70 Years of Celebrating Christmas in WaKeeney

The 70thanniversary of the first tree lighting ceremony in the “Christmas City of the High Plains” is only days away as we ‘round the corner to the holiday season. Our festival planners have been busy planning an extravaganza of fun and festive activities on Saturday, November 28thto kick off the season and celebrate seven decades of holiday spirit in WaKeeney.

Holiday Shopping

Get your Christmas shopping lists ready for the Annual Christmas Bazaar hosted by the Trego County Home Based Businesses. Vendors from across Western Kansas will be displaying their products for shoppers to find the perfect gifts for their family and friends. From personal care items, to Christmas ornaments you will treasure for years; you’ll find something special at the Christmas Bazaar held at the Trego County Fairgrounds from 9 AM – 4 PM.

Christmases of Years Past

Visit the Trego County Historical Society Museum for a trip back in time through the “Timeless Holiday Tradition” display. It explores the holiday traditions held dear by the people of our community and shares the story of how WaKeeney became “The Christmas City of the High Plains.” Included in the exhibition is a scaled down model of our Christmas tree and life-sized replicas of the bells, wreaths, and stars still used in the Main Street display to this day. The museum is open from 10 AM – 4 PM.

Christmas Comes Alive

Bring the kids to the WaKeeney Public Library for a live puppet show of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol.” It is a story of redemption for our favorite Christmas “humbug” Ebenezer Scrooge who learns the true meaning of Christmas with the help of the ghosts of Christmases past, present, and future. The performance begins at 2 PM. 

Christmas Traditions in Downtown WaKeeney

Join us on Main Street and take a ride on the Nex-Tech Express Train or a horse drawn wagon. See our famous Christmas lights from the unique perspective of an old-time ride down Main Street. Tickets are FREE for the train and wagon rides, as well as a visit later with Santa. They are available for pick up at the WaKeeney Public Library beginning at 3 PM and everyone is encouraged to grab one to reduce the chance of long lines. The rides will run between 4 PM and 8 PM. 

A Visit from Santa’s Reindeer

Christmas wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of Santa’s team of reindeer. Stop by their holiday trailer parked on Main Street to wish them well on their long trek around the world on Christmas Eve. There will be four live reindeer to view, which runs from 4 – 8 PM.

A Communal Meal to Warm the Christmas Spirit

Plan to stop at the VFW Hall for a bowl of hot soup and a delicious dessert. This is an annual event that warms the heart, as well as the spirit. The selection of soups and desserts are homemade by the local chefs of the VFW Auxiliary and will be served at 4:30 PM. You can choose to eat there or take a meal to go. Bring your appetites!

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Get a jump on your holiday shopping by visiting Downtown WaKeeney businesses. Many of them offer special sales during the event, as well as sweets to enjoy and fun activities for the kids. Businesses participating in Santa’s Downtown Workshop will be open from 5 – 8 PM. 

Be sure to stop by the recently updated North Pole Park to see the photo mural that was recently added to the north wall. The image was captured by Sarah Hille of Free Range Photography and recently installed by Commercial Sign Company. Gather your family together to take photos behind the fun elves and snowmen cut outs—a perfect photographic souvenir of your time in WaKeeney! 

And, don’t forget to stock up on WaKeeney Christmas City note cards to send to all your friends this holiday season. The image is a reproduction of an original oil painting by local artist Laurie Albin. Two styles are available for $10 per package of five and all proceeds go to the North Pole Project. They are available at Gibson’s Health Mart, Solution North Bank, First Federal Bank, Peoples State Bank, The Studio 128, and Trego County Historical Museum.

70 Years of Christmas Joy Under WaKeeney’s Famous Tree

Come celebrate the 70thAnniversary of the “Christmas City of the High Plains”when we turn on the lights to our famous 35-foot Christmas tree!The TCHS band will be playingour favorite holiday songs under the direction of Randy Saueraswe wait for Santa’s arrival. The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 6 PM and Santa will make his way down Main Street to light the tree and its heavenly blue canopy at approximately 6:15 PM. 

Santa’s Arrival in the “Christmas City of the High Plains”

Bring your kids to the North Pole Park to show Santa his new “home” in WaKeeney. Our volunteer team of elves have been working hard to get it ready for Santa so he can sit in comfort as he receives our children’s Christmas wish lists. Treats will be handed out, along with Christmas cheer, after the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony concludes around 6:15 PM. Kids can bring their letters to Santa and deposit them in the North Pole Park Victorian-style mailbox. 

