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Capture The Magic Of The Holiday Season During Upcoming Events In Downtown Lee’s Summit
November 17, 2012
Something for Everyone with Fourth Friday Art Events, Cookie Walk, Farmers Market Holiday Mart, and Visits with Santa
If you’re looking to create holiday traditions and memories this season — and do your holiday shopping in an inviting, unhurried and friendly atmosphere — visit Downtown Lee’s Summit to capture the magic of the holiday season. There is something for everyone during several upcoming holiday events in Downtown Lee’s Summit. For more information about the holidays in Downtown Lee’s Summit, call 816-246-6598 or visit http://www.downtownls.org/capturethemagic.
Fourth Friday:Nov. 23
In conjunction with the holiday season, the Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street Cultural Arts Committee has a special Fourth Friday planned for Nov. 23.
Dave Eames, a local metal artist, is creating an outdoor, interactive sculpture called “The Giving Tree.” The metal sculpture will be dedicated at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, in City Hall Plaza, 220 S.E. Green St., in Downtown Lee’s Summit. Residents and visitors to Downtown Lee’s Summit will be able to interact with “The Giving Tree” by picking up special tags at participating merchants (there is no cost for the tags). On the tag, you can write down your wishes, thoughts or hopes. Tags are then placed in a box next to the sculpture and hung by the artist throughout the holiday season.
Other Fourth Friday activities include an artist reception for Martice Smith II from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at Mingle, 209 S.E. Main St. Mingle also will host a free wine tasting at 7 p.m. that evening.
An opening reception for the Summit Art Holiday Show also will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at Got Art Gallery, 18 S.W. Third St.
The Cultural Arts Committee began organizing Fourth Fridays in July 2012, with the help of various downtown shops and restaurants. On the fourth Friday of each month, art, music, theatre, dance and/or other cultural activities can be found in Downtown Lee’s Summit. Most Fourth Friday events run from 6 to 9 p.m. and are free to the public.
Cookie Walk: Dec. 6
The Cookie Walk, a fun new holiday event, will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in Downtown Lee’s Summit. Participants will go from store to store collecting unique, festive cookies. Guests also will receive a recipe book containing the recipes of each cookie offered from participating businesses.
The Cookie Walk is a ticketed event. Only individuals who have purchased a ticket can participate in the event; each person attending, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Tickets are $10 each, which includes the recipe book and a cookie from each participating business.
Tickets for the Cookie Walk go on sale in advance beginning at 10 a.m. on “Black Friday,” Nov. 23, at Cameron’s Home Furnishings, 26 SE Third St., and A Thyme for Everything, 229B SE Main St. Only 300 tickets are available for the event.
Farmers Market Holiday Mart: Dec. 8
Shop for in-season produce, handmade crafts, baked goods and more from the Downtown Lee’s Summit Farmers Market vendors when they host their indoor Holiday Mart from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Fire Fighters Union Hall, 322 SE Douglas St.
The Downtown Lee’s Summit Farmers Market’s regular outdoor market also remains open from 7 a.m. to sell-out every Wednesday and Saturday through Nov. 24, at the corner of Douglas and Second streets.
The Downtown Lee’s Summit Farmers Market recently was named the No. 1 Famers Market in the state of Missouri for the second consecutive year. It also was named among the Top 10 medium-sized markets in the nation in the America’s Favorite Farmers Market contest.
Santa Visits Downtown Lee’s Summit: Various Dates
As you shop Downtown Lee’s Summit this holiday season, keep an eye out for Santa Claus, who will be strolling the streets and walking from store to store to visit with children of all ages.
1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24
3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8
3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15
2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16
Santa Claus brings holiday cheer to people across the metropolitan area. With a special focus on children, he donates his time by visiting Operation Breakthrough, Dream Factory children and many other organizations. Santa said his mission is to “bring joy to children, even if it is just for a moment in time.”
For the time he spends in Downtown Lee’s Summit this year, Santa is generously donating his appearance fee to Coldwater.me, a nonprofit organization in Lee’s Summit.
He also started a charitable organization called Santa Claus KC to help get gifts to Kansas City children in need.
For more information about Santa Claus in Kansas City, visit www.kriss-kringle.com, www.santaclauskc.com or www.santaclausblogs.com.