This weekend and next will be the annual Luminary Walk at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston.

Three highlights

1. A holiday classic

Over the years, the Winter Luminary Walk at the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains has become a tradition for many people in South-Central Kansas. This holiday season, visitors are invited to take time to slow down and enjoy time with family and friends by being a part of this unique event that illuminates the natural beauty of our prairie gardens in winter. Arboretum staff will be bringing to life the story of "The Nutcracker" ballet. Complete with life-sized nutcrackers, dancing, singing,and the well-known music of Tschaikovsky’s "The Nutcracker Suite".

2. Performances

5:30 and 6:30p.m.  Saturday, the dancers of Angel Feet Ministry, under the direction of Dunri Palmer, will present ballet and lyrical dance numbers, inviting their audience to celebrate Christmas with the dancers who celebrate Christ. 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the BCAPA Kaleidoscope Company and Stages Dancers will perform several excerpts from "The Nutcracker" ballet, under the direction of Danika Bielek. From 5 to 6 p.m. Dec. 6 the BCAPA Suzuki Strings, under the direction of Rebecca Schloneger, will perform a Winter Concert. At 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7, the Friendly Baptist Deaf Church Bell Choir from Hutchinson will perform and invite audience participation.

At 7 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 the Hesston College Bel Canto singers will perform.

3. Treats

Warm yourself by the bonfires with s'mores. Cookies baked by the Hesston Women's Civic Club and hot almond tea will be served in the Visitor Center. In addition, a holiday open house of the Arboretum gift shop will feature the work of local artisans from 3 to 8 p.m. on November 29 and 30, for those who wish to shop local for the holidays.

If you go

Where: Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, 177 W. Hickory Street, Hesston.

When : Today, Saturday, Dec. 6 and Dec. 7

Tickets:$5 for adults, $3 for students and $2 for children (ages 3-15). Children under 3 years of age are admitted for free. Proceeds help to maintain the 28 acre arboretum.