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

    Dec. 1-24 — Colby’s Christmas Wonderland! Bring the family to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus in Fike Park from Nov. 24-Dec. 24 and enjoy all the decorations of the season. The schedule will be posted on the website. Learn more...

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    Twentieth Annual Christmas Light Parade

    Dec. 3 — Parade at 5 p.m. in Downtown Colby features many imaginative uses of lights on machinery, vehicles, people and animals. It’s a festive way to begin the Christmas season! Learn more...

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    Forever Young

    Jan. 21 — Musical theater production from Branson, Mo., a sentimental journey of a lifetime, 5 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center at Colby Community College. Learn more...

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    Pheasants Forever Annual Banquet and Auction

    Jan. 27 — City Limits Convention Center, 2227 S. Range Contact organizers

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    First Annual Chamber of Commerce Bowling Tournament

    Feb. 10 — at the Colby Bowl and Fun Center, 1175 S. Range. Learn more...

 

Oakley – Exits 70 & 76


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

    Jan. 29 — 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

    The Fick Fossil Museum, 700 W. Third, is home to a large collection of fossils from the surrounding area and also a collection of hometown memorabilia. The museum offers free admission, but does accept donations. Learn more...

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    Monument Rocks National Natural Landmark

    Visitors to Monument Rocks, Gove County Roads 16 and E, view these monolithic formations and the site is used for school group outings, star gazing and picnics. The rocks are accessible to the public. A county road runs between the formations. Please be respectful. 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...

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    Smoky River Quilt Shoppe

    For a unique quilting experience with individualized personal experience, visit Smoky River Quilt Shoppe, 307 Center, 785-671-3070 Learn more...

 

Wakeeney – Exits 127 & 128


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    Christmas City of the High Plains

    Dec. 1-31 – 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

    Dec. 16 — 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 in 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

    Enjoy camping, fishing, boating, hiking, hunting, and wildlife watching on more than 15,000 acres of water and wildlife area located 14 miles south of I-70 at 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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    Winter Gallery Walk

    Dec. 1 — Join us Dec. 1 in Downtown Hays when local artists and students display their masterpieces in galleries and shops. Learn more...

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    Christmas Past

    Dec. 1-2 — 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. 16 — 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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    Hays Symphony

    Jan. 6 — An intimate evening of string chamber music awaits in this concert featuring two pieces by English composer Edward Elgar. The Serenade is light and youthful, calling to mind sunny English ballads. Learn more...

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    Encores Series at Fort Hays State University

    Feb. 6 — There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful “Wizard of Oz”, twists its way into Hays! Now in its fifth decade, Dance Theatre of Harlem has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution with an extraordinary legacy of providing opportunities for creative expression and artistic excellence. Learn more...

 

Russell County – EXITS 180, 184, 189 & 206


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    Fairport Christmas - Don’t Stop Believin’

    Dec. 2 — Plenty of fun for the whole family in Fairport, 10 a.m! Learn more...

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    Weihnachtsfest

    Dec. 9 — Get in the Christmas spirit in Russell with story telling for kids, giveaways, vendors and store discounts.

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    Christmas Wonderland

    Shop the Christmas Wonderland store at 28 N. Kansas St., Russell, a great place for unique Christmas items! Learn more...

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    Santa Claus Day

    Dec. 16 — Enjoy a free movie in Lucas and wait for Santa Claus to visit and hand out treats to the kids!

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    Russell County Maker – E Project

    The public is welcome along with tourists from all over! 7-8:30 p.m.! For more info call 785-483-4000

 

Salina – EXITS 244, 250, 252 & 258


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    “Annie”

    Nov. 17-Dec. 10 — Although your dinner begins with “Mush Again”, we promise a Christmas feast at Salina Community Theater with one of the greatest musicals ever to hit our stage. Annie, Miss Hannigan, Daddy Warbucks, and Sandy romp through the holidays singing “Hard Luck Life”, “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here”, and “Tomorrow”. Special Saturday matinees make “Annie” the perfect family holiday celebration! Learn more...

