9 Festive KC Holiday Districts

Sightseeing, shopping, celebrating or something in between, savor the season in nine of KC’s most entertaining holiday hubs. 


Country Club Plaza

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Country Club Plaza Lights

  • Plaza Lights + Lighting Ceremony: Timeless in every way imaginable, the Plaza Lighting Ceremony is a quintessential KC holiday tradition—and a delightful reminder of the Spanish-inspired Country Club Plaza’s undeniable beauty. More info.
  • Holiday Shopping: Seasonal shoppers will find everything needed for presents, from high-end jewelry and local goods to wrapping paper and ornaments. Get started with a guide to shopping on the Country Club Plaza.

Downtown/Power & Light District

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New Year's Eve at KCPL District

  • Merry Market: Head to the City Market for an artisan extravaganza in partnership with the Strawberry Swing. More than 75 local artists and makers, plus many more events and activities, will fill the neighborhood every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • NYE Live!: The Kansas City Power & Light District is home to an unmatched New Year's Eve celebration. Make your way to KC Live! to ring in the new year with confetti cannons, champagne toasts and plenty of places to celebrate.
  • KC Streetcar: Travel from one Downtown district to the next in the super-convenient, totally free KC Streetcar to reach dining, shopping and entertainment destinations all along the route.

Crown Center District

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Crown Center Christmas Tree and Holiday Decorations

  • Mayor’s Christmas Tree + Lighting Ceremony: Crown Center’s magnificent centerpiece towers more than 100 feet high and is illuminated by 7,200-plus white bulbs, proving it a proud showcase of KC’s seasonal spirit. More info.
  • Shopping: Mark every gift off your list (and be sure to check it twice) at hot retail spots such as Halls Kansas City and Function Junction.
  • Union Station Spirit: In addition to its massive model-train display and KC's largest indoor holiday tree, visitors will also be dazzled by the Holiday Reflections walk-through village in Grand Hall beginning Nov. 26.

The Northland

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Northern Lights at Zona Rosa

  • Northern Lights: Gift-getting feels more royal than ever amongst the decorative, larger-than-life crowns illuminated each holiday evening at Zona Rosa, a premier shopping district in the Northland. More info.
  • The Rink at Zona Rosa: Lace up and hit the ice at Zona Rosa's skating rink. The venue is open daily through Feb. 20, with skate rentals, private lessons and more special activities available. More info.

Overland Park

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Deanna Rose Holiday Lights

  • Luminary Walk: Wander through the winter wilderness as thousands of candles illuminate pathways and lights shine on trees, buildings and bridges at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. More info.
  • Holiday Lights on Farmstead Lane: Onlookers are sure to be wowed by this spectacular display hosted by the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, featuring animated lights synchronized to seasonal music. More info.
  • Youth Ballet: Head to Johnson County Community College’s stellar Midwest Trust Center to experience Tchaikovsky’s timeless tale, The Nutcracker, as performed by the American Youth Ballet. More info.

Independence

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Vaile Mansion Exterior in Snow

  • Victorian Holiday Elegance: Tour Vaile Victorian Mansion, one of Independence’s oldest and most beautiful homes, decked out in all of its holiday glory. More info
  • Holiday Home Tour: Make your way to the Bingham-Waggoner Estate, where you’ll find a seasonal home tour featuring live music, refreshments, gifts and more. More info.
  • Independence Square Holiday Lighting: Witness the beauty of Independence Square in an entirely new light as holiday decorations illuminate the historic district. More info.

Village West

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Holiday Lights at Legends Outlets

  • Legendary Tree Lighting: Light up the night in this favorite tradition at Legends Outlets Kansas City, featuring hot cocoa, photos with Santa and much more. More info.
  • Seasonal Savings: Find the perfect gift at Legends Outlets in Village West, where big-name brands highlight dozens of shopping destinations. 

18th & Vine

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18th & Vine Sign

  • The Soul of Santa: A Christmas tree lighting in the heart of the district, a holiday concert at the Gem Theater and more community events arrive to 18th & Vine in the Soul of Santa's third annual celebration.

West Bottoms

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Christmas In The Park

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3901 SW Longview Park Drive
Lee's Summit, MO 64081
United States

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