Festival of Lights
Friday, November 23, 2018, through Sunday, January 6, 2019
Thursdays through Sundays | 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Powell Gardens Festival of Lights offers a unique holiday experience 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. Enjoy free children’s activities each day from 4-8 p.m. including an ornament station to take the magic home with you!
The Powell Gardens Festival of Lights is Illuminated by:
Additional Support is Provided By:
Chapel Concert Series
Bráulio Bosi is the guitar professor at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He graduated in Music Education from the Federal University of Espírito Santo (Brazil) and possesses a master’s degree from Oklahoma City University and a doctoral degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, both in classical guitar performance. Dr. Bosi has won multiple instrumental awards and currently researches in the field of performing arts medicine. He has co-authored a book on musician’s health and his papers have been published by respected journals worldwide.
The Kansas City Flute Choir is a non-profit community organization that is passionate about providing an enriching musical experience for flutists of all ages through programs that engage and educate audiences. Under the direction of Gina Hart-Kemper, this concert will feature a variety of flutes showcasing holiday repertoire, including excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.
Take a break from the mayhem of the holiday season and join The Wires for a meditative, introspective exploration through the darkest time of the year, The Winter Solstice, to the hopeful renewal of the New Year.
The Wires are an alternative exploration in string sound. Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, The Wires compose and perform original music for violin and cello. Inspired by a myriad of genres and eclectic sounds, The Wires are not your typical strings group. The project encompasses a blend of wide-ranging styles, from tango to gypsy, jazz to rock and infused with the precision of classical form. Created, composed and performed by Laurel Morgan (violin) and Sascha Groschang (cello). The Wires released their debut album in 2013, and are creators and executive directors of Wired In – Creative Strings Workshop – a summer program for string players interested in learning new styles and techniques.
This drop-in, festive afternoon offers plenty of hands-on activities for children of all ages. Create free tree cookie and bird feeder ornaments that make excellent gifts for family and friends. Paint your own pot and begin growing a Christmas cactus that is sure to be beautiful for years to come and get a photo taken with Santa (available from 5-9 p.m.), each for a small fee. Listen to Auntie Claus share stories by the fire at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 PM, enjoy live holiday music by Mr. Stinky Feet at 2:00 and 3:00 PM, and take a little time to share your family’s holiday traditions with others through art. Cookies are available for purchase for the kids and Boozy Botanical drinks are available for purchase for moms and dads. Stay until dusk and walk the magical trail of the Festival of Lights.
Holiday Decor Workshop
Saturday, December 1 | 9 a.m.-noon | $45
Decorate your home for the holidays with natural adornments created during this festive workshop. Gather ideas to spruce up your pots and add winter interest to your seasonal displays using fresh greenery, other natural materials, ribbons, and more. Each participant will create a fiber pot bough container that can be displayed indoors or out (and could easily slip inside a beautiful ceramic pot of your own at home). This project also makes a fresh and lovely seasonal gift for a friend, family member, or hostess.
Gingerbread House and Landscaping Workshop
Sunday, December 16, 1-4 p.m.
$60 per group (includes festival admission, gingerbread house kit and all edible decorations)
Spend an afternoon designing your gingerbread dream house and landscape with chef Melissa Fahlstrom of Sugar Whipped Bakery. Receive instruction on assembling a pre-baked gingerbread house (dimensions estimated 10 x 10 x 10 inches) and some fabulous tricks of the trade, including how to make windows look like stained glass and cookies look like snowy shingles. Finish off your masterpiece with a variety of frostings and ready-made candies. Participants will receive recipes for gingerbread dough and frosting, and how-to demos to take home. Best for children ages six and older.
- Hospitality Stations | Available at the beginning of the display pathway and midway through, these stations will offer hot chocolate, wine and beer
- Perennial Gifts: Garden Gift Shop | Wine, beer, soft drinks and water plus light snacks available for purchase
- Cafe Thyme | 4-9 p.m. open daily during the festival | Soup buffet with kid-friendly options
Bratwurst, Beverage & Chips-$8.00
Hot Dog, Beverage & Chips-$5.25
Italian Sausage, Beverage & Chips-$8.00
Soup, Beverage & Bread-$8.00
(two soups offered each evening, one of which will be vegan and gluten free)
Children’s Menu (12 and under)
Hot Dog, Beverage and chips $5.25
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich & Beverage-$4.00
Small Soup, crackers & beverage-$4.25
Nachos with drink-$4.00
Beverages-Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite,Hot tea (assorted flavors), Unsweetened Iced Tea, Coffee, Bottled Water $1.75
Hot Chocolate $1.50
Christmas Sugar Cookies $1.00 each
Other desserts (selection will vary from day to day) priced as marked
This amazing , model train garden, installed by Powell Gardens community partner MO-KAN Garden Railroaders, will transport you to a miniature world filled with bustling trains, small villages, bridges and tunnels with landscaping provided by Powell Gardens. Located in the Conservatory
For more information about the MO-KAN Garden Railroaders visit: www.mokangardenrailroaders.org
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 6, 2019. The Gardens will also be closed the following holidays: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Years Day
|Seniors | 60 & Better||$10|
|Youth | 5 to 12||$5|
|Children | 4 & Under||FREE|