Nearly 300,000 people are expected to drive through a display of more than 1 million lights and 275 animated displays in Jackson County this season.

Jackson County Parks and Recreation is putting on Christmas in the Park for the 35th year from Nov. 23 to Dec. 31. Hours are 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5:30 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The drive through the Longview Lake Campground begins at the Frank White Jr., Softball Complex. Admission is free, although voluntary donations are accepted at the end.

Donations benefit at least 39 charities in the Jackson County area. More than $1 million has been given to over 1,000 charity organizations in the Kansas City area.

The holiday tradition has been viewed by over 2 million people since its debut in 1987.

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