Families looking to celebrate the holidays with a day trip or overnight stay have a number of options in the Show-Me State. These are among the towns that go all out for the Christmas season.
St. Charles. An event on historic Main Street known as Christmas Traditions is now in its 49th season. Festivities include photos with Santa Claus, Victorian carolers, holiday characters and a bustling Christmas market. Activities such as the roasting of chestnuts and the signing of Victorian carolers will be there, as well as Santa figures from various cultural backgrounds.
Branson. Known for its live entertainment, Branson knows how to celebrate the holidays. The famous Silver Dollar City theme park hosts an Old-Time Christmas event with millions of lights, festive shows and holiday activities.
Kansas City. The Country Club Plaza is famous for its beautiful Spanish-style architecture, and during the Christmas season, it is adorned with thousands of sparkling lights. Additionally, local theaters feature Christmas-themed performances.
Hermann. This charming town along the Missouri River is known for its German heritage and festive atmosphere during the holidays. Hermann often hold special Christmas events, and the wineries in the area may have holiday-themed offerings. Hermann is featured in a movie released this year about Christmastime, called ‘Christmas Vintage.’ The Christmas movie was shot during the Christmas season in Hermann last year and is now available for streaming on major platforms.
Ste. Genevieve. This historic town offers a quaint and festive atmosphere during the holiday season. The historic architecture and small-town charm make it a lovely destination for a Christmas getaway.
Springfield. Springfield is host to the Festival of Lights Parade featuring illuminated floats, marching bands and festive characters. The downtown area also holds several holiday events, decorations and activities.
Warrensburg. Warrensburg is known for holding a Lighted Christmas Parade, featuring brightly decorated floats and festive lights. This event adds a touch of holiday magic to the community and can be reached in a short Amtrak ride from Kansas City.
–Anita Widaman | Metro Voice