What’s your favorite KC holiday tradition? While the Plaza Lights and the train display at Union Station are popular, there are plenty of fun options in the suburbs too! Start a new family tradition with one of these 50 events in the Kansas City suburbs!
Lee’s Summit Area Holiday Events 
This popular holiday event list for the Lee’s Summit area is back for 2020 with all NEW events in the Lee’s Summit, Grain Valley, Blue Springs and Independence area to entertain your family this holiday season. You can use our handy guide below to find what you are looking for or browse through a week by week list of events.
Christmas Tree Farms
Many of the tree lightings are virtual this year, so check before heading out.
- Lee’s Summit Tree Lighting
- Blue Springs Tree Lighting
- Grain Valley Tree Lighting
- Belton Tree Lighting
- Raymore Tree Lighting
Ongoing Holiday Things To Do
- Christmas in the Park
- Winter Magic
- Lee’s Summit Magic Tree
- Powell Gardens Festival of Lights
- Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Independence
One-Time Holiday Events 2020
- Small Business Saturday
- Pancakes with Santa: Jingle Jamboree
- Movie on the Turf: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- Christmas Light Tour in Grandview
- Breakfast with Santa in Grandview
- Farmers Holiday Market
- Candy Cane 5K / 10K
- Candy Cane Hunt
Mid-Continent Library Holiday Events – ALL Virtual
The Mid-Continent Library offers a wide variety of holiday events for children. Search all holiday events at branches near you.
Browse by Weekly Holiday Events
- Week of November 16
- Week of November 23
- Week of November 30
- Week of December 7
- Week of December 14
- Week of December 21
Lee’s Summit Area Christmas Tree Farms
For many families, cutting down a real Christmas tree is a family tradition!
Pumpkins and Pines
Opening the weekend before Thanksgiving, Pumpkins and Pines in Pleasant Hill, MO is a great place to pick out a Christmas tree with your family. It’s a family-owned and operated tree farm, 33 years strong! They have over 25,000 Christmas trees and have had one of the best tree harvests ever! The family expanded the fields in 2012 and 2013, and those trees are ready for you to take home.
2020 has been the best harvest year in the 30+year history of the farm. They will have these trees available: Fraser, Concolor, Douglas Fir, Scotch, Austrian, White and Red Pine.
In addition to the local trees, they’ll also have 150 fresh Christmas wreaths and you have to check out their Country Christmas Store that is stocked with distinctive gifts and decorations.
You can cut your own or leave the hard work to the tree farm workers. There are also pre-cut tree options available for purchase.
On the weekend, don’t forget to visit with Santa and enjoy a free hayride and hot chocolate.
Pumpkins and Pines
20606 South State Road 7
Pleasant Hill, MO 64080
Hours: 7 Days a week 9 a.m. to dark (about 5 p.m.)
Open Thanksgiving 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
**Wednesday November 25th hours 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.**
Fort Osage Farm
If you’re looking for a live Christmas Tree, Fort Osage Farm offers a wide variety of choices and provides a saw for you to cut down your tree. The selection changes based on availability and the farm recommends coming early in the season for the best trees. This is a popular farm sometimes with over 600 visitors on a busy day. The Farm provides a saw for you to cut down your tree.
The Farm celebrates their 18th season at The Fort Osage Farm & White Pine Lodge. New this year is a hot cocoa bar and continuing the tradition of FREE candy canes, coloring books, and signature spiced tea called “Christmas Cheer”.
You have to check-in before you’re allowed to pick your tree in the field. Sadly, they no longer offer seasonal photo sessions. The farm opens the weekend before Thanksgiving, November 21st.
Kennedy’s Country Farm
Kennedy’s Country Farm opens the day after Thanksgiving. This year, children can even enjoy a scavenger hunt. The farm also offers complimentary hot chocolate and cookies.
You’ll find Douglas Firs, Canaan Firs, Blue Spruces, Fraser Firs, and White Fir trees.
Kennedy’s Country Farm
27102 Herring Road
Greenwood, MO 64034
Hours: Saturday 9-5 p.m., Sunday 11-5 p.m.
Northern Lights Tree Farm
The Northern Lights Tree Farm is a non-profit group brightening the holidays for families who need a little boost!
Looking for an artificial tree this holiday? They’re available for FREE as a service to help families needing a little extra holiday cheer. The program begins November 16th and even includes decorations.
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, you must have an appointment to visit the farm. Appointments are available November 16th through December 24th and may be accessed now. Appointments can be made by calling the farm.
Northern Lights Tree Farm
1716 N Glen Ellyn Street
These are ongoing holiday events, some all week long and others just on the weekends.
November 7 – December 24 – Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro-Independence
Throughout the holiday season, enjoy Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro shop. Get free photos with Santa at one of the best holiday Santa meet and greets of the season. There are also free crafts throughout the event.
