Your guide to must-see holiday light displays in the Kansas City area

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As you get ready to shop and prepare for your Thanksgiving dinner, now’s the time to fill up on some hot cocoa, get in the car with family and friends, and see the many wonderful light displays around the Kansas City metro.

Whether it’s the Country Club Plaza lights or Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

To help you plan a festive evening this holiday season, FOX4 has compiled a list of must-see displays. Check them out below:

Evergy Plaza Lighting Ceremony

  • Thursday, Nov. 25
  • Free
  • 5 – 8 p.m.
  • More details, including performance lineup, will come at a later date.

Christmas in the Park

  • Nov. 24 – Dec. 31
  • Sunday – Thursday: 5:30 – 10 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday: 5:30 – 11 p.m.
  • 3901 SW Longview Park Dr., Lee’s Summit, Missouri
  • Admission is free. Voluntary exit donations benefit more than 35 local charities.

Legendary Tree Lighting

  • Saturday, Nov. 13
  • Legends Outlets, Kansas City, Kansas
  • 5 – 8 p.m.
  • This year’s official tree lighting emcees are Adriana Davalos and Toni Talley, hosts of Great Day KC on FOX4.
  • There will be a live concert, prize giveaways, complimentary hot cocoa, 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.

Powell Gardens Festival of Lights

  • Nov. 11 – Dec. 30
  • 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Wednesday – Sunday
  • A mile long walk through path through 25-acres
  • The path is ADA compliant, with shorter options available
  • Tickets available here

Kansas City Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting

  • Friday, Nov. 26
  • Crown Center Square
  • Free
  • The 100-foot-tall Kansas City Mayor’s Christmas Tree, one of the nation’s tallest, is the centerpiece for an illuminating holiday celebration.
  • The Mayor’s Christmas Tree will shine brightly on Crown Center Square from Nov. 26, 2021 through Jan. 3, 2022.

Wyandotte County/KCK Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting

  • December 3
  • Wyandotte County City Hall
  • Lighting ceremony will be at 6:45 p.m.
  • Additional details to follow

Northern Lights Holiday Lighting Ceremony

  • Saturday, Nov. 20
  • North Park at Zona Rosa
  • 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Zona Rosa will kick off the 2021 holiday season with the annual lighting ceremony featuring the historic holiday crowns and 55-foot Christmas tree.
  • Local bands will play holiday tunes on the main stage with FOX4’s own Karli Ritter as emcee.
  • Santa will make his arrival at 6 p.m. to turn on the holiday lights at Zona Rosa.

Winter Magic near the KC Zoo in Swope Park

  • Nov. 2, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022
  • All traffic must enter the park from 87th Street, then take Blue River Road.
  • Starts at twilight every night, only closed New Year’s Eve.
  • The drive is one mile long and completely adorned with game-changing holiday light displays.
  • Tickets can be purchased online.

Holiday Light and Magic — Wyandotte County Park

  • Nov. 18, 2021 – Jan. 1, 2022
  • Wyandotte County Park, 600 North 126th Street, Bonner Springs, Kansas
  • This is a one-mile long drive-thru holiday lighting display.
  • Check available times here.
  • $25 weekends/$20 weeknights
  • Advanced tickets required

Bonner Springs Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting

  • Dec. 4
  • Downtown Bonner Springs
  • 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration at 18th & Vine

  • Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11
  • The Soul of Santa 3rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Celebration

Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ward Parkway

  • Friday, Nov. 19
  • Ward Parkway Center
  • 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Free
  • A night of fun with performances from Center School District, giveaways, photo ops with Santa, and the lighting of Ward Parkway’s 30-foot holiday tree.

Blue Springs Mayor’s Tree Lighting

  • Tuesday, Nov. 30
  • Blue Springs City Hall
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Entertainment by Daniel Young Elementary, James Walker Elementary and William Yates Elementary. The night will end with a special visit from Santa Claus.

Holiday Lighting Ceremony & Fireworks Display

  • Saturday, Nov. 13
  • The Village at Briarcliff, 4151 N. Mulberry Dr., Kansas City, Missouri
  • 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Lights turn on at 6:30 p.m. with a fireworks display to follow

Grandview Mayor’s Tree Lighting

  • Thursday, Dec. 2
  • 6 – 8 p.m.
  • The View, 13500 Byars Road, Grandview, Missouri
  • Listen to kids from Grandview C-4 Elementary schools sing carols before heading outside to light the tree. 
  • Guests can bring donations of canned food, toiletries, or cash for the Grandview Assistance Program to help families in need.

Christmas on the Square – Harrisonville

  • Saturday, Dec. 4
  • Historic Harrisonville Square
  • 4 – 7 p.m.
  • The event includes the mayor’s Christmas tree lighting, a visit with Santa, old fashioned wagon rides, holiday luminary display, live music and more.

Square Lighting in Independence

  • Friday, Nov. 12
  • 6 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Independence Square, 112 W. Lexington Ave.

Lee’s Summit Mayor’s Tree Lighting

  • Friday, Nov. 19
  • Howard Station Park
  • 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

North Kansas City Mayor’s Tree Lighting

  • Friday, Nov. 19
  • North Kansas City City Hall
  • 6 – 8 p.m.

Olathe Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting

  • Friday, Dec. 3
  • 6 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Further details to come.

Overland Park Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting

  • Friday, Nov. 19
  • 6 p.m.
  • Downtown Overland Park

Shawnee Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting

  • Saturday, Dec. 4
  • 4:30 – 6 p.m.
  • Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Dr.
  • Christmas tree lighting, Santa, entertainment and hot chocolate.

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