Best of KC: Best Christmas Light Displays
We are elbow deep into the Christmas season and if you’re like most people, you’ve already taken out a second mortgage on your home and pawned some of your grandmother’s silver to pay for all your holiday-related expenses. White elephant gifts, jewelry for your mom, hostess presents, Christmas cards and stamps, holiday brunches and parties, and enough Amazon packages to build a life-size Buckingham Palace out of cardboard boxes. Plus, your electric bill is probably bigger than ever because you HAVE to have the best light display in the neighborhood. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We’ve all overspent, so let’s look for some free fun! Here are the best Christmas light displays in the metro.
Plaza Lights at Country Club Plaza
From 5pm until 3am every night, you can see the famous Plaza Lights for a few more weeks. Stop in one of the restaurants or bars for happy hour or stay for dinner, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, or just drive through the area and be awed.
The Mayor’s Christmas Tree at Crown Center Square
One of the tallest Christmas trees in the US is right here in Kansas City and it’s 100 feet tall! And while you’re there, you can take a few spins around the ice terrace on your ice skates.
Winterfest at Worlds of Fun
Okay, I lied, this one isn’t free. Tickets are as low as $23. You can see more than five million lights and a 70-foot Christmas tree, which is bigger than the one in my living room. The lights are up from November 23rd until December 31st and the hours change, depending on the day.
Festival of Lights at Powell Gardens
Another small fee for non-members, between $5 and $12, which is still less than I spent on holiday scented soaps for my guest bathroom this month. On display from Sunday through Thursday nights, 4pm-10pm, this botanically themed light display is finally turned off on January 5th.
Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake
Admission is free here, but they will accept donations in exchange for some chocolate—totally worth it! You don’t even have to get out of the car as you drive through the 500,000 lights and 175 animated figures. Though it’s open every night through New Year’s Eve, you should expect a wait. So fire up a good Christmas themed podcast, load up on snacks, get in the car and go!
Magic Tree at I-70 and View High Drive
Though admission is free, donations are accepted for Operation Toy Soldier, which is also totally worth is. A single tree has more than 13,000 lights and it stays lit 24/7 during the holiday season.
Legends Lighting at the Legends Outlets
Free admission again! Featuring a 45-foot Christmas tree decorated with lighted snowflakes and a three and a half foot snowfall topper, the whole shopping center is lit up with LED light boards and animated show tubes. It’s also a good chance to return all the presents you got that you don’t actually want!
Christmas Place in Johnson County
Voted the “number one Christmas neighborhood in Johnson County” for 16 straight years, this double cul-de-sac of 23 homes at 131st and Antioch allows you do drive through and admire all their hard work for free.
Holiday Lights on Farmstead Lane at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead
Every evening until 11pm through January 7th, you can watch a synchronized light show from your car as you tune your radio to 90.5 FM. And best part—admission is free!
Vince & Associates Holiday Light Display
You can’t miss this one as you cruise down Metcalf! It features 200,000 LED lights and is synchronized to music at 97.1 FM. You can park across the street at Emmanuel Baptist Church and enjoy the whole show for free.
Candy Cane Lane in Prairie Village
Another free neighborhood tour, this light display’s been an annual tradition since 1958 thanks to the residents of this magical Christmas wonderland.
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Blog written by Erin Greenhalgh