‘Tis the Season: Holiday Events in KC




Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

November 6 - December 30 | The Coterie

 

photo courtesy of the coterie

 

While making your list of holiday to-dos, be sure to include this beloved holiday adventure. Jumping from the silver screen to the live stage, this colorful musical production, back by popular demand, features all your favorite characters — Rudolph, Sam the Snowman and Santa Claus — teaching the age-old lesson that what makes you different can also be what makes you special. thecoterie.org


Kansas City Food Circle Holiday Pop-Up Shop!

November 11 | Messner Bee Farm 

 

KCFC HOLIDAY POP UP

PHOTO COURTESY OF KC FOOD CIRCLE

 

For the locavore in your life, stop by this pop-up shop that celebrates the diversity in the KC community by only showcasing local artisans and farmers. From gifts to home goods, to all the food you’ll need for Thanksgiving, this second annual event has all your holiday needs. kcfoodcircle.org


The Ice at Park Place

November 16 - February 18 | Park Place

 

ice rink

PHOTO COURTESY OF PARK PLACE 

 

The only outdoor ice rink in south Johnson County opens for the holiday season. You can skate with Santa and test out tricks on the ice. After, warm up with hot chocolate and bites at Park Place’s nearby cafes and restaurants. For ice rink operating schedule and events go to parkplaceleawood.com


A Christmas Carol

November 16 - December 30 | Spencer Theatre

 

Christmas Carol

photo courtes of KCRep 

 

The Kansas City Repertory’s annual Christmas time tradition is back featuring inspiring musical numbers, detailed costumes and dazzling special effects at the Spencer Theatre. This classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, his redemption and learning the true meaning of Christmas is sure to delight. kcrep.org


Rock the Red Kettle

November 16 | Kansas City Power and Light District

 

Rock The Kettle

PHOTO COUTESY OF LIFEHOUSE 

 

The Salvation Army rings in good cheer with a free concert headlined by Lifehouse and Cassadee Pope. A host of prizes will also be given away that night. For how to enter the give away go to centralusa.salvationarmy.org


Classic Holiday Movie Series

November 16 - December 18 | Union Station

 

Union Station holiday movies

photo courtesy of union station kansas city inc

 

One of Kansas City’s favorite holiday traditions is returning to Union Station’s Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre. Enjoy National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Elf, Home Alone, and the Polar Express with a pj party. Children are encouraged to attend The Polar Express screenings in their pajamas, just like the film’s main character. For more info on dates and times go to unionstation.org


The Nutcracker Tea Party

November 17 - November 18 | Convention Center at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel

 

Crescendo Observatory The Nutcracker

PHOTO COURTESY OF ARTS AND RECREATION FOUNDATION OF OVERLAND PARK 

 

The Nutcracker Tea Party

PHOTO COURTESY OF ARTS AND RECREATION FOUNDATION OF OVERLAND PARK 

 

An enchanting family-friendly holiday event with a one-hour performance of The Nutcracker performed by the Crescendo Observatory that is accompanied by a delightful tea party. Each child can have a personal meet and greet with the dancers as they visit each table. Create holiday memories and learn more about this event at artsandrec-op.org


Northern Lights Holiday Lighting Ceremony

November 17 | Zona Rosa

 

Holiday lighting ceremony

photo courtesy of zona rosa 

 

Zona Rosa celebrates the coming of the holiday season with the annual lighting of the Kansas City Crowns and a 50-foot Christmas tree in Town Square. This free event will also be welcoming the official arrival of the holiday Santa Claus. For more details of event highlights go to zonarosa.com


Legendary Lighting Ceremony

November 17 | Legends Outlets 

 

Legend's Lighting Ceremony

Photo courtesy of VisitKc.com

 

Kick off the holiday season with one the Legends Outlet’s 17th annual tree lighting ceremony from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring one of the region’s first and largest displays of animated lights synchronized to music. The 45-foot Christmas tree is the center of this festive event, which also includes live holiday music; prize giveaways; and a special appearance from Santa Claus, who will lead the countdown to the switch flip. legendsshopping.com


Holiday Lighting Ceremony

November 17 | Union Station

 

Christmas Tree at Union Station

Photo courtesy of Union Station Kansas city inc. 

 

Christmas at Union Station

PHOTO COURTESY OF UNION STATION KANSAS CITY INC. 

 

Holidays Come Alive at Union Station

PHOTO COURTESY OF UNION STATION KANSAS CITY INC. 

