Festival of Lights: Illuminated by KCP&L

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Festival of Lights: Illuminated by KCP&L
Friday, December 1, 2017 through Sunday, January 7, 2018
Thursdays through Sundays | 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Powell Gardens Festival of Lights offers a unique holiday experience that is unseen before in the Kansas City area. A lighting exhibition, artfully curated by the Powell Gardens Horticulture staff, the Festival of Lights includes botanically-themed lighting displays that begin at the garden entrance and stretch along a mile-long walking path through six of the seven themed gardens.

Video Courtesy: Open Sky Video & Mapping

Additional Amenities


Tickets may be purchased in advance or on-site. Advance tickets are recommended to expedite entry into the festival.

Please Note: The Gardens are closed for general admission Monday-Wednesday, through January 7, 2018. The Gardens will also be closed the following holidays: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Years Day

The Powell Gardens Festival of Lights is Illuminated by:

Additional Support is Provided By:

R.C. Kemper, Jr. Charitable Trust

Festival Admission

Seniors | 60 & Better$10
Youth | 5 to 12$5
Children | 4 & UnderFREE



A portion of your parking fee will be donated to Ronald McDonald House whose  mission is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.

Wonderland Workshop
Drop-in Gift Making for Families
Saturday, December 2 | 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Bring your little elves to Powell Gardens for a fun-filled afternoon of ornament making, Christmas card designing, bird feeder constructing, and storytelling in front of a fire! Enjoy Get a family photo made for the holiday season, and enjoy seasonal treats before walking the first-ever Festival of Lights path. Festival admission applies. Tickets can pre-purchased online or bought on-site at the gate. Additional $2 charge for ornament activity to cover materials.

Festival of Lights Tickets



Natural Holiday Décor Workshop
Saturday, December 9 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Aspiring hosts with the “most” and masters of the craft are invited to prep for the holidays during our natural decor workshop. Participants will create something for your door, something for the table, and a gift to give or keep. Our expert staff will guide you through the process of selecting, preparing, and using plant materials to create unique door charms, garlands, and more. Use live plant materials to create a romantic kissing ball that will thrive in the seasons to come. Between projects, enjoy a box lunch and a festive adult beverage.


Making Spirits Bright: Boozy Botanicals, Live Jazz, & Holiday Lights
Saturday, December 16 | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join Tom’s Town Distillery of Kansas City at Powell Gardens to learn about the botanical aspects of hand-crafted gin (and other liquors) while enjoying signature cocktails (some infused with Powell Gardens herbs or produce). Socialize, enjoy a hearty appetizer buffet (view the MENU), and live “speakeasy” 1920s jazz. Don your “Zelda” wardrobe and get festive. Be sure to include outerwear to walk the pathway to experience the holiday lights up close. A bus for those desiring a ride will depart from Kansas City’s Kauffman Memorial Garden (4800 Rockhill Road) at 5:00 p.m. and will return at 10:00 p.m. Must be 21 to purchase a ticket for this event.