Best Things Happening This Weekend in Wichita (Dec. 15-17)

Searching for ideas on what to do in Wichita this weekend? Looking to plan ahead for something in the future? We got you covered with the Best Things Happening This Weekend In Wichita.

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Jingle & Mingle – A Christmas Pop-Up Bar | Dec. 15
Where: 2127 N. Collective Lane
Get the holiday tingles when you come to mingle at this Christmas pop-up bar! Gather your friends and family to enjoy holiday cocktails, mingle with new and old friends, and snap a selfie at our festive selfie stations. Then vote for your favorite station ($1=1 vote) by making a donation to St. Anthony Family Shelter to help provide shelter, food and supplies to families with children who are experiencing homelessness. Take fun holiday photos, enjoy festive drinks, and mingle – all while supporting a good cause!

The Nutcracker featuring The Ballet Wichita Symphony | Dec. 15-17
Where: Century II
This December, Ballet Wichita is set to whisk Wichita away on an enchanting journey into a mesmerizing world inhabited by dancing dolls that come to life, mischievous mice that dare to tango, and snowflakes that glisten like a million stars. Get ready for the most anticipated event of the holiday season – the Nutcracker Ballet!


Wild Lights | Dec. 15-17
Where: Sedgwick County Zoo
Wild Lights is back with ALL NEW light displays and this year’s theme will leave you smiling like the Cheshire Cat. Wichita’s most unique fall event will return with larger-than-life Asian Lantern sculptures illuminating the Zoo with dazzling scenes of glowing wildlife, beautiful scenery, and Alice in Wonderland themed displays.

■ Adult Skate Night | Dec. 15
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.

Improv Show at Flying Pig Improv | Dec. 15-16
Where: Flying Pig Improv
Toot-toodle-doo! It’s Showtime! You need to boost your endorphins so get in here for a laugh. You provide the inspiration and we take it from there with a show that’s never been seen before.
3203 E Douglas (next door to the Crown Uptown)
Shows start at 8:00 p.m. / doors at 7:30 Parking behind the building (enter the lot from Hillside)
Tickets are $15 – cash or credit card at the door

Wichita State Mens BBall vs. Southern Illinois | Dec. 16
Where: Intrust Bank Arena

Holiday Market Season

Holiday Market Season | Dec. 16
Where: Old Town Farm & Art Market
The intoxicating sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the holidays are awaiting you. 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. Open 10am-2pm on the first three Saturdays in November and December at Farm & Art Market Plaza. Surrounded by brick-lined streets and native limestone-accented buildings dating back to the 1800s, we couldn’t ask for a more classic holiday Market setting through Autumn.


■ The Dinner Detective – Wichita | Dec. 16
Where: Wichita Marriott
America’s largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner theatre show is now playing! Solve a hilarious mystery while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Just beware! The culprit is hiding in plain sight somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a Prime Suspect before you know it! Join us for an event that is very different from a traditional murder mystery dinner show. Our actors are not dressed in costume and are hidden in the audience! This results in a fun, social and interactive evening suitable for all adults. Each ticket includes our signature award-winning murder mystery dinner theatre show, along with a full plated dinner, waitstaff gratuity, and plenty of surprises during the show.

■ Wichita Flea Market | Dec. 16-17
Where: Wichita Sports Forum
We’re a local family bringing a monthly Flea Market to the Wichita area. There will be vendor booths of all types to rummage through at the Wichita Flea Market. What treasures will you find?

■ Holiday Stroll | Dec. 17
 Bradley Fair
Looking for a little holiday magic? We’re making spirits bright again this season at Bradley Fair. Explore Wichita’s favorite spot for shopping and dining, and experience our Holiday Stroll, a festive weekly event the whole family will love.

■ Sunday Sip & Shop | Dec. 17
Alzavino Wine Tavern
It’s our second holiday-themed Sunday Sip & Shop that we’ll be hosting in December! Come out and support various local vendors that are attending their very FIRST event with us. You can be the first ones to ship with these vendors at Alzavino while sipping on incredible wine, bubbles and other seasonal favorites.

