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■ Air Capital Hoopfest 2022 | December 1-3
Where: Charles Koch Arena
Three Wichita organizations – Sunrise Christian Academy, Visit Wichita and the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission (GWASC) – are teaming up with the National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (NIBC) to host the first Air Capital Hoopfest December 1-3, 2022, at Charles Koch Arena on the Wichita State University campus. The three-day boys basketball showcase will feature five of the top high school basketball programs in the country.
■ 12 Drinks of Christmas | December 2
Where: Exploration Place
Guests will receive a passport and souvenir glass to enjoy a special tasting from Chile, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and England.
■ Holiday Shopping Fair | December 3
Where: Risen Savior Lutheran Church
Our FIFTH annual holiday shopping craft fair takes place at Risen Savior Lutheran Church on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. We have dozens of vendors, including homemade goods, clothing, jewelry, Christmas crafts, food, Annette’s homemade cinnamon rolls and more. Come and support local business and get your gifts for your loved ones. We have giveaways during the event. Plus, it is FREE to attend.
BEST THINGS TO DO!
■ WSU Men’s Basketball vs. Missouri | November 29
Where: Charles Koch Arena
■ Safari of Lights at Tanganyika Wildlife Park | November 29-December 4
Where: Tanganyika Wildlife Park
We invite you to our second annual Safari of Lights – a drive-thru holiday light show fundraiser that supports the animals of the park throughout our closed winter months. Set aside the technology for an evening. Give your family the gift of a lifetime with everlasting memories at Tanganyika Wildlife Park.
■ Illuminations | November 29-December 4
If light shows are on your list of things to do this winter, don’t forget to buy your ticket to the brightest place in Kansas! Botanica’s annual holiday light show, Illuminations, has been voted Top 10 Best Light Show in the country and is the perfect way to create lasting memories and new traditions with friends and loved ones. With over 2 million lights, we’re going a bit over the top this year and have incorporated several all-new light displays. Experience the holiday glow from our new MEGA tree and an interactive stepping stone path. All your favorite features will still be viewable, such as the Funky Tree, the Meadow Show choreographed to music, and so many more.
■ WSU Women’s Basketball vs. Denver | November 30
Where: Charles Koch Arena
■ 1 Million Cups | November 30
Where: Groover Labs
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.
■ Headshots Halfling Holiday Pop-Up Bar | December 1-3
Where: Headshots Bar & Grill
This Winter, make the hero’s journey – Travel to Headshots Arcade Bar for the Halfling Holiday Pop-Up Bar! Prepare to travel, perhaps, the furthest you’ve ever been from home. Pop through the round door and experience the fantasy tavern of your dreams. Grab a souvenir horn of mead, a pint of ale, or a cocktail like you’ve never seen, while you enjoy festive vibes, costumed characters, & music inspired by the holidays. Enjoy Second Breakfast Shots, Afternoon Teas, or even partake in the Second Dinner Feast!
■ Grand Opening of Topgolf | December 2
■ First Friday’s at Revolutsia | December 2
Haute Handmade Markets & Revolutsia has a Brand New Market Series: First Fridays at Revolutsia!!!
■ Adult Skate Night | December 2
Where: Carousel Skate Center
Join us for Adult Night every Friday! Must be 21 with a Valid ID. $10 Cover (skates included). Beer & mixed drinks available. Check out our feature at what to expect here.
■ Christmas Candlelight is Back on Campus | December 2-4
Where: Sebits Auditorium at Friends University
Wichita’s beloved holiday tradition, the Christmas Candlelight concert, will be returning to the Friends University Sebits Auditorium stage. This year, concert goers will receive plenty of what keeps them coming back every year with exciting new additions. The Singing Quakers, coming up on its 100th year in existence, will be joined by the Concert Choir to create a masterful blend of joyous voices over 80 strong.
■ Watson’s Christmas Express | December 2-3
Where: O.J. Watson Park
All Aboard for a magical journey on the Watson Christmas Express! This year we are offering two ways to enjoy Watson’s Christmas Express. Choose to purchase your tickets early with a VIP Package or show up the day of and purchase General Admission at the park. Spots are limited! Read below for more details.
■ 6th Year Anniversary of the Blood Orchard Market & Southside Food Truck Rally | December 3
Where: reborn Boutique & Marketplace
Join us for shopping all things vintage, rustic, shabby-chic, handmade, homemade, and small business goods!! It’s our 6th Birthday y’all!! We’re going be celebrating us (and you!!!) at our December 3rd Blood Orchard Vintage Market and Southside Food Truck Rally!! Six years has flown by, and we couldn’t do what we do without y’all!! If you’ve ever shopped with us, been a vendor with us, or have simply admired us from afar, be sure to come out and celebrate with us! There will be door prizes, a best festive sweater contest, and so much more!! Also, Santa will be here!!
