Kansas City's Holiday Shopping Guide

2017 Edition

This holiday season, support local businesses and enjoy great savings with our guide to holiday shopping in Kansas City! Craft shows, sales & holiday savings galore!

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Shopping at Crown Center

Crown Center is one of Kansas City's best-loved holiday landmarks with many great events all season long. Christmas at Crown Center is a Kansas City Tradition! With a whimsical playground, model trains traveling through a gingerbread village, visits with Santa, ice skating, and more... there is something for everyone! This holiday season, enjoy ice skating at the Crown Center Ice Terrace, live shows, and shopping all month long. Visit Santa as he makes his way to Santa's Gingerbread Station, where he resides through  December 24.

Handmade Holidays: A Collection of Local Artisanal Foods

Nov. 7 - Dec. 31 at Park Place, 11555 Ash Street, Leawood, KS. From gourmet pasta and seasonings to sweets and snacks, these local business owners are passionate and knowledgeable about their unique offerings. 

Holiday Season Opener: Brookside

Nov. 9 - 12 at Brookside District, 63rd & Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Kansas City’s favorite neighborhood celebrates the beginning of the 2017 holiday season with open houses, outdoor music, pop up events, and giveaways, Thursday, November 9th, 5-8 pm, with music, hot coffee and cocoa, and other celebration in the park at 63rd and Brookside Boulevard from 6 to 7:30 pm. Brookside’s Holiday Season Opener kicks off the annual Open House Weekend.

Pop-Up Holiday Market

Nov. 9-11 at BeHereNow, 205 W Lexington Ave, Independence, MO. It’s time to get in the holiday spirit and start crossing people off your list! This year we are extending our hours and offering exclusive deals November 9th through 11th. There will be snacks, sales & outside vendors as well as plenty of holiday cheer. Grab your friends & family and come up to The Independence Square to get your holiday shopping on!

Holiday Open House in Odessa’s Historic Shopping District

Nov. 10-12 at Odessa Mercantile 111 S 2nd St., Odessa, MO. With over a dozen unique shops, restaurants to visit you are sure to find plenty of holiday magic. Many of the shops will have special events and sales. 

FSE Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair 2017

Nov. 11 at Franklin Smith Elementary Lower Level, 1609 SW Clark Rd, Blue Springs, MO. Shop over 50 booths.

Holiday Open House: Weston

Nov. 11 at Downtown Weston, MO. You can enjoy carriage rides starting at noon. “Father Christmas” arrives in Weston to officially start the holiday season. He reappears every weekend until Christmas Eve. On Nov. 11, he leads the children’s holiday parade down Main Street which begins at 5:30, and the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will follow at City Hall. Youth and adult carolers will add to the evening’s festive spirit and refreshments and souvenirs will be available for the children.

Kendallwood Apartment Holiday Craft Fair

Nov. 11 from 10am-3pm at Kendallwood Apartment Clubhouse, 2813A NE Kendallwood Parkway, Gladstone, MO. Small craft fair features handmade arts and crafts from local artisans. Come find unique gifts and decor, conveniently located off of Antioch Road in the Northland.

Holly Festival

Nov. 11 & 12 at Bernard Campbell Middle School, 1201 ME Colbern Road, Lee's Summit, MO. Over 100 booths, gift items, food, silent auction and Santa! 

Gift Gallery

Nov. 11 at Curé of Ars Catholic School, 9403 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS. Shop over 40 artisans and vendors selling unique and upscale items in a festive atmosphere.

Holiday Open House: Blue Springs

Nov. 16 from 5-8pm at Downtown Blue Springs, Blue Springs, MO. Downtown merchants open their doors to community members for a unique shopping experience

Lake Quivira Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 17 & 18 at Lake Quivira Country Club, 100 Crescent Blvd, Lake Quivira. This holiday tradition features more than 50 local vendors offering a variety of boutique home decor, jewelry, ladies clothing/accessories, gourmet foods, children’s gifts and more.

Best Little Arts & Crafts Show in Independence

Nov. 17 & 18 at Roger T. Sermon Community Center/City Theater 201 N Dodgion St, Independence, MO.

Festival of Crafts

Nov. 17 & 18 at 801 NE Poplar St, Topeka, KS. Enjoy shopping the many booths and looking for that unique gift. *FREE ADMISSION

Tomahawk Holiday Mart

Nov. 18 from 10am-2pm at Tomahawk Elementary School, 13820 S Brougham Drive, Olathe, KS. Shop 58 unique vendors, a Secret Santa Workshop for children to shop for others and do Make and Take crafts, photos with Santa, free card making and gift wrapping, food and beverages and a Wreath Silent Auction. This is a FREE and fun event for the whole family.

Holiday Craft Show: Belton

Nov. 18 from 9am-2pm at High Blue Wellness Center, 16400 N. Mullen Road, Belton, MO. More than 40 vendors. Get into the spirit of the season with free hot cocoa!