Due to Covid-19, reservations MUST be made prior to seeing Santa. There will also be temperature screening, a “Magic Santa Shield” (acrylic barrier between Santa and families), Santa’s Sanitation Squad, Face Coverings, and an area for families to wait away from shoppers while they visit Santa. Schedule a time to see Santa.
November 26 – January 5 – Lee’s Summit Magic Tree – 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.The Magic Tree in Lee’s Summit is a holiday landmark at View High Drive and 470. There won’t be a tree lighting this year but you can enjoy the lights through January 5th. Visitors love to snap photos of the elegant tree while giving back to those in need.
Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Operation Toy Soldier, these toys are given to the children of military personnel. Sign up here.
Through January 2 – Winter Magic – 5 – 11 p.m.
Winter Magic is a new drive-thru light display in Swope Park near the zoo. You’ll drive and admire one-mile of lights and animated displays and your ticket purchase benefits KC Parks Summer Camp Scholarship Fund.
There’s even a place to drop letters for Santa, and he’ll make visits on Monday evenings from 6 – 8 p.m.
November 13 – January 3 – Festival of Lights: Powell Gardens – 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Powell Gardens Festival of Lights features a mile-long lighting exhibition. It stretches through six of the seven themed gardens.
The festival also includes FREE children’s activities from 4 – 8 p.m. daily. The event runs Thursday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children aged 5-12, and free for children under 4. Upgrade your experience with the Festival Pack for $10 which includes: non-alcoholic drink, cookie, and pair of holiday light 3-D specs.
Powell Gardens is also having lots of other holiday events throughout the season including holiday wreath making, family frolic winter wonderland, saxophone quartet, and an event for dogs.
November 25 – December 31 – 33rd Annual Christmas in the Park – 5:30 – 10 p.m. (11 p.m. Weekends)
This is a spectacular event. Drive through Christmas in the Park featuring more than 500,000 lights and 175 animated displays.
Start your journey at the Frank White Jr. Softball Complex (3901 SW Longview Road) in Lee’s Summit, MO 64081.
It’s a free event, but donations are accepted and benefit 35 area charities. Over the years, the event raised more than $1 million for area charities.
The light show runs Sunday – Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays until 11 p.m.
November 20 Lee’s Summit Virtual Tree Lighting – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The Lee’s Summit Mayor’s Tree Lighting will not be in-person this year. Families can watch a virtual program on the Downtown Lee’s Summit Facebook page. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be present with a special message while you watch live aerial coverage of downtown when Mayor Baird “flips the switch” at 6 p.m.
Guests are welcome to drive or walk through downtown to enjoy the holiday lights, live window displays, and holiday shopping from 6-8 p.m. on November 20th.
“The Mayor’s Tree Lighting has been a community tradition for over 30 years. To keep our community safe, we changed the format of the event to allow families to safely experience the magic of the holiday lights, either from their home, vehicle, or while walking through downtown,” shared Donnie Rodgers, Jr., the Executive Director of Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street.
November 23 – Belton Tree Lighting – 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Mayor Jeff Davis and the City of Belton will be having a virtual Tree Lighting and kick off for Operation Santa. Please join in on the City of Belton’s Facebook Page.
Operation Santa is a local food and Toys for Tots drive that benefits local families. Donation items include non-perishable food items and new unwrapped toys that can be dropped off inside the High Blue Wellness Center located at 16400 N. Mullen Rod in Belton.
November 23 – Grain Valley Holiday Lighting of Armstrong Park – 6:30 p.m.
The Grain Valley Holiday Lighting of Armstrong Park will be a virtual event on the City of Grain Valley’s Facebook Page. The Mayor will be flipping the switch on the Christmas tree as well as the Christmas lights of Armstrong Park.
The Grain Valley Assistance Council is also accepting donations of toiletries and non-perishable food items at the local Price Chopper and Community Center to serve families in the community.
November 28 – Downtown Lee’s Summit Farmers Market Holiday Mart – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.This year’s Holiday Mart is at the Bridge Space. Over 50 vendors will have great holiday gifts and farmers market products for your holiday get togethers!
November 30 – Small Business Saturday – All day
Shop small on the day after Black Friday. Remember the great mom and pop businesses in the historic Independence Square or Downtown Lee’s Summit.
December 1 – Blue Springs Christmas Tree Lighting – 6:30 p.m.
December 1 – Mr. Stinky Feet – 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Mr. Stinky Feet will sing songs about the festival of colors. This is a virtual event through the MCPL360 Facebook page.
December 3 – Let’s Draw: Reindeer Fun – 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Children ages 5 and up can learn how to draw fun and funny cartoon reindeer. Presented by Young Rembrandts, this session is all virtual and the materials needed are: white paper, pencil, eraser, black sharpie (or similar) and an assortment of colorful markers.
Program registration will close 30 minutes prior to the start of the program. Participants will be emailed a Zoom access code 15 minutes before the start of the program so make sure to include that in your registration.
