Saturday, Dec. 7
7-9 a.m.: Lions Club Breakfast
7-3: Craft booths and vendors
11-1: After Prom Pulled Pork Lunch
12:30-1: Live Nativity Reading
1-3: Kids Craft Time
1-3: Kids visit with Santa
5-7: After Prom Dinner
7:00: Raffle Drawings
Halstead Kris Kringle Jingle Schedule
Saturday Evening, Dec. 7
5-7: Historical Society Chicken Noodle/Chili/Pie Dinner
5:15: Parade line up and registration
5:30: Parade begins
5:50: Santa visits begin
6:00: Announcement of Parade winners
6:05: Beginning of raffle drawings
6:45: Grand Prize drawing
Sunday, Dec. 8
4:30: Community Christmas Carols at UMC
Sedgwick Christmas In The Country Schedule
Saturday, Dec. 7
9 a.m.: Craft and Vendor Booths at Grade School.
11 a.m.: Chili Feed by After Prom Committee
11 a.m.: Photos with Santa
12 Noon: High School Choir Carols
Sunday, Dec. 8
8 -11 a.m.: Breakfast With Santa at Legion
7 p.m.: Merry Carol at Plymouth Congregational Church
HARVEY COUNTY – Christmas is coming to Harvey County this weekend with several events planned.
Burrton, Halstead and Sedgwick all have special happenings for families this weekend. And Bentley will have its annual event the following weekend. Children will get the opportunity to visit with Santa. If you are looking for unique Christmas gifts, local vendors will have food and craft booths set up as well.
The annual Christmas Fair will occur Saturday, Dec. 7.
Events kicks off at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Lions Club in the City Auditorium. The event will wrap up some 12 hours later with announcement of the raffle winners at 7 p.m. In between a variety of activities that have been planned to accommodate nearly everyone from Burrton.
There has been speculation and concern throughout the community about whether this year’s Christmas Fair would even be held. This will put those concerns to rest.
Cindy Roberts remarked about the confusion, noting that the committee “has tried so many different things and no one ever wants to participate.” As a result, while there are activities throughout the day, they are more limited than in years past.
One noticeable event that will be lacking is a Christmas parade.
But, Santa will still be arriving on schedule shortly before 1 p.m. Children–maybe even some “grown up” children–will be able to visit with Santa from 1-3 p.m. in the auditorium.
The afternoon will be busy, with multiple activities scheduled between one and three. Children will be able to participate in a craft session in City Hall. They will also be able to hear the story of Christmas, with a live reading of the Nativity.
Crafters will be offering various Christmas items for sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the City Auditorium, with door prizes given away every half hour.
In addition to the Lions Club breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available. Both are sponsored by the After Prom Committee. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with dinner from 5 to 7 p.m.
The raffle winners will be announced at 7 p.m., but you do not have to be present to win. However, all items must be claimed at City Hall during specific time slots, which will be announced on Saturday. You must provide both your name and phone number in order to qualify. Winners who are not present will be notified on Sunday, Dec. 8. Items unclaimed will be redrawn at a later date.
Saturday evening Christmas will come to Halstead with the annual Kris Kringle Jingle sponsored by Hutchinson Regional Medical Center.
Grab some homemade chicken noodles or chili at the Historical Society Dinner at Golden Harvest Restaurant starting at 5 p.m. Along with soups they will be offering pie as well. The event last until 7 p.m. All proceeds go toward Halstead Historical Society Projects.
Bring the family down to Main Street of the light parade at 5:30 p.m. The parade starts at the Kansas Learning Center for Health and ends at the Halstead Fire and EMS Building. The theme is Christmas Time and all entries are welcome. Grand prize for parade entries is $100 cash. Line up and registration begins at 5:15 p.m. at the Kansas Learning Center for Health Pre-registration forms will be available at Charlsen Insurance, 304 Main St.
Following the parade, Santa will be at the fire station for a visit with children. There will also be a fun activity for the kids to partake in, and raffle drawings. Drawings start at 6 p.m. with the Grand Prize drawing taking place at 6:45. Grand Prize is a special visit from Santa to your home to read to your family, “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Plans are for Santa to visit on Christmas Eve but plans will be flexible to work with the winners’ schedule.
The annual Cedar Chest, that is built and donated by John Will, will also be given away in the drawing.
Other items include a locally created wreath, and a Central National Bank Piggy Bank among prizes.
Raffle tickets are available at Central National Bank, both Halstead Bank branches, Charlsen Insurance, and D’Angelo’s. Tickets will also be available for purchase during the celebration at the fire station.
A community Christmas Carol will be held this year on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 511 Chestnut. The event is a collaboration of the Halstead Community Churches. Ralph McKay will be the song leader for the event. Everyone is welcome.
The Sedgwick Booster Club is offering an opportunity to shop local at its Christmas in the Country event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday in the Multi-Purpose room at the grade school, 406 4th Street, Sedgwick.
The craft show will feature area vendors with home-based businesses, handmade items and gifts. The Senior Center will have a booth with baked goods and crafts.
The After Prom committee is hosting a chili lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The high school choir will be caroling through the noon hour to add to the Christmas spirit.
Children can come see Santa and get their picture taken from 11 a.m. to noon.
Proceeds from booth rentals will go to help purchase large food items to give the needy families of the community a nice Christmas dinner.
On Sunday, Dec. 8, the day starts out with a Breakfast with Santa event at The Sedgwick American Legion at 510 N. Commercial. A full menu will be served starting at 8 a.m. Everything from omelets to pancakes will be available. Children can get a photo with Santa and special treats will be handed out.
Later on Sunday will be the Merry Carol at the Sedgwick Plymouth Church starting at 7 p.m. This community sing-a-long event is being hosted by the Council of Churches.
Bentley will host its annual Christmas Drawing the following weekend on Saturday, Dec. 14.
The event starts at 10 a.m. at City Hall. Santa will be at Bentley to visit with kids. You can sign your kids up at the Bentley Corner and City Hall starting on Dec. 7 for the drawing.
They are currently accepting donations at Bentley City Hall of cash, toys and food. The bank is accepting cash donations.
On Friday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. volunteers are needed to help load the food baskets.
Saturday, Dec. 14, a party bus will pick up carolers at Bentley Corner at 6 p.m. The carolers will drop off baskets at Bentley Eagle Senior Center and travel to homes. This two-hour event is for adults over the age of 21 only.
Correspondent Glenn Koster contributed to this report.