Several seasonal destinations beloved by many are only a quick sleigh ride away from the KC metro, perfect for half- or full-day trips right in the middle of the holidays.

Holiday Park – St. Joseph, Mo.

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Krug Holiday Park 3

Cruise through Krug Park in St. Joseph (less than 45 minutes north of Downtown KC) for a cheerful, illuminating celebration of the winter season, complete with twinkling lights and lavish displays.

Nov. 24–Jan. 1

Festival of Trees – Excelsior Springs, Mo.

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Kick off the season with a festive parade that culminates with the transformation of the historic Hall of Waters into the Hall of Trees, where dozens of Christmas firs on display are sure to wow.

Nov. 18–Jan. 2

Candlelight Homes Tour – Weston, Mo.

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Saint Nick

Tour some of Weston’s most popular homes and soak in the season with drinks, bites and even a visit from Father Christmas.

Dec. 1–3

Downtown Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade – Lawrence, Kan.

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Christmas Cheer

Celebrate the beginning of the holidays with this old timey parade in Lawrence, featuring horse-drawn carriages, wagons decorated in festive adornments and plenty more.

Dec. 2

Sights & Sounds of Christmas – Atchison, Kan.

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Cap off an afternoon of children’s activities and seasonal cheer with a holiday parade that travels through the historic streets of Atchison.

Dec. 2

Christmas Wine Tours – Miami County, Kan.

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Travel by trolley through the countryside and sample a diverse set of varietals at three regional wineries in this festive, adults-only event.

Dec. 2, 9 & 16

26th Annual Candlelight Vintage Homes Tour – Leavenworth, Kan.

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Mayor's Christmas Tree at Haymarket Square

Explore classic properties during this regional tradition, featuring seven homes decorated for the season, including the Carroll Mansion, a home listed on the National Registry of Historic Properties.

Dec. 10

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