The 2021 holidays are just around the corner and we know you are looking for plans and opportunities to celebrate with your loved ones!
Every year, cities all around the country prepare and offer amazing events for families to enjoy during this time, and Wichita, Kansas is no exception!
Take a look at our top picks for family-friendly holiday events this 2021 in Wichita below:

Where: Field Station: Dinosaurs
Hours: November 26 to December 23 | 4 PM – 9 PM
December 26 to December 31 | 1 PM – 9 PM
A Family New Year’s Eve | 1 PM – 9 PM
Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Holly Jolly Jurassic Holiday is an amazing event in which families will get to experience the Field Station’s scenic trails with thousands of Christmas lights, festive decorations, and unexpected guests… Dinosaurs!

Where: Botanica, The Wichita Gardens
Hours: November 18th through January 1st, 5.30 PM- 8 PM

The whole family will get to experience the enchanted Christmas holiday display at Illuminations 2021.

Enjoy hot chocolate, snacks, and light shows all at Botanica. Don’t miss out on the magic this season.

Where: Cabela’s
Hours: Nov. 6 – Dec. 24, 2021 | 8 AM- 5 PM

Make sure you celebrate and enjoy the holiday season by not missing this great activity!

Families will get to experience the magic of Christmas at Santa’s Wonderland at any local Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s!

Where: First Church of the Brethren
Hours: December 1 | 10 AM- 10.45 AM

Make sure you don’t miss this great family-friendly event!

Celebrate this magical season with a Music Together holiday singalong! Families will sing, play, dance, and jam together to seasonal tunes.

Where: Prairie Pines
Hours: Saturdays 9 AM – 5 PM (through Dec. 20)
Sundays 12 PM – 5 PM (through Dec. 21)
Weekdays 3 PM – 6 PM (through Dec. 19)
No weekday hours after Dec. 18
By appointment only after Dec. 21
Santa Hours:
Saturdays 11 AM – 4 PM (through Dec. 11)
Sundays 1 PM – 4 PM (through Dec. 12)

The whole family will be stepping back in time and experiencing an old-fashioned Christmas at Prairie Pines!

You will enjoy the tree farm, hot chocolate, cookies, hay-rack rides, visits from Santa, and the occasional train ride for the kids!

Where: Sedgwick County Zoo
Hours: October 1 – December 5 | Wednesday– Sunday: 6–9 PM

Families are invited to roam the zoo after dark and see larger-than-life Asian lantern sculptures that will light up the zoo!

This is Wichita’s Can’t-miss event, so make sure to be there!

Where: Prairie Pines
Hours: December 1-23, 7 PM- 10 PM

Prairie Pines Christmas Tree Farm is the perfect place to enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas tradition.

While you’re there – stay for the Prairie Pines Playhouse dinner theatre show, “Peril at the North Pole.”

Where: Crown Uptown Theatre
Hours: December 2: 10 AM – 10:45 AM | 12 PM – 12:45 PM

Get your kid into the Christmas spirit at this amazing children’s show!

The Crown Uptown is teaming up with Wichita Children’s Theatre to bring quality children’s entertainment back to The Crown Uptown Stage, starring WCT’s professional adult acting company.

Where: Fulton Valley Farms
Hours: 2021 Season 11/26 – 12/19 – Thursday – Sunday 5.30 PM- 9 PM

The 2021 Holiday schedule of Country Christmas at Fulton Valley Farms offers 15 full nights of Christmas cheer!

Don’t miss one of Kansas’ top family holiday destinations where you can stroll the wooded paths while enjoying over 800,000 lights dancing to the music!

Where: The Forum Theatre
Hours: November 27- December 19

From Coney Island to the Sunset Strip, “Cool Yule” will have audiences singing and dancing along to reimagined Christmas favorites new and old!

With a star-studded cast, you are bound to have a Yule that’s cool!

Where: O. J. Watson Park
Hours: Fridays and Saturdays. Ends on December 19.

Kids ages 2 and older will have a blast enjoying a reading of Chris Van Allsburg’s “The Polar Express” which will be followed by a craft and train ride to visit the North Pole.

Enjoy s’mores and hot chocolate at the campfire circle, while singing holiday songs!

Where: Towne East Square Mall
Hours: December 3. 8 AM- 5 PM

For this Santa’s Arrival, kids will get to enjoy cookies while Santa reads one of his favorite Holiday stories.

Following the story, Ballet Wichita will perform a dance from their upcoming show The Nutcracker.

Where: Wichita Center for the Performing Arts
Hours: December 3: 6:30 PM- 7:30 PM
December 4: 2 PM – 3 PM & 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
December 5: 4 PM – 5 PM

This is an amazing plan for a family’s holiday tradition!

All ages can enjoy this magical memory-making experience. Midwest Dance Mechanix will be presenting its 4rd annual Short and Suite Nutcracker, and families can arrive early and stay late for some extra holiday magic!

Where: Crown Uptown Theatre
Hours: December 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18: 8 PM – 9 PM
December 5, 12, 19: 2 PM – 3 PM

Inverno is a spectacle of a Holiday Show. With aerial silk performers, strongmen, fire breathers, dancers, singers, and more, this is the big holiday show that Wichita has been waiting for!

