City Lights, the annual Downtown holiday lighting ceremony, is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at Barney Allis Plaza, 12th and Wyandotte. The Christmas lighting display encompasses Barney Allis Plaza and several nearby buildings including the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, which features spectacular computer-generated holiday images across its 22-story façade.
Fox 4 meteorologist Mike Thompson will emcee the event, which will also feature entertainment by the Raymore-Peculiar High School marching band and a special appearance by Santa Claus!
City Lights, sponsored by The Salvation Army, the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, the Downtown Council and Fox 4 TV, is the official kickoff of The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas Campaign, which raises money to fund Salvation Army programs year-round. These programs include food pantries in eight community centers across the metropolitan area, emergency rent and utility assistance, affordable day care for children of low-income families, a children’s shelter for abused and neglected children, alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs, senior programs and visitation, homeless shelters and transitional housing and prison correctional programs.