El Dorado Old Fashioned Christmas Program from Thursday

EL DORADO – The weather might not seem like December, but the town of El Dorado is getting ready to celebrate Christmas the old-fashioned way.

Old Fashioned Christmas is a three-day event from Thursday December 3 through Saturday December 6 in downtown El Dorado.

Thursday there will be a free horse-drawn wagon ride from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and it will start at the corner of Gordy and West Central. On Friday there will be commemorative Christmas tree lighting inside the District 142 building.

Those who attend are encouraged to bring an ornament to commemorate a loved one to remember this holiday. District 142 building is at 142 N. Main St, and the tree lights are at 4 PM.

There will be a few more things to do on Saturday. You can start the day at noon with the Walk Down Candy Cane Lane event at the Kansas Oil Museum. People can visit Santa Claus in School Living History in Boom Town, receive hot chocolate and free North Pole activity kits.

Santa and Mrs. Clause will be making an appearance from 3 pm to 5 pm at Charley’s Appliance 130 N. Main St. There will be opportunities to take photos and have cookies.

After meeting Santa, stay for the pre-parade music from 5 p.m. to 5:25 p.m. at Main and Central. The parade will start five minutes later at 4th and Main, then head south to Ash and Main.

The end of the day will be the lighting of the Christmas tree at 6:15 p.m. outside the Butler County Courthouse. There will be live music, candy cane gifts and photos with Santa Claus.

Greg Williams has been a reporter for the Wellington Daily News and the Butler County Times-Gazette since May 2021. You can reach him at GWilliams@gannett.com or on Twitter at @ GregWilliams28.

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