Season of Lights / Holiday Happenings


Throughout the months of November and December Wamego embraces this season of hope, giving and community harmony by celebrating with visits from Santa Claus, seasonal entertainment at the Columbian Theatre and more! Join us for the many activities that make this a wonderful time for family and also a season to comfort one another.


“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” ― W.T. Ellis


2018 Season of Lights / December 9

Carriage Rides

  • Take a ride on one of our two carriages. There will be a 6-person and a 12-person carriage available. Will load and unload at the Dutch Mill. If you want to be dropped off at the Columbian Theatre downtown let the driver know. Cash donation or non-perishable food item, new toy, toiletries for the Wamego Christmas Bureau


Santa & Mrs. Claus at School House & Prairie Village Lawn

  • Visit Santa at the School House from 4-7 pm
  • Listen to a book read by Mrs. Claus on the lawn
  • Free treat for kids
  • Complimentary Photo with Santa courtesy of Reflections Photography

Magic Show

  • Be entertained while waiting to see Santa!

Paws of OZ Presents: Holiday Paws Parade in Wamego City Park

  • Registration will begin at 4 pm at the Old Shelter House in the City Park
  • Participants are encouraged to dress up/decorate their pets in festive holiday gear
  • Parade will begin at 5 pm and prizes will be awarded!
  • Proceeds will benefit the Wamego Dog Park, Paws of OZ.
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Iron Clad (Downtown)

  • Music
  • Elementary Schools Bookmark Contest Winners Displayed - Sponsored by the Junior League of Flint Hills
  • Children’s Activity – Crayon Pillow Project – Limited to 100 kids. From 4 - 7 pm
  • Display of Model Trains from 12 - 7 pm


OZ Museum (Downtown)

  • Upside down Christmas Tree – the OZ version of a tornado during the holidays.
  • Oz characters to share good cheer / Photo Ops
  • OZsome Christmas presents available for purchase for friends, family or your employees.
  • Free admission, on Dec. 9th. from 4 to 7 pm 


Wamego’s Historical Museum (Prairie Village in Wamego’s City Park)

  • Spend a little time at this gem of the Wamego community and Discover Wamego’s history which traces the evolution of Wamego and Pottawatomie County from the first inhabitants, the Konza and Potawatomie Indians, to the history of the Underground Railroad in the area, and the artifacts brought back from the Columbian Exposition of 1893.
  • Enjoy live Christmas Music on the porch. 
  • Historical Society will be serving Hot Chocolate and Cookies.


Historic Columbian Theatre (Downtown)

  • Delight in some holiday merriment at the theatre’s open house.
  • There will be cookies made by the Wamego High School FCCLA students and hot chocolate for the first 250 people.
  • Family Photo opportunity, so bring your smiles, plus photo ops with two christmas trees and with movie “Frozen” characters.
  • Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol  Program sponsored by the Wamego Public Library, Friends and Trustees: At 6 pm. On the Columbian stage. Two actors will perform the interactive play with an emphasis on audience participation. Written and produced by Kansas native, New York-based, Brett Crandall.


Additional Holiday Fun

  • Wamego Public Library will be open: 4 - 7pm. -Activities to be announced and there will be treats!
  • Tasty Traveler Food Truck will be serving delicious sandwiches, chili and so much more. Located at the Fountain in the City Park, look for the holiday lights.
  • Friendly Cooker will be open during festival, plus many other restaurants throughout Wamego. 
  • Shop local this holiday season!
  • My Sister's Closet at 413 1/2 Lincoln Ave. will be open 4-7:30.   You'll find great fashions inside!
  • Audity Ally at 422 Lincoln Ave. will be open 4-7 pm.  Gifts, jewelry, vintage and more!
  • The Lollipop Shop at 406 Lincoln Ave. will be open from 4-7 pm. 

    Lollipop Shop will be open for the Wamego Season of Lights event! Be sure to stop by as we will have a beaded candy cane craft for the kids, and popcorn too! Check out the art studio, shop our home decor collection, or purchase your favorite old fashioned candies. Remember, 10% of all proceeds are given back to the community locally and globally to support all aspects of the arts.

  • OZ Winery at 417 Lincoln Ave. will be open 4-7 pm. Offering 15% off during festival. Great place to find wonderful Christmas gifts.

Wamego's 2018 Holiday Happenings Calendar

Throughout the months of November and December Wamego embraces this season of hope, giving and community harmony by celebrating with visits from Santa Claus, seasonal entertainment at the Columbian Theatre and more! Join us for the many activities that make this a wonderful time for family and also a season to comfort one another.


“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” ― Charles Dickens

November 3

  • Holly Fest: First Presbyterian Church (6th & Elm Streets) 9 am to 2 pm- Crafts, vendors, art, food, home-made pies, COOKIES BY THE DOZEN and so much more. All proceeds will go to support the First Presbyterian Church Women’s Group. (For more information call church office: 785-456-2556)

November 10-16

  • Trees with a Mission on Display at Iron Clad: All proceeds benefit Community Health Ministry. This year's theme is "A Fun Old Fashion Griswold Family Christmas." More information is found on this web site. / (785) 456-7872  As a business or an organization who would like to donate a tree, wreath or center piece, please visit the CHM website for an application

November 11

  • Stitch-N-Stuff:  11 am - 2 pm St. Bernard Parish Hall  Soups, Quilt Raffle, Bingo and Market

November 15

  • OZ Winery Holiday Open House: 5 - 7pm / 417 Lincoln.  There will be hors d'oeuvres and wine pairings. Plus 15% discount that evening on all purchases.  (For more information call: 785-456-7417)

November 16

  • A Fun Old Fashion Griswold Family Christmas Event: 5:30 to 10 pm. $10 a person. Holiday Fun with Live and Silent Auction.

