Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, all day through December 22.

Pick up and drop off at Blue Earth Plaza.

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.

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

Clara, the Nowak family matriarch happily runs her soup kitchen and tends to the family heirloom — a twenty-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.” 2 p.m.

Featuring area youth in 3rd-8th grade.

For tickets, visit

Columbian Theatre.

Paint & Sip: Christmas Truck, 4 p.m.

Additional Paint & Sips include Snowy Night by Van Snow at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Vintage Santa at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Let Us Adore Him at 4 p.m. Sunday.

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

To register, visit

Uncorked Inspiration.

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.

Season of Lights Open House, 4-7 p.m.

Games, goodies, get photos with Olaf, Anna, Elsa, a drawing for a Belle Christmas tree topper, and more.

Columbian Theatre, Wamego.

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

Visit the 21 fraternities and 13 sororities decorated for the holidays.

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.


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.

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

PreK Yoga Storytime, 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Escape Library, 4 p.m. Wednesday. Register online.

K-3rd Unplugged, 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Zoofari Tails Storytime: Kansas Animals, 10 a.m. Friday.

Strategy Board Game Night, 4:30 p.m. Friday.

For a complete list of storytimes and events, visit

Manhattan Public Library.

Satellite Transcribe-athon, 2-4 p.m. through Friday.

Join the Graduate Track in Literature for a satellite transcribe-athon in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

Sponsored by the Department of English and the The Dusty Bookshelf.

The Dusty Bookshelf.

Dance Student Spotlight, 6 p.m.

Mark A. Chapman Theatre, Nichols Hall.

Battle of the Bands: ENGL 295 “Literature of Rock and Roll” Final Projects, 7 p.m.

The Fourth Annual Battle of the Bands, featuring student bands from Dan Hoyt’s ENGL 295 “Literature of Rock and Roll” class.

The cover is $5; 18 and over welcome; the event is open to the public. Proceeds from the door will go to local charities.

Auntie Mae’s Parlor.

On the Spot Improv: Senior Show, 8 p.m.

K-State Student Union Forum Hall.


“Trailer Camp:” ENGL 335 “Film” Final Projects, 2:30 p.m.

Students from Katy Karlin’s ENGL 335 “Film” class will present trailers of fictitious movies in the genres of noir, science fiction, satire, musical, and gangster picture.

127 Leadership Studies.

Hamilton in Context: Research from ENGL 695, 7:30 p.m.

Learn the historical and cultural back-story to your favorite lyrics from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning musical Hamilton as you browse poster presentations from the 14 students enrolled in this fall’s ENGL 695 class on “Hamilton in Context,” taught by Karin Westman.

K-State Student Union Flint Hills Room


Trivia Smackdown, 8 p.m.

Auntie Mae’s.


Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration, 7:30 p.m.

Featuring a Thirsty Thursday presentation at 7:30 p.m. followed by Mexican Dancers at 8:30 p.m. The celebration will conclude with a candlelight Spanish Mass at 9:10 pm.

St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center.


K-State Commencement, Friday and Saturday.

For times, visit

FriYay! Pick Your Project, 6:30 p.m.

Also SaturDIY Pick Your Project Workshop at 5 p.m. Saturday.

To register, visit

Board and Brush.


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.


Film: “The Polar Express,” 3 p.m.

Wear your PJs. Each visitor will receive a golden ticket, hot cocoa, cookies, and a silver bell.

For tickets, search Eventbrite.

Wareham Opera House.

Lifelong Recreation Manhattan Light Tour, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

View Christmas decorations and lights around Manhattan.

Cost: $25, includes dinner and transportation. For information and tickets, search on Facebook.



Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.-noon.

Bluestem Bistro.

Emerald City Singers, 2 p.m.

Emerald City Singers is a children’s vocal performance group based in Wamego.

The Voland Store, Alma.

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

Tickets available at

First United Methodist Church.


Senior Recital: Matthew Meals, 7:30 p.m.

All Faiths Chapel.


McCain Performance Series presents Jane Lynch: A Swingin’ Little Christmas, 7:30 p.m.

Join Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress, singer and comedian Jane Lynch as she rings in the holidays with a heartfelt and fun performance featuring classic holiday tunes as well as nostalgia-inspired originals penned by bandleader Tony Guerrero.

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

McCain Auditorium.

KSU Big Bands, 7:30 p.m.

K-State Student Union Ballroom.


Holiday Music Festival: Riley County Middle School Band and Chorus, 11 a.m.

Wakefield Choirs, 11 a.m. Thursday.

St George Honor Choir, 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Bates Dance Studio, 7 p.m. Friday.

Little Apple Aerials, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Manhattan Area Music Teachers, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Manhattan Tuba Christmas, 4 p.m. Saturday.

Studio Ambit, 1 p.m. Sunday.

The Next Step Dance Studio, 3 p.m. Sunday.

East Court, Manhattan Town Center.

Open Mic Night, 7-8:30 p.m.

Wildcat Chambers, K-State Student Union.


Student Recital: Willie Michaels, baritone, 7:30 p.m.

Prairie Brass Quintet Recital, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Community School for Performing Arts: Strings Showcase Recitals, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday.

All Faiths Chapel.

Flint Hills Masterworks Choral Christmas Concert, 7:30 p.m.

Featuring The Star of Bethlehem by Joseph Rheinberger.

First United Methodist Church.

Mike Hosty, 8 p.m.

Cost: $5.

Auntie Mae’s Parlor.


1st Infantry Division Band Free Annual Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Also 2 p.m. Sunday.

C.L. Hoover Opera House.

McCain Performance Series presents Travis Tritt, 7:30 p.m.

Thirty years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Grammy award-winning artist continues to sell-out shows to Country music fans across the globe. Tickets are available at the box office, by calling 785-532-6428, or at

McCain Auditorium.

Columbian Theatre presents Joseph Hall, an Elvis Tribute, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Hall, born in 1984, has been paying tribute to the legacy of Elvis Presley since 2006. He starred on NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2008, placing as one of the top 10 finalists.

For tickets, visit

Columbian Theatre.


Anna Marie Wytko’s Saxophone Studio Recital, 1:30 p.m.

Kirmser Hall, McCain Auditorium.

St. Isidore’s Choir Concert, 7 p.m.

Featuring Choir favorites, plus some of the selections from the Choir’s fifth album, “Seasons of Faith,” and some of the music from the Choir’s Fourth (Christmas) album, “Today Our Savior Is Born.” Choir members who traveled to Italy last May will also perform a few of their a cappella pieces.

A reception in Newman Hall will immediately follow the concert.

St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center.


Little Apple Barbershop Chorus presents Harmony for the Holidays: A Family Tradition, 3 p.m.

For tickets, visit

K-State Student Union Forum Hall.


Push and Pull, now open.

Wonder Workshop Children’s Museum, 506 4th Street.

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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