When December descends and store windows fill with glittering displays, local restaurants offer a warm welcome to weary holiday shoppers and a few snowflakes sparkle in the sky, Kansas City becomes a town full of romance and enchantment. Fortunate to have a long list of traditions that make the holiday season magical Kansas City’s offerings make trips to town feel special.

When December descends and store windows fill with glittering displays, local restaurants offer a warm welcome to weary holiday shoppers and a few snowflakes sparkle in the sky, Kansas City becomes a town full of romance and enchantment. Fortunate to have a long list of traditions that make the holiday season magical Kansas City’s offerings make trips to town feel special.

The Kappa Kappa Gamma homes tour, regarded as one of the finest of all annual holiday tours, is a staple on many social calendars and this year holds particular appeal for Eastern Jackson Countians as Community Services League reaps the benefits of this year’s event. The holiday homes tour will take place Tuesday from 4 - 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Featured this year are elegant estates along Ward Parkway and Mission Hills. 

Tickets are available for $20 at Hen House markets.

A preview luncheon and tour will be held Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Mission Hills Country Club featuring Eddie Ross, former editor for Martha Stewart magazine and renowned designer.  Ross will offer advice and techniques on holiday table décor and recipes before guests embark on an exclusive private tour of the chosen homes. Tickets for the luncheon are priced at $85 and may be purchased by visiting www.kckappas.com or calling 913-383-7711.

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Imbuing one of Kansas City’s most charming blocks with an extra measure of magic, the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired hosts its annual Holidays in Crestwood on Dec. 3, 4 and 5. The delightful holiday celebration on 55th Street between Brookside Boulevard and Oak Street kicks off Thursday evening with Gingerbread Lane, a friendly competition between area chefs who craft astounding gingerbread houses to be auctioned.

 The shops in the Crestwood district display the edible architecture, Dickens carolers provide the ambiance and appearances by the jolly elf himself and his trusty reindeer complete the festive scene. Shops and eateries are open for the celebration from 5:30 -8:30 p.m. and return a portion of sales to CCVI.

The three-day event continues Friday with a holiday luncheon at Aixois, Crestwood’s superb French bistro. Seatings for this exclusive event are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., providing the perfect prelude to an afternoon of browsing for unique items in the surrounding boutiques.

Reservations are required for the fundraising luncheon and tickets are priced at $50 per guest.

Saturday’s popular Breakfast with Santa quickly reached capacity, but families are still welcomed to stop by to enjoy the holiday mood.

For additional information about CCVI or to attend the Friday luncheon visit www.ccvi.org or call 816-841-2284.