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Nov 14

Holiday Splendor in The Little Apple®

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 3:13 PM by DeAngela McDougald

Happy Holidays! 'Tis the season to celebrate in The Little Apple®!

Fresh off a full tummy of turkey and stuffing, head to Downtown Manhattan’s Blue Earth Plaza on Friday, Nov. 24 for the fifth annual Festival of Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony. Children and adults alike will delight in the holiday decor, as you anxiously await the arrival of the jolly old man himself - Santa Claus! Upon Santa’s arrival, Manhattan Mayor Linda Morse flips the switch to illuminate the tallest Christmas tree in Kansas. Stroll through Downtown Manhattan’s lighted transformation as you peruse the local shops.


Festival of Lights celebrations continue through the New Year with two marquee events in December. An Ice Sculpting competition is the next highlighted event on Saturday, Dec. 2. Whilst marveling at the artisan-ship of the ice sculptors, enjoy free popcorn, cookies and hot cocoa and take a ride on Santa’s virtual sleigh. Step inside the adjacent Flint Hills Discovery Center to meet with Santa from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and head back outside for the announcement of the ice sculpting winners. St. Mary’s Academy Choir will keep you warm with songs of holiday cheer.

Venture back into our neck of the woods for the Family Christmas Carnival from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. Once again, enjoy free hot chocolate, popcorn, cookies and take a ride on the virtual reality sleigh. Relish in the holiday spirit with a ‘decorate your own cookie station’, face painting, photo stands and cut-outs and a glitter tattoo booth!

AJ’s NY Pizzeria will provide free pizza as visitors enjoy performances from the Manhattan Tuba Christmas, Michael B and a magic and fire street show. Catch a ride on the Whoville Express or the MHK Trolley to cap a fantastic afternoon of family fun. Enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides each weekend in December.

Leave your ‘bah-humbugs’ at the door, and step into a world of enchantment and holiday cheer at the Manhattan Festival of Lights celebrations, ongoing Nov. 24 through Jan. 1.


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