Paulie's Penguin Playground
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 2021, Paulie's Penguin Playground has raised over $87,000 for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
Note: After 20 years, Paul Craig has announced that 2022 is the final year for Paulie's Penguin Playground. This display has dominated three months of their life every year and he and Cindy are ready for a break. They hope to raise at least $13,000 for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society in this their final year. I first met Paul and Cindy in 2008 and will be sorry to see this end, but they have earned the chance to get the quarter of their lives back! They hope to find a non-profit which might continue the display in the future.
The Paulie's 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, tour more Kansas City Christmas Displays.
Card Lane Johnson
County Christmas Display Tour
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