Country music and rock-‘n’-roll fans can take a break from holiday music this weekend with these performances.

The McCain Performance Series presents Travis Tritt at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Thirty years after Tritt launched his music career, the Grammy award-winning artist continues to sell-out shows and stay true and relevant to country music fans across the globe. A Marietta, Georgia, native, Tritt is dubbed one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson; all of whom dominated the charts in the early ‘90s.

Tickets for the show are available at the McCain Auditorium box office, by calling 785-532-6428, or at

In Wamego, the Columbian Theatre will host Joseph Hall, an Elvis tribute, at 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, making six TV appearances, viewed by more than 90 million people and placing as one of the top 10 finalists.

You’ll have a Blue Christmas if you miss performance. For tickets, visit

Here’s a look at other area events.


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

Pick up and drop off at Blue Earth Plaza.

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.

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.


K-State Commencement, Friday and Saturday.

For times, visit

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.

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.

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

Join the Graduate Track in Literature for a satellite transcribe-athon in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Read other people’s mail! Help the Library of Congress digitize the letters of suffragists.

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

The Dusty Bookshelf.

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.

Paint & Sips: Snowy Night by Van Snow, 6:30 p.m.

Also 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.

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

C.L. Hoover Opera House.

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

Clara, the Nowak family matriarch who happily runs her soup kitchen, 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.


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.

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.


Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.-noon.

Bluestem Bistro.

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.

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

For tickets, visit

K-State Student Union Forum Hall.

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.