater scene in the Shakespeare Garden, Santa’s Village and more. Read our feature about the event.

Holly Jolly Jurassic Holiday | All Week Long
Experience the Field Station’s scenic trails in a whole new way – featuring thousands of Christmas lights, festive & funny decorations, and the world’s must unexpected holiday guests – the dinosaurs! Laugh and join in the spirit of the season with T-Rex, Spinosaurus and all your prehistoric favorites as they haul out the ivy, hang up their stockings and jingle all the way in preparation for the holliest, jolliest Jurassic holiday ever!

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Winter Wonderland | December 11
Holiday cheer will be in the air at Winter Wonderland! Visit Naftzger Park and take in the lights and decorations while listening to music and entertainment at the Evergy Pavilion. This event is free to the public. Wichita Park & Recreation and Hutton is looking forward to spreading some holiday cheer with you!

Bucky Fowler Family Christmas | December 17
Join the Bucky Fowler Family and Southern Charm for a night of country Christmas music at the beautiful Prairie Rose Chuckwagon! Food is available for purchase before the show starting at 5:00.

Wichita Flea Market | December 18-19
Come walk the aisles at the Kansas Star Casino Arena and shop small through the 200+ booths that include antiques, crafts, vintage items, collectibles, primitives, reclaimed items, comics, artwork, jewelry, toys, and so much more in this monthly flea market operated by a local Wichita Family.

Bridal Expo | January 8-9
ENJOY YOUR In Person EXPERIENCE – Live Fashion Stage Shows, Tastings, Photo Opportunities, finding that PERFECT Vendor, FUN with your Bride Tribe, family and Fiancee. Excitiment!


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Wichita State Men’s Basketball
Dec. 11 ‣ 6 p.m. | vs Norfolk St
Dec. 14 ‣ 7 p.m. | vs Alcorn St
Dec. 18 ‣ 3 p.m. | vs North Texas
Dec. 22 ‣ 6 p.m. | vs Prairie View A&M

Wichita State Women’s Basketball
■ Dec. 11 ‣ 2 p.m. | vs Grambling St
■ Dec. 17 ‣ 7 p.m. | at North Texas
■ Dec. 21 ‣ 6 p.m. | vs Kansas
■ Dec. 29 ‣ 6 p.m. | at Oklahoma

Wichita Thunder
■ Dec. 12 ‣ 4:05 p.m. | at Allen Americans
■ Dec. 15 ‣ 8:10 p.m. | at Utah Grizzlies
■ Dec. 17 ‣ 8:10 p.m. | at Utah Grizzlies
■ Dec. 18 ‣ 8:10 p.m. | vs Utah Grizzlies
■ Dec. 19 ‣ 2:10 p.m. | vs Utah Grizzlies

Wichita Wings
■ Dec. 18 ‣ 7 p.m. | vs. Amarillo Bombers
■ Jan. 2 ‣ 4 p.m. | vs. Omaha Kings FC
■ Jan. 8 ‣ 7 p.m. | vs. Colorado Inferno FC

High School Basketball
■ Dec. 11 ‣ Noon | Sunrise Christian Hoops vs. La Lumiere (NIBC) at Bishop Carroll

