Christmas In Kansas City from A to Z

Merry Christmas, Kansas City! Celebrate the season all month long with these festive ideas!

  1. Advent is the celebration of the Christ child’s birth. Experience a living Nativity or music service in honor of the season. Read our KC guide to living nativities.
  2. Board the KCS Holiday Express Dec. 14-18 at Union Station, where little ones will also enjoy a ride on the classic Jones Store holiday train.
  3. City sidewalks decked in holiday style await at Downtown Dazzle. Experience glittering light displays, live entertainment, shopping events and seasonal decorations throughout all 14 neighborhoods encompassing downtown Kansas City.
  4. Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny muggins and miss out on a special evening of happy holiday cheer with Buddy the Elf at Summit Fair! On Dec 7, 6:00-9:00, enjoy an Elf-themed night of fun with cookies, cocoa, crafts, free visits and photos with Buddy the Elf, balloon art, holiday face painting, giveaways and more!
  5. Eggs—1,620 to be exact—are just one key ingredient in making the yummy and whimsical gingerbread village on display at Crown Center.
  6. Feast on a breakfast of pancakes with Jolly Old St. Nick. Many local attractions host breakfast with Santa events throughout December and they’re all on our calendar on
  7. Ghosts haunt the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge at Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s 38th annual production of A Christmas Carol. Watch Dickens’ classic come to life with festive music, outstanding costumes and sets, and a message of hope and redemption.
  8. Homemade gifts are the best. Let the children paint ceramic keepsakes for loved ones at Ceramic Café or Paint, Glaze & Fire. Visit for coupons.
  9. Indulge in hot cocoa from Panache Chocolatier on the Country Club Plaza. It’s a decadent treat to enjoy while walking through the miles of lights creating our city’s signature holiday scene. If you’re really up for a treat, take a carriage ride or do some holiday shopping.
  10. Joyous music, delightful stories, imaginative puppet shows, inspiring craft classes and special programs can be enjoyed for free at Mid-Continent Public Libraries, where they offer a program for every age and interest to get in the holiday mood.
  11. Kids of all ages will love celebrating the holidays with Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts gang at Worlds of Fun’s WinterFest on weekends through Dec. 30. You’ll be dazzled by thousands of holiday lights, delicious holiday goodies and festive activities as the park is transformed into a winter wonderland. Read our review & tips for WinterFest here.
  12. Lace up those skates and enjoy ice skating at one of the metro’s outdoor rinks: Crown Center Ice Terrace (save on Two-for-One Tuesdays), Summit Ice, the Ice at Park Place, Linden Square Ice Rink or the Ice Rink at Bois D’Arc Park in Lenexa.
  13. Movie classics can be enjoyed all over again on the big screen with affordable holiday screenings at Union Station’s Extreme Screen and unforgettable movie parties at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
  14. Nighttime is the right time to take the family on a light-seeing expedition. Visit for our guide to the best lights in the city.
  15. Old-fashioned holiday sweets tempt at Laura Little’s, where you can purchase fudge, divinity, classic chocolates and popcorn. And at Mely’s Yogurt & Ice Cream in Prairie Village, you can purchase gingerbread houses—choose from decorated and undecorated so you can make your own centerpiece.
  16. Princes and princesses of all ages are invited to visit Kansas City’s own Fairy Princess on weekends at the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District. Share your holiday wish, take a photo and receive a souvenir gift.
  17. Quaint historic towns like Weston, Leavenworth, Parkville, Atchison and Lexington are perfect weekend day trips for shopping at local boutiques, touring historic homes and enjoying small town holidays.
  18. Rudolph with his nose so bright shines at the Coterie, where Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is back by popular demand, bringing your favorite Christmas characters to stage to retell the tale of a beloved band of misfit friends who become holiday heroes.
  19. Stroll down candlelit trails at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Holiday Luminary Walk on the three weekends after Thanksgiving. Experience the serenity of a mile of candles, holiday lights, live musical entertainment, Santa Claus in the Depot, horse-drawn wagon rides and hot cider around a campfire.
  20. Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker will transport you away to a magical land of sugarplum fairies and dancing mice at the Kansas City Ballet’s annual holiday performance at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
  21. Underwater diving is Santa’s favorite way to visit the penguins at the Kansas City Zoo. Santa dives with penguins on weekends all throughout December. Make memories at Holiday Wild and special educational programs for all ages. FOTZ memberships are a wonderful holiday gift for the entire family.
  22. Vibrant poinsettias are among the fresh plants you may purchase at Family Tree Nursery when the stores are transformed into winter wonderlands with fresh greens, real Christmas trees and holiday decor.
  23. Welcome friends with a personalized homemade holiday sign. Choose your design and paint your own one-of-a-kind holiday greeting at Board and Brush.
  24. eXcitement is hard to contain when you see the Legends Outlets giant Christmas tree featuring animated lights synchronized to music. This is the perfect place to shop for gifts.
  25. Yuletide memories come to life at the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, where you may visit Father Christmas on Dec. 16. Enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and vintage holiday stories.
  26. Zzzzzzz’s are what you hope to catch after all the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Cuddle up with a locally-made pillow or blanket purchased at Made in KC or Lemon Thyme, two shops with a great selection of gifts for the hard-to-shop-for friends in your life.


Kristina Light loves the holidays and will be blogging all season long on's Christmas Guide, where you’ll find even more Christmas inspiration.

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