Santa Sightings in Kansas City

2018 Edition

These are some of our favorite local Santa sightings. Santa and his elves are celebrating the holidays with special events all season long! You'll also find experiences to meet other Christmas characters as well - the Grinch, Kansas City's Fairy Princess, Mrs. Claus, Jack Frost, Charlie Brown, Snoopy and more.

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Letters to Santa: Blue Springs

FREE Nov. 3- Dec. 14, Fieldhouse, 425 NE Mock Avenue, Blue Springs, MO. Santa is making his list and checking it twice, but he’s waiting for your letter! Put your Christmas wishes into writing and drop them off at the Fieldhouse’s direct mailbox to the North Pole.

Letters from Santa

Nov. 1 - Dec. 13, Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, KS. Arrange for a special someone to receive a personalized letter from Santa. Register by Dec. 13 at 4:30 pm. Resident: $5 (per letter). Non-Resident: $6 (per letter).

Holiday Festivals, Photo Ops & Special Events with Santa & Friends

Santa's Wonderland

FREE Nov. 10 - Dec. 24 at Bass Pro & Cabela's locations across the metro. Enjoy a free photo with Santa and experience a classic Christmas inside every Bass Pro & Cabela's store.

Wild West Christmas & Holiday Festival

Nov. 16 & 17, Pinedell Horse Farm, 19909 E 175th St, Pleasant Hill, MO. Holiday Festival fun for the whole Family Tons of Shopping Workshops Live Entertainment Music and the best food you have ever tasted made by Real life Cowboys come visit us at Pine Dell Horse Farm. $5.00 For Adults Children are always Free.

WinterFest at Worlds of Fun

Weekend Evenings Nov. 23 – Dec. 30 at Worlds of Fun, 4545 Worlds of Fun Avenue, Kansas City, MO. Holiday cheer rings out at Worlds of Fun during the annual WinterFest celebration. Thousands of sparkling lights transform the park with an inviting glow that warms the hearts and lifts the spirit. Witness festive live shows, meet iconic holiday characters, join holiday activities like ice skating and cookie decorating, ride select park attractions and create lasting memories with family and friends.

Christmas in the Country

FREE Nov. 17, Mt. Gilead Historic School & Church, 15918 Plattsburg Road, Kearney, MO. There will be a Christmas “selfie station” for taking photos, crafts for children to make, music, and hot cider and cookies.   Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance.  This is a free event.

Luminary Walk: Overland Park Arboretum

The Luminary Walk will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., three weekends, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23-24, Nov. 30-Dec.1, and Dec. 7-8. This Arboretum fundraiser features a mile of candles, holiday lights, live musical entertainment, Santa Claus in the Depot, horse-dawn wagon rides, hot cider around a campfire and mystical Gnome and Fairy Villages. Volunteers and staff members are transforming the Arboretum into a wonderland of candles and lights, music and holiday fun. Thousands of candles line the walkways and trails. Holiday lights will be on display from trees, buildings and bridges. Children will be thrilled to see Santa's Woodland Depot in the Train Garden and chat with him nightly from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Santa at Crown Center (2500 Grand, Kansas City, MO):

  • Santa's Arrival at Crown Center FREE Nov. 23 at 10am Santa Claus arrives in a horse-drawn carriage to kick off the holiday season. Join Santa as he makes his way to Santa’s Gingerbread Station, where he resides through December 24.
  • EBT Santa's Countdown to Christmas FREE Nov. 23 – Dec. 31. Don’t miss one of Kanas City’s favorite pieces of Christmas nostalgia. EBT Laughing Santa, who first appeared at KC’s Emery, Bird, Thayer department store in the early 1900s, has been providing memories for new generations at Crown Center since 1979. Children of all ages will marvel at this Jolly Ol’ Soul as he chuckles his way through the holiday season while counting down the days until Christmas. Open during Crown Center Shops holiday hours.
  • Santa's Gingerbread Station FREE Nov. 23 – Dec. 31. All aboard for a favorite holiday tradition at Crown Center! Kids and families can explore this interactive exhibit, meet and have their photo taken with Santa Claus (through December 24), climb aboard the Crown Center Express Train Engine, and enjoy Gingerbread Village. No admission fee. Photos with Santa are available for a fee, or you may take your own. Open during Crown Center Shops holiday hours.

