Whether we watch it live at the Country Club Plaza, or on TV after a big Thanksgiving meal, my kids, along with their many cousins, love one of KC’s favorite traditions: the annual Thanksgiving Plaza Lighting Ceremony. Whether you are a first-timer or you go every year, the lighting ceremony is a truly special Kansas City moment. The switch is flipped at the main stage at Nichols Road & Pennsylvania (by Brio Tuscan Grille). However, there are no bad spots to watch it happen when you are on the Plaza for this magical event.
Here’s the schedule of events:
- 5–6pm: Pre-show performances and giveaways from the stage
- 6-7pm: KCP&L Plaza Lighting Ceremony, complete with live entertainment, will be broadcast live on Channel 41 Action News
- 6:54pm: Flip of the Switch by Derrick Johnson and Alex Smith, followed by fireworks
- 7–8pm: Post-ceremony concert featuring The Elders
Can’t make it to the festivities? You and the kids can always watch it live on KSHB-TV, stream it online at kshb.com, or follow the festivities at Facebook.com/KCPLPlazaLights or on Twitter @FlipDSwitch. @FlipDSwitch offers a fun and funny look at the lights, so be sure to share the laughs with your kids!
The Plaza Lights will shine from 5pm-3am nightly, Thanksgiving through January 14, 2018. Tip: Our kids love it when we drive into the Plaza (heading North) from Wornall Road. The view is unbeatable!
Image courtesy of The Country Club Plaza