Saturday is a busy day across the area, with holiday celebrations in seven different communities covered by our newspapers. Read below for details on each.
A full day of activities awaits Argonia residents, beginning at 1 p.m. with vendors set up at the Argonia Community Center.
Door prizes will be given away 1-4 p.m. Santa Claus will join the fun for his annual visit from 2 to 4 p.m.
After Santa has completed his visit, dinner will be served 4-6 p.m., courtesy of the After Prom committee. Tickets for dinner cost $6 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. Choose from chili or chicken noodles with dessert.
Tickets from the dinner will be used by the Argonia Chamber to pick a winner for a turkey giveaway following the lighting of the tree at 6 p.m. Winners must have their ticket and be present to win.
The Cheney Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors Come Home for Christmas, 4-7 p.m. along Cheney’s Main Street.
From 4 to 6 p.m., Hank Is Wiser Brewery will host Santa Claus, and horse-drawn wagon rides will be offered along Main Street. Citizens State Bank will host PALS cookie decorating.
From 5 to 6:30 p.m., several storefronts will host special sales, serve refreshments and draw for prizes. The Cheney Public Library will host a bake sale, and City Hall will offer hot cocoa, cider, cookies and a fire pit.
At 6 p.m., dinner will be served at the Farm Bureau Building, with bingo to follow at 7 p.m.
Christmas Comes to Clearwater on Saturday, 5-8 p.m.
From 5 to 7 p.m., the Lions Club will serve hot cider and popcorn outside City Hall, and a live nativity will be presented outside First Baptist Church, weather permitting.
Attractions from 5 to 8 p.m. will include a chili and hot dog feed, balloon creations, face painting, horse-drawn hay rack rides, train rides, and student songs and performances. Visit the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for details.
Santa will arrive, by fire truck, in front of City Hall at 6 p.m., and children may visit with Santa in the lobby of Emprise Bank starting at 6:15 p.m.
Santa will be taking gift requests and posing for pictures in Conway Springs at CLG Photography, located at 101 W. Spring Ave., from 1-3 p.m.
Children may be brought to the studio for professional photos, or parents are welcome to take their own. Coloring sheets received by children at school may be turned in for prize drawings courtesy of Haviland Telephone Company. Coloring sheets also are available at the door.
The Garden Plain Spirit Club presents its annual craft fair, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Garden Plain High School’s south gymnasium.
The event will feature over 60 vendors, including handmade crafts, clothing, jewelry and more. Admission is free. The Nest will be open for refreshments, and the junior class will sell chili and cinnamon rolls starting at 11 a.m.
The City of Goddard’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held Saturday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Goddard Public Library, 201 N. Main Street.
The free event will include a visit from Santa and plenty of cookies.
The Haysville Historic Committee invites friends and neighbors to the Village Christmas Celebration on Dec. 2 from 4 to 9 pm at W. W. Hays Village Historic Park, 200 S. Main.
Organized by the Haysville Historic Committee in conjunction with the City of Haysville, Haysville Community Library, Haysville Masonic Lodge, Haysville PRIDE and the Central States Metal Artisans, the Village Christmas Celebration is one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season. Many activities offered are free.
Horse-drawn carriage rides, pictures with Santa, vocal performances, and many other holiday-themed activities will help attendees get into the Christmas spirit.
Community groups will be caroling throughout the park and in the gazebo from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and will welcome guests to join in.
Explore the Historic District to find kids crafts, along with cookies and hot cocoa, at the Community Building. The Haysville Community Library plays host to an elaborate model train display, and offers storytelling and hot apple cider. Tour Wire House for a glimpse of home in the 1930s, and pick up a $3 mystery grab bag for a chance to win gift certificates from La Pasadita, Pat’s Concessions, Little Caesar’s, Haysville Rental Center and more.
Local Girl Scouts will be hosting a canned food drive, with donations going to food banks in Haysville.
The Masonic Lodge will open its doors for a silent auction benefiting the Historic District, and for a Soup and Chili Feed with tickets available at the door ($6 for adults, $3 for kids).
No Christmas celebration would be complete without a lighting ceremony, so join Mayor Bruce Armstrong, Haysville PRIDE and others at PRIDE Park (northeast corner of Main and Grand) as they light up the city at 5:30 pm. The local Girl Scouts will lead a Christmas Carol Sing-a-long.
Santa Claus, escorted by the Sedgwick County Fire Department, will also be making an appearance.