Best Places To View Light Displays In Kansas City | Stacey R. Johnson-Cosby

Best Places To View Light Displays In Kansas City

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There’s nothing like a beautiful light display to get you into the spirit of the season! Here is a list of events and spots to add to your calendar.

18th & Vine Historic District

Downtown East – Kansas City
Admission: FREE

Drive or walk by the magnificent tree lit all season in Kansas City’s historic 18th & Vine District.

Candy Cane Lane

7900 Outlook Lane, Prairie Village, KS
Nov. 28, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021
Admission: FREE

For a quick light display excursion, head to Candy Cane Lane. Each year since 1958, the people who live on this street turn their cul-de-sac into a magical Christmas wonderland.

Crysler Lights

3510 S. Crysler, Independence, MO
Nov. 22-Dec. 31, 2020
Admission: FREE

Turn your radio to 100.3 FM to hear synchronized music for this holiday light show. If you look carefully, you might even spot the Grinch!

Christmas in the Park

Longview Lake
Nov. 23 – Dec. 31, 2020
Admission: FREE. Donations accepted.

In its 33rd year, Christmas in the Park features more than 500,000 lights and 175 animated figures in a drive-thru wonderland. This year, they’ve added a 25 foot Santa at the BBQ grill and an expanded tunnel entrance, programmed with dazzling colors and effects.

Christmas Place

131st & Antioch Road, Overland Park, KS
Nov. 26, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021
Admission: FREE

This double cul-de-sac of 23 homes that turns into a gorgeous, wintry display, has been “voted the number one Christmas neighborhood in Johnson County for 16 straight years,” according to its website.

Festival of Lights: Enchantment

Powell Gardens
Nov. 13, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021
Admission: $5-$12; FREE for members

More than 20 miles of holiday lights highlight Powell Gardens’ trees and pathways, transporting visitors to an enchanted land. Keep an eye out for the brand-new Enchanted Tiki Bar and Santa’s Workshop!

Hall of Trees

Hall of Waters’ Water Bar – downtown Excelsior Springs
Nov. 22 – Dec. 31, 2020
Admission: FREE

Local businesses, civic groups and friends decorate this beautiful display of more than 30 trees. Bring your change and vote for your favorite!

Holiday Luminary Walk

Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Nov. 27-28, Dec. 4-5, Dec. 11-12, 2020
Admission: $14 (tickets must be purchased in advance); 5 and under FREE

Take a stroll through the magically lit pathways at the Overland Park Arboretum. Enjoy musical performances in four different locations and a horse-drawn wagon ride through the forest.

Holiday Reflections Walk Thru Village

Union Station
Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021
Admission: $5 (Children 2 and under are free)

Lights reach for the sky and decorated trees surround you in Union Station’s stunning Grand Plaza. Keep an eye out for eight photo stations.

Legends Lighting

Legends Outlets
Nov. 20 – Dec. 31, 2020
Admission: FREE

The crown jewel of this beautifully lit shopping center is a 45-foot tree decorated with festive LED-lighted snowflakes and a giant snowfall topper.

Mayor’s Christmas Tree

Crown Center Square
Downtown Kansas City
Nov. 27, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021
Admission: FREE

Fully illuminated and standing at an impressive 100 feet, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree is one of the tallest in the nation.

Paulie’s Penguin Playground

16617 Indian Creek Parkway, Olathe, KS
Nov. 27 – Dec. 23, 2020
Admission: FREE. Donations accepted for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

Paul Craig’s Christmas display has grown to nearly 150 lighted figures in his yard. This walk-through, penguin-themed extravaganza raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Plaza Lights

Country Club Plaza
Nov. 26, 2020 – Jan. 10, 2021
Admission: FREE

The quintessential Kansas City light display, the Plaza Lights have been a cherished tradition for more than 90 years.

Sar-Ko Aglow

Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
Dec. 4, 2020 – Jan. 10, 2021
Admission: FREE

Get into the spirit of the holiday season by taking a stroll around Rose’s Pond and gazing at the lovely, illuminated trees.

Winter Magic

Swope Park
Nov. 1, 2020 – Jan. 2, 2021
Admission: $20 per carload; $30-$40 for commercial vans or buses

Adorned with stunning holiday light displays, this approximately one mile long drive will weave you through nine themed areas including the 12 Days of Christmas, a toy workshop, a stained-glass nativity and more.

Zona Rosa Holiday Lights

Zona Rosa Town Center
Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021
Admission: FREE

Take a walk through this festive atmosphere at Zona Rosa, complete with a 50-foot tree, suspended crowns and selfie photo stations.

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