Chase County Country Christmas 2019

November 29 & 30, 2019 (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 and many more activities take place throughout the county over the two-day celebration. Fun events for the kids start Friday night in Strong City at the antique caboose and 1900 Theater. 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!


5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Kid’s Night Before Christmas Out
Roast hot dogs & marshmallows and enjoy hot chocolate around the fire. Watch the lighting of the antique caboose, then head up to the 1900 Theater for movies and toys! Sponsored by the Strong City Preservation Alliance
Antique Caboose & 1900 Theater, Strong City

7:30-10 p.m.
Special 5th Friday Night “Grateful” Music
Join the musicians for this special night of music featuring songs that express the spirit of gratefulness at Prairie Pastimes. Everyone is welcome to listen or join in! Cottonwood Falls

Beginning at 7:00am
Breakfast at Chuck Wagon Café
Enjoy a down home country breakfast beginning at 7am at the Chuck Wagon Cafe in Strong City

Keller’s Feed & Wine
Have fun with an “Elf” the movie themed pancake buffet with the proceeds going to CCJSHS theater department. 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.
Cottonwood Falls Collectables, Cottonwood Falls

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Arts & Crafts Fair
Local crafters will offer shoppers a wide variety of gift ideas (25+ vendors)
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 from more than 40 local artisans. 11am-4pm take part in a “make & take” ornament activity for all ages led by Chris Sechler. 11am-12:30pm Violin Concert by Jim Faelske & Ann Major. Featured guest artist Ellen Rohl will be on hand 11am-4pm to showcase her enamel jewelry and other artists will be on hand to speak with visitors about their work throughout the day. Julie Sutton will perform from 1-2pm. From 2-5pm enjoy live music courtesy of musicians from the Emma Chase Friday Night Music group. Warm Cider & Refreshments will be served throughout the day. Downtown Cottonwood Falls
Downtown Cottonwood Falls

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Children’s Art & Crafts
Decorate cookies (sponsored by the Strong City Council), take part in holiday themed activities and crafts and the Emporia Art Council Art Mobile will be there to do face painting from 11-2. Students form CCJSHS KAYs group will be there to help. Organized by the Strong City Preservation Alliance. Strong City Depot

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Free Guided Tours of the Historic Courthouse
Special guest tour guide Frances (Towle) Alexander will guide tours every hour on the hour.
Downtown Cottonwood Falls

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Remembrance Service & Memory Tree
Honor loved ones and take a moment to reflect on those that are no longer with us.
Brown-Bennett-Alexander Chapel, Cottonwood Falls

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Ugly Sweater BINGO
Join us for Bingo at Keller Feed & Wine, fabulous prizes to choose from & ugly sweater contest!
Downtown Cottonwood Falls

12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Holiday Home Tour
Tickets for the tour are available in advance for $5 at the Chamber. Maps/brochures are available at the City offices in Cottonwood Falls and Strong City. The day of the event tickets may be purchased at each location or the Chamber office for $8. Wonderful homes and guest houses will be featured this year. Locations include Paw Print Cabin located on Middle Creek Rd, Cherry on Top Guest Suite, Prairie Pearl Loft, The Prairie House, The Home of Luke and Christy Davis and The Slaight Home all located in Cottonwood Falls.

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

1:30 pm
“King of the Prairie” Tallest Big Bluestem Contest Winners Announced
Find out who will be crowned! Two divisions announced! Symphony in the Flint Hills, Cottonwood Falls

1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Youth Art Program Open House, Awards & Sale
Area youth compete in 3 categories for overall winner, Best of Show and honorable mention. Meet the artists and work will be for sale.

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 Lobby, Downtown Cottonwood Falls

5:30 p.m.
Silent Auction Ends
Cottonwood Falls Collectables 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
Cottonwood Falls

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 decorated 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.-10:30 p.m.
Christmas Ball Country Contra Dance
Sponsored by Flint Hills Victorian Dance Society, $8 at the door, teens $4, 12 and under free!
Community Building, Swope Park, Cottonwood Falls





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