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.
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.
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.
Watch out for signs that show a radio station channel to turn to for music corresponding with the lights.
Drive slowly and watch out for kids and elves!
Pictures courtesy of the Arc’s lights.
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
701 Amidon St, Wichita, KS 67203 (Right past Sim Golf Course) Open November 23 – December 31, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
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.
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
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.
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
1021 N Azure Cir, Wichita, KS 67235 Opens November 22 Admission: Free
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
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
Lights on Gold Street
Address: 5336 S. Gold, Wichita, Kansas.
(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
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
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: https://www.clausinc.org/north-pole
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.