Celebrating 70 Years of Christmas Spirit

WaKeeney has been celebrating Christmas with bright lights and lots of holiday spirit for seven decades. With the new additions of LED lights, a new home for Santa, and the updates to North Pole Park, we are ready to ring in another seventy years. Please join us under the lights of our famous tree on November 28th, 2020 (always the Saturday after Thanksgiving) to celebrate the holidays and the festive spirit of the “Christmas City of the High Plains.” 

This annual tradition will continue in 2020 but we urge everyone to practice safety measures. Please, follow social distancing guidelines & please wear masks if required.  Follow us on Facebook @GetWaKeeney, check out our website, or call (785) 743-8325 for more information.

Enjoy and Be Safe!

Explore the History of WaKeeney’s Famous Christmas Display

The Trego County Historical Society Museum’s celebration of the 70thanniversary of the “Christmas City of the High Plains” continues into its fourth month, with an exhibit that tells the story of Downtown WaKeeney’s famous Christmas display.

The Christmas tree in downtown WaKeeney in the 1950s.
Photo provided by Trego County Historical Society Museum.

The “Christmas City of the High Plains” Exhibit

Museum curators have been busy adding more items to their exhibit each month since its opening in July.  The exhibit has steadily been increasing in size, with each month exploring a different phase in the history of WaKeeney’s light display. 

In July, the museum featured Christmas tree inspired items, such as Christmas trees shaped cookie cutters, salt and pepper shakers, Christmas stockings, and many more items. Each month, fourteen more representations of Christmas trees are added until November, when the full collection of 70 items will complete the display. 

The tree’s construction and its ornaments were examined in the August exhibit, with several made to scale cardboard cutouts of the wreaths, bells, and stars available to view up close. Information cards further explore how two local community leaders, Art Keraus and J.H. “Jake” Heckman came up with the concept and rallied the Trego County community to lend their time, talents, and even heavy equipment to install the very first light display in 1950.

September’s addition to the exhibit took a look at the history of the official 1988 logo and the many different items that have promoted the “Christmas City of the High Plains” through the years.

The logo was created by WaKeeney native Tracey Deines Davis, cofounder of Duncan and Davis advertising firm. It has since been used on keychains, postcards, ornaments, mugs, and many other treasured keepsakes that remind us of special Christmases spent in WaKeeney.

Celebrate with Us in the “Christmas City of the High Plains”

Explore the history of WaKeeney’s spectacular Christmas light display with a trip to the Trego County Historical Museum! The exhibit will continue to explore a new theme every month until Saturday, November 28, 2020, when we will celebrate 70 years since WaKeeney’s first Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. The museum has created a scavenger hunt to find all the trees currently on display and visitors can check back each month to find the new trees that have been added to the display.Hope to see you there! 

The Holidays Come Early to the “Christmas City of the High Plains!”

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the first tree lighting and we’re kicking off the festivities early with a look into the past as we prepare for the future during “Christmas in July!”

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Putting the Shine on Christmas

Over the past few weeks, members of our community have gathered together to clean up and refurbish the decorations that have turned Downtown WaKeeney into a glittering holiday spectacle every December since 1950.

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The 24 original, handmade bells and 14 wreaths that decorate our streets each year are stored throughout the room in the “Christmas Room” in the City Building. Recently, a group of volunteers spent the two evenings cleaning and painting them to put the shine back on when they greet our guests at the 70th anniversary event of the “Christmas City of the High Plains.” They are just one piece of the beautiful display that brings people from all over the world to our town every Christmas Season.

Throughout the years, we’ve added even more to the display, which now boasts 1100-yards of greenery, additional decorations, 6,800 red, yellow, blue, and green lights, and the new LED perimeter lights installed in 2018 that decorate Downtown WaKeeney all year long!

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Photo provided by Trego County Historical Society Museum.

Christmas, Past and Present

When our four-square block Christmas display was first revealed in 1950, newspapers from Kansas and Colorado visited our town to cover the grand presentation. The Hays Daily News, Wichita Beacon, Topeka Capital, Wichita Eagle, and the Denver Post all attended the inaugural ceremony, capturing the beauty in photographs to share with their readers. They nicknamed WaKeeney “The Christmas City of Kansas” and the “Christmas Decorations City,” giving it the distinction of being a “must see” holiday experience.