Holiday Shopping Festival

Nov 18 from 9am-2pm at Crown Toyota Used Cars, 3400 South Iowa, Lawrence, KS. The Holiday Shopping Festival brought to you by the Lawrence Journal-World is BACK…and it’s bigger and better than ever! Featuring the Lawrence Humane Society’s Photos with Santa! Free admission and open to the public! Before or after your photo, peruse the Holiday Shopping Festival – a one-stop holiday shop featuring over 50 local vendors with a wide variety of products to fulfill your holiday shopping needs. Enjoy an array of food and drinks while shopping for your loved ones. Score free on-site gift wrapping for gifts purchased at the festival, and enjoy free cookie tasting!

Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 19 at Community Building, 115 W 11th St., Lawrence, KS. This show is open to the public and free to attend. This annual show continues to bring artisans from all over the state and surrounding states that provide a unique atmosphere to appeal to all shoppers and craftsman!



Black Friday at Legends

Nov. 24 at Legends Outlets Kansas City, 1843 Village W Pkwy, Kansas City, KS. 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. Stay tuned for more details.

Summit Fair’s Black Friday Bash

Nov. 24 at Summit Fair, 840 NW Blue Pkwy, Lee's Summit, MO. Gather your family, adorn your Santa hats, and head to Summit Fair for the 1st annual Black Friday Bash! Shop unbeatable store sales, register to win prizes all evening long, and enjoy family entertainment - including visits with Santa, a live DJ, balloon artist, kid’s crafts and more! Plus, follow Summit Fair on Facebook/Twitter to find out how you can become a Black Friday Bash V.I.P! @summitfair #ShopSummitFair

Bizarre Bazaar

Nov 24 -25 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire, Lawrence KS. Over 100 local artists will be showing and selling their art at the annual Bizarre Bazaar which will be held again this year. Kick off the official Holiday shopping weekend with a sneak peak on Friday evening from 5-9 pm. which also happens to be 'Final Friday'!! 

Sip Hot & Shop Small

Nov. 25 from 9am-6pm at Downtown Overland Park. You'll find a day full of free hot drinks and great holiday sales and promotions.

Small Business Saturday in Downtown Lee's Summit

Nov. 25 from 10am-6pm at Downtown Lee's Summit. Small Business Saturday is a nationwide movement to shop small and support locally-owned businesses in your community.

Small Business Saturday in Downtown Lawrence

Nov. 25 from 9am-9pm at Downtown Lawrence, KS. Small Business Saturday is the day we celebrate the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S. Support your Downtown businesses and business owners! 

Sip, Shop & Support

Nov. 25 from Noon-4pm at KC Power & Light District. Celebrate Small Business Saturday at local shops and restaurants throughout the Kansas City Power & Light District. Enjoy great deals and complimentary services, samples from local brands at Cosentino's MarketsVendor Fair and live music along Main Street.

Holidays in Crestwood

Nov. 30 -Dec. 2 at Crestwood Shops 55th St Between Brookside Blvd and Oak St, Kansas City, MO. Great shopping, dining, and a great cause! On November 30 through December 2, 2017, 10% of every purchase made at Crestwood Shops will go toward helping The Children’s Place give hope and healing to young children who have experienced abuse, neglect, and other traumas. This three-day celebration includes luncheons and breakfasts, festive trees, art auction, a visit by Santa, and many other activities sure to get you and your loved ones in the holiday spirit.

Kristkindl Markt

Dec. 1 & 2 at Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ, 205 W 65th St, Kansas City, MO. Shop! Eat! Listen to music! Make gingerbread houses! Friday from 5-9pm, Sat 10am-7pm

​Craft Patch Craft Show

Dec. 1 & 2 at The Pavilion at John Knox Village 520 SW Murray Rd, Lees Summit, MO. Indoor craft show with over 100 booths of handmade crafts from the best crafters in the area. Always free admission and free parking. Free shopping bag to the first 125 customers through the door.

C.W. Parker Carousel Museum's Annual Children's Small Mall

Dec. 2 & 3 at C.W. Parker Carousel Museum, 320 S. Esplanade, Leavenworth, KS. Children 3 to 13 years old are invitedto do their own holiday shopping for family and friends in a secure environment. Parents pay $3, $5 or $7 for each gift on the child's gift list. High school students volunteer as Elves and guide each child with their gift selections. Gifts range from jewelry, men & women items, teens, children's toys, stuffed animals, sweets/food and so much more. The selected gifts are then wrapped, labeled and ready to be placed under the tree. To complete their shopping experience each child receives a free ride on the 1913 carousel, (Photo Op) a bag of reindeer food, admission to the Kid's Craft Corner and movies. While your little shoppers are busy selecting gifts relax with a complimentary cup of hot chocolate and browse through the gifts, crafts and baked goods available for purchase.

