Holiday caroling, tree lightings and more come to KC area

The Overland Park Mayors Christmas tree was decorated in preparation for the lighting ceremony several years ago in Overland Park, Kansas.
The Overland Park Mayors Christmas tree was decorated in preparation for the lighting ceremony several years ago in Overland Park, Kansas. File photo

Nov. 13

Holiday Caroling: Sing with your favorite characters from “A Christmas Carol,” along with treats and kids activity, 5 to 7 p.m., Oak Park Mall, 11149 W. 95th St., Overland Park.

Teen Creative Writing Workshop: Join in for this series to hone writing skills, 6 to 7 p.m., Monticello Library 22435 W. 66th St., Shawnee.

Nov. 14

Miriam’s Well: Will read and share the journey of writings of “Miriam’s Well,” modern day retelling of the Exodus, of a changing America, 7 p.m., Friends Hall, 13890 W. 127th St., Olathe.

Nov. 14-17

Holiday Boutique: More than 320 vendors to choose from offering gifts and crafts. 10 a.m to 9 p.m., Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park.

Fifth Annual Writers Conference: Whatever the stage of your writing life, this conference has programs to inspire. Two days of panels, workshops and seminars covering subjects as diverse as writing fight scenes, critique partner speed dating and word sprints to get you through NaNoWriMo, 6 to 8 p.m., Central Resource Library 9875 W 87th St., Overland Park.

Nov. 15

Mayors Holiday Tree Lighting: Bring the family to enjoy the kick-off of the holiday season. 4 to 8 p.m., Downtown Overland Park, W. 79th St. Overland Park.

Nov. 16

15th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony: Featuring live entertainment, kids’ activities, prize giveaways, Santa photos and more, 5 to 8 p.m., Legends Outlets Kansas City, 1843 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas.

Nov. 19

Science Cafe: Early Alzheimer’s Detection: Learn more about early detection from presenter Michelle Niedens, LSCSW, director of MyAlliance for Cognitive Health, preventative measures and treatment as well, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Leawood Pioneer Library, 4700 Town Center Drive, Leawood.

Nov. 23

Fourth American Indian Art & Culture Extravaganza: Art and crafts to purchase. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.

Nov. 24

Milk & Cookies: Bring the kids to visit with Santa. Event also includes an appearance from Ian Kennedy and Sluggerrr. Donations for Safehome, 1 to 3 p.m., The Village Mission Farms, 4080 Indian Creek Parkway, Overland Park.

Nov. 27

Free Day: Visit the Johnson County Museum for free. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Johnson County Museum, 8788 Metcalf, Overland Park.

Nov. 29

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: Quinton Lucas and a special guest will flip the switch to light the tree. Fun for the family. 5:30 p.m., Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City.

Nov. 30

Breakfast with Santa: Enjoy the decorations of the Heritage Center, make a craft, enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast, also get a picture with Santa. Registration required, 8:30 a.m., Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm, 1200 E Kansas City Road, Olathe, $8

Miracle on 55th Street: The whole family is invited to attend, activities include face painting, balloon art, cookies and a picture with Santa, 6-8 p.m., Turner Recreation Commission, 831 S. 55th St. Kansas City, Kansas.

Lisa Lopez,