City of Independence, Missouri

Independence is full of holiday spirit, family fun this season

The City of Independence has a full schedule of holiday events and family fun for residents and visitors to enjoy. Beginning this Friday, Nov. 12, with the Square Lighting and Mayor’s Christmas Tree and through the end of December, visitors can find a variety of family-friendly fun to enjoy.

“In 2020, we took our holiday festivities into our homes and celebrated on a smaller scale,” Mayor Eileen Weir said. “This year, we’ve brought back many of our beloved outdoor traditions and added new celebrations to mark the holiday season together. This year we are grateful to Meiners family for their generous donation of four trees that will be featured across our community as part of a holiday light tour.”

These four blue Spruce trees were planted in 1987 by Dr. Donald and Donna Meiners and Dr. Zachary Meiners at their office building in Independence.

“As Meiners Dentistry celebrates 46 years of business in Independence, they are happy to donate these trees for Independence's holiday celebrations,” Donna Meiners said.

Visitors can find these trees at the Uptown Market, Englewood Art District, Cable Dahmer Arena, and the Independence Utilities Center. Mayor Weir will be visiting fourth grade classes in the Independence School District for the holidays and working with the students to create animal-friendly ornaments that will be on display at the Independence Utilities Center in late November.

Also on this year’s light tour, are the beautiful decorations at the Vaile Mansion and Bingham-Waggoner Estate.

Here is an overview of upcoming events:

November 12 – Independence Square and Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting begins at 6 PM under the Pharaoh Theatre sign near the corner of Maple Avenue and Liberty.

November 19 – Englewood Holiday Lighting begins at 5:30 PM.

November 19 and 20 – Best Little Arts & Craft Show at the Sermon Center.

December 3 – Living Windows on the Independence Square and the Santa’s Holiday Xpress at the Uptown Market. Both begin at 6 PM.

December 4 – Winter Market at the Uptown Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

December 8 – 18th Annual Winter Solstice Torch-lit Hike from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at George Owens Nature Park. This is also the unveiling of the Gingerbread Trail featuring gingerbread houses decorated by individuals, families, and businesses. The trail will be on display through Jan. 30, 2022.

December 11 – Holiday Market at the Uptown Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

December 12 – Holiday Concert with the Spirit of Independence Band at the Truman Memorial Building beginning at 4 p.m.

December 17 – Third Friday Christmas at Englewood beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Please note City offices will be closed on November 11 in honor of the Veterans Day Holiday, November 25-26 for the Thanksgiving Holiday, and December 24 and 27 for the Christmas Holiday.

For details or additional information on these events, please visit the City of Independence website at or the City’s Facebook page at