■ Blitzen Bazaar | Dec. 17
Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center
Get ready to jingle and mingle at our festive holiday event! We’re thrilled to announce that on December 17th, from 3pm to 6pm, we’ll be transforming 201 S Lulu St into a winter wonderland of local handmade wonders, delectable treats, and an abundance of holiday cheer. Join us for an enchanting evening filled with joy, laughter, and the magic of the season. Our lineup of vendors is sure to impress, with each one bringing their own unique creations to make your holiday shopping a breeze. Don’t miss out on this merry extravaganza – mark your calendars and get ready to celebrate with us!

■ Very Merry Christmas Bash By: Party Rockerz ICT | Dec. 17
Jerry’s Bar & Grill
Mark your calendars for our Very Merry Christmas Bash!!! Dance party with our Party Rockin Grinch & Mouse couple!

■ Hoppy Handmade Holiday – Norton’s Brewing Pop Up Market | Dec. 17
Nortons Brewing Company
Hoppy Handmade at the Norton’s Brewing Company! Sip & shop local crossing the Nice Ones off your list! Fill up your glasses and shop small with your favorite makers just in time for the Holidays!

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Where To See Santa in Wichita

Recurring Events

A Country Christmas at Foulton Valley Farms | 5079 SW Fulton Road, Towanda
November 24 – December 23

An Old Fashioned Christmas at Prairie Pines | 4055 N. Tyler Road
November 24 – December 10

Cookies with Santa at Love of Character | 3200 E. Douglas
December 3 – 10

Holiday Stroll at Bradley Fair | 2000 N. Rock Road
November 26 – December 17 (On Sunday only)

Illuminations at Botanica | 701 N. Amidon
November 24 – December 23

Santa Pho Experience at Towne East | 7700 E. Kellogg Dr.
November 24 – December 24

Santa’s Wonderland at Cabela’s | 2427 N. Greenwich Road
November 5 – December 24

Victorian Christmas at Cowtown | 1865 W. Museum Blvd
December 1-2, 8-9

Watson’s Christmas Express at O.J. Watson Park | 3022 S. McLean Blvd
November 24 – December 23 (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays)

Limited Time Events (in chronological order)

Santa Claus Breakfast at Stearman Field Bar & Grill | 14789 SW 30th St. Benton
December 16
Starts at 9 a.m.


New Year’s Eve is just a couple of weeks away, we got your guide to all the festivities right here for kids and adults!

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Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland | Dec. 18
Where: Century II
Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland is a must-see holiday event to usher in the magic of the season. Igniting joy and wonder to your theater like never before, Wonderland is an all-new musical journey that will transport audiences to a magical land far away for a fun-filled holiday-themed show experience they will never forget. Audiences will be dazzled by the acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks, and holiday cheer. The show blends the spellbinding grace and daredevil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with a musical mix of timeless seasonal favorites.


Visit this week and the schedule for the weeks ahead at our Live Music Calendar – Sponsored by Mort’s Martini Bar.

Wichita Live Music Calendar

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Century II Performing Arts Center
■ December 12 | Spirit of the Season Free Family Holiday Concert 2023
■ December 15-17 | The Nutcracker Ballet
■ December 15-17 | Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland

Crown Uptown Theatre
■ February 15-17 | Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical

Mosley Street Melodrama
 Nov. 10 – Dec. 23. | Derbysville: Town of Misfit Toys

Prairie Pines Playhouse
■ November 17 – December 23 | Holiday Show 2023!

Roxy’s Downtown
 November 24 – December 23 | A Cabaret Christmas

Wichita Orpheum Theatre
■ January 12 | Kathleen Madigan

Did you know the ICT Food Trucks Schedule is back? Visit to see what trucks are out this week!

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Wichita Food Trucks

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