1. Tinsel and Treasures
When: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30
Where: Agriculture Hall, Once Expocentre Drive
Tinsel and Treasures is an annual fundraiser geared toward ladies for a fun night out. Filled with delicious snacks, a beer and wine bar, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, holiday market and more than 60 decorated trees and wreaths. This event benefits SLI Topeka, For information, slitopeka.org.
2. Mayor’s Spirit of the Holidays Lighted Parade
When: 5:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1
Where: Downtown Manhattan to Manhattan City Park via Aggieville
The 16th Annual Mayor’s Spirit of the Holidays lighted parade begins downtown, followed by Mayor Linda Morse making award presentations and light the mayor’s holiday tree. For information, bit.ly/2BbuY02.
3. Gingerbread Festival
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3
Where: Abe & Jake’s Landing, 8 East Sixth St., Lawrence
It’s a week before the annual gingerbread auction, which means the gingerbread houses up for bid will be on display for all the public to see. For 23 years a festival and auction has taken place to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters, which will take place Dec. 8. For information, gingerbreadauction.com.
4. 1883 Candlelight Tour
When: Saturday, Dec. 2
Where: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, 2480B Kansas Highway 177, Strong City
Cost: Free (reservations required)
Walking tours will rotate through the historic ranch corridor among paths lit by lantern light, and costumed characters will present historic first-person vignettes in and around the historic buildings as visitors are transported back to the 1880s to learn about the ranch’s rich heritage of cattle, railroads, and prairie fires in Chase County. For info and reservations, call (620) 273-8494.
5. Disco Night
When: 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2
Where: Uncle Bo’s Blues Bar, 420 S.E. 6th Ave.
Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door
Boogie Wonderland is a Kansas City live dance band performing a variety of dance hits from the 70s to the 2000’s. They feature songs from the Bee Gees, Kool and the Gang, Black Eyed Peas, Pink, Bruno Mars and more. For information, bit.ly/2jfOXSO.
6. Fiddler on the Roof
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3
Where: The Columbian Theatre, 521 Lincoln Ave., Wamego
Cost: $10 - $15
New this year is the Winter Theatre Academy offered at the Columbian. Originally offered in the summer, the theater offers a second set of courses in the winter for children to learn about the theater. Their first winter show is “Fiddler on the Roof.” For information, bit.ly/2AZyAkG.
7. Last Minute Folk Concert
When: 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2
Where: Jayhawk Theatre Gallery, 720 S.W. Jackson
Kelley Hunt and Jeff Black will be performing for this month’s concert series. Both are accomplished writers and performers on an international stage, and are longtime friends and admirers of each others’ work. Topeka band Thorpe and McElroy will open the show. For information, lastminutefolk.org.
8. Festival of Lights: Ice Sculpting
When: 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2
Where: Blue Earth Plaza, 3rd and Colorado Streets, Manhattan
Enjoy free popcorn, cookies, hot cocoa and take a ride on virtual reality Santa sleigh ride, with train and trolley rides. When sculptors are finished and judging begins, St. Mary’s Academy Choir will sing and continue the spirit of Christmas in Blue Earth Plaza. For information, bit.ly/2je6kUi.
9. Beauty and the Beast
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2
Where: Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Dr., Lawrence
Cost: $15.99 - $26.99
Through Dec. 17, guests can step into the enchanted world of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Songs include “Be Our Guest” and “Beauty and the Beast,” with matinee and audio described performances available. For information, bit.ly/2zWCQ7E.
10. The Gatlin Brothers
When: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29
Where: Topeka Performing Arts Center, 214 S.E. 8th Ave.
Cost: $29 - $49
Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers have been dazzling audiences for more than 60 years. Wednesday, they’ll be performing their annual Christmas show in Topeka with special guest Billy Dean. For information, bit.ly/2A0CQRO.