Christmas events galore on last weekend before holiday

By Ben Hopper

This is the final weekend to shop before Christmas. But take time to enjoy these events this weekend.

With its timeless story, “Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical” is based on the 1947 Academy Award-winning film of the same name. And the Historic Columbian Theatre is bringing it to life for the final time this weekend.

Directed by Penny Cullers, the musical features choreography by Laura Vallejo and a talented cast including Bruce Coleman as Kris Kringle; Lydia Spears as Susan Walker; Mindy Thierolf as Susan Walker’s cynical mother, Dorius Walker; and John Pachta as Kris’s attorney, Fred Gayley.

The show is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, with dinner 90 minutes before each show. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and children. The optional dinner catered by The Friendship House will also be offered before performances for $17.50. Tickets are available at the Columbian Theatre from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, by phone at (785) 456-2029 or online at

Here’s a look at other area events.


Manhattan Arts Center Annual Wrap It Up art exhibit and sale, noon-5 p.m. through Friday. Also 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday. Featuring affordable, one-of-a-kind, locally-produced artwork and gifts for the holidays. Sponsored by Florence Manufacturing, Karen and David Seay, and Margo Kren.


ARTSmart Classes presents Media Madness: Printmaking, 4 p.m. Thursday for kindergarten and up and at 10:30 a.m. Friday for ages 4-5. Cost: $3. Beach Museum of Art.


Pajama Storytime with Parents As Teachers, 7 p.m. Wear your pajamas for a fun evening storytime with great bedtime books, songs and rhymes. Parent educators from Parent As Teachers will be available to answer questions. Public Library.


Open Mic Spoken Word featuring Michael Mlekoday, 9 p.m. Aggie Central Station.




Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, 4-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Donation only. Aggieville Business District.


Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, 5-8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Pick up at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.


Sessions: Eli Redeker, The Gruesome Twosome, Eddy Green & The Boondogglers, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.




K-State Men’s basketball plays Gonzaga in Wichita, 2:30 p.m.


K-State Women’s basketball at Hampton (Va.) University, 3 p.m.


All Ages Storytime: Winter, 11 a.m.  It’s the shortest day of the year, and a great time to be inside the library! Join us for stories and songs about wintertime. An adult caregiver must attend with children age 2 or younger, and families are encouraged to attend together to sing, dance and enjoy great stories. Public Library.


Parallel Path with Fara Sol, 10 p.m. Aggie Central Station.




Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bluestem Bistro.


Read to Dogs, 2-4 p.m. Read to a certified therapy dog.

The dogs have been trained to listen, and they help children relax while reading. Avid readers welcome also. No sign up required. Manhattan Public Library Storytime Room.


Jazz Trio, 6-8 p.m. dellaVoce.

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