Winter along Kansas I-70


Winter time in Kansas brings enchanting cold weather, warm moments with friends, and community events galore. We hope winter brings YOU to Kansas, as well!

Take some time today to explore the many events and attractions this season below. We are certain there is something for everyone!

 

Goodland – Exits 17 & 19


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    Sherman Theatre

    “Enjoy tonight at the movies!” Sherman Theatre, 1203 Main, will take you back to the golden age of movie palaces — with all the 21st century amenities a movie buff could want. The owner has restored the theatre to its 1920s glory and the concessions are reasonable. Come early to enjoy the historic features and stay for first-run movies. Learn more...

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    High Plains Museum

    Give “America’s First Patented Helicopter” a whirl and learn about Sherman County history at High Plains Museum, 1717 Cherry. Imagination Playground is the exhibit through March. Bring your children and let them build whatever they imagine. Learn more...

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    National Weather Service

    We may not be able to change the weather, but we can forecast it and plan for it. Learn how the weather service predicts the weather at a tour of the Goodland weather service office, 920 Armory Road. Call 785-899-2360 a week in advance for tours. If severe weather arises, the weather service may need to cancel tours. Learn more...

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    Sports at Max Jones Fieldhouse

    See exciting men’s and women’s college and high school basketball, plus high school wrestling at the premier sports venue in Northwest Kansas, Max Jones Fieldhouse, 1203 Arcade. Northwest Tech men’s basketball: Learn more...

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    21st Century Bean

    21st Century Bean a major provider of packaged dry beans for the United States Department of Agriculture food assistance programs, delivering product to food banks throughout the United States. Tour their distribution facility at 1028 Old Highway 24, Ruleton, by calling Stacey 785-852-4203. Please give a week’s notice. Learn more...

 

Colby – Exits 53 & 54


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    Santa City

    Come and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and see their Christmas wonderland. Fike Park, Downtown Colby. Open until Dec. 24. Contact organizers

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    Gem Lions Pancake Feed

    Enjoy fluffy pancakes, savory sausage and homemade pie Dec. 12 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Gem Community Building in Gem. Learn more...

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    Foundation for Hope Banquet and Dance

    Bring in New Year’s Eve and make a difference. All proceeds go to families fighting cancer in Northwest Kansas. The banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at the City Limits Convention Center. Contact organizers

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    Kansas Pioneer Chapter of Pheasants Forever Annual Banquet and Auction

    Come to a fun-filled night filled with laughter, door prizes and drawings. The Jan. 26 event proceeds will be used to sustain the bird populations in our area. Contact organizers

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    Bowlasis on the Plains

    The annual bowling tournament held Feb. 26 is great fun! Even if you don’t bowl, a great time will be had by all! Sign up at colbychamber.com/events. Lunch will be provided. Learn more...

 

Oakley – Exits 70 & 76


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    Kansas Day Activities at the Fick Fossil & History Museum & Buffalo Bill Cultural Center

    The Fick Fossil and History Museum will have a live buffalo from Brent Ginther’s farm in Menlo. Come for a chance to see the live buffalo and a tour of the museum. The Buffalo Bill Cultural Center’s theme is Footprints on the Plains. Learn more...

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    Fick Fossil & History Museum

    One of the most unique museums in Western Kansas. More than 11,000 sharks teeth were discovered by the Ficks in the Monument Rock area and are displayed in the museum. Other fossils found and displayed are vertebraes, crinoid, oyster shells and more. Learn more...

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    Buffalo Bill Sculpture

    Oakley celebrates the “Birthplace of the Legend” of Buffalo Bill. The twice-life size bronze sculpture of Buffalo Bill on his horse Brigham in pursuit of a buffalo commemorates the 1868 contest between William F. Cody and William Comstock where Cody earned the title “Buffalo Bill”. The bronze is one of the largest of its kind anywhere in the world and is one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Art. The outdoor storyboard recounts the story of the legendary hunt and showcases our area history and culture, both past and present. The sculpture and story board can be viewed at any time, year round. Learn more...

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    Monument Rocks

    The Monument Rocks, one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas, is Kansas’ first National Natural Monument formed by deposits left by the western interior sea that covered the area in ancient days. The Monument Rocks, called Pyramids by the locals, are located just 25 miles south of Oakley on Highway 83. These cretaceous chalk formations are stunning to capture from sunrise to sunset. Many fossils and other attractions are on display at the Fick Fossil and History Museum and Keystone Gallery. Learn more...

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    Keystone Gallery

    The Keystone Gallery overlooks the Smoky Hill River valley, with a view of the Monument Rocks and chalk outcroppings of the “Badlands of Kansas” region. The Keystone Gallery is a Kansas Fossil Museum. It has mosasaurs, xiphactinus, pteranodons, fossil fish, crinoids and Niobrara fossils. Learn more...

