All is Merry and Bright at Powell Gardens

Evergy Festival of Lights returns for another spectacular season

Think there’s nothing to do at a botanical garden in the winter? Think again!

Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s botanical garden, bursts into bloom with breathtaking light displays during the 7th annual Evergy Festival of Lights (Nov. 16-Dec. 30*). Inspired by the festive season and natural
joy within the Gardens, discover a winter wonderland perfect for the whole family.

Don’t just take our word for it! One visitor said, “The best parts are the overall enjoyment by the entire group, beautiful lights, creative designs, easy walking pathway, engaging staff, and fun!”

Take a Stroll

While you may know Powell Gardens offers the perfect daytime stroll, a nighttime wander among the sparkling lights is a treat! Stretch your legs and discover dazzling lights and festive botanical displays. Purchase a pair of 3D glasses before embarking on your journey to add extra holiday fun.

Enjoy a Hot Beverage

There are plenty of warming opportunities before, during and after your journey. Hot chocolate and delicious apple cider await in the Visitor Center, Holly Jolly Rest Stop and the Peppermint Warming Station (Garden Galleries). Don’t forget to add extra warmth to your hot beverage with our special adults-only spikers. This adult favorite add-on will be available at select concession locations.

Discover Gorgeous Botanic Displays

Step into the winter world of plants with artistic botanical displays such as in the Peppermint Warming Station (Garden Galleries). The Peppermint Warming Station features the return of living peppermint plants and the poinsettia tree while the other side of Garden Galleries features the holiday-card worthy succulent tree. On your way to the Peppermint Warming Station, don’t forget to stop by the scenic Conifer Garden for a moment of calm during the hectic holiday rush.

Take Your Holiday Card Photo

Kansas City’s botanical garden is the perfect place for your next holiday card. A picture-perfect moment lies around every corner! Here are Powell Gardens’ top three recommendations:

  • Garden Galleries including The Peppermint Warming Station and succulent tree
  • Holly Jolly Rest Stop at the Missouri Barn and Silo
  • Anywhere along the lighted path provides the quintessential holiday backdrop!

Finish Your Holiday Shopping

No Evergy Festival of Lights visit would be complete without a stop in The Marketplace, located in the Visitor Center. Featuring locally crafted gifts, poinsettias and refreshments, there’s something for everyone on your list!

Interested in giving an experience? Give a Powell Gardens membership! Valid for one year, memberships include a plethora of benefits including, but not limited to, complimentary admission**, reciprocal benefits with participating botanical gardens through the American Public Garden Association, invitations to exclusive member events, access to members-only discounts and more!

Evergy Festival of Lights is a time-honored, multigenerational tradition for many in Kansas City. Will you make it part of yours?

*Special exceptions for the holidays will apply.
**Exclusions apply. Visit powellgardens.org/membership for more information.

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