November 21

  • Annual Pie Sale: This yearly event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  Starts at 8am on Wednesday morning at the library and pies are for sale until they are gone. They will go fast, so DO NOT DELAY. All pies are homemade. Prices are $10 for pumpkin and $15 for all others.  Anyone that would like to donate a homemade pie should contact the library. (For more information call: 785-456-9181 or email:

November 22

  • Community Thanksgiving Dinner: Trinity Baptist Church 12-2 pm Open to all!

November 24

  • 12th Annual Sylvester’s Holiday Light Show (Hwy 99 – South of Wamego) This Holiday light show starts Thanksgiving weekend (weather permitting) and runs through January 2nd.   Over 40,000 lights synchronized to music. Head south on K99 toward Interstate 70 approximately 2.5 miles. The display is on the east side of the road, just look for the giant reindeer. There is a circle drive and parking (weather permitting) in the field directly adjacent to the drive.   

November 30-December 2

  • Columbian Theatre Winter Academy: James and the Giant Peach JR. 

    Nov 30th  7:00 pm, Dec 1st  7:00 pm, Dec 2nd 2:00 pm / Visit for show times. 800.899.1893

December 1

  • Cookies by the Pound: For just $6 you can get a pound of delicious, home-made cookies, sponsored by St. Luke's Episcopal Church and First Baptist Church! Hosted at First Baptist Church at 700 Lincoln Ave., Wamego, KS 66547, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

December 3

  • The Feast of Carols -  7th and 8th Grade Bands and Choir starts at 6:30 p.m. and the High School performs at 7:45 p.m.  The concert is at the WHS Auditorium.  For more information:

December 8 & 9th

  • Christmas Home Tours: 10 am to 4 pm on the 8th and 1 pm to 4 pm on the 9th. - $15 per person and there are 6 homes available to tour. Tickets can be purchased on either the 8th or 9th at any of the homes. The addresses are: 2808 Cedarsprings Lane, 2804 Cedarsprings Lane, 910 5th Street, The Opera House on 5th Street, 5225 Onaga Road, and 328 Simmer Drive.

December 7, 8, 9th & 14, 15,-16th    

December 9

  • Season of Lights: Wamego City Park - 4 pm to 7 pm  Visit Santa in the school house in City Park, have dinner at the Tasty Traveler food truck, warm up with hot chocolate and cookies at the Historical Museum, visit the Wamego Public Library for treats, be entertained by WHS High Voltage and women's ensemble, participate in or watch the Holiday Paws Parade through the City Park, ride the horse drawn carriage-just bring a donation for the Christmas Bureau.
  • Season of Lights: Iron Clad - 427 Lincoln  Free children's craft for the first 100 children from 4 to 7 pm. Model train on display from 12 to 7 pm.

December 21

  • Storytime with SANTA: Hosted by the Wamego Public Library, at Iron Clad - Join us at Iron Clad for storytime, a craft, and a visit from SANTA himself!!

December 25

  • Merry Christmas!


Trees with a Mission / November 10- 16



SATURDAY NOV.10 (10am – Noon)

  • Fun Run/Walk for Warmth
  • Join us at Iron Clad to enjoy and bid on the beautiful trees, wreaths and center pieces.
  • Kid's Crafts with Audrey and Russ
  • Coffee and Hot Cocoa Bar


SUNDAY NOV.11 (11am – 2pm)

  • Honoring our Veterans - Soup for the Soul.
  • Open House at Iron Clad! Many beautiful things to bid on: decorated trees, wreaths, and center pieces.

NOVEMBER 12-15 (9am - 6pm)

  • Clubs and organizations, plan on an outing to the Iron Clad to see the beautiful holiday decorations.
  • Bid on the beautiful christmas decorated trees, wreaths, and center pieces.
  • Silent Auction
  • Giving Trees Donations



  • $10 a person
  • Live and Silent Auction for decorated trees, wreaths and center pieces.
  • Holiday Food
  • Clark's Den
  • Competitions: Best  Jell-O Mold, Dress up as Christmas Vacation Cast, Ugly Sweater Contest, Selfie Station with Props


More information,

Christmas Lights in Wamego

There are many wonderful Christmas lights throughout Wamego from Thanksgiving Day and then throughout the Christmas season.  Load up friends and family, grab a nice cup of coffee or hot chocolate at Paramour Coffee Shop, Short Stop or Last Stop and cruise around Wamego and enjoy all that twinkles this season.

Discover our festive light displays:

Wamego City Park – One Block East of Downtown

Railroad Park – 4th & Lincoln

West Hwy 24 - 3/4 Mile West

East Hwy 24 - Intersection at Balderson Blvd. by Rec. Complex

Downtown Wamego 

Riverfront Park – South Lincoln Avenue

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