Make plans now for 2019!! November 29 & 30 (weekend after Thanksgiving)

Join us in kicking off the holiday season during this annual event that offers something for everyone to enjoy! Music, shopping, dining, visit with Santa and his reindeer 5K Ugly Sweater Run and many more activities take place throughout the county over the two-day celebration. The Holiday Homes Tour and Silent Auction take place on Saturday. the magical event is capped off with a parade taking Santa from the courthouse in downtown Cottonwood Falls on his way to the North Pole down the historic brick paved streets!

2018 Schedule


6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Strong City Seasonal Express

Join us for the lighting of the Strong City Antique Caboose near the RR, then head up the street to the 1900 Theater for a showing of the Polar Express at 6:30 along with a Hot Cocoa Bar. Following the movie there will be toys for all good little boys and girls. Each child, 10 and under, will receive a small gift with an opportunity for a larger gift drawing provided by LMI Aerospace. All of the activities are free!

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Christmas on Vine Holiday Lighting (Driving Tour)

Begin at 2nd & Mulberry, head west, around the curve,
& through 7th & Vine. Vine Street, Cottonwood Falls


Beginning at 7am
Breakfast at Chuck Wagon Café, Grand Central Hotel & Grill and Keller’s Feed & Wine

Enjoy a down home country breakfast beginning at 7am at the Chuck Wagon Cafe in Strong City or in Cottonwood Falls at 7:30am at the Grand Central Hotel & Grill. Or 8am-11am Keller’s Feed & Wine will have an “Elf” the movie themed pancake buffet with the proceeds going to CCJSHJ theater department in Cottonwood Falls

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
“Ugly Sweater” 5k/1 Mile Fun Run

Race day registration begins at 8:30 a.m. 5K Run starts at 9:00 a.m., Fun Run starts at 9:45 a.m., and awards announced at 10:00 a.m.. Historical Bridge, North end of Broadway, Cottonwood Falls

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Arts & Crafts Fair

Local crafters will offer shoppers a wide variety of gift ideas
St. Anthony’s Hall, Strong City, On the corner of Cottonwood & 6th

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Prairie PastTimes Christmas Open House

Shop hand-crafted items by more than 40 artisans. Enjoy live music in the afternoon, courtesy of musicians from the Emma Chase Friday Night Music group. Artists will be on hand to speak with visitors about their work and refreshments will be served throughout the day. From 11:30-1 there will be book signings by Kris Larkin and Jerilynn Henrickson. Downtown Cottonwood Falls

9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Famous Silent Auction

Creative auction baskets offering uniquely fun and fantastic gift options including overnight accommodations packages, restaurant and retail gift certificates, local artwork and so much more.
Symphony in the Flint Hills Gallery, Cottonwood Falls

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Remembrance Service & Memory Tree

Brown-Bennett-Alexander Chapel, Cottonwood Falls

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Holiday Home Tour

$5 in advance/ $8 at the door
Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber office. Maps available at the City offices of Cottonwood Falls or Strong City. Tour sites include, The Cedar Point Mill, The Middle Creek Treehouse near Elmdale, the Peoples Exchange Bank at Elmdale, the 1900 Theater in Strong City, the Old Hitchin’ Post in Matfield Green

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Children’s Arts & Craft Activities

Free arts and craft projects hosted by the Chase County Recreation Commission. The Emporia Arts Council Art Mobile will also be offering free face painting.
Strong City Depot, Strong City

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Good Old-Fashioned Christmas

Visit the ranch and watch historic characters preparing for a holiday party among family and friends. Enjoy wagon rides, kid’s crafts and live historic music and carols. The cowboys will be telling the story of their “Santa sightings” to the kids at 12:15, 1:15,2:15 and 3:15 pm. Candy canes given out to the kids. Light refreshments provided. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Strong City

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Experience Santa’s Reindeer

We are excited to announce that Santa will be bringing one of his reindeer along with him this year! Courthouse Lawn, Downtown Cottonwood Falls

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Visit with Cowboy Santa at the Courthouse

Chase County Courthouse, Downtown Cottonwood Falls

5:30 p.m.
Silent Auction Ends

Symphony in the Flint Hills Gallery, Downtown Cottonwood Falls

6:30 p.m.
Silent Auction & Event Winners Announced

In front of Courthouse, Downtown Cottonwood Falls

7:00 p.m.
Lighting of Chase County Courthouse & Historic River Bridge

7:15 p.m.
Parade – (taking Santa to the North Pole)

Following the lighting of the Chase County Courthouse & Historic River Bridge, Downtown Cottonwood Falls

7:30 p.m.
Hot Cocoa at the Bridge

Gather around the giant Christmas Tree at the Historic Cottonwood River Bridge while you warm up with free hot cocoa sponsored by Southfork Smokeshack. Tree donated by Chase Pretzer & Family

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Christmas on Vine Holiday Lighting (Driving Tour)

Begin at 2nd & Mulberry, head west, around the curve, & through 7th & Vine. Vine Street, Cottonwood Falls

Following the Parade
Country Christmas Contra Dance

Sponsored by Flint Hills Victorian Dance Society Community Building, Swope Park, Cottonwood Falls

2018 Homes Tour locations: The Mill at Cedar Point, The Peoples Exchange Bank in Elmdale, The Middle Creek Treehouse north of Elmdale, The 1900 Theater in Strong City and the Old Hitchin’ Post studio in Matfield Green.





Register NOW for the Annual Country Christmas Ugly Sweater Run!! Printable registration forms and additional details below.

Registration forms may be picked up at the Chase County Chamber of Commerce office located at 318 Broadway in downtown Cottonwood Falls or you may register online at:



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