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

You choose the holiday fun designed to help you say, “Oh Manhattan, that was fun!  

Spirit of the Holidays

November 9 - November 17
Festival of Trees at Manhattan Town Center, Auction on 18th

Saturday, November 13
Holiday Open House in Downtown Manhattan

Saturday, November 13
Buttons & Bows at The National Guard Armory

November 14 - December 1
Nights of Lights Dining Platform Lighting Contest in Downtown

November 14 - December 1
12 Drinks of Christmas at Downtown restaurants & bars

Thursday, November 18
Lighting of the Salvation Army Bell Ringer Kettle in Westloop Plaza

Now through December 24
Wrap it Up Art Exhibit and Sale at Manhattan Arts Center

yellow starFriday, November 26 
yellow starFestival of Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony at Blue Earth Plaza

Now through December 24
Visit with Santa at Manhattan Town Center

Now through December 23
Optimist Christmas Tree Lot 

Saturday, November 27
Small Business Saturday

November 27 & 28
Santa’s Luminary Walk at Sunset Zoo

Now through December 24
Holiday Music Festival at Manhattan Town Center

Thursday, December 2
Light of Life Homecare/Hospice Memorial Trees at Manhattan Town Center

Friday, December 3
Manhattan Spirit of the Holidays Lighted Parade

Friday, December 3
Lighting of the Mayor’s Holiday Tree in Triangle Park

December 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19
Horse drawn carriage rides through Downtown Manhattan

Saturday, December 4
Katie’s Way Holiday Open House & Trolley Ride

Saturday, December 4
Santa Saturday at Midwest Dream Car Collection

Saturday, December 4
Festival of Lights Family Christmas Carnival at Blue Earth Plaza

December 4 & December 11
Breakfast with Santa at Flint Hills Discovery Center

Saturday, December 4
Red Cedar Harvest at Roger Schultz Community Park

Saturday, December 4
Santa Con in Aggieville

Sunday, December 5
Sip & Shop at Liquid Art Winery

Saturday, December 18
Military Appreciation Day at Manhattan Town Center

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

Friday, December 31
New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball at the Wareham Opera House

Friday, December 31
New Year's Eve Black & White Ball at the Hilton Garden Inn

yellow starFriday, December 31
yellow starLittle Apple New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Aggieville


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