Dec 15

Wichita Christmas Light Tour.

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Tonight we took the kids on a Christmas lights tour across Wichita. It was so fun! I had done a little online research to hunt down some popular light displays. When Brady got home from work it was already dark and we headed out for some pizza and a drive. I loved seeing their little smiling faces glow from the lights shining on them. It made me remember just how cool I thought Christmas lights were when I was a kid.

I’ll share the list of houses/displays we visited in case anybody else wants to use it:

1. Lights on St. Paul – just north of Douglas, in between West St and Meridian. It was a drive-thru sponsored display – and the best of them all. If you had to pick only one place to go, this should be it. Donations accepted for a non-profit called The Arc. Bonus for the kids – candy canes at the end!

2. 1700 N. Park Place – A couple blocks west of 17th St and Broadway. This was a super-festive old home that was all kinds of lit up. A close second to the St. Paul display. And as a bonus, just one block east of it were two more very bright homes. In my opinion, this is a must-see to me, because I read online that this is the last year that the family is going to do the lights. And it must be true because there was a “for sale” sign in their yard.

3. College Hill – No specific address, we just drove around and saw lots of beautiful light displays. Nothing especially cool, but lots and lots of luminaries and pretty decor. If you had to skip one of the locations, this would be the one I’d skip. There was one street that was pretty cool – every home had 5-10 matching “light sticks” spread throughout the yard. Unfortunately, I don’t have the name of the street. Maybe I’ll get back to you on that.

4. 620 Stratford – Another must-see! This house had all their lights set to music that you could tune in on your radio. Very, very cool!!!

5. Lights on the Lake – East of Rock Rd. on 29th St. Another sponsored drive-thru display. Good, but shorter and slightly less impressive than the St. Paul one (no. 1). Donations accepted for Heartspring.

6. 1017 N. Azure Circle (aka Candy Cane Lane) – A suburban residential neighborhood cul-de-sac that was all done up. Very cool and will probably take the kids back there because it’s so close to home.Lilah loved this one even though it was our last stop and she was exhausted.

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There were a couple that we ran out of time to hit. Are there any others you can suggest? You can click here to see a scan of the map and route that we followed. You’ll see the additional two that we skipped are marked on there as well. But I highlighted the ones we went to. Our route took us about an hour and 45 minutes.

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Christmas is in full swing around here. Lilah plays with her little nativity set constantly and we sing Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer about three dozen times a day. We’re counting the days with a new nativity advent calendar that I found at Perfect Peace. We’ve been shopping and baking and wrapping and decorating. I even managed to get some Christmas cards out. Lilah woke up from her nap today and exclaimed, “It’s Christmas Eve!” No idea where she got that.

And meanwhile, Graham has been growing and changing more than ever. Yesterday, he figured out how to pull himself to standing. And last week, he started holding his own bottle. Seems like a small accomplishment, but to me, it is huge!

I hope you are all having a good holiday season! Merry Christmas!

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9 comments!!!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow Graham- look at you standing up! And Christmas Eve can apparently be anytime Ky….looking forward to some Rudolph this weekend. :)

  2. Amy Frazee says:

    Love your Christmas cards! Go Graham!

  3. jenny says:

    the light tour sounds like fun….I wish I could pry trev away from the basement long enough to do it :) Jak has loved looking at all of your pictures…. he even recognized his name on that picture of the present…. he said “hey, thats jak…can I open that present?” silly kid :)

  4. Sarah says:

    Love the Christmas cards and your beautifully decorated house! Great idea for the light tour…we went to Lights on St. Paul last year and we would definitely try it again, but we can hardly make it around Andale without Bo saying he’s had enough. Maybe next year!

  5. Lyndsey says:

    We did lights on St. Paul last year and Jack loved it. He remembered it and asked to go again this year, even though we haven’t talked about it since. You never know what will be their most treasured memories =) (sorry, I’m being mushy after that clone email!)

  6. Eva says:

    Love your Christmas card. I am in Karen’s class in January too.. thought I would come by and introduce myself. Merry Christmas.

  7. patti says:

    Hi! I found your blog via Snapshots of a Good Life. Your Christmas card is so cute! See you Jan 4!

  8. Michelle says:

    Hey, mine was the first comment; didn’t mean to be anonymous. :)

  9. Ann Boudreaux says:

    I loved the Christmas card, how creative, you are so talented.

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