Santa will be making his annual visit to the Basehor Historical Museum Society on Saturday and this year, he’ll be bringing the Snow Princess as well. Families are invited to bring children to the museum to visit, take pictures and enjoy cookies and drinks with the special guests. The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Each year, the museum decorates for the Christmas season in preparation of this annual community event. Holiday music fills the air.

The public is also invited to the Holiday Market, which will be held next door at the Basehor VFW Post 11499. Shoppers will find plenty of homemade gifts including holiday cards, ornaments, wreaths, handmade birdfeeders, essential oils and more. Admission is free.

“You are guaranteed to find the perfect gift for everyone,” said Lindsey Lane, chairman of this year’s Holiday Market. “I love how I can find something for everyone on my list and support local artists at the same time without the hassle of dealing with busy shopping centers. And be sure to bring your camera for a photo with Santa and the Snow Princess at the museum.”

Laney has used social media to spread the word about the Holiday Market as well as the visit by Santa and the Snow Princess to the museum.

Building on the success of last year’s events, Laney is expecting another great turnout this year as shoppers look forward to continuing the tradition of shopping at the Holiday Market.

The VFW kitchen will be open during the Holiday Market hours to feed hungry shoppers and will offer a variety of lunch items for sale including tacos and taco salad.

As one of the major annual fundraisers for the museum, all proceeds from the two events will go to the general operating fund to provide services for this important piece of Basehor history preservation. With so many pieces of Basehor history contained within the museum, it is vital that the museum remains operational for generations to come.  

Staffed by several dedicated volunteers, the museum is open Thursdays from 1-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free and private tours are available with advanced notification.

Beth Kornegay is a freelance writer covering news and events in the city of Basehor. If you have a story idea, email her at gabi_kansas@yahoo.com