Hometown Holidays - Celebrate Olathe

Celebrate Olathe and Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, Nov. 30 | 6 to 8:30 p.m. | Olathe Community Center

Kickoff the holiday season with the annual Celebrate Olathe and Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Nov. 30, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Olathe Community Center. Join Mayor Michael Copeland and special guest Joe Lauria, Fox 4 meteorologist, as they light the Mayor’s Christmas tree at 6:15 p.m. Then, enjoy an evening of music, face painting, free activities, and a visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Joey the Elf! Local food trucks will sell food throughout the night. Follow event updates on Facebook.

Parking will be available at Olathe North High School (600 E. Prairie St.), and free shuttles will be available.

Schedule of Events

  • 6 p.m. - Doors open
  • 6:15 p.m. - Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting with Mayor Michael Copeland and special guest Joe Lauria, Fox 4 meteorologist
  • 6:30 p.m. - Music and activities throughout the Olathe Community Center
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Pictures with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Joey the Elf in the lobby
  • 6:45 p.m. - Choir performances
    • 6:45 to 7 p.m. - Summit Trail Middle School
    • 7:05 to 7:20 p.m. - Tomahawk Elementary 
    • 7:25 to 7:40 p.m. - Olathe North High School
    • 7:45 to 8 p.m. - Olathe Special Pops

Hometown Holidays - Christmas at Mahaffie

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop's Christmas Open House
Saturday, Dec. 1 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm

Start your Christmas season with a visit to Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop’s Christmas Open House on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy the Heritage Center decorations, make an ornament, visit the historic Mahaffie House and ride the stagecoach (weather and grounds permitting). Stagecoach rides $3/person ages 3 & up.

Christmas at Mahaffie Schedule 

  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Music by the Shady Grove String Band
  • 1 to 3 p.m. - Visit Santa in the Heritage Center
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Ornament Making
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - 1860s living history activities such as blacksmith and cookstove demonstrations, stringing popcorn and cranberries, and stagecoach rides (weather and grounds permitting)

Admission to the event is free. Visit Mahaffie.org for more information.

Hometown Holidays - Dorr Light Display

Olathe Live! Christmas with Lester Estelle & Friends
Dec. 6 | 7 p.m. | Olathe Community Center

Olathe Live! is headed indoors for a special Christmas show with Lester Estelle & Friends! Join us at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6, as the band takes us through all our favorite Christmas songs. Seating will be limited, so arrive early to get your spot! Doors open at 6 p.m.