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Family Fun Day @ the JoCo Museum. 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Make a craft, and tour KidScape! FREE. Location: Johnson County Museum, 6305 Lackman Rd., Shawnee, KS, 913-715-2550.

Independence Square Christmas Lighting and Holiday Open House. Shop from 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Catch a ride on a mule drawn sleigh, beginning at noon. Turn your children loose to enjoy a variety of activities or visit with Santa Claus from 4:00 to 5:00p.m. Dancers, carolers and entertainment for all ages begins at 5:00 and continues until 6:00 p.m., when the Independence Square Tree on the corner of the Truman Courthouse on the Square will blaze to life with thousands of twinkling lights.

Legends Outlets Kansas City Eighth Annual Lighting Ceremony, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Experience the largest synchronized lighting ceremony in Kansas City at the Legends Outlets’ eighth annual holiday lighting extravaganza, with a unique lighting display on a 45-foot holiday tree created by a world-renowned technology-driven holiday lights team. As part of the celebratory holiday event, the U.S Marine Corp Reserve will officially launch the Toys for Tots program at the center with members that will escort Santa Claus to the center for the lighting.

Lowe’s Build ‘n Grow: North’s Sleigh Nov 17, 2012 10:00 AM The Guardians have arrived at Lowe’s! Bring your kids into Lowe’s to build North’s Sleigh from DreamWorks Animation’s new movie Rise of the Guardians! Where? Lowe’s stores across the metro Kansas City , MO 5:00 PMNorthern Lights Holiday Lighting Ceremony Nov 17, 2012 5:00 PM Zona Rosa kicks off the holiday season with a special lighting ceremony to spotlight the large crowns hung above the streets, as well as the featured 50 ft. Christmas tree in Town Square. The community is invited to the FREE program including the official arrival of the holiday Fairy Princess, Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus and their live reindeer! Enjoy special holiday musical performances and a variety of other children’s activities. Start your holiday season at Zona Rosa! Where? Zona Rosa Town Square I-29 & Barry Rd. Kansas City, MO If you live near a Bass Pro Shops store, check out the many holiday offerings they have that you and your family can enjoy for free now through December 24, 2012 at their Santa’s Wonderland!*FREE Photo with Santa: Get a FREE 4×6 photo of your kids or your family taken in-store. Plus, get a FREE coloring book after you have a photo taken with Santa*FREE Games and Activities: Get your kids excited with free in-store games and activities like Remote Control Trucks, Moving Trains, Wildlife Carousel, Slot Car Racing and more!View map »