Where: Tanganyika Wildlife Park
Hours: December 4- January 2: 5.30 PM- 8.30 PM

Wichita has never experienced an event like this one!

Families will get to enjoy this drive-thru holiday extravaganza which will be the longest, tallest, most sophisticated light show in Wichita! You will enjoy this event from the comfort of your vehicle sippin’ hot cocoa!

Where: Old Cowtown Museum
Hours: December 3-11: Fridays and Saturdays, 6 PM- 9 PM

Families will get to visit a Victorian town ready for Christmas!

Enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate with family and friends.

Where: CityArts
Hours: December 5 and December 12 the classes are from 1-3:30 PM.
December 6 and December 13, the classes are from 6-8:30 PM

In these fun workshops, kids will create their own personalized ceramic gingerbread house holiday decor!

Where: INTRUST Bank Arena
Hours: December 10: 7 PM- 8 PM

Bring the family as Santa and Ms. Claus make a visit from the North Pole.

Get complimentary photos with them on the concourse!

Where: YMCA Wichita
Hours: December 11 10 AM- 1.30 PM

Kids will have a great time enjoying Breakfast with Santa!

They will enjoy pancakes, sausages, and orange juice/coffee and meet Santa! The Dance and Gymnastics Academy program and Dance Company team will be performing in a recital.

Where: Cheris Bakery Wichita
Hours: December 11 10 AM- 1 PM

Kids can visit Santa and receive a Christmas Cookie from him!

Remember to bring your camera to capture these Christmas Memories!

Where: Naftzger Park
Hours: December 11 5.30 PM- 7.30 PM

Visit Naftzger Park and enjoy the lights and decorations of this Winter Wonderland!

You’ll enjoy music and entertaining at the Evergy Pavilion, totally free to the public!

Where: Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center
Hours: Wednesday December15th – 10 AM & 1 PM
Thursday December 16th 10 AM, 1 PM & 6:30 PM
Friday December 17th 10 AM & 6:30 PM

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a funny and memorable story that introduces an outrageous family of children who learn the Christmas story and help everyone to rediscover its true meaning.

Where: Botanica, The Wichita Gardens
Hours: December 16: 10.30 AM

Kids will get to enjoy a Special Storytime with Santa and more activities including telling Santa your holiday wishes, listening to Santa reading T’was the Night Before Christmas, taking photos with Santa, sipping some hot cocoa provided by Buffalo Brewing Company, decorating a holiday cookie, writing a letter to drop off in Santa’s mailbox, and more!

Where: Reno County Museum
Hours: December 16 5 PM- 7 PM

Families will get to enjoy this holiday celebration at the museum that captures the spirit of Christmas and all that makes it the most wonderful time of the year with lights, decorations, live music, caroling, warm holiday refreshments, and possibly an appearance from Santa himself!

Where: Exploration Place
Hours: December 18 9 AM- 12 PM

Santa is on his way to Exploration Place and families can join him for a breakfast event, take photos with him, and have a blast! Get on your festive pajamas and prepare to enjoy pancakes, a hot cocoa bar, and coffee!

Where: Twister City Harley-Davidson
Hours: December 18 12 PM- 4 PM

A Very Twisted Christmas Featuring Photos With Jack will give families the chance to enjoy free Photos with Jack, free Cookies and Milk, free Crafts Table for the Children, ornament decorating and coloring pages, Dollar Beer Bar with the Enchanted Holiday Angels, free Gift Wrapping Table, and more.

Where: Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center
Hours: December 18: 7 PM- 8 PM | December 19: 2 PM – 3 PM

The whole family will be delighted from the fun of a holiday party in Victorian times to the thrill of seeing a Christmas tree magically grow on stage!

Where: The Enchanted Mermaid
Hours: December 19, 4 PM- 6 PM

Nightmare Before Christmas Teatime is an awesome event for kids in which they can have tea with Jack, Sally, Santa, and friends. Kids will enjoy sandwiches, bakery treats, refreshments, face paint, art craft, and storytime.

Where: Cake Stuff
Hours: December 22: 10 AM- 12 PM

Kids will make a bunch of holiday treats to take home and enjoy in this hands-on kids’ class!

They will also enjoy holiday games, and Snacks will be provided.

Where: Exploration Place
Hours: December 23: 6 PM- 8 PM

Decorate sugar cookies from Brown Box Bakery, enjoy holiday music, sip on cocoa or cider, write a letter to Santa and color festive pictures.

Grab dinner from the food trucks and take a spin through the exhibits before heading home.

Where: Cake Stuff
Hours: December 24: 10 AM-12 PM

Students will leave the class with four decorated cookies, a take-home box, and recipes. Classes include a snack and drink.

All kid’s classes are drop off and go.

Where: Wichita Art Museum
Hours: December 26: 1 PM- 4 PM

Kids can enjoy this one-day extravaganza of artmaking and all things gnome-tastic!

They will make their own gnome and take it on a trip through the magic of the Wichita Art Museum.