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Photo provided by Trego County Historical Society Museum.

 

The Trego County Historical Society Museum has joined the “Christmas in July” celebration with an exhibit that celebrates our tree and it’s history. Fourteen Christmas trees are currently on display, and each month an additional fourteen trees will be added until there are 70 Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes in the museum. Included in the collection is a replica of the first Christmas tree that was made to scale and donated by Sylvia Sherfick.

Current and former residents of our community are invited to be a part of the exhibition by sharing their treasured photographs or memories of past tree lightning ceremonies. Contact the Historical Society Museum for more information.

Celebrating the 70thAnniversary of WaKeeney’s Christmas Tree

Don’t forget to order your official anniversary t-shirt. The “Too Lit to Quit” t-shirts can be preordered now at the Bonfire online store. (They come in grey/black, blue, purple, red, and Christmas green, with the official 70th anniversary and the “Too Lit to Quit” logos printed in white. The shirts can be ordered as a short sleeve or long sleeve shirt, in sizes Youth, to 3XL and they can be shipped to your home or they can be picked up at Malay’s Market. The proceeds from the shirts will go toward the construction of a new Santa House in North Pole Park.

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Photo provide by the Trego County Historical Society Museum.

The Holiday Spirt is Alive and Well in WaKeeney, Kansas

For 70 years, WaKeeney has been the “Christmas City of the High Plains.” The traditions, memories, and good tidings our tree has provided our community and its visitors is at the center of a six-month celebration that will be remembered for years to come. Join us in celebrating “Christmas in July” and meet us under the tree the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 28, 2020!

 

 

Celebrating the Holidays at WaKeeney’s 69th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

It’s Christmastime in WaKeeney, Kansas!

Our community elves have decorated the streets of Downtown WaKeeney with garlands and greenery in anticipation of the 69th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 30th. It’ll be a day of holiday activities, community gatherings, and Christmas shopping to help you get ready for the Christmas season to come.

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Christmas Bazaar

Place: Trego County Fairgrounds & TCHS Commons

Time: 9 AM – 4 PM

Finding the perfect gift for your hard-to-buy-for friend is easy at the Trego County Home Based Business Association’s 2019 Christmas Bazaar. Vendors are offering a variety of household and beauty items, handmade Christmas decorations, and much, much more!Don’t forget to treat yourself to one of these festive finds!

This year the Bazaar has grown to fill three buildings; the Commercial and 4-H Buildings at the Fairgrounds, as well as the commons area inside the High School across the street. Along with vendor booths, there will be holiday music, door prizes, and a delicious lunch stand to keep you full while you shop.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Display

Place: Trego County Historical Society Museum

Time: 10 AM – 4 PM

Visit Christmas-past at the Trego County Historical Society Museum. The return of their special holiday display “The Twelve Days of Christmas” will be open to the public every day the museum is open from November 30thto January 6th. The collection features holiday and winter treasures from the past that many of us remember fondly from our parents’ and grandparents’ homes.

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FREE Santa’s Sleigh Virtual Reality Ride

Tickets: VFW Hall (Booth opens at 2:30 PM)

Time: 3 — 8:30 PM

Experience the excitement of riding in Santa’s sleigh with a turn at the virtual reality experience VR InMotion’s “Santa’s Sleigh Ride!”This popular attraction is a favorite among Trego’s residents, so get your FREE tickets at the VFW Hall before heading off to “sit” in the passenger seat of Santa’s sleigh.

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Live Reindeer

Place: Main Street

Time: 4 – 8 PM

Meet the animals Santa relies on to get his packages to everyone around the world. Our reindeer guests will be found on Main Street in Downtown WaKeeney. These ambassadors from the North Pole will be waiting, right along with all of us, for Santa’s arrival later under our Christmas tree.

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Child ID Kit

Place: VFW Hall

Time: 4 – 5:30 PM

Give yourself the gift of peace of mind this year by completing a child ID kit with the Trego County Sheriff’s Department for each of your children. The event is open to everyone and will ensure that your child’s information is up-to-date and handled safely.

