MONTEZUMA — Christmas Traditions of Southwest Kansas 2018 is an exhibit that will opened Oct. 14, and be on exhibit through Monday, Nov. 26, at the Stauth Memorial Museum of Montezuma.

This biannual exhibit presents a fun way to enjoy Christmas, get decorating ideas and share in the joy and wonder that is the season before getting bogged down with all the promotional hype of the holidays.

Southwest Kansas individuals, clubs, groups, organizations, and merchants have created 13 mini-exhibits featuring holiday themes, collections, family heirlooms, homemade family mementos and more.

The exhibits bring back fond memories of Christmas’ past, show you where to find the newest trends in holiday decorations, and inspire ideas for fun ways to create new memories.

These exhibits are created and decorated by southwest Kansans thus bringing the traditions and spirit of "Christmas in Southwest Kansas" to the museum and its visitors.

This beautiful, uplifting exhibit is a must see, memorable experience for all ages.

The 13 displays are: Christmas in Miniature by Mike Larmer of Garden City; A Ferrier’s Christmas by James Fischer of Scott City; Drummer Boys on Parade by Deanna Myers of Sublette; Christmas Around the World by Emily Boyd of Kinsley; Christmas Friendship by Montezuma Book Club; A Nordic Christmas by Montezuma Drug Store; Lions "Gifting" Our Community by the Montezuma Lion’s Club; O Holy Night by Montezuma United Methodist Church; Sliding Into Christmas by Bethel Home Health Care; Christmas on the Farm by Just for You and Falling Into Christmas by Connie Yost all from Montezuma.

There is also a Christmas Is For Kids area set aside for kids to watch Christmas Movies, color pages and other activities.

There is even a Christmas Photo Op setting.

Visitors can use this area specifically designed to take Christmas photos with friends and family to use with their Christmas cards or family Christmas letters, post to social media or just commemorate your visit to the museum.

Check out the pictures of these exhibits on our Facebook page.

Again this year, we have scheduled our evening event for the Monday after Thanksgiving.

The Twilight Holiday Happening will be on Monday, Nov. 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

A relaxing evening of lights, music, door prizes and refreshments to experience the breathtaking Christmas Traditions of Southwest Kansas 2018 exhibit in never seen before illuminated, twinkling splendor.

Look for upcoming information about this exciting event and fundraiser for the Stauth Museum.

Mark your calendar to bring all your friends for what should be an enjoyable evening.

Featured events this year include: refreshments, door prizes, a centerpiece raffle, a holiday wreath silent auction and a centerpiece raffle.

The Stauth Museum asks to call in advance for groups of five or more with tours and groups welcome by appointment.

Contact 620-846-2527 for information or to set up a tour.

Hours for the Stauth Museum, 111 N Aztec Street in Montezuma, are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4:30 p.m.

They are open Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

They are closed on Mondays and all major holidays.

Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help pay for the exhibit.

Visit www.stauthmemorialmuseum.org for up-to-date exhibit and museum information.