Wichita Families Celebrate A Night With Santa

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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UPDATE: Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Approximately 4,000 residents attended “A Night with Santa” holiday event , Wichita City officials said.

The indoor-outdoor free event was hosted by Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and Wichita City Council members Tuesday night. The festivities included a tree-lighting on Kennedy Plaza, a reading of “The Night before Christmas,” fireworks and Santa Claus arriving on a fire truck. Fireworks were sponsored by the Wichita Federal Credit Union and Go Wichita.

The event also included donations of personal items and clothing benefiting the Wichita Children’s Home.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Hundreds of families braved the cold tonight to see the official Christmas tree lighting in downtown Wichita.

Every adult and kids was bundled up in extra layers of clothes to participate in the city's annual event. But the kids were most eager to see the special guests from the North Pole.

"I look forward to it every year so we can see Santa. We can tell him what we want for Christmas," said Layla Gonzalez, who joined her siblings for the event.

"I felt really happy out here because of the fireworks and because Santa Clause came," said Zander Nicholson, whose grandmother takes them to this event every year.

The kids were just as thrilled to see Mrs. Clause who read "The Night Before Christmas." But the man in the red suit, who rolled in on top of a fire truck, that the kids were all waiting for.

"Emma's six and she loves Santa so we needed to come out and see him and let her experience this whole event," said Kathy Ewing, parent.

The event was a tradition for many families, especially the tree lighting ceremony.

"It's one of the many symbols so we like to maintain traditions. Cold or warm, snow or not, we'll come out here. We do it at home, do it out here every year," said Paul Gonzalez, parent.

The outdoor festivities were complete with Christmas carols and a special fireworks show to celebrate "A Night With Santa."

"It feels good. There's all the commercialism of Christmas but when you see this, it just makes your heart feel all warm and you know that Christmas is going to survive," said Ewing.

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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Santa Clause is coming to town!

Old Saint Nick will join Wichita city leaders for a “Night With Santa” in downtown Wichita.

The evening begins with a tree lighting on Kennedy Plaza, outside Century II convention center. Santa will also be trading in his sleigh, arriving at the event on a Wichita Fire truck.

Festivities will move indoors, where kids and their families can play games, bounce on inflatables, and take photos with Santa. Mrs. Clause will also read “The Night Before Christmas.”

Prizes and awards will be given away.

The annual holiday event will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m.

“A Night With Santa” will be affecting downtown traffic. Street closures include:

Douglas Avenue, Main Street to McLean Blvd.
McLean Blvd., Douglas to 1st and 2nd Streets
Waco, Douglas to 1st Street (Access from 1st Street to the Broadview Hotel)
1st St., Waco to McLean Blvd.
Sycamore, north of Douglas to McLean Blvd.
S. Cancun St., Century II Drive to W. Tlalnepantla Dr.

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