It’s finally December. Christmas is just a few weeks away and that means there’s plenty of holiday activities to participate in across town as well as state wide.

St. Joseph is home to a drive through lights display and two home light shows. Kansas City’s displays span a lengthy list of lights, trees and shows. If you’re interested in driving a little further south you’ll find the best display of lights in the midwest. 

At Krug Park here in St. Joseph you’ll find hundreds of lights decorating the road. It’s a tradition that has been around for years, and even survived the pandemic. You might even find a few additions to the display if you look hard enough. Don’t forget to grab your complementary Cherry Mash chocolate at the end as well.

Our community also offers multiple private light shows. One such show is at Jerry Hulser’s home at 3000 block of Newport Road. The lights dance to music on 107.1 FM and includes about 15,000 lights.

An hour south in Kansas City you’ll find multiple opportunities to see glistening lights. At the Country Club Plaza you can walk the 15-blocks and take in thousands of lights while you shop or dine.

Kansas City’s tourism website, visitkc.com, lists multiple Christmas attractions in the area. One of the most elegant of the displays offered in the city is the Mayor’s Christmas Tree at Crown Center.

“Checking in at a lofty 100 feet, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree stretches higher than those on display at the White House and Rockefeller Center,” visitkc.com says. “The massive holiday icon sparkles with 10,600 white bulbs and represents the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund, which aids Kansas City’s less fortunate.”

Finally if you’re up for a bit of a road trip you can take the drive four hours south to the town of Branson, Missouri. Now this is a town that goes all out for the Christmas season.

Home to 3 drive through displays, a Christmas Safari, Christmas themed shops and eateries and Silver Dollar City. It’s a well known tourist spot throughout the year, but it really comes to life during the holidays.

In an article that names the best display in each state by Maya Kachroo-Levine and Evie Carrick for Travel and Leisure, Branson is home to the best of Missouri. 

“Silver Dollar City is regularly hailed as one of the best Christmas destinations in the country, a title well-deserved considering the park features over 6.5 million lights,” Kachroo-Levine and Carrick said. “Plan your visit to Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas, where every nook and cranny is illuminated by those six million lights, and don’t miss the nightly Christmas in Midtown Light Spectacular.”

As day turns to night in the park in the Ozark hills the sky is ignited by the insane amount of lights. Not a single surface of the 110 acre park has been spared by a staple gun. Lights hang from the trees, the buildings, the rides, even the ground. 

If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit, light displays are one of the easiest ways to do it. So whether you’re staying local or taking a road trip this December make sure to take it all in and appreciate the hard work it takes to put on a good show.

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