Santa at the Kansas City Zoo (6800 Zoo Dr., Kansas City, MO):

  • Santa Dives with Penguins Weekends beginning Nov. 23. What’s red and white and swimming with the penguins at Helzberg Penguin Plaza? Santa! Get a one-of-a-kind photo of Santa as penguins torpedo around him. Watch the penguin bubbles trail the man in the red suit and hear the children giggle. Dives are at 2 p.m.
  • Holiday Wild at the Zoo Dec. 1 & 2. Santa, his elves and Mrs. Claus will be at the Zoo for Holiday Wild. This is your chance to tell him what’s on your wish list. Join us from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for polar-riffic activities.  Bring your camera and have your picture taken with Santa! You can also catch Santa diving inside the cold weather penguin exhibit at 2 p.m. Our gentoo and king penguins will be taking a walk in the chilly outdoor air during our Penguin March at 11 a.m. Friends of the Zoo (FOTZ) members will enjoy an exclusive breakfast snack and a special meet and greet with Santa on Saturday, December 1 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Winter Wonderland at the Zoo Dec. 15 & 16. Celebrate the holiday season with the Zoo’s furry, feathery and fluffy friends Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our gentoo and king penguins will venture outside in the frosty air for a Penguin March at 11 a.m. See Santa dive underwater with our penguins at 2 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit with this festive weekend at the Kansas City Zoo!

Lanesfield School Country Christmas

FREE Weekends starting Nov. 24 at Lanesfield School, 18745 S. Dillie Rd, Edgerton, KS. Experience a traditional 1904 old-fashioned Christmas! Write to Santa with pen and ink, make an ornament, and visit the gift shop for stocking stuffers. Drop in between 1 pm and 5 pm - FREE

Breakfast with the KC Museum Fairy Princess

Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 8:00-10:00 a.m., in the Paddlewheel Atrium of the Arabia Steamboat at City Market, the Kansas City Museum’s Fairy Princess will host an enchanting experience for children that includes a child-friendly buffet breakfast, meet-and-greet and holiday entertainment. Each child will receive a special gift from the Fairy Princess to commemorate their visit. The Fairy Princess tradition began in 1935 at Kline’s Department Store at 11th & Main in Downtown Kansas City and grew into a local icon after decades as a holiday attraction for children. In 1987, seventeen years after Kline’s permanently closed, The Kansas City Museum revived the Fairy Princess as an annual holiday presentation. Advanced tickets are required for Breakfast with the Fairy Princess. Adults: $20, children 12 & under: $10. A limited quantity is available and must be purchased online. Limit 8 per person. Orders cannot be taken over the phone or in person. All children must be accompanied by an adult. All guests must have a ticket to be admitted to the event venue. Tickets are non-refundable. 

A Modern Farmhouse Christmas

Nov. 27, Bondurant Studios, 5732 Barton Ave, Shawnee, KS. Celebrate this Christmas with a wonderful experience for your child. As they share their wish list we will capture the magic and fun. Make reservations for this professional portrait session.

Living Windows

FREE Nov. 30, Independence Square, Independence MO. The windows will again come to life with holiday scenes, musicians and more for one night only. Explore our historic downtown where many merchants will be open late and other businesses may invite you in for a warm drink. Grab a late dinner or dessert. Come home to a new tradition, Living Windows.  Make the Square your home for the holidays. Holiday Windows come to life with sights and sounds of the season.  Street musicians, sidewalk vendors, sleigh rides and more.

