Christmas Lights in KC 2017

Posted December 03, 2017 4:38pm by Jane

It may not be cold yet in KC, but it’s still fun to sit in a cozy car with your family to see Christmas lights around KC! Know of a good display near you? Make sure to add to the list in the “Comments” section so all of our KC Kids Fun friends can enjoy!

Kansas City-Area Christmas Light Displays

For a great list of metro area (on the Kansas side) residential displays, don’t miss Keith’s list at KansasTravel.org!

One last thought on Christmas lights: If the kids can’t sit in the car, check out the Holidays at Union Station – lots of space to run around and various activities to keep little ones busy all month long!

Image courtesy of Jackson County Parks & Rec’s Christmas in the Park.

Kansas City Area Christmas Tree Farms – 2017

Posted November 26, 2017 8:53pm by Jane

The lights are up all over the city, and there’s still plenty of time to get your Christmas tree with the family! Here’s a list of area Christmas Tree farms to visit! Always visit the website and/or contact the tree farm before you go to make sure they’re open/still have trees before you head out to select your own tree.

Bierman’s Christmas Tree Farm
Address: 2825 South 63rd Street Kansas City KS 66106
Contact: Brian Bierman, (913) 375-1317

Christmas Ranch Tree Farm
Address: 24818 NE 148th Street Excelsior Springs MO 64024
Contact: Roy Freeman, (816) 630-5086

D & G Christmas Tree Farm
Address: Highway 69 & 247th Street Louisburg KS 66053
Contact: Douglas Eble, (913) 837-2387

Evening Star Pines
Address: 9820 Evening Star Road Eudora KS 66025
Contact: Cris & Sherry Crawford, (785) 542-1634

Fontana Pines
Address: 20337 W. 383 St., Fontana KS (6 miles south of Paola/15 miles SW of Louisburg)
Contact: (913) 432-3725 or email edwbartz@gmail.com

Fort Osage Christmas Trees
Address: 3022 N. Twyman Rd., Independence, MO
Contact: Bob & Kim Luke, (816) 838-3707

Fulk Farms 
Address: 23400 Highway 92 Platte City MO 64079
Contact: Dennis Fulk, (816) 225-8809

Grandpa’s Tree Farm
Address: 11322 Hubbard Road Kansas City KS 66109
Contact: Warren Liston, (913) 721-2905

Hessacres
Address: 24250 W. 83rd Street, Lenexa, Kansas
Contact: (913) 484-5024 or hessacres@gmail.com
SOLD OUT FOR 2017 (as of Nov. 26, 2017)

Jingle Bell Trees
Address: 7821 SE 240th Street Lathrop MO 64465
Contact: Paul E. & Wynne Peterson, (816) 740-3732

Kennedy’s Country Farm
Address: 27102 Herring Rd., Greenwood MO (located 1 mile south of the intersection of MO Hwy 50 and MO Hwy 7.)
Contact: (816) 744-0386 or bill@kennedyscountryfarm.com

Midland Holiday Pines LLC 
Address: 18541 Midland Drive Shawnee KS 66218
Contact: Phil & Judy Wegman, (913) 631-5095

Pumpkins and Pines Inc.
Address: 20606 South SR 7 Pleasant Hill MO 64080
Contact: Michael Haffner, (816) 540-3887

Quail Creek Tree Farm
Address: 6061 SE 240th St. Lathrop MO 64465
Contact: James & Margaret Stevens, (816) 740-4282

Reindeer Lane
Address: 19401 Fightmaster Trimble MO 64492
Contact: Russell Bumgarner, (816) 803-5853

Strawberry Hill Christmas Tree Farm
Address: 794 Highway 40, Lawrence, KS
Contact: (785) 331-4422

Wilderson Christmas Tree Farm
Address: 14820 Parallel Road Basehor KS 66007
Contact: Charles Wilderson, (913) 724-1057

 

 

Images courtesy of Midland Holiday Pines.

Plaza Lighting Ceremony 2017

Posted November 19, 2017 11:28am by Jane

Whether we watch it live at the Country Club Plaza, or on TV after a big Thanksgiving meal, my kids, along with their many cousins, love one of KC’s favorite traditions: the annual Thanksgiving Plaza Lighting Ceremony. Whether you are a first-timer or you go every year, the lighting ceremony is a truly special Kansas City moment. The switch is flipped at the main stage at Nichols Road & Pennsylvania (by Brio Tuscan Grille). However, there are no bad spots to watch it happen when you are on the Plaza for this magical event.

This year, Kansas City Chiefs players Derrick Johnson and Alex Smith will flip the switch at 6:54pm, followed by fireworks.

Here’s the schedule of events:

  • 5–6pm: Pre-show performances and giveaways from the stage
  • 6-7pm: KCP&L Plaza Lighting Ceremony, complete with live entertainment, will be broadcast live on Channel 41 Action News
  • 6:54pm: Flip of the Switch by Derrick Johnson and Alex Smith, followed by fireworks 
  • 7–8pm: Post-ceremony concert featuring The Elders

Can’t make it to the festivities? You and the kids can always watch it live on KSHB-TV, stream it online at kshb.com, or follow the festivities at Facebook.com/KCPLPlazaLights or on Twitter @FlipDSwitch. @FlipDSwitch offers a fun and funny look at the lights, so be sure to share the laughs with your kids!

The Plaza Lights will shine from 5pm-3am nightly, Thanksgiving through January 14, 2018. Tip: Our kids love it when we drive into the Plaza (heading North) from Wornall Road. The view is unbeatable!

Image courtesy of The Country Club Plaza