31+ Best Holiday & Christmas Light Displays in Kansas City for 2021


One of the best parts about the holidays are the beautiful Christmas lights, holiday displays and light shows around town. Christmas in KC is magical!  We want to make it easy to find light displays near you…

You can enjoy official tree lighting ceremonies, drive through Christmas lights, neighborhood light displays & other holiday light shows all over KC.

➡️ 🎄 🎅🏻 So, pile your kiddos in the car and enjoy together!

Christmas lights displays are in no short supply this year – they’re all over the metro. Check out each area to find some near you! Explore holiday light displays, light shows, tree lighting ceremonies and other light displays to create your own holiday light trail around town.

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You can also use this Map of Kansas City Holiday Lights:

Best Christmas Lights & Holiday Displays

Our Guide is broken up into different sections, so no matter what you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. Then, explore the Kansas City Christmas Events with your family for even more fun! We hope you enjoy our Holiday Lights & Displays guide with 31+ holiday light displays and growing. If you know of other holiday displays not include in our guide, email [email protected] to be added!

Check out other fun holiday content including:

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**Spots with a double asterisk are verified Kansas City Christmas Lights 2021. These displays have been visited by an iFamilyKC team member or friend. Holiday light locations with no asterisk have not been verified this year but have previously had light displays.

Kansas City, MO:

Winter Magic KC Drive-Thru Show**

7332 Oakwood Dr, Kansas City, MO 64132

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When: OPEN EVERY NIGHT Nov 2, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022 See Ticket Calendar for Available Time Slots

* Closed during inclement weather.*

Cost: $20 per car

Don’t miss Kansas City’s premiere DRIVE-THRU Christmas lights experienceWinter Magic KC is the longest light tunnel in the Midwest, so it’s a great holiday activity for families.

Nearly one mile of magical lights are set up for this drive through Christmas lights display. There’s elves working in the toy factory, spinning trees, elves greeting you at the gates & so much more to see!

It’s set up next to the Kansas City Zoo location at Swope Park, so hop in your car and head over for a night of Christmas fun. The event will benefit the KC Parks & Rec Summer Camp Scholarship Fund, so proceeds are going to a great cause!

On Mondays there are Santa Sightings where you can see Santa waving to all the cars as you pass by!

See Santa on Mondays

Santa Sightings are Mondays from 6 pm to 8 pm. You can also bring letters to Santa! The red mailbox will be at Winter Magic every night, so kids can drop off their Santa mail any night of the week.

Learn more about Magic KC & Buy Tickets!

Union Station Indoor Light Display**

Union Station: 30 W Pershing Rd. Kansas City, MO

When: November 26th- December 27th.

Cost: Tickets to the displays start at $5.

The holiday lights displays at Union Station are an absolute must see this season. It’s free to enjoy these beautiful Kansas City Christmas lights – a must-do for any out-of-town family here for the holidays!

Bring the holiday spirit to your family with their giant model train exhibit, tons of lights & other fun displays. 

holiday light display in Downtown Kansas City

Mayor’s Christmas Tree at Crown Center**

2425 Grand Blvd Kansas City, MO

When: Starts with the Mayor’s Holiday Lighting Ceremony through Christmas . November 26th.

Cost: Free

The Mayor’s Christmas Tree at Crown Center is a giant tree (nearly 100 ft.) right in the middle of downtown. Plus, you can take some holiday pictures to remember the season with your little ones. 

The smaller trees around The Mayor’s Christmas tree are also decorated, so you can enjoy tons of lights! After, you can go ice skating at the Ice Terrace at Crown Center.

Bonus – your kiddos are going to LOVE the sweet wooden playground at the base!

Downtown KC Christmas light display

Kansas City Plaza**

Country Club Plaza: 4706 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64112

When: Thanksgiving Night through January 2021

Cost:  Free

If you’re looking for one of the best traditions for Christmas in Kansas City, head to the Plaza! The Plaza holiday lights are free to enjoy so you can visit more than once too..

Whether you drive through the holiday lights or walk around and enjoy, it’s a classic holiday tradition in KC! There will also be carolers around the Plaza throughout the month, so you may want to walk around to try to find them…

You can see the lights now through the middle of January. Be sure to stop and shop, or eat while you’re in mid town.

