Ultimate Kansas City Christmas Fun Guide

2016 Edition



Christmas in Kansas City is a truly magical time of year. This year, celebrate with traditional events including the Kansas City Repertory Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol, a visit with Santa at Crown Center and the Kansas City Ballet's The Nutcracker as well as new events the entire family will love including Santa's Gingerbread Station at Crown Center, living nativities, live shows, and festivals.

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 kristina@kcparent.com.

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Holiday Shows

A Christmas Carol KC Repertory TheatreKC Rep presents A Christmas Carol
thru Dec. 24 Spencer Theatre, 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO. Kansas City's favorite holiday tradition is back for its 36th season, presented in the magnificent new Spencer Theatre! A ripping good telling of the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the curmudgeonly businessman who requires the intervention of a few spectral guides to understand the true meaning of Christmas and life. Complete with lively musical numbers, ornate costumes, and dashing stagecraft, Dickens' classic tale of hope and redemption continues to remind us what's really worth celebrating at the holidays, or any time!

Heart of America Christmas Pageant

Dec. 2-4, 9-11 at First Baptist Raytown. During the first two weekends of December annually, more than 600 First Baptist family members present the story of Christ’s birth, life, death and Resurrection. A dazzling blend of heart-stirring music, drama, and dance will transport you back to the very first Christmas in Bethlehem, as well as the miracles, crucifixion, resurrection and Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Be sure to get your tickets early for this annual Heart of America tradition.

The Nutcracker
Dec. 3-24 at Muriel Kauffman Theatre at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, MO. In 2015 Kansas City Ballet launched an All-New The Nutcracker and broke box office records and received critical acclaim! Make this your family holiday tradition and see it again for the first time!

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
thru Dec. 31 at The Coterie Theatre, 2450 Grand Ave Suite 144, Kansas City, MO. $12-$17, ea. Based on the animated television special "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" and the stage production directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage. Script adaptation by Robert Penola. Arrangements and orchestrations by Timothy Splain. Back at The Coterie by extraordinary popular demand, the beloved television classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. See all of your favorite characters as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It’s a colorful musical adventure that teaches us what makes you different can also be what makes you special.

A Christmas Carol with Gerald Dickens, A Special Engagement
The great-great grandson of Charles Dickens is returning to MCPL for a special engagement. A professional actor in England, the energetic Gerald Dickens leaps, laughs, and sobs as he portrays the voices of A Christmas Carol.His striking resemblance to his great-great-grandfather and his dramatic rendition of A Christmas Carol bring the classic to life. Refreshments will be served. No audio or visual recordings or still photographs are allowed during the performance. Registration is required.

  • Nov. 22 at 10am at Mid-Continent Public Library - Colbern Road Branch, 1000 NE Colbern Road, Lee's Summit, MO.
  • Nov. 22 at 7pm at Pavilion at John Knox Village, 520 NW Murray Rd, Lee's Summit, MO.

Bright Light Friday with Jim Cosgrove
Nov. 25 at 10:30am at Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO. Free. Skip the craziness of Black Friday shopping. Make it a playful “Bright Light Friday” instead. Sing, dance, and celebrate the start of the Christmas season with Kansas City-based kid rocker and Library favorite Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove.

Holiday Classic Movies
Union Station, 30 W. Pershing, Kansas City, MO. Watch your favorite holiday films on the Extreme Screen for just $3!

  • Nov. 25-Dec. 1: Elf
  • Dec. 2-8: National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
  • Dec. 9-15: Polar Express

Sister's Christmas Catechism
Nov. 26 - Dec. 18 at Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO. $36-$56. In the holiday mystery extravaganza that is Sister's Christmas Catechism, Sister retells the story of the nativity as only she can. Employing her own scientific tools, assisted by a local youth choir and a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity you won't soon forget. With gifts galore and bundles of laughs, this show is sure to become your new holiday tradition!

Holiday Movie Series
Blue Springs 8 Theatre, 1901 NW MO Route 7, Blue Springs, MO. $ 5/ea. 816-224-0551. Classic Holiday Movies benefiting Variety KC, Saturdays at noon through Christmas.

Schedule:

  • Nov 26 - Christmas Vacation
  • Dec 3 - Elf
  • Dec 10 - It's a Wonderful Life
  • Dec 17 - The Polar Express

A Christmas Stalking
thru Dec. 31 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1301 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, MO. Ages 13 and up.  $69/ea. 816-813-9654. Interactive murder mystery dinner theater presented by The Mystery Train. Three women are trapped on a train during the blizzard of 1918 when they are faced with another disaster ... a murder! Can they expose the killer and wrap up the case by Christmas? Before their stockings are filled, the game is afoot! Reservations are needed.

Holiday Choirs
Nov. 28 - Dec. 22 at Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Atrium, 2500 Grand, Kansas City, MO. Beautiful music fills the halls of Crown Center, as more than 130 area school, church and community choirs perform Monday-Friday and Sunday.

Night Before Christmas Carol
Join Charles Dickens in his study for a very special night. On this evening in 1843, he creates his holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol." Renowned Dickens scholar, author, playwright, and lecturer, Elliot Engel has crafted a work that allows David zum Brunnen to portray the 17 "Christmas Carol" characters and Charles Dickens himself. Recommended highly by the Dickens family, MCPL is privileged to offer this performance to continue its Dickens tradition! Registration is required. 

  • Nov. 28 at 1:30pm at Mid-Continent Public Library - Blue Springs North, 850 NW Hunter Drive, Blue Springs, MO. 
  • Nov 28, 2016 at 7pm at Mid-Continent Public Library - Woodneath, 8900 NE Flintlock Road, Kansas City, MO. 

Celebrating 100 Wonderful Years! Kansas City Symphony Presents Handel’s Messiah
Dec. 1-4 at Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center. 2:00 pm. 25. Laurence Cummings, guest conductor. Hallelujah! The power of more than 250 voices combined with the impeccable acoustics of Helzberg Hall provides a triumphant experience of Handel’s majestic choral masterpiece. The Kansas City Symphony and Symphony Chorus join with the Independence Messiah Choir to celebrate 100 glorious years of performing Handel’s Messiah — the perfect way to kick off your holiday season. Tickets start at $25.

The Happy Elf
Dec. 1-12 at Blue Springs Civic Center, 2000 NW Ashton Dr., Blue Springs, MO. A new musical comedy by Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist, Harry Connick, Jr.; The Happy Elf tells the tale of Eubie the Elf, a lovable fellow who wants to spread Christmas joy throughout the town of Bluesville. Hoping to introduce a new generation of children to the joys of jazz, Connick has crafted a musical landscape against which Eubie’ story unfolds.

THE TEN TENORS 'HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS'
Dec. 3 at 8pm at Performing Arts Series at JCCC, 12345 College Blvd, Yardley Hall, Overland Park, KS. $33 - $49. 913-469-4445. Celebrate the holiday season with international singing sensation The TEN Tenors. "Home for the Holidays" is a magical experience for the whole family that will dazzle, delight and captivate audiences. Join Australia's rock stars of opera as they amaze and enthrall with their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites. With soaring versions of "Joy to the World," "Sleigh Ride," "White Christmas," "Amazing Grace," "Winter Wonderland," "Feliz Navidad" and many more, "Home for the Holidays" is the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of the season. Witness their unmistakable charm, camaraderie and vocal power. Following 16 years of sell-out performances across the globe, including more than 2,000 of their own headline concerts, The TEN Tenors have cemented their place as one of the world's most-loved classically based contemporary music groups.

