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Festival of Lights

November 10 – December 30, 2022
Wednesday – Sunday* | 4-10 p.m.

During Evergy Festival of Lights at Powell Gardens, more than 20 miles of lights turn Kansas City’s botanical garden into a winter wonderland. Enjoy a breath of fresh air during a hectic holiday season! Bundle up with family and friends while you stroll a lighted outdoor path, pausing for plenty of Instagram and holiday-card worthy photo moments along the way. Encounter immersive botanic installations that show off the exceptional architecture and landscape elements of the Gardens and accentuating the natural joy of the most festive season.

Tickets coming soon!

This winter festival will light Powell Gardens November 10 – December 30, 2022. This year, featured new media artist, Kevin Heckart, transforms two sites with interactive light displays and a new festival feature, the Light Labyrinth, promises an adventure for all ages!

*Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Additional days (November 21-22 and December 19-21) have been added to accommodate seasonal holidays.

Member Preview
November 9 | 4-8 p.m.
Admission for members only

Active members enjoy a first look at each of our seasonal festivals, including Festival of Lights! This evening opportunity allows you to take advantage of smaller crowds for a more personal experience with nature. Show your membership card or provide your name at our Visitor Center check-in.

New in 2023

Featured Artist: Kevin Heckart

Kevin Heckart makes new media works that play in the feedback-loop of internet culture while sourcing technology to capture the attention of millions. He utilizes coding to construct dreamy interactive light installations.

Heckart received a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 2019 and has been a Kansas City resident for over 10 years. While Heckart has often collaborated with local artists, his work is exhibited widely including most recently at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Tokyo Culture Art and published in WAD Magazine, The New York Times, and MTV.

Look for Verticalis in the Conservatory and Garden Office in the Garden Galleries.


Light Labyrinth

Daily | 4-10 p.m.
Missouri Barn & Silo

Explore the quilt-like pattern of the Villandry garden beds as you tackle navigating a labyrinth of light. Transitioning color blocks represent the changing seasons of fall, winter, spring, and summer. Travel to the top of the Silo to watch others try their hand at navigating the path for themselves. This immersive experience is fun for all ages; please accompany small children.

Merry & Bright Selfie Station 
Daily | 4-10 p.m.
Education Building (in Children’s Garden)

A *must not miss* photo opportunity, squeeze your best buds, family, and partners into the larger-than-life Adirondack chairs and strike a pose. New to 2023, this destination on the path is the perfect spot to capture mementos. Don’t forget to tag @powellgardens and use #festivaloflightskc to share your festive selfies!

Festival Favorites

Food & Beverage at Festival of Lights

More information coming soon!