Sights & Sounds of Christmas

Atchison’s 3rd Annual Sights and Sounds of Christmas will be held Saturday, Dec 7, 2013.  Experience a Spectacular Lighted Parade (starts at 5:30pm), Baking Contest, Little Mr. & Miss Winter Wonderland Contest and much more!  This is a great event to get anyone into the Christmas Spirit!  

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Parade of Lights 2013 - Sponsored by Bank of Atchison

3D Glasses sponsored by Berger Company, Golden Star and Patsy Porter, CPA PA

The grand finale of the Sights & Sounds of Christmas! The parade through beautiful downtown Atchison is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. There are three parade entry categories: Family, Business and Church/Youth Groups. If you have any questions, just give us a call at 913-367-2427. Please return your completed entry form to the Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce, located in the Santa Fe Depot at 200 S. 10th St. in Atchison.

Special thanks to Mark & Debra Mikkelson for letting us use their beautiful car!

CLICK HERE to download the Parade of Lights entry form!

Baking Contest - Sponsored by Exchange National Bank & Trust

Test your holiday baking skills against the best in Atchison County! Contestant may enter two categories: Cakes & Pies, and Cookies & Candy. $100 cash prize to the winners in each category, $50 to the runners-up, and $25 to the second runners-up. Entries should be delivered to the Exchange Bank, 600 Commercial, between noon and 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6th, with entry form. Entries will be judged and winners announced and prizes awarded on Saturday, Dec. 7, on The Mall in front of Exchange Bank, at 12:30 p.m.

CLICK HERE to download the Baking Contest entry form!

Gingerbread House Contest - Sponsored by Cottage of the Seasons

You won’t want to miss this Christmas classic, whether you enter the contest or just want to look! Entries will be judged on overall appearance, creativity and craftsmanship. There are three age groups. Entries must be delivered to Cottage of the Seasons, 515 Commercial,  by December 5th. Winners will be announced at Cottage of the Seasons on Dec. 7 at 12:15 p.m.

CLICK HERE to download the Gingerbread House Contest entry form!

Win A Giant Stocking Full of Presents Galore!

Sponsored by the Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce

Make sure you visit the Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce booth in the 500 block of The Commercial Street Mall for your chance to win the biggest Christmas stocking you’ll ever see! Children ages 3-10 are invited to sign up, FREE of charge, for a chance to win. One stocking for the girls, one for the boys. Drawing will take place at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, December 7.

Schedule of Events

The Santa House
10am – 3:30pm | 500 Block Commercial

Santa’s Workshop (Ages 3-10)
12noon-4:30pm | 500 Block of Commercial
Sponsored by Blish-Mize

Little Christmas Train
12pm – 4:30pm | 600 Block Commercial
Sponsored by Wells Fargo, L&L Construction, & Bell Construction

Live Nativity by Celebration Church
12noon-5pm | 400 Block Commercial

Story Time on the Atchison Trolley
12noon-4pm | 6th & Commercial
Sponsored by Atchison Eye Specialists

Gingerbread House Contest
12:15pm | 515 Commercial – Sponsored by Cottage of the Seasons

Baking Contest & Bake Sale
12:30pm | 600 Commercial
Sponsored by Exchange National Bank

Dance with Me Performers
1:30pm | 524 Commercial

Puppet Shows
2:30 & 3:45pm | 524 Commercial
Sponsored by MGP Ingredients

Little Mr. & Miss Wonderland Pageant
4pm | 819 Commercial
Sponsored by The Atchison Globe

Cinderella Carriage Rides – $1 per person
12noon-4:30pm | 5th & Commercial
Sponsored byAtchison Globe

Horse-drawn Sleigh Rides – $1 per person
12noon – 3:45pm | 7th & Commercial
Sponsored by Citadel Caverns & Extreme Underground

5:30pm | Downtown Atchison
Parade Float Winners’ Ribbons Donated by Pepper Mill & Co.
Candy For Parade Sponsored by River Cities Credit Union
Sights & Sounds Program Handouts Sponsored by Stress-Crete
3-D Glasses Sponsored by Berger Company, Golden Star, Inc, & Patsy Porter CPA PA

PLUS Food & Drink Vendors

Enjoy holiday treat vendors and a cast of Christmas characters — The Grinch, Frosty the Snowman, Santa’s Reindeer — all in downtown Atchison!