 

Wakeeney – Exits 127 & 128


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    Christmas City of the High Plains

    Celebrate the holiday season in this Christmas wonderland. This magical display lights up the prairie skies from the Saturday following Thanksgiving till after New Year’s. WaKeeney has held the title of the “Christmas City of the High Plains” since 1950. Learn more...

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    Wreaths Across America at Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery, WaKeeney

    On Dec. 15 join us in “remembering our fallen veterans, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children the value of freedom.” Wreath-laying ceremonies are coordinated across the United States in over 1,200 locations, including WaKeeney. Show our veterans that America will never forget them. Learn more...

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    Smoky Valley Scenic Byway

    Explore the geological wonders, such as Castle Rock and the surrounding Badlands, with a drive through the Smoky Valley. Millions of years ago this area was covered by an inland sea. Today layers of chalky limestone remain. Famous fossils of reptiles and other sea creatures have been discovered in these chalky layers. Learn more...

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    Cedar Bluff State Park, Reservoir, & Wildlife Area

    Explore the 100-ft. tall, cedar-covered limestone bluffs rising above the south shore. The Bluff Overlook provides stunning views of the area and is a great location from which to view wildlife. Located 14 miles south of I-70, Exit 135. Learn more...

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    Shiloh Vineyard

    Explore this small, family-owned winery on a restored family farm on the Western Kansas prairie. Schedule a one-of-a-kind event in this rustic but elegant location. They strive to make each one unique! Or plan your personalized wine tasting and tour of the vineyard. Located 5 1/2 miles southwest of I-70, Exit 120. Learn more...

 

Hays – Exits 157 & 159


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    Hays Arts Council Winter Gallery Walk

    Dec. 7 — Join us Dec. 7 in Downtown Hays when local artists and students display their masterpieces in galleries and shops. Learn more...

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    Christmas Past at Historic Fort Hays

    Dec. 7-8 — Experience the enchantment of an 1870s Christmas at the Fort Hays State Historic Site for one of Hays’ most beloved holiday traditions. Learn more...

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    Frostfest

    Dec. 15 — This magical time of the year is highlighted with the Annual Frostfest Illuminated Parade. Parade watchers line up along historic Main Street as dozens of lighted floats and even lighted animals pass by. Learn more...

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    Encore Series at Fort Hays State University

    Feb. 1 — In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s “RENT” continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. Learn more...

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    Hays Symphony Valentine’s Concert

    Feb 9 — Founded in 1914, this community-university ensemble is affiliated with Fort Hays State University and its members include music professors, teachers, students, and musicians from Hays and northwest Kansas. All concerts are free. Learn more...

 

Russell County – EXITS 180, 184, 189 & 206


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    Weihnachtsfest

    Get in the Christmas spirit Dec. 8 with story telling for kids, plus giveaways, vendors, and store discounts!

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    Gift From the Heart Bazaar

    Shop for handmade gifts at St. John Lutheran Church in Russell Dec. 2! Some gifts that will be available will be quilts, fair trade gifts, jewelry, scarves,baked goods and more! The gifts keep on giving: All proceeds will be donated to worthy cause!

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    Christmas Wonderland

    Russell, Open now until December 23rd! Come shop the Biggest Christmas Store in Central Kansas! For more info 785-445-2938.

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    Santa Claus Day

    Enjoy a FREE movie in Lucas Dec. 15 and wait for Santa Claus to visit and hand out treats to the kids.

 

Salina – EXITS 244, 250, 252 & 258


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    Rolling Hills Zoo & Wildlife Museum

    Take a brisk wintry walk through the zoo to meet many of the “residents” there! A bit too chilly? Then move into the Wildlife Museum to one of the world’s largest collections of full mount animals, beautifully displayed in a trip around the world. Check the Earl Bane Gallery for special exhibits; take the kids to the Discovery Center. Definitely visit the Elephant’s Trunk Gift Shop. 785-827-9488. Learn more...

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    Christmas Festival

    This meaningful Christmas celebration, put on by the Salina Symphony Dec. 15, is filled with beautiful arrangements of holiday classics and fresh versions of your favorite carols. Share the spirit of the season with your entire family as you enjoy performances by various local singers, dancers, and more! Learn more...

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    Hunchback of Notre Dame

    The beloved Disney animated feature “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” will come alive on Salina’s Stiefel Theatre stage Jan. 26. Working with the Salina Symphony and the Salina Community Theater, the retelling of this epic love story will appeal to audiences of all ages, who are sure to be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical. Learn more...

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    Elf: The Musical

    Through December 9: The Salina Community Theater will follow one of America’s favorite Elves, Buddy, on his journey from the North Pole to New York City to find his real father and save Christmas! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see your favorite Christmas story as a musical! Learn more...

