FREE Christmas Fun in Kansas City

2017 Edition



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Save money this holiday season and enjoy fun across Kansas City! From Santa Sightings to concerts, storytelling events to crafts - we've got you covered! Most of the events on this list are FREE. We also included fun ideas under $5/person on this year's guide. You will find our COMPLETE KC Christmas Guide here.

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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

Holiday Classic Movies
Union Station, 30 W. Pershing, Kansas City, MO. Watch your favorite holiday films on the Extreme Screen for just $3! Nov 17-22 - National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. Nov 24-30 - Elf. Dec 1-7 - Home Alone. Dec 8-14 - Polar Express in Your PJs. 

A Christmas Carol with Gerald Dickens, A Special Engagement
Nov. 19-21 at various Mid-Continent Public Library Branches. 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. Registration is required.​ FREE!

Holiday Choirs
Nov. 24 - Dec. 23 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. FREE!

Night Before Christmas Carol
Nov. 27-28 at various Mid-Continent Public Library Branches. 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. Registration is required. FREE!

Raggedy Ann and Andy’s Christmas Adventure
Nov. 28 - Dec. 30 at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd, Ste 800, Level B, City Stage, Kansas City, MO. Those lovable cotton-stuffed dolls with their bright red yarn hair go on a fearless adventure in the Deep Woods to rescue light, warmth and the spirit of Christmas for the diverse population that lives inside Marcella’s toy chest.

Simple Strings Dulcimers Christmas Concert
Nov. 29 - Dec. 21 at various Mid-Continent Public Library branches. Enjoy Christmas classics played by members of the Simple Strings Dulcimers, and learn the history of the songs and instruments they play. Registration is required. FREE!

Legends Outlet Christmas Tree

Legendary Tree at Legends Outlets Kansas City
Nov 18 - early Jan 2018 at Legends Outlet 1843 Village W Pkwy, Kansas City, KS. 913.788.3700. Kansas City’s only designer outlet shopping center, announces its holiday calendar filled with multiple events and prize giveaways throughout the season. 13th Annual Legendary Tree Lighting Ceremony Saturday, Nov. 18, 5 – 8 p.m. (center courtyard). The ceremony will include live holiday music and a special appearance from Santa Claus, who will lead the tree lighting countdown and ignite a center-wide light display – one of the region’s first and largest displays of animated lights synchronized to music. The holiday lights will remain on display through early January 2018. Also mark your calendar for: KCKPD COPPS UNIT HOLIDAY DRIVE: Nov. 1- Dec. 11 - Join Legends Outlets to help support the community this holiday season by making a donation to the KCKPD COPPS Unit holiday gift drive. Legends Outlets will accept donations in the management office during operating hours, and in the security office after-hours. Black Friday Shopping -  ​Nov. 24, 6am-9pm. Legends Outlets will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23) and open at 6 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 24, for Black Friday shopping. Some store and restaurant hours on Thanksgiving and Black Friday may vary. 

Liberty Light Show Dec. 1 -3 from 6-9:30pm at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church 1600 North 291 Highway, Liberty, MO. This FREE drive-in Christmas light display will be synchronized with live musicians in the PV parking lot. It’s a family-friendly show that will capture the hearts of many. Audiences will tune their radios to hear live performances of Christmas favorites from the comfort of their own cars. Through a simple narrative the Gospel story will be weaved throughout the show - inviting guests to discover the true reason for the season. Guests can view the 15-minute show from the warmth of their vehicles on a first-come, first-serve basis. Shows are 15 minutes long, and begin every 45 minutes at 6:00pm, 6:45pm, 7:30pm, 8:15pm, 9:00pm. 

Friday Night Family Fun: StoneLion Puppets present "Gingerbread Revue"
Dec. 1 at 6:30pm at Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO. Free event. Kansas City’s StoneLion Puppet Theatre delivers a festive start to the holiday season with a delightful marionette show about what all the toys and goodies do when no one is watching. FREE!

Lanesfield School Country Christmas Concert
Dec. 2 at Lanesfield Historic Site, 18745 S Dillie Road, Edgerton, KS. Enjoy 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, crafts, and free refreshments. 

Kansas City Symphony Presents TubaChristmas
Dec. 4 & 8 at Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center. TubaChristmas in Kansas City has happened annually since 1979, often bringing together over 500 tuba and euphonium players from all walks of life, and sometimes multiple generations of the same family who have made TubaChristmas an annual tradition. FREE!

Dickens Carolers
Dec. 6-16 at various Mid-Continent Public Library branches. Get into the Christmas spirit with a performance by these festive singers dressed in beautiful Victorian attire. FREE!

Children's Christmas Opera: Amahl and the Night Visitors
Dec. 8 at 7:00pm at St. John's UMC, 6900 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO. 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. FREE!

Puppets for Paws
Dec. 8 from 6-8:30pm at Summit Fair, 860 NW Blue Pkwy, Lee's Summit, MO. Come out for a FREE, holiday themed version of the Mesner Puppet Theater’s, Comical Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard and help support Furry Kids’ Refuge in the process! Kiddos get to sit with Santa Claus during the show and will have the opportunity to take photos with Santa. FREE!