December 4 – Winter Yoga Adventure – 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. VIRTUAL
Patti Leddy presents this winter themed class for ages 5 and up with instruction to “fly like geese, run like reindeer, and hibernate like bears before skiing, sledding, and snow boarding yogi-style.”
December 3 – Raymore Tree Lighting – 6-8 p.m.
Kick of the Mayor’s Tree Lighting and the season opening of the ice skating rink at T.B. Hanna Station (214 S. Washington Street) in Raymore. Santa will be staying safe at the North Pole but visitors can write letters to Santa and receive a letter back if you include a return address.
The annual Raymore Christmas Tree Trail will be taking place this evening also. If you would like to add a tree to the park, please submit applications by November 24th here. This event is free, just bring your decorated tree with lights!
December 11 – Jingle Jamboree 6 – 8 p.m.
Have pancakes with Santa in the evening and celebrate at theJingle Jamboree in Blue Springs. Children can also make a craft and will receive a gift bag. There will also be a candy cane hunt! Children age 1 and under are free.
Registration is limited to 100 people, admission is $8 a person and you must preregister. Call to register at 816-228-0181 or click here. The event is at Vesper Hall. You must register by November 28th.
December 8 – Mr. Stinky Feet – 10 – 10:45 a.m.
Mr. Stinky Feet is back for his book, Hark It’s Harold the Angel. This is a virtual event on the MCPL360 Facebook page.
December 9 – The Wires: An Intimate Christmas Concert – 7 – 7:45 p.m.
Listen to The Wires celebrate with Christmas melodies in this wintry original music and storytelling event. Join the virtual MCPL event.
December 10 – Christmas: From Ireland to the Ozarks – 7 – 7:45 p.m.
Come along for a holiday musical adventure with Mike and Nancee Micham. Watch live on the MCPL Facebook page.
December 19 – Movie on the Turf: How the Grinch Stole Christmas – 6:30 p.m.
Bring your blankets and pillows and enjoy Home Alone on the turf at the Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Hot chocolate, cookies, and popcorn will be available. Doors open at 7:30 and the movie starts at 8:10 p.m. Admission is $5 per person before December 6th. Children 2 and under are free. You can register for the event here. No chairs allowed.The fieldhouse is reviewing plans for all activities due to new restrictions in Jackson County. Check the Facebook page for the latest information on events.
December 12 – Christmas Light Tour in Grandview – 6 – 9 p.m.
Hop on a holiday-themed bus and travel around Kansas City to see all the great lights. Hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies provided. Wear your favorite Christmas sweater and have a fun night out. Register early. The cost is $25.
December 14 – Candy Cane Course 5 K / 10 K – 8 a.m.
Run off some holiday calories at the Candy Cane Course 5 K / 10 K. The themed run includes a costume contest, photos with Santa, free kids race, food, and other fun activities.
December 15 – It’s Cookie Time – 10 – 10:45 a.m.
This is a virtual program by the MCPL on Facebook, presented by Jim Cosgrove.
December 17 – The Dickens Carolers – 7 – 7:35 p.m.
Enjoy a virtual library performance by festive singers dressed in Victorian attire. They will also sing on December 19th. You can watch both events here.
December 17 – A Virtual Visit with Santa – 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Jim “Two Crows” Wallen will get you in the Christmas spirit by telling stories from Santa. Join the virtual event from the library.
December 18 – The Thomas/Delancey Duet – 10 – 10:45 a.m.
December 19 – The Dickens Carolers – 10 – 10:35 a.m.
This is a virtual event for the MCPL. Join it.
December 19 – City of Independence Christmas Store – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The City of Independence is teaming up with the Community Services league to hand out bags to children for free at the Independence Uptown Market at 211 W Truman Rd.
December 19 – Candy Cane Hunt – 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
The City of Grain Valley will be hosting this event for kids ages 1-8 years at Armstrong Park. There will be prizes for finding “special” candy canes. Sign up by December 15th here, call or go by the Grain Valley Community Center to register by phone or in person.
Everyone ages 5 and up will be required to wear a mask and encouraged to dress warm as this is an outdoor event. There will be a drink and craft station that have been modified for social distancing. The cost is $9 for each child.
December 21 – Father Christmas – 7 – 7:30 p.m.
Learn about holiday traditions across the globe and how they affect today’s Christmas celebrations. This is a virtual library activity.
December 22 – Mr. Stinky Feet’s Christmas – 10 – 10:45 a.m.
Celebrate the holidays with Mr. Stinky Feet at the virtual library.
December 23 – Mad Science Happy Holidays – 4 – 4:45 p.m.
Get ready for a holiday science event with flaming wrapping paper and a glimpse at a defrosting snowman. Register in advance for Zoom access for this MCPL event.
What’s your favorite holiday event in the Kansas City area?