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    Salina Art Center Cinema

    On any given chilly, snowy or clear night – catch a film at Salina Downtown’s Art Center Cinema, 150 S. Santa Fe. See the best in contemporary, independent and foreign films nightly. 785-452-9868 Learn more...

 

ABILENE – EXITS 272 & 275


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    Seelye Mansion

    The mansion is exceptionally beautiful during the holiday season. See 70 Christmas trees fully light and decorated, 120 poinsettia plants and more than 700 nutcrackers from around the world. Tours daily. Learn more...

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    2018 Holiday Homes Tour

    Homes that age gracefully highlight the 2018 Homes for the Holidays Tour Dec. 1 and 2. Tickets for the tour, which will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, are $10 and will be available from the Abilene CVB, 201 NW Second, and the Dickinson County Historical Society. Refreshments will be served at the final tour stop.For more information, contact the Abilene CVB, 785-263-2231, or 800-569-5915. Learn more...

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    Great Plains Theatre presents “Not Another Christmas Letter! The Musical”

    It’s that time of year again! Time to spend your loved ones an overly-positive, possibly embellished, and definitely cherry-picked rundown of your year! Featuring a score written by Wichita Native Laura Bergquist, “Not Another Christmas Letter! The Musical” finds the laughter and music within all of our holiday traditions. Learn more...

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    Christmas in the Cabin

    The Dickinson County Historical Society will host its annual Christmas in the Cabin program Sunday, Dec. 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Center. Plans are for a family to be in the Volkmann Cabin, Santa Claus will be here for the kids to tell him what they would like for Christmas, there will be horse-drawn wagon rides, free carousel rides and refreshments.The Faith Lutheran Church of Abilene will be presenting the live Nativity in the Prichard Barn.

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    Night of Christmas Magic

    Celebrate the holidays in Abilene! Festivities include downtown business open house, horse-drawn carriage rides, Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting, visits with Santa at the Historic Train Depot, children’s activities and more! Learn more...

 

JUNCTION CITY – EXITS 295-301


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    Homer’s Pond

    Homers Pond offers a walking/running trail and fishing.

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    KONZA Prairie

    KONZA Prairie has public hiking trails and with binoculars you can see herds of Buffalo.

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    Milford Lake

    Milford Lake has one of the highest winter time populations of Bald Eagles in Kansas.

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    Heritage Park

    The Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Arch in Heritage park.

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    Buffalo Soldier Memorial

    The 9th and 10th Buffalo Soldier Memorial in Junction City.

 

MANHATTAN – EXITS 303 & 313


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    MHK FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

    Holidays roll merrily into Manhattan’s Blue Earth Plaza, where Festival of Lights tree radiates to music through New Year’s Day. Learn more...

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    LIT IN THE ’VILLE FOR 2019

    Don’t miss a night in the ’Ville amid lively festivities of Little Apple New Year’s! Learn more...

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    STEP INTO ART

    What it would be like to transport into a painting? Interactive exhibition immerses you into different paintings (“Bison” exhibition continues through Jan. 13). Learn more...

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    HIGH-FLYING K-STATE HOOPS

    Coming off Elite Eight appearance and early ’18 Paradise Jam title, Wildcats chase Big 12 title and postseason glory. Play your part in the Octagon’s doom scenario. Schedule and tickets...

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    MANHATTAN MORSELS

    Select your MHK foodie favorites and plot your rotation upon each visit. Oh Manhattan, the dining delicacies are tantalizingly terrific! Learn more...

 

LECOMPTON – EXIT 197


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    Claymama’s

    Buy unique handmade gifts at Claymama’s in Historic Lecompton. Come shop during the Christmas season! Learn more...

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    Christmas at Territorial Capital Museum

    Celebrate the Holiday Magic in Lecompton by seeing the unique Christmas display of 160 trees from Nov. 1 – Dec. 31! Learn more...

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    Bleeding Kansas series

    Constitution Hall will be holding its annual Bleeding Kansas series again this winter. The series begins in January and is held every Sunday. Watch for more details! Tour this historic museum when in town. Learn More...

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    Recollections

    Find great antique and vintage items to buy! Learn more...

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    Territorial Capital Museum

    Visit the museum in Lecompton, site of the former Lane University where David Eisenhower and Ida Stover attended as students and were married in the University’s chapel in 1885. Learn More...

 

LAWRENCE – EXITS 197, 202 & 204


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    Winter Wonder Weekend

    Dec. 1-2 — Experience the heart of the holidays in the heart of the city. Everything you need for holiday shopping, dining and entertainment. Don’t miss the 26th Annual Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade Saturday, Dec. 1! It’s one of the most unique parades in the nation! Learn more...