Mayor's Christmas Carnival: Independence

FREE Dec. 1 from 9am-Noon, Roger T. Sermon Center, 201 N Dodgion St, Independence, MO. Join Mayor Eileen Weir as we enjoy a variety of games and activities. Balloon creations, popular carnival games, face painting and other surprises await you. Each child will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and will receive a bag of treats. Bring your camera if you would like a picture with Santa.

Candy Land Christmas in Smithville

Dec. 1 from 1-5:30pm & Dec. 14 from 4-7pm. Smithville, MO. Stop by the old School House, down from the First Christian Church, at 112 Church St., for a visit with Mr. & Mrs. Claus! Then grab a Candy Land map, which will take you on an adventure through some of the downtown businesses in search of goodies and treats. 

Westport Santa Dash

Dec. 1, Gambal’s Social Club, 4116 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO. $36/ea. The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.  The next best way is to join over a thousand Santas along a 5K course in Westport! Take advantage of this opportunity to become every child’s favorite man as each participant receives a Santa Suit. We fill the streets with holiday spirit!  All participants in the Santa Dash receive their own Santa Suit or race shirt, bib chip timing, a finisher’s ornament, and lots of holiday treats!

Santa Visits Family Tree Nursery

Dec. 2, 8 & 9 Family Tree Nursery. Every holiday season we transform our garden centers into magical winter wonderlands lined with forests of decorated trees. lights, decorations, and holiday gifts.

  • Sunday, Dec 2nd - ‚ÄčLiberty Location: 830 W. Liberty Dr. (816.781.0001)
  • Saturday, Dec 8th - Overland Park Location: ‚Äč8424 Farley St. (913.642.6503)
  • Sunday, Dec 9th - Shawnee Location: 7036 Nieman Rd. (913.631.6121)

Santa Train Rides

Dec. 1 & 8, Belton, Grandview & Kansas City Railroad 502 E Walnut St, Belton, MO. Santa will join us for a 40 minute train ride, will visit with guests, and will stop for photos if you wish, all while the train moves down the track. Be sure to bring a camera! We will sing songs and talk to Santa about activities at the North Pole. After the train, the Railroad will serve hot chocolate and a cookie for each passenger. The Gift Shop will be open too! Did we mention to bring a camera? Only 46 seats are available per train and they sell quickly. The cost is $17 per passenger three years and older, $5.00 for children under the age of 3. All tickets will be handled on a "will call" basis, and can be picked up on the day of the train ride.


Dec. 5, Bondurant Studios, 5732 Barton Ave, Shawnee, KS. 913.905.9394. Don’t miss a moment! Celebrate with us all year long. Each session is $100 or purchase all 12 for $600. Packages start at $349. $50 per additional child per session.

Kansas City Museum Fairy Princess

Dec. 7-16 at Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District, 800 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO. Share holiday wishes with The Fairy Princess, enjoy Holiday music, crafts and take home  a sweet treat. This year, you must purchase advance tickets online, walk-ins will not be available. Sessions: December 7 and; 14, 3-7 p.m. and December 8,9,15 and; 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Holiday Lights & Festive Sights

FREE Dec. 7, Sylvester Powell Community Center, 6200 Martway, Mission, KS. A night of fun for all ages; come out to SPJCC to enjoy local choirs, a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus, balloon artists, hot chocolate & s'mores, indoor playground, swimming and much, much more! FREE!

Santa's Wonderland at KC Parks

FREE Experience the wonder of the season at Kansas City’s holiday tradition, Santa’s Wonderland! Gather friends and family and spend an evening celebrating the holidays with festive entertainment by the Starlight STARS of Tomorrow, light displays and, of course, a visit from Santa and his friends. Free and open to the public. Bring your camera/phone to take a picture with Santa.

  • Dec. 7, Gillham Park, Gillham Rd. and 41st St., Kansas City, MO. 
  • Dec. 8, Penguin Park,  N Vivion Rd. and N Norton Ave., Kansas City, MO.
  • Dec. 15, The Bay/Longview Tract, 7101 Longview Rd., Kansas City, MO.

