Downtown Wichita this Holiday Season

Tony Duesing
November 29, 2017 - 11:23 am


Downtown Wichita and community partners are launching seasonal events, initiatives and efforts to engage the community in experiencing Wichita’s urban core this holiday season.

“Downtown is the perfect place to make memories with friends and family,” said Jason Gregory, Executive Vice President of Downtown Wichita. “By teaming up with community partners, we are able to provide enhanced opportunities for the community to experience Downtown this holiday season.”

Initiatives Include:

  • Online hub for holiday events and activities

In an effort to streamline information, the Downtown Wichita website will serve as a hub for holiday information and feature an expansive list of upcoming holiday themed events and activities: . This webpage will also feature information on the Holidays in Old Town events (more info below).

  • Holidays in Old Town Events

Led by the Old Town Association, many holiday themed activities, including carriage rides, visits from Santa and live music will occur on Saturdays in Old Town Square throughout the month of December. In addition, the City of Wichita will be hosting the Mayor’s Tree Lighting in Old Town Square on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 6-6:30 p.m.

  • Pop-Up Present

In partnership with Downtown Wichita, the local chapter of the American Institute for Architects (AIA) will design and build an 8 foot by 8 foot holiday present. This large-scale gift box will “pop-up” throughout the district at various locations to encourage the public to engage on social media throughout their holiday experiences in Downtown using #DowntownWichita and #MakeMerryMemories.

On Friday, December 8 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Downtown Wichita will host a free community event, the Holiday Sweater Social at the Pop-Up Park at 121 E. Douglas Avenue, Wichita, KS 67202. Prizes will be awarded for the “best” ugly sweaters for both individuals and group awards chosen by local judges. Food will be available for purchase from local food vendors. Attendees will receive free hot chocolate from Sunflower Espresso.


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