Christmas kicks off in Excelsior Springs with a new theme each year. It is a special season everywhere and locally is celebrated with more than a month’s worth of family events. In 2018, the Christmas kickoff will be held on November 17 with a lighted Christmas parade and Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting. The day will also feature the Elf Factory, allowing children to create crafts for a small fee and wrap them as gifts. Santa will be in town for photos and will return again for Breakfast with Santa in December.
Hundreds visit the Hall of Waters for the opening of the Hall of Trees. Over 30 Christmas trees uniquely decorated by businesses, civic groups and churches are presented in the Hall solarium and remain throughout December. Christmas cookies, served from the world’s largest water bar, are enjoyed during the event.
In addition, the Lane of Lights opens in East Valley Park on Lover’s Lane creating an enchanting drive. The Lane will also be open through December for families to enjoy throughout the holidays. New displays are added each year.
2018 ACTIVITIES CALENDAR:
10 am to 5 pm – Montgomery Event Venue – Shop local vendors for holiday gift!
1 to 5 pm – Lewis Elementary – Kids’ arts and crafts projects
Pictures with Santa
2 to 5 pm – Lewis Elementary – Get pictures with the big guy himself!
4th/5th Grade Choir Performance
5 pm – Downtown by Hall of Waters
6 pm – Downtown Broadway, Excelsior Street
Mayor’s Tree Lighting
Immediate following parade
Lane of Lights Opens
See the extended Lane with the new drive-through tunnel and so much more!
Hall of Trees Opens
After the parade, step inside the Hall of Waters to see the magical transformation of this iconic space into the Hall of Trees!
Other favorite holiday events include a Christmas Homes Tour, local homes beautifully decorated for the holiday season. Take the tour on the Chamber trolley or tour on your own. Check out the community calendar of events or the Christmas committee Facebook page for the seasons festivities.