What’s Happening This Week In Wichita (Dec. 21-26 Edition)

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Victorian Cottage Christmas | December 22
The Historical Museum is filled with Christmas wonders. Come delight in the ambience of the season through the eyes of the Victorians. Bring an old friend or meet a new one. Participants will tour the Victorian Cottage and create a Victorian-style Christmas card! Designed for ages 8 – adult. Reservations required!


BEST THINGS TO DO!

Gimme S’more Tapping: Benefits Habitat for Humanity | December 22
Let’s get in the giving spirit this holiday season! We’ll be tapping the Gimme S’more Winter Wheat at 3pm. This beer was brewed & named by Vice Mayor Brandon Johnson! 20% of all sales on the 22nd will benefit Wichita Habitat For Humanity. This includes those last-minute gifts!

Winter Break Open Jump | December 22, 24
At Jumpy Jump Land, Bring the kids by to burn off some winter break energy. $7 per jumper. 18 months of age free with paid sibling admission.

1 Million Cups at Groover Labs | December 22
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.

Holly Jolly Jurassic Holiday | December 22-23, 26
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! Read our feature about the event.

Food Truck Thursdays at Exploration Place | December 23
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 23-24
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.

■ The Grinch Christmas Eve Beers and Brunch | December 24
He’s Back The Grinch has been a Christmas Eve tradition for so long for so many, until last year, #stillhatecovid. A fun event for family and friends to get out and celebrate. We are soooo excited to bring it back this year. Some of you already know but for those that don’t here are the deets….. $50 gets you a punch card to try 16 different beers, a commemorative Grinch Teku glass and an all you can eat brunch buffet.

■ Ugly Sweater Party at Revolution Lounge | December 24
Southern Glazer’s presents The Tito’s Ugly Sweater Party at Revolution Lounge! Dress up in your favorite festive Ugly Sweater and join us for a night on the TOWN.

Winter Art Mania| December 26
Gnome Place like Home for the Holidays! Bring all your gnomies, big and small, to enjoy this one-day extravaganza of artmaking and all things gnome-tastic. Free admission. There’s gnomeone as creative as you! Enjoy gnome-inspired artmaking in the S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall, Beren Conference Room, and Living Room. Go on an Enchanted Garden Adventure. Find all the enchanted gnomes in the Art Garden and decode a mystery message to earn a prize! Pick up a map for your quest in the lobby.

Swinging Sunday at Sway’s | December 26
Welcome to our Swingin Sundays at Sway Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio! We will have open dancing from 7-9pm on Sundays for only $5pp! Dances we focus on will be: West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Shag, Balboa, and Charleston! Instructors and veteran dancers will be there to help you along the way!

A Season of Senseney! | December 18
‘Tis the Season with Senseney! Shop local this holiday season and find fun, lasting holiday gifts for the whole family.

Snowbound: A Merry Ski Lodge at Chicken N Pickle | All Week Long (closed Christmas Eve & Christmas)
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 (closed Christmas Eve & Christmas)
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.

Around The Corner!

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. Excitement!

Jeff Dunham at Intrust Bank Arena | January 28
For more than thirteen years, Jeff Dunham and his delightfully irreverent cohorts, Peanut, Walter, José Jalapeño, Bubba J. and Achmed the Dead Terrorist, have filled arenas across the U.S. and the world with their multiple blockbuster tours. And now, after taking the year off that nobody wanted, the comedian/ventriloquist and the little guys in his suitcase are restarting their much-claimed international tour, “JEFF DUNHAM: SERIOUSLY!?.”

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HOLIDAY EVENTS

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SPORTS

Wichita State Men’s Basketball
■ Dec. 22 ‣ 6 p.m. | vs Prairie View A&M
■ Dec. 29 ‣ 6 p.m. | at East Carolina
■ Jan. 1 ‣ 11 a.m. | vs Memphis
■ Jan. 8 ‣ 11 a.m. | at Houston
■ Jan. 12 ‣ 7 p.m. | vs Tulane

Wichita State Women’s Basketball
■ Dec. 21 ‣ 6 p.m. | vs Kansas
■ Dec. 29 ‣ 6 p.m. | at Oklahoma
■ Jan. 5 ‣ 6 p.m. | vs. Houston

