One week until Christmas and it was time to visit the Fairy Princess. A visit to the Fairy Princess right before Christmas is a long standing tradition in Kansas City. The Fairy Princess first appeared in Kansas City, Mo. in 1935 in the toy department at Kline’s Department Store, one of the many department stores located within the downtown shopping district. At Kline’s the princess wore an elaborate gown complete with magic wand. Each child would share their Christmas wishes, get their photo taken with the princess and as a treat for the child, the Princess would wave her magical wand and a small gift would slide down a chute. Kline’s Fairy Princess delighted children for as many as 30 years until the closing of Kline’s in the 1970’s. Twenty years ago, The Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall revived the Fairy Princess tradition.
That night we crowded into one vehicle and went on a tour of Christmas lights.