BEST PLACES TO VIEW LIGHT DISPLAYS IN KANSAS CITY


There’s nothing like a beautiful light display to get you into the spirit of the season! Here is a list of events and spots to add to your calendar.

18th & Vine Historic District

Downtown East – Kansas City
Admission: FREE

Drive or walk by the magnificent tree lit all season in Kansas City’s historic 18th & Vine District.

Candy Cane Lane

7900 Outlook Lane, Prairie Village, KS
Nov. 28, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021
Admission: FREE

For a quick light display excursion, head to Candy Cane Lane. Each year since 1958, the people who live on this street turn their cul-de-sac into a magical Christmas wonderland.

Crysler Lights

3510 S. Crysler, Independence, MO
Nov. 22-Dec. 31, 2020
Admission: FREE

Turn your radio to 100.3 FM to hear synchronized music for this holiday light show. If you look carefully, you might even spot the Grinch!

Christmas in the Park

Longview Lake
Nov. 23 – Dec. 31, 2020
Admission: FREE. Donations accepted.

In its 33rd year, Christmas in the Park features more than 500,000 lights and 175 animated figures in a drive-thru wonderland. This year, they’ve added a 25 foot Santa at the BBQ grill and an expanded tunnel entrance, programmed with dazzling colors and effects.

Christmas Place

131st & Antioch Road, Overland Park, KS
Nov. 26, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021
Admission: FREE

This double cul-de-sac of 23 homes that turns into a gorgeous, wintry display, has been “voted the number one Christmas neighborhood in Johnson County for 16 straight years,” according to its website.

Festival of Lights: Enchantment

Powell Gardens
Nov. 13, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021
Admission: $5-$12; FREE for members

More than 20 miles of holiday lights highlight Powell Gardens’ trees and pathways, transporting visitors to an enchanted land. Keep an eye out for the brand-new Enchanted Tiki Bar and Santa’s Workshop!

Hall of Trees

Hall of Waters’ Water Bar – downtown Excelsior Springs
Nov. 22 – Dec. 31, 2020
Admission: FREE

Local businesses, civic groups and friends decorate this beautiful display of more than 30 trees. Bring your change and vote for your favorite!

Holiday Luminary Walk

Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Nov. 27-28, Dec. 4-5, Dec. 11-12, 2020
Admission: $14 (tickets must be purchased in advance); 5 and under FREE

Take a stroll through the magically lit pathways at the Overland Park Arboretum. Enjoy musical performances in four different locations and a horse-drawn wagon ride through the forest.

Holiday Reflections Walk Thru Village

Union Station
Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021
Admission: $5 (Children 2 and under are free)

Lights reach for the sky and decorated trees surround you in Union Station’s stunning Grand Plaza. Keep an eye out for eight photo stations.

Legends Lighting

Legends Outlets
Nov. 20 – Dec. 31, 2020
Admission: FREE

The crown jewel of this beautifully lit shopping center is a 45-foot tree decorated with festive LED-lighted snowflakes and a giant snowfall topper.

Mayor’s Christmas Tree

Crown Center Square
Downtown Kansas City
Nov. 27, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021
Admission: FREE

Fully illuminated and standing at an impressive 100 feet, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree is one of the tallest in the nation.

Paulie’s Penguin Playground

16617 Indian Creek Parkway, Olathe, KS
Nov. 27 – Dec. 23, 2020
Admission: FREE. Donations accepted for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

Paul Craig’s Christmas display has grown to nearly 150 lighted figures in his yard. This walk-through, penguin-themed extravaganza raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Plaza Lights

Country Club Plaza
Nov. 26, 2020 – Jan. 10, 2021
Admission: FREE

The quintessential Kansas City light display, the Plaza Lights have been a cherished tradition for more than 90 years.

Sar-Ko Aglow

Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park
Dec. 4, 2020 – Jan. 10, 2021
Admission: FREE

Get into the spirit of the holiday season by taking a stroll around Rose’s Pond and gazing at the lovely, illuminated trees.

Winter Magic

Swope Park
Nov. 1, 2020 – Jan. 2, 2021
Admission: $20 per carload; $30-$40 for commercial vans or buses

Adorned with stunning holiday light displays, this approximately one mile long drive will weave you through nine themed areas including the 12 Days of Christmas, a toy workshop, a stained-glass nativity and more.