Holiday Wonderland Celebration

FREE Dec. 7 from 6-8:30pm, NKC Parks & Recreation Center, 1201 Clark Ferguson Dr, North Kansas City, MO. Celebrate a Holiday Wonderland with us! Games, Holiday Crafts, and Cookie Decorating are all on the docket for the evening! Come enjoy the evening, but please register by November 30 in person, by phone, or online.


KCS Holiday Express

FREE Dec. 14 – 18 , Union Station, 30 W. Pershing, Kansas City, MO. Back for its 18th annual run, the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express train brings Santa Claus and his elves back to Union Station. The Kansas City Southern Holiday Express is unlike any other train in the world! One of Kansas City s favorite holiday traditions, the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train brings Santa to Union Station just before Christmas. Guests can visit with Santa and tour the train for free.  Led by Kansas City Southern, Southern Belle business train, the Holiday Express train includes a smiling tank car Rudy; a flatcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread boxcar; the elves’ workshop; the reindeer stable; and a little red caboose.

Santa Visits the Orchard

Dec. 15 from 10am-noon at Weston Orchard & Vineyard 18545 Co Rd H, Weston, MO. Santa will spend the morning with us out at the orchard's retail barn! Bring the kiddos out for a visit and a picture with Santa, and cozy up with some fresh apple cider and apple cider donuts! The event will be collecting donations to help the Weston Masonic Lodge's Christmas Project, which helps local Weston families with food and gift purchases during the year.

Ice Skate with Santa

Dec. 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 5-7pm at Summit Ice 120 NE Chipman Rd., Lee’s Summit MO, 816.249.2600. Enjoy ice skating at Lee's Summit's brand new ice rink with Santa Claus!

Skate with Santa

Dec. 15 from 2-4pm, Line Creek Community Center , 5940 NW Waukomis Drive, Kansas City, MO. Pay only $4, with a donation of a non-perishable food item for Harvesters. Skate Rental $2. Participants will get to skate with Santa during the public session. There will also be a free photo booth in Trail Side Room.

Santa Splash: Lawrence

Dec. 15, Indoor Aquatics Center, Lawrence, KS. The reindeer seem to be ahead of schedule this year and will be delivering Santa early to the Indoor Aquatic Center for some holiday fun. The craft room will be open for ornament making and stocking decorating at Noon. Then a special visitor will manage to stop by during his busy holiday season to review wish lists, give out presents and take photos with the children. Be sure to bring your camera! Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, Dec. 12, to secure crafts; may pay day-of to participate in the Santa visit and swimming. All children must be accompanied by an adult. If adults choose to swim, daily admission applies.


Dec. 16 from 1-2:30pm at the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures (5235 Oak St., Kansas City, MO). Join us for hot cocoa, cookies, and a visit with Father Christmas. Professional storyteller Jim “Two Crows” Wallen will engage the entire family with tales of holiday traditions around the world in the museum’s festively decorated Tureman Education Center. Be sure to bring your camera so you can snap a keepsake photo of your family with the man in red! Included with museum admission.

Louisburg Cider Mill Santa Day

FREE Dec. 22, Louisburg Cider Mill, 14730 K68 Hwy, Louisburg, KS. Santa Claus will be visiting the Louisburg Cider Mill Country Store from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come visit us with your children so they can tell Jolly Ole St. Nick all their last minute wishes!

A Holly Jolly Party: Santa's North Pole Elves

FREE at Mid-Continent Public Libraries. Celebrate the spirit of the season with some special elves straight from Santa’s workshop. Join your new elfin friends as they sing and dance to your favorite holiday tunes. Registration required.

