Best Holiday Events in Kansas City


The holiday season is here and Christmas is around the corner! To keep you and your family in spirit for the celebrations, we have prepared a list of the best events happening in Kansas City!

1. KCS Holiday Express


Union Station

Dec. 16-20 

Wednesday, Dec 16: 2pm-5pm
Thursday, Dec 17: 12pm-7pm
Friday, Dec 18: 11am-8pm
Saturday, Dec 19: 9:30am-8pm
Sunday, Dec 20: 10am-5pm

Rudy, the smiling engine makes his 15th annual run, and with him the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express train brings Santa Claus and his elves back to Union Station. The KCS Holiday Express is unlike any other train in the world! It is free and open to the public, but there are “Reserved Ticket” and “Walk-Up” lines for the Holiday Express and Santa. Both are located inside the Station in Sprint Festival Plaza. Also, at each stop The KCS Charitable Fund will make a contribution of gift cards to the local Salvation Army to provide warm clothing and other necessities for children in need!

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2. A Christmas Carol


Spencer Theatre

Nov.20 – Dec. 24; multiple showtimes (more information in link below).

Back for its 35th season at the new Spencer Theatre is the Christmas Carol! Come share the joy as the stage transforms into a page right out of Charles Dickens book. With phenomenal acting, amazing sets and phenomenal special effects, this tale for the ages will show you the true meaning of Christmas and life itself.

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3. Kansas City’s Ballet: The Nutcracker


Muriel Kauffman Theatre

Dec. 5 – Dec. 24; multiple showtimes (more information in link below).

Bank of America presents the classic Victorian-era holiday performance here is Kansas City! Experience a show like no other with stunning costumes, amazing sets and fantastic choreography by Artistic Director Devon Carney. This show your entire family will adore! 

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4. Crown Center Ice Terrace

Crown Center Ice Terrace

2450 Grand, Kansas City Mo

Open through mid-March; different hours throughout week and holidays (info below).

Kansas City’s only outdoor skating rink is open and for the season! Make sure to check it out for the holidays and especially at night to see the Mayor’s Christmas Tree lit and other decorum in the area. Free for adults over 65 and children under 4.

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5. Santa Dives with Penguins

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Kansas City Zoo

Weekends at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. between Nov. 27 – Dec. 20

Find Santa swimming the penguins this holiday season only at the Helzberg Penguin Plaza at the Kansas City zoo! This one of a kind experience will leave you and your family with an amazing photo of Kris Kringle!

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We hope this list will keep your family busy as they celebrate the holidays in amazing Kansas City! We wish you the best this season and happy holidays from all of us at Voepel Property Management!