Zona Rosa Holiday Lights

Zona Rosa Town Center
Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021
Admission: FREE

Take a walk through this festive atmosphere at Zona Rosa, complete with a 50-foot tree, suspended crowns and selfie photo stations.

LIVING LOCAL: SUPPORT BLACK-OWNED BUSINESS


Small businesses shape our communities, and that’s what makes us so passionate about our Living Local series! We’ve put together several lists of local, Black-owned businesses you can support today:

Restaurants & Bars

Kansas City

Southern Missouri

Retail

Kansas City

Southern Missouri

Services

Kansas City

Southern Missouri

LIVING LOCAL: WAYS TO HELP YOUR COMMUNITY DURING COVID-19


Right now, home is the safest place we can be. If you feel called to do more, rest assured, you can still help your community while staying safe during this uncertain time. We compiled some options that’ll help you make a difference.

Donate Blood

Blood drives across the area have been canceled but you may schedule appointments.

Help provide the essentials

Agencies still need funding and essentials like cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, soap and food.

Make masks or donate items to make masks

Help build the supply of needed personal protective equipment. Here’s the CDC pattern.

  • Johnson County – Accepting donated cloth masks and other supplies at the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry St., Olathe. Donations may be dropped off in room 201 in the lower level, during business hours, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Jackson County – The Kansas City, Missouri Health Department Aim4Peace team is collecting donations of homemade masks which will then be distributed throughout the community. Call the Aim4Peace line at 816-352-3069 to schedule a collection time.

Support your local restaurants and small businesses

curbsidekc.com includes a full lineup of restaurants and bars in the area that are offering food delivery and/or curbside pickup. As an added bonus, many restaurants are offering the option to purchase meals for healthcare workers. To support your local artists and makers, visit thestrawberryswing.org or your favorite retailer.

Help the hungry

Food pantries still need donations and some students will not have access to food due to schools being closed.

Foster a pet

To reduce the potential strain on shelters, now is a great time to foster a pet. Pets can also offer much-needed companionship while people shelter in place.

Check on your people

Check on family members or friends who are essential workers. Thank them for serving on the frontlines and ask them if there’s anything they need. Check on folks in your neighborhood who can’t get out. See if you can run an errand for them.

Be kind

Most grocery store workers, first responders and healthcare professionals are exhausted and stressed. They’re dealing with the public during a really unfamiliar and chaotic time. Showing them patience and kindness can make a world of difference.

LIVING LOCAL: EARTH DAY 2020


Today is Earth Day and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate this special day than by recognizing the businesses in Kansas City that embrace a more sustainable approach!

Please note that with the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some businesses have closed their doors until stay-at-home orders have lifted, but many have adapted by supporting online purchases with curbside pickup.

Please consider showing these wonderful, locally owned businesses some love when they need it most.

Happy Earth Day!

Restaurants, Retail & Services

Antioch Urban Growers

The Antler Room


blue bird bistro

Brookside Barkery

Cafe Gratitude

canihaveabite

The Chive, Simply Good Cafe & Market

The City Girl Farm

Common Ground

The Farmhouse

The Hair Parlour

Howards: Cafe, Grocery & Catering

The Local Pig

Mud Pie Vegan Bakery & Coffee

Nature’s Own Health Market

Ripple Glass

SKiN KC

SOAP Refill Station KC

Teeny Greeny

Unbakery & Juicery

UNforked

The Urban Lumber Company

Wild Wash Soap

Volunteer Opportunities & Additional Resources

Bridging the Gap

Compost Collective KC

Connecting for Good

Cultivate Kansas City

Kansas City Food Circle

Kansas City Wildlands

Nile Valley Aquaponics

Scraps KC

Honorable Mentions

Though not independently owned, these businesses allow you to purchase a variety of pantry essentials using your own reusable containers.

Whole Foods

Sprouts

Natural Grocers

Did we miss someone? Please reach out to Marketing@ReeceNichols.com – we’d love to add them to the list!

LIVING LOCAL: SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESS


Over the last few weeks, we’ve experienced a major shift in how we approach our daily lives.

With stay-at-home orders in effect, we’re limited to essential trips only and social distancing is a must. That’s left many of us wondering how we can rally together to support the locally owned businesses we love while abiding by CDC guidelines and stay-at-home orders.

Here are a few ways you can show support while protecting the health and safety of yourself and others:

Say Something Nice

How great is it that we live in a digital age that makes it so easy to spread a little positivity? Leaving a positive review can go a long way for a business at times like this, and you can do it all from the comfort of your own home!