  • Dec. 1, 2pm at Blue Springs South Branch
  • Dec. 8, 10:30am at Kearney Branch
  • Dec. 15, 10:30am at Smithville Branch
  • Dec. 19, 2pm at Colbern Branch
  • Dec. 20, 2pm at North Independence Branch

Breakfast, Brunch, Cookies, Cocoa & Candy Canes... with Santa

Tip: Breakfast with Santa and Candy Cane Hunts typically require advance registration and have limited space, so register today before the slots are full.

Breakfast with Santa at Mahaffie

Nov. 24 & Dec. 8, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm, 1200 E. Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS. Enjoy pancakes, sausage links, and refreshments in the beautifully decorated Heritage Center. Make an ornament, listen to holiday music, and enjoy family time. After breakfast, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. All ages welcome! Admission is $8/person ages 3 and; up, and includes one photo with Santa. Registration required.

Breakfast with Santa

Dec. 1 at Irene B. French Community Center, 5701 Merriam Dr., Merriam, KS. Admission $5 // Adult Children FREE with paying  adult (parents must be in attendance). “Run, run, run fast as you can. You will never catch me I’m the Gingerbread man.” Breakfast with Santa has become a popular community event in Merriam. The morning is full of holiday fun with this year’s theme “Gingerbread”. Activities will include story time, face painting, gingerbread craft and games, breakfast and best of all one-on-one time with Santa. Registration deadline: Thursday, November 29

Candy Cane Hunt: Lawrence

Dec. 1, Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th St.., Lawrence, KS. 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Ages: 6 and Under. Rumor has it that Santa is going to be hiding candy canes for children from 4-6 p.m. with the hunt starting at 4:30 p.m. After the hunt, we will warm up inside the center with some hot chocolate, cookies, and arts and crafts while listening to great holiday music. Registration deadline: Tuesday, November 28. For more information, contact (785) 832-7940.

Candy Cane Hunt

Dec. 1, Sports Complex (SC) Fields 2-4, 9701 W 137th St, Overland Park, KS. 2-10 with adult . 10:30 am to 11:30 am. $5 per child. The Grinch has discovered that Blue Valley Recreation Commission has hidden hundreds of candy canes around our sports complex! If the Grinch finds those candy canes first he will turn them all green! Kids we need your help! Join us for a candy cane hunt followed by hot chocolate and donuts. This is an outdoor event, so dress for the weather. Hunt will go on rain, snow or shine. Hunt begins at 10:30A SHARP. Pre-registration required.

The Great Candy Cane Hunt: Olathe

Dec. 1, Stage Coach Park, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd., Olathe, KS. Bring your flashlights and help us find the Candy Canes Santa dropped on Stagecoach Park. Special Candy Canes can be redeemed for great prizes. The night will kick off with crafts and activities. After all the Candy Canes are found warm up with some hot chocolate! Participants must bring their own Flashlights, and preregistration is required

Grinter Breakfast with Santa

Dec. 1, Grinter Place, 1420 S. 78th Street, Kansas City, MO. Come kick of the holiday season at Grinter Place and get a free picture with Santa and a goodie bag with the purchase of breakfast! Arts and crafts and tours of the home will also be offered!

Red Stocking Breakfast

Dec. 1 from 7:30am to 10:30am, Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbeque at 95th and Metcalf in Overland Park, KS. KCSL will host the 14th annual Red Stocking Breakfast. Celebrity Servers including TV personalities and state elected officials will help serve breakfast. Have your Picture Taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Face painting. Auction items. Raffle items. Tickets $20 at the door, $15 in advance and kids 10 and under are FREE! Proceeds will go to KCSL’s child abuse prevention and parent education program, Healthy Families, in the KC area.

Ceramic Cafe Breakfast with Santa

Dec. 2, Ceramic Cafe, 9510 Nall, Overland Park. 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Enjoy a continental breakfast, create a clay impression of Santa or a Snowman, enjoy ornament painting, and visit with Santa.

