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A local tradition for 90 years, Plaza Lights is a 15-block holiday spectacle on the famed Country Club Plaza, featuring thousands of glimmering, jewel-colored lights that accentuate every dome, tower and window of the Spanish-inspired shopping district.

The 90th Annual Evergy Plaza Lighting Ceremony

  • 5–8 p.m.
  • Main Stage at Nichols Road & Pennsylvania, by Brio Tuscan Grille

Detailed Ceremony Timeline

  • 5–6 p.m.: Pre-show with giveaways and performances
  • 6–7 p.m.: 89th Annual Evergy Plaza Lighting Ceremony
  • 6:54 p.m.: Flip of the switch by SNL star and KC native Heidi Gardner, followed by fireworks
  • 7–8 p.m.: Post-ceremony concert by The Elders

The Evergy Plaza Lights shine daily from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m., Thanksgiving through mid-January. All Plaza parking garages will be open and accessible throughout the Plaza Lights season.

While enjoying the lights, shoppers can peruse the detailed window displays and take in the sounds of the season, from the clip-clop of horse drawn carriages to the holiday songs of carolers.

What started with a single strand of Christmas lights strung over a store entrance in 1925 has become a living legend as the most spectacular holiday lighting display in the nation. The first Plaza Lighting Ceremony took place in 1930.

Putting up the lights is no small task. Starting after Labor Day each year, a crew of four electricians from Capital Electric begins stringing the lights while the weather is still warm.

Plays, musicals and other excellent stage shows keep Kansas City audiences entertained during end-of-the-year holiday celebrations. Make a list (and check it twice), because you won't want to miss a single show.

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas | Performed by the excellent company at the Coterie Theatre , this all-ages show has a little something for everyone, including a live jazz trio playing the TV special's original Vince Guaraldi arrangements. Nov. 5-Dec. 29
  • Christmas In Song | Well-known holiday hymns and traditional Christmas tunes keep viewers grooving in their seats during this spirited Quality Hill Playhouse show that always brings the energy. Nov. 21-Dec. 22
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra | Pyrotechnics, big-time tunes and other arena theatrics define this much-beloved holiday progressive rock performance at Sprint Center , featuring two same-day shows. Dec. 7
  • All Star Holidays | The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra brings out the stars for a one-night show as the top musical stars of Kansas City's signature sound swing the night away with jazzed-up yuletide jingles. Dec. 10
  • A Magical Cirque Christmas | There's hardly a more fitting venue for the stunning A Magical Cirque Christmas than the equally majestic Music Hall . Count on acrobatics, circus acts and holiday carols to wow during this one-night show. Dec. 17
  • Christmas Festival | Christmas Festival isn't just an iconic Kansas City Symphony concert experience—it's a veritable showcase of holiday spirit. Count on festive songs, carols and other surprises, plus a visit from jolly Saint Nick. Dec. 20-23

Tip off college basketball season with this weekend tournament at Sprint Center, which begins with the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction celebration and concludes with four of the best teams in the country facing off.

Schedule

Sunday, Nov. 24

National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Celebration Presented by Nike 7:30 - 9 p.m. at The College Basketball Experience

Monday, Nov. 25

HALL OF FAME CLASSIC Powered by ShotTracker 6 p.m. - Butler vs. Missouri 8:30 p.m. - Oklahoma vs. Stanford

Tuesday, Nov. 26

HALL OF FAME CLASSIC Powered by ShotTracker 6 p.m. - Consolation Game 8:30 p.m. - Championship Game

On the last Friday of every month (all year long!) from 5-9 PM, the streets of Downtown Lawrence and the Warehouse Arts District erupt. Storefronts convert into flash spaces and performances and exhibits spill in and out of galleries and businesses. Final Fridays include activities for kids, exhibitions designed to challenge adults, music, dance, and theater for all ages.

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