When dreaming of winter holidays, most people have picture-perfect memories of twinkling lights and glowing warmth. Fortunately, Kansas City makes that dream a reality every December when dozens of light displays, synchronized shows and tree lightings illuminate the holiday spirit.
Mayor’s Christmas Tree
The state’s most famous fir tree serves as a personification of Christmas itself when lit by 7,200 white lights glimmering in December skies. Piercing the heavens at 100 feet tall above Crown Center, it joins a crowd of stars welcoming the holiday season. The tree, which is taller than ones at the White House and Rockefeller Center, represents the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund benefitting those in need.
Country Club Plaza
Spanish-inspired architecture at Country Club Plaza serves as the perfect backdrop for thousands of colored lights throughout December days. For almost a century, the 15 shopping blocks have showcased jewel-clad colors glowing in arched windows, towers, domes, statues and alleyways. Horse-drawn carriages and gondola rides let you glide and trot your way through the magic of Plaza Lights.
Northern Lights at Zona Rosa
“Crowning the season” is more than just a euphemism at Zona Rosa, where actual lighted crowns hang in the heavens above bustling city streets. Enormous and ornately decorated, the crowns make up what’s dubbed the Northern Lights of Kansas City. The tradition dates back to a 1950s Downtown Kansas City tradition. You’ll also experience a holiday igloo, carriages rides, breakfast with Santa Claus, and visits with the Fairy Princess at Kansas City Museum.
Christmas in the Park
At Longview Lake Park, you don’t even have to leave your car for the light show featuring a jaw-dropping 300,000 lights in a surreal wintry setting. In fact, the drive-through nature of Christmas in the Park is a big part of the fun. Gather up family or friends and cruise the park streets with a thermos of hot chocolate and warm cookies. You’ll be greeted by about 200 animated characters moving and grooving amidst the glittering lights. There’s no charge for the event, which runs through December 30, but donations go to local charities.
Living in Kansas City puts you a heartbeat away from the action, regardless of the season. Stop by one of our Kansas City apartment communities today for a personal tour and to learn about move-in specials.