Northland Kansas City Light Display**

North Kansas City City Hall: 2010 Howell Street, North Kansas City, Missouri 64116

When: November 19th

Cost: Free

This is the perfect holiday family picture or drive by holiday display to enjoy from your car.

Sea of Lights**

Sea Life Aquarium: 2475 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108

When: November 26th to January 3rd

Cost: Included with daily admission to Sea Life.

There will be thousands of lights all over the aquarium! This will definitely be an experience you don’t want to miss out on…

326 E 70th Terrace, Kansas City Mo 64113 (Residential Home)

Enjoy a fully automated, light show that’s choreographed to music and the show is launch-able from a web site!  I’m using the show to fundraiser (donation optional) for Children’s Mercy.

Liberty, MO/Northland:

Liberty Holiday Lights 2021**

1600 N. 291 in Liberty, MO

When: December 3rd-5th & December 10th-12th.

Automated holiday light shows will be December 13th to December 23rd (6:00 – 11:00 pm EVERY night)

Cost: Free

Enjoy the free, drive through Christmas light display with LIVE synchronized music from Pleasant Valley Church on select Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays. There will also be automated music and lights from 12/14-12/23.

Find full details online for the Hometown Holidays on the City of Liberty website.

Zona Rosa Light Display**

I-29 & Barry Road

When: November 20th 4:00pm-6:00pm. This year the event will be Zona Rosa’s North Park.

Cost: Free

From November 21st through Christmas, you can see the lights at Zona Rosa while you shop or dine in the outdoor shopping mall. There’s a giant Christmas tree in the middle of the shopping center, so you can snap holiday photos too!

This display is near KCI airport, so whether you live nearby or you’re heading out of town on a flight be sure to stop by!

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Winterfest at World’s of Fun

World’s of Fun: 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave, Kansas City, MO 64161

When: CANCELLED FOR 2021

Cost: Free

Live shows, millions of sparkling lights, tons of activities are all in store for you at Worlds of Fun this year for Winterfest. If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop to see the most Christmas lights in Kansas City, Worlds of Fun will fill you up with holiday spirit!

While you’re enjoying the holiday displays, you can also ride the fun rides. 

Lane of Lights in Excelsior Springs**

East Valley Park, Lover’s Lane, Excelsior Springs, MO

When: November 20th-December 30th

Cost: Free, but donation recommended per car

This is a fun drive through Christmas lights display that’s open through New Year’s Eve. Volunteers collect donations for different charities each not, but a donation is not required to enjoy the lights. (they recommend $5 per card)

You can also ride the Holly Jolly Trolley tour on a family-friendly adventure around Excelsior Springs to see all of the best lights around town, then through the Lane of Lights. Tickets for that are only $10 per person and kids 3 and under are free. Learn more about the Lane of Lights online!

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Lee’s Summit, MO:

Lee’s Summit Magic Tree **

I-470 and View High Dr.

When: Nothing listed for 2021 View High Drive Lee’s Summit, MO

Cost: Free

The Lee’s Summit Magic Tree is the a staple for Christmas in Kansas City. Make sure your family visits the tree while you’re at Christmas in the Park (next light listing)! It’s perfect for holiday family photos…

You can enjoy this happily lit tree with tons of colorful holiday lights! Donations will be collected for Operation Toy Solider during the holidays go to support local families in need. Their holiday lighting ceremony is on November 26th this year.

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34th Annual Christmas in the Park**

3901 SW Longview Rd Lee’s Summit

When: November 24th- December 31st

Cost: Free, but donations encouraged

Christmas in the Park is one of best holiday lights displays in Kansas City.

This drive through Christmas lights display features 500,000+ colorful lights. Enjoy 175 light scenes and settings to fill your holidays with tons of glowing color! You don’t even have to get out of your warm car to see, making it the perfect Christmas activity this year. This display is free, but you can donate to local charities as you leave.

