At this time of year, there is no shortage of things to do — especially things centered around Christmas. This weekend there are opportunities to get outside in the crisp December air.

1. Light the green

 The Lighting of the Green at Bethel College is an annual tradition dating back to 1986.

This year, the Lighting of the Green takes place at 8 p.m. Dec. 9 around the Green in the center of campus, coordinated by Bethel’s student chaplains.

For Bethel’s Lighting of the Green, most electric lights on campus are turned off and Bethel students, staff, faculty and community members gather with unlit candles on the sidewalk around the Green. It takes about 250 people to form a complete circle.

The candles are lit to make a “wreath” of light, followed by everyone converging to the middle of the Green to form a “Christ candle.”

All are welcome to join in the Lighting of the Green, an activity well-suited to families with children. For more information, call 316-284-5356.



2. See the nativity

A Living Nativity will be hosted from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9  at Salem United Methodist Church, 115 Old Main.
Donation of a nonperishable food item for Harvest of Love is encouraged. Refreshments will be served.


3. Night in the barn

Everyone is invited to attend and experience Night in the Barn, presented by Tabor Mennonite Church from 5 – 8 p.m.  Dec. 8 and 9 at  Papa’s Pumpkin Patch, 372 East 70th Street, located just off of K-15 between Newton and Goessel.

Come and interact with the characters, animals, sights and sounds of this timeless tale. Enjoy this walking tour of the Nativity with family and friends. The suggested donation of $5 per person includes a hot drink and snack. For more information call (620) 367-2721.