The Best Little Arts and Crafts Show in Independence is annual show that features a wide variety of merchandise at more than 100 booths. Come shop for Christmas items, candles, wreaths, jewelry and more.
When and where
Friday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Sermon Center is located on the southeast corner of Truman and Noland roads in Independence.
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.
Pioneer Trails Adventures is offering sleigh rides around the Square for $5 per person.
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 most wonderful time of the year
Make the Independence Square your first stop for all things holiday.
Our stores are full of unique finds, from holiday décor to the perfect gifts for your loved ones. The open house is a great time to slow down, enjoy a wonderful meal and take in the sights and sounds of the holidays — all in our charming, historic downtown district.
Make the Square your home for the holidays.
Nativity’s Holiday Mart is one you don’t want to miss. Do all of your holiday shopping at Nativity’s Holiday Mart this year! Come shop from a variety of vendors, including LuLaRoe, Young Living Oils, The Farmer’s House, Christmas Crafts and much more.
Children can do their own gift shopping at the Small Mall, and they can take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy cookies and milk and do Christmas Crafts at our Winter Wonderland.
The Nativity Cafe will offer breakfast and lunch food items.
This event is free and open to the public.
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.
Closed for decorating through Thanksgiving, the Vaile Victorian Mansion will reopen on Nov. 23 to host its “Christmas Victorian Romance” tours. Tours will be offered daily from Nov. 23-Dec. 30, excluding Dec. 23, 24 and 25.
From the Vaile Mansion’s website:
When and where
Tours will be offered daily through the end of the year, excluding Dec. 23, 24 and 25.
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday: 1-4 p.m.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children under 16.
The Vaile’s senior discount for tickets does not apply during the holiday season.
For large tours, contact Ron Potter at (816) 229-8293.
Follow Jack on his lively adventure up the beanstalk. A fairy tale classic full of humor, suspense and a not-so-scary giant. Performed by puppeteer Kraig Kensinger.
When and where
There are four performances scheduled over two days.
- Friday, Nov. 23 @ 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 24 @ 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Tickets are $6 per person. They are available at the door, but reservations are requested, as seating is limited.
For reservations, please call 816-833-9777.
About the Puppetry Arts Institute
The Puppetry Arts Institute is located in the Englewood Arts District of Independence.
The Institute includes a research library, puppet performance and workshop areas, museum space and offices.
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
Go to the lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree in the Holiday Forest, then join us on the Square for Living Windows.
For one night only, our windows will again come to life with holiday scenes, musicians and more. Explore historic downtown, where many merchants will be open late and others may invite you in for a warm drink. Grab a late dinner, or treat yourself to dessert. Come home to a new tradition, Living Windows.