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA
Dec. 3 at Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, MO. The progressive rock group’s record-setting "rock theater" tours sell out venues year after year and have cemented TSO’s status as a must-attend, multi-generational, holiday tradition. Now, TSO’s creator/lyricist/composer Paul O’Neill is proud to announce that in its Platinum anniversary year, the group is bringing back its treasured tale, "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve."

Kansas City Symphony Presents TubaChristmas
Dec. 2 & 12 at Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center. All area tuba and euphonium players are invited to join in the festivities presented by the Kansas City Symphony. Family, friends and the general public are encouraged to attend the FREE lunch hour concert to listen to the sounds of the season, tuba-style! Advance registration and a small fee required to ensure performance participation. TubaChristmas is generously underwritten by Janet M. Stallmeyer and Donald L. Flora.

Friday Night Family Fun: StoneLion Puppets present "Twas the Night Before Christmas"
Dec. 2 at 6:30pm at Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO. Free event. Santa’s workshop comes alive with intricate toy marionettes as a charming, larger-than-life dollhouse opens to reveal a reenactment of Clement C. Moore’s famous poem, “A Visit From St. Nicholas.”

Holiday Magic

Dec. 3 at 4 & 7pm at Lee’s Summit High School, 400 SE Blue Pkwy, Lee's Summit, MO. Annual Holiday Concert performed by Lee's Summit Symphony.

Nutcracker Tea Party
Dec 3 & 4 at Ritz Charles, 9000 W. 137th Street, Overland Park, KS. $50/adult, $35/children 3-12, Free, under 3. This delightful event combines a tea party and 1-hour version of the Nutcracker Ballet presented by Crescendo Conservatory - a perfect way to introduce young children to ballet and classical music as well as start a family holiday tradition. Costumed dancers visit with guests during the tea party, and the children are invited to the front of the room to view the ballet. Reserve your seats as early as possible for best seating and to ensure your place.

Mr. Stinky Feet's Christmas
Free. Jim Cosgrove presents Mr. Stinky Feet's Christmas! Celebrate the holidays with singing, dancing, and stinky feet! Fun for the whole family! Registration is required.

  • Dec. 3 at 2pm at Mid-Continent Public Library - Kearney Branch, 100 S. Platte Clay Way, Kearney, MO. 
  • Dec. 8 at 6:30pm at Mid-Continent Public Library - Parkville Branch, 8815 Tom Watson Pkwy., Parkville, MO.
  • Dec. 10 at 10am at Mid-Continent Public Library - Grandview Branch, 12930 Booth Lane, Grandview, MO.
  • Dec. 10 at 2pm at Mid-Continent Public Library - Lone Jack Branch, 211 N. Bynum Road, Lone Jack, MO. 
  • Dec. 17 at 10am at Mid-Continent Public Library - Smithville Branch, 120 Richardson St., Smithville, MO. 
  • Dec. 17 at 2pm at Mid-Continent Public Library - Oak Grove Branch, 2320 S. Broadway St., Oak Grove, MO. 
  • Dec. 18 at 2pm at Mid-Continent Public Library - Woodneath, 8900 NE Flintlock Road, Kansas City, MO. 
  • Dec. 20 at 6:30pm at Mid-Continent Public Library - Colbern Road Branch, 1000 NE Colbern Road, Lee's Summit, MO. 
  • Dec. 22 at 6:30pm at Mid-Continent Public Library - Blue Springs South, 2220 S. 7 Hwy., Blue Springs, MO.

Christmas with the Cool Cats
Terry Bell and his band, the Cool Cats, squeeze the most out of all those holiday favorites in this fun-loving holiday accordion concert. Registration is required. 

  • Dec. 3 at 11am at Mid-Continent Public Library - Raytown Branch, 6131 Raytown Road, Raytown, MO.
  • Dec. 10 at 2pm at Mid-Continent Public Library - Boardwalk Branch, 8656 N. Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, MO.
  • Dec. 17 at 10am at Mid-Continent Public Library - South Independence, 13700 E. 35th St. South, Independence, MO.
  • Dec. 17 at 2pm at Mid-Continent Public Library - Blue Springs South, 2220 S. 7 Hwy., Blue Springs, MO.

Christmas Around the World

Storyteller Jo Ho celebrates the season of light with festive Christmas stories from around the world - guaranteed to brighten your holidays! Registration is required. 

  • Dec. 3 at 10am at Mid-Continent Public Library - Blue Springs North, 850 NW Hunter Drive, Blue Springs, MO.
  • Dec. 13 at 10am at Mid-Continent Public Library - Colbern Road Branch, 1000 NE Colbern Road, Lee's Summit, MO.

Joy to the World: A Christmas Concert presented by Shawnee Mission Health with the Kansas City Symphony 
Dec. 5 at Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City. All members of the community are welcome to attend this festive event, created to show Shawnee Mission Health’ appreciation for their support. There is no cost to attend, but tickets must be reserved in advance by calling the Kansas City Symphony Box Office at 816-471-0400. Up to four tickets can be reserved. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and doors open at 6 p.m. Parking is available in the Arts Center Garage for $8 or valet for $16.

Kansas City Symphony Presents Classics Uncorked: Vivaldi’s “Winter” and Greensleeves

Dec. 7 at Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center. 7:00 pm. 25. Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Assistant Conductor​. Featuring some of the best music ever written for string orchestra, your Kansas City Symphony will transport you across wintery soundscapes and warm your soul. Savor Mozart’s elegant Divertimento in F Major, shiver in the icy winds of Vivaldi’s “Winter,” and bask in the warmth of Vaughan Williams’ beloved Fantasia on Greensleeves. After the concert, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or champagne and mingle with Symphony musicians in Kauffman Center’s Brandmeyer Great Hall lobby. Most tickets $25.

Children's Christmas Opera: Amahl and the Night Visitors
Dec. 9 at 7:30pm at St. John's UMC, 6900 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO. Performed by the UMKC Conservatory Opera. One evening three kings, following the Star of the East to Bethlehem, seek shelter for the night. They stop at the home of Amahl, a poor crippled boy who lives with his widowed mother. Inspired by the tale of a ‘kingdom built on love,’ Amahl offers his own simple gift to the Christ Child. This is a free community event. Concessions available: free-will offering to “Baby Grace” a program providing diapers and necessities to infants living in poverty. 

Special Holiday Event! Jim Brickman with the Kansas City Symphony
Dec. 9 at 8pm at Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center. Jim Brickman brings us the sounds of the season in a one-of-a-kind concert event filled with lush instrumentals and soaring vocals. Hear new music, holiday favorites and hits like “Valentine,” “If You Believe,” and “Sending You a Little Christmas,” that made him the most charted Billboard® Adult Contemporary artist, earning him two Grammy® nods and four gold albums. With featured musical guests and your Kansas City Symphony, feelings of comfort and joy will remind you of what we cherish during the most wonderful time of year. Tickets start at $40.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at Lied Center
Dec. 9 at Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, KS. The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It’ an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don't miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN
Dec. 9 at 8pm at Performing Arts Series at JCCC, 12345 College Blvd, Yardley Hall, Overland Park, KS. $25 - $40. The world renowned all-singing, all-plucking ukulele superstars return to the USA with their toe-tapping music, hilarious banter, and sheer superlative entertainment. But now with added holiday cheer! Join the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain this Christmas. Play along with the band that has entertained British Royalty, jammed with George Harrison, performed with Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) and rocked out at Glastonbury Festival!
 
