Need to get out of your house this Christmas? Here is what you can do

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Everyone enjoys spending time indoors with loved ones during the holidays; snuggle up by the fire, watch Christmas movies and enjoy that great holiday meal. But, sometimes people like to get out of the house and do something on Christmas Day.

While most things are closed during the holidays, some special holiday-themed activities remain in place. Some of these festive occasions can be found right here in the capital:

  • Lights of Topeka Zoo: Perfect opportunity to get the whole family together and see the hundreds of lights strung and decorated around Topeka Zoo. The zoo lights are open on Christmas night from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Be aware that the zoo itself is not open to people to view the animals at Christmas, they are just open at night for the lights. Topeka Zoo is at 635 SW Gage Blvd.
  • TARC’s winter wonderland: If you want to leave the house but still want to stay warm and toasty in your car with the family, head to Shawnee Lake where a huge light show awaits. They are open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and ask all cars wishing to attend the light show to donate $ 10. Located at 3435 SE East Edge Rd.
  • Cortez’s light show: Talk about a house that “literally adorned the hallways”. Louis Cortez started this tradition in 2008 and created a great light show in his front yard that dances to the sound of a personalized radio station. This home is located at 3919 SE 30th Terr.
  • Gary Berry Light ShowHome to a whole row of huge nutcrackers and a bustling 32-foot-tall Christmas tree, it’s also a great place to reunite the family this Christmas. Opens at 5 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m. It’s a good reason to pack the family in the car and head to Grantsville for the evening. Located at 5991 17th St.

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