Paulie's Penguin Playground in 2007
The Craig family Christmas display started off in 2004 with 15 penguins and a few Christmas lights, but has grown to nearly 150 lighted figures which fill most of his yard at Mur-Len Road & Indian Creek Parkway in Olathe, Kansas. In 2007 it took a crew six days to set up the Christmas display. Many of the figures move, some play music, and there are even penguin videos playing on the roof. This is the largest single display in Johnson County, and one of the largest Christmas Displays in metropolitan Kansas City.
This is a Christmas display that you will want to get out of your car and walk through. And I think you will be blown away. Visiting the Penguin Playground is free, though you may leave a contribution to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Through 2011, Paulie's Penguin Playground raised over $21,250 for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
The Craig Penguin Playground is even worth visiting during the daytime, but for full impact, you will want to visit this Christmas display after dark. Don't be surprised if this in the only place where you see snow, The Penguin Playground has its own snow making machine.
Before leaving Olathe, be sure to also visit Christmas Card Lane, an entire subdivision of homes with Christmas decorations and large wooden cards with greetings from each family. Then tour more Kansas City Christmas Displays.
copyright 2007-2012 by Keith Stokes