After surviving Black Friday and Thanksgiving with the in-laws, you deserve a nice relaxing weekend. Usher in the winter holiday season by attending a tree-themed festival, holiday shopping event, or boat parade full of festive lights. You certainly have plenty of event options for the first weekend in December!
Read on for more information on FetchToto’s top 5 weekend picks. Make sure to also check out other Kansas events on FetchToto’s Events Calendar: http://events.fetchtoto.com/
1) 2012 Festival of Trees
Date & Time:
Thurs, Nov. 29 – 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Silver Bells Sneak Peek Day)
Fri, Nov. 30 – 6:00 PM (Starlight Gala & Tree Auction)
Sat, Dec. 1 – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Public Viewing)
Sun, Dec. 2 – 1:00 – 4:00 PM (Public Viewing)
Where: Century II Exhibition Hall Balcony
Cost: Thurs. $2, Fri. $75, Sat. & Sun. $5
Why you should go: Get into the holiday spirit this weekend by coming out to Goodwill’s 20th Annual Festival of Trees at Century II. This year’s festival includes over 90 beautifully decorated, full size themed trees, holiday wreaths and centerpieces decorated by local celebrities, designers and business owners.
The four-day festival will include plenty of other activities and entertainment, including pictures with Santa, lessons on how to decorate for the holidays, carnival games, face painting, cookie decorating, live music and entertainment.
Schedule of Events:
Silver Bells Sneak Peek Day (Thursday, November 29th)
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Admission: $2 per person
Info: Get a sneak peek inside the festival before anyone else by coming to the Silver Bells Sneak Peek Day. There will be live entertainment and refreshments provided throughout the day. Also, make sure to vote for your favorite tree and stop by the sweet shop before you leave.
Starlight Gala & Tree Auction (Friday, November 30th)
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: $75 per person
Info: Enjoy an evening of excellent food, drinks, entertainment and fun at the Starlight Gala & Tree Auction. Christmas trees decorated by local celebrities, businesses and designers will be auctioned off to the highest bidder in a live auction. A silent auction will also include holiday items, wreaths and gifts.
Public Viewing (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM - Sat, Dec. 1, 1:00 – 4:00 PM – Sun, Dec. 2)
Admission: $5 for everyone (over 12 months old)
Info: Public gets to browse through the beautifully decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and center pieces. Entertainment will also be provided.
2) Chris Isaak
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: Sunday, December 2
Where: Orpheum Performing Arts Center, 200 N. Broadway St., Ste. 102, Wichita
Cost: $47 - $67
Why you should go: American rock singer Chris Isaak will bring his “Beyond the Sun” tour on Sunday, Dec. 2 at Wichita’s Orpheum Theatre. The tour features the singer’s newest hits of his newest album, Beyond the Sun, released Oct. 18, 2012.
Isaak’s album and tour honors artists who emerged in the 1950s and recorded at Sam Phillips’ infamous Sun Records label in Memphis, TN. The play list includes hits from Elvis Presley (Can’t Help Falling in Love, It’s Now or Never), Johnny Cash (Ring of Fire, I Walk the Line), Jerry Lee (Great Balls of Fire), Roy Orbinson (Pretty Woman, So Long I’m Gone), Carl Lee Perkins (Dixie Fried), and many others.
Chris Isaak is a recording artist that rose to fame in the ‘80s with his breakthrough album “Heart Shaped World” and the single “Wicked Games.” Tickets can be purchased on Select-A-Seat by calling (316) 755-7328, online at www.selectaseat.com, or at any Dillons Superstores, and Plant Employee Clubs. Ticket prices range from: $67 Orchestra, $57 Lower Balcony, and $47 Balcony.
3) Christmas in Delano
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Date: Saturday, December 1
Where: Historic Delano District, 905 W. Douglas, Wichita