The spirit of Christmas will be going strong this weekend with a variety of related events.

On Saturday, Western State Bank offers free carriage rides from 2 to 4 p.m. at the branch bank, located at the corner of Spruce and Main streets.

In what has become a downtown Garden City tradition, the TubaChristmas Concert on Grant Avenue will start at 3 p.m. Saturday. Conducted by James McAllister, Garden City Community College’s director of bands, the area’s tuba and euphonium players gather each December to provide whimsical renditions of favorite Christmas carols. Area choral groups also will be performing after the tuba concert.

In addition, downtown merchants will be open 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. While downtown, shoppers can register for the final Downtown Dollars giveaway worth $100. Registration boxes for the giveaway will be located at The Corner on Main, The Good Sport, Kep’s Menswear, Linenberger Jewelry, Little Britches/Moodz and Patrick Dugan’s Coffee House. The Downtown Dollars program was started by Garden City Downtown Vision, and certificates are redeemable at participating downtown merchants. Additional certificates may be purchased at the Downtown Vision office, 120 E. Laurel St., or at

Other events this weekend include:

• First United Methodist Church is putting on the 58th annual Living Christmas starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Experience a re-enactment of the Christmas story with live action and animals on the front lawn of the church, located at the corner of Kansas Avenue and Main St. The story replays every 20 minutes from 6:30 to 7:50 p.m.

• The Finney County Historical Museum, 405 S. Fourth St. at Finnup Park, is holding its Holiday Open House from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, featuring the Garden City Christmas Past in the Front Door Gallery Exhibit, and Antique Car Rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., $1 per person (free for museum store shoppers). Refreshments will be available in the Main Exhibit Gallery. Contact the museum for more information at (620) 272-3664.

• Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo is holding the second annual “Tails in Tinseltown” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Finnup Center.

The event includes breakfast in Mrs. Claus’s Parlor (by reservation), Christmas train rides, a children’s craft and a meet-and-greet with Old Saint Nick.

Advance passes to the event are $5 per person, available at the Finnup Center and online at General admission passes also will be sold at the door for $10 per person the day of the event.

Contact Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo for more information: 620-276-6243 or

• Steps Dance School will present The Nutcracker Friday through Sunday at Clifford Hope Auditorium in Horace Good Middle School.

There will be four performances for residents to see the classic production, with two different casts performing.

Cast A will be on stage at 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, with cast B on stage at 6 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $5 through any Steps Dance School student or at Steps Dance School, 1620 E. Kansas Ave. Suite B. Tickets are also available at Berta’s Flowers & Festivities, 519 W. Mary St., or Ward’s Garden Center, 2703 U.S. 83 Business.

After Thursday, tickets will be $10. Tickets will not be exchanged for a different show date after Thursday.

For more information, call (620) 521-4555 or send email to

• Also this weekend, the High Plains Home Educators will be performing “Capisce,” a 1930s detective movie dinner theatre spoof at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1010 Fleming St. Show times are 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Free will donations will be taken at each show, with proceeds going to support HPHE events and activities. Those wishing to attend one of the performances can call Clara Jackson, at (620) 275-9712, for reservations.