Top 9 Things To Do At Christmas In Kansas City, Missouri

things to do in kansas city at christmas
Tina S.
Tina S. 
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Christmas in Kansas, a city in Missouri, is a spectacular celebration. Everywhere you go here is bright and festive during the season. Union Station Kansas City, a grand train station, turns into a delightful holiday destination with its Yuletide decor and activities. You’ll also find several light displays such as the brightly lit tunnel in Kessler Park and lighting ceremonies of iconic landmarks such as Country Club Plaza, a sprawling shopping block. There are also endless shopping, dining, drinking, and ice-skating opportunities all over the city. If these don’t suffice in filling up your trip’s itinerary, read on for our list of the top things to do at Christmas in Kansas City, Missouri, to make the most of your visit to the Heart of America.

1. Visit the cheerful Holiday Reflections at Union Station Kansas City

Christmas at Union Station in Kansas City
Source: Photo by Flickr user Roy Harryman used under CC0

The iconic Union Station is a former small Union Depot that was restored in 1996. It has become one of the busiest Amtrak stations which also features museum exhibits, theaters, and other attractions.

This Christmas, they are presenting Holiday Reflections, a walk-through Holiday-themed village installed in the Grand Plaza of the station. It features soaring lights, festive trees, huge, shiny ornaments, and lively music. There’s also a mini train ride that goes around Rudy’s Wonderland.

Holiday Reflections at Union Station Kansas City

Address: 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108

Website: Holiday Reflections at Union Station Kansas City

Opening hours: Nov 1, 2022 - Jan 1, 2023: 10am - 8pm

Price: starts at 7 USD

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2. Go ice skating at Crown Center Ice Terrace

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

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Posted by Crown Center on Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Crown Center Ice Terrace is Kansas City’s favorite and original outdoor skating rink. It continues its 50-year Christmas tradition of gathering families and friends for some ice-skating fun. The season starts in November and goes up to March. Children under four years old are free if they come with a paying adult.

It offers free skating for its opening date on November 4. The center also offers skating lessons if you’re willing to learn. You can get discounts if you learn with a group, with options such as a six-week class for 120 USD.

Crown Center Ice Terrace

Address: 2425 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108, United States

Website: Crown Center Ice Terrace

Opening hours: Nov, Dec, Jan (Sun-Thu): 10am - 9pm; (Fri-Sat): 10am - 11pm; Feb and Mar (Sun) 10am - 9pm; (Mon - Thu): 11am -9pm; (Fri) 11am - 10pm; (Sat) 10am - 10pm; varies on holidays

Price: starts at 8 USD; free for children under 4 years old

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3. Drive through Winter Magic in Kessler Park

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Posted by Winter Magic on Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The historic Cliff Drive located in Kessler Park, Kansas City’s first park, will soon be decorated with festive lights. This unique holiday light exhibit consists of an animated tunnel of lights, the longest of its kind in the Midwest. It also boasts holiday music and plenty of themed displays. At the end of the tunnel is Pixel Town.

While you are cruising through the tunnel riding your car, you can dance and sing along to the modern versions of Christmas songs being played along the way.

Winter Magic

Address: 1800 Cliff Drive, Kansas City, MO, United States, Missouri

Website: Winter Magic

Opening hours: Nov 3, 2022 - Jan 1, 2023 (Sun - Thu): 6pm - 9pm; (Fri - Sat): 6pm - 10pm or 11pm

Price: starts at 25 USD

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4. Watch the Kansas City Plaza Lights in Country Club Plaza

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The Kansas City Plaza Lights is one of the most awaited holiday events in Kansas City. Presented by Evergy this year, the beloved tradition is the lighting up of the city’s premier dining and shopping destination, Country Club Plaza. It’s a huge 15-block commercial property offering a variety of shops and restaurants. The plaza is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, so admission to witness this spectacular event is free.

Kansas City Plaza Lights

Address: Country Club Plaza, 4706 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64112, United States

Website: Kansas City Plaza Lights

Opening hours: November 24 (Thu): 5pm - 8pm

Price: Free

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5. Listen to the Christmas Festival by the Kansas City Symphony

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Posted by The Kansas City Symphony on Monday, October 10, 2022

Watch a concert to get into the Christmas vibe with your friends and family. Kansas City Symphony, KC Symphony, and other artists will be performing in this yearly festival of beautifully arranged Christmas songs. The familiar carols will surely put you in the Christmas spirit.

