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Downtown Hays

  1. Hays Arts Council Winter Art Walk

    December 3, 2022, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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    Downtown Hays & surrounding areas

    Enjoy a Saturday on the Bricks of Downtown Hays where dozens of shops & galleries showcase art exhibits, opening reception, & a mix of free entertainment.

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  2. Downtown Hays Carriage Rides

    December 9, 2022, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    On The  Bricks in Downtown Hays

    Want to make some Magical Christmas Memories this year? Bundle up, & bring the family downtown for a stroll on Main Street in a Horse Drawn Carriage. Sunflower Clydesdales will be here from 5-8 pm! Rides are $3 per person; age 5 & under ride FREE!

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  3. Downtown Hays Carriage Rides

    December 16, 2022, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    On The  Bricks in Downtown Hays

    Want to make some Magical Christmas Memories this year? Bundle up, & bring the family downtown for a stroll on Main Street in a Horse Drawn Carriage. Sunflower Clydesdales will be here from 5-8 pm! Rides are $3 per person; age 5 & under ride FREE!

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  4. Downtown Dollar Giveaway

    December 17, 2022, 7:30 PM
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    Facebook LIVE Event

    Join us on Facebook LIVE for the announcement of winners!

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Family & Kid Friendly

  1. Santa & Mrs. Claus at Bella Luna

    December 9, 2022, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Bella Luna Boutique

    Santa & Mrs. Claus are coming to 1011 Main!

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  2. Santa & Mrs. Claus at Bella Luna

    December 11, 2022, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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    Bella Luna Boutique

    Santa & Mrs. Claus are coming to 1011 Main!

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  3. Santa & Mrs. Claus at Bella Luna

    December 14, 2022, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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    Bella Luna Boutique

    Santa & Mrs. Claus are coming to 1011 Main!

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  4. Santa & Mrs. Claus at Bella Luna

    December 16, 2022, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Bella Luna Boutique

    Santa & Mrs. Claus are coming to 1011 Main!

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  5. Santa & Mrs. Claus at Bella Luna

    December 18, 2022, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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    Bella Luna Boutique

    Santa & Mrs. Claus are coming to 1011 Main!

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  6. Santa & Mrs. Claus at Bella Luna

    December 21, 2022, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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    Bella Luna Boutique

    Santa & Mrs. Claus are coming to 1011 Main!

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Fundraisers

  1. "Grow Us Your Beards" Contest

    December 3, 2022, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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    Defiance Brewing Taproom

    Defiance Brewing Co. & Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ellis County present: "Grow Us Your Beards" Contest. Beard, Moustache, & Facial Hair Competition.

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  2. Toys for Tots Campaign Closes

    December 10, 2022, All Day
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    7 locations thru out Hays & on-line

    Toys for Tots, a 74 year national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, provides happiness & hope to disadvantaged children during each Christmas holiday season. The toys, books, & other gifts collected & distributed by the Marines offer these children recognition, confidence, & a positive memory for a lifetime. It is such an experiences that help children become responsible citizens & caring members of their community. Last year the Marine Corps fulfilled the holiday hopes & dreams of 7 million less fortunate children in over 800 communities nationwide. Since 1947, over 265 million children have been assisted. All donations are tax deductible & stay in our local community.

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  3. Stars & Stripes Breakfast

    December 11, 2022, 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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    VFW Hall

    All you can eat: bacon, sausage, eggs, hash browns, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, orange juice, & coffee.

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  4. Battle of the Badges - American Red Cross Donations

    December 22, 2022, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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    Big Creek Crossing

    The Battle of the Badges Blood Drive, sponsored by the Hays High JAG-K program, is a rivalry between the Hays Police Department, Ellis County EMS, & Hays Fire & Rescue to see who can register the most units of blood.

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  5. Battle of the Badges - American Red Cross Donations

    December 23, 2022, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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    Big Creek Crossing

    The Battle of the Badges Blood Drive, sponsored by the Hays High JAG-K program, is a rivalry between the Hays Police Department, Ellis County EMS, & Hays Fire & Rescue to see who can register the most units of blood.

