Christmas In The Park
Treat your whole family to the eye-dazzling delight that is "Christmas In The Park." Jackson County Parks and Recreation has made these animated displays at the Longview Lake Campgrounds a holiday tradition since 1988, striving to make each year better -- and brighter -- than the year before.
Admission to "Christmas In The Park" is free, but donations are accepted for local charities.
"Christmas In The Park" has been a yuletide hit since it debuted in 1988. In September of that year, Jackson County Park and Recreation employees were issued a challenge: design and construct a holiday wonderland for the community's enjoyment and to benefit local charities. Less than three months later, "Christmas In The Park" at the Longview Lake Campgrounds exceeded all expectations, with the line of cars on opening night stretching as far as the eye could see.
Now "Christmas In The Park" is a festive fixture in Jackson County, among the three most popular holiday experiences in the entire Greater Kansas City region (according to the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association) -- along with the Plaza Lights and The Mayor's Christmas Tree, both of which just happen to also be in Jackson County. Each year approximately 200,000 people enjoy "Christmas In The Park."
That's nearly one person for every light in the park. The first edition of "Christmas In The Park" included approximately 30 displays and 100,000 lights. Today, "Christmas In The Park" showcases 175 displays and 300,000 lights.This year, back by popular demand, the TEDDY BEAR RETURNS! And he’s better than ever before, standing 20 feet tall and animated by approximately 2,000 points of
While certainly a treat for kids of all ages, "Christmas In The Park" truly illuminates the season of giving. Although there is no charge for this drive-thru event, donations are accepted. This year, a portion of the proceeds will be divided among 40 local charities. Since the first "Christmas In The Park" in 1988, the amount donated to charities has surpassed $500,000.
light. Maybe you can catch the bubbles he’s blowing into the crisp night sky!
"Christmas In The Park" has become a year-round labor of love.
Planning begins in February. All the displays are designed and built by the Jackson County Parks Longview Maintenance and Operation staff. Regardless of rain or snow, the staff keeps the lights glowing every night from Thanksgiving eve through New Year's Eve.
Longview Lake Park
5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday,
5:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
No Charge. Donations for
local charities accepted.
Take I-470 to the View High Drive Exit. Exit south onto View High Drive and follow to 3rd Street.
Directional signs are posted off of View High Drive for "Christmas In The Park."
The Longview Campground address is 10711 West Scherer, Kansas City, MO 64134.