Kansas City Holiday Events

The holiday season is upon us, and there's plenty of fun & festive things to do in Kansas City, no matter how you choose to celebrate! Check out our ever-changing list of holiday highlights, and enjoy spreading some extra cheer.

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Holiday Events

Strawberry Hill Museum

Enjoy exploring the multi-cultural holiday celebration with a sampling of ethnic treats in the Tea Room during the museum's Olde World Christmas event.

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Luminary Walk
Overland Park Arboretum

Stroll through the candlelit walkways & gardens! You'll enjoy miles of candles, holiday lights, musical entertainment, a visit with Santa, the lighted Train and so much more.

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Polar Bear PJ Party
Kansas City Zoo

Sleep over with all your friends in the brand new Polar Bear Passage viewing building, come face-to-face with a few critters in the Animal Encounter, and enjoy continental breakfast in the morning.

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A Spectacular Christmas
MTH Theatre

Enjoy this holiday show featuring a sackful of classic Christmastime songs from movies and musicals, as well as KC’s best-loved local performers.

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Kansas City Symphony Holiday Events
Kauffman Center

Take in a variety of special events at the symphony this month, including TubaChristmas, Handel’s Messiah, and the Christmas Festival.

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6 x 10 Ten Minute Play Festival
The Arts Asylum

A three-day festival featuring six original plays by local playwrights, each approximately 10 minutes long.

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The Nutcracker
Kauffman Center

Magnificent sets, costumes, and acoustics bring Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic to life! Purchase tickets early for this spellbinding family tradition.

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Ice Skating
Park Place

Have fun at Johnson County’s only outdoor ice rink. Don’t have skates? No worries, rental are affordable! Warm frozen fingers and toes by stopping into Ingredients, right next door, for a cup of hot cocoa.

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Handel's Messiah
Kauffman Center

What holiday would be complete without the Hallelujah Chorus of Handel’s Messiah? 250 voices combine to continue this exquisite 96 year tradition.

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Christmas at Resurrection
Church of the Resurrection Leawood

More than 300 actors, singers, dancers and instrumentalists join in a celebration of Christmas and the depiction of the traditional Christmas story at this long-time Kansas City tradition.

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Santa's Gingerbread Station
Crown Center

See Santa, explore and climb aboard the Crown Center Express Train Engine, and enjoy the Gingerbread Village.

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A Christmas Carol
Spencer Theatre

An annual tradition for 48 years, this is one of KC’s oldest holiday performances. A must for the entire family!

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Kansas City Symphony's Holiday Concert
Kauffman Center

The Symphony’s Chorus presents stunning songs of the season, Christmas carols, and much more.

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Christmas in the Park
Longview Lake

Make sure your gas tank is full, then drive out to Longview Lake for a spectacular tour through miles of animated lights and giant illuminated displays—a sensational winter wonderland!

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Gingerbread Display
Union Station

Vote for your favorite gingerbread display, and check out the full calendar of holiday events.

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