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Posted on: November 23, 2021

Four holiday events set for next three weeks in Shawnee County Parks + Recreation

Holiday Craft Show flyer

TOPEKA, KAN. – Four holiday events are packed into the next three weeks in Shawnee County Parks + Recreation. 

Holiday craft fairs are some of Shawnee County Parks + Recreation’s most popular events. The Holiday Craft Show on Dec. 4 at Crestview Community Center features as many as 50 vendor booths with items from hand-made wooden trains to hand-crafted candles, jewelry, holiday décor and food items. Some 1,500 patrons have attended the show in the past. Admission is free. Vendors are still being accepted.

The Annual Candy Cane Hunt is set for 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Crestview Community Center. The evening begins indoors with games, fun and a visit with Santa. Then, bring a flashlight to find candy canes hidden outdoors. Admission is $5 and pre-registration is required at

The popular Children’s Shopping Spree will be held in the Garfield Community Center gymnasium from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11. The event features handmade crafts and baked goods, all for under $10. Admission is free. This is the 38th year for the event. Volunteers are needed to help children shop and to wrap gifts. Shifts are 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and noon to 3 p.m. Call 785-251-6950 or email

Back for the second time is Old Prairie Town Christmas with fun around every corner including kids making magic reindeer feed in the Lingo Livery Stable, writing letters to Santa in the Pauline Depot, helping an elf delivering gifts on the railroad hand car, pictures with Santa in the Ward-Meade mansion, cookies and cocoa in the Ward Cabin, seasonal music in the Everest Church, and celebrities reading stories in the Victor Schoolhouse. A special treat this year will be an appearance by a live reindeer.

Schedule of Events:

Holiday Craft Show – Features up to 50 vendor booths with hand-made gift items
Date: Dec. 4
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Fee: Free
Crestview Community Center – 4801 SW Shunga Drive 

Candy Cane Hunt with Santa Claus – Kids hunt for candy canes outdoors and then visit with Santa and engage in fun activities indoors
Date: Dec. 8
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person, pre-registration required at
Crestview Community Center – 4801 Shunga Drive

Children’s Shopping Spree – All gifts priced at $10 and under/gift wrapping available
Date: Dec. 11
Time: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Garfield Community Center gym – 1600 NE Quincy

Old Prairie Town Christmas – Featuring fun around every corner plus a live reindeer
Date: Dec. 18
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Fee: $5 per person at the gate


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