Lots of surprises are in store for this year’s Mayor’s Tree Lighting presented by Security Bank of Kansas City on Friday, Nov. 16th in Downtown Lee’s Summit. Families are welcome to gather in Howard Station Park, 3rd & SE Main, starting at 6 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Santa makes his debut, along with a very special guest, Karolyn Grimes, who played “Zuzu” in the holiday classic, It’s A Wonderful Life. Grimes will join Mayor Bill Baird on stage to flip the switch to light Downtown Lee’s Summit in over 100,000 sparkling lights.

Festivities will include free hot apple cider, cookies, and choir performances. Pick up a free coloring book courtesy of the Lee’s Summit Tribune. Attendees are encouraged to bring a new toy to donate to Toys for Tots.

Santa & Mrs. Claus will arrive at 7:00 p.m. and will stay for visits with children until approximately 8:30 p.m. Parents may bring a camera to take photos with Santa.

Families will have two chances to meet “Zuzu” in Lee’s Summit:

Friday, Nov. 16th at Smoke Brewing Company from 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17th at Red Door Wine Store from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Mayor’s Tree Lighting is a collaboration between Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street and the City of Lee’s Summit. The event is presented by Security Bank of Kansas City, and sponsored by Summit Video Services and The Historic Browning Inn. The appearance of Karolyn Grimes is made possible by the generous donations of MC Power, Paradise Park, Summit Bank of Kansas City, The Mencl Law Firm, Dale Olson Architect, Law Offices of Cain & Cain, Bruce Holiman State Farm Insurance, and Hillory Baird with Baird Realty Group.

The following Downtown businesses will stay open until 8 p.m. for your holiday shopping after the lighting ceremony on November 16th.

12 on 3rd
A Thyme For Everything
Blue Heron Design
The Cigar Room
Cupcake a La Mode
Elle and Em Boutique
Embers Candle Bar
The Farfalle Bistro
Fringe Beerworks
Grains & Taps
Inspired Style Boutique
Ki Chi Healing Arts Center
Konrad’s Kitchen and Tap House
Libations & Company
The Living Stone
Luxxe Apparel
Main Slice
Poppy’s Ice Cream & Coffee House
Razzberry Wimzy
Red Racks Thrift Store
Smoke Brewing Company
Very Violet Boutique
Wedding Expressions by Geri
Whistle Stop
Xpressions Boutique