Christmas in the City

Christmas in the City is an annual event encompassing several dates in November and December geared toward shopping local and community involvement. 

There is a tree lighting ceremony, horse drawn carriage rides, downtown food vendors, etc. 


2019 Schedule of Events - Please check back closer to November, as events/event details may change.

North Pole Kansas Opens November 29th

  • Open Every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas 11:00am – 6:00pm

Located at Scott’s Auto Body 500 S. Summit

Thankful Tuesday November 26th Downtown Ark City Starting at 5:30

  • Community tree lighting at 6:00 p.m.
  • Festival of Trees Display at Burford Theatre
  • Live music at 5:45
  • Relay for Life Bake Sale 5:30-7:00
  • Prairie Voices Performance 6:15
  • Service of Thanksgiving 6:40 – Arkansas City Ministerial Alliance

Small Business Saturday November 30th

  • Old Fashioned Carriage Rides 11:00-3:00
  • Holiday Shopping Map – Holiday Shoppers will know where to stop & shop!
  • Small Business Passport – Local Shoppers get their passports stamped so they can be entered to win a Winter Activities Gift Basket
  • Festival of Trees Display at Burford Theatre
  • Polar Express Movie at the Burford Theatre – 2:00pm FREE ADMISSION! Come in your jammies!

Santa Saturday December 7th Starting at 10:00 am

  • Santa Run 5K (Fun Run) 10:00a.m.
    • Chase Motorcycle Santa in this fun 5K run! Enjoy cookies and milk after. Registration $15
  • Food Trucks 12:00-8:00
  • Festival of Trees Display at Burford Theatre 10:00 – 3:00
  • Old-fashioned Carriage Rides 11:00 – 3:00
  • Children’s Story Time at Ark City Public Library 1:00
  • Pictures with Santa 2:00 In front of the tree in Ben Givens Park
  • Santa Parade Downtown at 6:00pm – This will be a LIGHT parade with a Christmas theme.

Sunday December 8th

  • White Christmas Movie at the Burford Theatre - 3:00pm $3.00 Admission

Sunday December 14th

Santa Saturday at the Ark City Rec Center – 10am-3pm.

$20 per kid ages 5-12. Pictures with Santa, gingerbread house making, crafts, games, lunch, $1 mini mall and wrapping.


“Santa Shops Local” Raffle Runs November 25th – December 20th

Each participating business receives a two part roll of tickets. For every $10 spent at their store a ticket is given to the customer and entered in to the raffle to win $200 Chamber Bucks Winning ticket will be drawn December 20th. Winner will be announced on the Christmas in the City Facebook page.


Window-Decorating Contest: November 25th — December 20th

  • 1 penny per vote – Vote at the participating business! ($ will be donated to an area Nonprofit.
  • Winner announced Dec. 20th


Selfie with an Elfie Selfie Contest November 25th – December 20th  

Only available to the first 20 businesses. A life-size Santa cutout will be in your business for one week! Visitors will take a selfie with Santa and post to social media using the hashtag #selfiewithstnick2019. Visitors are encouraged to visit every participating business. Each selfie posted will get a chance to win $150 Chamber bucks (one selfie entry per business, 20 total opportunities to be entered!)