Brunch with Santa

Dec. 2, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City, MO. Santa Claus comes to downtown Kansas City for a fun-filled afternoon at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, one of downtown’s most beautiful historic buildings located in the Kansas City Power & Light District! Enjoy a pancake breakfast from Chris Cakes, crafts, cookie decorating with MeMa's Old-Fashioned Bakery, and coffee + bagels from Meshuggah Bagels and Messenger Coffee Co.! Each family takes home a one-of-a-kind professional photo with Santa, courtesy of Arvest Bank, and each child receives a special gift from the North Pole. Proceeds benefit Phoenix Family! Presented by Arvest Bank.

Candy Cane Lane: Grandview

FREE Dec. 7, The View, 13500 Byars Road, Grandview, MO. Let’s take a trip to Candy Cane Lane to visit Santa! We’ll create crafts and decorate delicious cookies to enjoy! Get your photo with Santa after you tell him what you’d like for Christmas. Enjoy an evening of fun for the whole family at the View! This is a FREE event, however, space is limited so please register online! 

Breakfast with Santa at Carolyn's Country Cousins

Dec. 8, 8-10:30am at Carolyn's Country Cousins 17607 NE 52nd St., Liberty, MO. Six time slots will be available for purchase. All sessions will include: A Full Country Pancake Breakfast, Visit and photo, opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Special Christmas Card, Christmas Cookie to Decorate. $15 per ticket. 12 months and under are FREE

Breakfast with Santa at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Dec. 8, Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. K-7 Highway, Olathe, KS. $7 per person, $8 for nonresidents. 9138262800. Kids! Bring an adult and have a yummy breakfast of pancakes and juice followed by a visit with Santa! Santa will explain the winter habits of his animal friends and will also help you construct a gift for wildlife. Of course, Santa will have a gift for each child and will listen to your Christmas list. This magical holiday event, for ages 3-5 with an adult, is $7 per person, including adults, $8 nonresidents.  Advanced reservations required. Register today by going to, click the “Register for Activities” button and do a barcode search for 11711.

Cookies and Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus

Dec. 8, Atkins-Johnson Farm & Museum , 4109 NE Pleasant Valley Rd, Gladstone, MO. $6/ea. Families will enjoy cider, cookies and the opportunity to take a photo with both Santa and Mrs. Claus in the historic home traditionally decorated for the Christmas season. Each family photo is $6. Admission is free. This fundraiser benefits the Friends of the Atkins-Johnson Farm.

Breakfast with Santa: Lawrence

Dec. 8, Community Building, 115 W. 11th St.,, Lawrence, KS. Come have breakfast with your favorite jolly man. Santa will join us for a meal and holiday arts and crafts. We’ll enjoy pancakes, sausage, orange juice and water as we spread holiday cheer. Registration to eat, participate in arts and crafts and visit with Santa. You may registration for just arts and crafts and visit with Santa without taking advantage of the breakfast at the price of $5 per person

Brunch with Santa: Blue Springs

Dec. 8, Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper St., Blue Springs, MO. $8 per person, children under 1 are free!  . Enjoy a festive holiday brunch with family, friends and Santa! After brunch, youngsters can each take a turn visiting with Santa. Create a simple craft and receive a small gift bag to take home. New this year take part in the Candy Cane Hunt! Children must have an adult chaperone; children age 1 and under are free. Registration Deadline: Friday, November 28th

Breakfast with Santa at Ironwoods Park

Dec. 8, The Lodge at Ironwoods Park, 14701 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS. Spend the morning with Santa and enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake, sausage and fruit breakfast, pictures with Santa and a fun holiday craft! Pictures are available to view and print for free online at one week after the event. Pictures will not be given on site. Register soon this event fills quickly due to limited space! The fee is $13.00 per person and $11.00 for Leawood residents, children under 12 months are free.

Santa Express & Country Christmas

Dec. 8 & 9, Ag Hall of Fame 630 N 126th St. Bonner Springs, KS. $5/car. Join Santa in the Train Depot! Ride the Union Pacific train and take in the Christmas on the Farm decorations. Have a cookie and make sure Santa knows exactly what you want for Christmas! Get your picture with Santa and help support Farm Town USA at the Ag Hall of Fame! 

