Meet at the KWEC. Small groups will meet to identify and count birds within the count circle. Free and open to the public regardless of birding expertise. Free lunch served. Call the KWEC to register 877-324-9268.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, the American Legion Post 180 at 1011 Kansas Avenue will host Bingo at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the dessert sales benefit Quilts of Valor. No advance reservation required to play.
Visit the real Santa while you check out 22 beautiful life-size international Santas, created by local artist Loretta Miller. Opening day is November 29th following the lighting of the Mayor's tree at 6:15 p.m. Santa will be ready for visitors that evening until 9:30 p.m. and the following day (Sunday, November 30th) from 1-6 p.m.Afterward, Santa will also be there the following days:Thursdays and Fridays from 4-6 p.m.Saturdays and Sundays from 1-6 p.m.Closing day will be December 21st. For more information, or special visits call 620-603-6502.
Come down to Jack Kilby Square to experience true holiday spirit with the outdoor skating rink! Great Bend's rink is unique because it's not real ice, but any skates can be used and are also available to be borrowed from the rink trailer during operating hours. Hours to borrow skates are Thursday and Friday from 4-8 p.m., Saturdays from 1-8 p.m., and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. (Closed Christmas Day)
The Christmas Craft Mall will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 1-6 p.m. at 3407 10th Street (former Blockbuster building west of McDonald's). Don't miss out on many handmade items. Open until December 28th but closed Christmas Day.
Many stores in the Great Bend area will offer extended hours every Thursday night in December leading up to Christmas. Most will be open until 7 p.m., a great opportunity to purchase gifts and explore with out-of-town relatives.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a $9 program entitled "Easy Cooking - Seasonal Sweets" on Thursday, December 18th from 7:30-8:30 p.m. instructed by Debbie Jones (for adults). Pre-enroll at the GBRC office, 1214 Stone Street.For more information call the Recreation Commission office at 793-3755 ext. 2 or e-mail us email@example.com.
Each year, the Christmas season in Great Bend shines brightly with its renowned Trail of Lights holiday display. The animated lights wind through the community starting at Brit Spaugh Park, then to Veterans Memorial Park for the 12 Days of Christmas. See the Christmas nativity at K-96 & 10th Street, then head south to the Historical Village lights. Before you're done, head back to Jack Kilby Square to see the downtown and beautiful Mayor's tree! This is a tradition that has been carried on for over 20 years by the City of Great Bend Parks Department.SAMPLE ITINERARY:Arrival - Welcome to Great Bend!Check into your hotel, stretch your legs, and get ready for a day full of Holiday spirit.11:30 a.m. - LunchTasty, relaxing, interesting, spicy... Forget fast food. Try one of your outstanding and spectacular examples of local cuisine. Dining list available at www.visitgreatbend.com.1:15 p.m. - Shafer Gallery & Morrison ChapelView outstanding collection of holiday quilts and fabulous stained glass.2:30 p.m. - Christmas Craft MallThe Christmas craft mall brings artists and crafters from all over the area to set up shop and offer one-of-a-kind holiday shopping. Over 70 exhibitors at 3407 10th Street.3:30 p.m. - Downtown ExploringCheck out the Kansas Quilt Walk in Jack Kilby Square, go ice skating, take the kids to visit Santa, and explore local businesses to do some holiday shopping.4:30 p.m. - Santas Around the WorldTake in 22 life size international Santas, handcrafted by local artist Loretta Miller. 1223 Main Street.6:00 p.m. - DinnerLooking for something with a little more local flare? Just check out the dining opportunities with an asterisk (*) on the dining page at www.visitgreatbend.com.6:45 p.m. - Hit the TrailTour the City of Great Bend's Holiday Trail of Lights.
Join us on Thursday, December 18th at 9:30 a.m. for a Chamber Coffee hosted by Community Bank, 2220 Broadway in Great Bend. Special music provided by the Madrigal Pop Singers from Great Bend High School.
Please join us at 10 a.m. on December 18th for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of American Ag Credit in Great Bend!