Thank GRINCH It's Friday (TGIF) Movies
Dec. 9 & 16 at 7pm at City Market Square, 5th & Walnut, Kansas City, MO.  Whos of all ages are invited to Thank GRINCH It’s Friday Movies featuring the animated classic and live action versions of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” Bring chairs and blankets to spend a Grinchy evening in the enclosed and lightly heated north pavilion in City Market Square. Concessions will be available for purchase. Thank GRINCH It’s Friday (TGIF) Movies are FREE with the suggested donation to the Help-a-Who campaign: three canned goods for Harvesters or a new toy in original packaging for the Salvation Army. TGIF Movies are sponsored by the River Market Community Association, the River Market CID, KC Commercial Realty Group, Global Produce, Cristina’s Produce, Downtown Neighborhood Association of KC, Winslow’s BBQ, Urban Trader, Taste of Brazil, The Bite, Carollo’s Italian Grocery & Deli, Emblazon and The Candy Wizard.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dec. 9 & 10 at 6pm at Graceway (5460 Blue Ridge Cut Off, Kansas City, MO). Graceway presents Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” We kick off the evening with fun, family activities at 6:00pm, including the chance for your kids to meet Santa and get a free picture. The play starts at 7:00pm and will feature live music and grinchy mayhem! The entire event is free and a perfect event for the whole family and your friends.

Powell Gardens' Holiday Concert Series
Dec. 10 & 11 at Powell Gardens, 1609 NW US HWY 50`, Kingsville, MO. $14 ($10/members) Enjoy the beautiful Marjorie Powell Allen Chapel in the heart of the Gardens for a special weekend of musical performances! Come immerse yourself in the joy of a unique holiday tradition - candlelit Gardens paired with live holiday music and our elegantly decorated Chapel

Music in the Museum
Dec. 10 at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, 5235 Oak St., Kansas City, MO. Take a break from the hectic holiday season to enjoy traditional holiday music from Simple Strings in the museum’s historic Tureman Education Center.

Rudolph Revue
Dec. 10 & 17 at 11am and 2pm at Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Rd, Independence, MO. $6/ea. Rudolph, Santa and his North Pole Pals welcome the season with song and dance puppet show. Kraig Kensinger puppeteer. 

Songs of the Season
Dec. 12-23 at Mesner Puppet Theater, 1006 E. Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO. $9 kids (12 and under) $12 Adults. Celebrate the music of the holiday season as we explore the songs (and stories behind the songs) of classic tunes. From Hanukkah favorites like Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel, to Christmas caroles from around the world, this show presents new perspectives on the songs of the winter season.

A Christmas Carol-LIVE!
Join Hampstead Stage for this classic holiday tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and the four ghosts who teach him the true meaning of Christmas. Registration is required.

  • Dec. 13 at 10am at Mid-Continent Public Library - Smithville Branch, 120 Richardson St., Smithville, MO. 
  • Dec 13 at 2pm at Mid-Continent Public Library - North Independence, 317 W. 24 Hwy., Independence, MO.
  • Dec. 13 at 6:30pm at Mid-Continent Public Library - Woodneath, 8900 NE Flintlock Road, Kansas City, MO.
  • Dec. 14 at 7pm at Mid-Continent Public Library - Blue Springs North, 850 NW Hunter Drive, Blue Springs, MO.

Kansas City Symphony’s Christmas Festival
Dec. 15-18 & 20 at Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center. Kansas City’s grandest holiday concert returns for seven performances. The Kansas City Symphony and Symphony Chorus present stunning arrangements of cherished Christmas carols, songs of the season, exciting guest vocalists and musicians for a healthy dose of Christmas cheer. Plus, an early visit from Santa! At each performance, we’ll give away a dazzling jewelry prize from Helzberg Diamonds, no purchase necessary. Tickets start at $30 for adults and $15 for children. 

WindSync, wind quintet
Dec. 15 at Folly Theater, 300 W 12th St, Kansas City. 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Free. 816-415-5025. An emerging ensemble known for its engaging interpretations of classical music offers up a holiday treat that includes selections from The Nutcracker, folk tunes, and carols. The young and talented quintet includes flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn. 

Jazz, Cocoa, & Cookies
Dec. 16 at 7pm Free concert by The Underground Collective Jazz Ensemble led by Brian Scarborough at Lenexa United Methodist Church (9138 Caenen Lake Rd. Lenexa, KS. 913.888.5600.) Holiday Christmas Concert with Jazz versions favorite songs of the season.  Brief intermission with cocoa and cookies. Fun for all ages. Nursery will be open.

Nutcracker, All Jazz'd Up!
Dec. 17 & 18 at Union Station, 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO. $8/ea. This delightful show incorporates tap, ballet, jazz and more. We even have Santa! The show is ideal for all ages and runs for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. 
 

Clara's Dream and Holiday Showcase
Dec. 17 & 18 at Olathe South High School Performing Arts Center, 1640 E 151st St, Olathe, KS. Tickets $12-25 Bring the family to see Clara's Dream, a shorter version of the classic Nutcracker Ballet, performed by the Miller Marley Youth Ballet. The show begins with a festive opening act with holiday dances by all of Miller Marley's performance troupes. This annual tradition that features beautiful dancers, costumes and staging in a professional-quality production. 

Three Wise Cat, A Christmas Musical
thru Dec. 24 at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd, Ste 800, Level B, City Stage, Kansas City, MO. $11.00 individual; $5.50 per for groups of 15 or more. (816) 460-2083. This holiday musical takes place in winter in the alley beside the St. Francis Residential Hotel in New York City. Max, a street musician, Emily, a young mother, and Maureen, a homeless lady, share the alley with three cats. The plan to convert the hotel into a condominium threatens to disrupt everybody's lives, including the three cats. So these three wise cats costume themselves as the Three Wise Men and rearrange the alley trash into a giant holiday display and they launch the first annual Christmas Cat Carnival right there in the alley.

Let It Snow at Union Station
thru Jan. 8 at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing, Kansas City. General Admission $3, Union Station Members free. The show features a variety of high resolution scenery and artistic animation. This 30-minute program is a fun and entertaining experience for audiences of all ages, especially families.

The Night Shift Before Christmas
Dec. 18 at 6pm at Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak St., Kansas City, MO. This short musical is a perfect introduction to theater for young ones and is FREE! Seating is limited, but heart is not!
 
Christmas Concert
Dec. 18 at 5pm at Woods Chapel Church Blue Springs, 3609 SW State Route 7, Blue Springs, MO. FREE Christmas Concert!
 
Screenland at the Symphony: Home Alone
Dec. 21 & 22 Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center. A true holiday favorite, this adored comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live by your Kansas City Symphony. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who is accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves. Hilarious and heart-warming, “Home Alone” is holiday fun for the entire family! Tickets start at $40 for adults and $25 for children. © 1990 Twentieth Century Fox

Jingle Jam
Dec. 21 at 5pm at Westside Family Church, 8500 Woodsonia Dr, Lenexa, KS. It’s beginning to look a lot like JINGLE JAM—a Christmas party big enough for kids of all ages, plus your friends and neighbors! Experience a live band singing your favorite Christmas songs, family games and a memorable telling of the Christmas story. The commons will be filled with fun activities, cookies and hot chocolate following the Jam.

Family Movie Night: Elf
Dec. 22 at 7pm at Lenexa Community Center, 13420 Oak Street, Lenexa, KS. Enjoy a family friend showing of the movie Elf.

Dinosaur O'Dell: Christmas Time is Here!
Dec. 22 at 10:30am at Mid-Continent Public Library-North Oak Branch, 8700 N Oak Tfwy, Kansas City, MO. ‘Tis the season of giving as Dinosaur serves up old Christmas favorites and a cup of good cheer in a sing-along, dance-along, rock-along show! Registration is required.
  
Holiday Bash with Mr. Stinky Feet and Lackman Library
Dec. 23 at 10am at Lenexa Community Center, 13420 Oak Street, Lenexa, KS. $5/ea. Warm up with hot chocolate and a music performance by Mr. Stinky Feet. Then enjoy some Snowy-blowy winter time stories presents by the Lackman Library. Decorate cookies and cards for Santa or someone special.