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Tuesday, Dec. 7
Consligio & Co. | Mort’s Martini Bar | 5 p.m.
Patz | Chicken N Pickle | 5:45 p.m.
Pretend Friend | Central Standard Brewing | 6:30 p.m.
Jazz Play | Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 8
Ben Fuchs | Chicken N Pickle | 5:45 p.m.
Jamie Quick | The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m
Phil Bollig | Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.
Glen Shipman | The Cowboy Inn Saloon | 8:30 p.m.
Emo Night | Wave | 9 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 9
The Fiddler w/ The New Time Bards | Third Place Brewing | 4:30 p.m
Whitnie Means | Margarita’s Cantina | 5 p.m.
Harrison Steele | Chicken N Pickle | 5:45 p.m.
And Then There Were 2 | Jenny Dawn Cellars | 6 p.m.
The New Time Bards | The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m
Tanner Ursey | Wave | 8 p.m.
Dangie | Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 10
Sister Sarah Tree | Old School Tap House | 6:30 p.m
Brad Bennett & Dear Friends | The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m
Asleep at the Wheel | The Cotillion | 8 p.m.
Zeb The DJ | Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge | 9 p.m.
Sunshine The Bunny | The Shamrock | 9 p.m.
Monterey Jack | Jerry’s Bar & Grill | 9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 11
Cynthia Rausch | The Rusty Nail | 10 a.m.
Just Tori | The Cowboy Inn Saloon | 5 p.m.
Hullabalo0 | The Tribal Roots Warehouse | 7 p.m
Candice and the Business Casual | The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m
Sunshine The Bunny | Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.
In Real Life Tour w/ Alexandra Kay, Cooper Alan | Wave | 8 p.m.
Tyler Rich | TempleLive | 8 p.m.
88 Diamonds | Hopping Gnome Brewing | 8 p.m.
Eli Young Band| The Cotillion | 8 p.m.
David Holland Band| The Hive | 8 p.m.
Bucky Fowler & Southern Charm | Wichita Union Stockyards | 8 p.m.
Rumblefish | Mortdecai’s Tavern & Eatery | 8:30 p.m.
The Source | Margarita’s Cantina | 9 p.m.
Tequila Ridge | Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge | 9 p.m.
Dave Megee | The Cowboy Inn Saloon | 9 p.m.
Sister Sarah Tree | The Rusty Nail | 10 a.m.
Nest Records | The Shamrock | 9 p.m.
The Estrada Brothers | Public at the Brickyard | 9 p.m.
The Banned | Jerry’s Bar & Grill | 9 p.m.

Sunday, December 5
Charlie Wilks | R Coffee House | 10 a.m.
Wichita Chorus | St. Paul’s Lutheran Church | 2:30 p.m.

Upcoming Noteworthy Concerts
1/15/22 Casey Donahew Band | The Cotillion | 8 p.m.

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Century II Performing Arts Center
Dec. 10-12 | The Nutcracker (Ballet Wichita)
Dec. 14-16 | Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Broadway in Wichita)
Dec. 15-18 | The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center)
Dec. 18-19 | The Nutcracker (Metropolitan Ballet Wichita)

Crown Uptown Theatre
Dec. 3-19 | Inverno: The Great Holiday Circus
Jan. 8 | Elvis Birthday Bash

The Forum Theatre
Nov. 27-Dec. 19 | Cool Yule

Friends University Division of Fine Arts
■ Jan. 21 | Toni Libhart Mallet Percussion Recital

Kechi Playhouse
Dec. 1-19 | A Tuna Christmas

The Looney Bin
Dec. 9-11 | Kevin Bozeman
Dec. 16-18 | Kristin Key
Dec. 23 | Sam Norton
Dec. 30-Jan. 2 | John Wesley Austin

Mosley Street Melodrama
Nov. 12-Dec. 25 | The Hallmork Channel Christmas Melodrama

Prairie Pines Playhouse
Nov. 19-Dec. 23 | Peril at the North Pole: Yule Die Laughing

Roxy’s Downtown
Nov. 18-Dec. 19 | Away in the Basement: a Church Basement Ladies Musical
Jan. 6-23 | Five Course Love

Wichita Center for Performing Arts
No upcoming events

Wichita Orpheum Theatre
Dec. 9 | Zach Williams
Dec. 10 | John Crist
Dec. 14 | Jason Mraz
Dec. 16 | A Drag Queen Christmas
Dec. 18 | Lindsey Buckingham

Wichita State School of Performing Arts
Feb. 24-26 | Wichita Contemporary Theatre Spring Dance Concert

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Seeking something to do with the family but can’t commit to a particular day? Browse our family fun series which highlights various family activities:

Axe To Grind
Berry Picking at Elderslie Farm
Bingo Casino
Bliss Climbing and Fitness
Botanica, The Wichita Garden
Carousel Skate Center
The Cosmosphere
Exploration Place
Karg Art
O.J. Watson Park
Old Cowtown Museum
Sedgwick County Park – Boundless Playground
Sedgwick County Zoo
Seneca Bowl
Splash Aqua Park
West Acres Bowling Center

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