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    Lawrence Holiday Arts Weekend

    Dec. 7-9 — Enjoy a weekend full of fun when you book your room at the Historic Eldridge Hotel. The Lawrence Holiday Arts Weekend package includes discounts to the performances, “The Nutcracker: A Kansas Ballet”, “Annie”, and Canadian Brass plus complimentary gifts at participating businesses. Learn more...

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    Fifth ANNUAL DOWNTOWN LAWRENCE RESTAURANT WEEK

    Jan. 18-26 — Join us for a feast of creativity! Downtown restaurants will serve up fresh ideas to delight both your taste buds and your imagination. It’s a culinary event that’s as eclectic as Lawrence. Learn more...

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    “kodo one earth tour” at the lied center

    Feb. 19 — Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum. The taiko: a traditional Japanese drum with limitless rhythmic possibilities. Kodo’s mission is to explore these possibilities, and in the process, forge new directions for a vibrant living art form. Learn more...

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    Cradle of Basketball

    No state or city in the world can boast the basketball heritage of Lawrence, Kansas. James Naismith, the Father of Basketball, invented the game in Massachusetts. He then brought it to the University of Kansas in 1898. Today you can view the original rules of “basket ball” in their new home on the University of Kansas campus. Learn more...

 

LEAVENWORTH – EXITS 396 & 401


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    Holiday Shopping

    Complete your holiday shopping this December. Enjoy the Christmas lights and shopping at numerous small businesses in a 28-block historic district area of Leavenworth. Learn more...

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    Winter Wine Walk

    Wine will be the theme of Dec. 6’s Alive After 5, held from 5-8 p.m. in historic downtown Leavenworth. Enjoy sampling different wines at each participating business along with great hors d’oeuvres while you shop for the Christmas season. Learn more...

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    Candlelight Vintage Homes Tour

    On Dec. 9 from 1-6 p.m., tour historical vintage homes in the Leavenworth area that are decorated for the holidays. Learn more...

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    National Wreaths Across America Day

    Wreaths are placed on graves in veterans cemeteries Dec. 15. Leavenworth has two National Cemeteries and they will be draped with wreaths starting Dec. 15 through the end of December. This is a very beautiful sight and a chance to remember those who gave all. Learn more...

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    Hidden Art Locked Away Art Show and Sale

    On Feb. 2-3, art produced by inmates from the Federal Prison and Disciplinary Barracks will be displayed and sold at Riverfront Community Center.

 

BONNER SPRINGS – EXIT 224


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    Santa’s Express

    Spend some time with Santa Dec. 8-9. Join Santa in the Train Depot! Ride the Union Pacific train and take in the Christmas on the Farm decorations. Have a cookie and make sure Santa knows exactly what you want for Christmas! Get your picture with Santa (free!). Learn more...

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    Marble Demonstrations

    Artisan and owner Bruce Breslow frequently demonstrates his marble making. During his Tuesday, Friday and Saturday demonstrations, Bruce will explain the process of glass working, marble history, and other fascinating areas of marble interest. Learn more...

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    Wyandotte County Museum

    Visit the Barker Gallery which looks at the stories of three immigrant tribes of Wyandotte County. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission! Learn more...

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    Downtown Shopping District

    The historic downtown shopping district has many boutiques and antiques to shop around for any occasion. Join us for Sunday Fun Day shopping every Sunday in December. Grab a coffee at the local’s favorite spot at Third Space Coffee and visit all the specialty shops. Learn more...

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    Yeti 5K

    This 5k features 20-plus obstacles intended to get you up and out of the house preparing for an amazing 2018 events season. Join the Yeti 5k Winter OCR and get buck wild in January 2019. Learn more...

 

KANSAS CITY – EXITS 410-423


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    Legends Outlets Kansas City

    Destination shopping at its finest. Premium outlet stores, unique dining and entertainment options. 1843 Village West Parkway, 913-788-3700, Learn more...

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    Kansas City Barbecue

    Enjoy national and local BBQ favorites such as Joe’s KC, Arthur Bryant’s, SLAPS BBQ, Gates and Sons and many many more. Get your fill at one of the many popular joints while trying to figure out which restaurant is your personal favorite. Learn more...

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    Olde World Christmas at Strawberry Hill Museum

    The 1887 high Victorian home, located in the heart of the Strawberry Hill neighborhood in downtown Kansas City is transformed into a Christmas wonderland during the holiday season. Museum is open year round. Christmas displays are Nov. 4 – Jan 7. (913) 371-3264 Learn more...

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    Camelot Room at the Chateau Avalon Hotel and Spa

    For a romantic getaway, enjoy all the pampering you can stand at Chateau Avalon, a boutique hotel offering unique themed rooms. 701 Village West Parkway, 913-596-6000 Learn more...

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    Bonito Michoacan Bakery

    Indulge in sugar-dusted traditional Mexican treats. 1200 Minnesota Ave., 913-233-0010. Learn more...