Where to See Holiday Lights in Kansas City

Winter Magic and Holiday Light and Magic
November 18 – January 2

Winter MagicTry one, heck TRY BOTH! These two awesomely different holiday light parks are certain to impress! On the Missouri side, Winter Magic! Located near the Kansas City Zoo is open now thru Jan 2. Nominated for The Pitch’s Best of KC Holiday Lighting, Winter Magic is back – BIGGER, BETTER and BRIGHTER than ever! On the Kansas side, Holiday Light and Magic is located near Legends Outlets and is open from Nov. 18 thru Jan. 2. This ALL-NEW family adventure is packed with over 100 lighted displays including favorites like snowboarding Santa, elf construction company and even Christmas in space! Experience the magic, KC – at one or both parks this holiday season.

Briarcliff Holiday Lighting Celebration
November 13, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Come celebrate with the Village this year at our Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony and Fireworks Display! Take your picture with Santa, enjoy balloon animals and face painting and  take advantage of shopping discounts.

Legendary Tree Lighting
November 13, 5-8 p.m.

Kick off the holiday season with a live concert, prize giveaways, complimentary hot cocoa, fun photo ops, special deals, and family-friendly activities such as face painting, balloon animals, roaming character appearances, photos with Santa, and more. The lighting ceremony will take place in the Center Courtyard at approximately 6 p.m., but festivities will continue until 8 p.m. Need an Instagram-worthy backdrop? The 45-foot Christmas tree is also getting an upgrade this year with the addition of 2,000 ornaments! Still synchronized to music, the tree will continue to brighten spirits until early January 2022.

Overland Park Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting
November 19, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Join us as we kick off the holiday season with the Overland Park Mayor’s Holiday Festival. This FREE community event will be held throughout the Downtown Overland Park area!
Activities include Santa Claus, live reindeer, snow princesses, Photo Booth camper, balloon artist, inflatable snow globe, train rides, family hayride, carolers and the grinch.

Mayor’s Tree Lighting: Lee’s Summit
November 19, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join us at 6:30 p.m. in Howard Station Park as we light Downtown in thousands of sparkling lights. Choir performances, a visit from Santa, and much more will get you in the holiday spirit. Enjoy late night shopping, live window displays, and a holiday light show in City Hall Plaza.

Mayor’s Tree Lighting: North Kansas City
November 19, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Enjoy treats, festive entertainment and Santa pictures as we light the mayor’s tree.

Zona Rosa Holiday Lighting Celebration
November 20, 4 p.m.

Zona Rosa will kick off the 2021 holiday season with the annual lighting ceremony featuring the historic holiday crowns and majestic 55′ Christmas tree! For the first time ever, the event will take place at Zona Rosa’s North Park. Enjoy local bands, ice skating, hot cocoa, photo backgrounds, and Santa’s arrival.

Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake
November 24-December 31

Now in its 34th year, this magical winter wonderland features more than half million lights and 175 animated displays, all designed and built entirely in-house by our talented crews!  Your drive to the Longview Lake Campground begins at the Frank White Jr., Softball Complex. Admission is free. Voluntary exit donations benefit more than 35 local charities.  Since its inception, Christmas in the Park has donated more than 1 million dollars to charities right here in our community.

Mom Tip: Visit weeknights early in the season to avoid long lines!

Magic of Lights at GEHA Field
November 24-December 24, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. daily

Magic of Lights is a dazzling, drive-through holiday lights experience featuring favorite holiday scenes and characters of the season using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Experience Magic of Lights from the comfort and safety of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path of Kansas City’s favorite holiday tradition. One carload, one price. Magic of Lights is a great family entertainment value!

Holiday Lights on Farmstead Lane
November 25-January 7

If you love festive holiday light displays, then head to Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead and watch sparkling lights synchronized to music with animation, lighting effects, patterns and messages. This year’s show which will feature all your favorite holiday scenes, plus lights and music from some of the most popular movies. Just bring some cocoa, cookies and blankets as you view the lights and hear the music from the warmth of your car.

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Paulie’s Penguin Playground

The Craig family Christmas display started off in 2004 with 15 penguins and a few Christmas lights; now, this regional favorite for those in Olathe and surrounding areas has grown to 150 lighted figures which fill most of Paul’s yard. Many of the figures move, some play music and there are even penguin videos playing on the roof.

The Annual Plaza Lighting Ceremony
Thanksgiving Day, 5 p.m.

The Plaza Lighting Ceremony returns! “In 1925, Charles Pitrat, head of the Nichols Company maintenance operation, placed a single six-foot strand of sixteen colored light bulbs across the doorway of the Suydam building, the Plaza’s first building … The tradition grew just the way the Plaza did. As buildings were added, so were lights. When the Plaza Theatre was completed in 1928, Pitrat strung lights across 47th Street to reach the theater building. The next year he outlined the buildings and towers with lights. And so it went, adding more lights to frame more buildings. Putting up those first lights took one man and a ladder. The chore is definitely more difficult today.”

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting
November 26, 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. Kansas City’s Mayor and a celebrity guest will flip the switch to light the tree. Members of the Kansas City Chorale will perform during the ceremony. The tree is a symbol of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund, which is dedicated to assisting the people of Kansas City during the holiday season. Program begins at 5:30 p.m

Lee’s Summit Magic Tree

A celebratory landmark at I-470 and View High Drive in Lee’s Summit. Over the years, the lighting of the tree has offered sentiments of hope, goodness, peace, and love as visitors enjoy the simple elegance of the tree, take advantage of the beautiful and unique photography setting, as well as give to those who are in need in our community.

Holiday Luminary Walk
November 26 + 27 , December 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 + 18

During the four weekends following Thanksgiving, take a stroll along the lit pathways to experience the magical Gnome and Fairy Villages, serene winter woods by candlelight, and the colorful Children’s Garden. Enjoy musical performances in four different locations and visit with Santa in his Woodland Depot. The gardens are bright with color –  while the quiet woods are lit with candles lining the walkways. Trees, buildings, and bridges are all part of the show, with thousands of lights aglow.

Now expanded to 10 nights, plus the Adults-Only Candlelight Stroll.

Powell Gardens’ Festival of Lights
November 11 – December 30

This family-favorite festival is a breath of fresh air during a hectic holiday season. Bundle up and wander a lighted outdoor path featuring immersive, botanically-inspired installations that celebrate the natural joy of the most festive season. More than 20 miles of lights highlight the natural forms of Powell Gardens’ tree collection, show off the exceptional architecture and landscape elements in the Gardens, and create paths through Instagram and holiday card-worthy photo moments. A newly imagined Enchanted Tiki Bar occupies the glass domed conservatory, while a new warming station along the trail sells spiked or non-alcoholic hot chocolate and Louisburg cider. The light festival is open Wednesdays – Sunday, 4-10 p.m.

Sar-Ko Aglow Lighting
December 3, 6 p.m.

Continue your holiday festivities by meeting up with friends and neighbors for a community celebration at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park in Lenexa. Enjoy a stroll through the park while taking in the spectacular lights, sipping hot cocoa and listening to carolers. The lights will been on through Jan. 17.

Sarah grew up in Manhattan, Kansas (Go Cats!), she moved to Minnesota where she met her husband, Shea. Realizing how much she hated snow in May, she convinced him to move to Kansas City in 2010. Together they have lived in Midtown, Waldo, the Plaza, and now Overland Park. Sarah is mom to 10-year-old, Henry, 7-year-old Clark and 5-year-old Lucy. She has her master’s in urban administration and is passionate about making Kansas City a more equitable and supportive community. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, hike, travel as much as possible, and experience all things Kansas City!


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