12 Christmas Events in Excelsior Springs

Christmas in Excelsior Springs
One of the things that Excelsior does best is Christmas! This season, there is a whole list of upcoming Christmas events taking place here in town. See below for a list and click on each for more info!

1. Hall of Trees


The Hall of Trees inside the historic Hall of Waters, 201 E. Broadway, will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:45pm. Open throughout the holiday season with beautifully and uniquely decorated Christmas trees on display surrounding the world’s longest mineral water bar.

Click here for more information.

2. Lane of Lights

The Lane of Lights is located along Lovers Lane in East Valley Park and is open through December 31. The Christmas Committee has created this lighted drive-through holiday display to give families and friends a destination on cold winter evenings. It’s a great way to top off or start an evening out to dinner or the movies, the school holiday performance or your family get-together. Admission by donation. The Christmas Committee partners with local organizations for this fundraising event.

November 30-December 31 – Open daily 5:30pm-10:00pm (Fridays and Saturdays) and 5:30pm-9:00pm (Sundays through Thursdays)

Click here for more information.

3. Holiday Homes Tour


Visit 5 beautifully decorated homes on December 1 from noon to 6:00pm. Regular tickets are $10 in advance and are available here. Tickets that include trolley transportation are $15 in advance and are available here: Noon Tour,  2pm Tour3pm Tour

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4. Taste of Christmas


Visit 15 Excelsior Springs businesses to enjoy tasty treats and shopping on December 8 from 1:00-4:30pm! Tickets are $15 in advance and are available here. Tickets that include trolley transportation are $20 and are available here.

Click here for more information.

5. Holly Jolly Lights Tour


See the lights of Excelsior Springs from the comfort of the Chamber Trolley!

December 8, early tour 6:00pm
December 8, late tour 7:45pm
December 15, early tour 6:00pm
December 15, late tour 7:45pm
December 22, early tour 6:00pm
December 22, late tour 7:45pm
December 24, early tour 6:00pm
December 24, late tour 7:45pm

Click here for more information.

6. Christmastime Tour of Churches


Get tickets now for the Museum’s 2nd annual Christmastime Tour of Churches — by trolley ($15) or you drive ($10) online at www.exsmo.com/museum. Or call 630-0101 to reserve a spot on the trolley — limited seating!

Click here for more information.

7. Christmas on the Farm


Please join us for Christmas on the Farm at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park! Admission is free for the event and there will be an open house at the Watkins family home for the duration of the event. Activities at the home will include holiday caroling, reading of family letters, free samples of traditional holiday treats, flaming of the plum pudding demonstrations, and an opportunity for children to visit with Father Christmas. Activities at the visitor center will include kids crafts and live traditional holiday music.

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8. Mingle and Jingle – Chamber After Hours at Broadway Bar & Grill

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9. December Sketchout at Hall of Waters – Hall of Trees

Saturday, December 1st Sketch Crawl will be at the Hall of Waters, Hall of Trees exhibit in historic downtown Excelsior Springs, MO.

Theme: Holiday Trees at Hall of Trees
Location: Hall of Waters, 201 E Broadway St, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

*10:00 am meet & check-in at Main Spring Arts Gallery & Studios
*10:15-12:15 pm sketch the Hall of Trees exhibit at Hall of Waters
*Around 12:15 pm return to the check-in area to share your work and take a group photo
*Stick around afterwards and eat lunch with the group at Willow Spring Mercantile before heading out to shop or tour other locations, like the Elms Hotel

USkKC collaborated with partner location, Main Spring Arts Gallery & Studios (110 S Main Street, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024) nestled between theaters, antique shops, and boutiques that keep this town bustling.

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10. Candy Cane Hunt – Excelsior Springs Parks and Recreation


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11. Free Pictures with Santa and Ride on the Polar Express

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12. ReeceNichols Santa Event


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Excelsior Springs Lane of Lights Schedule

Lane of Lights

Our Christmas Committee here in Excelsior Springs does such a fabulous job of making things nice throughout the holiday season! Something that has become quite a tradition for those living here is participating in the Lane of Lights held in Lover’s Lane Park each year. This year, the committee was even able to purchase a lighted tunnel that has been a big hit among locals!

Hours for the Lane
November 30-December 31 – Open daily 5:30pm-10:00pm (Fridays and Saturdays) and 5:30pm-9:00pm (Sundays through Thursdays)

Each night is sponsored by a local club or organization, raising money through donations to go back to their cause. Following is a list of those that we know are participating!