Nativities

Journey to Judea
Dec. 1-4 at Countryside Baptist Church, 14150 W. 175th Street , Overland Park, KS. Journey to Judea is a dramatic, outdoor Christmas event for the entire family. Through a guided tour, experience the sights and sounds of God’s story up close and personal as groups literally walk through the story of the Bible. Over one hundred costumed actors and live animals bring the presentation to life. Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved online in advance. For more information, go to www.journeytojudea.com

Journey to Bethlehem
Dec. 2 & 3 at Second Presbyterian Church, 318 East 55 Street, Kansas City, MO. Experience a live, walk-through drama of the first Christmas. Experience a Kansas City holiday tradition.

The Nativity
Dec. 2- 4 at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 W 13th St, Kansas City, MO. Admission charged. This celebrated annual spectacle comes alive again this December! Come see beautiful, seven-foot puppets gracefully move through the aisles of the historic cathedral with live musical and choral accompaniment. A cast of over forty puppeteers bring these larger-than-life Biblical characters to life.
 
Child of Hope
Dec. 2-4 at The White Theatre (Jewish Community Center), 5801 W 115th St,, Overland Park, KS. Child of Hope is a professional production and collaboration between Storling Dance Theater and The Culture House. Enjoy a brand new production by Storling Dance Theater, also called Child of Hope, that presents the Nativity story as only Storling can tell it. Biblically accurate and sensitive to the historic nature of the coming of Jesus Christ, Storling and included dancers will tell the dramatic and moving true story of the anticipation and arrival of Jesus. Not a fairy tale, Child of Hope brings us closer to appreciation what was really going on in that manger so long ago.

Road to Bethlehem
Dec. 3& 4 from 6-8pm at South Summit Christian Church (1121 SW Hook Road, Lee’s Summit, MO). From the warmth of your car, your family will enjoy a drive thru setting, including live animals and the talents of the community to portray meaningful, key scenes of the Christmas Story. Accepting canned food donations for LS Social Services each evening. All are welcome and the event is free. Bring your friends and family and enjoy!

Christmas at Resurrection

Dec. 8-11 at Church of the Resurrection. Christmas at Resurrection is a Kansas City musical tradition that takes place at our Leawood campus! This must-see musical presentation features more than 300 actors, singers, dancers and instrumentalists in a celebration of Christmas and the depiction of the traditional Christmas story. Tickets are $22, $17 and $12. All seats are reserved.
 

Drive-thru Living Nativity - FREE!
Dec. 9-11 from 6-8pm at Lone Jack Baptist Church, 202 S. Bynum Road, Lone Jack, MO. The Christmas tradition continues with our 7th Annual Drive-Thru Living Nativity! Come celebrate the season with us as you join Mary and Joseph on each step of their journey to Bethlehem - all from the comfort of your own vehicle! During your 20 minute journey, you will meet Caesar Augustus, a company of heavenly host, the innkeeper with no vacancies, vendors on the streets of Bethlehem, as well as many live animals while you sip a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy freshly baked cookies. Best of all, it’s totally FREE (NO donations accepted).

Drive-thru Living Nativity

Dec. 10 from 5:30-7:30pm at First Baptist Church of Kansas City, 100 W. Red Bridge Rd., KC, MO. Drive through nativity with Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus represented. Live animals are part of the tour. A CD is given to each family to play along the route.

Walk to the Manger
Dec 11 at Colonial Presbyterian (Overland Park, KS, and KCMO locations). On Sunday, December 11 we will tell the Christmas story through powerful music and drama on what we call “Walk to the Manger Sunday.” We’ll have two different story lines this year—one at each campus. Childcare will be available at all services for infants and toddlers. Quivira Campus Service Times: 8:00, 9:30, 11:00 AM, and 6:00 PM This year our opening story takes place on a military base, two weeks before Christmas. Soldiers are being deployed the next day, so the Base Church has planned a ‘show’ for the soldiers and their families since they will miss being with their families on December 25. That’s the basic theme which will lead into the Bethlehem scene, the ‘real story’. Wornall Campus Service Times: 9:00 and 11:00 AM. This musical reminds us Mary and Joseph were two very human, very faithful people who believed in miracles against all earthly odds in order to bring a Savior to this world, and reunite God’s people with the Father. The birth of Jesus reminds us of an incredible promise: Nothing is impossible with God.“Unto Us” celebrates the miracle of redeeming grace, and a Savior who is called Jesus, Immanuel, God With Us. You are invited to witness the “Miracle” with fresh eyes.

 Journey to Bethlehem 
Dec. 11 from 4:30-8:30pm at Community Covenant Church, 15700 W. 87th St. Parkway, Lenexa, KS. Travel back in time with us as we take a journey from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. Along the way we will discover the individual and powerful stories of Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, and the Wise Men. Throughout this journey, you will firsthand experience the good news as it is comes to life in front of your eyes and will have the opportunity to participate and respond as you experience the true meaning of what Christmas is all about.  Sign up online for tour group times. Coinciding with the journey we will have a marketplace open to sample authentic food and crafts. Please allow at least 30 minutes to walk through the marketplace experience. A hospitality room is also available to enjoy sit down refreshments and conversations. Both the marketplace and hospitality room will close at 8:30 pm. 

Christmas In the Barn
Dec 24 at 2pm and 4:30pm at Johnson Farms (17701 Holmes Rd., Belton, MO). Come join Lord of Love Lutheran Church Pastor Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt at the 9th annual Christmas In the Barn service on Christmas Eve at the farm. The Johnson Farm community of friends will share two identical, full sensory celebrations of our Savior's birth this year: one will begin at 2:00 pm followed by a second at 4:30 pm. The heated barn has priority seating and parking available for those who need it  And although the barn is heated, please dress warmly & check the website for updates or cancelations due to inclement weather. Homemade sweets and hot beverages served and live music to set the mood. Come adore Him this early evening with us.  A free will donation will be taken for Lord of Love Lutheran Church's Wednesday Night Community Meal. 

 

Create Holiday Arts & Crafts

Black Friday Picture Frame Ornament
Nov. 26 at Home Depot Locations across the Metro. Take a shopping break and join our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a keepsake for your holiday memories! You’ll work together to create a picture frame ornament, perfect for adding some personalized decoration to your Christmas tree. Once the ornament is built, your child can decorate it with paint & add their own photo of family fun. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin. 

Creative Storytime
Ceramic Cafe, 9425 Mission Road, Leawood, KS. Do you have a pre-schooler that just LOVES TO PAINT? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story and paint time every Tuesday and Friday. We read a book, then the kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story* and finish with a snack. What a deal and a fun way to share a creative activity with a little one. No reservations needed unless you want to come with a bunch of moms and their kiddos.$10 per child.

Themes:

  • Dec. 6 & 9:  The Mitten by Jan Brett. Paint a mitten ornament.
  • Dec. 13 & 16: Olive, The Other Reindeer by J.Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh. Paint a Plate with Reindeer footprint or handprint.
  • Dec. 20 & 23:  (Items not promised for Christmas Pick-up) There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell by Lucille Colandro. Paint a Bell Ornament.
  • Dec. 27 & 30: The Biggest, Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler. Paint a Snowman Dish.

Lee's Summit Hometown Holiday
Dec. 2-3 at Downtown Lee's Summit, 13 SE 3rd St, Lee's Summit, MO Celebrate the magic of the Holiday Season with the whole family at Hometown Holiday in Downtown Lee's Summit! Sip cocoa while you stroll through our scenic downtown shopping district. Enjoy shopping and dining at over 30 locally-owned shops and restaurants. Families can sign up for a Kids Paint class at Got Art Gallery, and enjoy a special visit from Anna and Elsa while they paint a picture of Olaf! Take the stress out of preparing for the holidays, and let us put the finishing touches on your gifts at our Free Gift Wrapping station at Budget Blinds at 239 SE Main Street. 