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Libraries

  1. Rick Keltner Presentation & Book Signing

    December 4, 2022, 1:30 PM
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    Hays Public Library

    Coach Rick Keltner discusses his book "Taking the Crazy Out of Youth Sports."

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  2. Frost Fest at the Hays Public Library

    December 10, 2022, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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    Hays Public Library

    Celebrate Frost Fest weekend with the Hays Public Library!

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  3. Making Sense of Wrapping with Simply Charmed

    December 13, 2022, 5:30 PM
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    Hays Public Library

    Learn tips & tricks for wrapping your presents at this presentation from Simply Charmed.

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  4. Trivia Night at the Paisley Pear

    December 13, 2022, 6:30 PM
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    Paisley Pear

    Put your 4-person team together, & head to the Paisley Pear for themed trivia.

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  5. Wayne & Tammy Lang Concert

    December 14, 2022, 6:00 PM
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    Hays Public Library

    Celebrate the Christmas season with music from Wayne & Tammy Lang!

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Main Calendar

  1. Dr. Fred P. Ruder Teaming Up for Tots (TUFT) Day

    December 3, 2022, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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     FHSU Center for Applied Technology-Woodshop

    Annual toy-building event! For more than 30 years, faculty, staff, & community members have gathered on the first Saturday in December to assemble about 200 wooden toys for children ages 2-6 who might not otherwise receive Christmas gifts.

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  2. Hays Arts Council 39th Annual 5 State Photography Exhibition Opening & Reception

    December 3, 2022, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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    Hays Arts Council & Annex

    Part of the Winter Art Walk. Opening Reception. This year's exhibition will feature over 100 photographs.

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  3. Hays Arts Council 39th Annual 5 State Photography Exhibition

    December 5, 2022, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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    Hays Arts Council & Annex

    This year's exhibition will feature over 100 photographs.

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Meetings and Conferences

  1. Center for Life Experience: Healing After Loss(HAL) Support Group

    December 3, 2022, 11:30 AM
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    The Venue

    Holiday Luncheon. For those that have lost a loved one, such as a spouse. Hosted by: Center for Life Experience.

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  2. Center for Life Experience: Healing Hearts Support Group

    December 3, 2022, 3:00 PM
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    Jackie Creamer's Dance Studio

    For those who have lost a child. Hosted by Center for Life Experiences. Annual Memorial Tree Event.

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  3. Center for Life Experience: Annual Holiday Memorial Tree Dedications

    December 3, 2022, 3:00 PM
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    Jackie Creamer's Dance Studio

    Come & honor your lost loved ones with an ornament on our Holiday Memorial Trees. Bring your own ornaments or ornaments with tags will be available for a donation to CFLE.

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  4. Center for Life Experience Support Series: Coping with Mental Functioning Decline

    December 5, 2022, 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
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    Oak Plaza

    For those experiencing or caring for someone with mental functioning decline.

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  5. Center for Life Experience: HALOS Support Group

    December 7, 2022, 6:00 PM
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    Oak Plaza

    "Healing After Loss of Suicide" Support Group. For those that have lost a loved one to suicide. Hosted by: Center for Life Experience. Holiday Festivities.

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  6. Center for Life Experience: Bonding Through Creativity

    December 14, 2022, 5:00 PM
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    The Niche

    For kids 8 & up to de-stress over an art project & conversation.

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Museums

  1. FHSU STEM-ED Student Chapter presents their Annual Christmas Show "Frosty the Snowman"

    December 3, 2022, 10:00 AM
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    Sternberg Museum

    Come experience Frosty the Snowman with exciting science demonstrations from the FHSU STEM Education Club.

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Music & Entertainment

  1. The Fox Theatre: Ryan Charles

    December 3, 2022, 7:00 PM
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    The Fox Theatre

    G?et ready for something DIFFERENT, UPBEAT, & an ABSOLUTE BLAST!!! "Western Rapper" Ryan Charles hails from the valley of Buffalo, WY. Similar to his hometown, once referred to as the most lawless town in America, Charles brings a style all his own — meshing the cowboy lifestyle with the flow of 2000’s rap.

