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INDEPENDENCE

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AMERICAN LEGEND

Retrace the steps of President Harry S.Truman.
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FAMILY ROOTS

Branch out while rediscovering your past.
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WAY WESTWARD

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WEEKEND GETAWAY

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upcoming EVENTS

Nov
24
Fri
I’ll Be Home for Christmas @ Bingham-Waggoner Estate
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – Dec 30 @ 4:00 pm
I'll Be Home for Christmas @ Bingham-Waggoner Estate | Independence | Missouri | United States

I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Holiday Home Tour:  The Christmas season begins Friday, November 24th and will continue daily through December 30th (closed Dec 23, 24 & 25). Walk-in tours are offered Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Twilight Tour:  Sunday, December 3rd from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  This annual event will give you the opportunity to stroll at your leisure, enjoying light refreshments and live music performed by The Morton Sisters. Your visit will begin in the Carriage House Boutique where you will find many unique items to choose from – a gift for someone special or…for special YOU! Following your tour, you may wish to relax in the 3rd floor Tea Room, enjoying music, cookies and hot spiced tea or coffee.

 

Victorian Holiday Elegance
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – Dec 30 @ 4:00 pm
Victorian Holiday Elegance

November 24-December 30, 2017

(Closed December 23-25)

Monday – Saturday 10AM-4PM

Sunday 1-4PM

Adults $6.00

Children $3.00

The Vaile Mansion sparkles brightest during the holiday season!  Christmas trees adorn many of the thirty-one rooms, while lush greenery is placed over the fireplace mantles. Creative holiday vignettes in each room bring a sense of wonder to the mansion. Each year, volunteer designers showcase a new theme bringing back visitors to experience the beauty and allure of this historic home.

Nov
25
Sat
A Musical Nutcracker Christmas @ Chicago Alton Depot
Nov 25 @ 10:00 am – Dec 30 @ 4:00 pm
A Musical Nutcracker Christmas @ Chicago Alton Depot | Independence | Missouri | United States

November 25 – December 30 (Closed December 23, 24, 25) 

Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Figures on display sporting musical instruments to drum up Holiday Cheer. An operating model train will be on display for children young and old. The two-story depot is completely restored to the 1890-1900 era with the second floor station master’s residence furnished in Victorian Style and decorated for the Holiday.

Dec
1
Fri
Mayor’s Christmas Tree in the Holiday Forest @ Hiram Young Park
Dec 1 2017 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 12 2018 @ 11:30 pm
Mayor's Christmas Tree in the Holiday Forest @ Hiram Young Park | Independence | Missouri | United States

Kicking off the month of December, Mayor Weir invites citizens to join her at the Mayor’s Holiday Lighting at Hiram Young Park, 215 East Lexington Avenue. On December 1 at 6 p.m. the Mayor will be joined by a special guest to light the new Mayor’s Christmas tree and other features in the park. Santa will join the festivities on his mule-drawn sleigh and lead everyone up to the Square for Living Windows at 7 p.m.

The Mayor’s Christmas Tree and Holiday Forest will be open to the public December 1 – January 12. 

Dec
14
Thu
Civil War Santa @ Midwest Genealogy Center
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Civil War Santa @ Midwest Genealogy Center | Independence | Missouri | United States

Illustrator Thomas Nast forever changed Christmas with his 1863 depiction of Santa visiting the federal troops at Fredericksburg. Join storyteller Jim “Two Crows” Wallen dressed as Nast’s Santa as he shares the history of Santa, holiday tales from North and South, and how the Civil War reshaped Christmas in America.

Dec
16
Sat
Holly Jolly Christmas Puppet Show @ Puppetry Arts Institute
Dec 16 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Holly Jolly Christmas Puppet Show @ Puppetry Arts Institute | Independence | Missouri | United States

Showtimes are 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. at Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Rd., Independence, MO 64052, unless otherwise indicated. Tickets are $6 per person, and available at the door, but reservations are requested, as seating is limited. For reservations, please call 816-833-9777.

Carolers, Cookies and Santa @ Visitor Experience Center
Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Carolers, Cookies and Santa @ Visitor Experience Center | Independence | Missouri | United States

Step back in time as the Historic Independence Square is transformed into a winter wonderland for the holiday season. Every Saturday 1 – 4 p.m. from November 25 – December 16, visitors are invited to experience a horse-drawn sleigh ride as the sounds of your favorite holiday tunes are sung by carolers around the Square. Cookies and Santa await each guest in the Visitor Experience Center located inside the Historic Jackson County Truman Courthouse.