Things to Do & Where Out-of-Town Family Can Stay for the Holidays (Thanksgiving OR Christmas)

If you have family visiting from out of town, they need somewhere to stay!

So, we’ve gathered some places to stay in Kansas City that are great if you run out of room at your house. There’s spots all over the metro, so no matter where you live, there’s somewhere close by.

Whether they’re visiting for Thanksgiving, Christmas or you just want to hang out, there’s tons of fun things to do & great places to stay for families.

Things to Do Thanksgiving Week with Your Family

No matter where your family is staying, check out these fun things to do for Thanksgiving & other fun activities.

Ride the KC Streetcar Around Downtown

Our lovely, free streetcar will take you from Union Station Kansas City to the River Market and everywhere in between. Visit Science City, Union Station, Crown Center or shop the River Market.

You can hop on & off at many different stops throughout our vibrant downtown. It makes it easy to explore with kids and grandparents…

After you ride the streetcar…

KC River Market & Riverfront Park

Shop the vendors for your holiday meal or just enjoy the afternoon stroll at the Rivermarket or park. The Riverfront Park is close by so you can also walk there from the market and streetcar drop off.

Visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The museum is a fantastic KC attraction to show your out of town family! The exhibits change often, so even if you’ve been before there’s new things to see! The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but free all other days.

If you want to stay outdoors, there are also multiple art exhibits outside on the trail surrounding the museum. The sculptures & artwork are beautiful!

National World War I Museum

One of our favorite spots in downtown Kansas City is the National World War I Museum. You can learn about our history while you explore the exhibits, then climb the tower to see the best view of Kansas City.

The tower climb is included in museum admission, so this is a must-do while your family is in town…

Enjoy a Holiday Light Show

The best holiday light show is right in our backyard! This year it will be a drive-thru light show so you can enjoy the sparkling lights from the safety of your car.

Tickets can be purchase in advance to make sure all are included!

Where to Stay?

Large Plaza Townhouse

Plaza Area

This townhouse near the Plaza sleeps 10 guests with 9 beds in total. If you’re looking for a large place with multiple families, this is a great spot! They have a high chair, foosball table, large table for meals & a cozy vibe.

Animals are also welcome and there’s 2 spots for vehicles.


Quaint Airbnb in Safe Neighborhood

Prairie Village, KS

If you live in the Prairie Village area and want your family to be close, check out this place to stay! There’s plenty of space for the kids and animals to play, tons of games and activities, and can sleep up to 6 people with 4 beds.

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Cozy Home in North Kansas City

N. KC Area

This home sleeps 6 people, with 4 beds and 3 bedrooms, great for a single family. If you’ve got family visiting and you live in North Kansas City area, check this out.

Home with Garage & Tons of Parking

KCMO (near stadium)

If you live in Raytown, KCMO or the surrounding areas, check out this spot. There’s tons of parking and a garage you can use to keep your car if it gets cold. There are 3 bedrooms and 3 beds, so everyone in the visiting family gets their own room!

Spacious Home in Raytown

Raytown, MO

There’s a fire pit and sauna here! What more do you need? Kids can also play in the fenced-in backyard or on the trampoline.

If you don’t find a place that fits your needs, there are TONS more options. Just check them out below:

We hope you enjoy Thanksgiving with your family! While this year may look a little different, enjoying each other’s company is all that really matters.

From our family to yours, iFamilyKC

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