December 6-8, 2019 in Downtown Lawrence
Spend the weekend Downtown and experience the heart of the holidays in the heart of the city! We have everything you need for holiday shopping, dining, and entertainment!
Click on each event below for more detail.
Monday, Dec. 2 – Sunday, Dec. 8
Lawrence Festival of Trees
Liberty Hall, 644 Mass.
Join us for the 33rd Annual Lawrence Festival of Trees from Monday, December 2nd through Sunday, December 8, 2019, at Liberty Hall in beautiful Downtown Lawrence, KS. This is the annual fundraising event for The Children’s Shelter (previously known as The Shelter, Inc.), a nonprofit agency which has provided emergency services for youth and families in Lawrence and the surrounding communities since 1981.
Viewing times for the week of Dec. 2 – Dec. 8;
Monday: 10 AM – 8 PM; Cookies with Santa Night 1: 4-6 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM – 8 PM; Cookies with Santa Night 2: 5-7 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM – 7 PM;
Thursday: 10 AM – 8 PM
Friday & Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday: 10 AM – 2 PM
Ugly Sweater Party 7 – 9 PM. Wednesday, Dec. 4th $10 **New this year!!**
Gala Auction Party at 7 PM, Friday, Dec. 6th $50
Admission: Suggested donation of $5 for adults and children over 12
Please see our Events tab for more information!
The Gala Auction Party will be held on Friday, Dec. 6th at 7 PM. Ticket price is $50.
The Patron Preview Party will begin at 6 PM. A donation of $60 is suggested for Patrons.
Nearly 50 trees and more than 20 wreaths decorated and donated by local individuals and groups are on display, and will be sold during the Auction Party on Friday, Dec. 6th.
Friday, December 6
Santa Rescue & Downtown Holiday Lighting
9th and Mass
5:30 – 8:30pm
Join us in Downtown Lawrence where the holiday comes alive with the Santa Rescue and Holiday Lighting Ceremony! What other city combines fire trucks, twinkling lights, Christmas carols and Santa on the rooftop? The evening begins at 5:30pm with live musical entertainment for the whole family at 9th & Massachusetts. Join us along with event MC Hank Booth for live musical performances. Special visits from the Heros from Just_us League!
The Mayor will kick off the holiday season by turning on our world class holiday lights and then it’s time for a visit from the big man himself. At 6:30ish Santa will appear on the rooftop of Weaver’s Dept. Store, only to be rescued by a ladder truck, operated by @Lawrence Douglas County Fire & Medical. Once Santa is safely on the ground, he’ll be available to take gift requests from the kids.
This event is brought to you in partnership with Ranjbar Orthodontics, Weaver’s Brad Finkeldei, Stevens & Brand, LLP, U.S. Bank Lawrence Kansas Parks and Recreation, City of Lawrence, Kansas – Municipal Government, Pickleman’s, Fairy Fox Design, The Granada Theater, Lawrence Arts Center, The Sandbar & Silverback.
Saturday, Dec. 7
The Eldridge Hotel Old Fashioned Christmas Buffet
701 Mass., 7-11am
$12.95 Ages 55+ // $14.95 Ages 54-13 // $8.95 Ages 12-7 // FREE Ages 6 and Under
Reservations recommended – call 785-749-1005
Come to where it all started – The Eldridge!!
It only seems fitting to return to where the Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade started 27 years ago at The Eldridge Hotel! From 7 AM to 11 AM they will host a Breakfast Buffet with traditional breakfast items such as Biscuits & Gravy, Scrambled Eggs, Applewood Bacon, Potatoes, Waffles and much, much more for all those downtown enjoying the parade! Reservations are recommended Call (785) 749-1005
Abe & Jake’s Landing, 8 E. 6th St. 10am-3pm
The Gingerbread Festival & Auction is a 25-year tradition here in Lawrence, and we look forward to offering new and exciting twists for 2019. Join us for holiday fun, food, drinks, activities, and the annual viewing of the biggest and best gingerbread houses that are all locally handcrafted and donated! Santa will be on site taking down those Christmas wishes as well as cookie decorating with Eileen’s Colossal Cookies, Pancake pop-up breakfast with coffee and hot cocoa, ornament decorating and much more! New this year is The Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair Holiday Pop-Up for handmade holiday gifts! All proceeds raised from this event to go support our local Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters organization serving Douglas County. Make sure your calendar is marked for December 7th for the Viewing from 10am-3pm, and December 13th for the Auction at 7pm, all at Abe & Jake’s Landing!
