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ROPE EM' COWBOY

The Flint Hills Rodeo in Strong City, Kan., has been showcasing outstanding cowboy skills and wowing crowds for 77 years. This oldest consecutive rodeo in the state is held in early June.

GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT

Lawrence's Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade is the only exclusively "horse" parade in Kansas and one of the few of its kind in the United States. Cozy up with a blanket and some hot cocoa at this beloved family-friendly event featuring authentic horse-drawn carriages and wagons decorated for the holidays. Come for the day or stay for Lawrence's Winter Wonder Weekend.

Take in the holiday lights with a McPherson Trolley Tour. These trolley tours, operated year-round by the McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau, are especially popular for sparkling evening outings during the holidays. Also available for private parties.

Behold Botanica Wichita's Illuminations, the largest holiday light display in Kansas, featuring 17 acres of beautiful gardens, 120 holiday trees, 5,000 LED luminaries and 1 million lights. Enjoy hot cocoa and cider, electric trains circling pine trees, a flocked forest at Candy Cane Lane, and live music.