2021 Holiday & Christmas Events in Kansas City (December Things to Do)

It’s officially Christmas in Kansas City!

Sometimes we are so busy it’s hard to find & plan holiday things to do together. But, we made it easy to find fun holiday activities & Christmas events in Kansas City – all in one place! 

Relax, and enjoy this special time with your loved ones using our 2021 Ultimate Christmas in Kansas City Guide.

You’ll find holiday things to do, Christmas events & activities for kids. We’ve found all the things to do in Kansas City in December perfect for families…

Holiday Things to Do & Christmas Events in Kansas City

We gathered everything you need to know about the holidays to celebrate (stress-free) with your family. 

Find fun holiday things to do all month long, including fun Christmas events, holiday activities, local Christmas tree farms, Where to Visit Santa, Christmas light displays & everything in between.

…whatever your family’s winter plans are, we’ve got you covered. Get started celebrating Christmas with your family!

Month-Long Events  |  Christmas Events (BY DATE) New Year’s Eve Events  |  Family Activities  |  Winter Break Camps & Activities  |  Other Holiday Things to Do

Christmas in Kansas City with Kids

We know how magical the holidays are to children (& adults), so be sure to explore as many of these Christmas activities & events as possible!

Use these holiday things to do to start celebrating the season with your family…

Also check out Restaurants OPEN on Christmas Day in Kansas City!

Christmas Events & Activities: All Month Long

There are fun holiday events in Kansas City all month long! Explore these different holiday activities & things to do now…

Visit Santa All Around KC 🎅

There’s still TONS of places to visit Santa for pictures, breakfast, parades and more. You can find which traditional events are cancelled and which are still happening for 2021.

Outdoor Ice Skating

If you’re looking for fun Christmas activities in Kansas City, ice skating with your family is the perfect holiday activity!

Crown Center Ice Terrace is open November 6th to March 7th, 2021, or you can check out . There are also tons of other places to ice skate in Kansas City!

Write Letters to Santa

November 29th to December 12th you can drop off letters to Santa at The View (13500 Byars) or Santa’s Mailbox at Grandview City Hall (12500 Main Street). Clearly write the name and address of your child so Santa can send a letter back!

& he will write back!

** Must drop off by December 9th to get a return letter sent back to you!

Branson Scenic Railway Polar Express Train

November 5th through December 23rd, 2021

Branson, MO

A visit to Branson during the holidays is an exciting experience for families. While you’re in town, be sure to take a ride on the Branson Scenic Railway Polar Express Train, a long standing tradition for many families. Get your tickets in advance – they sell out VERY fast.

Create a Gingerbread House at Taste Bud’s (or At-Home)

November 26th through December 19th, 2021

Family & adult classes throughout December 2021 (PICK UP at-home kits too!)

Taste Bud’s Kitchen: 5336 151st St. Leawood, KS 66224

If you’re looking for fun Christmas activities in Kansas City, get the whole family together and head to Taste Buds Kitchen in Leawood for Gingerbread House making. Below are the dates of classes:

  • November 27th-28th
  • December 3rd,4th,5th,11th,12th,18th and 19th

Explore All Gingerbread House classes now!

They’ll provide the supplies and the clean up, you provide the fun. They’ve got many December dates available for families, as well as at-home kits available to bring with you. Book yours now before they fill up.

See the Lights (and Alpacas!) at YaYa’s Alpaca Farm

YaYa’s Alpaca Farm: 30200 E 275th St. Garden City, MO 64747

FREE holiday tours are available at Yaya’s Alpaca Farm for the holidays. They go all out decorating their farm in holiday spirit! While you’re there, you can visit with the Alpacas and enjoy an educational experience for the kids.

This is a FREE Christmas event, so be sure to sign-up early as they usually fill up fast.

Also shop the farm store for unique Alpaca goods like gloves & socks…they are extra warm! The perfect holiday gift. 

Holiday Reactions Light Tour at Union Station

November 26th to December 27th, 2021

Union Station: 30 W Pershing Rd. Kansas City, MO 64108

Walk through the holiday scenes set up in Union Station, “Featuring sky-reaching lights, trees, forest friends and giant, floating mirrored ornaments”, accord to the website. There are eight different photo spots to grab the perfect holiday pic!

Ride the mini holiday train too! It’s only accessible with tickets to the Walk Thru Village.

