Illuminations Christmas Light Display at Botanica ~ 701 N. Amidon, Wichita, Ks
November 24th – December 31st 2017. Illuminations is open seven days a week (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) 5:30pm-8:30pm
Tickets prices are: $10 adults, $7 members, $7 children
With more than one million lights, Botanica invites the community to tour themed gardens, hear live music and visit with Santa.
Illuminations transforms each garden area into a different themed holiday display or uniquely lit botanical setting. Every night, Santa visits and takes pictures with the children, and be sure and visit the Candy Cane Lane!
The Children’s Garden brings smiles to young and old with lit monster trees, fairy lights in the musical maze and fun holiday creatures lighting up every corner. Live carolers and music groups will be on hand to entertain everyone.
Hot chocolate, s’mores, dinner and more are sold throughout the gardens and, on the weekends, an adult hot toddy bar is available as well.
Along with your favorite holiday traditions, don’t forget to check the latest additions at Illuminations!
Watch the Main Meadow show and the beautiful Butterfly Garden is being overtaken with large and small butterflies.
Make sure you checkout the new strobe tree in the Children’s Garden Meadow, and stop by the funky tree to play a game of I-spy!
Last but not least, find Botanica’s Elf on the Shelf, Eddie, as he travels through the gardens to a new location each night, overseeing this unique holiday experience only at Botanica!
During Illuminations, additional parking and shuttle service will be available to make your arrival and departure as convenient as possible. Park in the south parking lot across from the Wichita Art Museum on Museum Blvd where shuttles will pick up passengers. Shuttles begin at 5:30pm and will make final pick ups from Botanica’s south gate at 9:15pm. The shuttle will be running every night! Botanica will also be offering another parking option located just west of Cowtown at the south gate and comfortably within walking distance.
New Year’s Fireworks
Join us for our New Year’s Celebration and last night of Illuminations. December 31st the fireworks will go off at 8pm.
Visit The Arc’s Lights with your family and friends this Holiday Season!
The Arc’s Lights are open November 23rd and every evening through December 28th, 2017
This is the 21st year for The Arc’s Lights(renamed from The Arc’s Lights on St Paul in 2015). It is The Arc of Sedgwick County’s largest fundraising event to support programs and services for nearly 4,000 individuals with developmental disabilities.
Drive thru over 1 million lights among hundreds of displays in this magical wonderland! Load the family in the car because everyone gets in for a $10 admission per vehicle on Fridays and Saturdays. Donations are appreciated every night. The reason is clear – to help provide programs that improve the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Enter The Arc’s Lights from the intersection of Douglas and St. Paul St. The route goes north on St. Paul and then winds through the grounds of The Arc and the Independent Living Resource Center.
“Last year was our most successful year ever for this premier fundraising event for The Arc. We expect this year to continue to grow. This year’s exhibit is truly amazing. We have new displays alongside our traditional favorites. All funds raised will be used to help us provide qualify affordable programs to improve the lives of persons in our community living with developmental disabilities,” shared Kevin Fish, Executive Director.
Santa will be available for photos on the following dates and times in The Arc building
November 24th – 26th: 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM and Dec. 1st – 3rd: 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM Take a photo with your own camera. People will guide you where to park when you enter the driveway. Donations are appreciated.
Opening Night: Thanksgiving – 5:30 to 9:00 pm 1st Responders & Military Honored with free admission opening weekend November 23rd-26th
Thank you, Deborah Gdisis of Ameriprise, for sponsoring this weekend for our Heroes
$10 Admission Nights – Fridays & Saturdays – 5:30 to 10:00 pm Pre-purchase admission for $8 at any Wichita QT location
Donation Nights – Sundays through Thursdays – 5:30 to 9:00 pm
Sundays through Thursdays: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
(Extended to 10 p.m. on Dec 18, 19, 20, 21)
Fridays and Saturdays: 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve: 5:30 pm to 11:30 p.m.
For more information, visit The Arc of Sedgwick County’s website
The Annual Holiday Open House is a collaborative event among Carriage Factory Art Gallery, Harvey County Historical Museum, Kauffman Museum, Warkentin House and Bethel College Women’s Association. Admission is free for all of the venues, with most offering free refreshments and activities.
As a special treat this year, the Goerz House, 2512 College Drive, North Newton, will be included as an event venue. Normally closed as a private residence, this Bethel College landmark will be the host site for the Bethel College Women’s Association’s open house. The home is on the National Register of Historic Places and is now the residence for the college president and his family. The women’s association will offer handmade crafts and gifts for sale, candy by the pound, baked goods and music by Bethel College Academy of Performing arts and Bethel College students.
Visitors to Kauffman Museum, located at 27th and Main streets in North Newton, can enjoy the museum and refreshments as well as an afternoon organ concert. Included in the museum’s exhibits is the special exhibit “Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War.”
Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St. in Newton, will feature special music and family art activities. Art and other items will be for sale throughout the gallery, including special displays in the gift shop and on the mezzanine. Children’s make-and-take art activities and a book signing with children’s author Bill Bush will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon, and the NUTS ukulele group also will perform from 10 a.m. to noon. “Artists at Work” demonstrations will be held from noon to 4 p.m. and an artist studio sale will be open all day.
The Harvey County Historical Museum, 203 N. Main St. in Newton, invites visitors to enjoy refreshments and view the final weekend of the special exhibit “Purposeful Stitches: Community Quilts” exhibit. The Coke Santa, a tradition at the museum, will also greet visitors.
