Holiday Road Trip

Holiday Road Trip

County & KCATA Arrange For 'Old Kids' To Visit Christmas In The Park


Frank White, Jr. announced in September plans to arrange at least one more outing this year to bring kids from Kansas City to the parks in eastern Jackson County. "These kids are just going to be a little older," the County Executive said with a smile.

Jackson County's Christmas In The Park is the wildly popular attraction that can make anyone — from 1 to 101 — feel like a kid again. Tuesday evening, thanks to the county's initiative to bring more people from the city to the parks, a group of nearly 50 KC seniors got to experience the 300,000-light spectacle that brings the Longview Lake campgrounds aglow with holiday cheer.

Jackson County once again partnered with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) to make this trip possible. The outing was the county and KCATA's gift to the group from the Kingswood Senior Living Community located in south Kansas City.

“The holidays are a time for Jackson County residents to come together and celebrate the season,” White said. “We are excited to have the opportunity to help our seniors enjoy what our Parks + Rec has to offer.” 

During his State of the County Address in February, White announced his intent to use the county's extensive parks system as a unifying force between urban, suburban and rural Jackson County. This summer Jackson County and the KCATA teamed up to arrange days at the beach for three different youth groups from urban KC neighborhoods. The KCATA provided buses; the county gave the groups free admission to Longview Lake Beach.

White thanked the KCATA for its enthusiastic support and said he would like to continue the program and expand upon it in 2017. “Many, if not most of the children, who participated this summer had never before been to a park in eastern Jackson County," White said.

Featuring more than 300,000 lights, including 175-plus animated displays, strung throughout the Longview Lake campgrounds, Christmas In The Park is one of the region's most popular — and colorful — yuletide attractions.

Christmas In The Park will be brightening the holidays through New Year’s Eve. Visit for all the details.