Wakeeney Christmas

Christmas City of the High Plains

Since 1950, the official tree lighting ceremony for “the Christmas City of the High Plains” has taken place on the Saturday... Learn more


Welcome to WaKeeney, located halfway between Kansas City and Denver on I-70. The site for WaKeeney was selected in 1879 by the Chicago Land Company of A.E. Warren and J.F. Keeney. The developers combined their last names to form the unique name of their new city. The developers planned for their city to become “the Queen City of the High Plains” and had grand ideas, including the 80-foot wide brick streets which remain today.

Today WaKeeney is a rural community in Northwest Kansas. It has many amenities and offers a great quality-of-life. Come experience one of our many attractions, such as:

•          Smoky Valley Scenic Byway

•          Cedar Bluff State Park, Reservoir, & Wildlife Area

•          Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at WaKeeney

•          Shiloh Vineyard & Winery

•          Christmas City of the High Plains

Escape from the pressures of city life, kick back, relax and enjoy our community for a day or two or an entire lifetime! Check out “WaKeeney.org” to discover everything WaKeeney has to offer.

Things to do in Wakeeney