Kansas November 17, 2016
14 Christmas Light Displays In Kansas That Are Pure Magic
With only a little more than a month to go until Christmas, ’tis the season to deck the halls, be jolly, don gay apparel, and troll the ancient Yuletide carol! In addition to these holiday time traditions, it is also time to grab a cup of cocoa and head out on the road to check out these 14 Kansas Christmas light displays that are nothing short of magic:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Holiday Lights On Farmstead Lane (13800 Switzer Rd. Overland Park)
Located at the entrance of the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead is this 4th annual display, which features a 38-minute show that is synchronized to classic Christmas tunes.
2. Polar Express (911 Washington St. Ellis)
Those who have taken a ride on Ellis's memorable Polar Express know that the Christmas season doesn't truly begin until after you have visited this longtime area tradition.
3. Christmas Lights at the Central Kansas Flywheels Yesteryear Museum (1100 W Diamond Dr. Salina)
A wide array of dazzling lights viewable from the comfort of your own warm car? Now this is my kind of a light show!
4. Christmas City of the High Plains (WaKeeney)
You know we couldn't have a list of the best Christmas displays without mentioning the Christmas City of the High Plains, which has been lighting up the nighttime sky with 4 blocks of worth of beautiful lights since 1950.
5. Paulie's Penguin Playground (Olathe)
Located at 16617 Indian Creek Parkway, Paulie's isn't a city or business sponsored display; it's the family home of Paul Craig, whose mission is to To "Make People Smile (and raise some money for LLS -- Leuekemia Lymphoma Society -- in the process)."
6. TARC's Winter Wonderland (3435 SE East Edge Rd. Topeka)
Benefitting TARC (who works to provide "excellent service, support and advocacy to children, families and adults with developmental, intellectual and related disabilities"), this Winter Wonderland is the group's biggest annual fundraiser and features more than 2.5 miles of unforgettable displays.
7. Illuminations at Botanica (701 N Amidon Ave. Wichita)
Not only will you find 17 acres of fragrant blooms at these iconic gardens, you will also find an impressive assortment of LED luminaries (5,000 to be exact), 120 decorated trees, and more.
8. Boot Hill Museum & Main Street Dodge City (Dodge City)
History and Christmas cheer go hand-in-hand at these two city locations, which features both tasteful light displays and an elaborate Parade of Lights.
9. Season of Lights (City Park, Wamego)
In addition to the thousands and thousands of twinkling lights, Season of Lights offers the opportunity to "Visit Santa at the old-school house in Prairie Village and get a free picture of your child with Santa by Reflections Photography, plus carriage rides, hot chocolate and cookies served at the Historical Museum and shopping downtown."
10. Candy Cane Lane (Prairie Village)
Much like Paulie's Playground, Candy Cane Lane isn't sponsored by a city or business, but by all the home owners in the 7900 block of Outlook Lane! Make it a point to see their Christmas spirit for yourself.
11. Manhattan Festival of Lights at Blue Earth Plaza (1641 Anderson Ave. Manhattan)
If you think this picture looks amazing, wait until you see this gorgeousness for yourself beginning November 25th at the Festival of Lights' official kickoff!
12. A Legendary Light Show (Kansas City)
Whoever said that all of the best light displays are in KC MO has OBVIOUSLY never shopped amidst the colorful lights at the Legends Outlets Kansas City.
13. Downtown Pittsburg
For a small town-esque Main Street light display, you have to visit Pittsburg, which not only brings the lights, but some fabulous annual traditions as well.
14. The Arc’s Lights (Wichita)
Located at Douglas and St. Paul, the Arc's festive display not only lights up the night sky, but the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who rely on The Arc of Sedgwick County.
For even more holiday cheer, visit
The Top 12 Christmas Towns In Kansas!