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Dec 12

Top five outings to build MHK holiday memories

Posted on December 12, 2017 at 2:29 PM by Michael Goens

The sun goes down on Manhattan, and the lights come up on Festival of Lights. It’s December, and activities revolve around timely shopping for just the right gift to elicit a smile on Christmas morning. Seeking more activities to balance the shopping cart? You’ve come to the right place. Holidays in MHK are all that, and more. Once you’ve checked out Festival of Lights, you’ve just gotten started.

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The fun has just begun as Festival of Lights bathes Blue Earth Plaza in splendid light, where you’ll find a towering, 65-foot Christmas tree to set the tone for an entire region of holiday celebrations. The tree and surrounding lights point merry carolers to Downtown Manhattan lights, and on to Santa hat-clad Johnny Kaw in City Park.

Then point the sleigh … where else, but north toward AggieVille, further to Westloop and Seth Child Avenue as you encounter an endless stream of holiday lights. Deck the halls along the way at your favorite MHK dining stops, and fa-la-la-la-la the night away with some favored holiday libations. And here are five more can't miss activities:

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Great dining delish!
Harry’s Restaurant is the perfect dining destination for celebrations during the holidays. Amazing samplings, from fresh mozzarella brioche to the ever-popular bruschetta, with an Old Fashioned to savor the flavor, or an Argentine Cabernet to add a chivalrous component to the holiday affairs.

More great samplings in downtown include the bodacious toppings at Bourbon & Baker, tasty treats at Tallgrass Taphouse and delectable della Voce, plus Wine Dive Kitchen takes a backseat nowhere in the equation for holiday get-togethers. You can also head out west for a succulent steak or juicy burger at Little Apple Brewery … can’t go wrong there!

Lace up your skates 
It’s skatin’ time in MHK! That’s right, Wefald Pavilion in City Park becomes a sufficiently-sized ice skating rink during winter months. Grab your insulated container filled with hot chocolate and grab some ice time. Just $3 if you’re equipped with skates, or $6 with skate rental. Rink opens 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and 1-7 weekends. Skate On, in MHK! Should the white stuff make an appearance, the south end of CiCo Park (by CiCo Pool) off Dickens Avenue is the best spot in the city for sledding. Head to Pathfinder and pick out a great sled or tube for hours of fun! 

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Merriment at McCain
The hit shows have settled into a winter groove for the McCain Performance Series at Kansas State University. Guess what? It’s just getting started! There are more holiday favorites with Flint Hills Children’s Choir (Dec. 17) and the ever-popular Mannheim Steamroller Christmas (Dec. 21). Take in a show at McCain and enjoy the holidays with great entertainment in Manhattan!

Make Duty First exhibit part of your stay
Duty First: 100 Years of the Big Red One, has had a great run this fall at Flint Hills Discovery Center. Not had the privilege to check it out? There’s still time! The exhibit continues through Jan. 14, and that means another month-plus to learn the incredible stories of five 1st Infantry Division soldiers. Such as Terry Allen and his WWII service in North Africa. Always re-visit the fascinating chronicles of the Flint Hills in central Kansas. And re-visit the fascinating chronicles of the flowing Flint Hills in central Kansas. Something for everyone at Flint Hills Discovery Center!

Abundance of MHK New Year’s awesomeness
Wrap up the month in style … where else, but Little Apple New Year’s Eve in AggieVille? The awe-inspiring apple drop drips with new flavor for 2018. That’s because Rally House at the west end of Moro Street will be adorned with a brand new, red, shiny apple! This 7-foot-tall apple spans 4 feet in diameter and adds a new level of flavor to the event. This is an evening not to be missed with all of the grandiosity of AggieVille celebrations, multiplied by New Year’s salutes. Dec. 31 is the night; festivities begin at 10:30 p.m. but your fun can start much earlier to allow for more memories.

A whole chorus of reasons to Visit Manhattan during December, middle to end! And flip the calendar to 2018 and start circling dates!

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