Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, all day through Dec. 22.

Pick up and drop off at Blue Earth Plaza.

Open Trail Days at Prairiewood, 1 p.m.-dusk.

Vanessa Lacy Artist Talk, 3-5 p.m..

Cost: Free. No RSVP needed. The Gallery will be open for holiday shopping.

No pets. Campfire in the evening, weather permitting.

Check-in at the Blue Sage Gallery, 1484 Wildcat Creek Road.

Holiday Music Festival: Project Dance, 2:30 p.m.

East Court, Manhattan Town Center.

Paint & Sip: Christmas Barn, 4 p.m. Sunday.

Additional Paint & Sips include Believe in Magic at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Christmas Truck at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Also Kids Kanvas: Santa, 10 a.m. Saturday.

To register, visit

Uncorked Inspiration.


Baby and Toddler Playdate, 10 a.m.

Yack & Yarn, 1:30 p.m. Also 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Monday Movies for Teens, 3 p.m.

Tech Workshop: Drop-in Tech Training, 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Chess Club/Family Game Night, 6 p.m. Tuesday.

PreK Yoga Storytime, 11 a.m. Wednesday.

KS Humanities Book Talk: “The Romance Reader” by Pearl Abraham, 2 p.m. Thursday.

4th-6th Hangout, 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Storytime with Parents as Teachers, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Saturday.

For a complete list of storytimes and events, visit

Manhattan Public Library.

On the Spot Improv, 8 p.m.

K-State Student Union Forum Hall.


Preschoolers in the Flint Hills: Pajamarama, 10:30 a.m.

Preschool-age children (ages 3-5) begin discovering the wonder of the Flint Hills.

Cost: $7 for FHDC members and $9 for non-members.

Pre-register at, 785-587-2726, or in person.

Flint Hills Discovery Center.

Mini Sign Workshop, 10 a.m.

Also FriYay! Pick Your Project at 6:30 p.m. Friday and SaturDIY Pick Your Project Workshop at 5 p.m. Saturday.

To register, visit

Board and Brush.


Poinsettia and amaryllis sale, 3-5:30 p.m. Also 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday.

Poinsettias in 6.5-inch pots and amaryllises in 6-inch pots are $10 each or 10-inch poinsettia centerpieces are $15 each. Cash or check only.

Preorder by calling 785-532-3271 or emailing

K-State Gardens Visitor Center, 1500 Denison Ave.

Trivia Smackdown, 8 p.m.

Auntie Mae’s.


K-State Dance presents WinterDance ‘19, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as well as 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Showcasing exciting dance styles, including jazz, tap, modern, and African dance performed by talented K-State students in these original pieces choreographed by faculty.

Tickets available at

Mark A. Chapman Theatre, Nichols Hall.


Tallgrass Tales: “The Quilt Story” by Tony Johnston, 10:30 to 11 a.m.

For youth ages 2-6. Enjoy a different story and simple activity


Flint Hills Discovery Center.

Happy Hour Yoga, 5 p.m.

Take any evening yoga, spin, or barre class and receive $1 off any Public Hall cocktail.

Orange Sky Yoga and Public Hall.

Mayor’s Spirit of the Holidays Lighted Parade. 5:30 p.m.

The parade begins at Manhattan Town Center and travels through downtown Manhattan on Poyntz Ave. It will end in Aggieville’s Triangle Park for the annual lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree at 7 p.m. Special activities include the singing of holiday favorites by the Manhattan High School Choir.

Donations for the Flint Hills Breadbasket, both non-perishable food and monetary donations, will be accepted along the parade route.

Bring food donations to the parade and watch for volunteers with shopping carts collecting both food and money.

Manhattan Arts Center presents “Miracle on South Division Street,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Also Dec. 13-15.

The Nowak family is living amidst the urban rubble of Buffalo. Maybe the neighborhood is depressed, but not Clara, the family matriarch who happily runs her soup kitchen and tends to the family heirloom — a 20-foot shrine to the Blessed Mother. This neighborhood beacon of faith commemorates the day in 1942 when the Virgin Mary materialized in her father’s barber shop.

At a family meeting daughter Ruth divulges her plan to “go public” with the family miracle by creating a one-woman play about the sacred event. But the family’s faith is shaken when a deathbed confession causes the legend to unravel. The results are heartfelt and hilarious.

Cost: $18/$16 adults, $13/$10 military, students, and children.

For tickets and information, visit

Manhattan Arts Center.

Columbian Theatre Winter Academy: “Disney’s Beauty and Beast Jr.” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Featuring area youth in 3rd-8th grade.

For tickets, visit

Columbian Theatre.


Breakfast with Santa, 9 a.m.-noon.

Featuring a hot breakfast, sweet treats, ginger bread cookies, and Santa.

