Fill up a thermos of cocoa and hit the road this season for all the holiday lights in Overland Park! Whether you are looking to drive around for neighborhood light shows or a full-scale lighting experience, Overland Park has it all. With most Christmas light shows in Overland Park beginning around Thanksgiving you can cruise through all holiday season long! Here are some of the top Christmas light displays in Overland Park!
Thanksgiving -- December 31, 2023
5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Address: 13800 Switzer, Overland Park, KS 66221
A magical light show in one of the city’s favorite locations - Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead! Drive into the Farmstead’s parking lot all season long for this free light show. It is truly stunning with timed lights synced to Christmas classics, recognizable characters, and plenty of space to view it all. Find the perfect spot to park, switch off your headlights, and tune your radio to 90.5 FM for a magical in-car celebration. The show lasts around 45 minutes and you can come and go as you please from 5:00 - 11:00 PM. My kids and I loved snacking on popcorn, hot chocolate, and viewing the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead holiday lights for over an hour! But even if you don’t bring kids, this light show is sure to delight!
Select weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas
5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Admission: Tickets must be purchased in advance; Ages 5 and under are FREE but require a ticket
Address: 8909 W 179th St, Overland Park, KS 66013
Christmas in Overland Park isn’t complete without a trip to the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Bundle up for an outdoor lighted luminary walk with special surprises along the way! I love that the Luminary Walk leads you through candlelit paths in the gardens with live music from carolers and quartets. Trees, buildings, and bridges are all part of the show, with thousands of lights aglow. Grab hot cocoa, free cider from local Boy Scout Troops, popcorn, or other treats while you meander through the Arboretum and enjoy all the colorful light displays!
My kids love the lighted Children’s Garden with holiday mini-trains. You can also pay a special visit to Santa in the Woodland Depot! The magical Gnome and Fairy Villages are sure to delight children of all ages. The Luminary Walk is a great family-friendly Christmas event in Overland Park. Make stops throughout the Luminary Walks for selfie stations with beautiful backdrops!
Free parking is available, and overflow parking is provided with a shuttle to the entrance. Plan to spend between 1-2 hours during your visit! Not looking for a family-friendly event? Try the Adults-Only Candlelight Stroll evenings at the Arboretum.
Pro Tip: The Luminary Walk at the Overland Park Arboretum is stroller and wheelchair-friendly. Pack gloves, hats, and dress in warm layers to stay comfortable during your visit.
Electric Glow at the Arboretum is a limited electric lighting experience for those seeking a lower sensory experience with fewer crowds and none of the “extras.” Capacity will be significantly limited on these nights, making them ideal for wandering through the lighted gardens and studying the intricate gnome and fairy houses. Cafe Celeste will be open in LongHouse, selling hot beverages and snacks, as well as adult beverages.
Thanksgiving - New Year Day
Address: 8045 Santa Fe Dr., Downtown Overland Park
Venture to Thompson Park in Downtown Overland Park, where the Overland Park Parks and Recreation crews have adorned the park with a stunning Christmas tree! Don't overlook the charm of the real, evergreen Mayor’s Christmas Tree this year—an ideal backdrop for a memorable family photo. Once you've marveled at the Mayor’s Christmas Tree, explore the Hallmark-movie-esque Downtown Overland Park. This picturesque stroll offers an opportunity to complete your holiday shopping at a variety of distinctive local shops, restaurants, and businesses.
If you stop by before Christmas, drop a letter to Santa, include a return address and he'll write you back! The North Pole mailbox is located under the clocktower.
Altasciences Holiday Light Display
Late November through Christmas
Address: 10103 Metcalf Avenue Overland Park, KS 66212
Experience the Atlasciences holiday light display, located just off Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park, featuring over 200,000 LED lights synchronized to music. For the optimal viewing experience, park your car across the street in the Emmanuel Baptist Church parking lot. Tune in to 97.1 FM to view the festive glow of the holiday lights from the comfort of your car. And, of course, don't forget to bring along blankets, cookies, and hot cocoa for added warmth and enjoyment!
Holiday Shopping and Lights in Overland Park
Address: 11149 W 95th St, Overland Park, KS 66214
Admission: Santa’s Workshop reservations start at $39.99.
Embark on your holiday shopping spree at Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, where the festive spirit is illuminated by beautiful lights throughout the shopping center. Enhancing the seasonal magic, you and your little ones—or even your four-legged friends—can pay a visit to Santa. Santa’s Workshop, situated by Dillard's on Level 1, offers the perfect setting for capturing cherished moments. Secure your spot by booking your reservation online for a seamless and delightful Santa experience.
Address: 6503 West 135th Street Overland Park, KS 66223
Admission: FREE! Attractions start at $1.
Take a ride on a Ferris wheel, explore the aquarium, go bowling, and marvel at the grand Christmas trees on display at Overland Park’s Scheel’s! While this spot is a year-round source of enjoyment, the infusion of Christmas cheer transforms it into a picturesque shopping and sightseeing adventure. Families find joy in visiting Scheel’s in Overland Park, where a plethora of fun activities, attractions, and quality Kansas City gear await. Make sure to include a stop at Scheel’s in your holiday shopping and light-viewing itinerary!
Address: 5001 W 119th St, Overland Park, KS 66209
Seeking an elevated shopping experience? Explore Hawthorne Plaza in Overland Park for upscale dining, premier shopping, and a showcase of local businesses. In the holiday season, delight in the sight of the illuminated tree and twinkling lights adorning the shops. Capture the festive spirit with a selfie or a family portrait in front of the tree—a perfect addition to your holiday card!
Overland Park Neighborhood Christmas Lights
Christmas on Bradshaw
Late November through December 25
13812 Bradshaw Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66221
Discover a neighborhood that truly knows how to do Christmas lights justice. Make your way to the Forest Glen subdivision off 135th and Pflumm, known as Christmas on Bradshaw. The entire cul-de-sac and street are adorned with holiday lights synchronized to music. Immerse yourself in the spectacle by tuning into 99.9 FM from the comfort of your car. And, of course, enhance the experience with popcorn and hot cocoa—it's the perfect festive touch!
Late November through New Year’s Day
8705 W 131st Place, Overland Park, Kansas 66213
This charming double cul-de-sac, consisting of 23 homes, transforms into an extravagant and dazzling light display. Far from a hidden gem, the homes, affectionately calling themselves "Christmas Place," have been collaboratively crafting a magical drive-thru experience for years. An added perk: it's conveniently located near the Holiday Lights on the Farmstead Lane! Make sure to include both attractions on your list when embarking on a night of holiday light viewing in Overland Park.
Bonus neighborhood light displays in Overland Park, KS!
Hall Family Christmas - 11308 Mackey Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66210
Heritage Hills West Neighborhood - 143rd St and S. Caenen Ln. Overland Park, KS 66221
Which holiday light show in Overland Park will you include in your list this year? A free Christmas light display provides a delightful opportunity to step out of the house and immerse yourself in the festive spirit. Whether you're planning a cozy date night, a family outing in the town, or looking to establish a new holiday tradition in Overland Park, this is the perfect way to create lasting memories and share the joy of the season.
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