Sweet Holiday Memories…Kansas City Style

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Holiday memories are even sweeter with a visit to one of these local sites where they put a special twist on Christmas classics.

A Christmas Village Made Entirely of Gingerbread

Advertisement Crown Center (2500 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO, CrownCenter.com) has been hosting holiday memories for generations of Kansas Citians with the magic of the 100-foot-tall mayor’s Christmas tree, ice skating, photographs with Santa and holiday magic. Still, our favorite holiday attraction at Crown Center is the gingerbread village on display through December. This whimsical holiday village, made entirely of real gingerbread and sweets, is a true feast for the eyes. If you’d like to make your own village, we have the shopping list for you:

  • 170 lbs. sugar
  • 165 lbs. flour
  • 1,620 eggs
  • 8 gal. egg whites
  • 20 lbs. ginger
  • 20 gal. molasses
  • 20 lbs. baking soda
  • 14 lbs. salt
  • 180 lbs. assorted candies

Coca-Cola’s Santa, Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen and Sweet Treats WinterFest at Worlds of Fun

This year marks the inaugural WinterFest at Worlds of Fun, and the festivities offer many treats to satisfy your holiday sweet tooth! Their restaurants will offer an array of unique holiday goodies and Christmas classics. Only at WinterFest can guests enjoy holiday nachos: sweet potato fries with swiss cheese sauce, chicken, cranberries and topped with a crispy fried brussels sprout. Other delicious foods include mint cannolis, apple pie, candy cane ice cream, pumpkin ice cream, funnel cakes with holiday toppings and, of course, hot chocolate.

Coca-Cola’s holiday commercials and trademarks are beloved, and you’ll see a 30-foot-tall inflatable Coca-Cola Santa holding an ice cold bottle, and the Coca-Cola polar bear. Don’t forget to stop by Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, where you can decorate your own box of cookies baked with her top-secret recipe—with Mrs. Claus herself.

In addition to sweet treats, enjoy holiday shows with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang, a live holiday show called Tinker’s Toy Factory and more. Visit Artisan Alley, enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas as the theme park is decorated with holiday lights, ride the Holly Jolly Trolley, ice skate and visit a stable of animals reminding us of the first Christmas.

Candy Cane Hunts

Local parks and recreation departments host annual candy cane hunts. Children bring flashlights to find all the candy canes Santa has hidden in local parks.

  • The Great Candy Cane Hunt Olathe: Dec. 2, 5:30, Stagecoach Park (1205 E. Kansas City Rd., Olathe, KS). $5-10/ea. up to age 12. Special candy canes are redeemed for prizes. The event includes additional crafts, activities and hot chocolate. Register at OlatheKS.org
  • Candy Cane Hunt Lawrence: Dec. 2, 4:00-6:00, Holcom Park Recreation Center (2700 W. 27th St., Lawrence, KS). Also enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and arts and crafts while listening to great holiday music. Register at LawrenceKS.org
  • Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt Gardner: Dec. 19, 5:30, Cornerstone Park (Gardner, KS). $3/ea. for ages 2-12. Register at GardnerKansas.gov

Larger-Than-Life Gingerbread House

Paradise Park (1021 NE Colbern Rd., Lee's Summit, MO, 816.246.5224) is home to a bigger-than-life gingerbread house creation and is the coolest place to warm your holiday spirits and have a blast too. Kids enjoy this play area featuring a laser light show, holiday music and indoor snow for an enchanting, fairy tale memory your whole family will love.

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