City of Wichita to host "A Night with Santa" Tuesday evening

Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:16:20 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 03 2013 10:45:14 AM CST
City of Wichita Press Release -

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and City Council members will host the annual “A Night with Santa” holiday event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, 225 W. Douglas.

The event is free; donations of non-perishable food items benefiting the Kansas Food Bank are encouraged.

The evening begins outdoors on Kennedy Plaza with the following activities.

  • Food truck vendors will open for business at 5:30 p.m. around Century II drive.
  • The Newman Troubadours will perform.
  • Mrs. Clause will read “The Night before Christmas.”
  • There will be a Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
  • Santa Claus will arrive on a fire truck.
  • There will be a fireworks show over the Arkansas River sponsored by the Wichita Federal Credit Union and Go Wichita.
  •  Free Hayrack rides will start at 6:30 p.m. from Bob Brown Expo Hall.


The indoor event, hosted by the Wichita Park and Recreation Department, takes place inside Exhibition Hall. Doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m.

The fun includes games and inflatables for children 12 & under. Participants can have a professional photo taken with Santa for only $5 or take photos with their own cameras for free. Face painters will offer a variety of holiday designs also for $5.

Live Christmas trees and bicycles will be awarded at 8:30 p.m.

The event will include street closures at the following locations:

  • Douglas Avenue, Main Street to McLean Boulevard   
  • Waco Street, Douglas Avenue to First Street
  • First Street, west side of Waco Street
  • Sycamore Street, Douglas Avenue to McLean Boulevard
  • Century II Drive from Main St. to Douglas Avenue
  • South Cancun Street, Century II Drive to west Tlalnepantla Drive
  • North Civic Center Place, north side of Douglas Avenue
  • Wichita Street, north side of Douglas Avenue
  • Water Street, north side of Douglas Avenue