Wichita, KS

Now –  Dec. 31, 5:30 – 9:30 pm: Illuminations, Botanica, 701 Amidon. Experience the holiday glow from Botanica’s annual holiday light show and new 62-foot MEGA Christmas tree. It is one of the largest branched tree displays in the Midwest region. Cost $9+

Now – Dec. 18: A Crown Holiday Spectacular, Crown Uptown Theater, 3207 E. Douglas Ave. A Rockettes-inspired Christmas spectacular. Cost $45+

Now – Dec. 18, 9 am – 7 pm: Midian Shrine Feztival of Trees. Midian Shrine Center,  130 N. Topeka. The  Fez-tival features beautifully decorated trees with hundreds of dollars’ worth of items under the trees, which go with the tree. Fabulous gift baskets. Marketplace with local vendors. Sweet Shoppe serving dozens of kinds of homemade candies and cookies. $5

Now – Dec. 31, 5:30 pm: Reindeer Road. Start at 941 N Firefly St. You won’t miss the towering reindeer, ranging from 9-15 feet tall, in each yard’s display.  FREE

Now – Jan. 1, 5:30 – 10 pm: Christmas at the McKinneys’1452 N Coolidge. A privately-owned home with a family that takes pride in holiday cheer.  FREE

Now – Jan. 1, 6 – 10 pm: 9th Street Lights: 3821 W 9th. More than 30,000 dancing lights paired with music you can hear on 101.7 FM, this computerized light show goes along with Christmas classics like, “Carol of the Bells,” “Little Drummer Boy,” and “Joy to the World.” FREE

Now – Dec. 23, 2 pm & 8 pm: A Cabaret Christmas, Roxy’s Downtown, 412 1/2 E. Douglas. An Oldtown Cabaret for Christmas … a production full of laughter, song, and costumes galore. Cost $35

Now – Dec. 27, 5:30 to 9 pm: Lights at The Arc, begins near the Arc of Sedgwick County, Douglas & St. Paul Streets. a magical holiday wonderland you can experience without getting out of your car. Drive through this popular display and explore the Tunnel of Lights and more than 1.5 million sparkling Christmas lights. Cost $10

Now – Dec. 31, 5:30 – 9:30 pm: Carols on the Court, 1358 N Aksarben Ct, is Wichita’s first full RGB interactive computer-animated light show, complete with more than 8,000 lights that can be individually controlled to change in brightness and color. FREE

Now – Jan. 1,  6:30 – 10 pm: Christmas on Crestline, 914 N Crestline, award-winning Christmas lights show features more than 80,000 computerized lights set to music on 100.7 FM and new attractions each year. You will find Santa’s workshop holograms, holiday cutouts for photo opportunities and more. FREE 

Sat., Dec. 3, 11 am: Pictures With Santa & Mermaids. The Enchanted Mermaid, 3201 E Douglas.

Sat., Dec. 3, 12 pm: Community Vendor Fair, Dunbar Theater, 1007 N Cleveland.  Vendors Include: Insurance, Community Blessed, Especially You Designs, Cars, Vans & Trailers, P.A.T.’s Self-Defense Keychains, Hunter Health (Health Testing Items), Jewelry, Wreaths, Personal Care Items, Clothing, Food, Stationary, Baskets & Food, Dedicated Senior Healthcare.

Sun., Dec. 4,  5 pm: Lights on the River Holiday Celebration, Wichita Boathouse, 515 S Wichita St. Purchase and release a floating light on the river near the Wichita Boathouse. Food trucks, free wagon rides, s’mores, visit with Santa, and music.

Tue., Dec. 6, 6 pm: 39th Annual Dennis Family Christmas Concert, LifeChange Church, 10225 E. Kellogg. In loving memory of Pastor Lincoln Montgomery. 6 pm Hors D’oeuvres, 7 pm concert. Cost $10

Tue., Dec. 6, 7:30 pm: Spirit of The Season Holiday Concert, Century II, 225 W Douglas. Celebrate the season at this one-hour concert filled with your favorite Christmas carols and holiday hits performed by your Wichita Symphony. FREE

