By Jackie Nelson
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”.
The luminary walk will be open from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 29 and 30, and on December 6 and 7.
The cost of the luminary walk is $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.
As usual, on both weekends participants can warm themselves 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 Nov. 29 and 30, for those who wish to shop local for the holidays.
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