December 3,4 & 5, 2021 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, November 29 – December 5
Lawrence Festival of Trees
Liberty Hall, 644 Mass.
Tuesday, November 30: 10 am – 8 pm Cookies w/ Santa 3:30-5:30pm
Wednesday, December 1: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday, December 2: 10 am – 4:00 pm
Friday, December 3: 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday, December 4: 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday, December 5: 10 am – 2 pm
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!
Gingerbread Festival benefitting Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Douglas County
Friday, November 26- Sunday, December 12
Au Marche, 931 Massachusetts
Brits, 929 Massachusetts
Delaney & Loew, 800 Massachusetts
The Eldridge Hotel, 701 Massachusetts
Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont
Mark’s Jewelers, 817 Massachusetts
Mass Street Soda, 1103 Massachusetts
Salon di Marco & Day Spa, 733 Massachusetts
Waxman Candles, 609 Massachusetts
Weaver’s, 901 Massachusetts
Winfield House, 645 Massachusetts
Pulling for Change
Monday, November 29 & Tuesday, November 30 4:30-8pm
Sunday, December 12 noon-5pm
Monday, December 13 & Tuesday, December 14 4:30-8pm
Enjoy a relaxing horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown Lawrence.
28th Annual Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade
Mass. St. from 7th to 15th Street, 11am
Marking the 28th 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.
Can’t make it in person? Check out the livestream or playback on the Downtown Lawrence Facebook page!
Tails & Traditions Family Holiday Program & Activities
Watkins Museum, 1047 Mass., 9am-2pm
* Dole Institute of Politics: Stained-glass American flag ornaments
* Max Kade Center for German-American Studies: Pickle Christmas tree ornaments
* Kansas African Studies Center: African drums
* Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies: Russian cathedral collages
* Center for East Asian Studies: Korean culture coloring sheets
* Watkins Museum: hobby horses and beanbag toss
Santa’s Workshop at Vibe & Lucia
1014 Massachusetts, 10am-1pm
Come before during or after the parade for Hot Cocoa, Cider, (spiked drinks available for Santa’s helpers) and DIY $5 dollar ornaments with AR Workshop. We even heard a couple of Princesses might be accompanying Santa!!
Pop-Up Play Shop
December 4 – January 30 (Wed, Sat, and Sun)
Click HERE for a full schedule
Snow Globe at Dempsey’s
The Merriest Place on Earth! Snow Globe Christmas Bar at Dempsey’s is a Christmas Explosion! A pop-up Christmas bar and a Family-Friendly magical Arendelle brunch every weekend featuring live princesses!
Click HERE to make your reservations!
Americana Music Holiday Soiree
Sunday, December 5; 5-7pm
LiMESTONE Pizza Kitchen
First annual Holiday Soiree fundraiser to support your favorite local nonprofit music school!
Americana Music Academy has been working to preserve and teach American roots music since 2002. We are proud to call Lawrence, KS home and we are so grateful to our community for their continued support over the years!
A $50 donation per ticket gets you a welcome cocktail, wine, beer, passed appetizers and a delicious Limestone Pizza buffet!
This is a COVID-conscious event held on the back patio of Limestone with plenty of air flow and tall ceilings. Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required per Limestone’s policies.
Santa Sightings Downtown! Click HERE to find the big guy Downtown!!!
All weekend and all season long:
#Shoplocallawrence #Shopsmall #Shoplocal at over 100 local retailers specializing in unique gifts, fashions, local art & more!
Dine at over 40 local restaurants and coffee shops
#Shine bright under the incredible holiday lights on Mass. Street!
The heart of the holidays is in the heart of the city!