Wed., Dec. 7, 4 – 6 pm: Evergy Connect – Wichita Community Open House, 111 Ellis South. An in-person customer assistance center, which will offer customized account support, information on bill payment assistance programs, on-site payment options, energy savings tools and many other services and resources. FREE

Sat., Dec. 10, 5 – 7 pm: Winter Wonderland, Naftzger Park, 601 E Douglas. Take in the lights and decorations while listening to music and entertainment at the Evergy Pavilion. FREE

Sat., Dec. 10, 8 am: Wichita Red Stocking Breakfast, Metroplex, 5101 E 29th. Eat, visit with local celebrities, bid on auction items, and enjoy fun for the whole family. Cost  $12+

Sat., Dec. 10, 10 am – 12 pm: Brunch with the Grinch. Chicken N Pickle, 1240 N Greenwich Rd. Come on out and enjoy some yummy brunch classics, get a photo opportunity with the Grinch and write a letter to Santa.

Tue., Dec 13, 6:30 – 8 pm. South Central Kansas Legislative Delegation Public Forum. Sedgwick County Commission Chambers, Ruffin Building,100 N. Broadway. Speakers will receive up to two minutes each to address the legislative panel. Deadline to register is 5 pm Fri., Dec. 9.

Fri., Dec. 16: Hairon The Hit Musical Stage Play, Orpheum Theater, 200 N Broadway. Starring R&B Singer, Cherrelle, Love & Hip Hop New York, Mariahlynn and Ebony Fashion Fair, Ron Fuller. You’ll laugh, and be captivated by this dramatic stage play that exposes the dark side of the beauty industry and explores an intense love triangle. Cost $35+

Sat., Dec. 17, 1 pm: Medicare Educational Seminar. WSU Metroplex, 5051 E 29th. Here are a few of the topics that will be covered in this Workshop: What you need to know during open enrollment./ Will you have an Income Related Monthly Adjustment? FREE

Sat., Dec 17, 9 am – 4 pm. Live Well – A Wellness Retreat, Kansas Health Foundation 309 E Douglas Opportunity to invest in yourself and find some peace, rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul while surrounded by beautiful scenery and inspiring women. By Sistah Can We Talk. Cost $25+

Sat., Dec. 17, 11 am – 5 pm: Holiday Vendor Event, Celebrations Event Center, 4620 E 13th. Interested in vendor space? Call 316 990-9950.

Sat., Dec. 17, 6 pm: A Gift to the King, Tabernacle Bible Church, 1817 N Volutsia. A night of worship at Christmas featuring Yvette McClendon and the TBC & Friends Workshop Choir.

Sat., Dec. 17, 2 pm: Tamale Christmas Crawl, Old Town Square, featuring Tamales from local vendors at each location, Tamale eating contest – how many can you eat?! Win prizes. Exclusive crawl discounts on beers and cocktails,  Costume competition – let’s see a Tamale twist on your Santa outfits,  Souvenir Tamale Crawl Santa Hat to keep you warm, Raffle with prizes, DJs & Entertainment.

Sat., Dec. 31, 8 pm: NYE Scholarship Benefit Party, Hyatt Regency, 400 W Waterman. Join Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Gamma Upsilon for the New Year’s Eve Scholarship Benefit Party at Hyatt Regency. Enjoy live music by DJ Daddy Mac and live band Press Play. Your ticket includes dinner, a balloon drop and champagne toast. Party with us while also supporting our scholarship benefit initiative. Cost $125. https://bit.ly/3TLxUYP

Sat., Feb 18, 7:30 pm: Aretha: A Tribute, Century II. A Tribute to the Queen of Soul, this program features Broadway veteran Capathia Jenkins and Darryl Williams performing the iconic hits Respect, Think, A Natural Woman, Chain of Fools, Amazing Grace, and more. Broadway guests are joined by Wichita’s own gospel choir A.R.I.S.E., Eckart Preu is guest conductor. Cost: $3+

Kansas City, MO

Now – Jan. 1: Winter Magic at Cliff Drive, 1800 Cliff Dr. A mesmerizing drive-through display featuring a mile of lights. Cost $25+

Now – Dec. 24 – 7pm, 8pm, 1pm, 2pm, 5pm: A Christmas Carol. Kansas City Repertory Theatre, 4949 Cherry St. Join Ebenezer Scrooge on his redemptive journey with Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and rediscover the true meaning of the holidays. Cost $39+