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Soup Supper

Place: VFW Hall

Time: 4:30 PM

The community spirit is alive and well at the VFW Auxiliary’s Annual Soup Supper. Come one, come all to this communal meal and enjoy a delicious bowl of homemade soup and dessert made by the talent chefs of WaKeeney’s VFW. There will also be a raffle during the event.

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Santa’s Downtown Workshop

Place: Main Street

Time: 5 – 8 PM

Make the rounds of WaKeeney’s Downtown business community and fill your shopping cart with holiday cheer! Visit each store to find great holiday gift ideas, crafts for the kids, and games, snacks and drinks for everyone! Look for the “Santa’s Downtown Workshop” posters at participating businesses and enjoy some shopping time before Santa’s arrival.

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69thAnnual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Place: Main Street & Russell Avenue

Time: 6 PM

Gather together with friends and loved ones under WaKeeney’s 35-foot Christmas Tree to witness the big moment when the Christmas lights go on and our holiday season officially begins in WaKeeney! Throughout the four-blocks of Downtown WaKeeney you’ll find all the colors of the rainbow in swags, border lights and, of course, our beautiful tree in the center of it all. The lights stay on through the New Year to keep our spirits merry and light throughout the Holiday Season!

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Santa Claus Arrives with Children’s Treats

Place: North Pole Park

FREE Tickets: VFW Hall (Booth opens at 2:30 PM)

Time: 6:15 — 8:30 PM

Get your wish list ready for your visit to Santa! All the good boys and girls will have a chance to sit on the big guy’s lap inside his own “Santa’s workshop” located in North Pole Park on Main Street. Children can tell Santa what they want for Christmas, receive a treat, and check to see if they are on his “Nice” list.

 

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is held every year on the Saturday night following Thanksgiving. The lights will be turned on every night after that until after the New Year begins. Viewing our Downtown light display is always free to the public and visitors travel from miles around to enjoy the bright lights that decorate our town. It is considered one of the largest Christmas light displays in Kansas and gives WaKeeney the distinction of being “The Christmas City of the High Plains.”

Start the Christmas season with family and friends under WaKeeney’s Christmas lights on November 30that the 69thAnnual Christmas Tree Lighting! We’re conveniently located on I-70, halfway between Kansas City and Denver, 300 miles either direction.

Celebrate the 2018 Holiday Season in the “Christmas City of the High Plains”

It’s Christmastime in WaKeeney, Kansas and this year we are filled with more holiday spirit than ever before!

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This year, the “Christmas City of the High Plains” will host their 68thAnnual Christmas Festival on Saturday, November 24th where we will turn on our new LED color-changing perimeter lights for the very first viewing before they become a permanent part of our Main Street. There are many great events planned for this celebration, including holiday shopping, carol singing, and celebrating this joyful season.

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Shopping at the Annual Christmas Bazaar

Get a jump start on your holiday decorating and shopping at WaKeeney’s Annual Christmas Bazaar. Vendors will open their doors from 10am–4pm to give you the opportunity to find the perfect gift for your favorite people (including you!). The Bazaar is held at the Trego County Fairgrounds and you’ll find household and beauty items, along with a large selection of handmade Christmas decorations, and much, much more!

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Explore the History and Beauty of Nativity Scenes

Enjoy the true spirit of the holiday at the Trego County Historical Society Museum. Their special exhibit, a “Festival of Nativities,” will feature nativity scenes in many styles, types, and forms that span decades. Don’t forget to explore the museum’s new addition where you’ll find many more interesting historical items dating back to the founding of our town. (Open from 10am-Noon; and 1-4pm.)

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Free Family Fun and InMotion’s Virtual Reality Ride

Head to Downtown WaKeeney at 4pm for holiday fun and festivities. Local business owners are hosting a ticket booth in our newest retail store, What Knot’s in Pine at 126 N. Main. They will be providing FREE tickets to reserve a spot in line to see Santa Claus or ride on InMotion’s popular “Santa’s Sleigh Ride” virtual reality experience. Experience the thrill and excitement Santa enjoys on his midnight ride. It will be operating from 5-9pm.

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Join Us at the Community Soup Supper

Warm your body with a big bowl of homemade soup from the chefs of the VFW Auxiliary. This community Soup Supper will be held at the VFW Hall at 4:30pm and will serve dessert along with the soup. It’s the perfect way to get you ready for all the great evening events to come. You might get lucky, too, at a raffle they will be holding during the meal.

