Holiday fun downtown Friday night

There will be a full evening of activities in preparation for Christmas this Friday in El Dorado.

The evening will start with the annual Christmas parade at 6 p.m. downtown. With the theme Old Fashion Christmas, it will feature bands, carolers and floats, ending at the Historic Train Depot where Santa will meet children of all ages for a photo and a Christmas wish. There also will be hot chocolate for people provided by Sun Group Reality.

The stores also will be staying open late for shopping, including a home-based business fair and an ugly Christmas sweater contest at Robin’s.

After the parade, head down to the Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum for an old-fashioned Christmas beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The museum will be decorated for the holidays and the gift shop will be stocked full of special discounts.

Outdoors, the buildings will be open for the evening, with costumed interpreters. Taste hot apple cider in the Redburn Grocery, and stay warm by the wood burning fire while you browse. The Evening Caller Print Shop is open for business and the proprietor is offering free samples of holiday greetings to those who visit his store. Grandma Anderson is home and will be offering gingersnaps to her guests. Don’t miss the Lease House, where you can see sewing demonstrations and smell the baked goods coming from the kitchen, and the Foster Schoolhouse teacher will have lessons for the children as well. While indoors, listen to carolers and enjoy food samples from the gift shop.

Kids activities and crafts are planned, as well as visits with Santa in the antique sleigh.

Regular admission applies, members are free of charge. To purchase tickets in advance, call 316-321-9333.

The Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum is located at 383 E. Central.