Now – Jan. 1: The season shines bright at Union Station, 30 W Pershing Rd. In addition to towering trees, festive decorations and classic seasonal films, the Holiday Reflections walk-thru village returns to offer a mesmerizing stroll through one of Kansas City’s most historic spaces. FREE

Nov. 23 – Dec. 31 Christmas in the Park, a festive drive-through display in Longview Lake Park on Woods Chapel Road with more than 500,000 lights. FREE

Nov. 24 – Jan. 1: The Country Club Plaza is adorned with thousands of twinkling lights. FREE

Dec. 1 – Dec 10, 7:30 pm: The Piano Lesson, KC Melting Pot Theatre, 3051 Central. It’s 1936, and Boy Willie arrives in Pittsburg from the South in a battered truck loaded with watermelons to sell. He has an opportunity to buy some land down home, but he must come up with the money quickly. He wants to sell an old piano that has been in his family for generations, but he shares ownership with his sister. Boy Willie tries to persuade his stubborn sister that the past is past, but she is more formidable than he anticipated. Weekend performances only. Cost $20+

Sat., Dec. 3, 7 – 10 pm: A SOULful Christmas. Delta Athenaeum, 900 E. Linwood Blvd. Enjoy a night of Soulful renditions of your favorite Christmas songs by KC’s finest singers, including: Marlin Thatcher Jr., Jaà Reneè, Ashley Phillips. Cost $15+

Sat. Dec.3, 8 pm Steppers Lounge: The Black Carpet Experience. American Jazz Museum, 1616 E 18th.  Kansas City Two-Stepping All Night. Learn and practice Two Stepping in a safe and fun environment. Cost $12+

Tue., Dec. 6, 5:30 – 7:30 pm: KC Race, Equity & Inclusion Celebration, Rest, Reflect, Rejuvenate! Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Center, 3700 Blue Parkway. Meet and greet your fellow REI alums and engage in a fun and restorative celebration. FREE

Wed., Dec. 7, 5 pm: Velvet on a Wednesday, Daiquiri Shop, 1827 Vine St. We will have drink specials, food specials, DJ Wildboy all night playing your favorite jams. FREE entry

Wed., Dec. 7, 9 am: Mission in Action. Veterans Outreach Center, 8825 Troost. Join us for a 360-degree tour of Veterans Community Project in Kansas City and see our mission in action. FREE

Wed., Dec 7, 7pm: Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce Holiday Recognition Dinner & Dance, Soiree Steak & Oyster House, 1512 East 18th Street. A night of fine dining and dancing. Celebrate the contributions of corporate partners and small businesses.Cost $5+

Dec. 7 – 24, Sat @ 2 and 7:30 pm, Sun @ 1 and 5 pm: The Kansas City Ballet performs The Nutcracker at the Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway Blvd, for the Performing Arts, offering a sparkling start to the holidays. Cost $34+

Dec. 8 – 23, 7:30 pm: A Spectacular Christmas Show from MTH Theater at Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd, Suite 301. An original revue featuring Holiday tunes, innovative arrangements of Holiday classics, and more. Cost $54+

Dec 9 & 10: Soul of Santa. A full lineup of holiday cheer to 18th & Vine and the Shops on Blue Parkway, including a tree lighting, community breakfast and toy giveaway. FREE

Fri., Dec. 9 – 7 pm: Voctave, Vocal Ensemble, Folly Theater, 301 W 12th. The Spirit of the Season: the 11 members of central-Florida-based Voctave perform. The group appears for its Kansas City debut. Cost $12.50+

Fri., Dec. 9, 9 pm: More Than Friends: Christmas Edition. The Ship, 1221 Union Ave. With sounds by Dom Chronicles (KC), Casio McCombs (KC), and special guest DJ NE$$! Our goal at More Than Friends is to create memories, come create some with us Cost $8+

Dec. 9-11 & Dec. 15-18 Handel’s Messiah and Christmas Festival, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Blvd. The Kansas City Symphony offers a pair of holiday performances in an energetic presentation of the season’s favorite tunes. Cost $43.50+

Fri., Dec. 9, 6 pm: Ernesto Hodison Jr., Johnnie’s Jazz Bar & Grill, 1400 Main St. Catch Hodison and his four-piece band bringing you a mixture of classic tunes in the genres of R&B, soul, jazz, and funk.

