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Dodge City’s community art walk, Final Friday, moves to the first Friday in December (Dec. 2) and becomes Frosty Friday. Patrons can expect the same inspiring art, refreshments, and sales, with most having a holiday twist.
8. Attend a Christmas Concert
On Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. enjoy an afternoon of Live Christmas Music at the Hickory Hollow Pumpkin Patch when the Dodge City High School Madrigals perform.
The holiday magic and music stylings of Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas will be on full display beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the United Wireless Arena.
Join the Dodge City Cowboy Band at the Village Square Mall for its annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 11.
7. See a Christmas Show
Enjoy the Depot Theater’s theatrical and spirited version of A Christmas Carol. The phantasmagoric qualities of this classic take center stage as a swirling, dancing chorus of ghosts weave you through this timeless holiday tale. Performances will run Dec. 2-4, 9-11, and 16-18.
Or celebrate the Christmas Season with the Depot Theater with your favorite carols and holiday songs during the Christmas Cabaret.
6. Take the Holiday Lights Tour
Climb aboard the Historic Trolley and enjoy an evening of lights, music, and fun with your friends and family. Tours offered every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday. Go to visitdodgecity.org/LightTours for details and schedule.
On Saturday, Dec. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the Boot Hill Museum will host a Breakfast with Santa Enjoy breakfast, crafts, story time, games, and get your picture taken with Santa.
Then on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. the Dodge City Family YMCA will host a Breakfast with Santa. Enjoy warm and savory biscuits and grave, coffee and juice while you play games, dance to music, and get your photo with Santa.
3. Make Gingerbread Houses
Explore your holiday creativity by building your very own Gingerbread House when Arrowhead West presents the Gingerbread House Party on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Western State Bank Expo Center. Enjoy hot chocolate and Christmas cookies while you build the perfect gingerbread house.
2. Take a Carriage Ride Through Downtown
Red Beard Coffee will again be hosting their Winter Extravaganza. Join them for winter family fun all December long. Carriage rides will be on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 17 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Other festivities at Red Beard during December include cinnamon roll bake off competition, cookie decorating contest, visits from Santa Claus, and special discounts.
1. Give Back
One of the best ways to enjoy the holidays this year is give back. You can help a family in need when you drop off a canned or non-perishable food items at the Depot Theater. While your there enjoy a bowl of award-winning holiday chili from the Dodge City Police Department. Sponsored by National Beef of Dodge City.
The Salvation Army of Dodge City has already kicked off its red kettle drive at various locations throughout the city. These donations provide gits to children who otherwise would go without and provide food, shelter, and utility assistance to those who need it all year round.
Compass Behavioral Health is accepting donations of slightly used or new gifts for the North Pole. Every year Compass allows children ages 5 to 18 to select and wrap a gift for a friend or family member of their choice, free of charge. The will be accepting donations of gift cards, toys, tools, socks, or anything you think someone else might enjoy through Dec. 21.
Red Beard Coffee is partnering with St. Francis to provide all of their foster children with Christmas gifts. Visit Red Beard Coffee to signup and help a child in need.
In The News
Ever since we earned the moniker "Wickedest Little City in the West" Dodge City has known how to make headlines. Check out some of the fabulous stories about our historic town!
The air was buzzing with excitement when hundreds of people gathered in downtown Dodge City for the annual Parade of Lights and Chili Cook Off on Monday, Nov. 28. This year’s festivities included chili sampling and cinnamon rolls, hot chocolate from the Salvation Army, Main Street Dodge City’s Santa House, the Q97 Snowball Drop, prize giveaways, performances from the DCHS Madrigals, the lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree, and concluded with the Parade of Lights.
Citizens of Dodge City and Ford County have a shot at winning generous prizes when they enter one of the annual Light Up Contests. Contestants have until noon on Monday, Dec. 12, to register for the Light Up Dodge City contest and until noon on Monday, Dec. 26, to register for the Light Up Ford County contest.
Every year businesses, organizations, and individuals turn Dodge City’s Wright Park into a feast for the eyes when they decorate trees throughout the park. Registration for the annual Light Up Wright Park event has already begun, and participants have until November 20 to claim their tree. The tree deemed best decorated will earn the winner $100 in Chamber Bucks.
Industry Recognizes Excellence in Kansas Tourism Marketing
The Travel Industry Association of Kansas (TIAK) announced last week the winners of this year’s Marketing Awards during the 2022 Kansas Tourism Conference in Wichita. Dodge City was among the winners announced during the Kansas Tourism Dinner and Marketing Awards Banquet.
In June, Dodge City was chosen as one of 260 grantees for the 2022 Community Challenge Grant from AARP Livable Communities and AARP Kansas. This grant aims to create more livable communities through public art. Beginning September 23, the Dodge City Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) will begin hosting a series of round tables to solicit community input regarding the subjects of these murals.
City of Dodge City Commission Approves Downtown Streetscape Project
The Dodge City Commission unanimously voted to approve the Downtown Streetscape Project at their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, August 15. This monumental decision comes 150-years to the day of the signing of the Dodge City Town Charter. The $13.9 million multi-phase project that will revitalize our historic downtown is anticipated to start this fall.
More than 75 people were present on the morning of Wednesday, August 3, in the parking lot south of the Boot Hill Museum for a ribbon cutting and storyboard unveiling for the “Kansas Wheat Shock.”
Miss Kitty welcomed the crowd and introduced special guests; artist Hoss Haley, High Plains Journal Owner Nelson Spencer Jr., and Dodge City Vice Mayor Michael Burns. The 32-foot-high fine art sculpture was built in 1980 and stood tall on the south lawn of the High Plains Journal (HPJ) headquarters for more than 40 years. It was donated to the city in honor of HPJ’s legacy in Dodge City and the contributions of its past, present, and future employees. The sculpture was relocated in late July to downtown Dodge City, in the median strip that divides Wyatt Earp Blvd., where it will welcome travelers to downtown.
Whisker Roundup Names Dodge City’s First Mr. Mustache
Nearly 100 people packed the Depot Theater on Saturday, July 23, when the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted the first Whisker Roundup Mustache Contest. Sponsored by the Rusty Edge Tonsorial Parlor, eight contestants took to the stage to flaunt their pruned, shaped, and waxed mustaches in their bid to claim the crown of Dodge City’s first Mr. Mustache...
As part of Dodge City’s 150th Anniversary Celebration, Dodge City hosted Founder’s Weekend, a three-day commemoration honoring our city’s founders, from June 17 through June 19. The event included a concert in Wright Park, a five-mile run, an all-day celebration at the Boot Hill Museum, and the dedication of the Bat Masterson statue at the Home of Stone.
Dodge City Named Most Charming Small Town in Kansas
Dodge City’s unique blend of historic charm and western aesthetic helped Trips to Discover to name the Most Charming Small Town in Kansas. In her article “The Most Charming Small Town in Every State,” Trips to Discover travel writer K.C. Dermody cited the colorful cast of characters, entertaining exhibits, and experiences as reasons that Dodge City tops her list in the state of Kansas...
The Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is pleased to announce the return of its Marketing Grant. This grant is available to attractions, venues, or event organizers to promote activities in Ford County that will attract visitors who will stay overnight in our community. Grant funds are released in advance of the project's completion date but require proof of completion and a results report. The grant can cover up to 80% of the project’s marketing cost, with a maximum award of $1,000 per project. $5,000 will be available to be awarded this round. The grant deadline is April 30, 2022.