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It’s that magical time of the year as the Spirit of the Holidays is in Manhattan. Make plans to shop, attend events, gather with friends, and make memories. The holiday season is filled with festive trees, open houses, decorations and our tall, tall, tall tree, placed perfectly for all to see, especially Santa! Ring in the new year with Manhattan’s unique New Year’s Eve celebration. 

Choose your holiday fun, created to help you say, “Oh MANhattan, that was fun!  

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Spirit of the Holidays 2022


November 10, 11 & 12
Holiday Open House at Eclectic Charm

November 11
Flint Hills Veterans Day Parade on Poyntz Ave

November 11 - November 18
Festival of Trees at Manhattan Town Center, Auction on the 18

November 12
Holiday Open House in Downtown Manhattan

November 12
Buttons & Bows at The National Guard Armory

November 12
Ice Rink opens in City Park

November 18 - December 16
Nights of Lights Dining Platform Lighting Contest in Downtown

November 18 - December 16
12 Drinks of Christmas at Downtown restaurants & bars

November 13 - December 24
Wrap it Up Art Exhibit and Sale at Manhattan Arts Center

November 24
MHK Turkey Trot by Manhattan Running Company

November 24 - December 23
Optimist Christmas Tree Lot 

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Festival of Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony at Blue Earth Plaza

November 25 - December 24
Visit Santa at Manhattan Town Center

November 25 - December 31
Miracle on Moro, a Christmas cocktail pop-up, at The Hi Lo

November 25 - December 24
Holiday Performing Arts Festival at Manhattan Town Center

November 26
Small Business Saturday

November 26 & 27
Santa's Luminary Trail at Sunset Zoo

November 28
Cirque Dreams Holidaze at McCain Auditorium 


December 1
Light of Life presented by Good Shepherd Homecare & Hospice at Manhattan Town Center

December 2
Manhattan Spirit of the Holidays Lighted Parade

December 2
Lighting of the Mayor’s Holiday Tree in City Park 

December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11
One Christmas Eve at Evergreen Mall at Manhattan Arts Center

December 3, 4, 9, 10, 16, 17 & 18
Horse-drawn carriage rides through Downtown Manhattan

December 3
Festival of Lights Family Christmas Carnival at Blue Earth Plaza

December 3 & 10
Breakfast with Santa at Flint Hills Discovery Center

December 3 & 10
Country Christmas Market at Lazy T Ranch

December 3
Holiday Workshop at Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

December 3
Santa Con in Aggieville

December 3
Red Cedar Harvest at Roger Schultz Community Park

December 3
Santa Saturday at Midwest Dream Car Collection

December 3
Holiday Auction & Gala at McCain Auditorium 

December 4
Home Tour at McCain Auditorium 

December 4
Sip & Shop at Liquid Art Winery

December 9, 16, 23
Candy Cane Flashlight Hunt at A & H Farm

December 11
Cocoa with The Grinch at A & H Farm

December 11
Flint Hills Children's Choir Holiday Special at McCain Auditorium 

December 11
Manhattan Barbershop Harmony Society Home for the Holidays at Forum Hall

December 18
Holiday Open House at the Wolf House

December 31
New Year's Eve Party at MHK Play Studio

December 31
Family New Year's Eve at Flint Hills Discovery Center

December 31
New Year's Eve Date Night - Prime Rib Buffet at Hilton Garden Inn

yellow starDecember 31
yellow starLittle Apple New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Aggieville


January 1
First Day Hike at Tuttle Creek State Park

First Day 10K, 5K and 1 Mile at Anneberg Park


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