1. 2017 Winter Showcase
When: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20
Where: White Concert Hall, Washburn University
Check out what The Topeka Dance Factory has been working on at its annual winter showcase. Studio and performance company dancers will present a recital of works they have practiced all year. For information, dancefactorynews.com.
2. Behind the Bricks
When: 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21
Where: Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St., Lawrence
Join Watkins volunteer Michele Montour as she introduces visitors to the amazing architecture of the Watkins Building and some of its fascinating exhibits. This tour is a short, free and fun way to spend a Thursday. For information, call (785) 841-4109.
3. Winter Celebration
When: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23
Where: Kansas Children’s Discovery Center, 440 S.W. 10th Ave.
Cost: Admission price, ranges from free to $7.75
Celebrate winter with the KCDC. Build an indoor snowman with fake snow, paint with ice and participate in the marshmallow snowman building competition. There also will be an indoor snowball fight from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, kansasdiscovery.org/winter-celebration.
4. Flint Hills Children’s Choir
When: 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17
Where: 207 McCain Auditorium, 1501 Goldstein Circle, Manhattan
Cost: $10 - $15
The Flint Hills Children’s Choir will present “O Holy Night: Christmas Around the World,” a special holiday concert featuring more than 100 local talented students, with guest appearances by the Gold Orchestra and Washington Dance Studio. For information, bit.ly/2BvR40l or call (785) 532-6428.
5. Christmas Cookies Class
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19
Where: Sweet! Baking Supply, 5331 S.W. 22nd Place, Topeka
Looking for a new take on your average Christmas cookies? Sweet! Baking supply is offering a Hawaiian-themed cookie-making class. Participants will be sent home with a dozen decorated cookies. Registration is required. For information, call (785) 228-2253.
6. Candy Construction
When: 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20
Where: Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., Lawrence
For children ages 5 to 18, come out to the Lawrence Public Library and build a gingerbread masterpiece! The library will provide all the materials, you just need to bring your creativity. For information, bit.ly/2AQMZE5.
7. Ugly Sweater Karaoke
When: 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20
Where: The Legendary Boobie Trap Bar, 1417 S.W. 6th Ave.
It’s the week before Christmas, and the time to celebrate has begun. Join the Boobie Trap Bar on Wednesday night in your ugliest Christmas sweater, take a picture with Santa and warm up those vocal chords for some karaoke! For information, bit.ly/2j8rHa3.
8. Holiday Shopping
When: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17
Where: The Volland Store, 24098 Volland Road, Alma
With a variety of homemade and other local gifts, The Volland Store is the perfect place to finish up that holiday shopping and enjoy an opportunity to visit this unique venue before it closes for the winter. The store closes Dec. 18 and will reopen Jan. 27, 2018. For information, (785) 499-3616.
9. Aaron Kamm and the One Drops
When: 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21
Where: Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Massachusetts St., Lawrence
Hailing from St. Louis, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops merge flavors of roots reggae, Mississippi River blues, improv-laced jams and soulful vocals. With a high-energy performance and a unique sound, this band is a must-see. Also performing are the Brody Buster Band and Jacob Be and Company. For information, bit.ly/2j4w8Cx.
10. Carriage Rides
When: 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22
Where: White City Community Building, 118 W. Mackenzie St., White City
Cost: Canned food donations
Enjoy a carriage ride and come say hello to Santa before he embarks on his big night! There will be hot cocoa offered after each carriage ride. This event is weather permitting. For information, check the “Carriage Rides in White City” Facebook page or call city hall at (785) 349-2228.