HO HO H2O! Step Into the Holiday Season at WaterWalk

Monday, November 15 2010 12:28 AM

For Immediate Release

(Wichita, KS) This year WaterWalk is hosting the inaugural HO HO H2O holiday kick-off party on Friday, Nov. 26, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in The Commons on the west side of the WaterWalk building, 515 S. Main.  The festivities are open to the public at no charge.

“Traditionally downtown was the heart of holiday celebrations in Wichita,” said Doug Rupe, WaterWalk executive vice president.  “To help bring more holiday fun back downtown, we are starting our family-friendly party this year, complete with Santa, carolers, several holiday displays and thousands of lights. We hope that families will join us and make our party one of their holiday traditions for years to come.”

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with caroling by the Emerald City Chorus.  Santa will arrive at 6:45, lead the countdown and then flip a giant switch to illuminate thousands of lights on trees and holiday displays throughout the WaterWalk Commons.

These displays will include thousands of colored lights, giant toy soldiers, clusters of bells, an animated Santa’s Workshop, a Christmas train and a 20-foot Christmas tree.  All lights used in the WaterWalk display are low energy LED lights.

“Once Santa has greeted everyone and turned on our holiday display lights, he will be in the warm Santa’s Workshop area for kids to visit with him.  Bring your cameras for great holiday shots,” Rupe added.  In addition to visiting Santa, guests can view hundreds of toys made by the Sunflower Woodworkers Guild that will be on display – the toys will be donated to the Salvation Army for Wichita area children in December.

Other fun for guests includes Gander Mountain s’mores, face painting, holiday tattoos and live music.  Johnny Q and the Classics will be playing favorite holiday tunes.  All the activities are free as are the hot chocolate, coffee and s’mores.  Caramel apples, cotton candy, popcorn and water will be available for $1 each.

The Wichita Eagle is an event sponsor.

Rupe concluded, “Please join us on the Friday after Thanksgiving as we take the next step in Wichita’s holiday traditions.”

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