Northeast Kansas Holiday Guide 2020

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Here’s your full guide to Christmas light displays and holiday events in northeast Kansas.


  • Emporia Community Christmas Parade: Organizers decided to cancel the 43rd annual parade originally scheduled for Dec. 1. because of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Happy Holidaze: The David Traylor Zoo has flipped on its Christmas lights until Jan. 1. Hours run from 6 p.m. until midnight with no cost. More than 10,000 feet of lights display can be seen from Sodens Grove Park. Construction on the north side of the zoo has limited the light display to the south side.


  • Fort Riley Annual Holiday Tree Lighting will happen Dec. 4, at 5:30 p.m. at Ware Parade Field, 500 Huebner Road. Guests will be able to drive by Santa following the ceremony for a quick visit. A limited number of guests will be able to park along Huebner Road and can tune in to hear the ceremony on 103.7.


  • 25 Years of Christmas: The annual Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade was canceled for 2020. It was originally scheduled for Nov. 27.


  • Festival of Lights: The grand display with an LED Christmas tree and other decorations is open through Jan. 1 at the Blue Earth Plaza. Organizers ask you to practice social distancing or watch from your car. Tune the radio to 88.1 FM to watch the lights paired up to music.
  • Spirit of the Holidays Lighted Parade: The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. It runs from 3rd Street and Poyntz Avenue to City Park. Non-perishable food and monetary donations will be accepted to benefit Flint Hills Breadbasket. The tree lighting ceremony is virtual this year, which you can watch on the City of Manhattan’s Facebook page Thursday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m.


  • Santa’s Parade of Lights and Bells: The event beings Dec. 5 at the George J. Perry Memorial Armory with the Bertrand Bazaar and Broken Spoke Clydesdale wagon rides. Organizers encourage people to bring bells to ring as the parade gets underway.


  • Miracle around the Statehouse: It’s the annual Miracle on Kansas Avenue parade but in reverse this year to encourage social distancing. Floats will be stationary and people will drive the route around the Statehouse in downtown, which you can find on this Facebook page. It starts at 5 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.
  • Cortez Holiday Light Show: Louie Cortez has put on this growing event every year since 2008 at 3919 SE 30th Terr. The light show runs until Jan. 1, Sunday through Thursday each week. Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays last until 11 p.m. Turn your radio to 100.1 FM to hear the music synced to the Christmas light display.
  • Winter Wonderland: The 23rd annual light show runs every night 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Dec. 31. It’s located at the Lake Shawnee Campgrounds with a suggested donation of $10/vehicle $20/bus. Donations go directly to TARC and KSNT is a proud sponsor. Get your tickets here.
  • Zoo Lights: The Topeka Zoo introduced the new holiday event Nov. 27 this year. People can stroll around the zoo looking at light displays until Dec. 30, but Zoo Lights will be closed on Christmas Day. Typical hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., but select nights are until 10 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance and you can find them here. KSNT is a proud sponsor.

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