Breakfast with Santa: Gardner

Dec. 8, Green Building, Johnson County Fairgrounds , Gardner, KS. Spend a morning with your family at the North Pole!  Parents and children will enjoy All You Can Eat Pancakes, Sausage Links and Juice from Chris Cakes.  Kids can make a craft and professional pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be available for purchase.  Tickets will be pre-sold online for $5 online until noon on Friday, December 7 and for $5 at City Hall up until 5:00 p.m. on December 7- or purchase them at the door the day of for $6. Children under 1 year will not be charged.  **Please note: Tickets purchased online will need to be picked up at the event on December 8.  Tickets will be available for purchase beginning October 15, 2018!

Brunch with Santa

Dec. 8 Earnest Shepherd Memorial Youth Center, 610 E Shepherd Rd, Liberty, MO. $10 for children. 8167817733. Earnest Shepherd Youth Center invites you to come have Brunch with Santa. Photos with the Big Guy as well as awesome gifts, Christmas tree lane, fun crafts, and a yummy continental breakfast.

Breakfast with Santa

Dec. 8, ArtsTech 1522 Holmes, Kansas City, MO. Enjoy the famous Chris Cakes Pancakes. All your can eat pancakes $10/ea. Have your picture taken with Santa, enter the gift bag raffle, visit Santa’s art and craft workshop. Come listen to holiday music, carol, play a game, get your face painted, tryout of Elf drills obstacle courses or play the holiday drums. There will be door prizes, the youth holiday art showcase, and gift bag raffle each half hour with a chance to win a laptop, Bluetooth speaker and wireless mouse as a grand prize. Proceeds benefit the youth programs at ArtsTech. Free Parking.

Cocoa & Cookies with Santa

FREE Dec. 9 from 6-8pm at Aldersgate Life 350 SW 150 Highway, Lees Summit, MO. Enjoy a Who-Ville themed party where your kids can visit with Santa and get a (free download) picture by a professional photographer! (You are encouraged to take your own as well if you would like!) Enjoy a snack of cookies and cocoa while you watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas, color Who-Ville coloring pages and write your letter to Santa and drop it in our North Pole Bound Mailbox! Stop in for a How the Grinch Stole Christmas storytime with Cindy Loo Who! Kids are also welcome to head to the North Pole workshop where there will be stations and volunteers ready to help them make and then wrap their very own Christmas gifts for parents, grandparents, siblings or whoever they choose! While you wander and explore everything there will be to see and do, you may run into the Grinch also who will be hanging out all evening ready to take pictures with everyone! He wants to be there to remind you that Christmas doesn't actually come from a store but perhaps means a little bit more!

Grinch Candy Cane Hunt

Dec. 13, Sylvester Powell Community Center, 6200 Martway, Mission, KS. $5/child. 913-722-8200. OH NO! The Grinch is planning to steal all of the Candy Canes from Beverly Park. Please help us find them before it’s too late! After all the candy canes have been found, we’ll head inside to warm up with some hot chocolate and cookies and enjoy a showing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at the Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center.

Canes, Cocoa and Claus

Dec. 14, Shawnee Indian Mission Museum , 3403 W 53rd St, Shawnee, KS. Bring your flashlight to participate in the candy cane hunt in the Christmas Tree Forest for children ages 10 and under. Parents must accompany their children on the candy cane hunt. After, head indoors the Mission where children will be provided a tree ornament to decorate and take home while enjoying some hot cocoa. Finish off your evening with a chat and photo opportunity with Santa!

Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt: Gardner, KS

Dec. 18, Cornerstone Park, Gardner, KS. Registration for this event is $3.00 . It is rumored that Santa is about to hide hundreds of candy canes around Cornerstone Park! Grab your flashlight and join us as we search for hidden candy canes.  Maximum number of participants is 100, so hurry up and register today! Registration Deadline   December 7. Registration will begin on November 1!