November 30 – Re/Max (ES School District – lunch accounts)
December 1 – 4-H2O
December 2 – Main Spring Art Gallery
December 3 – Excelsior Springs Optimists
December 4 – ESHS Band Boosters
December 5 – Ice Crushers Baseball
December 6 – Boy Scouts Troop 309
December 7 – Westview PAWS
December 8 – Cyclones Softball
December 9 – Good Samaritan Center
December 10 – VCU Youth Group – Missions to Haiti
December 11 – Cub Scout Pack 4313
December 12 – After Prom Committee
December 13 – Girl Scout Troop 3653
December 14 – Girl Scout Troop – Scarbrough
December 15 – Excelsior Springs Chamber of Commerce
December 16 – Lewis PALS
December 17 – Elkhorn SOS
December 18 – ReeceNichols – Claypool Team
December 19 – ReeceNichols – Halberstadt Team (proceeds to Reno Ranch Pet Rescue)
December 20 – SkillsUSA – Excelsior Springs Area Career Center
December 21 – ReeceNichols – Hightower Team (proceeds to Rebuilding Together – Clay County)
December 22 – Advance America (hosting on behalf of the ES Christmas Committee)
December 23 – Excelsior Springs Rotary Club
December 24 – ES Christmas Committee
December 26 – Stealth Baseball
December 27 – MOPS of Excelsior Springs Methodist
December 28 – Small Town Sidekicks
December 29 – Cancerkickers – Relay for Life Team
December 30 – ES Knuckleheadz Baseball

If you have others to add, please message me on Facebook or post details into our community group!

Updated: Excelsior Springs Closures

Excelsior Springs Closures

Due to the blizzard that’s been hitting our community all day, businesses have been closing early and public schools have already been closing for tomorrow. In an attempt to help, below is a list of local closings. If you see one that isn’t here, message me on Facebook or post it into the community Facebook group.

UPDATE: Closed Tuesday, November 27:
• Excelsior Springs School District
• Rockin’ Tiger Club
• Noah’s Ark Christian Preschool
• Excelsior Springs Senior Center
• AAA Senior Strength Class at Community Center
• Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives

Closed Early, Sunday, November 25:

• Drive-In Convenience King (D.I.C.K.’s)
• Y Liquor
• Tiger Bowl – Sunday Social League, Adult/Youth (Tiger Pack League) cancelled
• It’s $5
• El Maguey Mexican Restaurant
• Finders Keepers of Excelsior Springs
• Excel Nutrition
• Excelsior Springs Community Center
• Spring Delivery
• Wabash BBQ
• Lane of Lights
• Eagles Club – Ham & Beans Dinner Cancelled
• Broadway Toyz
• Mid-Continent Public Library
• Palermo’s Italian Restaurant
• Ziggy’s General Store
• Four Horses and a Dog
• Amigo’s soccer game
• Papa Murphy’s
• Main Spring Arts Gallery & Studios
• McDonald’s
•Price Chopper

Local Church Cancellations:

• Flack Memorial
• Barbee Memorial Presbyterian Church
• Excelsior Springs Church of Christ
• United Christian Presbyterian Church
• Excelsior Springs Church of the Nazarene

Closed Monday, November 26:

• Excelsior Springs School District’s Professional Development Day
• Excelsior Springs School District’s Rockin’ Tiger Club
• ESMS Lady Tiger Basketball – tournament has been moved to Wednesday the 28th and Friday the 30th. 7th grade game is at 4:00pm on Wednesday followed by the 8th grade game at 5:10pm.
• Ray’s Lunch
• Annie’s Furniture and Gifts
• Subway
• Wabash
• Opportunity Cafe



5 More Business Developments in Excelsior Springs


1. Air TV

Opposite of the License Bureau, a group called Air TV is working to move in. AirTV is a cable provider that connects a single antenna with your home Wi-Fi network to seamlessly stream local channels in HD throughout your house, and even outside the home. You can find out more about it by clicking here.

2. It’s $5

These stores have been popping up all over the metro area and now Excelsior Springs has scored one! They buy in bulk returns from places like Amazon and then place them randomly in 50 bins all over the store.

Friday they’re closed to restock the store. If you’re wanting to go when it first opens on Saturday, you’ll have to draw a number. That’s so everyone gets into the store safely. Everything is $5 each on Saturday and Sunday. Monday you get 2 items for $5. Tuesday is 3 items for $5. Then Wednesday is 5 items for $5 and Thursday is 10 items for $5!

