Holiday Events

Holiday Events
  • Illuminations
    November 18, 2021 - January 1, 2022 / Check for times
    Botanica

    ​Bring your whole family to experience the enchanted Christmas holiday display. Enjoy hot chocolate, snacks and light shows all at Botanica. Don't miss out on the magic this season and buy your tickets today.

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  • Watson's Christmas Express
    November 27 - December 20, 2021 (Fri-Sun) / Check times
    Watson Park

    ​All aboard for a magical journey! The fun begins with reading the Polar Express, follwed by a train ride visit to the North Pole.

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  • Senior Wednesday: Holly, Jolly Holiday
    December 1, 2021 / 11:00am-4:00pm
    Wichita Art Museum

    ​11 am to 4 pm | Museum Store offers discounted shopping

    11 am to 2 pm | The Muse Cafe serves up special discounts

    11:30 am to 1:30 pm | Live holiday music from B-Side in the S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall

    Join us for a Holly, Jolly, HoliDAY at WAM just for seniors! Get into that holiday spirit with free admission and entry into a free drawing to win prizes from participating Senior Wednesday organizations. Senior Wednesday offers lifelong learning opportunities for active adults 55+.

  • Hot Cocoa Bombs
    December 1, 2021 / 6:30 - 8:00pm
    Linwood Recreation Center

    ​These are the bomb! Learn how to make a deliciously sweet hot chocolate bomb that explodes in your mug when steamed milk is poured on top. Students will learn how to create the chocolate sphere, choose filling options and discuss creative ways to decorate the finished product. Each student will leave with three different cocoa bombs. Perfect for holiday gift giving or for your own enjoyment! Presented by NCredibly Sweet. November Flavors: Silky Milky, Pumpkin Spice & Salted Caramel; December Flavors: Chocolate Candy Cane, Gingerbread & White. Fee is $40. For ages 14+.

    Register for class online

  • Victorian Christmas
    December 3-4, 2021 / 6:00pm-9:00pm
    Old Cowtown Museum

    When the weather outside is frightful, Cowtown’s lamp-lit, carol-filled streets will warm you up! There’s something magical about bundling up, stepping into the cold, and enjoying a warm cup of hot chocolate with family and friends. See what's cooking at the farm, and enjoy a Victorian town ready for Christmas. Regular admission prices apply.$9/adults, $8/seniors (ages 62+), $7/youth (ages 12-17), $6/kids (ages 5-11), kids 4 and under FREE! Cowtown Members get in FREE!

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  • Indian ART Market
    December 4, 2021 / 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Mid-America All Indian Museum

    Buy art from local native artists this holiday season! Visit MAAIM's Bring the Bosins Home exhibit. Free admission to the Art Market.

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  • Breakfast With Santa
    December 4, 2021 / 9:00am-11:00am
    Old Cowtown Museum

    Join Santa for breakfast at Old Cowtown! Kids will make some fun Christmas crafts and enjoy lively holiday music. Plus, they’ll enjoy a reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

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  • Rockin' Reindeer Treats (Tots)
    December 4, 2021 / 9:15 - 10:15am
    Evergreen Recreation Center

    ​Rudolph is glowing about these tasty snacks! Tots will whip up some yummy Brownie Christmas Trees and Santa Oreos. Registration deadline is noon, the Friday prior to class. Fee is $10. Ages 4-7.

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  • Rockin' Reindeer Treats (Youth)
    December 4, 2021 / 10:45 - 11:45am
    Evergreen Recreation Center

    ​You'll 'deerly' love these treats! Christmas light cookies and Christmas toffee will melt in your mouth. Registration deadline is noon, the Friday prior to class. Fee is $10. Ages 8-12.

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  • Friends of the Wichita Art Museum Holiday Open House
    December 5, 2021 / 2:00pm-4:00pm
    Wichita Art Museum

    ​Celebrate the season with the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here, so kids may share their holiday wish lists. Visitors will be able to get up close to one of Santa's reindeer from Fulton Farms. The Glitter Elf will share stories, plus there will be craft activities, cookies, punch, and the Spice Merchant will bring their ever-popular hot spiced tea. Dancers of all ages from Kelcy's Dance Studio will entertain. If you're in the mood to sing, join in with the Andover High School Singers as they delight visitors with a mix of old and current holiday favorites. 

  • Fused Glass Snowflakes
    December 5, 2021 / 1:00pm-2:30pm
    CityArts
    In this one day workshop, students will get to make three fused glass snowflakes – perfect as an ornament or a window catcher. All supplies are included. All ages welcome, children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Ceramic Gingerbread House
    December 5, 2021 / 1-3:30pm
    CityArts
    Create your own personalized ceramic gingerbread house holiday decor in this two day workshop! The first day will be dedicated to building and customizing the mini houses and the second day is for glazing. Students can pick them up once they are fired. Open to all ages, children 5 & under must be accompanied by an adult. All supplies included.

