Free Holiday Events – Joplin’s Local Family Fun


Are you looking for some Holiday fun that won’t break the bank? Below we have compiled a list of Holiday events in and around the Joplin area that your family will enjoy! 

Letter from Santa
Drop letters off at Santa’s mailbox at the Joplin Athletic Complex and the Parks & Rec staff will get letters to Santa so he can respond to children. Be sure to include child’s full name, address, city, state, zip code and of course, the wish list!
More Information: Joplin Athletic Complex

Lights and Window Displays in Joplin
Come out to Downtown Joplin and watch the unveiling of the Joplin City Hall Windows. Your children will shout with excitement as they see the displays. Once you have enjoyed all to be seen, take a stroll to Spiva Park, for the Spiva Tree Lighting at 6:30pm
Location: Downtown Joplin
More Information: Holiday Windows and Tree Lighting

Way of Salvation Lights Tour in Carthage
The Way of Salvation Lights Tour is a family tradition for many in the 4-State area. Come out and drive through the amazing story of Jesus, and tune your radio to go along with it. Your family will fall in love with this light display, year after year.
Location: This is located at Congregation of The Mother, 1900 Grand Ave, Carthage, MO
Cost: Free; donations encouraged
More Information:
Way of Salvation Driving lights Tour

Mt Moriah Lights in Carthage
It may not compare to Silver Dollar City’s holiday-light extravaganza, but the musical Christmas light display at a small country church between Carthage and Jasper is pretty impressive. You will enjoy music like Carol of the Bells, Winter Wonderland, and Wizards in Winter.
Location: 15506 Nutmeg RD, Carthage, MO
Cost: Free
More Information:
You can stay updated on their Facebook page, and Website

Holiday Express Train
Come out to the Holiday Express Train! With hot cocoa, a decked out train to tour, and get your picture taken with Santa!
No tickets needed. You walk through the train, no rides.
More Information: Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express Train 

Christmas lighting Ceremony
Big Spring Park will light into a magical wonder land and will include the reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and carols sang by students from Neosho Christian School.
: Big Spring Park Neosho
More Information: Christmas Lighting Ceremony

Journey to Bethlehem in Racine
Begin your Christmas season with an unforgettable new family tradition. Along your journey, you will encounter a host of characters – fellow travelers, local residents, camels, Roman cavalry, shepherds, radical revolutionaries, and more. Your journey will conclude with a heart warming scene in a stable with a newborn baby and a message of hope.Location: Racine Christian Church; 12218 State Highway K, Seneca, MO
More Information: Journey to Bethlehem

Southern Lights
Join MSSU as they kick off the Holiday Season with various activities!
Location: Missouri Southern State University
More InformationSouthern Lights

Holiday Craft Fair & Santa’s Work Shop
The holiday craft fair is one you don’t want to miss! There will be great vendors to shop from, Santa’s Work Shop and Pancakes!
Location: Pittsburg, KS
Admission: Santa’s Work shop is 1 non-perishable and unexpired canned food donation
More Information: Holiday Craft Fair and Santa’s Workshop





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