When I think back to Christmases’ past I can only come to the conclusion that growing up in WaKeeney, under the shadow of our iconic Christmas Tree, provided me with a treasure trove of special memories. Friends singing carols, beautiful window displays, and a canopy of lights that illuminate downtown. Join us in WaKeeney on Saturday, November 28 to create your own holiday memories with family and friends and see why our town has become “The Christmas City of the High Plains.” Here are a few of the many activities going on that day.
Get started filling those stockings at WaKeeney’s annual Christmas Bazaar! The talented and enterprising people of the Trego County Home Based Business Association will be setting up nearly forty storefronts inside the Trego County Fairground’s Commercial Building and 4-H Building. Home based business vendors will be there to display their wares and local craftspeople will be bringing their beautiful handmade products. Spend the day shopping and enjoy homemade soups, sandwiches and other treats made by Sherri Kuntz. Christmas music, courtesy of Rolling Thunder Music and Mark Clews, will be playing throughout the day and doors will be open from 10am until 5pm. Don’t forget to pick up a ticket at the door for your chance to win one of several prizes.
Living Nativity Performance
Relive the story of Christmas during a production of the “Live Nativity,” performed by the Prairie Faith Shared Ministry. Actors of all ages, along with several live animals, will tell the story of Jesus’s birth in Bethlehem on a set located right on the Trego County Courthouse Square in downtown WaKeeney. Join us from 5:00pm to 7:30pm to watch a live performance of the Christmas story.
Come hungry to the VFW Auxiliary’s annual Soup Supper because six varieties of homemade soups will be served piping hot! Chicken noodle, green bean dumpling, chili, cheesy potato, sausage corn gumbo, and vegetable will be on the menu, along with relishes, homemade desserts, and tea or coffee to drink. If you can’t stick around and enjoy the company, the chefs will pack up your soup for a carryout order. Service begins at 4:30pm inside the VFW Hall and will continue until they are sold out, and all proceeds will go towards funding VFW Auxiliary projects throughout the year.
Shopping in Downtown WaKeeney
WaKeeney’s businesses will be open late on
Saturday and you’ll want to stop in to see all the beautiful displays they’ve constructed. Plan to visit The Studio and Kansas Art Gallery to find beautiful gifts and Kansas themed art, then cross the street to stock up for Christmas at Keyser’s True Value. You’ll find Christmas decorations, toys, and gifts for all the handy people in your family. Visit Gibson’s Drugstore to find Christmas decor and fine gifts, then take a seat at the old-fashioned soda fountain and watch as their “mixologists” create specially crafted flavored sodas, like my favorite, a handmade Cherry Coke.
At six o’clock crowds will be gathering at the base of our 35-foot Christmas Tree to sing carols and watch as its branches are illuminated with thousands of lights. Join us as Downtown WaKeeney is lit up with red, green, yellow, and blue decorations and enjoy the special activities planned throughout the evening. There’ll be rides on a horse drawn wagon and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be handing out homemade treats and writing down Christmas wishes, so bring the kids to Downtown WaKeeney on November 28th to kick off the holidays with a visit to “the Christmas City of the High Plains!”