Join us in welcoming the holiday season on the Square. Come for a celebratory lighting ceremony — led by none other than Santa and Mrs. Claus — then come join the festivities in the Exchange Event Space on Lexington Avenue. There, kids can write letters to the North Pole, make a holiday craft and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. All activities are free.
The Ararat Shrine Circus returns to Silverstein Eye Centers Arena for its 83rd annual performance!
Come take part in all of the family fun of KC’s only three-ring circus. Catch any one of five shows scheduled through the weekend.
When and Where
Friday, Nov. 16 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov.17 @ 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 18 @ 2 p.m.
The 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is making a stop in Independence on its way to Washington D.C. for the holidays. Come to the Uptown Market on the Square to get a look at the tree and sign the banner that will be displayed with the tree in the capitol.
Independence Parks and Recreation will have a variety of events to commemorate the occasion. The tree will be on display 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
What is the Capitol Christmas Tree?
The tradition of the Capitol Christmas Tree, or “The People’s Tree,” began in 1964 when Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John W. McCormack placed a live Christmas tree on the Capitol lawn. The tree lived three years before succumbing to wind and root damage.
Then, in 1970, the Capitol Architect asked the U.S. Forest Service to provide a Christmas tree. Since then, a different national forest has provided “The People’s Tree” each year. The 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is being provided by the Willamette National Forest in Oregon.
This year marks the 175th anniversary of the “Great Migration” of wagon trains on the Oregon Trail. In 1843, approximately 1,000 pioneers made the 2,170-mile journey from Independence to Oregon. In the 25 years that followed, 400,000 people traveled west from Independence with dreams of a new life, gold and lush farmlands.
Commemorating this anniversary, the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is taking the Oregon Trail in reverse toward Washington D.C.
It’s good to #ShopSmall
Just in time for the holiday season, Small Business Saturday is a great way to support the small, locally-owned businesses in our community. Whether its art, home goods or food and drink, the shops on the Independence Square help make Independence home.
Make the Square your home for the holidays!
Start early, stay late
Shop or dine at over 40 locally-owned shops and restaurants in our historic downtown.
Rise-and-Shine breakfast specials available before 10 a.m. at select cafes. There, you can also pick up a guide that highlights shopping specials throughout the downtown district.
Receive a reusable “Shop Small” tote with purchase at the following local merchants, while supplies last:
ALL THINGS INDEPENDENCE, ART SQUARED GALLERY, BE HERE NOW, GAME CAFE, GILBERT WHITNEY & CO., PRIMARY COLORS GALLERY, SALON 208, SALON PINK, SCANDINAVIA PLACE, SMILES ON THE SQUARE, STUDIO ON MAIN, THE KEEPING ROOM, TOP HAT WINERY, WILD ABOUT HARRY