  • Ceramic Gingerbread House
    December 6, 2021 / 6-8:30pm
    CityArts

    Create your own personalized ceramic gingerbread house holiday decor in this 2 day workshop!

    The first day will be dedicated to building and customizing the mini houses and the second day is for glazing. Students can pick them up once they are fired.
    Open to all ages, children 5 & under must be accompanied by an adult. All supplies included.


    Register for class online
  • Hot Cocoa Bombs
    December 8, 2021 / 6:30 - 8:00pm
    Evergreen Recreation Center

    ​These are the bomb! Learn how to make a deliciously sweet hot chocolate bomb that explodes in your mug when steamed milk is poured on top. Students will learn how to create the chocolate sphere, choose filling options and discuss creative ways to decorate the finished product. Each student will leave with three different cocoa bombs. Perfect for holiday gift giving or for your own enjoyment! Presented by NCredibly Sweet. November Flavors: Silky Milky, Pumpkin Spice & Salted Caramel; December Flavors: Chocolate Candy Cane, Gingerbread & White. Fee is $40. For ages 14+.

    Register for class online

  • Holiday Film Unclassic: Elf
    December 9, 2021 / 6:00pm-9:00pm
    Wichita Art Museum

    6 pm | Doors open + cash bar

    7 pm | Interactive film screening

    Buddy is back! WAM Contemporaries are again offering an interactive screening of the hit comedy Elf. Will Ferrell is at his comedic best as the misfit elf Buddy, searching the streets of New York City for his roots. Come for the hip holiday hullabaloo—this means spreading Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear!

    Capacity limited to 150, and advance tickets are required. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are $15 for WAM members, $25 for the general public.

  • Winterizing Your Car
    December 9, 2021 / 3:30 - 4:30pm
    Zoom

    ​Review tips and tricks from the experts at Bridgestone Tires, Consumer Reports, Kelly Bluebook and CarMax to get your vehicle ready for safe winter driving.

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  • Victorian Christmas
    December 10-11, 2021 / 6:00pm-9:00pm
    Old Cowtown Museum

    When the weather outside is frightful, Cowtown’s lamp-lit, carol-filled streets will warm you up! There’s something magical about bundling up, stepping into the cold, and enjoying a warm cup of hot chocolate with family and friends. See what's cooking at the farm, and enjoy a Victorian town ready for Christmas. Regular admission prices apply.$9/adults, $8/seniors (ages 62+), $7/youth (ages 12-17), $6/kids (ages 5-11), kids 4 and under FREE! Cowtown Members get in FREE!

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  • Breakfast With Santa
    December 11, 2021 / 9:00am-11:00am
    Old Cowtown Museum

    Join Santa for breakfast at Old Cowtown! Kids will make some fun Christmas crafts and enjoy lively holiday music. Plus, they’ll enjoy a reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

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  • Winter Wonderland
    December 11, 2021 / 5:30 - 7:30pm
    Naftzger Park

    Holiday cheer will be in the air at Winter Wonderland! Take in the lights and decorations while listening to music and entertainment at the Evergy Pavilion.

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  • Cookie Decorating: Gingerbread Christmas (ages 14+)
    December 11, 2021 / 1:30 - 4:00pm
    Linwood Recreation Center

    ​Create stunning designer cookies that look almost too good to eat! Students will learn about icing consistencies, outlining, flooding, wet-on-wet decorating and marbling techniques using royal icing. Then, the design work begins! All utensils will be provided and each attendee will leave with 4-5 decorated cookies. Registration deadline is noon, the Wednesday prior to class. In partnership with Kristie'Z Cookies. Fee is $30.

    Register for class online

  • Cookie Decorating: Grinch Christmas (ages 8-14)
    December 11, 2021 / 10:00am - 12:30pm
    Linwood Recreation Center

    ​Create stunning designer cookies that look almost too good to eat! Students will learn about icing consistencies, outlining, flooding, wet-on-wet decorating and marbling techniques using royal icing. Then, the design work begins! All utensils will be provided and each attendee will leave with 4-5 decorated cookies. Registration deadline is noon, the Wednesday prior to class. In partnership with Kristie'Z Cookies. Fee is $30.

    Register for class online


  • Hot Cocoa Bombs
    December 14 / 6:30 - 8:00pm
    Edgemoor Recreation Center

    ​These are the bomb! Learn how to make a deliciously sweet hot chocolate bomb that explodes in your mug when steamed milk is poured on top. Students will learn how to create the chocolate sphere, choose filling options and discuss creative ways to decorate the finished product. Each student will leave with three different cocoa bombs. Perfect for holiday gift giving or for your own enjoyment! Presented by NCredibly Sweet. November Flavors: Silky Milky, Pumpkin Spice & Salted Caramel; December Flavors: Chocolate Candy Cane, Gingerbread & White. Fee is $40. For ages 14+.

