There are many entertaining holiday events planned this weekend in Arkansas City, starting with the Cherokee Strip Players’ interactive play “Trouble in Tumbleweed.”
The production, which debuted Nov. 30, will have its final showings at 7 p.m. Dec. 1-2 at Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum, located south of Arkansas City at 31639 U.S. 77.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Dessert will be served at intermission.
Tickets are $12. For tickets, call the museum at (620) 442-6750.
This production is made possible by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, of Englewood, Colorado.
The Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas in the City event will feature a Santa Run at 10 a.m. Dec. 2 in downtown Arkansas City.
Registration for this fun 2-mile run starts at 9:15 a.m. in the 100 block of West Central Avenue, in front of City Hall and the Arkansas City Police Department.
The entry fee is $15 per runner.
Runners may enjoy cookies and hot cocoa after the race.
Holiday carriage rides
Another Christmas in the City favorite is the old-fashioned carriage rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday through Dec. 16.
Rides cost $2 or a food donation.
The carriage route winds through the Downtown Historic District and its various stores.
Visit facebook.com/christmasinthecity for event updates.
Library story time
Dec. 2 also will feature story time with Buddy the Elf at 1 p.m. at the Arkansas City Public Library.
“To go along with the Chamber’s/CVB’s ‘Elf’ theme for Christmas in the City, the library decided to do a story time that featured (Buddy). An outstanding pillar of the community, Robert Onelio, agreed to play Buddy and read to the kids,” said Library Director Mendy Pfannenstiel.
“A rumor had been going around that Santa might even visit, and it was just confirmed … that he actually is!”
Cookies and milk will be served, too. “After story time, the kids will be decorating and taking home sugar cookies,” Pfannenstiel said. “It’s a busy time of year, and we’re super-excited that Buddy and Santa are taking a break from toy-making to visit Ark City Public Library!”
Following story time, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” will be shown to the children.
‘Elf’ at the Burford
Christmas in the City will conclude late Dec. 2 with an interactive showing of the holiday movie “Elf.”
The movie starts at 4 p.m. at the V.J. Wilkins Family Center for the Arts at the Burford Theatre, located at 118 S. Summit St.
Tickets are $5.
The Arkansas City Music and Dramatics Club invites the community to attend its “Christmas Makes the Heart Sing” concert Dec. 3.
The concert will be at 2:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, located at 2448 Edgemont Drive.