40+ ways to celebrate Christmas in Crawford County, Kansas

Live music. A musical version of a Christmas classic. Finding that perfect gift. Christmas trees and decorations. The holiday season in 2023 is very busy in our corner of Kansas.

3 Christmas Parades

Saturday, November 4, 12p
39th Annual Toy Run
Organized by Drag The Gut, Pittsburg
Starts at Big Lots, travels south down Broadway to Salvation Army on 5th Street.

Monday, November 27, 6:30p
44th Annual Pittsburg Christmas Parade
10th-1st Streets, Pittsburg

Thursday, December 7, 5p-8p
Girard Christmas Parade & Festivities
Around the square, Girard
Food trucks, shopping, and more. Parade starts at 6p.

12 Performances to get you into the holiday spirit

Date TBA
Holiday music by the PSU Choir
Root Coffeehouse & Creperie
402 N Broadway, Pittsburg
Fundraiser for PSU Choir’s spring trip to Austria and the Czech Republic

Saturday, December 2, 8p
Lorrie Morgan Enchanted Christmas
Kansas Crossing Casino
1275 US-69, Pittsburg
This country songstress has sold over eight million records, including 14 top ten hits, 12 recorded albums, and four Female Vocalist of the Year awards.

Sunday, December 3, 3p
“Sounds of the Season: Holiday Music Around the World” by the Southeast Kansas Symphony
Bicknell Family Center for the Arts
1711 S Homer, Pittsburg

Sunday, December 3, 3p
Christmas Cantata
Arma United Methodist Church
313 E Main St, Arma
Music presentation based on Silent Night, arranged by Sally DeFord.

Wednesday, December 6, 7:30p
Holiday Concert
Timmons Chapel
409 E Ford Ave, Pittsburg

Friday, December 8
Saturday, December 9
Sunday, December 10
“A Christmas Story: The Musical” by Pittsburg Community Theatre
An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, a triple-dog-dare, and a scheme to get the holiday gift of your dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.

Saturday, December 9, 9a
“Santa’s Big Break”, plus Breakfast with Santa
Pittsburg High School, 1978 E 4th St, Pittsburg
Presented by PHS Theatre and the Mount Carmel Foundation
A 20-minute play followed by breakfast and crafts with Santa.

Sunday, December 10, 3p
The Bells of the Balkans present Ring in the Season Christmas Party
Bicknell Family Center for the Arts
1711 S Home St, Pittsburg

Saturday, December 16, 10a & 4p
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” by BTC Athletics & Dance
Memorial Auditorium
503 N Pine St, Pittsburg

Saturday, December 16, 10p
Bill & Monica’s Excellent Ugly Sweater Adventure
TJ Lelands
108 W 6th St, Pittsburg

Sunday, December 17, 4p
Holly Jolly Tubas Concert
Sharon Kay Dean Recital Hall in McCray Hall, 205 E Lindburg, Pittsburg

Wednesday, December 20, 7p
Thursday, December 21, 7p
Friday, December 22, 2p
“The Nutcracker” by Pittsburg Ballet
Memorial Auditorium
503 N Pine St, Pittsburg

Friday, December 22, 7p
Dustin Treiber: A Country Christmas
Dirty Mule Restaurant & Bar
150 S US 69, Franklin, KS
Dinner and dancing with live music by Dustin Treiber.

12 Holiday Activities

Sunday, November 12, 1p-4p
Joy of Christmas Paint Along workshop
The Christmas Shoppe
1608 W 4th St, Pittsburg
RSVP: 620-670-2242

Sunday, November 12, 1p-3p
Upcycled Snowman workshop
ArtForms Gallery
620 N Broadway, Pittsburg
RSVP: 620-240-0165

Saturday, November 18, classes at 5p & 7p
Making Spirits Bright
Miners Hall Museum
701 S Broadway, Franklin
Learn to make signature cocktails and snack pairings for your upcoming holiday event with the help of celebrity bartenders. A fundraiser for Miners Hall Museum.

Thursday, November 23, 8a
2nd Annual Pittsburg Turkey Trot
Starts and ends at the Memorial Auditorium
503 N Pine, Pittsburg
The 2023 Turkey Trot 5K is a fundraiser for Special Olympics Southeast Kansas.

