Welcome to the heart of the Midwest's holiday magic! As the snowflakes begin to dance and the crisp winter air fills the atmosphere, the Kansas City region transforms into a dazzling winter wonderland. In this festive blog, we embark on a joyous journey across the metro area, uncovering the enchanting celebrations and merry happenings that define the holiday spirit across the metro. From twinkling lights adorning historic neighborhoods to spirited community gatherings, each destination brings its own unique charm and warmth. Join us as we explore seasonal delights to experience the most wonderful time of the year in style.
Bonner Springs, KS - Join us to officially kick off the holiday season with Santa, carolers, and cookies! On Saturday, December 2, we begin our holiday festivities at 4:45 p.m. in Centennial Park with a Candy Cane Hunt. Then, enjoy our downtown lighted parade with Santa. The Mayor’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting happens at 5:45 p.m. with local elementary school choirs. Lastly, visit with Santa at the Cookies and Cocoa event at the Community Center from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Gardner, KS - Find the perfect gift this season at Gardner Grange’s Annual Holiday Farmers Market on Saturday, December 9 at Gardner Grange Hall, 136 E. Washington Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Enjoy unique craft items and food from many local vendors. The Gardner Grange will also be serving a light breakfast and lunch. Happy shopping!
Kansas City, KS - Join the mischievous little elf Eddie and his loyal companion Sparky the reindeer as they embark on a quest to recover eight toys designated for the children on Santa's list that have gone missing! Assist them in locating these precious items before the grand night of Santa's arrival! Enchant offers an enchanting and immersive experience, infusing magic into every nook and cranny, making it an ideal destination for joyous seasonal festivities. Enchant is open November 24 through December 31 at Legends Field, 1800 Village West Parkway in Kansas City, Kansas. This dazzling, multi-sensory experience will transport the whole family to a spectacular winter wonderland. Guests can also enjoy ice skating, hot chocolate, food, local vendors, a visit with Santa and more!
Kansas City, MO - Kansas City’s festive markets and seasonal celebrations make it easy to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Each weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas, step into a shopping wonderland with the Strawberry Swing’s 13th Annual Holiday Swing at Crown Center Square or browse 75+ local vendors at Merry Market in the heart of the historic City Market. Find more information on all the season’s festivities at visitkc.com/holidays.
Leavenworth, KS - The 31st Annual Leavenworth Vintage Homes Tour has become a holiday tradition for area residents and visitors as they tour vintage homes decorated for the season and learn the history of past owners and their lives in the First City of Kansas. A tour of local homes offers a glimpse into the unusual legacy of history to be found only in Leavenworth. Selected homes will be festooned in holiday decor to transport visitors back in time as they become immersed in the Christmas spirit on Sunday, December 10. Tickets are on sale at Candle Queen Candles, The Carroll Mansion, and Leavenworth Antique Mall. Call (913) 682-7759 for details.
Lenexa, KS - Whether you are just getting started or wrapping up your holiday shopping, Lenexa has three festive events to help you check off your list! Here are a few events to get you in the festive mood:
>> On December 7, a holiday classic comes to life as Lenexa presents It’s A Wonderful Life, Live Radio Play! (*Adapted by Joe Landry)
>> On December 8, Naughty or Nice Games is a family-friendly fun time at the Lenexa Rec Center with story time, crafts, a bounce house and a special grumpy guest!
>>On December 15, a Lenexa will hold a Candy Cane Hunt (for little ones 6 and under). Dress the kids warmly to hunt for candy canes at the Lenexa Community Center. Next, head inside to warm up with milk and cookies, story time, crafts and a special musical performance.
Visit the City of Lenexa events calendar for all the details: https://bit.ly/3uCq07B
Liberty, MO - Santa's helpers in Liberty, MO have a special opportunity to write a letter and mail it off to the North Pole. Santa’s mailbox and a North Pole photo op will be set up next to the giant tree at City Hall (101 E Kansas St, Liberty, MO 64068) starting December 1 through December 20. Be sure to include a return address on your letter. Santa and his elves have been known to send a reply. More information about holiday happenings in Liberty, including a "Letter to Santa" template, is available online.
Merriam, KS - Get ready to unwrap the holiday magic with the Merriam & Bright holiday promotion! We're thrilled to kick off the festive season with exclusive deals at your favorite local shops, cozy hotels, and Merriam businesses. Shop locally now through December 31! Find more details online.
Olathe, KS - Say “yes” to the weekend at KC Wine Co., but say “no” to admission fees and reservations. There’s never a fee for fun and festivities at the vineyard and winery so whether it’s stopping by to grab a drink with friends or popping in for the Jingle Bar Christmas Cocktail Pop-Up, KC Wine Co. weekend lineups are just what you need this holiday season.
Overland Park, KS - The Luminary Walk is open weekends November 24 through December 16 at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Take a stroll along the lit pathways to experience the magical Gnome and Fairy Villages, Marder Garden by candlelight, the colorful Children's Garden, and enjoy musical performances throughout. The gardens are bright with color while the walkways through quiet woods are lit with candles. Don’t forget to grab a photo with Santa!