Hi everyone!  I bet you didn’t expect to hear from me now that summer has come and gone, but I just couldn’t let the holiday season pass us by without a quick reminder to you all about how much there is to do in Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County.

This past weekend, my family and I officially started the season by attending two holiday tree lightings.  Friday night we started early with the Mayor’s Christmas tree down at city hall.  I was amazed at how many activities there were for my kids.  We began the night by watching a holiday  movie with free popcorn then we moved on to walking around meeting costumed characters such as the Gingerbread Man, Frosty the Snowman, and even the Grinch, who was more than happy to pose for a picture with us, despite his name. 

The kids were thrilled to meet and get an autographed picture of a Wizards player, and of course, Santa was there, too.  We stuffed ourselves with $1 slices of pizza, free cotton candy, cookies, and hot chocolate, as we wandered around listening to the holiday carols being performed by talented singers and musicians.  By the time the switch was flipped and the lights came on, we were all in the holiday mood.   We will definitely be going back to this event next year.

Saturday night was just as festive.  The family and I headed out to the Legends Lighting ceremony, where we got to listen to the Kansas City Boy’s choir, see Santa, and shop while we waited for the giant tree and the courtyard to be illuminated.  Once again, holiday spirit was in full force and everyone was delighted when the 45 foot tree and everything surrounding it lit up.    Even if you missed the actual lighting, you can go back during the season to experience the light show that plays every 15 minutes.  While you’re there, don’t forget to check out Breakfast with Santa at T-Rex Café, The Legends Express, or for those of you wanting photos and activities with Santa, My Santa Experience.   

My family and I had a great weekend and we are all now fully in the holiday spirit.  I think it’s time to explore some of the many holiday opportunities in Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Ks.  I’ll see you there!

-Dottie