The festival also features a family sing-along, a sleigh ride with music, and a special appearance by Santa Claus.

Christmas Festival by the Kansas City Symphony

Address: 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri

Website: Christmas Festival by the Kansas City Symphony

Opening hours: Dec 15 - 17: 7pm; Dec 17 (Sat): 1pm; Dec 18 (Sun): 2pm

Price: starts from 21 USD

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6. Watch A Christmas Carol at Kansas City Repertory Theatre

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Photo by Don Ipock

Posted by Kansas City Repertory Theatre on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol, is retold by the talented thespians of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Feel the Christmas spirit of the past, present, and future as the cast performs this beloved Christmas story with a grand stage and colorful costumes. This Charles Dickens classic is a must-see for everyone of all ages, so bring your kids along so they can get to know Ebenezer Scrooge and the rest of the characters.

A Christmas Carol at Kansas City Repertory Theatre

Address: Spencer Theatre, 4949 Cherry St, Kansas City, MO 64110, United States

Website: A Christmas Carol at Kansas City Repertory Theatre

Opening hours: Nov 20, 23: 7pm; Nov 18, 19, 25: 8pm; Nov 25, 26: 2pm

Price: starts at 83 USD

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7. Sing and dance at A Spectacular Christmas at Music Theatre Heritage

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A 90 minute singing and dancing spectacular Christmas Show featuring holiday tunes from Musical Theater, innovative...

Posted by Music Theater Heritage on Friday, December 6, 2019

A great tradition in Kansas City is A Spectacular Christmas at the Music Theatre Heritage. This lively show is packed with song and dance numbers and a ground-breaking musical arrangement of classic holiday tunes. Each year there is an improved and innovative version of last year’s show. Make sure you and your loved ones enjoy this Yuletide-themed funfest.

A Spectacular Christmas at Music Theatre Heritage

Address: 2450 Grand Blvd, Suite 301 Kansas City, MO 64108

Website: A Spectacular Christmas at Music Theatre Heritage

Opening hours: Dec 8 - 10, 15-17, 20-23: 7:30pm; December 11, 17-18: 2pm

Price: starts at 35 USD

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8. Shop and be merry at Merry Market

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Posted by The City Market - Kansas City on Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Merry Market opens every year beginning Thanksgiving weekend up until Christmas. This outdoor market gathers 90 curated makers and artisans in one venue, the historic City Market. While exploring the market for unique gift items, you can also sip on a beer or specialty cocktails or gorge on specialty food. During Farmers Market hours, you’ll find a seasonal selection of vendors selling fresh produce and handmade products.

You can also enjoy live performances while walking through holiday pop-ups and restaurants.

Merry Market

Address: City Market, 20 E. 5th Street Suite 201 Kansas City, Missouri

Website: Merry Market

Opening hours: Nov 25 - 27, Dec 3 - 4, 10 - 11, 17 - 18: 10am - 5pm

Price: Free

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9. Drop by The Soul of Santa Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Celebration

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Posted by The Soul of Santa on Friday, April 22, 2022

The Soul of Santa Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Celebration is an exciting tradition that locals and visitors alike wait for. This year, the Christmas tree lighting will be at 18th & Vine on December 2 and on December 9 at The Shops on Blue Parkway. There will be a lot of food, holiday music, performances, and special guest speakers such as Mayor Quinton Lucas. You can also indulge in community breakfasts or participate in giveaways throughout the event.

The Soul of Santa Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Celebration

Address: 18th & Vine, bound by 18th St., Woodland Ave., 19th St. and The Paseo, Kansas City, Missouri; The Shops on Blue Parkway 4209 E 50th Terrace, Kansas City, Missouri

Website: The Soul of Santa Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Celebration

Opening hours: Dec 2, 9: 6pm

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Christmas in the Heart of America

Use our list of top things to do at Christmas as your guide when visiting Kansas City, Missouri. With these, you will be able to maximize your time and enjoy the holidays in the Heart of America where Christmas is celebrated with lots of festive activities and lights!

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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Tina is a free-spirited writer and traveler. She likes to experience unfamiliar places, cuisines, and scenery. She prefers beaches to mountains though as she is afraid of heights. Visiting museums,...Read more

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