Dressing Up for the 70th Anniversary of WaKeeney’s Christmas Tree

70 years logoThis year marks the 70thanniversary of the “Christmas City of the High Plains” and we are planning a celebration that will be bigger and more festive than ever before!

The WaKeeney “elves” are busy sprucing up the historic 1950 decorations and adding to the town’s many holiday attractions to make our town sparkle with holiday spirit and community pride.

You can become part of the effort, too!


“Too Lit to Quit” T-shirts

The “Too Lit to Quit” t-shirt is the official shirt celebrating the 70thanniversary of our annual Christmas event. It’s a nod toward the LED color-changing parimeter lights that were installed in 2018 during the “Get Lit” initiative. Today, you’ll find them brightening up Main Street throughout the year to celebrate holidays and events happening in our town.

The “Too Lit to Quit” t-shirts can be preordered now at the Bonfire online store, with a delivery time of 15 days. (Orders placed after the initial start date of July 15th will be filled in 15-day increments.) They come in grey/black, blue, purple, red, and Christmas green, with the official 70thanniversary 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. The unisex classic crewneck style t-shirt is made from a long-lasting, durable 60-40 cotton/polyester blend that is combed and ringspun for a soft texture and premium feel. You can have them delivered to your home, or save on shipping charges by having them delivered to the central WaKeeney distribution point, Malay’s Market.


The New Santa House

The proceeds from the sale of the shirts will go toward building the new Santa house in North Pole Park. This project has just gotten underway and promises to be a magical place where kids can tell their secret wishes to our annual guest of honor; Santa Clause!

Get the Christmas spirit started early by purchasing a “Too Lit to Quit” t-shirt and help us celebrate the 70thAnniversary of the Christmas City of the High Plains! The ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 28th, two days after Thanksgiving, in  Downtown WaKeeney!

“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!

Christmas in July

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.

Christmas in July

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.

Christmas in July

“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.

Christmas in July

Photo from Inception Lighting

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!

Christmas in July

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