Christmas Lights in Wichita-Family Tradition

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I think we can all agree that a really fun family tradition is taking the kids to see the Christmas lights in Wichita! I love the Christmas season as a whole and everything that goes along with it! Going to see light displays are some of the most cherished holiday memories I have from my early childhood.

Christmas lights in Wichita
Let it snow, let it snow.

I love revisiting those feelings by seeing my own kids enjoy that little part of Christmas wonder. In case you can’t wait any longer to find out, after the next few small paragraphs the list begins!


In our home we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the greatest gift of all, but we also enjoy many other aspects of the holiday in addition to The Reason for the Season. After all, it’s the most wonderful time of year, right!

It should be the case all year long, but this time of year especially is about giving thanks, appreciating and giving to our loved ones, and giving in some way to those we don’t even know. For many of us this time of year is also about remembering loved ones who are no longer with us.

Gingerbread is delicious. Yummy!
I want to eat you, Gingerbread man!

Those cornerstones along with several other pieces, put together a meaningful and complete Christmas puzzle. The tradition and wonder come together to compliment the Christmas Spirit that is all around us and in our hearts.

So grab some cookies, hot cocoa, or even some pie, and enjoy the ride!


Like a ticking time bomb, Wichita is going to burst with Christmas cheer after Thanksgiving Day when residential areas will be adorned with tens of thousands of lights to officially launch us into the Christmas season!

From small lighting presentations to complex showings with music, there’s a huge array of jolly entertainment for your entire family.

Here’s a list of a few very popular Christmas lighting displays from Wichita:

A number of light displays in the air capital accept contributions for their efforts and others charge a small fee. Additionally, a number of are in residential areas and are free to drive by.

Christmas Lights in Wichita- Family Tradition

Watch out for signs that show a radio station channel to turn to for music corresponding with the lights.

Santa's elves?
Little elves or little men?






Hello there.
Hi there.

Drive slowly and watch out for kids and elves!

The Arc’s Lights (Drive thru)

Arc's lights picture
Picture courtesy of the Arc’s lights.

2919 W 2nd St, Wichita, KS 67203Open November 22 – December 28…..2018 is the 22nd year Anniversary for The Arc’s Lights!A yearly convention in Wichita proceeds with the Arc’s lights. This event is just one of the most significant fundraisers organized by The Arc of Sedgwick County, together with contributions going to funding kids and adults with disabilities.

This event is exceptional particularly since almost all the Christmas light spectacles are made by volunteers working tirelessly to put this wonderful series together every year. The jolly fat man will also be around for photos the very first two weekends of this occasion.

Opening Night: Thanksgiving (Nov. 22nd)—5:30 to 9:00 pm; Donation night Fridays and Saturdays —5:30 to 10:00 pm; $10 Admission nights Sundays—5:30 to 9:00 pm; $10 Admission night

Mondays through Thursdays— 5:30 to 9:00 pm; Donation nights Extended Hours: Dec 19th, 20th, and 23rd, 5:30 – 10:00 pm Then Christmas Eve— 5:30 to 11:30 pm; Donation night

Entrance for The Arc’s Lights is at Douglas Ave and St Paul St. For more info. Click: TheArcsLights

Illuminations at Botanica (Walk thru)  

701 Amidon St, Wichita, KS 67203 (Right past Sim Golf Course) Open November 23 – December 31, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Christmas Lights in Wichita- Family Tradition

Come and be involved in Wichita’s largest light exhibition at Botanica Illuminations. No known affiliation with the Illuminati  🙂


Gather up and take your family through over 30 enchanted Christmas gardens because it’s possible that you will love their more than 1 million dazzling lights and gorgeous chandelier trees.


Click the picture to visit their site and more of their awesome photos!

Stop and buy some hot chocolate or apple cider, then s’mores or some yummy treats all throughout the displays. Midway through your walk if it’s your thing, wait in line to meet Jolly St. Nich.

There are warming stations along several paths plus the indoor area with music and plenty of seating. And you won’t miss the choreographed show with over 50,000 Christmas lights set to music.

Hours: 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Admission: $7 Kids, $10 Adults, $7 Members

Click for their website

Christmas at the McKinneys’ 

1462 N Coolidge, Wichita, KS 67203

Referred to as the very ideal Christmas light exhibition in Wichita, Christmas at the McKinneys’ is just a typical home where the household takes far from typical pride in their own holiday merriment. Ice crystals

The display remains open to all. Donations are accepted and shared among different charity organizations. Open November 22 – December 31
Hours: Opens nightly at 5:30 pm
Admission: Free

Candy Cane Lane

1021 N Azure Cir, Wichita, KS 67235 Opens November 22 Admission: Free

Candy Cane Lane
Candy Cane Lane picture from their Facebook page.

This west Wichita display of group holiday effort incorporates many homes in one particular neighborhood who are definitely enthused about the Christmas season.

You may want to bring your camera to capture shots like the one above as you go through the whole display, as you can also share photos on their Facebook page.

