It's the most wonderful time of the year to plan a trip to Topeka! With great events like the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas tour, Wing Fling and WinterFest it's guaranteed you'll find a few new family traditions.


December Highlights

WinterFest Topeka 2018

Square Winterfest GraphicWinterFest has expanded to include MORE days to help you stay on Santa's nice list by getting your holiday shopping done in Downtown Topeka. While shopping for loved ones at our unique and fun shops, enjoy carriage rides, visits from Christmas characters and performances from the Kansas Ballet Academy. Winterfest dates are 12/1, 12/8 and 12/15.

Tarc's Winter Wonderland

With over 1 million dazzling holiday lights you can enjoy a scenic two-mile drive at Lake Shawnee Campground. Winter Wonderland will be open from November 21st from 6 -10 p.m. until December 31st!

Mannheim Steamroller 

mannheim steamrollerThe Mannheim Steamroller annual Christmas concert tour is coming to the Kansas Expocentre on 12/7/2018. The show features classic Christmas hits as well as a selection of Fresh Aire compositions from Mannheim Steamroller along with and multimedia effects in an intimate setting. In addition to being a holiday tradition for many families, the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour regularly attracts repeat attendance from multi-generational guests and is one of the longest running tours in the music industry. 

Wing Fling 2018 at Kansas Expocentre

Wing Fling logo - words and screaming chickenWing Fling is a one-day, indoor festival of hot wings, cold drinks, and friendly competition. Taking place inside the Expocentre's Exhibition Hall, local and national restaurants will compete for one of four titles: "Hot Wing King", "BBQ Wing King", "Twisted Wing King" - each chosen by a panel of judges - or "Wing Fling King", chosen by the event patrons as the People's Choice. Event is on 12/15. Tickets are on sale now!

Kansas Ballet Academy & Topeka Symphony Orchestra Present: The Nutcracker  at Topeka Performing Arts Center

Kansas Ballet Academy NutcrackerKansas Ballet Academy and  The Topeka Symphony Orchestra Present: THE NUTCRACKER. Two family-friendly shows, featuring guest artists from The Joffrey Ballet, Miguel Angel Blanco and April Daly, live musical accompaniment by Maestro Kyle Wiley Pickett & Topeka Symphony Orchestra, & the student dancers of Kansas Ballet Academy. Performance will frun from 12/15-12/16.



11/29-12/2   SLI Festival of Trees

12/7 First Friday Art Walk: Cookie Walk 

12/28-12/29   Nitro Arenacross and Freestyle Nationals at Kansas Expocentre 


Theatre & Music

11/23-12/23   Elf the Musical at Topeka Civic Theatre

11/30-12/9   Seasonal Allergies at Topeka Civic Theatre

12/1   Kaopectones at Uncle Bo's Blues Bar 

12/5   Mike Zito at Uncle Bo's Blues Bar

12/7-12/16   Mr. Dickens Ghost at Topeka Civic Theatre

12/7-12/8   Markey Blue Ric Latina Project at Uncle Bo's Blues Bar 

12/8   Big Band Christmas at Historic Jayhawk Theatre

12/12   Capitol Federal Holiday Concert: Christmas at the Movies with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra

12/14   Twas The PARTY Before Christmas!! at Historic Jayhawk Theatre 

12/14   Groovement at Uncle Bo's Blues Bar 


Museum & Attractions

ONGOING   The Pigeon Comes to Topeka! at the Kansas Children's Discovery Center

11/30-12/8   Holiday Happenings at Old Prairie Town

12/1   Santa Claws at the Topeka Zoo

12/10   Rio in the Backseat of an F-14 at Combat Air Museum

12/14   Museum After Hours: Mr. Polk's War at the Kansas Museum of History



11/30-12/1   Topeka Pilots vs. Springfield Jr. Blues

12/6   Washburn University Men's Basketball vs Southwest Baptist University

12/6   Washburn University Women's Basketball vs Southwest Baptist University

12/8-12/9   Topeka Pilots vs Shreveport Mudbugs

12/8   Washburn University Men's Basketball vs University of Central Missouri

12/8   Washburn University Women's Basketball vs University of Central Missouri

12/14-12/15   Topeka Pilots vs Amarillo Bulls

12/21-12/22   Topeka Pilots vs Springfield Jr. Blues

12/30   Washburn University Men's Basketball vs Avila University

12/31  Washburn University Women's Basketball vs University of Saint Mary



11/2-12/19 (Select Dates) Public Ice Skating at Kansas Expo Centre  

11/30-12/2   Nativities & Noels  

12/8   Great Writers Right Here Book Fair at Topeka Public Library


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