 

Union Station’s lighting ceremony is only beginning of the KC landmark’s holiday season. Bring the family for a day’s worth of activities, culminating with the indoor lighting of the tree, followed by a performance by Quixotic, along with free evening mini train rides. For a full list of holiday fun, visit Union Station’s calendar. unionstation.org


Gingerbread Lane

 November 21 | Webster House

 

Gingerbread Lane Webster

PHOTO COURTESY OF CHILDREN'S CENTER FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

 

Gingerbread Lane Webster

PHOTO COURTESY OF CHILDREN'S CENTER FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

 

Marvel at the spectacular gingerbread creations made by local chefs when they debut November 21 at the Webster House in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District. Bid on your favorite creations in a silent auction to benefit the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI). On December 21 get your last-minute Christmas shopping finished and have your family photo taken with Jolly Old Elf and also indulge in the breakfast buffet with Santa. For more info on events and pricing go to ccvi.org


Holiday Lights on Farmstead Lane

November 22 - January 7 | Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead

 

Farmstead Lights

PHoto courtesy of Farmstead arts and recreation foundation of overland park

 

Farmstead Lane Christmas

photo courtesy of Friends of deanna rose children's farmstead

 

This family-friendly extravaganza returns with a 38-minute show filled with new features and a lot animation. B.Y.O.C.C.B. (bring your own cocoa, cookies and blanket), snuggle up and watch the lights from the warmth of your car. Light shows are from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily. opkansas.org


Plaza Lighting Ceremony 

November 22 | Country Club Plaza

 

Country Club Plaza Lights

photo courtesy of Intercontinental kansas city at the plaza

 

Plaza Lighting Ceremony

photo courtesy of country club plaza 

 

Each year the 15 blocks that make up the Country Club Plaza illuminate to bring one of Kansas City’s beloved holiday traditions. Come early, but stay late for pre- and post-ceremony entertainment, giveaways, a fireworks display and, of course, the switch flip that will awaken 287,000 glimmering jewel-colored lights. countryclubplaza.com


Mayor’s Christmas Tree at Crown Center

November 23 | Crown Center Square

 

Mayor's Christmas Tree

PHOTO COURTESY OF CROWN CENTER

 

Crown Center’s celebration of Christmas begins at 5:30 p.m. Watch as Mayor Sly James and a celebrity guest flip the switch to light Crown Center's iconic center piece and one of the tallest Christmas tree in the nation standing at 100-feet-tall. The Mayor's Christmas Tree is also a symbol of the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund. crowncenter.com 


Holiday Luminary Walk

November 23 - December 8 | Overland Park Arboretum

 

OP Luminary Walk

photo courtesy of Overland Park Kansas 

 

Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens will host a magical luminary walk through the property for three weekends from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting November 23. Enjoy a mile of candles, holiday lights, live entertainment, Santa Claus, horse-drawn wagon rides, hot cider around a campfire and mystical Gnome and Fairy Villages. Tickets must be bought in advance for a specific day and are $10 per person. Kids ages 5 and under are free. For more info visit opkansas.org


KC Streetcar Holiday Jam

November 24 - December 15 | RideKC Streetcar

 

STREETCAR HOLIDAY JAM

PHOTO COURTESY OF KC STREETCAR 

 

Jam to some free live music ranging from holiday music to covers and originals while on board the free KC Streetcar. Kansas City Streetcar, as part of the Downtown Dazzle events and in partnership with 90.0 The Bridge, will be hosting ten live musical performances on board from the City Market to the Union station. For a schedule of the live music performances check out their website. kcstreetcar.org


The Great Santa Run and Little Elves Fun Run

November 30 | Johnson County Community College

 

The Great Santa Run KC

PHOTO COURTESY OF KC SANTA RUN 

 

Santa's Little Elves Fun Run

PHOTO COURTESY OF KC SANTA RUN 

 

Get ready for the holiday season with this jolly jog benefiting the children of Operation Breakthrough. Make your way through the 3.1-mile course around Johnson County Community College, then enjoy a post-race breakfast and claim your finisher’s medals. Be the Santa in a Kansas City kid’s life by donating an unopened, unwrapped toy. kcsantarun.com


The Nutcracker

November 30 - December 23 | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

 

KC Ballet Nutcracker

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KANSAS CITY BALLET

 

Kansas City Ballet

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KANSAS CITY BALLET

 

Expect a feast for the eyes with exquisite costumes, grans sets and stunning special effects that will dazzle young and old alike from the Kansas City Ballet's The Nutcracker. This charming theatrical experience will inspire you to imagine again and immerse you in Christmas magic. A sensory-friendly performance is also available for children, families, and with adults. For dates and times visit kcballet.org


Sugar Plum Fairy Children’s Ball

December 1 | Kauffman Center and Muehlebach Tower

 

sugar plum fairy children ball

PHOTO COUTERSY THE KANSAS CITY BALLET 

 

