Festival of Lights
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 winding pathway through six of the seven themed gardens.
The walking portion of the spectacular display begins in the Grand Hall of the Visitor Education Center with a giant tree, poinsettias and other holiday favorites. The path stretches nearly a mile and guests experiencing the serene setting of the Gardens at dark will be surprised and delighted as they encounter dazzling moments hidden throughout the gardens. Beautifully lit flower sculptures and illuminated insects will dot the landscape and visitors will see bedazzled trees in the Perennial Garden, a light tunnel in the David T. Beals Woodland & Stream Garden, glowing lotus flowers and cascading pools of lights in the Island Garden, a light installation spanning the Meadow & Pavilion, and fanciful up-lit displays through the newly completed Magnolia Walk.
The Powell Gardens Festival of Lights is Illuminated by:
|Seniors | 60 & Better||$10|
|Youth | 5 to 12||$5|
|Children | 4 & Under||FREE|
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.
Join us for these additional holiday events, available during the Festival of Lights
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! Get a family photo made for the holiday season, ask Santa for that pony you’ve always wanted, and enjoy seasonal treats to kick off Powell Gardens first-ever holiday lighting display.
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.
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 hot appetizer buffet, 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.