Winter, Your New Favorite Season!

Sometimes I have a hard time being ready for winter.  When I feel the winter blues coming on, I know it’s time to get out of the house and enjoy the beauty and FUN this season can bring. What does your holiday season look like for this winter?  Whether your weekends are booked, or you are looking for a little extra holiday cheer, here are some things to do out and about this season.

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View dazzling holiday light displays, featuring one million lights, while winding through a scenic drive at Lake Shawnee.  This is the 16th year for Winter Wonderland and all proceeds go to support TARC.

Event runs nightly starting towards the end of November through December and is open from 6-10 pm.  It is $10 per vehicle.

Annual Festival of Trees
Enjoy one-of-a-kind decorated holiday trees, homemade baked goods, entertainment, a craft boutique and more at the Kansas Expocentre the first weekend in December.  Proceeds go to Sheltered Living.Christmas_tree_sxc_hu

  • Venue
  • Ag Hall
  • Date & Time
  • December 7th:  8:00-4:00
  • December 8th: 11:00-2:00
  • Admission
  • Adults: $5
  • Seniors (62 and over): $3
  • Children (12 and under): free

Ice Skating

Unbeknonst to many Topekans, the Kansas Expocentre offers ice skating before and after certain hockey games. The southeast entrance to Landon Arena opens 30 minutes before each session.  Admission is $7 and skate rental is $3. Each session runs two hours, including a 10 minute intermission for ice resurfacing.

23640548-illustration-with-figure-skates-on-a-vintage-ice-rink-backgroundFor a schedule of dates ice skating is available go to click on events and check out the Ice Calendar.


Anyone wanting to explore farther than Topeka will find numerous holiday events in Kansas City, including Santa’s Gingerbread Village and the Mayor’s Christmas Tree.  Check out for all the details on these events and many more.

What season events keep YOU from getting the blues?



Michelle Morris

I am in the Public Services department, which means you can catch me at the Red Carpet desk, the Topeka Room, or any of the Reference desks. I graduated with my bachelors in Sociology, which makes the library the perfect place for my love of people watching. I am a believer in public libraries and love that I get to share my passion for reading with people daily.