Cost: FHDC members: $16, non-members: $22, under 2: $8. Tickets available at, at 785-587-2726 or in person.

Flint Hills Discovery Center.

MAC Clay Workshop: Kids Only, 10 a.m.-noon.

For grades 2-5.

For information and to register, visit

Manhattan Arts Center.

Festival of Lights: Family Christmas Carnival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Featuring Santa and the Grinch, virtual sleigh rides, Whoville Express Train Rides, face painting, ice sculpting competition, cookie decorating, food crafts, games and more.

For information, visit

Blue Earth Plaza.

Holiday Homes Tour in Historic Marysville, 1-4 p.m.

For more information, contact Sarah Kessinger at 785-562-2317 or 785-713-2819

Holiday Workshop, 1:30 p.m.

Create holiday items with a Western theme, inspired by the exhibition “John Steuart Curry: The Cowboy Within.

Cost: $5. (Military family/blue star discount: $2.50.) Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are not required.

Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.


Friends of McCain Holiday Home Tour, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Money raised will support McCain’s education and outreach activities.

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

For information and tickets, visit

McCain Auditorium.

Sip and Shop, 1-6 p.m.

Featuring local vendors and an hourly door prize drawing.

Liquid Art Winery.

Jingle Bell Run, 4 p.m.

Featuring a 5k and 1.5 mile run/walk. Register at

Proceeds will support the Riley County 4-H.

First Presbyterian Church.

Fraternity and Sorority Holiday Homes Tours, Sunday, 5-8 p.m.

Visit the 21 fraternities and 13 sororities decorated for the holidays. Un-housed chapters are paired with housed chapters all of whom will display information about each chapter’s philanthropy

Cost: $5 admission supports the K-State Proud campaign benefiting students in need. Children under 12 and adults over 65 are free. Donations are accepted.

For more information contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at 785-532-5546.



Master Class with Immanuel Abraham, 3 p.m.

Kirmser Hall, McCain Auditorium.

McCain Performance Series presents Oak Ridge Boys: 2019 Christmas Tour, 7:30 p.m.

Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs have garnered ACM awards and a host of other industry and fan accolades.

Tickets are available at the box office, by calling 785-532-6428, or at

McCain Auditorium.


Student Vocal Recital: Alec Cowley, baritone, 7:30 p.m.

All Faiths Chapel.


KSU Orchestra, 7:30 p.m.

Also Woodwind, Brass and Wind Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Also Concert Band and Wind Symphony, 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

McCain Auditorium.


Holiday Music Festival: Rock Creek High School Choir and Jazz Band, 4 p.m.

1st Infantry Division Wood Wind Ensemble, 6 p.m. Thursday.

Leonetta’s Piano Studio, 1 p.m. Saturday.

Maggie Judkins as Judy Garland, 1 p.m. Sunday.

East Court, Manhattan Town Center.


Twenty-ninth annual X-Mas Lighting Ceremony featuring The Phaetons, 9 p.m.

Featuring thousands of lights, our famous upside-down Christmas tree, loads of gifts and giveaways, Drunk Santa, PLUS the hippest party band this side of the North Pole, The Phetons,

Cover: $10. Over 21 only.

Auntie Mae’s.


Logan Mize, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For tickets, visit

The Hat.

Celebrated Roots, Blues, Americana singer songwriter and piano player Kelley Hunt and Friends Winter Soulstice, 7 p.m. Cost: $17.50 in advance on Eventbrite, $25 at the door.

The Volland Store, Alma.

Jazz at the AMP: Solars Trio, 8 p.m.

Auntie Mae’s.

Jason Michael Carrol, 9 p.m.

For tickets, visit

RC McGraws.


Student Recital: Taylor Crawford, 1 p.m.

All Faiths Chapel.


Emerald City Singers, 2 p.m.

Emerald City Singers is a children’s vocal performance group based in Wamego, Kansas. The group was established in September 2019 by Director Chelsea Coon, owner of Studio Ambit, a music instruction studio in Wamego, and Assistant Director Samantha Williams, a senior at KSU majoring in Vocal Performance.

The Voland Store, Alma.

K-State Choirs Festival of Holiday Music, 3-5 p.m.

Tickets available at

First United Methodist Church.


Push and Pull, now open.

Wonder Workshop Children’s Museum, 506 Fourth St.

The Land and the People, The Settlement of Riley County. Riley County Historical Museum, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Voices: Art Linking Asia and the West, through December 21. Part of the yearlong program: Silk Road through Kansas. Beach Museum of Art, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Wrap It Up Annual Art Sale, through December 24. Manhattan Arts Center, noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

SNW Presents 2019, through December 28. Featuring a variety of artists. Strecker Nelson West Gallery, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

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