27th Annual Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade
Mass. St. from 7th to South Park, 11am
Marking the 26th year of tradition, this is a Christmas Parade you and your family don’t want to miss. As one of the most unique parades in the nation, the Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade kicks off the holiday season with exclusively authentic horse-drawn carriages parading down Massachusetts Street. Cozy up with hot cocoa and blankets, and feel the true holiday spirit while watching dozens of beautiful horses and wagons adorned in garland and bells. Join us to celebrate American heritage and keep our tradition alive this holiday season.
Each year the Old Fashioned Christmas Parade partners with Douglas County Toys for Tots to help provide hope in the form of a new toy for children in need in Douglas County, KS. If you would like more information or to make a donation click here and select “KS – Lawrence” for the local campaign to ensure that your donation stays here in our community. The Toys for Tots Toy Shop will be set up once again this year at the former Borders Books location at 7th and New Hampshire. You can drop off donations there or at many locations across Lawrence throughout the holiday season!
Tails & Traditions Family Holiday Program & Activities
Watkins Museum, 1047 Mass., 9am-2pm
Our annual holiday favorite returns! Prime viewing seats for the Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade, refreshments, holiday music, and kids’ crafts. Special caroling concert by Lawrence Community Choir. A free and fun family event!
Waxman Candles Kiddie Candle Dipping
Waxman Candles, 609 Mass., 10am-2pm
Kids dip a free candle!
Snap a Free Pic with Saint Nick!
Allen Press, 810 E. 10th Street
Head our way after the Christmas Parade! Please join us for Free Holiday Photos with Santa on Saturday, December 7 from 1 -5pm.
You’ll receive four FREE full color 5 x 7 photos to take home!
Decorate ornaments and cookies, while enjoying holiday refreshments. All are welcome, but no pets please.
Laugh Out Loud Family Fun Zone
Drop by LOL to pick out the kiddo or kiddos you’d like to give to, purchase 6 gifts for your kiddo(s) and drop them off at Laugh Out Loud by Dec. 9th!!. We’ll deliver them to KVC
Live Caroling by Lawrence Civic Choir
Mass. St., 11am-1pm
Sunday, Dec. 8
Be Seen! Boutique Wedding Pop-Up
Cider Gallery & Offices
1-3pm, 810 Pennsylvania
Be Seen! presents the first Boutique Wedding Pop-Up at one of our favorite venues, Cider Gallery Events in Lawrence! This is a carefully curated lineup of some of our local wedding professionals to provide the best of the best for your special day. Grab your wedding party and get all your wedding planning done in one place!
The event is FREE and open to all couples.
Cider Gallery Events,
Jerry Wang Photography
DJ Curtis McCoy
Owens Flower Shop
Stems Event Flowers
Lada Salon & Spa
Southern Accent Catering
McLain’s Market Lawrence
Razzle Dazzle Photo Co.
Sunflower Rental Lawrence
TownePlace Suites Lawrence Downtown
Special thank you to Cider Gallery for sponsoring the event!
Mass St., 1-3 pm
#Shopsmall #Shoplocal at over 100 local retailers specializing in unique gifts, fashions, local art & more!
The heart of the holidays is in the heart of the city!
And the holiday fun continues . . .
Friday, Dec. 13th
2019 Gingerbread Festival & Auction
Abe & Jake’s Landing, 8 E. 6th St.
The Gingerbread House Auction is a 25-year Douglas County tradition and 2019 is gearing up to be the best event yet! Join us for holiday fun, food, drinks, activities, and the auction of our biggest and best gingerbread houses that are all locally handcrafted and donated!
All proceeds from this event will support Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters Serving Douglas County.