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Top 3 Holiday Light Displays in KC

KC Plaza LightsKansas City has some wonderful holiday light displays that will really get you into the spirit of the season. Fusion Electric has collected the best so you can load the kids (or your sweetie) in the car, drive through and grab some hot chocolates or coffees, and set your GPS to find them all! Happy holidays from Fusion Electric!

 

 

1. Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting

WHEN

November 24, 2017 – Jan. 2, 2018

Time: 5:30pm

WHERE

Crown Center Area

Address: Crown Center Ice Terrace,

2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108

WEBSITE

This is the perfect way to kick off the season! The 100-foot-tall Mayor’s Christmas tree is dazzling and the ceremony is free. Mayor Sly James and a celebrity guest will flip the switch to light the tree. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. Fun fact – after the holidays, the wood from the Mayor’s Christmas tree is made into commemorative ornaments and are sold the following year to benefit the Mayor’s Christmas tree fund, which is dedicated to helping the city’s less fortunate.

 

2. 88th Annual KCP&L Plaza Lighting Ceremony

WHEN

Thursday, November 23, 2017 – Jan. 14, 2018

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

WHERE

Main Stage at Nichols Road & Pennsylvania

by Brio Tuscan Grille (502 Nichols Rd, Kansas City, MO 64112)

WEBSITE

The Plaza never looks better than when it’s lit up with holiday lights! This year’s Thanksgiving day ceremony features performances by some of the Kansas City region’s most notable performers. The KCP&L main show will feature performances by Casi Joy, Isaac Cates and Ordained, Blue Valley High School Chamber Singers, KC A Cappella, the KCP&L Plaza Lights singers and dancers and The Elders.If you can’t make the turkey day celebration, you can watch it broadcast live on KSHB-TV from 6-7 followed by fireworks. Then, visit the Plaza daily from 5pm to 3am from Thanksgiving day through January 14th to take in all 15 blocks of twinkling lights.

If you want to see the Plaza Lights like never before,consider the Country Club Plaza Flights. This helicopter tour allows you to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Kansas City Plaza lights.

 

3. Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead Light Display

WHEN: November 23, 2017 – January 7, 2018

5:00 pm – 11:00 pm nightly

WHERE: Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead

13800 Switzer Rd. Overland Park, KS 66221

WEBSITE

This is a 38-minute light show synchronized with music. Just pull into the main entrance of the Farmstead and turn off your lights. Tune your radio to 90.5 Rose FM to watch the animated display move in sync with festive holiday music. Great for everyone, but especially for families with small children. The show is so spectacular it was even featured on the HGTV show “All Out Christmas.” Make it a holiday tradition.

 

More Magic Around Town

Because the KC Metro is so large, you may want to stick to light displays close to home. Pick the ones that are close, or make it an adventure to find them all! They are worth the drive.

Lee’s Summit Magic Tree

WHEN: November 23, 2017 – January 6, 2018

5:00 pm – 11:00 pm nightly

WHERE: I-470 and View High Drive

WEBSITE

With over 12,000 lovely LED lights sparkling incessantly, the Lee’s Summit Magic Tree is less Christmas tree and more rainbow of light that will take your breath away.

Guests can take family photos in front of the tree with donations accepted for Lee’s Summit Social Services, an organization that helps families in need or you can even leave non-perishable food donations when you visit. It’s a great way to remind yourself and your family that there are others in need this time of year and a great way to teach your kids about giving – after all, that’s what the season is all about! 

The Liberty Light Show

WHEN: Shows featuring live musicians Dec 1, 2, 3 and 8, 9, 10 (15-minute shows beginning at 6:00 pm, 6:45 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:15 pm, 9:00 pm.)

Automated shows without the live musicians will run December 11 through December 24 through 11 pm

WHERE: Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 MO-291, Liberty, MO 64068

WEBSITE

We don’t know of another drive-through Christmas light show that features live musicians! This 15-minute show is synchronized to live musicians for the first two weekends of December. Load up the family and enjoy it from the coziness of your own car. You can listen to the live music through the radio. The light show is completely free to the community.  No reservations are needed. Just pull into the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church parking lot and attendants will direct you to park.

Christmas in the Park

WHEN: Nov. 22, 2017 – Dec. 31, 2017

Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10:00

Friday & Saturday, 5:30-11:00

WHERE: Longview Lake Park (3217 SW Longview Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081)

WEBSITE

Drive through Longview Lake Park and admire the lights and displays. This is a popular destination during the holiday season, so go on a weeknight if you want to avoid a long line. Beware of deer when driving there as the park is full of them.

Vince & Associates Animated Lights

WHEN: Nov. 21 – Dec. 25, 2017

WHERE: Vince & Associates Clinical Research (10103 Metcalf Ave. Overland Park, KS 66212)

WEBSITE

This year’s light show will have over 200,000 lights using 750 channels of individual control to animate the display making it one of the largest in the metropolitan area. The lighting is an interactive display set to music. Just tune the radio to 96.9FM and enjoy! You can even donate if you like with proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Foundation and Children’s Mercy.

The best place to view the display is from the Emmanuel Baptist Church parking lot (10100 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66212) directly across the street from the Vince & Associates Clinical Research campus.

Festive Neighbors & Neighborhoods Worth the Drive:

Some homeowners and even small neighborhoods go all out for the holidays. Check out these single homes or small communities that make our neighborhoods festive and fun!

