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Decorations for the holidays at the Vaile Mansion in Independence.

A holiday movie come to life 

Magic and wonder will be felt, seen, and heard at this year’s Living Windows on Friday, December 1, from 6-8 PM. Take this unique opportunity to enjoy some of your favorite Holiday movies and music in shop windows around the historic Independence Square! 


The 20th Annual Winter Solstice Torch-Lit Hike is a great option for outdoor enthusiasts. On Wednesday, December 6, from 5-7 PM, we invite you to enjoy the change of seasons as you walk through the beauty of George Owens Nature Park on the paved Butterfly Trail lined with fire-lit torches. Feel the warmth from the campfire as you celebrate the winter solstice and sip hot cocoa. Ice sculptures and birds of prey in the park will delight community members of all ages.  


The Winter Trail at George Owens Nature Park will have you in the spirit of giving. On December 7, 2023, through February 1, 2024, showcases wooden holiday sweaters decorated by the community for the community. Each sweater was decorated in support of Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity. You can learn more about the decorated wooden sweaters here.  


Step back in time and enjoy the holidays past 

Beauty and elegance will delight your eyes as the Bingham-Waggoner Estate and Vaile Mansion pull out all of the stops with decorations for the holiday season. Traditions of yesteryear are brought back to remind you of what is truly important during the holidays. 


Sounds of the Holidays 

Ring in the holidays with music! Spreading holiday cheer is easy when you have a song. From the Mayors Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 3, to the Spirit of Independence Concert Band’s Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 17, you’re sure to hear all your holiday favorites! 


Make Independence part of your family traditions for the holidays with great food, great history, and A Great American Story!  

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