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Lee’s Summit City Hall Light Display**

220 SE Main Lee’s Summit, MO 64063

When: November 19th from 6:30-8:00pm

Cost: Free

The light display will be unveiled on Friday, November 20th and remain up throughout 2021. It was designed by the Robotics team at Lee’s Summit High School, so come out and support.

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Independence, MO:

Winter Solstice Hike

George Owens Nature Park: 1601 S Speck Rd, Independence, MO 64057

When: December 8th from 5:00pm-7:30pm

You can hike down a path lit with candles at the Winter Solstice celebration to enjoy the winter evening at the best Christmas lights in Independence.

This is not a nightly display, they only host the event this one date during the holiday season, so don’t miss it! 

Gingerbread House Trail

December 9th – January 29th, 2021

Walk paved butterfly trail and view decorated gingerbread houses.

Grandview, MO:

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting

The View 13500 Byars Road Grandview, Missouri 64030

When: December 2, 2021, 6pm

Cost: Free

Festival of Lights at Powell Gardens**

Powell Gardens: 1609 NW US Hwy 50, Kingsville, MO 64061

When: November 11th-December 30th. Wednesday- Sunday from 4:00pm-10:00pm

Cost: $5 for children, $13 for adults.

Powell Gardens combines holiday light displays with beautiful botanical creations to create a fun “Christmas festival of lights”. There’s many different shows and displays throughout the garden, including a tunnel of lights!

The path is a mile long with tram rides available in the evenings in case you have little ones or others who can’t walk far. The KC Ballet will also be performing shows here for 2021. New for this year is Santa’s Workshop and an Enchanted Tiki Bar, so don’t miss this fun holiday event for families.

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Overland Park, KS:

Ultimate Lights on Farmstead Lane**

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead in Overland Park

When: November 25th -January 7th from 5:00pm-11:00pm

Cost: Free

If you’re looking for Christmas lights in Overland Park, the Farmstead puts on Holiday Lights on Farmstead Lane every year. This is a free holiday light show, so stop by if you’re in the area! Your family will enjoy a 30 minute light show cast on the wall of their barn. Allyou have to do is tune your car radio to 90.5 and enjoy the synchronized music…

Park your car in the main parking lot and watch the show on a loop. There will be tons of lights on a flat panel that looks like a Christmas tree with tons of images cast on it! The Ultimate Holiday Tree at Deanna Rose includes animations and fun holiday images.

** Be sure to turn off your car lights and take your foot off the brake.

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Altasciences Christmas Light Display **

101st & Metcalf in Overland Park Park at Emmanuel Baptist Church

The Altasciences (formerly Vince & Associates) Christmas lights show is an annual display of animated lights set to holiday music. You can park across the street and enjoy the show from the warmth of your car! There’s 200,000+ lights all blinking to music, so it’s a bigger light display in KC.

Just park your car and tune the radio to 95.5 FMto listen along to the holiday music.

Christmas Place Neighborhood Display**

1131st Place west of Antioch Road, Overland Park, KS 66213

When: Now through the holidays Christmas

Cost: Free

Don’t miss one of the best Christmas light displays in Overland Park – Christmas Place was voted #1 neighborhood display for 16 years, so you don’t want to miss out. This is a 23-home neighborhood that devotes themselves to the Christmas spirit with EVERY single house is decorated for the holidays!

Plus, you can just drive right on through…you can’t miss the sign & lights decorating the entrance. Visit their website for more details. 

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Holiday Luminary Walk **

Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens: 8909 W. 179th St. Overland Park KS 66013

When: November 26th & 27th and December 3rd &4th, 9th-11th and 16th-18th

Cost: Free for 5 & under. Tickets are $15.

Your family will love the Holiday Luminary Walk. There are over 2 miles of animated lights and candlelit paths, fairy gardens and gnome settings at the OP Arboretum – a beautiful backdrop for holiday pictures! It’s a unique experience with candles and Christmas lights in Overland Park.

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7716 West 98th Terrace Light Display

7716 West 98th Terrace, Overland Park, Kansas 66212

This neighborhood light display is usually up by Thanksgiving and stays up till at least New Years Day. Each year, the lights grow bigger and bigger. 2021 shouldn’t be an exception!

