Dec. 16 is full of family-friendly activities to attend in and around Arkansas City.

Starting at 9 a.m., Santa will be at Steamy Joe for cookies and cocoa. He will be there until noon.

Children younger than 12 can enjoy free cookies and cocoa upstairs while they wait for time with Santa in the Christmas tea room.

“It’s going to be lots of fun,” said coffee shop owner Ruth Ryel.

Steamy Joe is located at 216 W. Central Ave. For questions, call (620) 307-5798.

Library card games

Just as the cookies and cocoa are wrapping up, there will be games available to play at the Arkansas City Public Library.

From noon to 1:30 p.m., those in attendance can play a multitude of card games.

Coffee and snacks will be available.

The library is located at 120 E. Fifth Ave.

Call (620) 442-1280 for more information.

Festival of Wreaths

Festival of Wreaths

Beginning at 2 p.m., the first Festival of Wreaths will take place at Alderbrook Village.

Everyone is welcome to stroll the halls of the assisted living facility and admire the Christmas wreaths hanging in the building.

All of the wreaths were donated.

They will be auctioned off at the end of the event to raise money for the Blessing Boxes of Arkansas City.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Alderbrook Village is located at 402 E. Windsor Road.

Candy Cane Run

At 3 p.m., a fun run will take place in Winfield.

The Candy Cane Family 2-Mile Run is a paid run. Those who wish to participate can register Dec. 16.

The adult entry fee is $20 and youths are $10.

Following the run at 4 p.m., there will be a candy cane hunt.

The event will conclude with an awards ceremony and hot chocolate with Santa.

The run is not a timed race, but there are several categories for awards, including:

  • best individual costume;
  • most festive family;
  • best Santa costume;
  • most family members participating;
  • first female finisher;
  • first male finisher.

The fun run will take place at Broadway Sports Complex, located at 2200 Broadway St.

‘The Nutcracker’

There will be two showings of “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 16.

The doors open one hour before each show, at 2 and 6 p.m.

The Edge Performing Arts Center has put on this production for 15 years.

Adult tickets are $10 each and children younger than 11 are $5.

The production will take place at Richardson Performing Arts Center, located at 100 College St. in Winfield.

For more information, call (620) 402-0233, (620) 222-5127 or (620) 218-0620.

The Farm open house

The Farm at Quail Valley will celebrate the season with an open house event from 6 to 10 p.m.

The event will feature food, sleigh rides and live Christmas music by Road 23 Music.

Clydesdale horse sleigh rides through the lighted grounds are free, as well as hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

There will be door prizes and a cash bar that will be open all night.

The Farm at Quail Valley is located at 9315 194th Road, 1 mile south of Winfield off Greens Farm Road.

For more information, call (620) 402-6781.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

“It’s a Wonderful Life” will be shown at the V.J. Wilkins Family Center for the Arts at the Burford Theatre.

The event begins at 7 p.m. and feature not just the classic movie, but also the Prairie Voice children’s choir.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Dessert will be served. Tickets are $25 and include the price of dessert.

The Burford Theatre is located at 118 S. Summit St. in downtown Arkansas City.