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8 Holiday Light Displays Worth the Drive in the Great Plains


Looking for a festive stop on your holiday road trip? Check out these top spots in the Great Plains.

Holiday Reflections. Photo courtesy of Union Station Kansas CityHoliday Reflections. Photo courtesy of Union Station Kansas City


Enchant Christmas

November 24 to December 31

A light maze with larger-than-life props is the focus of a new pop-up village at Legends Field in Kansas City. The ballpark also has Santa visits, ice skating, a play area, and food and craft vendors.


Botanica Illuminations

November 24 to December 30

More than 2 million lights, 8,000 luminaries, 300 lighted trees and a 62-foot-tall tree programmed with holiday graphics and set to music transform the gardens of Botanica Wichita into a walk-through wonderland. Experience live music, Candy Cane Lane, Santa’s Village and food trucks serving tasty treats.

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Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas

November 4 to December 30

The 1880s-style theme park in Branson is known nationwide for its holiday festival. Among the reasons: more than 6.5 million lights, an eight-story tree with LED animation, a nightly light parade, live productions, rides, craft demonstrations and seasonal treats.


Holiday Reflections

November 20 to January 1, 2024

Kansas City’s Union Station hosts one of the region’s largest indoor light experiences with a 27,000-square-foot walk-through village in its Grand Plaza. Take photos in front of floor-to-ceiling light installations, massive mirrored ornaments, a 40-foot-tall tree and more.



Downtown in December

November through January 2024

Each downtown Oklahoma City district offers a different festive light experience, from 600,000 LED lights draped in Automobile Alley to the light/music show in Scissortail Park. Despite the event’s name, it offers three months of events that range from Nordic adventures to pop-up shops.

Chickasha Festival of Light

November 18 to December 31

It’s free to walk or drive through Chickasha’s Shannon Springs Park to see the 172-foot-tall tree and animated displays twinkling with 3.5 million lights. Also available (for purchase) are horse-drawn carriage rides, ice skating and more. Don’t miss the 50-foot-tall leg lamp replica from A Christmas Story on display downtown year-round.

Falls Park. Photo courtesy of Travel South DakotaFalls Park. Photo courtesy of Travel South Dakota


Winter Wonderland

November 17 to January 7, 2024

Sioux Falls’ 123-acre Falls Park surrounding the falls of the Big Sioux River turns into a free holiday experience with the addition of 275 light poles, 270 decorated trees, 40 wreaths and more than 25 miles of string lights. The view atop the five-story observation tower is a showstopper.

Christmas at the Capitol

November 22 to December 26

Explore an indoor forest of more than 100 ornately decorated trees in the 1910 capitol building in Pierre. Live music is presented most days.