Holiday Nature Crafts
Dec. 3 from 9am-12pm at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 NW Park Rd, Blue Springs, MO. Craft up some fun using nature-made materials! Come anytime between 9 am and noon to complete two on-your-own crafts. Pose with Smokey Bear for a holiday photo and we will print one free for you (one per household please). 

FREE Christmas Ornament Making Project
Dec. 3 at 10am at Lowe's locations across the metro. 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Build your own Christmas Ornaments at Lowe’s Build ‘n Grow! Build a wooden project and get a free apron, goggles, and patch!

DIY: Holiday Gourd Luminary
Dec. 3 at 10am at Powell Gardens, 1609 NW US HWY 50, Kingsville, MO. $32/project, $25/members. Optional: $15 for a second gourd. Let your creativity get festive! Learn a variety of crafting techniques as you create a custom gourd luminary to light up the holidays in your home! Decorated gourds also make unique gifts so you may want to make a second for a friend. (Specify number of gourds upon registration.) Wear closed toe shoes and bring gloves as you will be working with power tools.

Holiday Greenings
Dec. 17 from 10am-2:30pm at Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO. Learn to decorate using native plants and trees. Fashion a festive holiday swag to hang using red cedar, prairie grasses, wild nuts, berries, seeds and your imagination.

Celebrate Snowflakes
Dec. 17 at 10am at Mid-Continent Public Library - Blue Springs South, 2220 S. 7 Hwy., Blue Springs, MO. Come to the Library and make unique snowflakes to match the outdoors. We will read a story, sing songs, and make our own snowflakes. Registration is required. 

ELVES' WORKSHOP
Dec. 17 & 18 at Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary, 407 N. LaFrenz Rd, Liberty, MO. Celebrate the holidays with a visit to the Elves’ Workshop! Children are invited to visit the Nature Center for face painting, treats, crafts, Santa and more! The Elves’ Holiday Store will be open for children only. Parents, please provide a list of gift recipients and shopping money. The Elves will help your child choose the perfect gift for friends or family members. Gifts are priced from less than $1.00 up to $10.00, and are wrapped and labeled compliments of the Elves. While the children are shopping, adults can browse in our gift shop, relax in the exhibit area, and snack on holiday treats. 

Santa Sightings in Kansas City

Santa's Gingerbread Station Nov. 25-Dec. 31 at Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Showplace., 2500 Grand, Kansas City, MO. 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. 

Santa's Arrival at Crown Center Nov. 25 at 10am at Crown Center Shops, Grand Boulevard entrance., 2500 Grand, Kansas City. 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 Laughing Santa and Santa's Countdown to Christmas Nov. 25-Dec. 31 at Crown Center Shops, 2500 Grand, Kansas City. Don’t miss one of Kansas 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. The mechanical marvel has chuckled his way through the holidays at Crown Center since 1979. Not far away, you’ll find Santa’s Countdown to Christmas display, a popular photo opp during the holidays. 

Santa Arrives on Black Friday Nov. 25 from 9am-1pm at Town Center Plaza - Guest Services, between J. Crew and Bravo Restaurant. Take pictures with Santa and his elves as he walks Town Center Plaza and Town Center Crossing handing out treats. Be one of the first 200 shoppers to stop by Guest Services and receive a free tote bag stuffed with great deals. Mix 93.3 will be here with exciting entertainment -  holiday games and giveaways! Santa and his elves will be at Town Center Plaza from 9am - 11am and Town Center Crossing from 11am - 1pm. Come celebrate the holiday season with us! 

Santa Visits Downtown Lee's Summit History Museum Lee's Summit Nov. 26 and 17th from 2-4pm at Lee's Summit History Museum, 220 SW Main Street, Lee's Summit. It's that time of year to get those cherished Holiday photos with Santa! Families are welcome to line up for photos with Santa. November 26th is Small Business Saturday, so be sure to stick around in Downtown Lee's Summit to enjoy shopping at over 50 locally owned shops and restaurants! 

Holiday Wild at the Zoo Dec 3 & 4 at the Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Dr., Kansas City, MO. Santa, his elves and Mrs. Claus will be at the Zoo. This is your chance to tell him what’s on your wish list. Come 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 3 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Santa Visits Downtown Lee's Summit Got Art Gallery Dec. 3 & 10 from 3-5pm at Got Art Gallery, 18 SW 3rd St, Lee's Summit.  It's that time of year to get those cherished Holiday photos with Santa! Families are welcome to line up for photos with Santa. Stick around in Downtown Lee's Summit to enjoy shopping at over 50 locally owned shops and restaurants! 

Winter Wonderland at the Zoo Dec. 10 & 11 at the Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Dr., Kansas City, MO. Come walkin’ in a winter wonderland at the Zoo! Celebrate the holiday season with the Zoo’s furry, feathery and fluffy friends Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Zoo will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Polar Bear Passage will become the North Pole while Helzberg Penguin Plaza turns into the South Pole. Enjoy delicious treats, letters to Santa and much more! 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. What would a lion do with a Christmas tree decked in ornaments and presents underneath? Find out at 10 a.m. See our lion pride explore fully decorated trees trimmed with meatball ornaments and garland. Underneath the trees will be gift wrapped boxes, each filled with a special enrichment item. At the Polar Bear Passage, help wish Berlin a Happy Birthday on Sunday, December 11. Watch the Zoo’s resident polar bear dig into her very own birthday cake. 

Santa Dives with Penguins Nov. 25 - 27 and each Sat & Sun in December thru Dec. 18 at Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Dr., Kansas City, MO. 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.

Holiday Luminary Walk Nov. 25 & 26; Dec. 2 & 3; Dec. 9 & 10 from 5-pm at Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens 8909 W. 179th St., OPKS. Stroll down candlelit trails through the gardens and woods at the 17th annual Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens' Holiday Luminary Walk.  This major fundraiser features 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. 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 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Santa Train Weekends Nov. 26-Dec. 3 at Belton, Grandview and Kansas City Railroad., 502 E. Walnut St., Belton, MO. This magical holiday tradition is popular for children and the young at heart! Come, take a step back in time to the first half of the last century and ride a train like your grandparents may have ridden with Santa Claus! Christmas carols play, cocoa is served, and photos are taken with Santa himself. Board our 1920’s era passenger coach, or our open-air excursion car and take a ride behind our 1950’s diesel locomotive through Old Towne Belton, Missouri and the surrounding area. You could even ride in the cab of the locomotive with the engineer.

Santa's Wonderland: Gillham Park Dec. 2 from 6-8pm at Gillham Park, Gillham Rd. and 41st St., Kansas City, MO. 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 live music, entertainment by the Starlight STARS of Tomorrow, the Rockin’ Rob Show, light displays and, of course, a visit from Santa and his friends. Free and open to the public.

Santa's Wonderland: Penguin Park Dec. 3 from 5:30-8pm at Penguin Park, N Vivion Rd. and N Norton Ave., Kansas City, MO. 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 live music, entertainment by the Starlight STARS of Tomorrow, the Rockin’ Rob Show, light displays and, of course, a visit from Santa and his friends. 

Visit from St. Nicholas Dec. 3 from 10am-4pm at Shoal Creek Living History Museum, 7000 Northeast Barry Road, Kansas City, MO. Take a break from the present and experience a 19th century Christmas. Enjoy a 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. $5 per person (age 5 and under free)

Santa Express Dec. 3,4, 10 & 11 from 10am-4pm at National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame , 630 Hall of Fame Drive, Kansas City, KS. 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 know exactly what you want for Christmas! 