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Enjoy the Live Music

Stop by The Studio 128 from 4:30-5:45pm and after our Christmas tree lighting ceremony from 6:30-8pm for a live performance from two Kansas bands. Get your fix of Christmas carols, tap your toe, and join in on the chorus as the bands go through their catalog of seasonal favorites.

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Games, Crafts, Treats and Drinks!

The elves have nothing on the enterprising folks at Santa’s Downtown Workshop. WaKeeney’s area businesses will be hosting crafts, games, snacks and drinks for all the kids in their stores while they wait to visit Santa 5–8pm. Look for the our posters at participating businesses.

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Christmas Carols with a Barbershop Quartet

Christmas carols are getting the Barbershop Quartet treatment courtesy of the Trego Arts Council. The performance begins after the tree lighting ceremony at the VFW Hall with traditional holiday songs perfectly harmonized, up and down the scale.

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68ThAnnual “Christmas City of the High Plains Christmas Festival

Join us at the crossroads of Main Street and Russell Avenue at 6pm under the light of our 35-foot Christmas tree for the 68ThAnnual “Christmas City of the High Plains’” tree lighting ceremony!

Expect an extra grand display this year, as we’ve fortified our holiday decorations with brand new LED color-changing perimeter lights from Inception Lighting adorning buildings throughout the four-blocks of Downtown WaKeeney. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, a Dane G. Hansen grant, and the citizens who contributed to the “Get Lit” campaign, the lights will continue to shine bright throughout the year, with a rainbow of colors for every season.

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A Visit from Santa Claus

Get ready to welcome the man of the hour, Santa Claus, as he lights our famous Christmas tree. Afterwards, we’ll escort him to his special holiday seat in our very own North Pole Park, where he’ll checking his list and listening to every child’s wishes before sending them on their way with a special holiday treat.

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Jump on the Horse Drawn Carriage Ride

Listen closely after the tree lighting ceremony to hear the clop, clop, clop of jolly holiday revelers as they cruise our Main Street in a decorated horse drawn carriage from Big Creek Horse & Carriage. Sponsored by Solutions North Bank, this is a much-anticipated FREE activity every year.

 

Enjoy the magic of the season under the glow of holiday lights in the “Christmas City of the High Plains” on Saturday, November 24. Our display remains lit through New Years and is free to the public. For more information, please contact organizers at (877)962-7248 or (785)743-8325, or check out our website and look for updates on our Facebook page.

Come to WaKeeney to make wonderful holiday memories with us in “the Christmas City of the High Plains!”

Taking the “Christmas City of the High Plains” Into the Future

The work is already underway to install new LED Color-Changing Lights from Inception Lighting along the buildings of Downtown WaKeeney and soon our famous Christmas Festival will be brighter than ever, thanks to those who have contributed to the “Get Lit” campaign!

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Fundraising Efforts Turn on the Lights in Downtown WaKeeney

Through continued fundraising efforts, several generous donations from local citizens and businesses, sales of our campaign t-shirts and a grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, these new LED Color-Changing Lights will be ready to light up the “Christmas City of the High Plains” in just a few short weeks from now! The City of WaKeeney is donating the labor to install the lights as well as the utility costs and Nex-Tech has donated the monthly WiFi fee to operate the lights. They are a welcome addition to the historic decorations featured in our famous holiday display, with color versatility and cost advantages that will go on throughout the year.

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Beauty and Benefits Added to Our Christmas Lights

The addition of the lights represents a new step in the history of holiday decorating in Downtown WaKeeney. New LED technologies provide benefits unimaginable in the early days of our Christmas Festival when Art Kraus and Jake Heckman hand-built the wreaths, bells, and stars wood cutouts that hang from the garlands strung across Main Street and Russell Avenue.

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Along with beauty and flexibility, these lights are easy to install, operate, and maintain, with lower overall costs for our community. The entire system is guaranteed to last for up to ten years and we’re expecting the overall cost savings will be in the thousands of dollars, with an estimated yearly utility bill of only $300!

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The Season of Giving Has Already Begun

Thank you to all the people, businesses, Nex-Tech, and the City of WaKeeney for donating their time and money to this effort to light up Downtown WaKeeney!

