Now in its 83rd year, the well-known Thanksgiving Day Annual KCP&L Plaza Lighting Ceremony is a highly anticipated tradition, drawing dozens of locals and tourists alike each year. This year, the stage for the event has been moved to Nichols Road, west of Pennsylvania Avenue and will feature Matt Besler, Kei Kamara and Jimmy Nielsen of the Sporting Kansas City professional soccer team flipping the switch that turns on all the lights at 6:50 p.m.
Spectators are encouraged to arrive early or stay late to shop and enjoy a range of activities which include live performances by KSHB-TVs “Sounds of The Holiday” choir, finalists and previous winners from the KC Superstar singing competition, prize giveaways and a concert featuring the Celtic-American rock group, The Elders. After the official ceremony, the KCP&L Plaza Lights will remain lit 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. every day through January 13, 2013.
Located just across from Country Club Plaza over Ward Parkway, the InterContinental Kansas City Hotel is within walking distance of this lighting event. It offers interested spectators impeccable views of the area and the lights, especially from its rooftop.
On Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012, the InterContinental hotel will host two upscale dining events open to the public:
Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet:
Features: Classic Thanksgiving favorites
Location: The Alameda Ballroom* Seating Times: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $75 for adults, $35 for kids (5 – 12 years old)
20% Service charge will be added to each check
After-Dinner Dessert and Cordial Reception:
Features: Dessert buffet and open bar
Location: The Rooftop Bar
Seating Times: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: $50 per person
Inclusive of tax and gratuity
Space is limited. Make a reservation, or find out more, by calling: (816) 751-1910.
After the Plaza Lighting Ceremony and dining at the hotel, visitors can stay in sophisticated rooms with scenic downtown views, pillow-top mattresses, flat-screen TVs and more.
To see all the amenities offered at this Kansas City hotel, go to: www.kansascityic.com