Zona Rosa has combined its annual holiday lighting with Orange Wednesday for early Christmas shopping today.
The holiday lighting ceremony, Northern Lights, is at 5:45 p.m. today in Town Square.
The ceremony features the lighting of a 50-foot tree and includes a welcome from Santa and Mrs. Claus and the arrival of the Fairy Princess, who will visit with children following the ceremony.
Zona Rosa’s holiday celebration borrows on Kansas City traditions and also will include lighting of Christmas Crowns and an igloo in which children can play.
Musical entertainment and activities for children are planned.
Orange Wednesday is the new Black Friday for Zona Rosa and is a response to customer and employee attitudes to keep Thanksgiving a time for families.
“We took time this year to survey our shoppers, merchants and employees. We discovered that it is the year to save Thanksgiving and give the holiday back to the families,” said Rosemary Salerno, general manager of Zona Rosa.
The event tonight will offer more than $10,000 in prize drawings, restaurant specials and holiday festivities.
A limited number of Zona Rosa stores will open Thanksgiving evening, and Black Friday shopping begins at 8 a.m. this Friday.
For more information go to www.zonarosa.com.
Plaza lighting ceremony
Thousands of people turn out every Thanksgiving evening for the holiday lights ceremony on the Country Club Plaza. The honor of flipping the switch on the holiday lights this year will be shared by Royals left fielder Alex Gordon and the team’s general manager, Dayton Moore, at 6:54 p.m. Locally based pop acts the Snow Globes and Gracie Schram are among the entertainers scheduled to perform before the lights go on. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. For more information, call 816-753-0100 or go to countryclubplaza.com.
Mayor’s Christmas Tree lighting
On Friday, Mayor Sly James and Sporting Kansas City's Seth Sinovic will flip the switch to light the 100-foot-tall Mayor's Christmas Tree in Crown Center Square. The tree is a symbol of the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund, which is dedicated to assisting the city's less fortunate. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. After the holidays, the wood from the Mayor's Christmas Tree is made into commemorative ornaments, which are sold the following year to benefit the fund. Fo more information, call 816-274-8444 or go to crowncenter.com.
At 10 a.m. on Friday, costumed characters, including Perry the Penguin and Casey Bear, will help mark Santa’s arrival at the Grand Boulevard entrance to the Crown Center Shops.
Corbin Christmas events
The Corbin Theatre will host four Christmas events this month.
▪ Corbin’s Jazz on the Square series features a Dec. 1 show featuring Christmas music. The Corbin Jazz Band plays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited for this free event.
▪ Christmas at the Old Northside Café, a reader’s theater based on the writings of Jim Dunn, will open its second season at the Theatre on Dec. 4 and 5. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. The Old Northside cast will reprise their roles from the 2013 season. Tickets are $15.
▪ A Christmas Carol reader’s theater is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13. Tickets are $15.
▪ The Liberty Jazz Ensemble Christmas show is 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 19. The ensemble is composed of area professionals who come together to share their talents with the community. A sing-along, cookie sale and visit from Santa are planned.
Corbin Theatre is at 15 N. Water St., Liberty. For information or to buy tickets go to corbintheatre.org. Tickets are also available at the Liberty Community Center and Liberty City Hall.
The Gladstone Community Center will host three holiday concerts in December in partnership with North Kansas City Schools.
Each concert begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes light refreshments and a visit from Santa. The concerts are: Dec. 3, the Heartland Singers, made of up fourth- through sixth-grade students from the area. Dec. 11, Fox Hill Elementary Choir. Dec. 16, Davidson Elementary School Choir. The concerts will be held in the lobby of the Community Center at 6901 N. Holmes St.