Spread Word of Mouth (Digitally, of course.)

If you’ve picked up a takeout order or just placed an online order, take a moment to share it on social media. Not only does this let others in your community know a business has pivoted their services at this time, but studies have also shown the impact word of mouth continues to have on a business’s success.

Don’t Cancel, Reschedule

Rescheduling an appointment can do wonders for boosting morale. This shows them that no matter how long it takes for this situation to clear up, you’re a loyal customer that’s excited to see them later.

Purchase Gift Cards

If they offer digital gift cards, consider buying one for a friend (maybe one for you while you’re at it 😉)! It’s a great way to practice social distancing while supporting businesses you love.

#TakeOutTuesday

Take a break from the leftovers and order takeout! Most bars and restaurants are still open for orders to-go, some even offering curbside service.

And there you have it – 5 easy ways to show locally owned businesses some love!

If you’re looking for local businesses to support, we’ve got a list of businesses we visited during our Living Local adventures you can check out here.

Please remember to practice social distancing, only make trips out for the essentials and stay home if you’re not feeling well. We’re in this together!

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please refer to the CDC and FDA.

LIVING LOCAL: MARCH EVENTS


Who is ready to Spring forward into some fun this month?

Take a look below to see what’s going on throughout March in Kansas City and Southern Missouri!

 

Kansas City

March 6-8

First Friday

Into the Woods KC Hike – Blue River

Uncorked: KC Wine Festival

Yoga at the Kauffman Center

Mardi Paws Masquerade

MIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships

That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody

 

March 13-15

Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship

Greater Kansas City Home Show

Brookside 40th Annual St. Patrick’s Warm-Up Parade

Second Saturday: Waffle Iron Popup

 

March 20-22

Planet Comicon Kansas City

Whiskey Run

Adoption Event at Bar K

Date Night at Paradise Park

Free Weekend at the Arboretum

 

March 27-29

Royals Day at the Zoo

Disney on Ice: Road Trip Adventures

Kansas City Fashion Week

Rec Deck Vinyl Swap Sunday!

Cars, Coffee & Canines

 

Southern Missouri

 

March 6-8

First Friday Art Walk

Second Sunday Greek Brunch

2020 Springfield Polar Plunge

 

March 13-15

St Patrick’s Day Market

Pi Day Pop-up

Greek Date Night

 

March 20-22

Spring Kickoff!

Rock the Cat’s Paw

Corndog Kickoff

Yoga at Great Escape Beer Works

 

March 27-29

Date Night Wheel Throwing

Beer & Yoga at 4 By 4 Brewing!

Family Overnight: Ocean Commotion

Matilda the Musical

LIVING LOCAL: FEBRUARY EVENTS


KCMO

February 1 & 2

February 7-9

February 14-16

February 21-23

February 28 & 29

SOMO

February 1 & 2

February 7-9

February 14-16

February 21-23

February 28 & 29

LIVING LOCAL: JANUARY EVENTS


Looking to try something new in the new year?

We put together a list of events throughout Kansas City and Southern Missouri. Check it out below!

Kansas City

January 3-5

January 10-12

January 17-19

January 24-26

January 31 – February 2

Southern Missouri

January 3-5

January 10-12

January 17-19

January 24-26

January 31 – February 2

LIVING LOCAL: DECEMBER EVENTS


The countdown to Christmas is on!

Here’s a list of local events going on each weekend throughout Kansas City and Southern Missouri to get into the holiday spirit.

KANSAS CITY EVENTS

12/6 – 12/8

12/13 – 12/15

12/20 – 12/22

12/27 – 12/29

SOUTHERN MISSOURI EVENTS

12/6 – 12/8

12/13 – 12/15

12/20 – 12/22

12/27 – 12/29

LIVING LOCAL: SHOP SMALL


Small Business Saturday is held annually during the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and this year marks its 10th anniversary!

What started as a marketing campaign by American Express during the 2010 recession has grown into a full-blown celebration across the nation.

Check out our list of locally-owned businesses we have visited during our Living Local campaign below, and shop small today!

Branson

Brookside

Crossroads

Fairway

Gardner

Lee’s Summit

Liberty

Mission

Olathe

Overland Park

Parkville

Prairie Village

Raytown

River Market

Springfield

West Plaza

Check out our communities page and see what’s in your neighborhood!

 

Updated 01/22/2020