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Christmas in the Park


This community event held at Madison Avenue Central Park combines three traditional community events: Santa's Village, hosted by the Derby Public Library; Breakfast with Santa, hosted by the Derby Recreation Center; and Carriage Rides in the Park, Julie Olmsted (Insurance and Financial Agent).

This event will incorporate all the activities that people love about the previous events, plus many fun new things to do.

There will be three opportunities to get pictures taken with Santa. Events will take place the Pavilion and outdoors in the park.

All activities are free with the exception of breakfast/pictures with Santa, face painting and food trucks.

Visit the event's Facebook page for more information!

Thank You to our Sponsors!


  • Don Hattan Derby
  • Decarsky Foundation
  • BRG Precision Products, Inc.
  • Security First Title of Derby
  • Gabe McKeever - Meritrust Credit Union
  • Derby KS Rotary Club
  • Skincare by CM

Schedule of Events

  • Breakfast and photos with Santa ($7 includes both)- 9-11 a.m.
  • Holiday Bounce Houses - 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Barrel Train - 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Christmas crafts, trains, letters to Santa & stories - 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Carolers (vocal and instrumental) - 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Mini horses - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Story time - 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Cookie decorating with Drury Lane - 11:30 - until out of cookies
  • Photos with Santa 12-2:30 p.m.
  • Food Trucks - 12-6 p.m. (Smokin Diner, Lumpia, Funky Monkey Munchies and Urban Skillet)
  • Tanganyika animals - 1-5 p.m.
  • Escape Room Puzzle (kindergarten to 5th grade) - 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Candy Cane Hunt - 2:30 p.m.
  • Face painting - 3-6 p.m. (for a fee)
  • Photos with Santa - 3-6 p.m.
  • and ending the evening with Clydesdale drawn carriage rides throughout the park - 3-6 p.m.

Worried about parking? Don’t be! There will be a shuttle service from Derby Middle School stadium parking lot starting at 11 a.m. and last drop-off at 6:15 p.m. Please note that the shuttle will stop picking people up at the stadium at 5:30. Beginning at 5:30, the shuttle will only drop people off at the stadium because the event ends at 6 p.m.

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