Friday, November 2, 2012

14 FREE Family Friendly Holiday Activities in Kansas City Missouri

City Lights Tree Lighting at Barney Allis Plaza
Mayor's Christmas Tree 
The holiday lighting display encompasses Barney Allis Plaza and several nearby buildings including the Downtown Marriott Hotel, which features spectacular computer-generated holiday images across its 22-story facade.  Santa Claus will lead the parade to Barney Allis Plaza for the City Lights ceremony on November 16, 2012.  Immediately after the festivities, Santa will lead the parade to Cosentino's Downtown Market for children's activities.
This event is FREE call 816-421-1539 www.downtownkc.orgfor more information. 

Legends Tree Lighting Ceremony at Legends Outlets Kansas City, 1843 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, KS 66111
In its eighth year, the Legends will kick off the holiday season with its annual tree lighting ceremony on November 17, 2012.  As the region’s only international synchronized light show, watch thousands of twinkling lights dance in tune with holiday music during the Legendary Light Show.  Newest shopping additions include Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Cole Haan, Under Armour, White House | Black Market Outlet, J. Crew | crewcuts and Chico’s Outlet. 
 This event is FREE call 913-788-3700 for more information. 

Northern Lights at Zona Rosa at the Zona Rosa Shopping Center, 8640 N. Dixson Ave., Kansas City, MO 64153
Zona Rosa commences the holiday season with a special lighting ceremony to spotlight the large crowns hung above the streets, as well as the featured Christmas tree in the Town Square.  Lights will be turned on just before 6 p.m on November 17, 2012 and remain on through mid-January.
This event is FREE call 816-587-8180 or visit  for more information. 

Country Club Plaza Lights at Country Club Plaza, 4750 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64112
The Plaza Lights have been a Kansas City holiday tradition for more than 80 years. Thousands of lights outline the Spanish-influenced architecture of this prestigious shopping and dining district. Lights glow from November 22, 2012 until mid-January 2013. Sporting Kansas City stars Matt Besler, Kei Kamara and Jimmy Nielsen will “flip the switch” as the honored guests of the official Plaza Lighting ceremony on Thanksgiving evening at 6: 50 p.m. Lights remain on through mid-January. Shopping additions include Kate Spade New York, H&M and Moosejaw.
This event is FREE call 816-753-0100 or visit for more information. 
Mayor's Christmas Tree, at Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108
The 100-foot-tall Mayor’s Christmas Tree, one of the nation’s tallest, is the centerpiece for an illuminating holiday celebration. The tree is a symbol of the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund, which is dedicated to assisting the city's less fortunate. Tree on display from November 23, 2012 through Jan. 1. Browse seasonal gifts at Holiday Magic, tween gifts at Club 223 and one of only two Crayola Stores in America.
This event is FREE call 816-274-8444 or visit for more information. 

Christmas Card Lane at West of Ridgeview and north of 151stStreet, Olathe, KS 66062
Ooh and aww in the comfort of your car over one KC’s most festive neighborhoods, which features more than 200 decorated homes in the city of Olathe. This celebration earned its name by the larger-than-life greeting cards that line the streets.
This event is FREE and runs November 23, 2012 through January 1, 2013 visit  for more information. 

Windows on Main at Kansas City Power & Light District, 13th & Walnut streets, Kansas City, MO 64106
In its third year, the Kansas City Power & Light District’s shiny new tradition—Holiday Windows on Main, blends art, light and motion. Local artists partner with downtown businesses to create festive window displays on Main Street storefronts inspired by those in Times Square. Shop at local boutiques at The Garment District, which is home to eight stores all under one roof.
This event is FREE runs November 16, 2012 through Early January 2013 for more information call 816-842-1045 or visit

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Stop at Independence Square, Independence, MO 64050
Keeping in line with an American tradition that started nearly 50 years ago, this year’s Capitol Christmas tree will journey across America. Traveling more than 3,000 miles with stops in 30 cities, Kansas City is part of this year’s route. The Capitol Tree will be part of Independence’s lighting ceremony on Nov. 17. The Capitol tree will then be delivered to the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol by November 26 with an early December lighting ceremony.
This event is FREE call 720-289-9366 or visit for more information. 

Hall of Trees at Hall of Waters, 201 E Broadway St., Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
Walk through a winter wonderland of Christmas trees decorated beautifully by various businesses or organizations in Excelsior Springs.
This event is FREE, runs November 17, 2012 through January 1, 2013, call 816-630-6161, or visit more information. 

Visits with Fairy Princess at Zona Rosa Shopping Center, 8640 N. Dixson Ave., Kansas City, MO 64153
Drawing from longtime local traditions, Zona Rosa features the Fairy Princess sponsored by The Kansas City Museum. The Fairy Princess first appeared in Kansas City, Mo., in 1935 in the toy department at Kline’s Department Store during the holidays.
This event is FREE, runs November 17-29, 2012 call 816-587-8180 or visit for more information. 

Crown Center Crayola Christmas Land 
Santa's Crayola Christmas Land at Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108
Santa Claus arrives in a horse-drawn carriage to kick off the holiday season. Perry the Penguin, Casey Bear and other costume characters help greet Jolly Ol’ St. Nick. Join Santa as he makes his way to Crayola Christmas Land, where he resides through December 24. Children can play on super-sized Crayola products, while waiting to tell Santa all of their holiday wishes. 
This event runs Nov. 23-Dec. 31 and is FREE call 816-274-8444 or visit www.crowncenter.comfor more information. 

Whoville Holidays at The City Market, 20 E 5th St., Kansas City, MO 64106
Bring your camera and to have your photo taken with The Grinch!  Children's fun in the Whoville Activity area too. 
This event is FREE runs Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 call 816-842-1271or visit www.thecitymarket.orgfor more information.   

PJ Party with St. Nick at Zona Rosa Shopping Center, 8640 N. Dixson Ave., Kansas City, MO 64153
Santa Claus makes his formal arrival at Zona Rosa with a fun pajama party for children at The Grove in the Marshalls building on November 30, 2012.  The slumber party with St. Nick and Mrs. Claus includes fun and entertainment for the whole family. Free cookies, milk, ice cream and giveaways are available for children, while supply lasts.
This event is FREE  call 816-587-8180 or visit for more information. 

Christmas on the Farm at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park & Historic Site, 26600 Park Rd., Lawson, MO 64062
Activities will include caroling, kid’s crafts, traditional holiday treats, visits from Father Christmas, and other period entertainment that will last into the evening hours, when the house will be lit by lamplight.
This event is December 1, 2012 and is FREE call 816-580-3387 or visit more information.  

Disclosure:  Photos provided by the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association.  

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