Winter Magic in Kansas City

Last updated on December 19th, 2023 at 12:57 pm.

Kansas City’s premier drive-thru holiday lights experience, Winter Magic, opens November 2, 2023, and runs through the holiday season.

The 2023 Kansas City Winter Magic is located on Cliff Drive in the Historic Northeast to accommodate more cars each night. Book your ticket, gather some fun snacks, put a holiday playlist together, and take a ride into a winter wonderland.

Winter Magic Drive Through Holiday Lights

Experience Kansas City Christmas Lights with Winter Magic!

Those magic little elves are on the move this year! They’ve taken over one mile of Kansas City’s historic (opened in 1900) Cliff Drive! So, be sure to aim your sleighs toward downtown.

Enjoy your favorite dancing KC holiday light show displays while you “holiday-party-in-your-car”. Make sure to get your holiday playlist ready so you can enjoy the light and decorations while you listen to your favorite Holiday Classics!

Winter Magic (in partnership with Kansas City Parks) is the city’s premier, drive-through winter event for the 3rd year in a row!

Winter Magic on Cliff Drive

Winter Magic on Cliff Drive

I’ll be honest, it was hard to capture the scope of the lights in photos. So, please check out our video on Instagram to see a much better representation of the beauty and scope of the lights.

When you arrive at Gate 1 at The Paseo & Lexington (1800 Cliff Drive), you will queue up to enter the winter light. If you have pre-purchased your ticket you can show up anytime during the one-hour arrival time slot on your ticket.

Your purchase confirmation email will include your ticket and scannable QR code for admission. You do not have to pre-buy tickets, but it’s a good idea as there is a limited to the number of cars allowed through each night.

Winter Magic tunnel of lights

Once you enter the first tunnel of lights, you’ll be transported to a winter wonderland of one mile of twinkly lights, and lifesize decorations that celebrate Kansas City and the holidays.

Each twist of the road reveals a new themed section such as the 12 days of Christmas, Hannukah, reindeer pixel town, and tunnels of lights.

Pixel town at Winter Magic in KCMO
KC Chiefs
Eat BBQ Lights at Winter Magic

There are some sections of snowflakes and colorful balls, that can only be truly appreciated in person.

Winter Magic Details

New this season: expand the fun with the brand-new, add-on opportunities: party accessory pack and pickle challenge kit!

Available for purchase during checkout. After purchase, packages will be available for pick-up at the onsite ticket booth on the day /time of your reserved ticket time slot.

Tickets for the drive-through Christmas lights in Kansas City are $25.00 per carload (limited to 250 cars/hour) and are available online for advanced purchase.  A portion of proceeds will benefit KC Parks and capital improvements along Cliff Drive.

Winter Magic runs November 2, 2023, through December 31, 2023, from 6 p.m. to around 10 p.m. nightly.

Please note that gates 1 and 3 will only be open during Winter Magic operating hours.

Location: 1800 Cliff Drive in Kessler Park, Kansas City, MO

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