My family has already found multiple Christmas gifts and random things we love but would never have bought otherwise. Click here for their Facebook page.

3. Fishing River Market

Where Olde Towne Mall used to be there is a new flea market called the Fishing River Market. I think what I love most, besides the unique finds you’ll find inside, is that they removed the concrete cinder blocks to open the windows all along the front. It completely changes the appearance of Thompson, a street that has had its challenges in ambiance and atmosphere in the past. Definitely check this place out if you’re into antiquing! Ribbon cutting on November 29th! Click here for their Facebook page.

4. Palermo’s Italian Restaurant

The Morina Family have moved to town and have opened an Italian restaurant where the old El Maguey’s was located. They have fresh garlic bread daily and their portion size is amazing! Definitely try the pizza! Click here for their Facebook page.

5. Aldi’s

Everyone’s a buzz about the new Aldi, which is set to open in early 2019. What I love most is that they’re keeping all their current employees and going to be hiring more sometime this winter. Watch for those announcements for when you can apply online. The new store is sure to be more spacious and will be the newest design for Aldi’s nationwide.

For more info on newest business developments in Excelsior, be sure to check out this article, too:

5 New Business Developments in Excelsior Springs

5 Things Excelsiorites Want the Community to Know

Our community group gets a LOT of messages sounding off on any particular subject. Many times it is clear that the post has been written while the resident is still upset or angry. We don’t allow folks to sound off or put someone in their place.

The following are messages that have been generalized, taking the emotions out so the point is made.

1. Have a “Stranger Danger” conversation with your kids.

Unfortunately, creeps are everywhere folks, so when your kids are without you, they need to know some things they should do if they feel they are in danger.

I remember my parents and I had a code word that only we knew. If someone else picked me up and didn’t know the code word, I wasn’t to go with them. My code word was rainbow. I was six years old when I chose my code word and I still remember it to this day. That’s how much impact my parents left on me after our “stranger danger” talk.

2. Tell your kids rules of the road when walking to school.

Did you know there’s a proper way of walking if you’re a pedestrian having to walk in the road? You should always walk on the side with oncoming traffic, so you can see what’s coming toward you and they can see you.

This year there are more kids walking to school than in years past. Please talk to your kids about staying out of the road as much as possible and if they do have to walk in the road, to walk on the side with cars coming toward them.

Also, if you’re a parent with these concerns, reach out to the school district because they will follow up with crossing guards and the school.

3. Stop for School Bus Stop Signs

If you are driving and see a school bus with red or yellow lights flashing and a sign out that says stop, you must stop driving. I’ve seen several posts lately concerned because folks aren’t stopping when the bus is unloading kids. That’s against the law and could end tragically.


5. Check the due date on your water bill.

One Excelsiorite believes the due date may have changed on our water bills and moved up. Check your bill to make sure you’ve paid on time. Also, consider setting up automatic withdrawal so you don’t have to worry about missing any!

Excelsior Springs Real Estate


Something that I see getting asked a lot is places to buy/rent in Excelsior Springs. If you’re looking for places to rent, you might reach out to Hightower Rental Properties, Re/Max, TNG Property Investments, or Kim Roach McElwee to see about possibilities. Also check the Town & Country paper. Click here to see the latest edition online.

Below is a list of houses that I have found to be for sale right now:

Re/Max Real Estate

ReeceNichols Excelsior Springs Listings:

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Over 12 Events in Excelsior Springs This Week


There is a lot going on this week here in Excelsior Springs. I tried to feature two things a day for you to consider attending! Shout out definitely goes to the Christmas Committee and all the shops around town that have been busy prepping for the Christmas Kickoff this weekend!

Monday, November 12

• Veteran’s Day activities taking place all over town. Click here for a list.
• Monday Night Basic Yoga at the Community Center. Click here for more info.

Tuesday, November 13
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• ESHS & ESMS Black and Gold Intrasquad Dual at ESHS. Click here for more info.
• Portrait Drawing at Main Spring Gallery downtown. Click here for more info.

Wednesday, November 14

• Murder Mystery Casting Call at Main Spring Gallery downtown. Click here for more info.
• Dementia Support Group at ES Hospital. Click here for more info.

Thursday, November 15

• Punch Card Challenge Group Exercise at the Community Center. Click here for more info.
• Courtney’s Community Challenge (with chance to win $100 from Billy Hale!). Click here for more info.

