What’s your favorite KC holiday tradition? While the Plaza Lights and the train display at Union Station are popular, there are plenty of fun options in the suburbs too! Start a new family tradition with one of these 50 events in the Kansas City suburbs!
Lee’s Summit Area Holiday Events
Here are more than 50-holiday events in the Lee’s Summit, Grain Valley, Blue Springs and Independence area to entertain your family this holiday season. You can use our handy guide below to find what you are looking for or browse through a week by week list of events.
Christmas Tree Farms
- Pumpkins and Pines
- Fort Osage Farm
- Kennedy’s Country Farm
- Sara’s Christmas Trees
- Northern Lights Tree Farm
Ongoing Holiday Things To Do
- Christmas in the Park
- Lee’s Summit Magic Tree
- Powell Gardens Festival of Lights
- WinterFest at Worlds of Fun
- Send A Letter To Santa
One-Time Holiday Events
- Santa Train
- Puppet Theater *
- Storytime with Santa *
- Mr. Stinky Feet *
- Christmas With The Cool Cats *
- Latin American Christmas Celebration
- Christmas Around The World *
- Conservation Families: Night Tree
- Candy Cane 5K / 10K
- Santa’s Elves Sing and Dance at the Library *
- Nature Art: Holiday Nature Craft
*This is an event put on by the library. There may be multiple programs and registration is often required for the holiday shows. You can find a full list of Mid-Continent Library holiday programs here.
Lee’s Summit Area Christmas Tree Farms
For many families, cutting down a real Christmas tree is a family tradition!
If you’re looking for a fresh Christmas tree to fill your home with the scent of the season, head out to one of the local tree farms. Supplies are usually limited, although, many of the farms bring in trees from other growers as well, so there is plenty of selection.
It takes 6-8 years to grow a Christmas tree in the Kansas City area, so supplies are limited. But, they’re available early if you want to create holiday memories with your family.
Pumpkins and Pines
Opening the weekend before Thanksgiving, Pumpkins and Pines in Pleasant Hill, MO is a great place to pick out a Christmas tree with your family. It’s a family owned and operated tree farm, 31 years strong! They have over 14,000 Christmas trees and are predicting 2018 to be one of the best tree harvests ever! The family expanded the fields in 2012 and 2013, and those trees are ready for you to take home.
You can cut your own or leave the hard work to the tree farm workers. There are also pre-cut tree options available for purchase.
On the weekend, don’t forget to visit with Santa and enjoy a free hayride and hot chocolate.
Pumpkins and Pines
20606 South State Road 7
Pleasant Hill, MO 64080
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 AM to dark (about 5 PM)
Sunday 12 PM – dark (about 5 PM)
Open Thanksgiving 9 AM to 3 PM
Fort Osage Farm
If you’re looking for a live Christmas Tree, Fort Osage Farm offers a wide variety of choices. The selection changes based on availability and the farm recommends coming early in the season for the best trees. This is a popbular farm sometimes with over 600 visitors on a busy day.
You have to check-in before you’re allowed to pick your tree in the field. Enjoy FREE candy canes and coloring books, tea, and hot chocolate. The farm opens the weekend before Thanksgiving, November 17th.
Kennedy’s Country Farm
Kennedy’s Country Farm opens the day after Thanksgiving. This year, children can even enjoy a scavenger hunt. The farm also offers complimentary hot chocolate and cookies.
You’ll find Douglas Firs, Canaan Firs, Blue Spruces, Fraser Firs, and White Fir trees.
Kennedy’s Country Farm
27102 Herring Road
Greenwood, MO 64034
Hours: Saturday 9-5 PM, Sunday 11-5 PM
Sara’s Christmas Trees
Choose your Christmas tree and cut it down at Sara’s Christmas Trees in Lee’s Summit. The tree farm opens the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve and features Scotch Pine and White Pine.
Sara’s Christmas Trees
1300 NE Blackwell Road
Lee’s Summit, MO 64086
Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 5 PM
Northern Lights Tree Farm
The Northern Lights Tree Farm is a non-profit group brightening the holidays for families who need a little boost!
Looking for an artificial tree this holiday? They’re available for FREE as a service to help families needing a little extra holiday cheer. The program begins in early November and even includes decorations.
Northern Lights Tree Farm
1716 N Glen Ellyn Street
Through December 31 – Christmas in the Park – 5:30 – 10 PM (11 PM Weekends)
This is a spectacular event. Drive through Christmas in the Park featuring 300,000 lights and 175 animated displays.
Start your journey at the Frank White Jr. Softball Complex (3901 SW Longview Road) in Lee’s Summit, MO 64081.
It’s a free event, but donations are accepted and benefit 35 area charities. Over the years, the event raised more than $1 million for area charities.
The light show runs Sunday – Thursday from 5:30 PM to 10 PM and Fridays and Saturdays until 11 PM.
