Dec 22

Christmas in Kansas City

Spending your Christmas in Kansas City?  There’s plenty to do this holiday season in KC, including some great traditional events and some new activities as well.  Here are just a few of the holiday events going on this winter in Kansas City.

Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake is a great activity that involves little cost and a lot of fun.  Load up the car and head out to Longview Lake, where you’ll see over 300,000 Christmas lights and more than 175 animated figures.  It may take you a couple of hours to drive through the park due to the slow moving traffic, but it’s well worth it.  Bring along some hot chocolate and some snacks for the kids to really make the trip fun.  Don’t forget the holiday music, either!

Want to go ice skating this holiday season?  Head over to Crown Center Ice Terrace, while offers ice skating from November through March.  The terrace also offers a great view of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree.  Admission is $6, but those under 5 or over 60 get in for free.  Skate rental is only $3, but you can bring your own if you like.  For those who get up early, admission is free between 6:00 am and 9:00 am.

While you’re at the Crown Center, you might want to visit Santa’s Gingerbread Village.  This entire village is made out of edible gingerbread and features a reindeer stable, Santa’s sleigh, the elves dorm, and Santa’s home.  You can even take one of three trains through the village to see it all.

For those looking for a holiday show in Kansas City, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre is performing A Christmas Story: The Musical until January 3rd.  This holiday comedy is based on the movie A Christmas Story and follows the tale of Ralphie, a young boy who just wants a BB-gun for Christmas. 

Another great show is The Nutcracker, a traditional Christmas story performed by the Kansas City Ballet.  It runs from December 16 to the 27th at the Music Hall.  For an extra treat, you and your children can have their pictures taken with members of the cast an hour before and after each show

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