Friday, November 16

• Chorale Tour Concert at First United Methodist Church. Click here for more info.
• Karaoke Friday’s at the Atlas bar downtown. Click here for more info.

Saturday, November 17

• Christmas Kickoff for the community of Excelsior Springs. Click here for more info.
• Multiple events at Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery. Click here for a list.

Whatever you do, be safe and have fun, Excelsior Springs!

Now Hiring in Excelsior Springs

List of businesses in the Excelsior Springs area that are hiring right now. Some linked with more details.

Apple Bus Company – apply at 1004 S. Marietta or call 816-630-9939. Will provide paid training and able to bring your children to work with you.

Fiskars – $15/hour with benefits. Go through Flexible Staffing in Excelsior and get hired after a month.

Excelsior Springs Nursing and Rehab – apply in person at 1004 Meadowlark Lane or online at excelsiorspringsnursing.com. CNAs and NAs. Will pay for CNA class. Also has Nursing Scholarship Program to help further education.

Tiger Bowl – all positions. Ideal for 18 or 19 year olds. Evenings and weekends. Apply in person.

EZ Quick Lube – full-time driver. Apply in person.

Wal-Mart – CAP teams, overnight stockers, cashiers. Apply online Walmart.com/apply

Dollar General

The Elms Hotel & Spa

Ventana Gourmet Grill – prep cook. Apply in person at 117 W Broadway

Broadway Bar & Grill – Fry cook

LSC Communications – through Addeco

Red Cross – long term delivery drivers

LMV Automotive – apply with Prostaff

Valley Manor and Rehab – CNA, CMT, LPN, Cook

AtWork Personnel Services – next to Subway in Crown Hill Plaza or 816-630-0942

Goody’s – Crown Hill Plaza

Pizza Hut – drivers, cooks, and servers. Fill out application online at jobs.pizzahut.com or call the store for questions at 816-630-6026.

Excelsior Sonic Drive-In

OPAA! Food Services – in all schools. Get application at main office or call 816-637-0119

National Guard – David White, 816-520-4754 – Must be 17-35, no felonies, possess High school diploma or GED, in good physical and mental shape. $20k sign on bonus.

Focus Healthcare Solutions in Kearney

Talented Tots in Kearney – $10/hour

Nebraska Furniture Mart

Liberty Sport Clips

DMA Construction, LLC

Don’t see your business listed but you’re hiring? Email or message Courtney at courtneysummercole@gmail.com and give her the details you want to include!

Excelsior Springs Veteran Events

Monday is Veteran’s Day but Excelsior Springs will be celebrating all weekend with lots of opportunities for our veterans and their families to participate in.

Saturday, November 10th

10:00am – ES Elk’s Lodge

Sunday, November 11th

10:45am – Barbee Memorial Presbyterian Church

1:00pm – Applebee’s

2:00pm-6:00pm – Eagles Aeries #3917, Appreciation Dinner, free with military id, all others $5 pre-meal


8:00am-10:00am – Walmart – Free Breakfast

8:20am-9:00am – Elkhorn Elementary Veteran’s Day Assembly

9:00am – Westview Elementary Veteran’s Day Assembly

9:00am – Lewis Elementary Veteran’s Day Assembly

12:00pm-1:00pm – ESHS in PAC Veteran’s Day Assembly

5 New Business Developments in Excelsior Springs



If you don’t know it already, The Mug coffeeshop has moved from the downtown to the west side in the Vintage Shopping Center. There you can find them in a much more spacious place with even a drive-thru window! There are still all the pastries, scones, and donuts inside! Be sure to ask for the Apple Cider, in season right now!


The McElwee’s have done a good job restoring the old Brunke Hardware on Thompson Ave. Rumor has it that once it is finished, our beloved Bliss will be moving there from Broadway! 29137011_10156152436459501_2528649690438696960_o

Watch for the Thompson Ave corner to really change when the Excelsior Springs Chamber gets fully moved in to the old Sports and More store. The front parking is big enough for the trolley!


City Councilman Brent McElwee has taken on the old Buckley Hotel across from the police department downtown. He’s restoring this historic building into a bed and breakfast!

The Wheeler’s are ready for their debut with their toy store Broadway Toyz! They had a sneak peek during the Pumpkins and Mums Festival, showing us the type of products that will be carried. Unique finds and quality toys like Melissa and Doug will be for sale. Love that it’s right across from Bobkorn so kids can get their fill of fun in one area of downtown!

Stay tuned…I’ll be featuring another 5 soon! Glad to see so much economic development and improvements being made to town!