1. Travel
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

The Plaza Lights


The Plaza Lights

Plaza Lights 2006

Country Club Plaza/ Highwood Properties

Plaza Lights:

The Plaza Lights are one of Kansas City's most favorite traditions and is the official kick off of the holiday season. The famous ceremony, which began as 16 lights hung over a doorway, now includes over 80 miles of lights with 280,000 multi-colored bulbs outlining and illuminating the buildings and towers of the Country Club Plaza.

Light It Up:

The first official Plaza Lighting ceremony began in 1930, and now draws thousands to the Country Club Plaza on Thanksgiving night. The streets are full of folks who come to celebrate at Kansas City's favorite shopping and dining destination. The lights turn on every evening at 5pm and continue until January 15th, 2013.

Plaza Lighting Ceremony:

The Ceremony all takes place on a huge stage situated at 2012's new location at Nichols Road and Pennsylvania (in front of Brio and Burberry). Performers, musicians and the Plaza Lighting Ceremony orchastra perform throughout the night.

2012 Plaza Lights:

Ceremony Time: Show starts at 6pm, lights on at 6:50pm.
Honorees: Sporting Kansas City players Matt Besler, Kei Kamara and Jimmy Nielsen will Flip the Switch at 6:50pm from the NEW ceremony stage at Nichols Road & Pennsylvania.
Fireworks: Following the lights above the Intercontinental Hotel and Cheesecake Factory.
7:00pm: Post-Ceremony concert featuring The Elders begins

Watch It on TV:

If you can't make it down to the ceremony, you can still watch it on TV!

KSHB Channel 41 will host the ceremony live.

Readers Respond: What is your Plaza Lighting tradition?

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.