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Enjoy tree lightings, crafts, holiday music

By Ben Hopper

The Flint Hills are alive with the sound of music and lights this weekend.

Don’t miss the inaugural Christmas tree lighting at the Blue Earth Plaza at 7 p.m. Friday as the Blue Earth Plaza and surrounding area will be transformed in to a wonderland of lights.

The event will showcase one of the tallest trees in Kansas at 60 feet, and the entire south end of downtown will be lit up and coordinated with synchronized music.

Also, enjoy horse drawn carriage rides that evening picking up at the Flint Hills Discovery Center from 7-9 p.m. 

Out of town this weekend?

Every night through January 31, beginning at 7 p.m. and running every 15 minutes, a music concert will be presented as the Plaza bursts into a synchronized light show with traditional holiday songs.

This is the first of what will be an annual event organized by the businesses located in the south entertainment district.

Then on Sunday, the McCain Performance Series presents “The Sound of Christmas,” starring Elisabeth von Trapp with the Carolian Brass.

The granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired “The Sound of Music,” performs Bach, Handel and show-stopping Broadway tunes accompanied by one of North American’s finest brass ensembles.

The show also includes a medley from “The Sound of Music” and festive holiday favorites. 

For tickets to this 4 p.m. show, visit



Wrap It Up Art Exhibit and Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Affordable gifts for the holidays featuring unique, locally-produced artwork, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, paintings and more. Manhattan Arts Center, noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

The exhibit runs through December 24. 



26th Annual Homemade for the Holidays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Featuring 55 booths of handcrafted arts and craft items on sale. A lunch will be served by the 4-H students. Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park.


K-State Volleyball vs. Iowa State, 7 p.m. Senior Night. Ahearn Field House.


“The Show” featuring Echopod, Field Day Jitters and Sidhion, 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.


Festival of Trees: Ladies Holiday Preview and Fashion Show, 1-5 p.m. Ladies will be the first to preview the magnificent trees and enjoy an afternoon of holiday shopping from local vendors followed by a fashion show highlighting the holiday looks from casual to gala attire.

Tickets: $10. Proceeds benefit RSVP of the Flint Hills Volunteer Center.

K-State Alumni Center.

  K-State Men’s Basketball vs. Central Arkansas, 3 p.m. Bramlage Coliseum.


Bible Talks, 3:30 p.m. Public Library.


K-State Theatre presents “Sex Ed: What Wasn’t Covered,” 7:30 p.m.

The play, written and directed by K-State grad student Britt Burr, revolves around non-heterosexuals, above the age of 18, from varying states around the U.S., who have been anonymously interviewed regarding their sexual education experience and how they became educated in their current safe-sex knowledge. A talk-back will follow each performance. Free admission.

First come, first served seating. Donations accecpted, benefiting AIDS research.

Purple Masque Theater, East Stadium.


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

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