1. Hear the quintet

Bringing a spirit of innovation to the world of brass repertoire, the Mirari Brass Quintet will perform Christmas with Mirari Brass Quintet as part of the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts season lineup at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 on the Hesston College campus in the Hesston Mennonite Church sanctuary.

Now in its seventh season, the Mirari Brass Quintet is made up of Alex Noppe and Matthew Vangjel on trumpets, Jessie Thoman on horn, Sarah Paradis on trombone and Stephanie Frye on tuba.  The music of the quintet spans many centuries and genres. Christmas with Mirari Brass Quintet will feature Christmas-centric music with several traditional carols. The Mirari Brass Quintet has added nearly two dozen works to the brass quintet repertoire since 2009, with group members also contributing a number of arrangements and original compositions. Mirari Brass has performed extensively across the United States.


2.  Listen to the sounds of Christmas

The annual Newton Treble Clef Vespers concert will be 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, 1200 Boyd Ave.

This year the concert will include the Treble Clef Chorus, Hearts 4 Him, the Newton Community Children's Choir, Sue Swender playing bells and Joan Wulf playing piano and organ. 

A freewill offering will be taken to support the Treble Clef Scholarship fund. The scholarship awards funds annually to high school seniors who are planning to major in music in college.

A video preview of the concert is available at thekansan.com


3. Take a walk

The 2017 Winter Luminary Walk "The Prairie Sleeps" at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston will be a celebration of the stillness and beauty of the winter landscape. The event will be open from 5:30 to 8 p.m.  Dec. 1 and 2.

The traditional Luminary Walk activities include s’mores around fire pits, a nativity scene in our "leaf house stable", cookies and almond tea in the Visitor Center and reveling in the beauty of a winter evening illuminated by thousands of lights and candles.

The cost of admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children (ages 3-15). Children under 3 years of age are admitted for free.


4.  Have a bowl of soup

The Walton Lions Club will host an annual soup supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Walton Rural Life Center, 500 Main St., Walton.

The menu will include vegetable soup and chili. Hot dogs will be available for children. Dessert will be served and Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. Admission is by donation.



5. See the places of Christmas

Newton-area museums will host the annual “Five Places of Christmas” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2.

The annual holiday open house is a collaborative event by the Carriage Factory Art Gallery, Harvey County Historical Museum, Kauffman Museum, Warkentin House and Bethel College Women’s Association. Admission is free, with most offering free refreshments and activities.

New this year, the Goerz House, 2512 College Drive, North Newton, will be included as an event venue. Normally closed as a private residence, the Bethel College landmark will be the host for the Bethel College Women's Association's open house. The home is on the National Register of Historic Places and is now the residence for the college president and his family.  Visitors to Kauffman Museum, located at 27th and Main streets in North Newton, can tour the museum and eat refreshments while taking in an afternoon organ concert. Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St. in Newton, will feature music and family art activities. Children's make-and-take art activities and a book signing with children's author Bill Bush will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon, and the NUTS ukulele group  will perform from 10 a.m. to noon. The Harvey County Historical Museum, 203 N. Main St. in Newton, will offer refreshments and host the final weekend of the special exhibit "Purposeful Stitches: Community Quilts" exhibit. The Warkentin House, 211 E. First St. in Newton, offers peppernuts and Mrs. Warkentin’s Russian tea while visitors explore the Victorian home decorated for the holiday by volunteers.

All “Five Places of Christmas” offer free admission, refreshments and activities.