Missouri is unofficially called the “Show-Me State” and it is a most appropriate slogan for Christmas in Kansas City, MO. The events kick-off in mid-November with the Country Club Plaza Lighting Ceremony. 2010 is the 81st annual event which attracts crowds of 200,000 spectators.
A City of Lights
To complement the Plaza Lights, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting also takes place with an evening of family entertainment as the 100 foot-tall tree, one of the tallest in the nation, is illuminated in Crown Center Square. The mayor is joined by a celebrity for the switching-on ceremony and in 2010 it is Chef Celina Tio of TVs “Iron Chef” fame. The tree is a symbol of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund which organizes money-raising events for the less fortunate in Kansas City. One of the fund-raisers is that the wood from the Christmas tree is carved into commemorative ornaments which are sold to benefit the charitable fund.
The Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) Plaza Lighting Ceremony takes place on Thanksgiving Night in the 8-block district of restaurants, theaters and bars opposite the Sprint Center. Once the lights have been switched on by Kansas City chefs running backwards there is a splendid fireworks display above the XXI Forever Store and the Intercontinental Hotel. The crowds can enjoy live bands playing seasonal holiday favorites. Finalists from the Kansas City Superstar singing competition will also perform as a show choir accompanied by dancers from the Miller Marley Studio to complete this Christmas extravaganza.
Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake is another traditional favorite at Christmas in Kansas City. Listed as one of the top 10 things to do, children of all ages will be enchanted by the 175 animated figures in this Winter Wonderland. Christmas Card Lane is another great area to drive through and see the 200 homes which are seasonally decoarated in this holiday-spirited sub-division.
Cultural Christmas Events in Kansas City
Known for its excellent arts events and theater performances, Kansas City Christmas celebrations are the highlight of the season.
The Kansas City Symphony Orchestra will perform “How the Symphony Saved Christmas” at the Lyric Theater in December with a free holiday concert at the Music Hall on December 24.
Performances of “Polar Express in 3D”, “Madeline’s Christmas” and the “Nutcracker and the Mouse King” will delight children throughout December at the H&R Block City Stage and at Union Station. The American Heartland Theater presents the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”.
If you are heading for Kansas City at Christmas, you are sure to be fully entertained. If you’re in need of a rental car or car hire at a great value, Payless Car Rental is conveniently located at Kansas City Airport (MCI).