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    “The Sleeping Beauty”

    The Salina Symphony will partner with Tamara Howe School of Dance and local dancers to present Tchaikovsky’s “The Sleeping Beauty” ballet on the Stiefel Theatre stage. This beloved tale of the beautiful Princess Aurora, a dashing prince and the triumph of good over evil will leave you feeling happily ever after! Showtimes are 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 27, and 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 28. 785-823-8309 Puchase tickets

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    Salina Art Center Cinema

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

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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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    Riders in the Sky

    Jan. 19 — For 40 years, Grammy-winning Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing Western music. They brand Western music with wacky humor and way-out wit, while all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life “The Cowboy Way!” Concert attendees must reserve seating for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets start at $29. 785-827-1998 Purchase tickets

 

ABILENE – EXITS 272 & 275


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    Chisholm Trail and the Cowtown that Raised a President

    Dec. 1-May 30 — Celebrate the Chisholm Trail Sesquicentennial at the Eisenhower Presidential Museum as part of the tristate celebration with Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Learn more...

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    “Peter and the Starcatcher”

    Dec. 1-10 — Get on board the deck of a ship headed for adventure in this thrilling prequel to the Neverland story you know and love. With daring new characters blending seamlessly into the old, you will fall entranced by the magic. Second star to the right and straight on ’till Great Plains Theatre! Learn more...

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    Seelye Mansion

    December 2017 — With more than 700 nutcrackers from all 50 states paired with dozens of beautifully decorated Christmas trees and hundreds of poinsettias, Abilene’s Seelye Mansion shines during the holiday season. In fact, Mrs. Seelye introduced Kansas to the beautiful holiday flower at the turn of the 20th century. Learn more...

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    41st Annual Holiday Homes Tour

    Dec. 2-3 — Tour beautifully decorated homes and churches on the Heritage Homes Association’s 41st Annual Holiday Homes Tour. Follow Visit Abilene Kansas (@visitabilene) on Facebook for announcements regarding the 2017 tour. Learn more...

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    Can’t-Miss Attractions

    When in Abilene, don’t forget to visit Abilene’s five-star attractions including: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad, Dickinson County Heritage Center, Old Abilene Town, Greyhound Hall of Fame and Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum. Learn more...

 

JUNCTION CITY – EXITS 295-301


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    Heritage Park

    Located next to the Historic Downtown District, this park is Junction City’s central public and serves as the site for many community events. Heritage Parks features the Civil War Arch, State of Kansas Vietnam Memorial, First Infantry Division Memorial, the Junction City/Geary County Law Enforcement Memorial, a bandstand and a water fountain.

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    Junction City Wetlands

    The Junction City Wetlands features an observation area and a pier extending over the water. Enjoy over 60 trees and 300 native wetland plants.

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    Geary County back roads

    Take those country back roads and explore the frozen creeks in Eastern Geary County.

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    Historic farmsteads

    Keep an eye out for historic farmsteads with homes and other buildings in rural Geary County. Learn more...

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    Homer’s Pond

    Homer’s Pond is a water-related park located within the city limits. The pond features a paved walking/running trail that circles the pond. Many beautiful shade trees are scattered throughout Homer’s Pond.

 

MANHATTAN – EXITS 303 & 313


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    Manhattan Festive Spirit

    The grandeur of the holiday season comes to full life in brilliant lights at the Festival of Lights celebration in Blue Earth Plaza. Come celebrate the season! Learn more...

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    Manhattan Dining

    Colder weather doesn’t diminish the hot dining scene around Manhattan, and things are cooking in Manhattan. Wine Dive + Restaurant premiered in September, and also new to the enviable eating rotation is Cowboy Chicken. Learn more...

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    Manhattan Salutes

    Flint Hills Discovery Center has devoted an exhibit to celebrate the 1st Infantry Division’s importance to the region, the Army and the U.S. Duty First: 100 Years of the Big Red One. The exhibit runs through Jan. 14. Learn more...

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    Manhattan Hoops

    Bowl-waitin’ ain’t all it’s cracked up to be, so watch the Cats battle for supremacy of the Big 12 Conference. Schedule and tickets...

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    Manhattan Outdoors

    Colder weather doesn’t throw a damper on the outdoors. Hearty souls continue to pour outside for off-road biking, hunting season and ziplines at Wildwood Outdoor Adventure. Learn more...