Sat., Dec. 10, 9 am: Sacred Birth, Uzazi Village, 4232 Troost Ave. Sacred Birth course will focus on an empowered birth that educated and prepares families as well as uplifting and celebrating our Afro-Centric beliefs and traditions. FREE

Sat., Dec. 10, 11 am & 1 pm Base Academy of Music (BAM) Winter Recital.  Paseo Baptist Church, 2501 The Paseo. Student performers will be showcasing all of their hard work over the semester in this celebration of the joy of making music. FREE

Sun., Dec. 11, 4 pm: Spirituality and All That Jazz: Holiday Hits. Unity Temple on the Plaza. 707 W 47th. Tim promises a 90-minute family friendly program for all ages, highlighting fun, upbeat arrangements of the holiday classics with an All-Star cast.With Millie Edward and special guest vocalist Julia Haile. Cost $20+

Tue., Dec. 13, 5:30 – 7:30 pm: NOMA KC Holiday Party, Multistudio, 4200 Pennsylvania Ave. Food, drinks, and celebration. Highlights of the year, awards, achievements of our members. FREE

Wed., Dec. 14, 5 – 7 pm: KC Buck O’Neil Bridge Project Overview, Mid-America Regional Council, 600 Broadway Blvd. #Ste 200. A team of City of Kansas City professionals will provide us with an overview of the Buck O’Neil Project. They will give an understanding of “Why” the bridge needs to be replaced, the cost of the project and the schedule. FREE

Wed., Dec. 14, 1:30 – 3:30 pm: High Aspirations Network, High Aspirations Mentoring Center, 803 East 27th. Meet, connect and engage with people from agencies who are helping better our community. FREE

Fri., Dec. 16, 5 – 9 pm, Kansas City Local Business Market at Two Sugars Coffee, 1412 Westport Rd. A family-friendly activity, with food/drink tastings, artist and maker shopping with Kansas City Local Business Market. FREE

Sat., Dec. 17, 3 – 6 pm Christmas Giveaway, 7911 Prospect Ave. Bring your kids ages 6 months -15 years old to get a toy. Join us for food, drinks and fun including big prize giveaways. FREE

Sat., Dec. 17, 7:30 pm: Christmas R&B Jam, Kansas City Scottish Rite, 1330 Linwood Boulevard. Starring Lyfe Jennings, Kut Klose and Levelle Music * Food * Drinks * Vendors. Cost $49.50+

Sat., Dec. 17, 5 – 11:59 pm: SantaCon KC 2022, Westport 500 Westport Rd. 17th annual SantaCon KC Pub Crawl for charity. This year is guaranteed to be BIGGER & NAUGHTIER than a stocking full of coal. You’ll get to booze it up with a mob of Santas as we load the sleighs (party buses) in Westport, & travel from bar district to bar district, visiting numerous Santa friendly bars. Cost $50

Sat., Dec. 31, 9 pm: Wild West Bottoms NYE Blowout with Sheppa, The Phantastics, and more. The Ship, 1221 Union Ave. All Else The Sea: The Phantastics launch the boat early, then Sheppa steers the boat into the new year. Special guest DJs begin the journey with chill waves and build into a celebratory storm. Open bar, champagne toast for everyone at midnight. Cost $75.

Kansas City, KS

Tue., Dec. 6, 6 pm: The Startup Workshop: The Essential Steps to Launching Your Business in KCK. The Toolbox: Small Business Resource Center, 1303 Central Ave. 

This workshop will take you through the essential steps of starting your business. FREE

Sat., Dec. 10, 11:30 am: Holiday at the Apollo Annual Meeting & Benefit, Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center, State Avenue. To commemorate the monumental achievements for 2022, Friends of Yates’, Board of Directors cordially invite you to attend the “Holiday at the Apollo” Annual Meeting and Benefit. At the Gala there will be an easygoing social hour for guests to mix and mingle, a delightful lunch complete with dessert, a silent auction with items sure to please a wide variety of bidders. Cost $60+

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