Mayor’s Tree Lighting, Santa’s Arrival is Friday, Nov. 18 in Downtown Lee’s Summit

Event Features Carriage Rides, Hot Apple Cider, Visits with Santa, and More
Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads and Citizens of the Year, Nick and Jennie Swearngin, will flip the switch to light the Mayor’s Tree and all of Downtown Lee’s Summit on Friday, Nov. 18. This event is made possible by the support of Amtrak Missouri River Runner, Bank of Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit Journal and Google Fiber. The holiday lights will remain on through the first week in January.
The lights will be turned on at approximately 6:45 p.m. in Howard Station Park in Downtown Lee’s Summit, and Santa will arrive via fire truck immediately following. Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Erin Little, Meteorologist with KMBC 9 News.
Free hot apple cider and cookies, provided by Lee’s Summit Community Church, will be served prior to the lighting, and children can begin lining up to visit Santa after 6 p.m.
Prior to the lighting and Santa’s arrival, the Lee’s Summit Elementary School Cougar Choir will entertain the crowd with holiday favorites at 6:30 p.m.
Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves will visit with children at Howard Station Park until approximately 9 p.m. Bring a camera to take photos with Santa. Carriage rides also will be offered for a small fee. Don’t forget to visit participating Downtown businesses, which will be open until 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 for holiday shopping.


Participating businesses include:

  • @jolly’s
  • A Thyme for Everything
  • Bar-istro
  • Blue Heron Design
  • The Cigar Room
  • GOT Art Gallery
  • Lee’s Summit Tribune
  • The Living Stone
  • Luxxe Apparel
  • Razzberry Wimzy
  • Red Door Wine Store
  • The Sports Scene
  • Summit Video Services
  • Third Street Social
  • Very Violet Boutique
  • Wedding Expressions by Geri
  • Whistle Stop Coffee


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