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Merry & Bright

Christmas season is the best time of year to spend with your loved ones. Over the years,

Wichita has become a hotspot for families and friends look at Christmas lights. While

Botanica, Candy Cane Lane, and Safari of Lights are popular, people and neighborhoods throughout Wichita put on their own shows right in their front yard.

At the Illuminations at Botanica, located at 701 Amidon St, Wichita, KS 67203, make sure to bundle up while taking your family through an enchanted Christmas forest, where more than 2 million lights are strung atop trees, along with light displays that are connected to music.

“My family goes every year and we love it. The whole experience is so fun,” junior Hayley Boatright said.

They also offer free hot chocolate, cookies, and a visit with Santa.

On your next stop, make sure you don't pass up Wichita's newest Christmas attraction. At the Sedgwick County Zoo, found on 5555 W Zoo Blvd, Wichita, KS 67212. You'll have your pathway lit up by larger-than-life, Asian, animal sculptures.

“I enjoyed walking around and looking at the lights with my family," sophomore Abby

Williams said.

The majority of the students said that Christmas lights in College Hill are the way to go. Found on 4407 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67218, this event held by the College Hill Neighborhood Association Wichita is a fan favorite.

“I absolutely love the lights in College Hill. The vibes are amazing, the houses are so cool, and this one house always gives out hot chocolate,” sophomore Kaili Vossen said.

There are even some houses you can walk up to and look around, drink hot chocolate, and be delighted by Christmas carols.

Lastly, one of the most underrated Christmas

attractions is the Winfield Isle of Lights. Though it is a long drive, you don't wanna miss it. Located on 200 Main St, Winfield, KS 67156, this place is a drive-through, synced to music pathway that is lit up with huge, in motion lights. You can find Santa feet

dangling from a fireplace, reindeer leaping over your head, and Santa working at his workshop.

“Every year my family and I go to the EDM Christmas House. It's so cool seeing how they dance to the music and how they change to different colors,” sophomore Kenzie Buchanan said.

There are many other places to see Christmas lights. Of course, there are places like Botanica and The Zoo to see lights, but sometimes cruising through huge

neighborhoods is the best option. Places all over Kansas celebrate the Christmas

festivities with lights.

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