Christmas on the Farm Dec. 3 from 2-7pm at Watkin's Woolen Mill Historic Site, 26600 Park Road North, Lawson, MO. Visit with costumed interpreters as you stroll along lantern-lit paths to the Watkins family home, where you will be greeted by the smell of hot cider and wassail, and the sound of Christmas carols. Enjoy free samples of traditional treats, flaming of the plum puddings, reading of the family letters and a visit with Father Christmas. Activities at the visitor center will include kids crafts and live traditional holiday music. This event is free of charge and the Watkins home is open for the duration of the event.

KRIS KRINGLE & K-9s Dec. 3 from 1-2pm at Waggin’ Trail Dog Park, NE 32nd and Swift, North Kansas City, MO. $5/pooch at the gate. Pictures with Santa, treats, hot chocolate and more!

Autism Friendly Santa
Dec. 3 from 10am-1pm at ACI Learning Centers , 6394 College Blvd , Overland Park, KS. Free event. Families of children with autism spectrum disorders, challenging behaviors, and other developmental disabilities will find this event an especially enjoyable experience versus the traditional local mall alternative. Apple cider, cookies, crafts, and the ACI Learning Center play area will keep every child happily entertained until it is time for their optional photo with Santa!

Sharky Santa at Sea Life Dec. 10-18 at Sea Life, 2500 Grand Blvd, Kansas City. Merry Fishmas! Celebrate the holidays by the sea! Santa has sent a special visitor to SEA LIFE Kansas City- Sharky Santa!

Holiday Bricktacular Dec. 10, 11, 17 &18 at Legoland Discovery Center, 2500 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO. Step into an indoor winter wonderland bursting with LEGO bricks! Fun includes: Winter Wonderland in MINILAND: Walkin’ in a winter Miniland! See if you can spot all the holiday themed minifigures! Pay attention because there may be a story scavenger hunt involved. Meet LEGO Santa!: Take your picture with LEGO Santa and tell him your Christmas wishes! Build a LEGO Gift: Visit the Master Model Builder Academy and learn how to build a LEGO ornament like a Master Model Builder! Even put it on one of our trees inside of the attraction!

The KCS Holiday Express Dec. 15-20 at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing, Kansas City. The KCS Holiday Express is a festive, six-car train that brings Santa Claus and his elves to communities throughout the company’s U.S. rail network at scheduled stops. Guests to the train can visit with Santa Claus and walk through three cars filled with holiday displays. Each event is free, open to the public and no tickets are required. In addition, at each scheduled stop, a charitable contribution is made to the local Salvation Army to provide warm clothes and other necessities for children in need. The Holiday Express was created in 2001 as volunteers dedicated more than 8,000 hours to transform retired rail cars. Today, these cars feature a smiling tank car named Rudy; 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.

Skate with Santa Dec. 17 from 2-4pm at Line Creek Community Center, 5940 N.W. Waukomis Drive, Kansas City, MO. Pay only $4 when you donate a food item to Harvesters. Regular Admission $6, skate rental $2. Join the jolly big man for some fun and festivity on ice!

Elves' Workshop Dec. 17 & 18 from 1-5pm at Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary, 407 N. LaFrenz Rd, Liberty, MO. $3/child Celebrate the holidays with a visit to the Elves’ Workshop! Children are invited to visit the Nature Center for face painting, treats, crafts, Santa and more! The Elves’ Holiday Store will be open for children only. Parents, please provide a list of gift recipients and shopping money. The Elves will help your child choose the perfect gift for friends or family members. Gifts are priced from less than $1.00 up to $10.00, and are wrapped and labeled compliments of the Elves. While the children are shopping, adults can browse in our gift shop, relax in the exhibit area, and snack on holiday treats.

Santa Breakfast Nov. 26 & Dec. 10 at The Heritage Center at Mahaffie, 1200 E. Kansas City Rd, Olathe, KS. Enjoy the decorations of the Heritage Center, breakfast, a visit with Santa and make a craft. The Mahaffie Singers will sing Christmas carols from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. One picture per family is included with the registration fee (additional copies available for $5 or two for $7). Cost is $8/person ages 3 & up. Registration required and due the Friday the week before each breakfast . Breakfast is served in the Heritage Center and is pancakes, sausage, fruit, coffee and juice. If you have special dietary needs, please contact Mahaffie after registration is confirmed. 

Breakfast with Santa at Ceramic Cafe Nov. 26 at Ceramic Cafe, 9425 Mission Road, Leawood, KS. $35/first child, $15 additional children. 913-383-0222. Continental breakfast. Clay impression Santa handprint. Special ornament to paint. Sit on Santa’s lap while parent snap a photo. Choose one session: 8am, 8:45, or 9:30am

Candy Cane Lane Dec. 2 from 6-8pm at The View, 13500 Byars Road, Grandview, MO. Let’s take a trip down Candy Cane Lane to visit Santa! Enjoy craft time and cookies. This free event is for ages 2-12. There will be crafts and cookies for all. You are welcome to bring your holiday letter and hand deliver it to Santa himself!

Breakfast with Santa Dec. 3 at 8am or 10:30am at The Lodge at Ironwoods, 14701 Mission Road, Leawood, KS.  Fee: $13 / Leawood Resident Discounted Fee: $11. Come spend a morning with Santa and enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake, sausage, fruit, juice and coffee breakfast provided by the Leawood Lions Club. Pictures will be available to print for FREE off the website shortly after the event. Pictures will not be given on site.

Breakfast with Santa Dec. 3 from 8-10:30am at Shoal Creek Golf Course, Kansas City, MO. Adults $15; Children 4 through 10 years of age are $7: and children 3 and under. Pricing includes a hot breakfast buffet and a picture with Santa! Reservations are required.

S'mores with Santa Dec. 3 from 11am-3pm at Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet Cinema, 1400 Main St., Kansas City, MO. $12/ea. Enjoy S’mores with Santa and watch the Polar Express on the Silver Screen. 

Hot Chocolate Happy Hour Dec. 3-17 from 4-8pm at KC Live! Block, 1100 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO. Meet Santa over Hot Chocolate in the KC Live! Block during Hot Chocolate Happy Hour!

Red Stocking Breakfast Dec. 3 from 7:30-10:30am at Jack Stack BBQ, 9520 Metcalf Ave, OPKS. The Red Stocking Breakfast funds Kansas Children’s Service League’s prevention and early education services in Johnson & Wyandotte Counties. This event is fun for all ages. Bring the kids to have their picture taken with Mr. & Mrs. Claus. 

Breakfast with Santa Dec. 3 from 10-11:15am at Irene B. French Community Center, 5701 Merriam Dr., Merriam, KS. FREE for children // $5 for adults. Rudolph the red nose reindeer, had a very shiny nose, some might even say it glows. Join all the other reindeer as we laugh and play reindeer games. Breakfast with Santa has become a popular special event here in Merriam. No crowds to fight at the mall, plus a morning packed with face painting, a craft, breakfast and story time with our friends from Johnson County Library and not to forget some one on one time with Santa. 

Breakfast with Santa benefitting CCVI Dec. 3 from 8:30-11am at Webster House, 1644 Wyandotte, Kansas City, MO. $20/kids and $25/adults. Get in the holiday spirit with the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI) at Breakfast with Santa at the Webster House. Enjoy a tasty breakfast buffet and get your child's photo with Santa. Your choice of seatings at 8:30 or 9:30 a.m. Please make your reservation by Friday, Nov. 25.

