Looking for new ways to celebrate the holidays with your family given that some traditional Kansas City events are virtual or canceled this year? We love our community and want to spread holiday joy. We’ve put together holiday light displays that you can enjoy from the comfort of your car or with a short, socially-distanced walk. There are even some new drive-thru light displays to experience.
Kansas City Holiday Light Displays
We want your help! Let us know about neighborhoods with must-see holiday light displays in Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Lee’s Summit, Oak Grove, Independence and of course Kansas City. Together, let’s spread the holiday spirit.
Looking for more than just holiday lights? There are still quite a few Christmas tree lightings in the Lee’s Summit area, tree farms that are open, and holiday events in-person and virtual. Check out our ultimate list of holiday events in the area.
There are NEW and returning drive-thru light displays that offer a safe and fun holiday experience.
Get ready for a drive-through light display, featuring the longest animated tunnel in the Midwest. Winter Magic is a contactless holiday light display synchronized to music on the transformed Oakwood Drive (next to the KC Zoo) in Swope Park.
You’ll see one-mile worth of light displays, grouped into nine themes including a stained-glass nativity, a toy workshop, spinning trees, zoo, and the KC Proud section.
It costs $20 per car and prices go up for commercial vehicles. Winter Magic benefits KC Park’s Summer Camp Scholarship Fund.
Santa will make a visit every Monday from 6-8 p.m. You can also drop letters to Santa in his mailbox.
Enjoy Winter Magic in Kansas City through January 2, 2021. Purchase tickets in advance for a scheduled visit between 5 and 11 p.m.
Christmas In The Park
This is a family tradition for many people and this year it will likely be busier than ever! With more than 500,000 lights and hundreds of animated displays, there’s a lot for your eye to take in at Christmas In The Park.
It’s a free event, but donations are accepted for area charities.
Enjoy Christmas In The Park Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m.
Liberty Light Show
It’s a little bit of a drive from the Lee’s Summit area, but well worth it. Enjoy a live-musical performance choreographed to a holiday light display all from your car.
The 2020 Liberty Light Show at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty is free. The live shows run the first two weekends of December at 6, 6:45, 7:30, 8:15 and 9 p.m. Get there early to line up for the next show and grab your complimentary glow sticks!
Automated shows run December 14th through the 23rd from 6 to 11 p.m. each night.
The performance focuses on a message of hope.
Walkable Holiday Displays
Several traditional holiday light displays are back for another year in the Kansas City area. These include added safety precautions, including social distancing and in some cases masks.
Festival of Lights at Powell Gardens
Visit the holiday light festival, Enchantment, at Powell Gardens. Walk a mile-long path through the Gardens to enjoy the light displays that showcase the architecture and landscaping in the exquisite gardens.
Santa’s Workshop is new this year! The jolly old fellow will be available for photos Friday and Saturday nights from 5 to 9 p.m.
The event runs through January 3, 2021 on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from 4 to 10 p.m. It’s closed on the holidays including the days before like Christmas Eve and open a few additional nights to make up for the holiday closings.
Tickets are $12 for adults, children aged 5 and over are $5, and seniors are $10.
Luminary Walk at Overland Park Arboretum
This is a classic holiday event at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. For three weekends, the pathways are lit so you can explore the Gnome and Fairy Villages, winter woods, and the Children’s Garden.
There are musical performances throughout and horse-drawn wagon rides.
Tickets are time-sensitive to allow for social distancing and hours are extended. Masks are required.
This event starts Friday, November 27th and runs Friday and Saturdays through December 12, 2020.
The cost is $14 and children 5 and under are free.
What are must-see neighborhood light displays? Let us know so we can let others know about the drive-thru opportunities to get in the holiday spirit.