Flick with St. Nick

Dec. 18, Johnson County Fairgrounds Green Building, 136 E. Washington, Gardner, KS. Immediately following the Candy Cane Hunt, head on over to the Johnson County Fairgrounds Green Building where you will be greeted by Santa and Mrs. Claus!  We will be showing a holiday themed movie, so be sure to bring your sleeping bag and hang in your PJ’s for this cozy Christmas event!

Historic Santa & Storytime

Visit From St. Nicholas: Shoal Creek Living History Museum

Dec. 1, Shoal Creek Living History Museum, 7000 Northeast Barry Road, Kansas City, MO. $5 per person (age 5 and under free). Take a break from the present and experience a 19th century Christmas.  Enjoy walking tour through our holiday decorated homes and log cabins of the 1800’s while re-enactors bring the village to life.  Visit St. Nicholas in the Thornton Mansion in his resplendent green velvet robes, make your Christmas purchases at the Mercantile and post your St. Nicholas letter.  Experience a Civil War encampment, warm up by the “potbellied” stove in the school, find peace in the serene setting of an 1884 Church, see how 1880’s Swedish immigrants celebrated Santa Lucia Day and watch how lace was made in the Arnold Home.  End your visit with a brief horse drawn sleigh ride through the countryside from noon to 4:00 pm.

Jim "Two Crows" Wallen Presents: A Visit with Santa Claus

FREE at Mid-Continent Public Libraries. Get in the Christmas spirit with a story from Santa, and make a simple craft to take home. Parents and grandparents, don't forget your cameras. An adult must accompany each child. Registration required.

  • Dec. 3, 5:30 pm Weston Branch
  • Dec. 15, 10:15 & 11:30 am Plate City Branch
  • Dec. 18, 6:30pm North Oak Branch

Storytime with Santa

FREE at Mid-Continent Public Libraries. Santa is making a special trip to the Library to read a holiday story. After the story, sit on Santa's knee to tell him what you want for Christmas. Parents, don't forget your cameras! Registration required.

  • Dec. 4 at 2pm & 4pm at Woodneath Branch.
  • Dec. 6 at 6:30pm at Smithville Branch
  • Dec. 11 at 6:30pm at Parkville Branch.
  • Dec. 17 at 6:30pm at Excelsior Springs Branch

Storytime with Santa & Mrs. Claus

FREE at Mid-Continent Public Libraries. Santa and Mrs. Claus are making a special trip from the North Pole to read a holiday story at the Library. After the story, sit on Santa's lap to tell him what you want for Christmas. Registration required.

  • Dec. 4 at 6:30pm at Lone Jack Branch
  • Dec. 7 at 10am at Blue Springs Branch
  • Dec. 8 at 10:30am at Liberty Branch
  • Dec. 8 at 3pm at Boardwalk Branch
  • Dec. 10 at 10:30am at Grain Valley Branch
  • Dec. 11 at 6:30pm at Oak Grove Branch
  • Dec. 12 at 10am at Raytown Branch
  • Dec. 14 at 2pm at North Independence Branch
  • Dec. 15 at 10:30am Parkville Branch
  • Dec. 18 at 6:30pm at Red Bridge Branch
  • Dec. 20 at 6:30pm at Lee's Summit Branch
  • Dec. 22 at 2pm Blue Springs Branch

Father Christmas

Dec. 15 at 2pm at Midwest Genealogy Center Mid-Continent Public Library. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, but he is older than you might think. Before Santa Claus was born, many cultures of the world came to America and brought their holidays and traditions. Registration required.


This is just the beginning of the holiday fun awaiting your family this season. Discover more on our Kansas City Calendar.

Note: We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always verify dates, times, location and other information, especially with the possibility of weather impacts. Please submit corrections and additions to this guide to

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