 

LECOMPTON – EXIT 197


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    Christmas in Lecompton

    Nov. 1-Jan. 1 — Come see the largest indoor Christmas tree exhibit in the Midwest! Over 120 Christmas trees on the three floors of the Territorial Capital Museum decorated with antique and vintage ornaments, including a live 15 foot high native Kansas cedar tree. Meet your friends and family in Lecompton to enjoy the trees together! Monday thru Friday 9-4, Saturday 11-4, Sunday 1-5. 640 E. Woodson. 785-887-6148. Learn more...

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    Traditional Christmas Vespers Concert

    Dec. 3 — Traditional Christmas Vespers Concert, 2 p.m. at the Territorial Capital Museum, 640 E. Woodson. Call 785-887-6148. Learn more...

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    "Saving Constitution Hall"

    Jan. 28 — “Bleeding Kansas 2018” Lecture Series, 2 p.m. at Constitution Hall, 319 Elmore St. “Saving Constitution Hall” by preservation architect Dan Rockhill, United States Rep. Lynn Jenkins and former State Sen. Wint Winter, Jr., $3 for adult tickets. 785-887-6520. Learn more...

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    "Weapons of the Kansas-Missouri Border War"

    Feb. 4 — “Bleeding Kansas 2018” Lecture Series, 2 p.m. at Constitution Hall, 319 Elmore St. “Weapons of the Kansas-Missouri Border War” by Gary Nevius, gun historian. Tickets are $3 adult. Contact us...

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    "Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War"

    Feb. 11 — “Bleeding Kansas 2018” Lecture Series, 2 p.m. at Constitution Hall, 319 Elmore St. “Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War,” by Brian Matthew Jordan, professor at Sam Houston State University Department of History. Book signing following. Adult tickets $3. 785-887-6520. More programs are scheduled Sundays through March 4 at Constitution Hall!

 

LAWRENCE – EXITS 197, 202 & 204


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    Winter Wonder Weekend

    Dec. 1-3 — 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 25th Annual Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade Saturday, Dec. 2! It’s one of the most unique parades in the nation! Learn more...

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    Fourth Annual Downtown Lawrence Restaurant Week

    Jan. 19-27 — 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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    Kaw Valley Eagles Day

    Jan. 20 — Celebrate the return of bald eagles to area lakes and rivers. It’s an event for the whole family, featuring lots of hands-on education and fun activities for kids. Learn more...

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    “Wizard of Oz” comes to the Lied Center

    Jan. 31 — There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful Wizard of Oz, twists its way into Lawrence’s Lied Center! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs. 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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    Annual Candlelight Vintage Homes Tour

    Dec. 10 — Each year the Carroll Mansion and six vintage homes are opened up for the public to view some of Leavenworth’s beautiful vintage homes decorated for the holiday season.

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    National Wreaths Across America Day

    Dec. 16 — A coordinated wreath-laying ceremony starts at Arlington National Cemetery and at an additional 1,200 locations around the USA. Leavenworth has two National Cemeteries.

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    Hidden Art Locked Away Art Show and Sale

    Feb. 3-4 — Each year inmates at the United States Penitentiary show and sell their artwork to the public at the Riverfront Community Center in downtown Leavenworth.

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    Alive After 5

    Dec. 7, Jan. 4 and Feb. 1 — Join us on the first Thursday of every month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Leavenworth. Each month is a themed event. The public is invited to stroll downtown Leavenworth at participating businesses for food, drinks and entertainment.

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    Carroll Mansion

    Open Tuesday–Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. year around. Victorian home finished in 1882 with elaborate handcrafted woodwork and beautiful stained glass throughout.

 

BONNER SPRINGS – EXIT 224


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    Candy Cane Lane & Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting

    Dec. 2 – Come explore downtown Bonner Springs with shopping and the lighting of the Christmas tree. Enjoy entertainment, parade, hot cocoa and so much more. Learn more...

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    Santa’s Express

    Dec. 2-3, 9-10 – Santa in the Train Depot; the barn has crafts, cookies and hot chocolate! The train is running and the event is all free! 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Don’t miss out! Learn more...

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    Moon Marble Demonstrations

    Every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday demonstrations will be happening. Visit Moon Marble from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm and watch how marbles are made. Great place to take the kids for family fun day! 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. Free admission! Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more...

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    Downtown Shopping District

    Whether it’s looking for great Christmas gifts or in need of some retail therapy, the Bonner Springs Downtown Shopping District is the perfect place to find the KC merchandise and gifts for all. Begin your morning at Third Space Coffee and take a cup to go while you shop till you drop! 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...