The holidays are getting closer and Topeka is gearing up! From holiday shopping to events you won't want to miss, the city is slowly beginning to glow. Plan your family getaway, book a weekend with the girls/guys, or you and your significant other can celebrate by treating yourselves to a holiday retreat in Topeka. Christmas lights, festive markets, and a multitude of events await your visit. Learn about what you can see and do in Topeka this holiday season!

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Zoo Lights

Want to experience the glow of lights and see the Topeka Zoo animals at night? The Topeka Zoo is hosting their Zoo Lights event filled with light displays all over the grounds. This walk through event will feature glowing animals, lit tunnels, and trees full of color. The perfect photo op for the family this winter, the zoo is ready to glow for you. Learn more about the Topeka Zoo >>

Zoolights Event - Lit Trees at Topeka Zoo | Topeka, KS

Winter Wonderland

Want to stick to your car this holiday season? Winter Wonderland by TARC has you covered! Drive through this 2-mile display near Lake Shawnee and support TARC as you do. With lights surrounding the road and special displays from sponsors, this Christmas light tradition is gorgeous! Make sure to take some pictures along the way and share with us on social!

car under winter wonderland lights

Miracle On Kansas Ave

The Miracle on Kansas Ave Parade is held annually in Downtown Topeka. The event is comprised of floats, vehicles decked out in lights, and of course, Santa's arrival! Due to COVID precautions, the 2020 event has been moved to the Kansas State Capitol grounds and will be a reverse parade event. Visit Downtown Topeka and make your way around the Kansas State Capital square to view all of the floats, decorated cars, and parade entries. When you have seen it all, make sure to hit Kansas Avenue as downtown businesses are decorating their windows and you can vote on your favorite!

miracle float

Holiday Events

Looking for events you won't want to miss? Keep an eye on our calendar for current event listings in Topeka, KS! From the Chocolate Nutcracker at the Topeka Performing Arts Center to CASA Home for the Holidays, Topeka's events are fun for the whole family. Discover events >>

Kansas Ballet Performance | Topeka, KS

Holiday Shopping

Looking for unique places to shop for your loved ones this season? Topeka's local shops are decorated and ready for you! From new additions like Evergy Plaza's Holiday Markets to the newest shopping experience at the Topeka's Vendors Market, and favorite shopping centers such as Fairlawn Plaza and Brookwood Shopping Center. Make sure to hit the NOTO Arts & Entertainment District shops for everything from original art to antiques! Some shops that are decorated for the holidays include Blooms On Boswell, Porterfield's, Prairie Glass Studio, and Potwin Pottery Check out other shopping in Topeka >> 

Topeka Vendors Market | Downtown Topeka, KS

Warm Drinks & Holiday Treats

Need a little pick-me-up while out and about? Topeka's local bakeries, sweet treats, and coffee shops can help! Scattered across the city are local goods you can grab on the go or pick up to fill those stockings or to give as gifts. Grab some coffee and warm beverages at locations like Judee's, Dialogue Coffee House, or Coffeehead, and a light snack or breakfast at Josey's Baking Co., Juli's Coffee & Bistro, or Blackbird Espresso Bar & Bistro. Make your way to local good shops such as Moburt's, Cashmere Popcorn, The Tasteful Olive, or Hazel Hill Chocolates and take home some Topeka favorites for yourself or your family and friend gifting. Read our Fall Treats Blog >>

bags of gourmet popcorn

See you soon in Topeka! Discover the holidays while you are in town >>