Plus, a DIY Nutcracker Workshop in Westport.
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40º | Rain/snow mix | 98% chance of rain |
Sunrise: 7:37 a.m. | Sunset: 5:12 p.m.

🎄 How lovely are thine branches
Christmas Tree Fort Osage Christmas Tree
Round up the kids and keep the tradition alive.  | Photo courtesy of Fort Osage Christmas Trees & Weddings
Can you be-leaf it? Christmas is around the corner. If you’re pining for the perfect pine that will light up your living room, here’s 17 local businesses that make the cut.

✂️ Pre-cut trees

Boy Scout Troop 199 Christmas Tree Lot | 67th Street and Nall Drive, Overland Park, KS | Support the troop’s 62-year-old tradition by finding your Christmas tree on their scout-led lot.

Heartland Nursery | 10300 View High Dr., KCMO | This place is full of fresh cut Frazier firs — try saying that five times fast.

Reindeer Trees | 19401 Fightmaster Rd., Trimble, MO | Purchase a tree and you’ll enjoy complimentary hot chocolate + popcorn.

Soil Service | 7130 Troost Ave., KCMO | Get fresh cut trees and pick up holiday wreaths, too.

Waldo Greenhouse | 436 W. 85th St., KCMO | Started in 1975 by the Casa family as “Angelo’s Nursery,” this is one of the metro’s go-to Christmas tree destinations.

boy scout troop Christmas trees lot

The boys of the troop guide your sell from tree picking to tree tying.


Photo courtesy of Boy Scout Troop 199 Christmas Tree Lot

🪚 You-cut trees

Christmas Tree Ranch Farm | 24818 NE 148th St., Excelsior Springs, MO | Celebrating its 33rd season, this spot offers seven variations of trees available for you to cut yourself, plus three variations of pre-cut trees.

Fort Osage Christmas Trees & Weddings | 3022 N. Twyman Rd., Independence, MO | Pick between eight kinds of trees to cut, plus a handful of smaller pre-cut trees. They also offer photography sessions.

Kennedy’s Country Farm | 27102 Herring Rd., Greenwood, MO | Choose and cut your own white, Scotch, and Virginia red Pines.

Wilderson Tree Farm | 14820 Parallel Rd., Basehor, KS | These trees top out at ~eight feet — perfect for those looking for a smaller statement.
Are you Team Real or Teal Fake Christmas trees?

A. Team Real — You can’t beat that real tree smell.
B. Team Fake — I want easy clean-up.
Monday, Dec. 4
  • Sea of Lights | Monday, Dec. 4-Monday, Jan. 1 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | SEA LIFE Kansas City, 2475 Grand Blvd., KCMO | $19.99 | Enjoy underwater displays, photo ops, and colorful lighting experiences at this winter wonderland under the sea.
Tuesday, Dec. 5
  • Electric Glow | Tuesday, Dec. 5-Wednesday, Dec. 20 | 4:30-8 p.m. | Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 8909 W. 179th St., Overland Park, KS | $10 | Enjoy a low-key version of the Luminary Walk on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, where only the electric lights are on.
  • Kansas City AI Club December Meetup | Tuesday, Dec. 5 | 5-7:30 p.m. | Select Quote, 6800 W. 115th St., Overland Park, KS | Free | Hear from a panelist of leaders in the AI space and network with fellow professionals.
Wednesday, Dec. 6
  • Trauma Program Manager Winter Workshop | Wednesday, Dec. 6 | 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Kansas City Marriott Downtown, 200 W. 12th St., Room Julia A/B, KCMO | $80 | Get updates on all the latest developments in the state’s trauma programs.
  • Singles Social Hour | Wednesday, Dec. 6 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Casual Animal Brewing Co., 1725 McGee St., KCMO | $17-$25 | Singles ages 30-40 can come for the drinks, but stay for a chance at love.
Thursday, Dec. 7
  • DIY Nutcracker Workshop | Thursday, Dec. 7 | 6-8 p.m. | Creative Culture Westport, 207 Westport Rd., KCMO | $45 | Wear your favorite ugly sweater while you build your own nutcracker.
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News Notes
  • Originally slated to nest in Overland Park, “Paulie’s Penguin Parade” will pop-up Friday, Dec. 15-Sunday, Dec. 17 at Juris Law and Meditation (430 E. Santa Fe St., Olathe, KS), beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday and at 5 p.m. Saturday + Sunday. Drive through and say hey to the penguin crew. (Shawnee Mission Post)
  • Urban Cafe is moving 20 blocks up the street to 3440 Troost Ave., KCMO. The new spot will be located on the first floor of the Roxford building and serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch. An opening date is TBA. (City Scene KC)
  • KCI wants to clear up the ground traffic. To do so, officials are considering adding another incoming traffic lane as well as another waiting lot. Serious discussions will take place in 2024. (FOX4)
  • Two groups have plans to transform Kansas City’s vacant East Side school into a mixed-use mixed-income living space. Submitted plans include 75 apartments and ~48 townhomes, with 30% of the homes reserved for lower-income residents. (Kansas City Business Journal)
  • CPKC Stadium’s press box is now officially the Grant Wahl Memorial Press Box. KC Current chose to honor the late soccer journalist and Kansas City native as a key figure in the team’s founding.
  • The Panasonic electric vehicle plant being built in De Soto, KS is on track to open in early 2025. The plant is partnering with local colleges to create programs aimed at training their new workforce. (FOX4)
  • The man, the myth, the grocery shopper. Taylor Swift’s main squeeze, Travis Kelce, was spotted shopping at Trader Joe’s in Leawood. Watch his perfect checkout form.
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🛒 A true grab-and-go experience
Community Groceries on Troost storefront
Shop ‘til you drop at the new grocery store.  | Photo by KCtoday
Longtime readers will remember when Editor Charmaine covered the store without a checkout (the first store in the metro to utilize Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology). Its space in the East Crossroads was just an appetizer. The main course is now being served.

Community Groceries will host a grand opening celebration of its flagship store at 3501 Troost Ave., KCMO on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m.

The store prices items like eggs and flour individually, catering to those that don’t need to buy in bulk. Its special services include nearby grocery deliveries + lifestyle memberships.

Those who attend the grand opening can enter to win:
  • Apple AirPods
  • Beats headphones
  • $200 Best Buy gift card
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PlayStation 5
  • $100 gift cards to Community Groceries
  • Bronze Lifestyle memberships
The first 150 shoppers will receive a free tote bag with two extra raffle tickets.
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A fun and useful gift that’s sure to get the holiday party started: a margarita machine.
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