November 27, 2022

First Friday weekend loops in the bottoms, 2 Dec – 4, and Fridays and Saturdays through December 17th

KANSAS CITY, MON, November 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Grinch and Cindy Lou Who, Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves make their way to the West Bottoms Tree Lights to ring in the holiday weekends in the historic West Bottoms Friday December 2ndat 17:30. Mrs. Claus will share hot cocoa and cookies to spread the Christmas cheer and dancers will perform. Weekend Bows in the Bottoms events include First Friday Weekend, 2nd-4th December for all shops and every Friday and Saturday December 17th for many of the shops that want to open.

In addition to the December bank holiday weekends, most shops will also be open in Small Business Saturday, November 26th.

The West Bottoms listened to the 1930’s holidays on the historic streets as Christmas lights were widely displayed on the towering buildings and a three-story Christmas tree on the 13th and Hickory. Tree lights will ring out with festive music, and artificial snow will “bow” the magic of the celebrations. The neighborhood is known for its stylishly displayed vintages and antiques. Many stores work with designers to create a beautiful display of products that will help customers create the look in their homes or find upcycled antiques that serve a new purpose. Shops also have new furniture, clothing, jewelry, candles and more.

Many shoppers spend a day visiting more than 30 stores, starting with coffee, then a toast at the pop-up street bars and lunch. Options include:

  • Java Garage – Coffee, a variety of hot and cold beverages, and homemade treats
  • Chef J’s BBQ – Award Winning
  • Evola’s Italian delicatessen at Good JuJu
  • The Painted Rooster Restaurant on the third floor of Bella Patina and the “Phase 2” Coffee Cart.
  • West Bottoms Food Truck Wine and Dine Options – Food truck options lining Hickory Street
  • Full Moon Street Bars Festival
  • Wine tastings: Robin’s Nest, Treasures on 13th and Serendipity KC

Stroll from block to block and savor the moment to create lasting memories with the spirit of this historic neighborhood.

“We bow, as the saying goes. The West Bottoms are a wonderful place to find gifts and put the finishing touches on your vacation plans,” said Amber Arnett-Bequeath, district spokesperson. “The stores feel like a historic Christmas wonderland. They touch all the senses, from the scent of candles and evergreen yummy treats to bows, baubles and sparkling decorations that create the spirit of Christmas. The moon before Christmas shines brightly after the feast of the full moon weekend. We see shopping success as lore says the moon brings good luck before Christmas.


  • Small business owner on Saturday 11/26, many shops plan to be open. Check the stores’ Facebook pages for details.
  • West Bottoms first Friday weekend shopping – – The theme of the festival is the full moon weekends loops in the floors 2nd-4th December. Open Friday to Sunday – Most shops open on Fri/Sat at 9 amclose 6 p.mand Sunday off 11 clock to 4. Admission is free. Check individual store Facebook pages for information on specific store openings. Full Moon Street Bar is open during tree lights and first Friday weekend.
  • Holiday Street Cast schedule – Grinch, Cindy Lou Who, Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves all present for tree lighting. Other times on a rotating schedule.
    or 12/2 Noon-6:30pm
    or 12/3 11am-4pm
    ο 12/9 11am-3pm
    or 12/10 11am-4pm
    or 16.12 11am-3pm
    or 17.12 11am-4pm
  • tree lighting – at 17:30, Friday December 2nd in hickory and 13th. Snow will fall and the Grinch, Cindy Lou Who, Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves will be available for photos. Dancers from Donna’s Dance Academy of Belton will also perform and music will round out the celebrations. Hot cocoa and treats are available for lighting.
  • Weekend shopping in West Bottoms in December – Many shops plan to be open continuously on Friday and Saturday December 17th. Check each store’s Facebook page for specific store openings.
  • Food truck Wine & Dine – along Hickory between 13th and 12
  • full moon escape – Escape Games have slots available for groups under 11 to test their wits and solve puzzles to get out of locked rooms in 60 minutes. Although these games are not scary – they excite. See website for opening times.

About the West Bottoms Historic Entertainment District:

The West Bottoms Historic Entertainment District, located just off the 12th Street Bridge, features 22 warehouses in a thirteen-block area with approximately 600 vendors and more than thirty shops and restaurants. Many of the large, multi-storey buildings have histories that begin over 120 years ago. These repurposed, massive expanses form the largest year-round vintage entertainment district. The West Bottoms is the destination for visitors and buyers including interior decorators, designers and collectors looking for stylish decor and gift options with history and patina that cannot be reproduced.

SOURCE West Bottoms Historic Entertainment District

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