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Christmas City of the High Plains
CHRISTMAS CITY OF THE
WaKeeney has held the title of “Christmas City of the High Plains” since 1950. This holiday wonderland lights up the prairie skies from the Saturday following Thanksgiving till after New Year’s.
Interesting facts about the “Christmas City of the High Plains”
Designed and built in the basement of Keraus Hardware Store
Designed by Jake Heckman, local banker and artist
Built by Art Keraus, local hardware merchant, a man “who could build anything”
Many volunteers donated hundreds of hours to help over the years
Centerpiece is a 35-foot tree of fresh pine greenery located in center of downtown intersection
Canopy of heavenly blue lights radiates from four ivory stars that crown the tree
Over 6.800 colored lights throughout display
Four square block area around the tree decorated with more fresh greenery; handcrafted wreaths, bows and bells; and more lights
Consists of 3 miles of electrical wiring, 1400 lbs. fresh greenery and 1100 yards fresh greenery garlands
Business district outlined with over 2,000 perimeter lights which remain lit year round
Considered largest Christmas display between Kansas City & Denver
This annual event has become a source of pride for the community. The Christmas Tree is a tribute to the will and cooperation of our local residents Hundreds of volunteers have worked side by side for over 50 years on a common goal and they have learned about brotherhood – one of the true meanings of Christmas.
Lights turned on at 6:00 PM on the Saturday following Thanksgiving
Lights turned on every night until after New Year’s
200 N. Main St.
PO Box 275
WaKeeney, KS 67672