This delightful event is a one-of-a-kind holiday celebration for the whole family. Immediately following the 2 p.m. performance of Kansas City's The Nutcrakcer, guests will be whisked away to the Muehlebach Tower and enjoy a delicious three course meal. Children can interact with costumed characters and traveling magicians, have a complimentary picture taken with the Sugar Plum Fairy and parents can shop the fantastic silent auction. For more info visit kcballet.org


Sleigh: Dashing Through the Holidays with HMC

December 1 - December 9 | Folly Theater | Yardley Hall

 

Hearland Men's Chorus

PHOTO COURTESY OF HEARTLAND MEN'S CHORUS 

 

Hearland's Men's Chorus

PHOTO COURTESY OF HEARLAND'S MEN'S CHORUS

 

For a ring-ting-tingling good time, Hearland Men's Chorus (HMC) is presenting a holiday extravaganza that will take you dashing through your favorite classic and masterpiece carols. For dates, times, and location visit hmckc.org


Coleman Dollhouse Opening 

December 1 | The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

 

COLEMAN HOUSE

 

The museum’s 9-foot-tall dollhouse, decked out in full holiday splendor, is revealed. Marvel at its fine details up close and personal as museum educators give in-depth talks about the dollhouse and its history. toyandminiaturemuseum.org


Holiday Swing

December 1 - December 2 | Union Station

 

holiday swing kc

PHOTO COURTESY OF UNION STATION

 

The Union Station hosts for its' eighth year a holiday celebration extravaganza, an indie craft fair showcasing more than 100 handmade and vintage vendors of Strawberry Swing. While snagging one-of-a-kind handmade and up-cycled items for the whole family, enjoy the whimsical photo-booth, food trucks, and cash bar. unionstation.org


Brunch with Santa

December 2 | Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland 

 

Brunch with Santa

 

Join Santa for a delicious brunch featuring a pancake breakfast from Chris Cakes, coffee and bagels from Meshuggah Bagels and Messenger Coffee Co., then prepare for Christmas with cookie decorating with MeMa’s Bakery, crafts, and a take home a courtesy photo with Santa. All proceeds benefit the Phoenix Family. arvestbanktheatre.com


The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra: Winter Wonderland

December 4 | Kauffman Center for the Performing Art

 

kcjo

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KANSAS CITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA 

Set the holiday mood with some extra hip renditions of holiday tunes featuring Hammond B3 organist, Chris Hazelton. kauffmancenter.org


The Night The Buzz Stole Xmas

December 4 | Arvest Bank at The Midland

 

the night the buzz stole xmas

PHOTO COURTESY OF 96.5 THE BUZZ

 

Take a pause from all the bustle and hustle of the holidays and enjoy a night of alternative music with the CHRVCHES, The Moth & The Flame, and Royal Teeth presented by 96.5 the Buzz. 965thebuzz.radio.com


Love Actually Movie Party

December 4 - December 5 | Alamo Drafthouse

 

love actually movie party

photo courtesy of alamo drafthouse cinema 

 

Grab your gal pal for a holiday edition of Alamo Drafthouse’s ever-popular Girlie Night feature Love Actually, starring Hugh Grant, Keira Knightly, Liam Neeson and a host of other A-list celebs. Sing along to your favorite holiday tune, “Christmas Is All Around;” then laugh, cry, boo and cheer through this feel-good seasonal favorite. drafthouse.com


Kappa Holiday Homes Tour

December 5 - December 6 | Indian Hills Country Club 

Kappa Holiday Home Tours

PHOTO COURTESY OF KAPPA HOME TOUR

 

Kappa Holiday Home Tours

PHOTO COURTESY OF KAPPA HOME TOUR

 

Kappa Holiday Home Tours

PHOTO COURTESY OF KAPPA HOME TOUR

 

This year’s 67th annual tour highlights four homes decorated for the holidays by outstanding local florists and features the return of the holiday boutique (famous Kappa Fudge included), a ladies’ night and a preview luncheon with home and family blogger Justin Ricklefs as the keynote speaker. Since its inception in 1951, the event, dubbed the “grandmother of holiday homes tours,” has raised approximately $2 million for area charities and the Kappa Foundation and has become a KC holiday tradition. kappahomestour.com


Holiday Candlelight Tour

December 7 - December 8 | John Wornall House Museum

 

wornall house candlelight tour

photo courtesy of wornall majors house museum

 

Experience the holiday season in Victorian style by a festive tour through the John Wornall House Museum. Guided by candlelight, this one-hour exploration of the house and grounds features holiday decorations, carolers, interactive games, music, Christmas treats, hot drinks, and a special performance from the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. wornallmajors.org


Handel’s Messiah

December 7 - December 9 | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

 

Handel's Messiah

photo courtesy of the kauffman center

 

Let the heavenly sound of more than 250 ethereal voices fill you with holiday cheer as the Independence Messiah Choir joins the Kansas City Symphony and Symphony Chorus to continue the 100-year tradition with guest conductor Aram Demirjian. For more info on times and prices visit kauffmancenter.org