Breakfast with St. Nick Dec. 3 from 8-11am at Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 North 4th Street, Kansas City, KS. A $10 fee will include breakfast, a visit with St. Nicholas and one picture. If your child wishes to only visit St. Nicholas for the picture, the fee is only $5.00. An adult breakfast will be available for $6.00. Breakfast will consist of pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, and coffee, tea or milk.

Breakfast with Santa: Parkville Dec. 3 from 8-11am in Parkville, MO. Admission is $6.00 per person/child.. Bring the little ones to Historic Downtown Parkville for a special morning treat - breakfast, music, crafts, merriment, and some quality time with Santa Claus! What a great way to start a day of holiday gift shopping and fun like you won’t find anywhere else!

The Great Candy Cane Hunt
Dec. 3 from 5:30-6:30pm at Stagecoach Park, 1205 E Kansas City Road, 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 pre-registration is required.

Brunch with Santa Dec. 4 from 11am-2pm at The Gallery Event Space, 61 E 14th St., Kansas City, MO. $25-$45. Join Santa at The Gallery Event Space for Brunch with Kansas City Power & Light District restaurants and shops. Event will include photos with Santa, cookie decorating with MeMa’s Bakery, StoneLion Puppet Theatre’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and much more!

Breakfast at the North Pole Dec. 10 from 8-11am at Green Bldg. Johnson County Fairgrounds, Gardner. 8:00 am to 11:00 am. 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. $5/presale tickets. $6/day of event

Breakfast with Santa at Ernie Miller Nature Center Dec. 10 from 9-10:30am at Ernie Miller Nature Center, 9, Olathe. $7 per person, including adults, $8 nonresidents. 9137647759. Kids! Bring a parent and have breakfast followed by a visit with Santa. Enjoy pancakes and juice. Afterwards Santa will explain the winter habits of his animal friends. He 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. 

Jim "Two Crows" Wallen Presents: A Visit with Santa Claus Free. 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 is required. 

  • Dec. 5 from 6:30-7:30pm at Mid-Continent Public Library - Weston Branch, 18204 Library Drive, Weston, MO. 
  • Dec. 6 from 6:30-8pm at Mid-Continent Public Library-North Oak Branch, 8700 N Oak Tfwy, Kansas City, MO.
  • Dec. 12 from 7-8pm at Mid-Continent Public Library - Oak Grove Branch, 2320 S. Broadway St., Oak Grove, MO.
  • Dec. 17 from 10:30-11:30am at Mid-Continent Public Library - Platte City Branch, 2702 NW Prairie View Road, Platte City, MO.

Storytime with Santa and Mrs. Claus Dec. 9 from 10-11am at Mid-Continent Public Library - Raytown Branch, 6131 Raytown Road, Raytown, MO. 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. Parents, don't forget your cameras! Registration is required.

Storytime with Santa Dec. 15 from 2-3pm at Mid-Continent Public Library - Woodneath, 8900 NE Flintlock Road, Kansas City, MO. Santa is making a special trip to read a holiday story at the Library. After the story, sit on Santa’s knee to tell him what you want for Christmas. Parents, don’t forget your cameras! Registration is required.

'Twas ETC
Santa is off doing a practice run, so Mrs. Claus decides to get her friends together for a wacky storytelling session of Clement C. Moore's famous poem,"The Night Before Christmas." Registration is required. 

  • Dec. 3 at 10:30am at Mid-Continent Public Library - Antioch Branch, 6060 N. Chestnut Ave., Gladstone, MO.
  • Dec. 17 at 2pm at Mid-Continent Public Library Claycomo Branch, 309 NE 69 Hwy, Claycomo, MO.

Father Christmas Comes to T/m Dec. 18 from 1-3pm at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, 5235 Oak St., Kansas City, MO. Included with museum admission ($5). Father Christmas comes to T/m to share stories of holidays past. Professional storyteller Jim “Two Crows” Wallen will engage the entire family with interactive tales of Old Saint Nick in the museum’s historic Tureman Education Center. Be sure to bring your camera so you can snap keepsake photos of your family with Father Christmas! Included with museum admission.

A Visit with Santa at Ernie Miller Nature Center Dec. 21 from 10-11am at Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. K-7 Highway, Olathe, KS. $2 per person including adults. Christmas will be here soon and Santa is coming to share with us the winter habitats of his animal friends. Enjoy listen and learn activity for children ages two to six. The 30-minute program features stories, songs and a visit from a special animal friend…and of course, Santa Claus! All children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost of the program to be paid at the site is $2 per person including adults. Pre-registration is not required. For more information call (913) 764-7759.

Meet Other Holiday Characters

The Grinch on Ice

Dec. 4 from 6-8:30 at Silverstein Ice Arena in Independence, MO. The community is invited to join us for an evening of holiday fun with a beloved classic, Grinch On Ice, performed by local figure skaters from our Centerpoint Community Ice Rink! Admission will be just $5 (cash only) at the doors with children age 3 and under being admitted free to sit on a parents lap. Please enter through the South doors. Come support local figure skaters and enjoy a family-friendly evening of holiday fun!

Whoville Holidays
Dec. 10-11 and 17-18 at City Market Square, 5th & Walnut, Kansas City. all ages. 10:00 am to 1:30 pm. FREE. 8168421271. Dress up as a Whoville character and visit the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who in their Whoville home located in the center of City Market Square. Bring your camera for a holiday photo. Whoville Holidays is open to the public and FREE with the suggested donation to the Help a Who campaign: three canned goods for Harvesters or a new toy in original packaging for the Salvation Army. 

The Fairy Princess
Dec. 10, 11, 17 & 18 Kansas City Museum, 3218 Gladstone Blvd., Kansas City, MO. $10 per child; RSVP not required. Celebrate this beloved Kansas City tradition that started in 1935 at Kline’ Department Store! Share holiday wishes with the Fairy Princess, and enjoy storytelling, performances, hands-on activities, and a take-home sweet treat.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Holiday Luminary Walk Nov. 25 & 26; Dec. 2 & 3; Dec. 9 & 10 from 5-pm at Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens 8909 W. 179th St., OPKS. Cost: eTickets $9; $10 at the door; Children 5 and under free. Stroll down candlelit trails through the gardens and woods at the 17th annual Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens' Holiday Luminary Walk.  This major fundraiser features 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. 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 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Gardens by Candlelight: A Luminary Walk Dec. 10 & 11 from 5-7:30pm at Powell Gardens 1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, MO. Cost: The event is free for members and included with regular garden admission for all others. Enjoy the yuletide spirit with a stroll through the Gardens aglow with the light of hundreds of luminarias. The path will take you across the Island Garden, where you can warm your hands over a fire before moving on to the peaceful holiday beauty of the Marjorie Powell Allen Chapel. Take the trolley back to the Visitor Center to see the Christmas Couture display, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, make and take a luminaria craft, and warm up in the cozy comfort of the Grand Hall with a glowing fire and live jazz. Enjoy hot chocolate and complimentary homemade cookies (while supplies last).

Sar-Ko Aglow - Dec. 2 from 6-9pm at Sar-Ko-Par Park, 87th Street Parkway & Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS. Kick off your holiday festivities this year by meeting up with friends and neighbors for a community celebration at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park for Sar-Ko Aglow. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with the lighting of Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park. Bundle up and enjoy a stroll through the park while taking in the spectacular lights, sipping hot cocoa and listening to carolers. Santa will also be on hand to hear children's holiday wishes (look for Santa on the circle driveway). Also, plan to stop by the Legler Barn Museum while enjoying the festivities. The museum will be open during the event.

​13th Annual Winter Solstice Torch-lit Hike Dec. 14 from 5-6:30pm at George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Rd., Independence, MO. Walk down a woodland path lit by torches to an ice sleigh, telescopes and a bonfire. Bring your camera for photos in the ice sleigh; view the night sky; see live owls; and drink free hot chocolate. The first 150 will receive free travel mugs. 

