Celebrate the Holiday Season with Festivals, Tours and Treats

November 9, 2018

Magical main streets, bustling boutiques, visits with Santa and fresh-baked treats – the sights, sounds and flavors of the holiday season will soon take center stage at dozens of events across Missouri.

Twinkling lights

A flip of a switch on Thanksgiving evening will illuminate thousands of jewel-toned lights lining every dome, tower and window in Kansas City's Country Club Plaza. The Plaza Lights have been a holiday tradition for nearly nine decades in the historic 15-block shopping district. The lighting ceremony, set for Nov. 22 this year, will feature special window displays, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday carolers and fireworks.

More than 6.5 million lights and 1,000 decorated trees will set Silver Dollar City aglow during An Old Time Christmas celebration Nov. 3 through Dec. 30. The Frisco Sing-Along Steam Train, Ruldoph's Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade and Broadway-style stage productions of A Dicken's Christmas Carol and It's a Wonderful Life are just a few of the highlights at the Branson-area theme park.

Historic sites

A Christmas Country Church Tour Dec. 13-14 will feature more than 30 churches – some over a century old – scattered throughout the countryside in Perry, Cape Girardeau and Bollinger counties, south of St. Louis. From simple one-room wooden structures to brick-and-mortar masterpieces, the churches are draped in holiday decorations that reflect each community's traditions and culture.

Christmas traditions of the past come to life during the annual Christmas Candlelight Walk Dec. 7 at the Historic Daniel Boone Home in Defiance. See how the holidays were celebrated on the frontier in the early 1880s during a tour of the historic park, illuminated by thousands of candles.

Shopping spots

Hermann's German heritage shines during the holiday season with two traditional Christmas markets. Kristkindl Markt, Dec. 1-2 at Stone Hill Winery, and Christkindl Markt, Dec. 8-9 at Hermannhof Winery, will be filled with an array of German-inspired crafts, seasonal treats, entertainment and more.

The Albrecht-Kemper Museum in St. Joseph will be transformed into a holiday gift gallery during the Sugarplum Festival Nov. 8-10. Local and regional vendors will offer a variety of gift items and decorating ideas.

Songs of the season

The voices of 1,000 children will fill the air with holiday tunes during the annual Christmas on the River celebration Nov. 10 in Parkville. A fireworks display over the Missouri River will top off an evening of musical performances, hay rides, arts and crafts displays, and seasonal treats.

A half century of holiday music will be featured during free performances at historic churches and downtown venues during the annual Holiday Christmas Festival Dec. 7-9 in Ste. Genevieve. Highlighting the area's French heritage, the festival will also include caroling, an art show and sale, and open house events at several of the town's historic sites.

Check out the list below for more holiday events in the Show-Me State:

November

Date

City

Event

11/2-12/23

Branson

The Polar Express – Branson Scenic Railway

11/2-3

Fulton

Brick District Holiday Sneak Peek

11/3

Columbia

Holiday Shop Hop and Magic Tree Lighting

11/3-12/30

Branson

Silver Dollar City's An Old Time Christmas

11/8

Jefferson City

2nd Annual Holiday Mart at the Millbottom

11/9-10

St. Joseph

2018 Sugarplum Festival

11/9-10

Sikeston

Downtown Sikeston Holiday Open House

11/9-10

Versailles

Holiday Open House

11/9-10

Warrensburg

Sweet Treat Trail

11/10

Ste. Genevieve

Cookie Crumb Trail

11/10

Warsaw

Warsaw Holiday Market

11/10-11

Lee's Summit

Holly Festival

11/14-17

Osage Beach

The Annual Gala of Trees

11/16

Kansas City

Mistletowne Market

11/16-17

Independence

Best Little Arts and Crafts Show in Independence

11/16-17

Linn Creek

Holiday Market Place

11/16-18

Columbia

Columbia Holiday Festival

11/16-12/30

*select days

St. Louis

The Polar Express Train Ride at Union Station

11/17

Cole Camp

Cole Camp Christbaumfest

11/17

Excelsior Springs

Christmas in Excelsior Springs Kickoff

11/17

Fort Leonard Wood

Annual Holiday Craft & Antique Fair

11/17

Novinger

Christmas in Novinger

11/17

Washington

4th Annual Craft & Gift Expo

11/17-18

Cape Girardeau

48th Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Extravaganza

11/17-18

Hermann

Holiday Fare Wine Trail

11/17-18 & 23-25

Manchester

Fair Trade Market

11/17-1/1

St. Louis

Winterfest at the Arch

11/22-12/31

Kansas City

Downtown Dazzle

11/23-24

Jamesport

Step Back in Time Christmas Festival and Craft Show

11/23-24

Kansas City

A Very Merry Market: Gifts, Giving, & Good Cheer

11/23-25

Cape Girardeau

Christmas Traditions at the Glenn House

11/23-12/24   *select days

St. Charles

Christmas Traditions

11/23-12/31   *select nights

Kansas City

Worlds of Fun Winter Fest

11/23-1/1

*select days

Eureka

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags

11/12-1/6

*select days

Powell Gardens, /Kingsville

Festival of Lights

11/17-1/1

Missouri Botanical Gardens

Garden Glow

11/24

Statewide

Small Business Saturday

11/24-12/22 *Saturdays only

Hannibal

Victorian Festival of Christmas

11/25

Washington

Olde Fashioned Christmas

11/30

Jefferson City

Downtown Living Windows

11/30

Parkville

25th Annual Christmas on the River

11/30-12/1

Jefferson City

Candlelight Tours at the Missouri Governor's Mansion

11/30-12/1

Plattsburg

Plattsburg Community Christmas

11/30-12/2

Kansas City

2018 Holiday Chick Event at Zona Rosa

December

Date

City

Event

12/1

Camdenton

Christmas on the Square

12/1

Kearney

Magical Night: A Downtown Kearney Christmas

12/1

Lawson

Christmas on the Farm at Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site

12/1

Liberty

Hometown Holidays

12/1

Warrensburg

Dickens Christmas

12/1-2

Hermann

25th Annual Kristkindl Markt at Stone Hill

12/1-2 & 8-9

Hermann

Weihnachtsfest-German Christmas- at Deutschheim State Historic Site

12/1-2

Kansas City

8th Annual Holiday Swing

12/1-2

St. Louis

4th Annual International Institute Holiday Bazaar

12/1-2

West Plains

36th Annual Holiday Season Arts & Crafts Show

12/1-12/30

*Saturdays  and Sundays

Cape Girardeau

Christmas Traditions at the Glenn House

12/1 & 12/14

Smithville

Candyland Christmas

12/6

Waynesville

Christmas on the Square

12/7

Cole Camp

Cole Camp Christkindlmarket

12/7

Columbia

Living Windows Festival

12/7-8

Cape Girardeau

Christmas Open House

12/7-8

Warsaw

Warsaw Kaysinger Christmas

12/7-9

Ste. Genevieve

Holiday Christmas Festival

12/7 & 14

Augusta

Annual Candlelight Christmas Walk

12/8

Hannibal

Historic Hannibal Living Windows

12/8

Lee's Summit

Missouri Town 1855: A Christmas Celebration

12/13-14

Perry, Cape Girardeau,  and Bollinger Counties

Christmas Country Church Tour

12/14-15

Warsaw

Warsaw Christmas on the Harbor

12/15

Linn Creek

Old Tyme Christmas at Linn Creek

12/15

St. Joseph

Viennese Holiday



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