Christmas Towns in Missouri & Kansas

The holidays are always spectacular around Kansas City. From lights and decor to Santa’s workshops and festive music, KC has some of the best Christmas towns around.

So load up the family and head out around town to visit one or all of these Christmas Towns around the metro. Some of these towns will even have things to do and see after Christmas as well.

Best Christmas Towns in MO & KS

** Know of other holiday towns to add to our list? Email [email protected]

Christmas Towns in Kansas:

Overland Park, KS

The Overland Park Arboretum hosts a yearly luminary walk that brings the holidays to life. Walk along lit paths and find your way to see Santa’s workshop, grab some hot cider, listen to music and more.

Christmas Towns in Missouri:

1. Belton, MO

Belton will be hosting a six week long Christmas extravaganza – Christmas on Main in Belton. There will be weekly events including gingerbread house competitions, outdoor movies on Candy Cane Lane, visits with Santa and more. You can find TONS of holiday things to do in Belton…

Holiday Train Rides

First two Fridays and Saturdays in December

The Belton, Grandview and Kansas City Railroad Co. is pleased to announce our 2021 Holiday Express, to run in conjunction with the Belton Christmas on Main festivities. 

The Holiday Express will run the first two Fridays and Saturdays in December for a 45-minute, 5 mile round trip. The coach will be decorated for the season, and include holiday themed on-board activities such as music, trivia and an opportunity for the kids to write a letter to Santa.

We welcome you to join us; and also to visit the NEW Christmas on Main holiday light display.

Gingerbread House Competition

November 27th

Mary’s Mountain Cookies will be hosting a gingerbread making contest, so get your crafty friends and head over!

Pet Photos with Santa

Wednesday, December 8th

Bring your dogs, cats, or any animal for pictures with Santa Paws! ** $10 fee.

Ugly Sweater Contest

Friday, December 10th

Things are about to “Get Ugly”. Join us on December 10th for a Community Ugly Sweater Contest at Christmas on Main! Overall Ugliest Sweater Wins $50!

Kids’ Night Out PJ Party

Saturday December 11th

Drop off the kiddos in their pajamas for for a fun filled night of crafts, snacks, movies & more! Parents can shop, dine, enjoy Broken Hatchet Brewing & listen live music at Christmas on Main Belton! Sign-up using this link!
Or, email us at [email protected] 

Live Music – T&T Band

Saturday December 11th

Come to Broken Hatchet Brewing to enjoy some live music over the weekend!

Meet the Grinch

Friday, December 17th

Sing, Drink and Be Merry at Broken Hatchet on December 17 at 6pm! A fun night of Christmas songs, craft beer and fun! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Christmas Karaoke

Saturday, December 18th

Meet the Grinch and Friends! Story time, Photos and a sing-a-long! Join us for a fun filled afternoon with these Christmas Storybook favorites!

Breakfast with Santa 

Saturday, December 18th

Breakfast with Santa is coming to Tara’s! Call November 1st for reservations 816-331-0156. Join us at Tara’s Cafe for Breakfast with Santa from 8am-11:30am on December 18th 2021! Take photos, visit with Santa & grab a yummy breakfast.

Outdoor movies at Candy Cane Lane

Tuesday, December 21st

On the 300 block of Main St., holiday movies will be showing with a non-denominational night of prayer

The Santa Diaries Show

December 3rd to 19th

Come enjoy holiday performances at the Main Street Theater! There are shows each weekend through the dates above. Don’t miss out on these fun holiday event to get you in the Christmas spirit…

2. Branson, MO

Every year Silver Dollar City turns into a Christmas Town that is worth the drive. From holiday shows, festive music, thousands of stunning lights, Santa and more this is a must see for the whole family.

We recommend heading to Branson for the weekend to enjoy all the have to offer, including Silver Dollar City and other fun shows. Here’s out complete guide to Branson to make it easier for families.

Holiday activities & events a Silver Dollar City:

  • Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade
  • Santa’ Cottage with Pictures with Santa
  • Cookie Decorating & Kids Area
  • Thousands of Light Displays
  • Holiday Train Rides
  • A Giant Christmas tree – with light shows

There are also many Broadway-quality shows:

  • A Dicken’s Christmas Carol
  • The Living Nativity
  • Allen Asbury
  • Frontier Fa-La-La Follies
  • Home for Christmas

3. Kansas City, MO

The Country Club Plaza lights up nightly with beautiful lights and window displays that will quickly put you in the holiday spirit. They even have a map of the best places to take a holiday photo with the lights!

The Plaza itself is already a town of its own. Visit the Country Club Plaza for beautiful holiday sites, festive treats and more. Plus there may be a Santa sighting!

4. Springfield, MO  The city of Springfield has events and Santa sightings this holiday season. There will be photo ops, a kids store so they can shop for family and friends, parades and more. Check out their event calendar for details of events and sightings.

5. Kingsville, MO

Powell Gardens host the Festival of Lights every year and this botanical garden transforms into a winter wonderland. With immersive light displays this will make for a unique experience the whole family will enjoy.

We hope your family is able to enjoy the many holiday activities nearby in Kansas City…there’s TONS!

From our family to yours, iFamilyKC