Things to do in November

By The Active Age | November 1, 2023

Can you spell fun?

The Wichita Public Library will hold its first adult spelling been from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 at the Advanced Learning Library. Teams of one to four contestants will compete in single-error elimination rounds of increasing difficulty, with the top three teams earning prizes. Teams are encouraged to coordinate their outfits and pick a fun name. The event is free to attend but registration is required to compete. Call (316) 261-8500 or visit to register. On-site registration will be available from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 3.

Union Station lighting

The 2nd annual Union Station lighting and toy drive to benefit the Wichita Children’s Home is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. The event also features carriage rides, photo ops with Santa, an interactive kids station, a live performance by Ballet Wichita, cocoa and cookies. Participants are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy.

Handel’s Messiah

The Wichita Choral Society will present its 78th holiday concert featuring Handel’s Messiah at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, at First United Methodist Church, 330 N. Broadway. Tickets are $15. For more information, call (316) 686-5002.

Holiday market

The Prairie Pilot Club of Wichita is holding a two-day holiday market featuring arts and crafts, Christmas décor, homemade cookies, breads and more. The market will be held from 9 am. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11, at Riverside Christian Church, 1001 N. Litchfield. Prairie Pilot is a service organization that benefits The Wichita Children’s Home and other nonprofits. 

Winterfest is coming

DERBY — Woodlawn United Methodist church will host the 25th annual Winterfest from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. The holiday shopping event offers hand-crafted art, food, clothing, home décor and more. There’s also a bake sale, silent auction and lunch available. The church is located at 431 S. Woodlawn in Derby. Proceeds support local and international missions.

Parade, ceremony to honor veterans

The Wichita Veterans Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Main and Central. The parade route will travel south to 1st Street, then west across the Arkansas River to McLean Boulevard, ending at Exploration Place. Post-parade activities will take place on the west side of EP, including guest speakers and entertainment, food trucks, a car show and kids activities. EP is offering free admission to veterans and their families. 

ALW presents Gingerbread Village

Assistance League of Wichita will present the 28th annual Gingerbread Village at Exploration Place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 4 and 5. Tickets are available at htps:// Each ticket includes a gingerbread house kit, time to build the structure and museum admission to visit the exhibits.