Santa Brunch

December 8 | Tavern at Mission Farms

 

santa brunch tavern at mission farms

PHOTO COURTESY OF TAVERN AT MISSION FARMS

 

Visit with Santa, grab a complimentary photo, and enjoy a special holiday brunch at this fourth annual holiday celebration. Highlight is the brunch buffet with a variety of Tavern's signature fare complete with a Bloody Mary cocktail bar. tavernatmissionfarms.com


Candy Cane Course North KC 5K 

December 8 | North Kansas City City Hall 

 

Candy Cane Course 5k

photo courtesy of Elite photography kc 

 

Candy Cane Course KC

photo courtesy of elite photography kc 

 

A Christmas themed run perfect for the whole family. After the race, fuel up with food, participate in the costume contest, and take photos with Santa. The fun also includes free kids dash and plenty of fun activities and vendors! Sponsored by North Kansas City Hospital, proceeds will benefit the Northtown YMCA's "Learn to Swim" program. bodiesracecompany.com


Elf Movie Party

December 8 - December 10 | Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

 

Elf movie party

photo courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse 

 

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” At least that’s what Buddy the Elf suggests. We recommend Alamo Drafthouse’s movie party featuring Elf. This party features a themed contest, a snowball fight in-theater, fun props, jingle bells, bubbles and a scratch ‘n’ sniff card to help you and Buddy navigate your way through Manhattan and find his dad. drafthouse.com


The Fairy Princess

December 7 - December 16 | Kansas City Museum 

 

Fairy Princess

photo courtesy of the kansas city museum

 

The Kansas City Museum continues a tradition at its' majestic quarters of the Fairy Princess that has been a part of Kansas City's holidays since 1935. Kline's Department Store first had a Fairy Princess at 1113 Main St. in 1936 because the Klines were Jewish and wanted a non-denominational holiday icon to bring business to their store. Kline's closed in 1970, but the Kansas City Museum revived the holiday pastime in 1987. The Fairy Princess wears a flowing white dress and a crown while she sits on her magnificent throne in the entryway of the Kansas City Museum. She listens to children's holiday wishes and poses for photos. Then her magical toy chests open to reveal a sweet treat for each child. For all dates and times visit kansascitymuseum.org


Jingle Bell Run

December 9 | Meritex Underground Executive Park

 

Jingle Bell Run

photo courtesy of jingle bell run 

 

JINGLE BELL RUN

PHOTO COURTESY OF JINGLE BELL RUN 

 

Get in the holiday spirit with this annual festive and fun Christmas-themed run. Raising money to help find a cure for arthritis, this family-friendly run takes place underground and features appearances from Santa, Kansas City Royals mascot Sluggerrr, jugglers, magicians, a live DJ and the famous holiday hallway aglow with thousands of lights and decorations. events.arthritis.org


A Joyful Christmas: A Live Holiday Concert with Jim Brickman

December 10 | The Folly Theater 

 

jim brickman a joyful Christmas

PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM BRICKMAN 

 

Find comfort and joy this holiday season as two-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter, pianist and radio show host Jim Brickman puts on a soothing concert filled with lush instrumentals and soaring vocals. Expect to hear new music, along with holiday favorites and share in the celebration of "A Joyful Christmas." jimbrickman.com


Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express Train

December 14 - December 18 | Grand Plaza, Union Station

 

KCS Holiday Express

photo courtesy of union station 

 

All aboard Union Station’s festive six-car holiday express! Next stop: joy and merriment for all. Each retired rail car features a holiday scene, including Santa Claus and his elves. Also on the express are a flatcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village, a gingerbread boxcar, the elves’ workshop; a reindeer stable and a little red caboose. Throughout the holidays, the Holiday Express will make stops in seven states in the U.S. and donate cold-weather necessities to the local Salvation Army along the way. unionstation.org


Kansas City Symphony’s Christmas Festival

December 17 - December 22 | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

 

kc symphony Christmas festival

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY

 

Deck the halls with the sounds of beautiful arrangements of cherished Christmas carols and songs of the season at Kansas City’s grandest holiday concert. Plus, there will be an early visit from Santa and each performance will have a dazzling jewelry prize giveaway from Helzberg Diamonds. tickets.kcsymphony.org


Trans-Siberian Orchestra

December 26 | Sprint Center

 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

PHOTO COURTESY OF SPRINT CENTER 

 

After the massive success of bringing their experimental spectacular The Ghosts of Christmas Eve from the silver screen to the live stage, the genre-blending progressive rockers are bringing it back for an encore. Journey to the beginning of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and bask in the Christmas spirit with dazzling light displays, favorite tracks and more for this ear's 20th-anniversary tour. sprintcenter.com