The Holidays in Lawrence

The weather outside could be frightful, but Lawrence and the surrounding towns are always delightful around the holidays. Mass Street is a spectacular show of lights and decorated windows, there are numerous holiday lighting ceremonies, concerts, and other events to attend, and plenty of unique gifts from which to choose. If you’re unsure of how to navigate the myriad of events and activities, use this article as your starting point for creating a memorable holiday outing perfect for family and friends.

While each year brings new and interesting events to attend, there are many timeless classics that shape the holiday season in Douglas County year after year. Consider starting your day with a Lawrence favorite that has been a tradition since 1993, the Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade, this year held on December 3rd. By only allowing horse-powered entries, the parade keeps the old-fashioned holiday spirit alive while drawing riders, horse teams, floats, and wagons from across the country. The Downtown Lawrence Winter Wonder Weekend, December 2-4, is filled with craft shows, a gingerbread contest, caroling, and live entertainment. Another fun activity to fill a bit of free time is the Library Lawn Skate Rink, open from late November through the end of January. At only $3 per person, the Skate Rink is an affordable family outing.

Be sure to see The Nutcracker: A Kansas Ballet 2016 performed by the Lawrence Ballet Theatre at the Lawrence Arts Center, December 9-18. For more fine arts holiday spirit, don’t miss Holiday Vespers from the KU School of Music on December 4 at the Lied Center.

Families who treasure selecting a Christmas tree together can visit Prairie Elf Christmas Trees or the Strawberry Hill Christmas Tree Farm – locally owned and operated farms that provide hayrides, hot drinks, and crafts to make your trip extra special. If you still need more holiday spirit, visit the extensive Christmas tree display in historic Lecompton, the Festival of Lights in Baldwin City, or the Santa Claus Express train ride at the Midland Railway.

Stephens Real Estate wishes you a happy holiday season, and we think these events along with the great restaurants and shops Lawrence offers promise plenty of opportunities for holiday cheer. 

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