Through December 14 – Letters to Santa – Blue Springs Fieldhouse
Is it a holiday tradition to write a letter to Santa? Once they’re done, send it to the North Pole by dropping it in the mailbox at the Blue Springs Fieldhouse. No postage needed!
Through January 5 – Lee’s Summit Magic Tree – 6 PM – 10 PM
The Magic Tree in Lee’s Summit is a holiday landmark at View High Drive and 470. The lighting ceremony is on November 21, but you can enjoy the lights through January 5th. Visitors love to snap photos of the elegant tree while giving back to those in need.
The lighting ceremony is at 6 PM at View High Drive and 470. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Operation Toy Soldier.
Through January 6 – Festival of Lights: Powell Gardens – 4 PM – 10 PM
Powell Gardens Festival of Lights features a mile-long lighting exhibition. It stretches through six of the seven themed gardens.
The festival also includes FREE children’s activities from 4 – 8 PM daily. The event runs Thursday through Sunday from 4 PM to 10 PM.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children aged 5-12, and free for children under 4.
Through December 31 – WinterFest at Worlds of Fun – Select evenings
The amusement park comes to life in a celebration of the holidays. Enjoy thousands of lights, live shows, holiday characters, ice skating, cookie decorating, and some of the park’s rides during WinterFest. Tickets start at $26. Save money by purchasing online.
December 8 – Santa Train – 9 AM – 3 PM
Hop on the Belton, Grandview & Kansas City Railroad for a 40-minute train ride with Santa.
You must purchase tickets in advance. They cost $17 for anyone over age 3 and $5 for under 3.
December 8 – Brunch with Santa – 10 AM – Noon
December 8 – Ms. Dennise’s Christmas Puppet Theater – 2 PM
Santa is joining the nationally-renowned LS Puppeteers at Lee’s Summit Mid-Continent Public Library.
December 8 – Mr. Stinky Feet – Raytown Library – 2 PM
This Kansas City musician is a fan-favorite with children especially for his FREE holiday concerts at the Mid-Continent Public Library. Jim Cosgrove, Mr. Stinky Feet himself, will be singing throughout the area including December 8th in Raytown.
December 8 – Farrand Farms Holiday Market – 10 AM to 5 PM
The family owned and operated farm features a holiday market on December 8th. You can get photos with Santa, make crafts with your kids, or shop from local arts and crafts vendors. There will even be food trucks at Farrand Farms (5941 Noland Road, Kansas City, MO 64133).
December 8 – Christmas with the Cool Cats – Buckner Library – 2 PM
For more FREE musical entertainment for the family, check out Terry Bell and his band. The Cool Cats showcase their accordion skills!
December 8 – Navidad Sin Fin – 3-4:30 PM
At the North Independence Mid-Continent Public Library enjoy a Latin American Christmas Celebration.
December 15th – Christmas with the Cool Cats – South Independence Libary – 2 PM
December 15 – Christmas Around the World – 10:30 AM
Enjoy Christmas stories from around the world from storyteller Jo Ho at the Grandview Mid-Continent Public Library.
December 10 – Storytime with Santa – 10:30 AM
December 12 – Storytime with Santa – Raytown Library – 10 AM
December 14 – Storytime with Santa – North Independence Library – 2 PM
December 13 – Conservation Families: Night Tree in Blue Springs – 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Start a new family tradition with your children aged 6+ at the Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center. Make edible decorations for the winter animals living in the woods. Then, you can hang the delectable treat on a tree for the wildlife to enjoy. Registration is required.
December 15 – Candy Cane Course 5 K / 10 K – 8 AM
Paradise Park in Lee’s Summit hosts the Candy Cane Course 5 K / 10 K. The themed run includes a costume contest, photos with Santa, free kids race, food, and other fun activities.
December 16 – Mr. Stinky Feet – Blue Springs North – 2 PM
Jim Cosgrove, aka Mr. Stinky Feet, is always a family favorite.
This week he’s at the Blue Springs North Mid-Continent Public Library at 2 PM and December 18th at the Blue Springs Mid-Continent Library at 6:30 PM.
December 18 – Storytime with Santa – Red Bridge Library – 6:30 PM
Listen to a story from Santa at the library. In addition to the Red Bridge storytime, Santa will also be available at the following locations this week in Eastern Jackson County:
December 20 – Storytime with Santa – Lee’s Summit Library – 6:30 PM
December 22 – Storytime with Santa – Blue Springs Library – 2 PM
December 19 – A Holly Jolly Party with Santa’s Elves – Colbern Library
Join Santa’s elves at the Colbern branch of the Mid-Continent Library. The show starts at 2 PM.
December 20 – Santa’s Elves Sing and Dance at the Library – 2 PM
The Holly Jolly Party with Santa’s Elves comes to the North Independence Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library at 2 PM.
December 29 – Nature Art: Holiday Nature Craft – Blue Springs – 12 PM – 3 PM
Kids of all ages can make a craft using what they find in nature at Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center. No registration required.
What’s your favorite holiday event in the Kansas City area?