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  2. Paisley Pear hosts: Braden Bartlett & Matt Dethera

    December 3, 2022, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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    Paisley Pear

    Join us for some American Folk Storytelling music from Braden Bartlett & Matt Detherage!

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  3. Hays Community Theatre: We Need A Little Christmas: A Holiday Extravaganza

    December 8, 2022, 7:30 PM
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    Hays Community Theatre

    The Christmas Show! Join us for a holiday variety show filled with singing, dancing, comedy, & the joy of Christmas. Featuring local children & adults singing & dancing to your favorite holiday songs.

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  4. The Fox Theatre: Country Night

    December 8, 2022, 8:00 PM
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    The Fox

    Featuring DJ Nate-last dancing night of the year! Must be 18 to enter, $5 cover charge for under 21.

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  5. Hays Community Theatre: We Need A Little Christmas: A Holiday Extravaganza

    December 9, 2022, 7:30 PM
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    Hays Community Theatre

    The Christmas Show! Join us for a holiday variety show filled with singing, dancing, comedy, & the joy of Christmas. Featuring local children & adults singing & dancing to your favorite holiday songs.

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  6. Cloverton Christmas Concert

    December 10, 2022, 7:00 PM
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    Hays First United Methodist Church

    Without the help of a record label, Cloverton propelled onto the Christian music scene in 2011 as the first ever ROCK THE CAMP contest winners hosted by TobyMac & Camp Electric.

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  7. The Fox Theatre: Chingy

    December 10, 2022, 7:00 PM
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    The Fox Theatre

    Chingy, who single handedly influenced cultural slang with “thurr” & “hurr” following the smash Billboard Hot 100 hit “Right Thurr,” achieved superstardom success with seven other Hot 100 hits, including “Holidae In,” “One Call Away” & many more. An actor & philanthropist, Chingy, achieved rapid mainstream success with the release of his triple-Platinum RIAA certified debut album, Jackpot & knocked himself out of the No. 1 position with his second platinum album Powerballin’, featuring Hot 100 hit “Balla Baby” as well as a collaboration with Janet Jackson on “Don’t Worry.”

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  8. Hays Community Theatre: We Need A Little Christmas: A Holiday Extravaganza

    December 10, 2022, 7:30 PM
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    Hays Community Theatre

    The Christmas Show! Join us for a holiday variety show filled with singing, dancing, comedy, & the joy of Christmas. Featuring local children & adults singing & dancing to your favorite holiday songs.

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  9. Hays Community Theatre: We Need A Little Christmas: A Holiday Extravaganza

    December 11, 2022, 2:00 PM
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    Hays Community Theatre

    The Christmas Show! Join us for a holiday variety show filled with singing, dancing, comedy, & the joy of Christmas. Featuring local children & adults singing & dancing to your favorite holiday songs.

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  10. Annual Cathedral Concert

    December 11, 2022, 3:30 PM
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    Basilica of St. Fidelis

    Come join us at the glorious "Cathedral of the Plains" in Victoria, Kansas. FHSU choirs present the annual audience favorite featuring timeless choral music.

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  11. Max Haverfield & Friends Christmas Show

    December 13, 2022, 7:00 PM
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    The Fox

    The Max Haverfield & Friends Christmas Show! inspires audiences across the state with beautiful & jubilant songs of the Christmas.

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  12. The Fox Theatre: Parmaleee

    December 15, 2022, 7:00 PM
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    The Fox Theatre

    ACM “New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year” nominee Parmalee is one of Country music’s most successful acts: the Platinum-selling band of brothers is one of only four groups since 2001 to earn three consecutive Top 10 singles from a debut Country album.

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  13. Paisley Pear hosts: Joey Dean Live

    December 16, 2022, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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    Paisley Pear

    Live music-solo artist! New radio single, "Cowboy".

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  14. Paisley Pear hosts: Jazz Duo

    December 17, 2022, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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    Paisley Pear

    Live Jazz by local artist!