A Very Cello Christmas
Dec. 9 at County Club United Methodist Church, 400 W 57th Street, Kansas City, MO. A day filled with the merry sounds and songs of Christmas! Remember: The best way to spread Christmas cheer is [playing the cello] for all to hear! 

Ms. Dennise's Christmas Puppet Theater
Dec. 9-18 at various Mid-Continent Public Library branches. Santa visiting the library! Join the LS Puppeteers for two charming and lively tales that star the "jolly old elf" himself! Then stick around for two more delightful stories about Little Blue Riding Hood and a hilariously forgetful dog! Registration is required. FREE!

Mr. Stinky Feet's Christmas
Dec. 9-22 at various Mid-Continent Public Library branches. 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. FREE!

Christmas with the Cool Cats
Dec. 9-21 at various Mid-Continent Public Library branches. Terry Bell and his band, the Cool Cats, squeeze the most out of all those holiday favorites in this fun-loving holiday accordion concert. FREE!

Line Creek Figure Skating Club Winter Holiday Show
Dec. 10 at 11am at Line Creek Community Center, 5940 NW Waukomis Dr., Kansas City, MO. Come see the Line Creek Figure Skating Club perform in their big holiday show! This is a free figure-skating and synchronized skating show, so don't miss out! FREE!

Contemporary Christmas Concert
Dec. 10 at 4:30pm at Woods Chapel UMC Blue Springs, 3609 SW State Route 7, Blue Springs, MO. Join the Woods Chapel Praise Band as we celebrate the Christmas season with some modern flair! FREE!

Carols & Cookies
Dec. 10 from 6-8pm at First Baptist Church of Shawnee, 11400 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, KS. The Christmas concert Carols & Cookies will feature the FBC choir, handbells, and the Kansas City Homeschool Choir. A cookie reception to follow. FREE!

A Christmas Carol-LIVE!
Dec. 12 at various Mid-Continent Public Library branches. 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 required. FREE!

Trombone Christmas
Dec. 16 at Union Station, 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO. The Trombone Christmas Kansas City Concert was founded by Dr. Frank Perez and Mr. William Biggs in 2017 and is presented to promote and encourage the fellowship and musicianship of trombone players through the performance of Christmas Music. Participation in the concert is open to trombone players of all ages and experience levels. FREE!

Jingle Jam
Dec. 20 at 5 & 7pm at Westside Family Church, 8500 Woodsonia Dr, Lenexa, KS. Jingle Jam is a Christmas party big enough for the whole family!  Come and experience a live band singing your favorite Christmas songs. FREE!

The Magic of the Holidays with Eric Vaughn
Dec. 20 at 2pm at Mid-Continent Public Libary, Lee's Summit Branch. Eric Vaughn and his furry sidekick, Mr. Tinkles, perform amazing, lighthearted magic to bring wonder, mystery, and merriment to the holiday season. Registration required. FREE!

 

Nativities

Journey to Judea
Nov. 17-19, Dec. 1-3 at Countryside Baptist Church, 14150 W. 175th Street , Overland Park, KS. Journey to Judea is an interactive Christmas experience that allows you to walk through the narrative of the Bible, learning the twists and turns that lead us to the birth of Christ and reveal the true significance of His coming. The birth of Christ is more than a historical event: it has crucial relevance for every man, woman and child. This event includes a cast of nearly 100 people, live animals, narration, live action, and music. Groups of 40-50 people will be guided through an hour-long outdoor tour of different scenes spread across twenty acres of land, literally walking through the story of the Bible. Our goal is to make this a yearly event that families can enjoy together as a part of their Christmas celebration. Admission is free, but tickets should be reserved online in advance. There are a limited number of walk-in spaces. For more information, go to www.journeytojudea.com FREE!

Journey to Bethlehem
Dec. 1 & 2 at Second Presbyterian Church, 318 East 55 Street, Kansas City, MO. Second’s Journey to Bethlehem is one of the area’s largest celebrations of faith, celebrating the 40th anniversary of this beloved tradition. Experience a live walk-through drama of the first Christmas. FREE!

Road to Bethlehem
Dec. 2 & 3 from 6-8pm at South Summit Christian Church (1121 SW Hook Road, Lee’s Summit, MO). From the warmth of your car, drive down the road to Bethlehem and enjoy live scenes that tell the Christmas story. On the road, you will encounter shepherds and sheep, angels, Wise Men, Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus - all telling the story of Jesus' birth. All are welcome and the event is free. We just ask that you bring your friends and family and enjoy! FREE!

Drive-thru Living Nativity
Dec. 9 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. FREE!

Christmas In the Barn
Dec 24 at Johnson Farms (17701 Holmes Rd., Belton, MO). Come join Lord of Love Lutheran Church for the 10th annual Christmas In the Barn service on Christmas Eve at the farm. The Johnson Farm community of friends will share full sensory celebrations of our Savior's birth. Although the barn is heated, please dress warmly & check the website for updates or cancellations due to inclement weather. Homemade sweets and hot beverages served and live music to set the mood. A free will donation will be taken for Lord of Love Lutheran Church's Wednesday Night Community Meal. FREE!

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