‘Christmas in the Sky’ is today
Longview Lake Beach is the site of Jackson County Parks + Rec and 99.7 The Point’s annual “Christmas in the Sky” holiday kickoff event today.
The holiday fireworks spectacular has provided the opening night festivities for Jackson County’s “Christmas in the Park” for the past 18 years. This year’s events include a special performance by the Lala’s, the arrival of Santa and a holiday stage show featuring more than 100 singers and dancers from Monica’s School of Dance. After that, colorful fireworks synchronized to holiday music on 99.7 The Point will light up the sky over Longview Lake. Gates open at 5 p.m. The holiday stage show is scheduled to start at 6 p.m., and the fireworks should go off about 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Longview Lake Beach is located two miles south of I-470 on Raytown Road.
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More than 300,000 lights and 175 animated displays illuminate the drive through “Christmas in the Park.” The display is open today through Dec. 31.
So is Zona Rosa’s Northern Lights
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 on Thursday
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 lights up on Friday
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.