MONTEZUMA — This annual evening event scheduled with each Christmas exhibit will be even bigger and better this year.

Mark your calendar for a very special day, the Twilight Holiday Happening to be held on Monday, Nov. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to kick-off the holiday season in southwest Kansas and is a great way to close this festive exhibit at the Stauth Memorial Museum of Montezuma.

The evening of lights, music and refreshments will give patrons the chance to experience this exhibit in never seen before illuminated, twinkling splendor.

Featured events this year include refreshments, door prizes, centerpiece raffle and a holiday wreath silent auction to cap off the evening and to kick-off the Christmas season in southwest Kansas.

The Holiday Wreaths will be on display for enjoyment through the Twilight Holiday Happening.

The silent auction bidding will start at 7 p.m. and stop at 8 p.m. so the lucky winners can take home their Holiday Wreaths in time to enjoy them for the Holiday season.

This is a great opportunity for you to get a wonderfully decorated holiday wreath for your home or get a great gift for family and friends.

For the sixth year the museum will have a centerpiece raffle.

Bring nonperishable food items or unwrapped toys for the Mexican-American Ministries and get a chance to win one of five beautiful centerpieces.

For every five food items or unwrapped new toy, you bring for this worthy cause, you will receive one chance at one of the five festive, gift-filled centerpieces.

The more you give, the more chances you have to win, (Must be present to win, as items cannot be mailed).

We are having a coat, hat and glove/mitten drive as well, so please bring your gently-used coats you don’t wear anymore, and the hats, mittens or gloves just sitting in the drawer unused and make someone "toasty" when it gets cold this year.

The museum will be accepting these throughout the exhibit so even if you can’t come to this event, you still have the opportunity to help others.

Along with the refreshments and door prizes, this is your last chance to see the Thirteen different Christmas mini-exhibits that are displayed in Christmas Traditions of Southwest Kansas 2018.

Each exhibit represents a theme or just fond memories from the past and are decorated by southwest Kansas individuals, groups and businesses thus bringing the traditions and spirit of "Christmas in Southwest Kansas" to the museum and its visitors.

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 and Christmas Is For Kids an 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 your friends and family to use with their Christmas cards or family Christmas letters.

This temporary exhibit presents a way to enjoy the holidays, 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.

Please mark your calendar for what should be a breathtaking evening to close the Christmas Traditions of Southwest Kansas 2018 exhibit at the Stauth Memorial Museum.

If you are interested in participating or just want more information, please call 620-846-2527.