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Schools

  1. TMP-Marian Basketball vs. Oakley

    December 13, 2022, 4:00 PM
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    Thomas More Prep-Marian High School

    GO MONARCHS!!! C/JV/Varsity

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  2. FHSU 2022 Fall Commencement

    December 16, 2022, 9:00 AM
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    Gross Memorial Coliseum

    CONGRATULATIONS to the 2022 Fall Graduates!

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  3. FHSU BSN Fall Recognition Ceremony

    December 16, 2022, 3:30 PM
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    Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center

    Fall BSN Pinning

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  4. FHSU 2022 Virtual Fall Commencement Ceremony

    December 17, 2022, 9:00 AM

    CONGRATULATIONS to the 2022 Fall Graduates! Can't attend Fall Commencement on Friday? You can still have the experience of walking across the stage & hearing your name read just like you would in-person.

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Seasonal Events

  1. Big Creek Crossing: Storytime, Milk, & Cookies with Santa

    December 3, 2022, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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    Big Creek Crossing

    Santa will read a great story while enjoying coloring, milk, & cookies, & of course a story!

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  2. Ellis Polar Express

    December 3, 2022, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    We are so excited to be back on the train this year!! Polar Express will run Friday(Dec. 2), Saturday (Dec. 3), & Sunday (Dec. 4). The Ellis Polar Express facebook page will keep you up to date with any changes or additions to its schedule.

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  3. Christmas Past at Historic Fort Hays

    December 3, 2022, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    Historic Fort Hays

    Come see how the Fort would have been decorated for Christmas in the late 1800s. The Fort grounds glow with lanterns & luminaries, & visitors will enjoy seeing living history programs, Father Christmas, caroling, & be treated to special refreshments.

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  4. "Little Town of Bethlehem" Nativity at St. Boniface Catholic Church

    December 4, 2022, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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    St. Boniface Catholic Church

    Begun in 1927, the nativity has become a worldwide representation of Christmas featuring rocks & figurines from all 50 states & 105 countries. A live flowing river with sheep, shepherds, & various animals dot the scene. Rocks & wood from the Holy Land are unique to the nativity as well as rock from the Cave of Lourdes.

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  5. Ellis Polar Express

    December 4, 2022, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    We are so excited to be back on the train this year!! Polar Express will run Friday(Dec. 2), Saturday (Dec. 3), & Sunday (Dec. 4). The Ellis Polar Express facebook page will keep you up to date with any changes or additions to its schedule.

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  6. Breakfast with Santa at Thirsty's

    December 10, 2022, 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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    Thirsty's Brew Pub & Grill

    Come visit with Santa, & you are welcome to take your own pictures, if you would like. FREE donuts, muffins, cinnamon rolls, pastries, water, milk, & juice.

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  7. Chestnut Street Floral: Letters to Santa

    December 10, 2022, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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    Chestnut Street Floral

    Enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, & grab a bag of reindeer food while visiting with Mrs. Claus, to drop off your letter for Santa. (Please include your address so Santa can write you back.)

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  8. Community Christmas Party

    December 10, 2022, 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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    Rose Garden Banquet Hall

    Appetizers, dinner, & drinks. Music provided by Anthony & the Anamals. Option to skip the dinner & just come out for the band. Details to come.

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  9. "Little Town of Bethlehem" Nativity at St. Boniface Catholic Church

    December 11, 2022, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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    St. Boniface Catholic Church

    Begun in 1927, the nativity has become a worldwide representation of Christmas featuring rocks & figurines from all 50 states & 105 countries. A live flowing river with sheep, shepherds, & various animals dot the scene. Rocks & wood from the Holy Land are unique to the nativity as well as rock from the Cave of Lourdes.

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  10. Frostfest Illuminated Parade 2022

    December 11, 2022, 6:00 PM
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    On The Bricks in Downtown Hays

    The Frostfest season in Downtown Hays culminates with our illuminated parade. Join us on Main Street for the magic that is Frostfest! The 2022 theme is "Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses". Dozens of lighted floats will roll down Main Street beginning at 6:00 P.M.

