Top 10 things to do this week in northeast Kansas, Dec. 3 - 9

1. Candy Cane Hunt


When: 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9

Where: Crestview Community Center, 4801 S.W. Shunga Drive

Cost: $3

Join Shawnee County Parks and Recreation for its 10th annual candy cane hunt! There will be s’mores, hot chocolate, games and the annual event of finding candy canes by flashlight. Flashlight’s are not provided, so make sure to bring your own and a bag for all your goodies. For information,


2. Christmas Favorites Concert

When: 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3

Where: White Concert Hall, near S.W. 17th and Jewell Ave.

Cost: Free, but donations appreciated

The Shawnee Choral Society will perform its annual holiday concert featuring an array of familiar religious and sacred songs of the season. Favorites include “Carol of the Bells”; “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”; “Ave Maria”; and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” For information,


3. She Kills Monsters

When: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 - 7

Where: Stage Too, Crafton-Preyer Theater in Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive

Cost: $10 - $20

Agnes, an assertively ordinary young woman, enters the world of Dungeons and Dragons to connect with her late sister she never really knew. Originally produced by Vampire Cowboys, New York’s pioneering “geek theatre” company, this is a comic adventure of resilience and redemption. For information,


4. Santa Visits at the Museum

When: 2 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7

Where: Kansas Museum of History, 6425 S.W. 6th Ave.

Cost: Free

Enjoy free admission to the museum, take your picture with Santa in the museum’s 1840s covered wagon, and take advantage of a 15 percent discount at the museum store to purchase Kansas made gifts perfect for the holidays. For information,


5. A Charlie Brown Christmas

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6

Where: McCain Auditorium, 1501 Goldstein Circle, Manhattan

Cost: $16 - $45

For more than 50 years the story of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang has warmed the hearts of families. See the production live this week as the kids take on a Christmas play, save a tree and uncover the true meaning of Christmas. For information,


6. An Irish Christmas

When: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 5

Where: Lied Center Pavilion. 1600 Steward Drive, Lawrence

Cost: $25

Lawrence’s own Ashley Davis will perform with Lúnasa, one of Ireland’s most beloved traditional instrumental bands. The concert will include songs from Davis’s two holiday albums, “Songs of the Celtic Winter” and “The Christmas Sessions.” For information,


7. Martyn Lucas in One Night at Christmas

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9

Where: Lee Dam Center for Fine Art, 201 S. 9th St., Marysville

Cost: $15

Martyn Lucas previously performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” at London’s Covent Garden, and will be returning to Marysville for one night to perform a specialty Christmas concert. He’ll be singing a medley of his favorite songs, in addition to some holiday favorites. For information,


8. Ugly Sweater Night

When: 7 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8

Where: Paint Therapy Uncorked, 5130 S.W. 29th St.

Cost: $35

Have you been to Topeka’s interactive art lounge? Bring your own booze, food, your ugly sweater, and whoever you enjoy painting with and create your own masterpiece with guidance from a local artist. There will also be a raffle to win free prizes. For information and reservations,


9. Kids in the Kitchen

When: 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 9

Where: Topeka Hy-Vee, 2951 S.W. Wanamaker Rd.

Cost: $12 (registration requested)

Join Hy-Vee dietitians for this hands-on cooking event. Kids will get to make and eat edible Christmas trees, Santa waffles, cheese wedge reindeer, holiday veggie cups, and decorate their own gingerbread man.The age range recommended is 4 - 11 years old, and tickets are only needed for children. Register at


10. Family Christmas Carnival

When: 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9

Where: Blue Earth Plaza, 3rd and Colorado St., Manhattan

Cost: Free

Come enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides and the Whoville Express Train in downtown Manhattan. Skid along rooftops with Santa on special virtual reality sleigh rides, and hear some music from Michael B and the Manhattan tubas. For information,