Wichita Thunder
■ Dec. 26 ‣ 4:05 p.m. | vs Tulsa Oilers
■ Dec. 27 ‣ 7:05 p.m. | vs Tulsa Oilers
■ Dec. 29 ‣ 7:05 p.m. | vs Allen Americans
■ Dec. 31 ‣ 7:05 p.m. | at Kansas City Mavericks
■ Jan. 1 ‣ 7:05 p.m. | vs Kansas City Mavericks

Wichita Wings
■ Jan. 2 ‣ 4 p.m. | vs. Omaha Kings FC
■ Jan. 8 ‣ 7 p.m. | vs. Colorado Inferno FC
■ Jan. 9 ‣ 5 p.m. | vs. Colorado Inferno FC
■ Jan. 15 ‣ 7 p.m. | vs. New Mexico Runners

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LIVE MUSIC

Tuesday, Dec. 21
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. 22
Ben Fuchs | Chicken N Pickle | 5:45 p.m.
Patz | The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m
Phil Bollig | Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.
The Jennifer Byers Projects | The Cowboy Inn Saloon | 8:30 p.m.
Emo Night | Wave | 9 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 23
The Fiddler w/ The New Time Bards | Third Place Brewing | 4:30 p.m
J. Michael | Margarita’s Cantina | 5 p.m.
Harrison Steele | Chicken N Pickle | 5:45 p.m.
Just The Worm | Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 24
Whitnie Means | Mort’s Martini Bar | 4 p.m.
JJ Vega | Old School Taphouse | 7 p.m
Tom Page Trio | The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m
KVN Harrington | Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.
Groove 42 | Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge | 9 p.m.
Dirty Gentlemen | The Shamrock | 9 p.m.
The Echos | Jerry’s Bar & Grill | 9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 25
Patz | The Cowboy Inn Saloon | 1 p.m.
Jordan Summerville | Mort’s Martini Bar | 3 p.m.
Dangie | The Cowboy Inn Saloon | 1 p.m.
JunkMale | The Artichoke | 7:30 p.m
Candice & The Business Casual | Mort’s Martini Bar | 8 p.m.
Nest Fest 2021 | TempleLive | 8 p.m.
Prairie Smoke | Wichita Union Stockyards | 8 p.m.
Agenda | Mortdecai’s Tavern & Eatery | 8 p.m.
Jared Brown and the Dirt Road Misfits | Margarita’s Cantina | 9 p.m.
Just The Worm | The Cowboy Inn Saloon | 9 p.m.
Annie Up | Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge | 9 p.m.
Whitnie Means Band | Jerry’s Bar & Grill | 9 p.m.
Sleepy Truckers | The Shamrock | 9 p.m.
Heather & High Frequency | Public at the Brickyard | 9 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 26
Joe Emery | Mort’s Martini Bar | 2:30 p.m.
Joe Stumpe | Mort’s Martini Bar | 6:30 p.m.

Upcoming Noteworthy Concerts
1/15/22 Casey Donahew Band | The Cotillion | 8 p.m.
1/21/22 Wade Bowen | The Cotillion | 8 p.m.
1/22/22 Paramount | The Cotillion | 8 p.m.

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PERFORMING ARTS

Century II Performing Arts Center
Feb. 5 | Movie Musical (Wichita Symphony Orchestra)

Crown Uptown Theatre
Jan. 8 | Elvis Birthday Bash

The Forum Theatre
Jan. 15-16 | Very Superstitious: The Words & Music of Stevie Wonder
Feb. 17-March 6 | Ghost: The Musical

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

Kechi Playhouse
■ no shows scheduled

The Looney Bin
Dec. 23 | Sam Norton
Dec. 30-Jan. 2 | John Wesley Austin
Jan. 6-8 | Vince Morris
Jan. 13-15 | CJ Starr

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
Jan. 6-23 | Five Course Love

Wichita Center for Performing Arts
No upcoming events

Wichita Orpheum Theatre
Jan. 19-20 | Nate Bargatze
Jan. 30 | Disney Princess: The Concert
Feb. 4 | Bert Kreischer
Feb. 5 | Jo Koy
Feb. 6 | Trey Kennedy

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

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FAMILY FUN SERIES!

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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