Holiday Marketplace at Roeland Park Community Center

Dec. 2 from 10am-2pm at Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park, KS. Children will enjoy a visit from Santa, holiday crafts, and a special shopping experience to find the perfect gift for any member of their family. Volunteers will be on hand to help kids purchase presents for family and friends and assist in the wrapping to keep the gifts a surprise. All gifts available for purchase will be $10 or less and there will be a free gift wrap station. Gingerbread house making and lunch available for purchase. 

Holiday Extravaganza: Lawrence

Dec. 2 from 9am-4pm at Sports Pavilion Lawrence at Rock Chalk Park, 100 Rock Chalk Lane, Lawrence, KS. This annual show continues to bring artisans and vendors from all over the state and surrounding states that provide a unique atmosphere to appeal to all shoppers and craftsman!

Indoor Holiday Farmers' Market

Dec. 2 from 8am - 2pm at Matt Ross Community Center 8101 Marty St, Overland Park, KS. The farmers' market season continues indoors. Truly experience eating, buying and shopping locally this holiday season. The farmers will have winter produce in addition to lots of great holiday gift items.

Gingerbread Festival featuring Craft Collective Handmade Market

Dec. 2 & 3 at Abe and Jake's Landing E 6th St, Lawrence, KS. View the amazing gingerbread houses that will be part of the Gingerbread Auction and shop the Craft Collective handmade market! Local craftspeople will have their amazing wares for sale to the public. A percentage of the proceeds of each sale will be donated to BBBS! Come get an early start on your holiday gift buying. Visit Santa and Anna & Elsa from Frozen.

Shawnee Christkindlmarkt

Dec. 2 from 2-5:30pm at Downtown Shawnee, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS. This annual holiday event, formerly known as Christmas Around Town, is free and has something for the entire family to enjoy. The festivities get started at 2:00 p.m. at City Hall (11110 Johnson Drive) with our Sister Cities Christkindlmarkt, live entertainment, kids’ crafts, fruit cake races, and Santa to hear your kid’s Christmas wishes. Hop on the holiday trolley to explore downtown Shawnee businesses that will have even more fun activities, including food trucks, sing-alongs with carolers, face painting, balloon artists, live reindeer, and more! Make your way back to City Hall at 5:00 p.m. when Mayor Distler will be joined by Santa and Mrs. Claus to present the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund to the Shawnee Storm Special Olympics and Shawnee Community Services. We'll cap off the night by lighting the Mayor’s Christmas Tree.

The 7th Annual Holiday Swing!

Dec. 10 from 10am-6pm at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing, Kansas City, MO. Shop over 100 handmade & vintage vendors at The 7th Annual Holiday Swing; the Midwest’s #1 handmade holiday shopping experience at historic Union Station! The Holiday Swing is proud to be one of Etsy’s "Etsy Made Local Markets" #etsymadelocalus

Farmers Market Holiday Mart 2017

Dec. 16 from 9am-2pm at Lee’s Summit Elementary Gym, 110 SE Green St., Lee's Summit, MO. The Downtown Lee’s Summit Farmers Market vendors have been working hard to prepare gifts and goodies for the indoor Holiday Mart.

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For those early shoppers, here are a few ideas to get you started with your holiday purchases!

Kanakuk Kamps

This Christmas, give your child the gift of confidence, strong character and life-ling friendships! Kanakuk is a premier summer camp outside of Branson, Missouri for boys and girls age 6–18. More than 70 activities, sports and themed parties provide age-appropriate, fun, safe experiences to help Kampers grow spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially. Learn more about customizing your child's experience at KanakukSummer.com.

Dispatch by Breakout

A new monthly mystery game box subscription from the nation's leading escape room brand, Breakout, is revolutionizing game night and bringing escape rooms to the comfort of your home. Each delivery of a  Dispatch gift box gives everyone—from families, to friends, to coworkers—an opportunity to unravel a mysterious crime from anywhere, all while building community, critical thinking and creative processing and having fun! Dispatch.BreakoutGames.com


Lakeshore, a leader in creating innovative learning materials nationwide for over 60 years, rolls out a brand new line of products for the 2017 holiday season. The Gifts for Growing Minds product line  get kids excited about learning, spark their imaginations and helps them reach important  developmental milestones or educational goals.  Available at the store in Merriam or at LakeshoreLearning.com. Click for a money saving coupon!

American Girl® 7” Tablet Powered by Nabi

Nabi, a Mattel brand known for creating innovative, high-tech solutions for kids and families brings the American Girl® tablet which includes 70 videos, apps, and games featuring American Girl characters. The tablet has specific sound effects that will surprise and delight kids as they explore their tablet. All American Girl fans will want to add this tablet to their growing collection. NabiTablet.com

Hatchimals Surprise

Just when you thought you’d seen the last of the Hatchimal craze…they are back for this holiday season with Hatchimals Surprise and they have an unEGG-spected treat in store for you: twins! The twins are hidden inside a magical speckled egg. Use your love and care to help them hatch.  Each twin has a unique personality! Available at Target, Walmart and other select retailers.


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