■ Breakfast with Santa on the Farm | December 3
Where: Eberly Farm
Enjoy breakfast with Santa on the Farm! Breakfast will start at 9:30am and pictures with Santa will start at 10am! Every attendee will receive a breakfast pastries/donuts, coffee, juice & hot cocoa! Visit & photos with Santa & the elves! Craft stations will be available as well!
■ Holiday Season at the Old Town Farm and Art Market | December 3
Where: Old Town Wichita
The intoxicating sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the holidays are awaiting you in Old Town. Featuring Food Artisans, Farms, Ranches, Artists, Handmade Artisans, Live Music and Entertainment in an atmosphere unique to Wichita. We invite you to a holiday shopping experience, like no other.
■ Santa’s Pancake Party | December 3
Where: Exploration Place
Join Us for a Fun and Festive Breakfast With Santa and Mrs. Claus. We’re decking our halls, donning our festive pajamas and prepping the pancakes! Santa and his reindeer are on their way to Exploration Place. Join us for a breakfast event your whole family is sure to remember.
■ Lights on the River | December 4
Where: Wichita Boathouse
Lights on the River holiday light launch is a free family-friendly event on December 4, 2022 at the Wichita Boathouse. There will be FREE wagon rides, s’mores, visit with Santa, and music. Food trucks will be available. Purchase and release a floating light for the evening’s finale. The finale will be a beautiful light display and release of the floating lights. Proceeds from the floating lights go to Ark River water quality improvements.
■ Holiday Stroll at Bradley Fair | December 4
Where: Bradley Fair
We’re making spirits bright again this season at Bradley Fair. Explore Wichita’s favorite spots for shopping and dining, and experience our Holiday Stroll, a festive weekly event the whole family will love.
Looking for all the holiday shopping events taking place in and around town? Check out what’s available in Wichita here
Around The Corner!
■ The Monarch 10 Year Anniversary Celebration | December 22-23
Where: The Monarch
Join us as we celebrate 10 years of calling Delano our home. We’re excited to bring you a day long celebration full of all the things we love best.
■ Bluey’s Big Play | December 22-23
Where: Century II
When Dad feels like a little bit of Sunday afternoon time out, Bluey and Bingo have other plans! Join them as they pull out all of the games and cleverness at their disposal to get Dad off that bean bag. Bluey’s Big Play is a brand-new theatrical adaptation of the Emmy® award-winning children’s television series.
Looking for all the Santa Claus appearances, lights, tree lightings, family friendly holiday events taking place in and around town? Check out what’s available in Wichita here
For a fantastic, updated daily view of live music all around the city, check out Amped Up Live. They are an incredible source for music fans.
■ December 2 | Kolby Cooper
■ December 8 | David George Orchestra Rock & Roll Christmas Show
■ December 10 | Switchfoot
■ December 16 | Insider: A Tribute to Tom Petty
■ December 31 | Paramount
INTRUST Bank Arena
■ February 17 | Winter Jam
■ December 9 | Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Kansas Star Casino
■ No Upcoming Concerts
Temple Live Wichita
■ December 2 | Hembree
■ December 3 | William John Clark
■ December 7 |Rome & Duddy
■ December 9 | Throes of Rejection
■ December 16 | The Iron Maidens
■ November 29 | Slum Village
■ December 17 | Machine Head
■ December 18 | Katy Guillen & The Drive
Century II Performing Arts Center
■ December 3 | Wichita Wurlitzer 50th Anniversary Holiday Concert
■ December 4 | Christmas Fantasies
Crown Uptown Theatre
■ November 18 – December 18 | A Crown Holiday Spectacular
■ No Upcoming Events
The Loony Bin
■ December 1 – 3 | Aaron Weber
■ December 9 – 10 | Shaun Jones
■ December 15 – 17 | Andy Woodhull
Mosley Street Melodrama
■ Nov 11 – Dec 23 | Scrooge You! A Bad Christmas Carol
Prairie Pines Playhouse
■ Nov 18 – Dec 23 | Demise at the Department Store
Wichita Orpheum Theatre
■ December 3 | Clint Black
■ December 9 | DC Young Fly
■ December 10 | Jim Brickman
■ December 16 | Hairon
■ December 18 | A Drag Queen Christmas
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