Christmas in Excelsior Springs

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 2019, the Christmas kickoff will be held on November 23 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.

Other favorite holiday events include a Christmas Homes Tour, local homes beautifully decorated for the holiday season. Check out the community calendar of events or the Christmas committee Facebook page for the seasons festivities.

Thank you to our
2019 sponsors

Christmas Celebration Sponsors
Chuck Anderson Ford
Hart’s Auto Repair
Wabash BBQ
Excelsior Family Dentistry
McConkey & Bowen

Elf Factory Sponsors
Back to Health
Schreier Family Medicine
Alterations & Custom Sewing
Order of the Eastern Star



Downtown Holiday Open Houses
November 23, 2019

Visit the merchants and shops 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’re sure to find the most unique and perfect gift for that special someone.

Mistletoe Market
November 23, 2019, 10 am – 5 pm
215-217 E. Broadway

Join us as we kick off the holiday season with 25 local vendors at a location TBD where you will find fabulous Christmas gifts and holiday décor inspiration! Read More

Elf Factory
November 23, 2019, 11 am – 3 pm
Lewis Elementary School

Grab the kids and join us for a fun day of Christmas crafting.  Choose from 18-22 different crafts beginning at .50 cents a piece and ranging to $6 a piece. Read More

Downtown Christmas Kick Off
November 23, 2019
Hall of Waters
Elementary Choir Performance, 5 pm

Mayor’s Tree Lighting, 6 pm
Join us in Downtown Excelsior Springs on Saturday, November 23rd for the annual lighting ceremony of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree and help kick of this year’s first ever rooftop lighting ceremony.

Lighted Christmas Parade
November 23, 2019
Immediately following Tree Lighting

Stick around after the Mayor’s Lighting Ceremony and Building Lighting. Enjoy Excelsior’s 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. Read More

Hall of Trees
November 23 – December 31, 2019
Grand Opening after the Parade

Located 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 the evening of the Lighted Parade through December. Read More

Lane of Lights
November 23 – December 31, 2019
Grand Opening 7-10:30 pm

Enjoy the lighted drive-through holiday display in East Valley Park on Lover’s Lane that is funded through suggested $5 donations.  This is the perfect destination on cold winter evenings to start an evening out of top off the night and family get-together. Read More

Breakfast with Santa
December 7, 2019

Local favorite for children of all ages. Breakfast with Santa is sponsored by the CancerKickers with hot breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage and bacon dished up by the Knights of Columbus. Children tell Santa what they want, get their picture taken with him, and get sweets from Mrs. Claus. Read More

Candy Cane Hunt
December 7, 2019, 11 am
ESHS Practice Fields

Search for Candy Canes, win prizes and meet Santa! Free for Ages 1-12. Bring own bag for Candy Canes. Sponsored by Excelsior Springs Parks and Rec.

Paws for a Picture
December 7, 2019, 1 pm
Century Bark

All attendees are encouraged to bring 1 can of dog food to donate to the Excelsior Springs Animal Shelter. Professional pictures will be taken of your dog for free, but can be inquired about for purchase. Sponsored by Excelsior Springs Parks and Rec.

Holiday Homes Tour
December 7, 2019, 12-6 pm

Five local residents open their homes to the public for a tour of their festive holiday decorations. This opportunity sponsored by the Christmas Committee allows you to view the beauty of Christmas and get inspiration for your own holiday décor. Read More

Santa’s Polar Express
December 13, 2019, 5-7:30 pm
Hall of Waters

All aboard the Polar Express! Come get your pictures with Santa and take a ride on the Polar Express through Downtown Excelsior Springs and the Lane of Lights. Read More

Taste of Christmas
December 14, 2019, 12-5 pm

Visit businesses throughout Excelsior Springs and sample tasty treats to inspire your holiday spread and take advantage of last minute Christmas shopping. Limited tickets are available for this event. Read More