Check out some of these family friendly holiday lights events and displays in Kansas City that will help get you ready to celebrate the season!
Vince & Associates Holiday Lights Display
10103 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas 66212
(103rd and Metcalf on the East side)
Every year at Vince & Associates, creates a unique holiday light extravaganza. Boasting over 175,000 LED lights, it's synchronized to music and is a major holiday attraction in the Kansas City area. Tune your radio to channel 96.9FM to enjoy the show.
Gladstone Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting
November 25 @ 6 p.m.
Join the City Council for the lighting of the Mayor's Christmas Tree at Linden Square. This event is marked by holiday music provided by the Antioch Middle School and Linden West Elementary School choirs. Following the lighting the Christian Community Chorus and Oak Park Jazz Band will perform. The Linden Square Ice Rink will be open until 9 p.m.
November 26 @ 6 p.m.
Zona Rosa will kick off the 2014 holiday season with a special lighting ceremony to spotlight the large crowns hung above the streets, as well as the featured 50 foot Christmas tree in Town Square. The community is invited to this FREE program including the official arrival of the holiday Fairy Princess & Santa Claus!
Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake
November 26-December 31
Now in its 27th year, Jackson County's Christmas In The Park is a holiday feast serving up the sights of the season with more than 300,000 glistening lights and 175 colorfully animated holiday scenes. Discover for yourself why this is one of the region's favorite holiday attractions. There is no cost to drive through this enchanting holiday spectacular.
The Annual Plaza Lighting Ceremony
Thanksgiving Day @ 6 p.m.
Celebrate the magic of the Royals season and join us for one of Kansas City’s favorite holiday traditions, the 85th Annual KCP&L Plaza Lighting Ceremony on Thanksgiving evening. Join All Star left fielder Alex Gordon and Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore as they flip the switch and light up the Plaza. The Mowgli’s will perform a free show immediately following the ceremony. Arrive early for the Pre-Show beginning at 5pm with performances and great giveaways.
Holiday Lights on Farmstead Lane
November 27-January 3
Work began in early November on a completely new and entertaining display for 2014. The light show, choreographed with accompanying holiday music, is free. The display is more than 30 minutes long if you watch from beginning to end. Bring some cocoa, cookies and blankets as you view the lights and hear the music from the warmth of your car.
Nelson-Atkins 10th Annual Luminary Walk
November 28 @ 5-9 p.m.
Explore a winding path illuminated by candlelight in the beautiful Sculpture Park. Museum guides will be stationed at selected sculptures from 5-7 p.m. Other fun activities include a free Paul Mesner puppet show, fireside cocoa, and more.
Holiday Luminary Walk
November 28-29 & December 4-5
Stroll down candlelit trails through the gardens and woods, and around the ponds at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens' Holiday Luminary Walk. Admission is $8 per person; children 5 and younger are free. Horse-drawn wagon rides will also be available. Boy Scout Troops will serve hot cider at the Council Ring and Santa Claus will chat with children nightly from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Olathe’s Christmas Card Lane
November 28-January 1
An entire subdivision of homes with extravagant Christmas decorations & lights, tied together thematically by giant Christmas cards with greetings from each family.
Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony @ Crown Center
November 28 @ 5:30 p.m.
The 100-foot-tall Mayor's Christmas Tree, one of the nation's tallest, is the centerpiece for an illuminating holiday celebration. Mayor Sly James and Sporting Kansas City's Seth Sinovic will flip the switch to light the tree. The tree is a symbol of the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund, which is dedicated to assisting the city's less fortunate. Program begins at 5:30 p.m.
Riverside Holiday Tree Lighting
December 4 @ 5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Join the City of Riverside as we celebrate the start of the holiday season at the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony! Festivities begin at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, December 4 in the parking lot next to the Corner Cafe. Parking is available in that parking lot or at Riverside City Hall.
Paulie's Penguin Playground
November 28-January 1
Although this isn't a traditional holiday lights display, it is definitely worth noting. The Craig family Christmas display started off in 2004 with 15 penguins and a few Christmas lights, but has grown to nearly 150 lighted figures which fill most of his yard at Mur-Len Road & Indian Creek Parkway in Olathe, Kansas. In 2007 it took a crew six days to set up the Christmas display. Many of the figures move, some play music, and there are even penguin videos playing on the roof. This is the largest single display in Johnson County, and one of the largest Christmas Displays in metropolitan Kansas City.