The Soul of Santa “Do Good” Foundation is gearing up for the holiday season with their line up of community-focused events, including two tree lighting ceremonies, two community breakfasts, and toy giveaways for community children and a “Very Jazzy Holiday Benefit Concert.”  

The community-focused tree lighting ceremonies feature guest musical performers and a special guest tree lighter at each event. The tree lighting ceremonies are:  Fri., Dec. 1, and Fri., Dec. 8. The tree lightings are growing in popularity and feature live jazz music and special guests.  

There are two tree lighting ceremonies this year, one in 18th & Vine and one at The Shops of Blue Parkway

The Soul of Santa “Do Good” foundation also has two free breakfasts along with toy and clothes giveaways: Dec. 2, at the American Jazz Museum and Dec. 9 at the Shops of Blue Parkway. While these events are free, you must register in advance. Registration for the Dec. 2 event can be found here: For the Dec. 9 event register here:

Meanwhile, this year’s Holiday Benefit Concert features the renowned Kansas City jazz legend Lonnie McFadden and his multi-talented family. Attendees can expect to be immersed in the jazzy melodies of Christmas.

The event not only aims to provide an evening of world-class entertainment but also serves as a critical fundraiser for The Soul of Santa “Do Good” Foundation. By attending the concert, patrons contribute directly to the foundation’s mission of doing good year-round. Tickets require a $150 donation and can be purchased at  

Soul of Santa Benefit Concert

GEM Theater

1615 E. 18th St. KCMO

Fri, Dec. 1

7 to 9 p.m. 

Tickets $150

Soul of Santa Tree Lighting Ceremonies

18th & Vine Jazz District

Fri, Dec. 1, 5 p.m.


The Shops on Blue Parkway

4209 E 50th Terr. KCMO

Fri, Dec. 8, 5 p.m.


Soul of Santa Free Breakfast & Toy Giveaways

American Jazz Museum

1616 E 18th St, KCMO

Sat, Dec. 2, 9 a.m.


The Shops on Blue Parkway

Sat, Dec. 9, 9 a.m.


Prior to joining The Community Voice, he worked as a reporter & calendar editor with The Pitch, writing instructor with The Kansas City Public Library, and as a contributing food writer for Kansas...

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