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  11. Breakfast with Santa at Thirsty's

    December 17, 2022, 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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    Thirsty's Brew Pub & Grill

    Come visit with Santa, & you are welcome to take your own pictures, if you would like. FREE donuts, muffins, cinnamon rolls, pastries, water, milk, & juice.

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  12. 2022 Holiday Craft Fair at Big Creek Crossing

    December 17, 2022, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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    Big Creek Crossing

    It's our favorite time of year! Come explore Holiday trinkets of all shapes & sizes, services, & much more at our biggest event of the year! Come on down to support your local & abroad vendors, & see what they have to offer you!

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  13. "Little Town of Bethlehem" Nativity at St. Boniface Catholic Church

    December 18, 2022, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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    St. Boniface Catholic Church

    Begun in 1927, the nativity has become a worldwide representation of Christmas featuring rocks & figurines from all 50 states & 105 countries. A live flowing river with sheep, shepherds, & various animals dot the scene. Rocks & wood from the Holy Land are unique to the nativity as well as rock from the Cave of Lourdes.

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  14. Tour of Lights Contest: Top 3 Winners Announced Today

    December 21, 2022, All Day
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    Thru out Hays

    Top 3 winners announced today...

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  15. 13th Annual Community Christmas Dinner

    December 25, 2022, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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    VFW Hall

    All are welcome! No reservations needed for this sit-down event. Volunteers are needed. We also provide deliveries for the home bound. To volunteer or receive a delivery please call: 785-625-5528 (thru 12/15) then 785-259-9735 (12/16 - 12/24) Our email address is communitychristmasdinner@gmail.com

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  16. "Little Town of Bethlehem" Nativity at St. Boniface Catholic Church

    December 25, 2022, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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    St. Boniface Catholic Church

    Begun in 1927, the nativity has become a worldwide representation of Christmas featuring rocks & figurines from all 50 states & 105 countries. A live flowing river with sheep, shepherds, & various animals dot the scene. Rocks & wood from the Holy Land are unique to the nativity as well as rock from the Cave of Lourdes.

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Sports & Recreation

  1. Annual Gerald Mitchell Hays City Shootout

    December 3, 2022, 11:00 AM
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    Hays High School

    FINAL DAY of the Three-day round robin tourney with the 9 teams. The Shootout is known to be one of the best in the State of Kansas.

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  2. FHSU Basketball vs Rogers State

    December 3, 2022, 2:00 PM
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    Gross Memorial Coliseum

    Go TIGERS!!

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  3. HHS Basketball vs. Junction City

    December 9, 2022, 4:00 PM
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    Hays High School

    GO INDIANS!!! V/JV/9.

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  4. FHSU Wrestling Bob Smith Open

    December 11, 2022, 9:00 AM
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    Gross Memorial Coliseum

    Go TIGERS!!!

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  5. FHSU Basketball vs Central Oklahoma

    December 16, 2022, 5:30 PM
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    Gross Memorial Coliseum

    Go TIGERS!!

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  6. Western Kansas Classic Wrestling

    December 18, 2022, 9:00 AM
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    Hays High School

    Western Kansas Classic Novice & Western Kansas Classic Girls Open

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  7. FHSU Basketball vs Newman

    December 18, 2022, 2:00 PM
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    Gross Memorial Coliseum

    Go TIGERS!!

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  8. FHSU Women's Basketball vs Bethany College

    December 19, 2022, 6:00 PM
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    Gross Memorial Coliseum

    Go TIGERS!!

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  9. Walk with a Doc- "Healthy Holiday Nutrition Tips"

    December 21, 2022, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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    Center for Health Improvement

    Kirsten Angell, RD, LD, CDCES, Wellness Dietitian

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Theater & Arts

  1. FHSU Department of Music & Theatre present: FHSU Jazz & Percussion Ensembles Concert

    December 8, 2022, 7:30 PM
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    Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center

    You don't want to miss this concert!

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  2. FHSU Department of Music presents: Tuba Christmas

    December 10, 2022, 2:00 PM
    @
    Big Creek Crossing

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