The Warkentin House, 211 E. First St. in Newton, offers peppernuts and Mrs. Warkentin’s Russian tea while visitors can explore the Victorian home decorated to its holiday finest by local volunteers. Children and youth from the Home School Association of Newton and friends will share their vocal and instrumental talents throughout the day while visitors enjoy tours of this historic landmark.
All “Five Places of Christmas” sites are open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Dec. 2nd and offer free admission, refreshments and activities to share the holidays with the community. If you have questions, please contact Melody Spurney at the Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau at (316) 284-3642 or email@example.com or any of the “Five Places” venues.
More Holiday Events in Newton!
The 30th annual Holiday Bazaarwill be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.Saturday, November 18th at the Newton Recreation Center, 415 N. Poplar. The annual market features beautiful handmade items from regional craft vendors. Admission is free. Drawings for door prizes donated by craft vendors will be held throughout the day.
The Hesston Bethel Performing Arts Series will offer its annual Christmas program with the Mirari Brass Quintet, an engaging and eclectic group, which brings a spirit of joyful collaboration and innovation to music spanning many centuries and genres in a celebration of Christmas. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1st at Hesston Mennonite Church at Hesston College. Tickets are available online at Hesston-bethel.org.
The Newton Lions Club sponsors the annual Parade of Lights. All of the participating floats in this classic Christmas parade are illuminated. Newton visitors and residents are invited to watch the parade, beginning at 6:30 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 7th. The route follows Main Street in the historic downtown business district. Admission is free. The public is also invited to the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce at Fifth and Main streets from 4:30-6:30 p.m.Dec. 7th for a free community open house. Following the parade, spectators can shop many downtown stores that will stay open late.
Bethel College jazz musicians will present their holiday concert at 8 a.m. Dec. 8th in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College in North Newton.
Suzuki & Strings, affiliated with Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts, will perform its Sounds of the Season concert at 6 p.m. Dec. 16th at Bethel College Mennonite Church.
Linda Fern Johnson will lead a workshop entitled “Fused Glass Christmas Ornaments” from 10 a.m. to noonDec. 16th at Carriage Factory Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St., in downtown Newton. Cost is $40 and includes materials. To reserve a space, call 316-284-2894 Ext. 2749.
Mark your Calendars for this fun day of shopping! Bring a canned good for the Kansas Food Bank and get a shopping pass for the day! All food collected will go to help families through the Kansas Food Bank.
You can drop your canned goods off at one of the following locations on November 18th to receive your shopping pass:
Bungalow 26 – 613 W Douglas, Wichita, Ks
Aeroplanes Brewery – 117 N. Handley, Wichita, Ks
The Chocolate Fountain Event Rentals – 730 W. Douglas, Wichita, Ks
Visit The Monarch at 579 W. Douglas to make ornaments with the kids and to visit Live reindeer (sponsored by Joes Car Wash)
Santa will be at Sweet Cheeks and don’t miss the Smores at The Chocolate Fountain Event Rentals!
The Haute Handmade Pop Up Market team is joining this Event this year, with some of their Vendors placed in various businesses in the Historic Delano area! Visit The Monarch for Liv+work, J. Andrew and Nectar Republic. Bohemia Healing Spa will have Holiday snacks and massage specials with Archival Jewelry and Emily Haltom Textiles.
Visit The Chocolate Fountain Event Rentals for S’mores and these artists: Feather B, Sparrow Lettering, and Smarty Girl Leggings. Bungalow 26 will feature Nice Bites, Swiss Pointe, Optimistic Elephant and Ragbird.
Sunflower Espresso will be at the corner of Douglas and Osage near The Chocolate Fountain Event Rentals and Songbird Juice will be set up outside Bohemia.
The 38th Annual Wichita Toy Run Celebration is November 5th 2017
The Lineup begins at 9:00 am at Lawrence Dumont Stadium. The motorcycle procession will leave Lawrence Dumont Stadium at 1:00 pm and will be escorted by Wichita Police Department and Sedgwick County Sheriffs Officers to Hartman Arena. Santa will be at the head of the procession followed by the Wichita Toy Run Color Guard. The entire procession will be followed up by the American Legion Riders Post 136 and their spectacular display of American Flags.
The Wichita Toy Run is open to anyone who would like to participate on a motorcycle/trike. Each participant is asked to bring a new unwrapped toy/item for a child up to age 14 or a cash donation.
Participants will present their gifts to the Salvation Army and US Marines representatives at Hartman Arena.
There will be a $5 chili feed and lots of donations and door prizes.
In 2016, 8000 Toys were presented along with $27,000 to the Wichita Toy Run Charities. The need in our community is significant and the Wichita Toy Run is proud to be able to give back during the Christmas Season. Approximately 30% of the needs for the Salvation Army and Marines Toys for Tots Christmas programs in our community come from the Wichita Toy Run one day event.
Last year there was approximately 2300 riders!
Toys and Cash donations are collected for the Salvation Army Angel Tree and United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Christmas programs, as well as a cash donation to the Kansas Food Bank.
As always, any credit goes to the many volunteers that make up the Wichita Toy Run Committee and The Volunteers who assist with multiple tasks on the day of the Run. Without the dedication of these people, The Wichita Toy Run would not be possible.