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Bradshaw St. Light Show

13812 Bradshaw, Overland Park, Kansas 66221

While you’re enjoying the light show, turn your radio to 99.9 FM to listen along with a talking tree! It started as just one home, but has grown to include the surrounding houses too!

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Lenexa, KS:

Sar-Ko Aglow Light Display**

Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park: 14907 W 87th St. Pkwy, Lenexa

When: December 3rd-JAnuary 17th. Open for in person.

Cost: Free

Lenexa’s Sar-Ko-Par park offers a dazzling holiday lights display each season with colorful lights & fun displays around the Rose Pond. You can drive somewhat, but walking allows you to check out all displays. 

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24900 W 86th St. Lenexa, KS

Residential. Needs confirmation

This is a home holiday light display that is synced to music. It will be open on Thanksgiving and run through Christmas!

Bonner Springs, KS

Holiday Light and Magic

600 N 126th St.

Olathe Christmas Lights:

Stagecoach Park Display**

Stagecoach Park: 1205 E. Kansas City Rd, Olathe, KS 66061

When: NO 2021 info yet.

Cost: Free

Check out the holiday lights Monday to Thursday each week at Stagecoach Park. There are many trees decorated with lights, but they do not have their animated displays like in past years. 

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Paulie’s Penguin Park (Residental Home)**

16617 Indian Creek Parkway, Olathe, Kansas 66062

When: From Thanksgiving to Christmas Day. 

Cost: Free, but they ask for donations to raise money for Leuekemia & Lymphoma Society. 

If you live in Olathe, you know exactly where this house is. every year they seem to add more and more inflatables!

This is one of the best Olathe Christmas lights & blowup display! It’s home to Christmas-loving Kansas Citians. who continue to decorate every holiday. Their yard is filled with hundreds of blow up holiday characters and Kansas City Christmas lights for 2021! You can walk through the display any day of the week!

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Chesney Christmas Display

634 N. Logan Street Olathe, KS

Residential address. Needs confirmation

Cost: Free

This is a newer holiday display in KC, but worth the trip! It most certainly feels like Christmas here.

Enjoy thousands of lights and over 20 Christmas trees with your family! There are also other holiday light displays on the raod to this one, so check them out too…

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Christmas Card Lane Display

Full Neighborhood West of Ridgeview and North of 151st Street Olathe, KS 66062

Residential address. Needs confirmation

Cost: Free

Just north of 151st Street in Olathe is a magical display of twinkling lights. There are many homes decorated in this neighborhood, so you can spend all evening here enjoying the holiday lights! You can find more information online.

While there used to be over 200 homes coordinating their decorations, there are not as many homes decorated this year. It still feels like Christmas!

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KC Wine Co. Winter Wonderland Drive Thru Light Display**

13875 S Gardner Rd #1 Olathe, KS 66061

When: Opens November 26, 2021

KC Pumpkin Patch & KC Wine Co’s beloved holiday light experience is back. Their 2021 Rockin’ Winter Wonderland drive through display is the perfect way to stay safe! You can even get curbside wine pickup at this event…

** Tickets MUST be PREPURCHASED. There will be no tickets sold at the door, so be sure to grab yours before you head out.

Prairie Village, KS:

Candy Cane Lane Holiday Display**

7900 Outlook Lane, Prairie Village, Kansas 66208

When: Nothing updated for 2021 yet.

Cost: Free

This holiday light display is created by an entire street in Praire Village! You can check out the houses, each decorated with their own flair.

Candy Cane lane celebrations have been around for nearly 60 years, so you don’t want to miss this classic holiday tradition. You can find more info on their FB page

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Kansas City, KS:

Holiday Light & Magic Drive Thru Christmas Lights Show

600 N 126th St, Bonner Springs, Kansas, 66012 next to Sandstone Amphitheater

When: Now through January 2nd

Come enjoy over a mile of fun holiday displays with reindeers, elves, UFOs, dinosaurs and more! Celebrate the holiday season without leaving your car. You can enjoy bring your pets with you too…

Legends Christmas Lights & Tree **

1843 Village West Parkway, KCK

When: Now through Early January

Legends Outlets offers a 45-foot tree that features lights synchronized to holiday music. It’s the perfect backdrop for a fun photo by the tree while you also get some of your holiday shopping done!

