(2020 Update) 31+ Best Holiday Displays & Christmas Lights in Kansas City
One of the best parts about the holidays are the holiday displays and Christmas lights in Kansas City. There’s tree lighting ceremonies, neighborhood displays & large Christmas light shows all around town.
The holidays aren’t the same without the magical of colorful lights and displays. So, pile your kiddos in the car and enjoy together.
We continue to update our guide to the best Christmas lights in Kansas City to make it easy for your family to find them!
There are Christmas light displays 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.
If you’re looking for the best Christmas lights in Kansas City, this is it. Enjoy our Holiday Lights & Displays guide with 94+ holiday light displays and growing.
Best Holiday Displays & Christmas Lights in Kansas City: 2020 Edition
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!
You can also check out our other holiday content including:
- Kansas City Christmas Events
- Christmas Tree Farms
- Pictures with Santa
- Where to Get Hot Cocoa
- Christmas Train Rides
- Elf on a Shelf
- Christmas Activities & Traditions
**Spots with a double asterisk are verified Kansas City Christmas Lights 2020. 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:
7332 Oakwood Dr, Kansas City, MO 64132
When: OPEN EVERY NIGHT Nov 2, 2020 – Jan 2, 2021 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 experience! Winter 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 waiting for you to drive through. 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.
Union Station: 30 W Pershing Rd. Kansas City, MO
When: The fun kicks off Saturday, November 17th through the holidays
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.
Mayor’s Christmas Tree at Crown Center**
2450 Grand Blvd Kansas City, MO
When: Starts with the Mayor’s Holiday Lighting Ceremony through Christmas (NO date announced for 2020 yet)
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!
Country Club Plaza: 4706 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64112
When: Thanksgiving Night through January 2021
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 downtown.
North Kansas City City Hall: 2010 Howell Street, North Kansas City, Missouri 64116
When: November 20th to New Years
This is the perfect holiday family picture or drive by holiday display to enjoy from your car.
Sea Life Aquarium: 2475 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108
When: November 27th to January 10th
There will be thousands of lights all over the aquarium! This will definitely be an experience you don’t want to miss out on…
1600 N. 291 in Liberty, MO
When: Live holiday light shows will be December 4th to 6th & December 11th to 13th at 6:00, 6:45, 7:30, 8:15 & 9:00
Automated holiday light shows will be December 14th to December 23rd (6:00 – 11:00 pm EVERY night)
Enjoy the free, drive through holiday 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.
i29 & Barry Road
When: Holiday lighting ceremony will be Saturday, November 21st from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. The FULL the light display will be open throughout the holidays
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!
Winterfest at World’s of Fun (CLOSED for 2020)
World’s of Fun: 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave, Kansas City, MO 64161
When: Closed for 2020 season.
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.
201 E. Broadway Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
When: Saturday, November 21st through New Years
This is a fun drive-through holiday 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!
Lee’s Summit, MO:
i470 and View High Dr.
When: Thursday, November 26th through January 5th, daily 5:00 pm -1:00 am
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.
33rd Annual Christmas in the Park**
Longview Lake Campground: 3501 SW Longview Park Drive Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
When: Saturday, November 26th to December 31 from 5:30 to 10:00 pm (Open till 11:00 pm on Fridays & Saturdays)
Cost: Free, but donations encouraged
Christmas in the Park is one of best holiday lights displays in Kansas City.
This is a drive through Christmas light display with 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.
Lee’s Summit City Hall Light Display**
220 SE Main Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
When: Friday, November 20th through the holiday season
The light display will be unveiled on Friday, November 20th and remain up throughout 2020. It was designed by the Robotics team at Lee’s Summit High School, so come out and support.
George Owens Nature Park: 1601 S Speck Rd, Independence, MO 64057
When: No info for 2020 yet.
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 2 times during the holiday season, so don’t miss it!
Holiday Lights Tour (NO Info for 2020)
The View 13500 Byars Road Grandview, Missouri 64030
When: No date for 2020 yet.
Cost: $20 per person
Check out the beautiful and unique holiday lights in the traveling Christmas party bus!