    Register for class online

  • Hot Cocoa Bombs
    December 15, 2021 / 6:30 - 8:00pm
    Carl G. Brewer Community Center

    ​These are the bomb! Learn how to make a deliciously sweet hot chocolate bomb that explodes in your mug when steamed milk is poured on top. Students will learn how to create the chocolate sphere, choose filling options and discuss creative ways to decorate the finished product. Each student will leave with three different cocoa bombs. Perfect for holiday gift giving or for your own enjoyment! Presented by NCredibly Sweet. November Flavors: Silky Milky, Pumpkin Spice & Salted Caramel; December Flavors: Chocolate Candy Cane, Gingerbread & White. Fee is $40. For ages 14+.

    Register for class online

  • Fused Glass Snowflakes
    December 19, 2021 / 1:00pm-2:30pm
    CityArts
    In this one day workshop, students will get to make three fused glass snowflakes – perfect as an ornament or a window catcher. All supplies are included. All ages welcome, children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult.

  • Winter Art Mania
    December 26, 2021 / 1:00pm-4:00pm
    Wichita Art Museum

    ​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. Make your own gnome and take it on a trip through the magic of the Wichita Art Museum. Free admission. 

  • Teen Take and Make: New Year's Vision Board
    December 30, 2021 / 4:00 - 5:00pm
    Zoom

    Get ready for a new year with a vision board to inspire you. We'll talk about setting goals and priorities, then play with ways to express them visually. Use the kit materials to create a vision board of your own. Ages 12-18.

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Holiday Gifts
  • CityArts Gift Certificates
    CityArts Gift Certificates are the perfect one-size-fits-all option for everyone on your list! Available in any amount, they may be used toward anything on sale at CityArts, including classes and workshops, goods in the Art Shoppe and even for purchasing artwork on display in the galleries. 
  • Cowtown Membership

    Looking for a great gift that keeps on giving all year 'round? Give a membership to Old Cowtown Museum!

    Cowtown memberships start at just $35 and include free admission, early access to events, complimentary newletters, discounts in the gift shop and more.

    Gift a Cowtown Membership
  • Gift Shop at Cowtown
    Cowtown's Gift Shop, S.G. Bastian and Sons Mercantile, offers a diverse selection of unique souvenirs and gifts. Shop Western-themed keepsakes and collectibles from local artisans and vendors, including unique items handmade at Old Cowtown. If an old-fashioned Christmas is on your list, you'll find a large variety of time-period toys and games that defined children’s fun in 1800s, as well as candies and comestibles for the whole family.
  • Golf Wichita Gift Cards

    Give the gift of golf this holiday season. It's a great way to get exercise, remain socially distant and be outdoors. Gift cards cover group and private lessons, so it's a great time to get someone started in the game! It is easy to purchase a gift card anytime, anywhere. Visit our web store to send the golfer in your family the perfect golf gift.

    Purchase a gift card online

  • MAAIM Gift Shop
    The Mid-America All Indian Museum Gift Shop features a variety of locally made jewelry and crafts, along with items from Native-owned companies, botanicals, apparel, books and more. They offer a wide selection of officially-licensed Keeper of the Plains merchandise, as well as work from and about the Keeper's creator, Blackbear Bosin.

  • Park and Rec Gift Certificates

    Not sure what to get that special someone in your life for the holidays? Consider a Park & Recreation gift certificate! Whether it’s getting fit, finding a new hobby or signing up for youth sports, Park & Recreation has activities for all ages and abilities. Gift certificates are good for any Park & Recreation program found on our wichita.gov/Evolve website and concessions at Riverside Tennis Center, OJ Watson Park and South Lakes! Know someone who wants to get active next year? This is a great way to get that someone started. Visit our website to purchase a gift certificate today!

    Purchase gift certificate online


  • The Art Shoppe @CityArts
    Shop local and handmade this holiday season at The Art Shoppe @ CityArts! Located in Old Town Square, the boutique showcases work from local and regional artists, with prices ranging from $15-$250. A wide variety of art forms are represented in The Art Shoppe, including painting, glass, pottery, printmaking, photography, jewelry, fiber and apparel. Stop by during business hours or shop online 24/7!
  • The Indian Museum Membership
    MAAIM annual memberships start at just $25 and include free museum admission, invitations to special events and holiday parties, email newletters, discounts in on classes and free Members Only classes. Higher membership tiers include discounts in the gift shop, advance registration for signature events, and more. 

    Already a member and looking to increase your involvement? MAAIM's Bosin Society is dedicated to conserving and preserving the art and legacy of Blackbear Bosin for future generations. Membership is achieved through donating an original work of art or financial contribution. Donors are recognized in the Bosin exhibit, on our website, social media and at special receptions.