Lights On TEXAS

11603 W Texas St. Wichita, KS 67209

Santa Claus and wife.
The Christmas Clauses

Formerly Called Lights on Lawrence, their 300,000-light Exhibition has ventured into the west side to preserve its own Cheermeister glory. A wonderful mixture of conventional brightly colored lights.

Several of those displays have a brief history in light shows from around the river city, such as a portion of a massive display at 17th and Park place that stuck around for over 2 decades.

Drop by Lights on Texas on your own Christmas lighting tour. Opens November 22

Hours: Opens nightly at 5:30 pm   Admission: Free

Click here for more info.

Lights on Gold Street

Address: 5336 S. Gold, Wichita, Kansas.

Lights on Gold Street

(beautiful pic. from their website)

Jump in the car and listen to 99.5FM to see more than 13,000 lights dancing in sync to some great Yule Tide music. This private light series is available to all the Wheat-land people and it has been around since 2009.

Kick off the celebration at Lights on Gold Street around Thanksgiving and adore the display of lights through the New Year.

Hours of Operation:
Sunday – Thursday: 5:30 PM – 10 PM
Friday – Saturday: 5:30 PM – Midnight

Pictures and Website

Marshall Family Christmas
620 N. Stratford, Wichita, KS

The effort of a single family will pay off as people will be attracted to the joy of The Marshall Family Christmas-lights to east Wichita. With Christmas light displays at to 5:30 pm, drop by once you get off work and listen to 91.7FM to know the music which matches with the lights.


The display is absolutely completely free of charge, but all contributions will go to aid the Lord’s Diner along with St. Anthony Family Shelter at Wichita.

Open November 22 – January 6
Hours: Opens nightly at 5 pm
Admission: Free

Christmas Lights at the North Pole Express Substation

1841 S. Glenn, Wichita KS 67213

Drop by the Sub Station for Christmas lights, then meet the Jolly-C.L.A.U.S. Inc. man and feel the enchantment of The Reason for the Season. It’s fun for your entire family!

Here’s the 2018 schedule: Nov. 22-Dec. 23 6-9 p.m. Free  (Donations accepted)

 Nov. 23, 24, 29, 30—Dec. 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23. Open at 6 pm.  Closes at 9 pm.  For more info. click here:


These are merely some of the extraordinary light displays in Wichita this year.

Feel free to share more places with great lights in or around Wichita. These are just a few that we enjoy. 

Also, we welcome your Christmas memories of any kind that you would like to share! Thanks for visiting our blog and Wichita flag themed clothing store.



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8 Replies to “Christmas Lights in Wichita-Family Tradition”

  1. What a wonderful listing of beautiful places to view the lights of the season. I think I will especially enjoy Candy Cane Lane and Lights on Gold street.  My granddaughter, whom I am raising, will truly enjoy the lights and music! We look forward to our visit to Wichita and all the festivity. We, too, love to celebrate the Reason for the Season, our Savior Jesus Christ.

    1. Karin,

      It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance. I see that you are blessed and your granddaughter is blessed with a wonderful Grandma. I am glad you liked my article and thank you for your lovely comments! We are so happy that you celebrate the Reason for the Season and that you know Him! 

      May you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas. 

  2. What a Christmas friendly place, we have street lights here as well but not in that amount like Wichita.

    It’s nice to see that some family traditions still have value in today’s world. I’m sure the kids love these pretty lights and also for adults a stroll through the magically decorated streets must be very romantic.

    I wonder how much the electrical power usage rises during this time. I have researched solar powered Christmas lights, there’s a big variety and not even that expensive.

    I wish you and all Wichita Citizens a wonderful holidays 🙂

    1. Hi Stefan,

      It is nice to read of your appreciation for Christmas friendliness and valuable family traditions. I agree that all the pretty lights can be very romantic for adults in addition to being fun for everyone.

      Good question. I bet there are a lot of higher energy bills this time of year. I agree with you, solar powered lights appear that they are becoming more affordable these days. L.E.D. lights are certainly a popular low-cost-low-energy option as well.

      Thank you for your comments and we wish you a wonderful holiday season as well. 🙂

      Merry Christmas to you and yours, Stefan.

  3. This is an incredible article with incredible see incredible sights.  I wish Christmas lights and decorations were out year round.  I am from Edmonton, Alberta Canada and here we also have a Candy Cane Lane.  This is a community that closes down their streets, all the houses get decorated.  They charge a fee for you to walk through but the money goes to charity.

    1. Wow, that is awesome, Dale! 

      Edmonton sounds like a beautiful place with generous people. I wouldn’t mind all the lights staying up here year round either :-).   Thank you for the kind post!

  4. Oh wow, that sounds and looks lovely. I wish I lived close enough to go and have a look at all of those. We usually go to see the Christmas lights too. Some parts you can drive through and other parts it’s really worth getting out of the car and walking around not to miss anything.

    Love this season, it’s the best!

    1. Hello Petra,

      We enjoy the places where we can walk around and look at all the lights too. Hot chocolate makes it even better. I’m glad you liked the post and thanks for your comments!

      You take care. 🙂


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