1. Plan now for Holly and Mistletoe Tour – The Independence Young Matrons are holding their 58th annual Holly and Mistletoe Tour from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Four eastern Jackson County homes bring the holiday magic alive. The elegance of the Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty St.; the Lee home, 2400 Glenview Ave., Prairie Landing; the Kraft home, 4901 Whitney Dr., The Cliffs, all in Independence; and the Hogan home, 721 N.E. Seabrook Circle, Lakewood, Lee's Summit. The Sweet Shop, featuring homemade goodies and raffle baskets, will be located at Liberty Street Community of Christ, 416 N. Liberty, Independence. For sale also is this year's collectible, Polly's Pop. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Ticket outlets: Alissa's Flowers, Dotted Chair, Scott A. Roberson DDS, The Living Stone, Petals and Potpourri, Cockrell Mercantile Co., Scandinavia Place, Vivilore, and the Wild Bird Center of Independence. Proceeds benefit local charities. For more information, visit independenceyoungmatrons.org.
2. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – The Blue Springs City Theatre will present this hilarious Christmas classic at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and Dec. 8 and 9, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10, at Blue Springs High School Auditorium, 2000 N.W. Ashton Drive. The play is about a couple who is struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant and is faced with casting the Herdman kids, probably the most inventively awful kids in history. Tickets are $10 ($11.34 with service fee), and $8 ($9.27 with service fee) for ages 12 and under and 60 and older. You may purchase tickets at the door, online at bluespringscitytheatre.com/tickets-2 and by calling 228-0137.
3. Holiday Lighting Ceremony – Independence Mayor Eileen Weir invites you to join her on Friday at Hiram Young Park, 215 E. Lexington Ave. At 6 p.m., she will be joined by a special guest to light the new Mayor's Christmas tree and other features in the park. Santa will join the festivities on his mule-drawn sleigh and lead everyone up to the Square for Living Windows at 7 p.m. Local artists, choirs, dance studios and more will be performing in the windows of the downtown stores, which will be open late for holiday shopping. Learn more at theindependencesquare.com.
4. Mayor's Christmas Carnival – Celebrate the season from 9 a.m to noon Saturday, at the Sermon Center, Truman and Noland roads, Independence. Join Mayor Eileen Weir and enjoy a variety of games and activities. This free event, hosted by Independence Parks & Recreation, includes balloon creations, carnival games, face painting and more. Each child will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and will receive a bag of treats (be sure to bring your camera!).
5. 32nd Annual Mayor's Christmas Concert – This concert, a benefit for the Community Services League, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, at the Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut St., Independence. The concert features: Independence School District fourth grade students; William Chrisman High School Concert Choir; Young MAIsterSingers – Children from the Music Arts Institute; and the Spirit of Independence Band. Cindy Midgorden will be the conductor, with Dick Wilson from 94.9 KCMO as master of ceremonies. Admission is free, but a donation offering will be taken during the concert.
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