KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With the holidays fast approaching, the magic of the season comes to life for thousands at Jackson County Parks + Rec’s 21st Annual Christmas in the Sky and 30th Annual Christmas in the Park holiday events.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2017
Contact: Marshanna Hester
Jackson County Parks + Rec lights up holiday season with Christmas in the Sky and Christmas in the Park
On Wednesday, Nov. 22, Christmas in the Sky will kick-off at Longview Lake Beach. This holiday fireworks spectacular, courtesy of Parks + Rec and 99.7 The Point, has provided the opening night festivities for Jackson County’s Christmas in the Park since 1997.
The free event includes a holiday stage show featuring more than 100 singers and dancers from Monica’s School of Dance in Lee’s Summit. Look for Santa to arrive on a mule-drawn sleigh to present The First Gift of Christmas ahead of the colorful fireworks, which will be synchronized to holiday music on 99.7 The Point.
What: Christmas in the Sky
When: Wednesday, Nov. 22
Time: 5 p.m. – Gates Open
6 p.m. – Holiday Stage Show
7:30 p.m. – Fireworks
Where: Longview Lake Beach, 11101 Raytown Road
(Two miles south of I-470)
On-site Contact: Marcy Caldwell – (913) 568-8593
Topping off the evening, more than 300,000 lights and 175 animated displays will illuminate your magical drive through Jackson County’s 30th Annual Christmas in the Park.
Since opening in 1987, more than two million people have made the drive through the park a part of their annual holiday experience. An exciting new display is added each year. In celebration of the 30th year, this year’s journey includes three new displays.
“Look for Santa’s Christmas Castle standing 30 feet tall, complete with a draw bridge that opens to reveal Santa waving in the doorway, a spectacular New Year’s Eve ball drop near the exit and at the center of it all, a 21-foot Mega Tree,” said Parks + Rec Director Michele Newman. “The combined displays add an additional 25,000 lights to the experience.”
“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 and at the same time, share in the spirit of giving. That’s what the season is all about.”
While there is no charge for this drive-thru event, voluntary exit donations are accepted, with a portion of the proceeds divided among 40 Kansas City-area charities. The community’s support of Christmas in the Park has allowed Jackson County to give more than $1 million to more than 1,000 local charities since its inception.
What: Christmas in the Park
When: Wednesday, Nov. 22 – Sunday, Dec. 31
Time: Sunday – Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Where: Frank White, Jr. Softball Complex
3901 SW Longview Park Road
(Two miles south of I-470 off of View High Drive)
For more information and directions, visit www.makeyourdayhere.com.