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There is still time to contribute to this community cause. A Go Fund Me  pagehas been set up for online contributions and the “Get Lit” shirts are available for purchase at The Studio 128 (128 Main St.) and Heartland Foods (401 Russell Ave). And, just like our famous Christmas lights, they come in six colors—red, green, yellow, grey, royal blue, and purple. They have the “Christmas City of the High Plains” logo on the front, and the “Get Lit” logo on the back and sell for $12 in S-XL and $15 for 2X.

Join us at the Dedication Ceremony When We Turn on the Lights!

Installation of the LED lights will take several weeks and plans are already set to turn the lights on as soon as they are done. We invite you to join us at the dedication ceremony scheduled for Saturday, November 24, 2018, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, at our“68th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.” It’s the perfect time to show our gratitude to all the fabulous people who have made this next step in our holiday celebration possible.

 

 

 

 

“Christmas in July” Lights Up the Streets of WaKeeney

Who says Christmas only comes once a year? In the Christmas City of the High Plains we celebrate our favorite holiday year-round with a second celebration in July!

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The mid-year “Christmas in July” festival will be held at everyone’s favorite summer spot, the WaKeeney Water Park, on Saturday, July 14thand there is a sleigh full of goodies that will get everyone into a festive spirit.

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Christmas Activities

Kids can hone their gingerbread cookie decorating skills and enter their gingerbread house in a contest for the best decoration. The virtual reality “Santa’s Sleigh” ride from our winter festival is back to recapture Santa’s famous annual ride. Give this exciting adventure a try—it’s a great way to relive the cool weather on a hot summer day.

More game booths will challenge you and food vendors have tasty treats to try. Stick around after the sun sets for the blockbuster movie “Elf” that will be shown in the park at 8:30 and there is lawn seating for everyone.

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“Get Lit” Campaign for a Brighter Main Street

All proceeds from the “Christmas in July” event will go to our “Get Lit” campaign for new LED color-changing perimeter lights from Inception Lightingof Irving, TX.

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The programmable, color changing light strands will be attached to the top of the buildings along Main Street behind matching molding that will cover the mechanics and allow them to blend into the architecture. After the lights are installed Main Street will be flooded with red, white and blue on July 4thand purple and gold on game days, along with other color combinations on different holidays. The whole system is guaranteed for up to ten years and we’re expecting the cost savings to be considerable for both electricity and maintenance—up to approximately $300 per year!

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Join us at the Swimming Pool Park on Saturday, July 14that 4:30pm for this fun fundraising event—WaKeeney’s “Christmas in July!”

 

Christmas Comes to the High Plains in WaKeeney, Kansas

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Sleigh bells, carols, and—what’s that I hear? Why, it’s the beep, beep, beep of utility trucks as their teams of workers get busy stringing up the lights of our famous Christmas tree!

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Soon WaKeeney’s Main Street will be festooned with the bright lights and fragrant greenery that turns our town into the Christmas City of the High Plains. Once completed, our 35-foot tree will be the centerpiece of our annual Christmas Festival.

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We start the holiday season off at 10 AM on Saturday, November 26 with the Annual Christmas Bazaar held at the fairgrounds. The Trego County Home Based Business Association sponsors this event and shoppers will find a variety of handmade items, food vendors, a lunch stand, and door prizes awaiting them.

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Later that evening, follow the glow of 6,800 colored lights to Downtown WaKeeney for the largest Christmas display between Kansas City and Denver. There will be music, horse drawn wagon rides, shopping, special holiday treats for the kids, a community soup supper, and a live nativity scene sponsored by Prairie Faith Shared Ministry with animals from Wolf’s Petting Zoo of Russell. The evening culminates with Santa as he flips the switch on our historic Christmas tree. It’s a beautiful moment where our citizens come together to sing carols and wish each other peace and goodwill in the truest spirit of community.

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Afterwards, take your children by the hand and follow Santa to his house at our own Main Street “North Pole.” Santa will be ready to hear all the things they have on their Christmas list, no matter how long it is. But be warned, he may have his “naughty” list with him!

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Join all of us in Downtown WaKeeney Saturday, November 26th, the Saturday after Thanksgiving for our annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Then stick around and enjoy all the activities and holiday shopping you’ll find in the Christmas City of the High Plains!