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Posted on: November 3, 2016

Jackson County Announces Christmas in the Sky & Christmas in the Park

CONTACT: Michele Newman, 816-503-4821
Director, Jackson County Parks + Rec


KANSAS CITY, MO (Nov. 3, 2016) With the holidays fast approaching, the magic of the season comes to light for thousands of people at Jackson County Parks + Rec’s Christmas In The Park and Christmas In The Sky holiday events.

Don’t think “brrrrrr”… think Beach! Longview Lake Beach is the site of Jackson County Parks + Rec and 99.7 The Point’s 20th Annual Christmas in The Sky holiday kick-off event, Wednesday, Nov. 23. This holiday fireworks spectacular has provided the opening night festivities for Jackson County’s Christmas in The Park since 1997.

This year’s event will include performances by Tevin Williams, Maggie Marx, and a holiday stage show featuring over 100 singers and dancers from Monica’s School of Dance. Look for Santa to arrive via mule-drawn sleigh to present “The First Gift of Christmas” before the colorful fireworks, synchronized to holiday music on 99.7 The Point, to light the skies over Longview Lake. Gates will open at 5 p.m. The holiday stage show is scheduled to start at 6 p.m., and the fireworks should light up the skies around 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Longview Lake Beach is located at 11101 Raytown Road, two miles south of I-470.

After the fire in the sky, over 300,000 lights and 175 animated displays will illuminate the drive through Jackson County Parks + Rec’s magical Christmas in The Park.

“Every year we add an exciting new display to the Christmas in The Park experience,” said Parks + Rec Director Michele Newman. “This year, in honor of the 20th Anniversary of Christmas in The Sky, we’re unveiling a holiday fireworks display that is 50’ long, 30’ tall and more than 12,500 lights!”

“Both of these events have become a holiday tradition in Jackson County,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “They give our families a great opportunity to celebrate the holidays together.”

Christmas in The Park has become synonymous with benefiting those less fortunate. While there is no charge for this drive-thru event, donations are accepted with a portion of the proceeds being divided among 39 Kansas City area charities.

Since its opening in 1987, more than two million patrons have made a drive through Jackson County’s Christmas in The Park part of their annual holiday experience. Christmas in The Park is open nightly from November 25 through December 31 at Longview Lake Park, located two miles south of I-470 off of View High Drive. For more information, visit

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