Martin City Holds Christmas Lighting Ceremony, Holiday Market

Children get to pose with Santa on November 16.

Martin City bursts into the Christmas spirit with a full weekend of activities, starting with the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Thursday night, November 16 and rounding out with the Annual Holiday Market shopping spree on November 17 and 18.

The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will feature carolers, a music dj and Christmas prizes given away throughout the night. Families can enjoy hot chocolate while waiting in line to visit Santa. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with an Ugly Sweater Run sponsored by KC Running Company. The Christmas Tree on top of the Bailey Bros. Bank Building, 510 E. 135 St., will be turned on at 7:30 by Santa himself. Children can visit with Santa and have photos taken until 8:30 p.m.

Once Santa kicks off the season, it’s time to start shopping before Black Friday.  The Holiday Market will feature handmade items from local artisans at The Martin Event Space, 135th & Holmes Rd. Candles, sweets, home decor, customized clothing, jewelry and more can be found at the two-day event. Food and beverages provided by the Martin City Brewing Company will be available for purchase. The event is free.

Jazz on Sunday
Kansas City Jazz Vespers features Eboni Fondren and her band on Sunday evening, Nov. 12, 6:00- 8:00 pm.  It’s 100 minutes of professional jazz in a concert setting!  KC Jazz Vespers is held at the historic First Baptist Church of Kansas City, located in south city at 100 W. Red Bridge Road at  Wornall Road.  There is plenty of lighted, adjacent parking and the sanctuary is fully accessible.  A free-will offering is taken during an inspirational interlude to support the performers.  

Much Ado About Nothing
The Bard comes alive in the Goppert Theatre at Avila University, 120th and Wornall Rd,  as misunderstandings and dirty tricks collide in Much Ado About Nothing, one of William Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Don’t miss the devilish schemes of Beatrice and Benedick or the passionate love affair of Claudio and Hero and marvel at how easily mistaken identities can turn relationships upside down. Will comic and tragic events keep each couple apart of will true love prevail after all?

The show runs from Thursday, November 16 through Sunday, November 19. For tickets, call 816-501-3699 or email

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