The Country Club Plaza Christmas Tradition

On December 25, 1925, a string of lights at Country Club Plaza is lit, paving the way for a Christmas tradition that continues today. One of the most magical places in Missouri is Country Club Plaza in Kansas City at Christmas. The annual tradition brings thousands of people to the shopping center in the weeks leading up to the holiday. But it started small, with just a strand of lights over the doorway of the Mill Creek Building and a few random Christmas trees. Today, Christmas in Kansas City would not be complete without a trip to the Plaza to see the lights, and the Plaza has become one of the hottest shopping and residential areas in Missouri.

Based upon content from the book Missouri 365: This Day in Missouri History by John W. Brown, broadcaster and Missouri historian. Get your copy at Reedy Press.

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