January 26, 2020 - December 31, 2020 @ Cassias Gallery, Regnier Hall
November 14, 2020 - December 24, 2020
Each year the exhibit includes dozens of participating artists; most are from the Manhattan area, with several coming from various locations all over the Midwest. Wrap It Up features many types of work including:
Jewelry (glass, silver, beaded, etc.)
Hand made prints
Turned wood items
Featuring Artists Since 1999
This exhibit began in 1999 with the work of 35 artists on display. The intention was to showcase high-quality, affordable art for the gift-giving season. Wrap It Up has since expanded to include more than 80 artists from the region with a wide variety of work. Also, 35 percent of all sales proceeds benefit the Manhattan Arts Center’s facility and programming.
December 6, 2020, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM @ Downtown Manhattan
ake a walk downtown between the Manhattan Public Library and the Blue Earth Plaza to find the features in our Downtown Manhattan Art and Architecture Scavenger Hunt. We have taken photos of some old and new unique aspects of our beautiful downtown community. Notice the details and different features of each building. What's old, what's new?
Stop by the library atrium to pick up the scavenger hunt or download one using the link below. Write the address (or approximate location) under the corresponding photo. Fill it out and bring it back into the library for a small prize. As a fun addition, take a selfie in front of your favorite feature and post it! Tag us on social media!
Download the scavenger hunt brochure at https://bit.ly/3beUqUR.
December 6, 2020, 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM @ Blue Sage Barn at Prairiewood
Weekly open trail days at Prairiewood, every Sunday 3pm-Dusk. Check in and grab a trail map at the Blue Sage Gallery, part of our Blue Sage Barn at 1484 Wildcat Creek Rd. Be sure to bring water and good walking shoes. Please leave pets at home.
December 13, 2020, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM @ Downtown Manhattan
December 13, 2020, 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM @ Blue Sage Barn at Prairiewood
December 20, 2020, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM @ Downtown Manhattan
December 20, 2020, 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM @ Blue Sage Barn at Prairiewood
December 27, 2020, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM @ Downtown Manhattan
December 27, 2020, 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM @ Blue Sage Barn at Prairiewood
December 4, 2020, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.
Our Christmas production will also be featuring our Winter Theatre Academy students!
December 4, 2020, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center
By Mark Brown. Directed by Kim Riley. The Trial of the Century! A year after his miraculous transformation, Ebenezer Scrooge is back to his old ways and is suing Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future for breaking and entering, kidnapping, slander, pain and suffering, attempted murder and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. The ghosts employ a charismatic barrister while Scrooge represents himself. A surprising confession on the witness stand turns the tide of the trial and a verdict is rendered with surprising consequences.
December 5, 2020, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
December 5, 2020, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center
December 6, 2020, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
December 6, 2020, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center
December 8, 2020, 7:00 PM
Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish – The Musical is based on the heartfelt book of the same name by Chicago creative powerhouse Denise McGowan Tracy and tells the story of a rag doll named Eleanor who lives in a magical world. Despite her love for her North Pole family, including Santa, Mrs. “Cookie” Claus, Clara Claus, and the elves – Twinkle, Sprinkle, and Sparkle – Eleanor's very merry Christmas wish is for a best friend and home of her own.? With the help of her elf friends, she realizes that wishing is not enough and so she writes her own letter to Santa expressing her wish.?The letter opens the door to answering many questions and to the journey which leads to her wish, and others, coming true.
And there’s more! Enhance your viewing experience with the purchase of immersive party boxes. Tickets are available for purchase at eleanorswish.com. Tickets are not available through McCain Auditorium.
December 11, 2020, 7:00 PM
A holiday mash-up for the whole family, directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber,?The Hip Hop Nutcracker? recorded live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening-length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set.
December 11, 2020, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
December 11, 2020, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center
December 12, 2020, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
December 12, 2020, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center
December 13, 2020, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
December 13, 2020, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center
December 17, 2020, 7:30 PM
Filmed at the National Opera House of Ireland, this holiday show features the Irish Concert Orchestra, two choirs, guest singers and musicians from all over Ireland and the ethereal voice of Irish tenor, Michael Londra.
The concert features traditional carols, ancient Gaelic hymns beautifully sung and come classic carols those familiar with Michael’s recordings will know well.
The concert’s musical director, renowned Irish composer Liam Bates composed gorgeous choral arrangements for the evening. Guest artists include New York Times best selling author of Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer. Liam and Eoin’s songs from their Christmas musical NOËL feature in the concert along with an appearance by West End star and Northern Ireland native Zoe Rainey (Wicked, Hairspray).
December 18, 2020, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
December 19, 2020, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
December 20, 2020, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
December 22, 2020, 8:00 PM
Grammy Nominated Songwriter and piano sensation Jim Brickman will be taking the nation by storm this holiday season with the “Comfort & Joyat Home 2020” Virtual Tour. A portion of each ticket purchased to this LIVE event will be benefit McCain Auditorium. Fans and their families can enjoy this unique virtual concert experience from the comfort of home, while supporting McCain Auditorium during this challenging time.
Brickman will bring the LIVE concert experience up close and personal by blending yuletide memories and holiday carols with his own hit songs such as, “The Gift,” “Sending You A Little Christmas,” “Angel Eyes” and “If You Believe.” Brickman will warm the hearts of all as sweet sounds of faith and love make spirits bright, bringing family and friends together for anything but a silent night.
The Jim Brickman’s Christmas tradition continues, with a front row experience like never before.