There will be hot coffee, cocoa, and cookies! Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Most register by December 11th. The entire tour & holiday bus reservation are only $20 per person.
Festival of Lights at Powell Gardens**
Powell Gardens: 1609 NW US Hwy 50, Kingsville, MO 64061
When: Weekends November 13th through January 3rd
Cost: $5 for children, $12 for adults. 4 & under free.
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 2020. New for this year is Santa’s Workshop and an Enchanted Tiki Bar, so don’t miss this fun holiday event for families.
Overland Park, KS:
Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead in Overland Park
When: November 26th to January 7th from 5:00 pm to Midnight
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 sychronized 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.
101st & Metcalf in Overland Park (Park at Emmanuel Baptist Church
When: Mid-November thru Christmas, running after dark
The Vince & Associates annual holiday lights show is a unique 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
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.
Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens: 8909 W. 179th St. Overland Park KS 66013
When: Fridays & Saturdays from 4:30 to 10:00 pm: November 27th & 28th, December 4th & 5th, & December 11th & 12th
Cost: Free for 5 & under. Tickets are $14.
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!
This year, your tickets will be for a SPECIFIC time to allow for safe environment. There will NOT be Santa or refreshments for 2020.
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. 2020 shouldn’t be an exception!
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!
10955 Granada Leawood, KS 66211
When: No info for 2020 yet.
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!
Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park: 14907 W 87th St. Pkwy, Lenexa
When: Friday December 4th to Sunday, January 10th
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.
** The in-person lighting event is CANCELLED for 2020, but will be live streamed to watch online. Your family can still visit through out the holidays.
24900 W 86th St. Lenexa, KS
This is a home holiday light display that is synced to music. It will be open on Thanksgiving and run through Christmas!
Stagecoach Park: 1205 E. Kansas City Rd, Olathe, KS 66061
When: NO 2020 info yet.
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.
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 holiday light display is home to Christmas-loving Kansas Citians. Their yard is filled with hundreds of blow up holiday characters and Kansas City Christmas lights for 2020! You can walk through the display any day of the week!
Chesney Christmas Display
634 N. Logan Street Olathe, KS
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…
Christmas Card Lane Display
Full Neighborhood West of Ridgeview and North of 151st Street Olathe, KS 66062
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!
13875 S Gardner Rd #1 Olathe, KS 66061
Their 2020 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:
7900 Outlook Lane, Prairie Village, Kansas 66208
When: Monday to Thursday each week
This holiday light display is created by an entire street in Praire Village! You can check out the houses, each decorated with their own flare.
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.
Kansas City, KS:
When: There will be NO holiday lighting ceremony, but you can still see the lit up tree
Where: 1843 Village West Parkway, KCK
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!
2020 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 (Virtual)**
Friday, November 20th at 7:00 pm
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)**
Tuesday, November 24th 6:00 pm
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 & Virtual)**
Friday, November 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
There will not be a traditional event, but they still plan to allow families ot walk or drive through downtown to enjoy the lights and window displays. You’ll be the first to see the City Hall light display created by the LS High School! Plus, shop the downtown Lee’s Summit shops.
Families cannot gather for the mayor’s speech, but they will be broadcasting it on their Facebook page starting at 5:45.
Overland Park Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony (In-Person)**
Friday, November 20th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Visit Santa in Thompson Park for the mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. This event will be in-person!
Both Christmas in the park and the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting will be virtual this year.
Cancelled for 2020:
Lenexa Sar-Ko Par Trails Park Display Lighting
Olathe Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – November 30th 6 pm (NO info available currently. Will update as soon as have info)
Legend’s Tree Lighting Ceremony (NO info available currently. Will update as soon as have info)
Prairie Village Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony (NO info available currently. Will update as soon as have info)
KCK Holiday Lighting Festival (NO info available currently. Will update as soon as have info)
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 2020. 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 this holiday season, get out and enjoy Kansas City’s Christmas lights & beautiful holiday displays!
If you’re looking for even more holiday lights, check out the Christmas Light Finder.
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