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Lights on the River 2018

Floating Light Parade


Purchase a floating light and launch it onto the Arkansas River during the floating light parade! All proceeds go towards river improvement projects. 

Wagon Rides


Enjoy a primitive stroll around WaterWalk on a horse drawn wagon ride at sunset. 

Visit Santa


Bring your kids, or fur babies, to visit Santa. Available for hugs, wishes, and photos. 

Order of Events


Event Timeline


4:00 Festivities begin at Wichita Boathouse

- Winter Wagon Rides

- S'mores Station

- DJ Rocky K

- Food Trucks and Vendors onsite

- Floating Lights available for sale

5:00 Special Appearance by Santa Claus 

Private Reception begins

5:30 Trolleys arrive at Wichita Boathouse to take  attendees to Old Town Square for the  Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

6:00 Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony begins in Old Town Square

Floating Lights will be available for sale onsite for the Lights on the River Launch

6:30 Trolleys arrive in Old Town Square to take attendees to Wichita Boathouse where Festivities will continue

- Winter Wagon Rides

- S'mores Stations

- DJ Rocky K 

- Food Trucks and Vendors onsite 

Floating Light sales will STOP at 6:30 at both locations

7:00 Lights on the River Launch on the Ark River

7:15 Spectacular Fireworks Show Begins


This was our first year attending. We arrived right after it started. We walked out around the boat ate a smores then seen santa and took the carriage ride. Which, for as long as the line looked it wasn't a terribly long wait! Everything was organized, went smoothly, and was so fun for kids of all ages! The signs and schedules helping people keep track and find events was so helpful! The christmas events like this is what our family loves about the community to help get us in the Christmas spirit! Can't wait for next year!  -Alex King

Awesome time. Free s'mores, free horse pulled wagon rides, Santa Claus was there, and good people. Very well organized. Wayfinding signs were posted all over the premises. The schedule is posted on this Facebook page event and Wichita Clean Streams website. This event gets better every year. I hope this event continues and grows for years to come!!! - Vince Vieyra


Is this a free event?

YES! Wagon rides, visits with Santa, S;mores, Fireworks, and the Floating Light Parade are all free! 

Floating lights and festive necklaces are available for sale, and food trucks will be onsite for nibbles but otherwise the event is free to the public. 

What is the floating light launch?

The floating light launch is a parade of lighted beach balls on the Arkansas River. The colors of the lights reflect off the water to create a magical floating parade. 

Where can I purchase a floating light?

Floating lights are available for pre-order on this website, located under the Donate tab and onsite, at the event on Sunday, December 2nd. 

What does my purchase support?

All proceeds from the floating lights go towards projects to improve the quality of the Arkansas River.

If I throw my floating light in the water, can I get it back?

Yes, volunteers will be collecting floating lights as the parade ends. The lights will be available to pick up at the boat ramp, south of the boathouse. 

Are the the floating lights bad for the river? 

No, all floating lights are collected at the end of the evening.

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