  • Christmas Place: 8900 block 131st Place, Overland Park, KS
  • Candy Cane Lane 7900 Block of Outlook St., Prairie Village, KS
  • Paulie’s Penguin Playground 16617 Indian Creek Pkwy, Olathe, KS
  • Christmas Card Lane West of Ridgeview & North of 151st St., Olathe, KS

Enjoy the holiday season and get out to see some of these amazing light displays. If you need any help with anything electrical this winter, give Fusion Electric a call at (913) 648-9487 or contact us online.

Electrical Home Safety Inspection in Kansas City

Possible Causes & Solutions for Electrical Trouble with your Holiday Lights

tangled-holiday-lights-electrical-issues-fusion-electric-kcYou strung your whole house with twinkling holiday lights and couldn’t wait to turn them on. However, once you turned them on, they quickly faded to darkness. What happened?

If you experienced electrical trouble with your holiday lights, we’ll tell you the possible issues and how Fusion Electric can fix them!

Check the Breakers

Sometimes, an electrical problem is as simple as a tripped circuit! It’s so elementary, but many times we don’t think to check the most obvious things first. If you reset the breaker and the problem occurs again, it might be a good idea to call the professionals to have a separate circuit added for extras like holiday lights.

Adding this feature will make turning your holiday lights on and off very convenient and easy because your electrician can add a specific switch dedicated to your holiday lights, or certain parts of your home, if you wish! Another solution may be to switch to LED holiday lights because they require less energy and may be less likely to trip a circuit.

Related Read: Are Electric Space Heaters Dangerous?

Decorate with Safety in Mind

circuit-box-electrical-issues-fusion-electric-kcThe important thing to keep in mind when using outdoor holiday lights to decorate is the fact that they’re outside. That means that the lights themselves, and the extension cords, are exposed to the elements — namely water, in the form of rain, sleet, and snow. Since it’s a well-known fact that water and electricity don’t mix well, make sure you’re taking the proper precautions, including:

  • Using GFCI protected outlets to prevent electrical shocks.
  • Equipping your GFCI protected outlets with a cover or bubble protector to keep moisture out.
  • Inspecting extension cords that are meant for outdoor use for cracks, splits or frayed wires.

Again, skipping these steps could be a real safety hazard both in terms of moisture problems, electrical shocks, and the risk of a short leading to a fire.

Related Read: Whole House What Protector?

Be Extra Safe & Add Surge Protection

Most of us think of surges as being caused by lightning, but the truth is, 80% of surges are short, intense bursts, caused by us and all of our electrical demands!

A whole-house surge protector is another great safety measure for homes with lots of electronics in use during the holiday season. In fact, this protection is valuable throughout the year for families with many computers, cell phones, and other smart devices. Homes today are in more need of surge protection than ever before with all of the everyday devices these days that are equipped with circuit boards (washers, dryers, appliances, computers, etc.).

Related Read: Will Unplugging These Common Household Appliances Reduce Your Electric Bill?

Need help with an electrical issue? Contact Fusion Electric online or give us a call at (913) 563-7975. We’d be happy to answer your questions!

 

3 Ways to Keep Electronics Safe During the Holidays

May your holiday season be merry and bright! To ensure that it is, Fusion Electric is sharing three ways to keep your electronics safe and your mind sane this holiday season. Follow our tips for a smooth winter.


holiday sting lightsInspect Electrical Holiday Displays Before Using

It’s that time of the year again, full of sparkle and cheer. Before you hang the tinsel and the lights, make sure you do a double take. Christmas lights that you hang outside your home or on your Christmas tree can end up with unscrewed bulbs or frayed wires – neither of which are conducive to a safe holiday display. Always check your holiday lights or displays with lights or electrical components to make sure they are still safe to use in their desired location. This small step can keep your family safe from electrical shocks, and can prevent a fire hazard in your home.

Related Read: How to Prep Outdoor Outlets for Winter

Electrical SafetyDon’t Overload Electrical Outlets

Between the holiday lights, displays, and new gadgets, it’s easy to put extra stress on your home’s electrical panel without even realizing it. Taxing your electrical demands can cause some real issues though. You can blow a fuse, or even a circuit, cutting off power to part or all of your home. Make sure your home’s electrical panel is up to date and replace it if need be. The average home’s electrical needs have increased dramatically over the past decade or so, so upgrading your electrical panel might be a good move, especially before all those holiday parties.

Also, steer clear of power strip usage this season. They can overload quickly with the high demand of the season, which can lead to a blown fuse, or worse – irreparable damage to expensive electronics. Add more outlets to your home where you know demand will be high if need be – think kitchen, living room, media room, etc..

Holiday HouseTurn Off Holiday Light Displays at Night or When Away

Letting lights burn 24/7 is not a good idea – even if they are newer LED displays. You might be saving money on your energy costs with LED lights, but they can still cause issues if overused, especially outdoors. We all know that electricity and water don’t pair well together. Late fall and winter are typically filled with days and nights of rain or snow showers. Do yourself a favor, turn off or unplug those outdoor lights during the day when they are barely visible anyhow and when there is a heavy downfall. This will keep your lights from malfunctioning and dying on you, and keep your family safe from electrical shock.

It’s also in your best interest to turn indoor light displays off at night and when you are gone during the day. Keeping them on inside all day can increase your risk of a house fire.


For electrical improvements prior to the busy holiday season, call Fusion Electric today at  913-563-7975.