The weather is finally starting to get cooler, the leaves are falling, there’s a crispness to the air – you know what that means! The holidays are right around the corner, one of the best times of the year to live in our beautiful city! Even Southern Living agrees, saying “Kansas City doesn’t fool around when it comes to Christmas!”

What makes Kansas City holiday events so special? Between light shows, ice skating and enough stores to shop until you drop, we have it all! If you’re in search of holiday events in Kansas City, look no further. Take advantage of the events below beginning this month!

  • Holiday Luminary Walk
  • Holidays at Union Station
  • KCP&L Plaza Lights
  • Northern Lights Holiday Lighting Ceremony
  • The Ice at Park Place

Holiday Luminary Walk

Does your family love gazing at Christmas lights? If so, Holiday Luminary Walk is the perfect event for your family to attend this holiday season! Organized by Botanical Gardens and Overland Park Arboretum, the Holiday Luminary Walk is a magical mile of holiday lights and candles. They also have horse-drawn carriage rides, hot cider and live entertainment. This event starts November 24 and only lasts for three weekends through December 9 – so make sure you don’t miss this wonderful event!

Holidays at Union Station

Whether you’re a long-term or short-term resident of Kansas City, you’ve likely been to at least one Holidays at Union Station. One of the most popular indoor holiday events, Union Station appeals to all kids whether you’re 2 or 92! They house the largest indoor holiday tree and put on holiday plays and performances! It’s decorated beautifully each year, making it the perfect family photo op. Your little ones will love the mini train rides, holiday movies and planetarium shows! Union Station hasn’t released their holiday lighting ceremony schedule yet, so be sure to check their website for updates.

KCP&L Plaza Lights

A true Kansas City staple, Plaza Lights is a winter wonderland for all ages! Starting Thanksgiving Day, November 23, the Plaza transforms into every Christmas lover’s dream; miles upon miles are decorated with lights and the shopping center is turned into a spectacle. Kansas Citians already know that Country Club Plaza is a shopper’s dream with stores like Michael Kors, Tiffany & Co. and Burberry to name a few. It’s the perfect place to cross some Christmas shopping off your list while enjoying the beautiful light displays. Don’t miss the Plaza Lighting Ceremony starting at 5:00 p.m. on November 23!

Northern Lights Holiday Lighting Ceremony

A popular shopping and dining center, Zona Rosa is home to the annual Northern Lights Holiday Lighting Ceremony, a Kansas City tradition! Don’t miss the lighting ceremony on November 18 – it’s free to the public. This year’s ceremony will involve a 50 foot tree, a holiday Fairy Princess, and St. Nick himself will even be making an appearance. Make sure your kids have their Christmas lists finished to pass on to Santa!

The Ice at Park Place

Love getting the entire family together for ice skating and hot chocolate? If so, then you’ll love The Ice at Park Place! Starting November 17, Leawood will open its outdoor ice rink to all ages. Not only can you enjoy ice skating, you can also enjoy warm drink and food vendors and holiday shopping. We’re told that your little ones can even skate with Santa starting December 2! The Ice at Park Place is a great outdoor event for all ages to come together and enjoy traditional holiday festivities.


With all of these exciting, upcoming holiday events comes a lot of traffic. Downtown Kansas City traffic is already congested, let alone when events are happening, especially during the holiday season. If you plan on attending any holiday events in the Kansas City area, leave the driving to Overland Chauffeured Services. Our professional, first-class chauffeurs will get you to your destination safely, giving you peace of mind knowing you don’t have to navigate traffic or spend time searching for a parking spot. Our special event transportation service will make your family’s night on the town one for the books! Whether it’s just you and your spouse, a family of four or a mini family reunion, we have a safe, luxurious vehicle that’s perfect for your outing. We can also help put together a customized holiday light tour, making for an unforgettable evening!

In addition to our special event transportation service to holiday events, we also offer group transportation for corporate or personal holiday parties! Our premium fleet includes a number of large-group passenger vans and mini coaches that will get your guests to and from your holiday party safely and in style. Contact us today to book your holiday outing or corporate/personal holiday party transportation today!

All of us at Overland wish you a wonderful holiday season!