Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and City Council members will host the annual “A Night with Santa” holiday event from 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8th at the Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, 225 W. Douglas. The event is free but donations of canned or boxed goods benefiting the Kansas Food Bank Warehouse are encouraged.
The evening begins outdoors on Kennedy Plaza with the tree lighting. Mayor Brewer and a Mayor’s Youth Council member will read, “The Night before Christmas.” Santa Claus will arrive on a fire truck and there will be fireworks sponsored by the Wichita Federal Credit Union and Go Wichita. The indoor event, hosted by the Wichita Park and Recreation Department, takes place in Exhibition Hall. The fun includes games and inflatables, letters to Santa & photos with Santa. Live Christmas trees and children’s bicycles will be awarded at the end of the night.
The event will include street closures at the following locations:
- Douglas Avenue, Main Street to McLean Blvd.
- McLean Blvd., Douglas to 1st/2nd Street
- Waco, Douglas to 1st Street (Access from 1st Street to the Broadview Hotel)
- 1st St., Waco to McLean Blvd.
- Sycamore, north of Douglas to McLean Blvd.
- Century II Drive, from W. Tlalnepantla Dr. to Douglas
- S. Cancun St., Century II Drive to W. Tlalnepantla Dr.
- N. Civic Center Pl., north of Douglas
- Wichita, north of Douglas
- Water, north of Douglas