Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and City Council members will host the annual Mayor’s “Tree Lighting” and “A Night with Santa” events from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today, Dec. 4, at the Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, 225 W. Douglas. The event is free; donations benefiting the Kansas Food Bank are encouraged.
The event begins outdoors on Kennedy Plaza with the tree lighting. Then, Mrs. Clause reads “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 Convention and Visitors Bureau. Throughout the outdoor event the Newman University Troubadours will perform Christmas Carols including “Here Comes Santa Clause”.
The indoor event, hosted by the Wichita Park and Recreation Department, takes place in Exhibition Hall. The inside activities include games, inflatables, letters to Santa, photos with Santa. Christmas trees and children’s bicycles will be awarded at 8:30 p.m. The event will include street closures starting at 4:45 p.m. at the following locations:
- Douglas Avenue, Main Street to McLean Boulevard;
- Waco, Douglas Avenue to First Street;
- Sycamore, Douglas Avenue to McLean Boulevard;
- North Civic Center Place, north side of Douglas Avenue;
- Wichita, north side of Douglas Avenue