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2021 Kansas City Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies & Festivals:

Be sure to check out theses fun events to kick off Christmas in Kansas City!

North Kansas City Tree Lighting Ceremony (In Person)**

When: November 19th

This year’s holiday light ceremony will virtual, but you can still enjoy! There music and Santa will read story for kids.

Gladstone Holiday Lights Ceremony (In-Person)**

When: November 23rd from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Right now, the event is still happening in-person, but be sure to check their Facebook page for updates.

Lee’s Summit Holiday Kick-Off (In-Person)**

Howard Station

220 SE Main
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063 

November 19, 2021 6:30PM

They are back in the swing for 2021 and will be “Rockin’ Around Downtown” with an evening filled with choir performances, a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus, and plenty of surprises. Santa’s elves will be there to hand out keepsake ornaments, so be sure to pick one up while supplies last. After the program, stick around to shop, see live window displays, and a rockin’ holiday light show in City Hall Plaza.

Overland Park Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony (In-Person)**

When: November 19, 2021

Gather in Overland Park an dkick off the holiday season with the Overland Park Mayor’s Holiday Festival. This FREE community event will be held throughout the Downtown Overland Park area with Bryan Busby from KMBC 9 News serving as Master of Ceremonies at Thompson Park! 

Schedule of Events
5:30 p.m. – Program at Thompson Park Stage, including special holiday performances andMayor Gerlach’s check presentation to local nonprofit, Safehome.6 p.m. – Official Tree Lighting

6 – 8 p.m. – Shop and stroll Downtown OP, while enjoying holiday stations and activities 

Gardner Christmas in the Park : Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony (Virtual)**

When: November 29, 2021 7PM

The 31st Annual “Christmas in the Park” holiday event kicks off with the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Monday, November 29, 2021 at Cornerstone Park.  Seasonal music will be performed by area school children.  The event will include a Christmas time message from Mayor Steve Shute and the arrival of Santa.  A lucky individual will be selected to flip the switch that turns on thousands of beautiful lights throughout the park.  Following the festivities, don’t miss visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa’s Workshop in Cornerstone Park!

Leawood, KS

KidsTLC Light Display

10955 Granada Leawood, KS 66211

When: Nothing listed for 2021

Cost: Free, but accepts donations

Tune in to 97.1 FM to listen to the holiday music that goes with these Christmas lights in Leawood. You can even enjoy this display from the warmth of your car! 

Donations benefit KidsTLC – a children’s charity that benefits families & children with mental health problems, behavioral issues, trauma & so much more. Text 243725 with the message KidsTLC to donate!


Olathe Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

1205 E. Stagecoach Park

When: December 3rd from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Hot cocoa and kettle corn will be available for purchase along with festive music and a visit from Santa.

Legends Tree Lighting Ceremony

When: Ceremony has passed. Lights on display through early January.

Prairie Village Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 

When: December 2nd at 6:00pm.There will be games, crafts, a visit from Santa and more.

KCK Holiday Lighting Festival

1205 E. Stagecoach Park

When: December 3rd at 4:00pm at 7th and Barnett Kansas City, KS.

Families can do a drive through visit with Santa and receive a gift bag (while supplies last). Filled by the tree lighting ceremony at 5:30pm.

As a reminder, these holiday light locations are ones that had great Christmas light displays in the past. We do our best to ensure the details included in the map are the most up to date. If you see that we’re missing a light display, please let us know!

Keep in mind, we can’t drive to each of the Christmas light displays to verify the holiday lights are on. This is an inclusive list from years past, so some may not be up for 2021. Also, some holiday light displays may be worth the drive for others, but may not be for you. Please, understand this as you head out. Also, drive safe with your families.

However you decide to celebrate Christmas in Kansas City this season, get out and enjoy the beautiful Christmas lights & holiday displays!

If you’re looking for even more holiday lights, check out the Christmas Light Finder.

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From iFamily to Yours, Happy Holidays!