Donate: The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund



Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony
Date: Friday, November 24, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Crown Center Square
No admission fee

Join Mayor Sly James and Jake Reid, President of Sporting Kansas City, as they flip the switch to light the 100-foot-tall Mayor’s Christmas Tree, one of the nation’s tallest, and the centerpiece for an illuminating holiday celebration. The lighting ceremony will feature a musical performance from M.T.H. Theater’s “A Spectacular Christmas Show” and a spectacular fireworks show. The program begins at 5:30 PM.

About the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund

The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund is a staple tradition in Kansas City that dates back to the 19th century when Mayor George Shelley bought a Christmas Tree and prepared baskets and meals for the poor with his own money. Since then, The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund has become a symbol of generosity that is indicative of the philanthropic spirit of all Kansas Citians.
The most visible symbol of The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund is the 100-foot Christmas Tree that is erected at Crown Center Square. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place, annually, the day after Thanksgiving and features a citizen that represents the best of KC. The celebration also features musical performances and a captivating fireworks show.
The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund benefits senior citizens, persons with disabilities and children every year with gift cards, Christmas gifts and holiday parties that are hosted by the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department at various community centers all across our community. The mission of The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund is to provide assistance to underprivileged families in Kansas City in an efficient and honorable manner that will enhance their enjoyment of the holiday season.
This mission is achieved each year thanks to the generosity of philanthropic foundations, corporations, and individuals from every corner of our city. Thank you for considering a donation to the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund.
Thank you for helping us make Christmas a little brighter for Kansas City families in need.


1. Donate to the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund

2. Get your Stay Frosty, KC T-shirt AND Support the Fund
This year, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund has teamed up with Charlie Hustle. When you buy your “Stay Frosty” t-shirt, 25% of the proceeds will go to to the MCT fund.

Stay Frosty Kansas City t-shirt

In collaboration with Charlie Hustle Shop 

Apply for Assistance from the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund

We have reached our quota for the year. Applications are now closed. 
Visit our application page.

Join us for Holiday Celebrations

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