Winter Solstice Celebration Dec. 17 from 6:30-8pm at Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. K-7 Highway, Olathe, KS. $6 per person, including adults or $8 on site day of event. 9137647759. Take a break from the busy holiday festivities as we walk through the woods, along little Cedar Creek to witness the natural display of winter’s quiet time. The trails will be lit by luminaries. Warm up by the fireside and listen to star stories about the longest night of the year. Visit live owls and discover animal mysteries of survival during the long winter. Gather round for campfire treats of toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate. Please note: Portions of this program will be outdoors, please dress for the weather. Advance reservations recommended. For more information call (913) 764-7759.

 

Christmas Exhibits and Tours

Christmas Couture: A Conservatory Exhibit
thru Jan. 8 at Powell Gardens, 1609 NW US HWY 50, Kingsville, MO. $7/adults, $6/seniors 60+, $3/kids 5-12, free/members and kids under 5. Celebrate the holidays in high fashion with this season's not-so-traditional conservatory exhibit, featuring lavishly decorated dress-form Christmas trees displayed against a backdrop of stunning white poinsettias, accented with pops of pink and splashes of gold. Step inside this whimsical holiday display and be swept up in holiday spirit!  Note: The Gardens are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

A One-Room Schoolhouse Christmas! at Lanesfield Historic Site
Nov. 26 – Dec. 31 at Lanesfield Historic Site, 18745 S Dillie Road, Edgerton, KS.  Free. Drop in for an old-fashioned Christmas! Write a letter to Santa with pen and ink and create your very own ornament. What do oranges have to do with Christmas? What types of gifts were given? Learn how Christmas was celebrated in 1904! Find old-fashioned stocking stuffers in our gift shop. All ages welcome. On December 3, come for a special Christmas concert in the schoolhouse, featuring the Edgerton Rainbow Connection Children’s Choir. The performance will begin at 1:30 pm, followed by a visit from Santa and free refreshments.

Christmas Tours: Bingham-Waggoner Estate
thru Dec. 30 at Bingham-Waggoner Estate, 313 West Pacific, Independence, MO. Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 1-6pm. Enjoy a Holiday Tour through the decorated Bingham-Waggoner Estate. This well preserved estate provides insights into the lifestyles of the 19th century wealthy residents.

Victorian Crystal Fantasy
Nov. 25- Dec. 30 at Vaile Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty St. , Independence. A Victorian tour through the beautifully decorated Vaile Mansion.

Olde World Christmas Nighttime Tour
Nov. 26, Dec. 2 & 9 from 6-8pm at Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 North 4th Street, Kansas City, KS. During these evening tours, the museum will be illuminated using Victorian oil lamps and special Christmas lighting. Refreshments will also be served.

Christmas at Lanesfield
Nov. 26 - Dec. 31 at Lanesfield Historic Site, 18745 S. Dillie Rd, Edgerton, KS. Drop in and see the school decorated for an old-fashioned Christmas! Practice your penmanship, and learn how Christmas was celebrated in 1904. Make an ornament to take home.

Christmas in the West
Dec. 1-31 at National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific, Independence. Learn more about how pioneers commemorated the holiday season in this thirty-minute guided tour.

Ginormous Gingerbread House Party
Dec. 1- Jan. 5 at Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Road, Lee's Summit

Anderson House Christmas

Dec. 3-4 at BATTLE OF LEXINGTON STATE HISTORIC SITE, 1101 Delaware, Lexington, MO. Candlelight tours of the Anderson House and enjoy piano music provided by Dave Bohling and Pat Berry. An open house will be held on Sunday as part of the Lexington Christmas Homes Tour. This event is free and open to the public.
MO. $6.99 plus tax. It’s a Gingerbread dream come true! Our bigger-than-life creation is the coolest place to warm your holiday spirits and have a blast too! Its laser light show and awesome holiday music make this the best interactive gingerbread house in the world!!! It’s an enchanting, fairy-tale memory your whole family will love!

Holiday Open House - Shawnee Indian Mission
Dec. 3 at Shawnee Indian Mission, 3403 W 53rd St., Fairway, KS. All Ages. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Free. (913) 262-0867. Holiday Open House – Free to the community. Visit the East Building of the historic Shawnee Indian Mission for live holiday music from local musicians, children’s arts and crafts, cider, and cookies, and more. 
 
Christmas on the Farm
Dec. 3 from 2-7pm at WATKINS WOOLEN MILL STATE HISTORIC SITE, 26600 Park Road North, Lawson, MO. Visit with costumed interpreters as you stroll along lantern-lit paths to the Watkins family home, where you will be greeted by the smell of hot cider and wassail, and the sound of Christmas carols. Enjoy free samples of traditional treats, flaming of the plum puddings, reading of the family letters and a visit with Father Christmas. Activities at the visitor center will include kids crafts and live traditional holiday music. This event is free of charge and the Watkins home is open for the duration of the event. 

Christmas Open House at Mahaffie
Dec. 3 at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop, 1200 E. Kansas City Rd, Olathe. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Kick off your holiday season with a visit to Mahaffie! String popcorn and cranberries, make an ornament and see what is cooking on the cookstove. FREE admission! (a small fee applies to some activities) Suggested donation of $2/adults, $1/child ages 5-11. Activities may include: music, visiting the Mahaffie House, stagecoach rides (weather and ground conditions permitting) for $3/person ages 3 & up. Activities take place at the Heritage Center and the historic Mahaffie grounds.

Coleman House Opening
Dec. 3 at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, 5235 Oak St., Kansas City, MO. The annual tradition returns! See the museum’s nine-foot-tall dollhouse decked out for the holiday season. Get up close as museum educators open the doors for a day of in-depth talks about the museum’s largest dollhouse. Talks at 10:30-11:30am, 1-2pm, and 2:30-3:30pm. Included with museum admission. 

Holiday Candlelight Tours
Dec. 9 & 10 John Wornall House Museum, 6115 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO. $15/ ea. Enjoy the season in Victorian style with holiday decorations, carolers, interactive games, music, Christmas treats, and a special presentation from the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Tours leave every 15 minutes from 6:00-7:30 pm and last approximately one hour. You won’t want to miss this fun and festive holiday tradition in Kansas City!

A Christmas Celebration
Dec. 10 from 9am-5pm at Missouri Town 1855, Fleming Park, 8010 E. Park Road, Lee's Summit, MO. Admission charged. 816-229-8980. The Christmas customs of English, German and French settlers are brought to life in this historic antebellum community. The smell of wood burning fireplaces, period music and authentic decorations, make this a “must attend” holiday experience. A special visit and candy treat from “Belsnickle” will thrill children of all ages. 

Holiday Nights Gladstone
Dec. 10 at 7pm at Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum, 6607 NE Antioch Rd, Gladstone, MO. Experience the magic of the holidays at the historic Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum. A free night of holiday cheer for the entire family, this evening event includes live holiday music and carolers, holiday crafts for adults and kids alight, spiced cider, vintage toy display and selfie stations all in the traditionally decorated farmhouse. Enjoy the crisp night air as you stroll down the holiday luminary trail. Children will enjoy the writing station with letters to Santa and vintage Christmas cards and a special guest appearance from Santa himself!
 

Leavenworth Candlelight Vintage Homes Tour
Dec. 11 from 1-7pm at Leavenworth. 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Some of Leavenworth’s beautiful vintage homes are decorated for the holidays and open for public to view. This self guided tour takes place from 1-7 p.m. Tickets on sale November 1st.

You'll find our Guide to the Best Christmas Lights in KC here.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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