Holiday Light Displays in Kansas City

Check out tree lightings, drive through light displays and Kansas City’s biggest Christmas trees! For our guide to the best neighborhood light displays in Kansas City metro, check out our Neighborhood Lights Guide.

Winter Magic and Holiday Light and Magic

Come one, come all, to Winter Magic KCMO and Holiday Light & Magic KCKS. Book your favorite Kansas City Christmas lights experience online today. Choose from displays near Downtown KCMO or near Legends Outlets near KCKS  or SAVE BIG with a park pass to visit both unique locations. Twinkling every night from 6 p.m.

Winter Magic (near downtown)

Visit the longest animated light tunnel in the Midwest, iconic Kansas City displays, overhead lighted canopies and upbeat music the kids love! You’re sure to be vibin’ away to the most modern version of holiday classics! Open Nov. 2 – Dec. 31.

Holiday Lights & Magic (near Legends)

This one-mile, drive-thru hosts a more traditional Christmas Lights experience. If you like animated light tunnels, huge displays with lots of lights and large playful scenes, this one is for you. Open Nov. 16-Dec. 31.

Festival of Lights
November 16-December 30
During the Festival of Lights at Powell Gardens, more than 20 miles of lights turn Kansas City’s botanical garden into a winter wonderland. Enjoy a breath of fresh air during a hectic holiday season! Bundle up with family and friends while you stroll a lighted outdoor path, pausing for plenty of Instagram and holiday-card worthy photo moments along the way. Encounter immersive botanic installations that show off the exceptional architecture and landscape elements of the Gardens and accentuating the natural joy of the most festive season. 

Lighted Christmas Parade, Excelsior Springs
November 18

Join us for Excelsior Springs’ greatest parade, The Lighted Christmas Parade!  The parade kicks off following the Mayor’s Christmas Tree and Rooftop Lighting Ceremony. Pick a spot on Broadway or Thompson and enjoy the show!

Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake
November 22-December 31

Now in its 36th year, this magical winter wonderland features more than one million lights and 200 animated displays, all designed and built entirely in-house by our talented crews!  Your drive to the Longview Lake Campground begins at the Frank White Jr., Softball Complex.  Admission is free.  This year’s voluntary exit donations will benefit 40 local charities. Mom Tip: Go early in the season, on weeknights for less lines.

Holiday Lights on Farmstead Lane
November 23-December 31

Experience the enchantment of the season at Holiday Lights on Farmstead Lane! Tune in to 90.5 Rose FM to hear your favorite holiday songs and movie music as you watch the spectacular show dance across the barn and front entranceway of Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead.

Please turn off your vehicle’s lights while watching the show.

Bring some cocoa, cookies and blankets as you view the lights and hear the music from the warmth of your car in the Farmstead’s parking lot. The display is at the main entrance of the Farmstead.

The Annual Plaza Lighting Ceremony
Thanksgiving Day, 5 p.m.

The Plaza Lighting Ceremony returns! “In 1925, Charles Pitrat, head of the Nichols Company maintenance operation, placed a single six-foot strand of sixteen colored light bulbs across the doorway of the Suydam building, the Plaza’s first building … The tradition grew just the way the Plaza did. As buildings were added, so were lights. When the Plaza Theatre was completed in 1928, Pitrat strung lights across 47th Street to reach the theater building. The next year he outlined the buildings and towers with lights. And so it went, adding more lights to frame more buildings. Putting up those first lights took one man and a ladder. The chore is definitely more difficult today.” See the full schedule.

Lee’s Summit Magic Tree

A celebratory landmark at I-470 and View High Drive in Lee’s Summit. Over the years, the lighting of the tree has offered sentiments of hope, goodness, peace, and love as visitors enjoy the simple elegance of the tree, take advantage of the beautiful and unique photography setting, as well as give to those who are in need in our community.

The Arboretum by Candlelight
November 24- December 16

Take a stroll along the lit pathways to experience the magical Gnome and Fairy Villages, Marder Garden by candlelight, and 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. Trees, buildings, and bridges are all part of the show, with thousands of lights aglow. Photos with Santa are available from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and the trains run in the Train Garden from 5 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Complimentary hot cider is available in the Children’s Discovery Garden.

For a quieter date night experience, a Candlelight Stroll will be held Nov. 30 and Dec. 14. Take the family or enjoy an Adults-Only Candlelight Stroll on December 1.

Sar-Ko Aglow Lighting
December 1-January 15

Sar-Ko Aglow in Lenexa is one of the Kansas City metro’s best holiday light displays. Miles of light strands and thousands of colorful bulbs brighten this favorite park each winter. Take a nighttime stroll around Rose’s Pond during December and January to view the stunning spectacle and its reflections on the water. Lights on daily 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Sarah McGinnity
Sarah grew up in Manhattan, Kansas (Go Cats!), she moved to Minnesota where she met her husband, Shea. Realizing how much she hated snow in May, she convinced him to move to Kansas City in 2010. Together they have lived in Midtown, Waldo, the Plaza, and now Overland Park. Sarah is mom to 10-year-old, Henry, 7-year-old Clark and 5-year-old Lucy. She has her master’s in urban administration and is passionate about making Kansas City a more equitable and supportive community. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, hike, travel as much as possible, and experience all things Kansas City!


  1. Nottingham On the Green, 129th & Quivira thru 129th & Pflumn to 133rd St. Overland Park… all trees lining the streets are decorated along with houses within the neighborhood .. Stop and see the house at 129th & Bradshaw for lights synced to music and turn your radio to 90.5 FM.
    A real treat and not far away.

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