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It’s going to be Big Lights, Little City here in Excelsior Springs this Christmas Season!!!

Christmas is kicking off in Excelsior Springs very soon!  It’s always a special season here that is celebrated with more than a month’s worth of family events!  Check out all of your options, mark your calendars, save the dates, purchase your tickets and get ready to experience a Christmas like you’ve never seen before!  It really is going to be the most magical time of the year!

Downtown Holiday Open Houses
November 23rd – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Downtown Excelsior Springs
facebook-coverVisit the merchants, shops and small businesses of Downtown Excelsior Springs and get started or continue your holiday shopping!  You can look forward to finding great specials and shopping bonuses and you are sure to find the most unique and perfect gift for that special someone!  Check out our Facebook Event by clicking the link above to see if your favorite businesses are participating and what they will have to offer!  Tis the season!

Mistletoe Market
November 23rd – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
215 & 217 E. Broadway
stock-imageJoin in as we kick off the holiday season with local area vendors set up at 215 & 217 E. Broadway from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  You will find fabulous Christmas gifts and holiday décor inspiration!  Make sure to check out our event and see what vendors are coming in to celebrate the season with us!

Elf Factory
November 23rd – 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Lewis Elementary School
groupingGrab the kids and join us for a fun day of Christmas crafting at Lewis Elementary!  The Elf Factory provides the option of 18-22 different crafts beginning at 50 cents a piece and ranging to $6 a piece while supplies last!  You’re sure to take home some wonderful treasures!

Downtown Rooftop Lighting Ceremony
November 23rd – 6:00 PM
Downtown Excelsior Springs
lightingNew this year, the Downtown Excelsior Partnership has worked hard to fundraise and light the rooftops of Downtown Excelsior Springs this Christmas Season!  Join us at 6:00 PM to see Downtown Get Lit!  We would like to give a big thanks to a major sponsors, Sanson Electric II and Nick & Kristin Anderson – Grace Wins.  These individuals have made the lighting ceremony possible!  Join us in downtown and experience the beauty of Christmas!

Downtown Christmas Kick Off & Mayor’s Tree Lighting
November 23rd – 6:00 PM
Downtown Excelsior Springs
mayors-treeIn coordination with the rooftop Lighting Ceremony, we will also be kicking Christmas off with the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting in the courtyard of the Hall of Waters!  This really is the most magical time of the year and you don’t want to miss it!

Lighted Christmas Parade
November 23rd – Immediately Following Lighting Ceremony
Downtown Excelsior Springs
lighted-paradeStick around after the lighting ceremony to enjoy Excelsior Springs biggest and best parade, the Lighted Christmas Parade!  You’ll see various groups and organizations band together and light up the streets of downtown with their float entries!

Hall of Trees
November 23rd – December 31st
Grand Opening Following The Lighted Parade
hall-of-treesLocated around the Hall of Waters water bar, over 30 Christmas trees are uniquely decorated by community businesses and civic groups.  The trees are on display from Kick Off Night through December 31st.  But you definitely want to be there on opening night to enjoy the complimentary cookies too!

Lane of Lights
November 23rd – December 31st
Grand Opening Following The Lighted Parade
tunnelEnjoy the lighted drive-through holiday display in East Valley Park on Lover’s Lane!  This is the perfect destination on cold winter nights to start an evening out or top off the night and family get-together.  Each night a different group hosts the Lane of Lights to raise money for their cause.  We suggest a $5 donation per car, check out the schedule below and pick what nights you want to come through!
Opening Night – November 23rd – Christmas Committee
November 24th – Diamond Club Premier Cyclones Softball Team
November 27th – Fishing River Running Club for Good Samaritan Center
November 28th – Christmas Committee
November 29th – Lathrop Elementary Student Fund
November 30th – 4H
December 1st – PAWS (Parents & Westview School)
December 2nd – Excelsior Springs Cultural Guild
December 3rd – Lewis PALS
December 4th – The Furnance Student Ministries
December 5th – Elkhorn SOS
December 6th – Cub Scout Pack 313
December 7th – ESMS PTO
December 8th – Excelsior Chapter #168 Order of Eastern Star
December 9th – KC Stealth 13U Baseball Team
December 10th – Tiger Bowl Youth Teams
December 11th – Donations to the Lane of Lights
December 12th – Girl Scout Troop 3653
December 13th – Spay & Neuter KC
December 14th – Rotary
December 15th – Local Organization
December 16th – ESACC Skills USA Chapter
December 17th – Early Childhood Center
December 18th – Donations to the Lane of Lights
December 19th – Excelsior Springs Girl Scout Troop 3123
December 20th – Small Town Sidekicks
December 21st – Bill Hightower Reece & Nichols for the Christmas Committee
December 22nd – Excelsior Springs Arts Association
December 23rd – ES Knuckleheadz Baseball
December 24th – Christmas Committee
December 25th – FREE NIGHT
December 26th – Mission: American Gratitude
December 27th – Ice Crushers 9U Baseball Team
December 28th – MOPS of ES Methodist
December 29th – Job’s Daughters
December 30th – Optimist Club

Holiday Homes Tour
December 7 – 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Check In At The Hall of Waters
decorAre you ready to tour the homes of 5 local residents as they open their homes to the public for a tour of their festive holiday decorations???  This opportunity allows you to view the beauty of Christmas and get inspiration for your own holiday décor!  Tickets are $15 per person and available online by clicking here or at the Hall of Waters Visitor Center.  We encourage you to purchase tickets in advance to ensure we still have tickets available.  Tickets will be $20 if purchased the day of the event.  It’s going to be a special day seeing these beautiful homes!  Check out our Facebook Event to see the homes!

Santa’s Polar Express
December 13 – 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Hall of Waters
basic-imageAll aboard the Polar Express!!!  Join us at the Hall of Waters as we sponsor FREE pictures with Santa and FREE Polar Express rides through the Lane of Lights!  This event is a partnership between the Downtown Excelsior Partnership, Inc. and the Chamber of Commerce sponsoring the free trolley rides.  Hurry, don’t be late!  Santa’s on a tight schedule and must depart the building at 7:30 PM!

Taste of Christmas
December 14 – 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Throughout Business of Excelsior Springs
stock-imageJoin us in visiting various businesses throughout Excelsior Springs and sample tasty treats to inspire your own holiday spread while taking advantage of the perfect last minute shopping you’ll find anywhere!  We currently have 22 businesses participating in this great event and tickets are ONLY $10!  Hurry, purchase your ticket today because we sell out at 300!  Click here to secure your spot today!


Magic of Christmas Title Sponsor

Big Red Sleigh Sponsors
heartland roberts-robinson

Santa’s Helpers Sponsors

Sanson Electric II
Nick & Kristin Anderson – Grace Wins

Community Elf Sponsor

Wabash BBQ

Additional Christmas Sponsors
McConkey & Bowen
Hart’s Auto Repair
Alterations & Custom Sewing
Bowman Chiropractic
Schreier Medicine
Dr. Scott Craven
Order of the Eastern Star
Edward Jones
Dr. Foster
Y Liquor
Schwab Insurance Agency