December 2, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
Whoville, Inc. has been bringing the community together for the past 7 years, and 2020 is no different. The tree and other light displays will be installed in Blue Earth Plaza this holiday season! In accordance with local ordinances, there will not be a public gathering for the annual lighting of the tree, but the Festival of Lights Online Illumination Celebration will be aired Friday, November 27, at 7 p.m. on Facebook Live. The Festival of Lights Wonderbag Curbside Carnival will be held on Saturday, December 5, 1-3 p.m. for kids 12 and under. The grand display can be enjoyed from November 27 - January 1. Please practice social distancing and personal safety measures while walking through the area, or view from your car and tune your radio to 88.1 FM to watch the lights dance to music!
December 3, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 4, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 4, 2020, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM @ Downtown to Aggieville
Gather your crew and head to Downtown or Aggieville to watch this year's Spirit of the Holidays light parade! The parade will begin Downtown at 5:30 and travel down Poyntz, 11th Street, through Aggieville, and end in City park. Want to be merry and bright? Visit downtownmhk.com to register for the parade!
December 5, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 6, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 7, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 8, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 9, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 10, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 11, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 12, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 13, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 14, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 15, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 16, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 17, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 18, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 19, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 20, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 21, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 22, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 23, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 24, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 25, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 26, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 27, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 28, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 29, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 30, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 31, 2020, All Day @ Blue Earth Plaza
December 5, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Midwest Dream Car Collection
Be sure you're on The Nice List this year! Visit with Santa in person and enjoy hot chocolate and donuts in the Lounge.
December 5, 2020, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Blue Earth Plaza
Bring the kids by to get their free Wonderbag filled with goodies.
December 5, 2020, All Day @ Bill Snyder Family Stadium
December 5, 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Midwest Dream Car Collection
Calling all Wildcat fans! December features Powercat Motorsports, K-state’s Society of Automotive Engineers Formula Race Team. This team designs, manufactures and races a fully functional, open wheel, open cockpit race car. Join us to hear from these talented and hard-working students! Featured Car Talks last approximately 30 minutes and are geared toward adults but all ages are welcome. Regular museum admission applies while members attend for free.
December 19, 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Midwest Dream Car Collection
December 25, 2020, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Aggieville
The #BikeWalkMHK community will meet up at The Public Hall starting at 6:00pm for the Books + Bikes event. The Books + Bikes event invites members of the community to converse and imagine what is required to grow a bike-walk culture in MHK. This is an informal meet and greet event. No reading is required to participate.
At 7:30, a walking group will start off on a walking route through Aggievillle, City Park, and surrounding neighborhoods. Cyclists will convene along Moro Street and ride a 1-mile Loop moving south towards 4th street, Right on Poyntz, and around City Park into Aggieville.
Following the ride, we will meet informally over pizza to identify key issues facing the #BikeWalkMHK community in Manhattan and hear about progress made on bicycle-walk campaigns. The point of this ride is to increase the visibility of cycling and walking as a mode of active transportation, healthy living, and recreation - so we'll be riding at a pace that is comfortable for all! All ages welcome!
September 19, 2020, 10:00 AM - January 3, 2021, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center
Dive into the world of storytelling and channel your creativity to develop your own animated production using storyboarding, sketching, stop-motion movie making and more! Animationland empowers visitors of all ages to experiment, learn and tell their own stories through animation.
December 5, 2020, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ 810 Loma Ridge Drive, Manhattan, KS, 66503
Need a Christmas tree this holiday season? Well, look no further! Cut your own tree to decorate your home for FREE!
Manhattan Parks & Rec hosts the 5th annual Red Cedar Holiday Harvest on Saturday, December 5th from 8:30 - 11 AM at the Roger Schultz Community Park, 810 Loma Ridge Drive in Manhattan.
This family-friendly event is FREE for everyone! Enjoy hayrack rides with Britt's Farm, plus hot cocoa and coffee from Bluestem Bistro, and donuts from Varsity Donuts.
Bring a handsaw; no chainsaws allowed. Parks and Rec staff, Manhattan Fire Dept, and RCPD will be on hand to assist if needed.
Check weather updates on Facebook the morning of the event.
COVID-19 guidelines are in place! Hand sanitizer stations will be available, maintain physical distance, and wear your masks!
For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-587-2768.
December 12, 2020, 8:30 AM - 3:15 PM
Santa and his elves have been busy this year building Take-Home Holiday Activity Kits for the Flint Hills Discovery Center (FHDC). Now is your chance to grab one of these fun, age-appropriate kits filled to the brim with holiday crafts, games, puzzles and science experiments. Make sure to fill out that "Letter to Santa" and drop it back off at the FHDC. Each registration includes one Take-Home Holiday Activity Kit and a 5-minute personalized Zoom chat with Santa! Perfect for ages 3-9.
December 12, 2020, 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ Junebug Photography Studio
THE TIME HAS ARRIVED
Our 2nd Annual Mom's Night Out Event is FINALLY LIVE!
This year's event is a Christmas Pajama Party!
Whether you are a #boymom, #girlmom, #bonusmom, #dogmom, #pregomom or anything in between, we want to see your beautiful face in your best Christmas pajamas!
What more could you need?!?
Bring a friend or come and make new ones!
There are only 20 spots available! Last year's tickets went FAST, so don't wait!
*MUST HAVE A TICKET TO ATTEND
December 15, 2020, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center
Winter is almost here! Let's practice building snowmen and making snow ourselves.
December 27, 2020, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Midwest Dream Car Collection
Wanna take a peek under the hood? The last Sunday of each month, we open select vehicle hoods during business hours so you can see what powers these automotive icons up close!