What’s Happening This Week in Wichita (Dec. 19-24)

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Pentatonix | Dec. 19
Where: Intrust Bank Arena
As one of the most innovative, inventive, and inimitable vocal groups of all time, Pentatonix reimagine, reinvigorate, and redefine a cappella. Since emerging in 2011, the three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning and Daytime EMMY® Award-nominated vocal quintet—Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Matt Sallee—have reached unprecedented heights, toppling charts, selling 10 million albums worldwide, generating billions of streams, and performing everywhere from The White House and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to The Hollywood Bowl.


Pop Up Holiday Market at The Hive! | Dec. 19
Where: Alzavino Wine Tavern
This is going to be a tasting event unlike anything we’ve ever done! This is collaboration and partnership at its finest! We’re bringing back Nelson from LDF Kansas, Luke and Halsten from Ad Astra Selections, Ashley from Handcrafted Wine & Spirits of Kansas, and Chase from Vintegrity Wine! Ticket price is $60/person for this very special event. Instead of just 5 wines, each of our incredible partners are bringing TWO wines! That’s eight amazing wines that have been selected especially for us and our customers!

■ Secret Santa Comedy Open Mic | Dec. 20
Where: John Barleycorn’s
Bring a gift and a funny story! Open a gift while on stage and performing your comedy. Come watch one of the funniest open mics of the year. Hosted by Santa! No cover!! At John Barleycorn’s

■ Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night | Dec. 20
Where: Headshots Bar & Grill
Geeks Who Drink is an authentic homegrown trivia quiz. It’s a great way to drink with friends, without burning brain cells. And it’s where useless knowledge means everything. Our quizzes cover everything from Hungary to The Hunger Games, from science to sports, from the Billboard Hot 100 to Better Call Saul. Each quiz consists of seven rounds of eight questions each, in a variety of formats, including audio and visual rounds. Teams can be up to six players, so bring your smartest friends —or come solo. We can always help you join a team! No reservations needed! Winning teams get bar cash and other prizes.

■ Solstice Spirit Fair | Dec. 21-23
The Cotillion
The Cotillion presents The Solstice Spirit Fair. Bring your family and friends out to celebrate the shortest day of the year and the return of the sun for this three-day holistic & metaphysical event. A truly unique holiday gift-giving opportunity to meet with knowledgeable local and regional crafters, creators, healers, spiritual advisors, readers, and holistic health experts. Honor the special people in your life with gifts that inspire, heal, and have an impact far beyond the holiday season.

■ YoPro Networking with Jacob Wayman | Dec. 21
Where: Alzavino Wine Tavern
There is no doubt in the definition of entrepreneur there are two words that are key. Grit. Resilience. It takes both along with a significant amount of other character traits to get started and to succeed in business, regardless of what that business is.

■ Cookie Decorating Party at Exploration Place | Dec. 21
Where: Exploration Place
This holiday season, leave the kitchen mess behind and bring the whole family to Exploration Place for a fun and creative way to get into the festive spirit. Your family can enjoy the joy of decorating cookies for Santa without the hassle of baking, cleaning, or shopping for supplies. Each kit includes 8 cookies, icing, sprinkles, a visit with Santa and entry into the exhibits for your family or decorating group.

■ Frozen Sing-Along and Meet & Greet | Dec. 21
Where: Exploration Place
Step into the enchanting world of Arendelle and join us for an experience filled with music, laughter and the heartwarming tale of sisters Elsa and Anna as we watch the beloved film Frozen on the big screen in Kemper theater at Exploration Place. Throughout the movie there will be fun surprises, interactive cues, a special appearance by Olaf and vocal performances by Elsa and Anna themselves.

■ 35th Anniversary Screening of Die Hard | Dec. 21
Where: Oprheum Theatre
It’s Christmas Eve In L.A. And The Party Action’s About To Explode… On The Fortieth Floor! Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan, with a screenplay by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza. Based on the 1979 novel, Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorp, it stars Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, and Bonnie Bedelia. Die Hard follows New York City police detective John McClane (Willis) who is caught up in a terrorist takeover of a Los Angeles skyscraper while visiting his estranged wife. Reginald VelJohnson, William Atherton, Paul Gleason, and Hart Bochner feature in supporting roles.

■ Adult Skate Night | Dec. 22
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.

■ Grand Reopening of PLAY at WAM | Dec. 22
 Wichita Art Museum
Mark your calendars for December 22nd! We are delighted to invite you to the grand reopening of the newly renovated PLAY at WAM. Get ready to experience a world where art and play harmoniously coexist, and your imagination knows no bounds. Join us for a day filled with exploration, creativity, and the making of wonderful memories. Stay tuned for more updates as we approach this exciting event. We can’t wait to welcome you to the transformed PLAY space on December 22nd!

■ Bach & Brews Christmas Special | Dec. 23
 Tor Brewing
On Thursday, December 14, 2023, bring the whole family out to enjoy the festivities as Central Park is transformed into a winter wonderland with luminaries lining the sidewalks, illuminated trees, and activities for everyone. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with the arrival of Santa Claus and tree lighting. Afterward, you can choose from a variety of activities in the Andover Public Library, City Hall and outside including crafts for kids, photos with Santa, live music, hot beverages and more

■ THE Holiday Improv Show | Dec. 23
 Flying Pig Improv
Tickets this week are only $10 per person! We know. We KNOW! The holidays are packed. You’re spinning around trying to make everything just SO. And you need a break. Bring the in-laws. Bring a new date. Bring your big bag of woes and use them as suggestions for our games – “What’s the worst present you ever received?” “Where would you rather be for the holidays?” “What dreaded task is still on your to-do list?” We’ll make you laugh about it.

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Where To See Santa in Wichita

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

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

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


Wichita Bridal Fair | January 13-14
Where: Century II
The Wichita Bridal Expo, which draws brides and grooms from all over the state of Kansas, features more than 200 wedding professionals and the biggest LIVE Wedding Fashion Stage Shows in Kansas, plus beautiful imagine showcases. Meet this area’s top wedding professionals while enjoying tastings, decor, a variety of venues, photographers, DJ’s, beauty and more. Participants have the chance to win a $5,650 Grand Prize Package, additional special prizes, and prizes from each vendor.

San Holo Existential Dance Music | January 18
Where: TempleLive Wichita
Get ready, Wichita! We are thrilled to announce that the EDM sensation and internationally-acclaimed artist, San Holo Existential Dance Music, is coming to TempleLive! Save the date: January 18th! Come and experience a night filled with electric beats, mind-bending light shows, and a community vibe that’s second to none. San Holo, known for his game-changing fusion of EDM and Guitar, is ready to light up our stage and elevate your senses with his hypnotic beats and signature sound. This is your chance to hear hits like “Light”, “Lift Me From The Ground”, and “Lead Me Back” live!


Visit this week and the schedule for the weeks ahead at our Live Music Calendar.

Wichita Live Music Calendar

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Century II Performing Arts Center
■ January 21 | Brahms & Beethoven

Crown Uptown Theatre
■ March 8 | Pauly Shore’s One Man Show: Stick with the Dancing

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
■ January 19 | Within Her Storied Walls
■ January 27 | Mania: The ABBA Tribute
■ February 2 | Brincos Dieras


Did you know the food truck schedule is back? Check out this weekend’s list of food trucks right here!

Wichita Food Trucks

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