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Dec 04

Christmas Traditions continue with Family Christmas Carnival

Posted on December 4, 2019 at 2:29 PM by Dena Huff

Whoville lit the tallest Christmas tree in Kansas on Friday, November 29 signaling the kickoff for the holiday season in Manhattan. Make sure your family traditions continue to include activities around the Christmas tree in Blue Earth Plaza!

Mark your calendar for the Family Christmas Carnival and Ice Sculpting Competition on Dec. 7. Free holiday activities run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Blue Earth Plaza featuring Santa and of course that pesky Grinch. Enjoy the virtual reality sleigh ride, Whoville Express train rides, face painting, cookie decorating, cake walk, crafts, games and prizes for all. Enjoy hot chocolate, pizza from AJ’s NY Pizzeria and hot dogs from Hy-Vee.

One of the season’s favorites is the ice sculpting competition. Come watch ice sculptors at work as they transform a block of ice into an ice masterpiece. In past years, ice creations have included a teddy bear, angels, trees, stars, and even Max, Grinch’s dog. Check out these frosty ice creations 2019 style.

The Manhattan Festival of Lights is a magical place for children of all ages to enjoy the season. Over 130,000 lights dance to classic holiday tunes, which can be heard on 88.1 FM. The Festival of Lights is not-for-profit, fully funded by private donations. To help sustain the Festival of Lights, donate at

Santa and child

MTC Holiday Music Festival 
Manhattan Town Center features their Holiday Music Festival, which started Sunday. Check Manhattan Town Center for information on music performances. And don’t forget to visit Santa, each Mon-Sat until 8 (special Sunday/Christmas Eve times)! Mayor's Lighted Christmas Parade takes stage Dec. 6 (Santa's MTC appearance that day: 11-5).

Wrap It Up at MAC
The 21st annual holiday season for Wrap It Up extravaganza at Manhattan Arts Center features artwork from local artists. With very few exceptions, artists have Manhattan connections or live right here. Select the artwork that will bring a smile to your loved one’s face, and maybe even melt a friend’s heart! Give the gift of artwork, courtesy of Wrap It Up in Manhattan.

Holiday music performances
Upcoming performances at McCain Auditorium are sure to put you in the holiday spirit. “A Swingin’ Little Christmas starring Jane Lynch on Dec. 10 and Travis Tritt Dec. 13.
McCain Performance Series  Just down the road from Manhattan at the Columbian Theatre in Wamego, catch Joseph Hall’s Elvis Tribute Dec. 13 & 14. At CL Hoover Opera House in Junction City,
1st Infantry Division Band Holiday Concert will play Dec 13-15.

Don’t neglect your gift buying
That leaves one minor detail: Shopping! There is still plenty of time to stock up at Manhattan Town Center and Downtown Manhattan shops, Aggieville, Village West, Westloop and Seth Child Common. 

Spread holiday cheer all about MHK! The holidays are oh-so-special when you get that "Oh Manhattan" appeal!

Spirit of the Holidays Lighted Parade   Visit Manhattan calendar   The Columbian Theatre   CL Hoover Opera House

Photos courtesy Tim Sigle photography


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