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The leaves are falling, cooler temperatures are moving in and the days are getting shorter. These are all familiar signs that we are about to embark on another holiday season. Check out our best suggestions for Kansas City holiday light tours, Christmas light tours, and events!
Enjoying holiday-themed activities are the perfect way to create those precious memories with your family and friends! Kansas City offers a variety of magical Christmas and holiday season events involving music, parades, crafts, skating and more. Here are just a few of our favorites:
Christmas in Garnett
Spend an evening or afternoon in Garnett, Kansas, where they really know how to make the holiday season truly unforgettable! In less than an hour from KC, you will be welcomed into a magical Christmas-themed town square. On the last Saturday of November, the town ushers in the holiday season with a big parade, a chili and soup supper at the firehouse and a visit from Santa. Garnett also offers an annual Holiday Homes Tour and Holiday Boutique. Then, swing by the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum’s Annual Small Mall which is designed to allow a safe environment for children to do a little holiday shopping of their own!
The German Christmas Market
The German Christmas Market event in Leavenworth, Kansas offers an entire day of holiday fun. You can visit the many vendors to do a bit of shopping, enjoy delicious baked goods and authentic German cuisine all while listening to live music. You can also be a part of a silent auction, get photos of the kiddos with Santa and of course, indulge in some authentic craft German beer!
Historic Tour of Homes
The Leavenworth County Historical Society Vintage Homes Tour is a fundraising event perfect for couples and friends to enjoy. You can tour five or more gorgeous historical homes in Leavenworth while raising money for the Historical Society. Viewing a beautiful piece of history while supporting a great cause is a perfect way to enjoy an afternoon.
Ice Skating at Crown Center-
Both the Crown Center Ice Terrace and The Ice at Park Place open for the season in November. Whether you can gracefully glide around the rink or prefer a much slower approach while holding hands, you will surely have an unforgettable experience. So, get ready to hit the ice under twinkling holiday lights, perhaps with some hot cocoa, as this is an activity the whole family can enjoy.
Christmas at Union Station-
What better way to get into the holiday spirit than to visit Union Station! Union Station is a must stop on your Kansas City holiday light tours! This historic landmark is filled with gorgeous holiday décor with numerous spots to grab a few family photos. Bring the kiddos and watch their eyes light up when they ride on the historic Jones Store miniature train. All can marvel at the collection of model trains in the Grand Plaza that has been transformed into a winter wonderland. Outside you can climb aboard Rudy, the Christmas train, when she swings through town. Don’t forget, when you come back inside, you can check out Science City, catch a holiday flick at the Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre, listen to local musicians and choirs perform and end with dinner at Harvey’s Restaurant.
Kansas City Holiday Lights Tours
Kansas City has some of the most spectacular holiday light displays for you to enjoy! Get the season kicked off with a small watch party for the lighting of the Country Club Plaza on Thanksgiving evening. Then, gather your family and friends, throw together your favorite hot cocoa recipe and call Overland Chauffeured Services to book a tour to check out these magical holiday light tours:
- Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake (1499 SW County Park Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO)
- Holiday Lights on Farmstead Lane at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead (13800 Switzer, Overland Park, KS)
- Festival of Lights at Powell Gardens (1609 US-50 E., Kingsville, MO) **Purchase Tickets & Parking Pass Online For An Optional Festival+ Pack!
- Luminary Walk at Overland Park Arboretum (8909 W. 179th St., Overland Park, KS) **Purchase Tickets Online To Reserve Your Time Slot
- Candy Cane Lane (7900 block of Outlook Lane, Prairie Village, KS)
- Christmas Place at Terrace Place Subdivision (131st Place & Antioch, Overland Park, KS)
- Holiday Lights Display at AltaSciences (103rd & Metcalf, Overland Park, KS)
- Country Club Plaza (Kansas City, MO)
Looking for an extra special KC holiday light tours? Check out Winter Magic at Swope Park! This magical tour takes you through nine themed areas including the longest animated light tunnel in the Midwest, a section dedicated to 12 Days of Christmas, a toy workshop, spinning trees and so much more! Purchase tickets on their website at WinterMagicKC.com to reserve your time slot. All ticket purchases benefit KC Parks Summer Camp Scholarship Fund, making sure all local children have access to summer learning and fun.
Is all of this activity making you hungry? Let Overland take you to dinner. Scheduling your Kansas City holiday light tour on a weeknight will get you and the kids to dinner, a festive light show and back home for bed before 9:00pm! Also, not only does Overland Chauffeured Services make the transportation part of your tour easy, they create an even more memorable experience! With Kansas City’s largest, most luxurious fleet, you can enjoy a cozy and comfortable ride that the whole family can enjoy together! And with this ultimate list of KC holiday light tours and activities, you are sure to find something for everyone.
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