If you're looking to get into the Christmas spirit, two holiday events are coming to downtown Wichita this weekend.
Wichita Clean Streams will host Lights on the River from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Wichita Boathouse; and the annual Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. in Old Town Square. The Mayor will light a Christmas tree in the square, beckoning the holidays to Wichita and there may even be a special guest arriving from the North Pole.
Q-line trolleys will run between the Boathouse and Old Town Square from 5-9 p.m., allowing attendees to enjoy lights along Douglas as they travel between events.
Lights on the River is expected to draw more than 1,000 attendees from surrounding areas. The event features family-friendly activities and will conclude with a floating light launch and stunning winter fireworks display. Spectators will enjoy holiday music, winter wagon rides, local fare from area food trucks, warm beverages and more. There are reports that Santa will be available for gift requests, hugs and photos. The event highlights Wichita's best natural asset – the Arkansas River - each holiday season. Its mission is to bring local residents to the river to enjoy its beauty and raise awareness about water quality so that the river can host additional activities. Floating lights will be available for $5, with proceeds going to Wichita Clean Streams.
Wichita Clean Streams, an organization promoting water quality activities in the lower Arkansas River, is coordinating both events, in partnership with several sponsors. For more information, please visit www.wichitacleanstreams.com.