Known locally as the Plaza lights, Kansas City residents enjoy the awesome sight of thousands of Christmas lights decorating the expansive Country Club Plaza's 150 plus shops and restaurants. A tradition since 1930, when a single strand of lights decorated one shop, it has grown to be a huge event that pulls folks from the entire Kansas City metro area, as well as from cities beyond. Over 80 miles of lights are used to decorate the Spanish-style buildings -- a feat that takes weeks to put together.
As with every year, this wondrous spectacle takes place on Thanksgiving, which this year falls on Nov. 24th. There will be a stage set up in front of XXI Forever, which is located at the intersection of Nichols Road and Wyandotte.
The festivities begin with a pre-show performance that starts at 5:15 pm and the main program, culminating in the flipping of the switch, begins at 6 p.m. Performers include several choirs as well as dancers. Arrive early if you want to glimpse the stage, or choose another area of the Plaza to observe. There isn't a bad seat, but take care to dress for the weather and consider leaving the youngest ones at home due to the crowd and the wait.
This year, the switch will be flipped by actor Eric Stonestreet who plays on the ABC series Modern Family. The single switch will spring to life the entire display at the same moment.
Lights come on every night from Thanksgiving until Jan. 12, 2012.
Address: 111 Nichols Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64112
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