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Wrap It Up, Discovery Center Adventure Camp and more

By Ben Hopper

Looking for any last minute gifts? Check out the Wrap It Up art exhibit and sale at the Manhattan Arts Center and get a unique art piece for that someone special.

Check out clay, glass, wood, jewelry, paintings, photography, prints, textiles and more by local and regional artists. Shop local for the holidays from noon-5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

And if you haven’t checked out the Festival of Lights, drive by or stop at the Blue Earth Plaza and see Kansas’ tallest Christmas tree, featuring 1000s of lights spectacularly dancing to classic holiday tunes. Enjoy some hot chocolate by the Plaza’s fireplace or stay warm in your car. Be sure to tune into 88.1 to enjoy the show. Here’s a look at other area events and exhibits.


Santa visits, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Children can see Santa Claus at Manhattan Town Center through Saturday (Christmas Eve). Hours for Friday are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; hours for Saturday are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Manhattan Town Center.

Plastiquee with Headlight Rivals, 9 p.m.

Cost: $3.

Auntie Mae’s Parlor.



Adventure Camp, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The theme of Friday’s camp is “Inventing the Future.” Campers will look at the science behind virtual reality and design a zip line.

For grades K-2. Cost is $25 for full day; register online at http://www.

Flint Hills Discovery Center.



Christmas Eve.



Christmas Day.


Push and Pull, now open. Wonder Workshop Children’s Museum, 506 Fourth St. Wrap It Up Exhibit, through Saturday. Featuring 80 local and regional artists. Manhattan Arts Center, noon-4 p.m. Sunday-Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Going Home: Hidden Histories of the Flint Hills, through Jan. 8. This exhibit explores the histories of seven Flint Hills, Kansas towns including: Bodarc, Broughton, Cedar Point, Chalk Mound, Maple City, Volland, and Big John Creek Village, the Kansas home of the Kaw Nation. The Flint Hills Discovery Center.

Marlin Fitzwater: From Wheat Fields to White House, through March 17, 2017. Featuring items Fitzwater, K-State journalism alumnus and former press secretary to presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, donated to the Richard L.D. and Marjorie Morse Department of Special Collections at Kansas State University. The exhibit is on the fifth floor of K-State’s Hale Library.

Stan Herd: Cairnes on the Beach, through May 1, 2017. Beach Museum of Art, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

The Riley County Historical Museum: Celebrating 100 Years of History and Heritage, through 2017. Showcasing more than 100 artifacts and photographs significant to the history of Riley County. Riley County Historical Museum, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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