Sunday, November 26, 2p-4p
Ceramic Christmas Trees
ArtForms Gallery
620 N Broadway, Pittsburg
RSVP: 620-240-0165

Saturday, December 2, 9a-11a
Photos with Gus
Wilkinson Alumni Center
401 E Ford Ave, Pittsburg
Register online

Saturday, December 2, 9a-4p
Craft Demos & Holiday Market
Crawford County Historical Museum
Demonstrations on historic crafts including knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving, wood carving, basket making, blacksmithing, jewelry making, and more.
651 S US-69, Pittsburg

Saturday, December 2, 10a-12p
Santa’s Workshop
Memorial Auditorium
503 N Pine St, Pittsburg
Admission: One donation of a non-perishable & unexpired food item

Monday, December 4, 5:30p-7p
Holiday Paint Night
Girard Public Library
128 W Prairie Ave, Girard
RSVP: 620-724-4317

Saturday, December 9, 12p-3p
Christmas photos with Santa Paws
Crawford County Historical Museum
651 S US-69, Pittsburg

Saturday, December 9, 5p
Dinner with Santa
The Christmas Shoppe
1608 W 4th St, Pittsburg
TICKETS: 620-670-2242

Saturday, December 16, 1p
Diamond Painting Christmas Ornaments workshop
ArtForms Gallery
620 N Broadway, Pittsburg
Register at the store

Tuesday, December 19, 6:30p
Santa visit to Mulberry
Mulberry Senior Building
207 S Military Ave, Mulberry

Thursday, December 21, 6:30p
Christmas Trivia
401 N Broadway, Pittsburg

13 opportunities to Shop Small

Saturday, November 4, 9a-3p
Annual Christmas Bazaar
McCune Osage Township Library
509 6th St, McCune
Local crafters, artisans, and small businesses.

Thursday, November 9, 4p start
Girard Ladies Night Out
Organized by Girard Chamber of Commerce
Get map at Girard Chamber: 104 N Ozark St

Thursday, November 9, 5:30p-8p
Holiday Shopping Ladies’ Night
Organized by Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce
In The Corral at Kansas Crossing Casino
1275 US-69, Pittsburg

Saturday, November 11
Holiday Open House in Downtown Pittsburg
Downtown merchants and restaurants will be celebrating with specials and discounts.

Friday, November 17
Shop local, and shop small first, before Black Friday!

Friday, November 18, 9a start
Arma’s Hometown Christmas
Downtown Arma

November 21 through December 12
Home for the Holidays
Hosted by the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce
Visit participating businesses to fill out a chance to win free money to spend for the holiday season. Drawings will be on November 28, December 5, and December 12.

Friday, November 24
Shop Girard Begins: Learn how to get your passport

Friday, November 24
While Elephant Emporium
Open every Friday through Sunday starting Black Friday
804 N Broadway, Pittsburg
This… unusual store… in Downtown Pittsburg doesn’t typically have regular hours, but that changes during the holidays.

Saturday, November 25, 10a-1p
Holiday Art Market
Frisco Event Center
256 E 4th St, Pittsburg
Organized by the Pittsburg Arts Council and Pittsburg’s Downtown Advisory Board
Support 15 local artists and pick up your Small Business Saturday Pittsburg Passport.

Saturday, December 2, 9a-3p
Holiday Market
The Barn at Timber Cove
832 S 250th St, Pittsburg

Saturday, December 2, 9a-12p
Holiday Craft Fair
Memorial Auditorium
503 N Pine St, Pittsburg
Admission: One donation of a non-perishable & unexpired food item

Friday, December 8, 5p-8p
ArtForms Gallery Holiday Open House
ArtForms Gallery
620 N Broadway, Pittsburg

Saturday, December 9, 9a-2p
The Well Traveled Chef Holiday Open House
708 E Palmer St, Arma

The Feztival of Trees

The Mirza Shriners are once again hosting their Annual Feztival of Trees. The Shriners forest of Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and Shrine members is open to the public. Entry is $2 each, with kids 12 and under being free.

Saturday, November 25, 12p-7p
Sunday, November 26, 1p-4p
Monday, November 27, 4p-9p
Tuesday, November 28, 4p-7p
Wednesday, November 29, 4p-7p
Thursday, November 30, 4p-7p
Friday, December 1, 4p-7p
Saturday, December 2, 12p-2p

Free cookies & cocoa on November 27. Drawing for the trees will be Saturday, December 2 at 2p.

Mirza Temple Ballroom
110 W 5th St, Pittsburg

4 Tree Lighting Ceremonies

November 4, 1p
The Christmas Shoppe
1608 W 4th St, Pittsburg

November 25, 6:30p
Pritchett Pavilion
2nd & Broadway, Pittsburg

Sunday, November 26, 5p
Commons Park
114 E McKay St, Frontenac
Live music and cocoa. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance.

Saturday, December 2, 5:30p
Downtown McCune
6th & Main, McCune
10a: Kids making ornaments for the tree at the McCune Library
5:30p: Tree lighting ceremony