Holiday Workshops, Story Times, & Classes at MCPL

December 2021

Multiple Kansas City Locations

Mid-Continent Public Library offers multiple holiday themed workshops, special story times, activities, and craft times at their various Kansas City area branches all throughout the month of December.

Check out Gingerbread events & many other fun holiday activities. Visit online for a full listing of available holiday activities for your families.

The Snowy Day and other stories by Ezra Jack Keats

December 1st to March 30th 2021

2405 Grand Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108

This seasonal story time is coming to life at the Coterie Theater!

Showtime information is available by calling the box office and tickets can be purchased in advance online. This production is only for a limited time so grab tickets today. Call 816-47-6552 to purchase.

Laser Holiday Magic XL Shows at the Planetarium

November 21st, 2021 to January 31st, 2022

Planetarium: Union Station, W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108

The universe is bigger at the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium inside Union Station downtown. Throughout the holiday season, they’ll be showing special holiday light shows on a “super-sized” screen!

Tickets for these holiday shows can be purchased online in advance or at Union Station during your visit.

Lecompton 16th annual Christmas Tree Display

Now through January 1st, 2022 come see hundreds of Christmas trees decorated to the nines with vintage and antique ornaments!

Seasonal hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm and Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm. For information on group tours and more, call 785-887-6148.

Holiday Clay Hand and Foot Prints at Paint Glaze and Fire!

Every Friday through December 17th (Appointments available between 10:00am and 2:00pm)

12683 Metcalf Ave. Overland Park, KS

Come out to Paint Glaze & Fire & Coffee House to get a head start on your holiday crafts!

Make a reservation online to make a Santa hand print, Reindeer hand print, snowman footprint or a penguin footprint. You choose the time, then come in to get in the holiday spirit! If this time doesn’t work for you, the studio is happy to make other arrangements with the you.

$3 Holiday Classics at the Extreme Screen at Union Station

Showing Jack Frost, Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Polar Express.

Now, throughout December 2021

Extreme Screen: Union Station, W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108

These are cheap Christmas activities for kids!

From FROZEN & The Santa Clause to Polar Express, your family can enjoy $3 classic holiday films during the month of December at the Regnier Extreme Screen inside Union Station. Check online for a full listing of show times & holiday movies.

Sky Station Seasonal Star Tour

November 20th- January 2nd

Planetarium: Union Station, W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108

If your family likes space, check out this star tour at the planetarium! This is the only 4K start tour in the area, so it’s definitely something to add to your holiday to-do list…

Knights of Lights: A Renaissance Christmas Extravaganza

Beginning Friday, November 26th, you and the kiddos will enjoy a fantastic holiday light show from Landers Visionsplus food, entertainment, activities for the kids & plenty of holiday fun for all! Ring in the New Year at our special extended December 31st show.

This year, KC Ren Fest is transforming their festival grounds into a beautiful holiday light show you can drive through! There will be a 25 foot tall Christmas tree, Disco Jungle, Giant Gum Drop Chandelier, Snowflake Chapel & so much more holiday fun. You can also drop off your letters to Santa at St. Nick’s mailbox!

The event will run from 5 to 10 pm each night with last cars entering at 9:45.

Christmas Events & December Things to Do

Find fun Christmas events throughout Kansas City! There are fun holiday things to do all around town…

Holiday Luminary Walk

November 26th & 27th, December 3rd & 4th, December 9th, 10th & 11th , & December 16th, 17th & 18th

Santa will be present for 2021. 5:00pm-10:00pm. Adults only Candlelight Stroll December 2nd.

Overland Park Arboretum: 8909 W 179th St. Bucyrus, KS 66013

The holidays at the Overland Park Arboretum are magical! Personally, we think this is one of the best Christmas events in Kansas City…

Take a walk, enjoy a wagon ride, listen to music, and enjoy the holiday lights during this fun family friendly event. Explore the trails of the Overland Park Arboretum as they are lit up for the holiday season. There will be miles of candles and lights that line the trails.

This year will look a little different with more animated lights and more distancing between groups! Each admission will be for a specific time to manage crowd flows, as well as additional time added so everyone can attend!

You can Purchase tickets online – $15 per person. Kids 5 & under are free.

Youthfront Christmas at Camp

Experience the wonder of the season in this event for the whole family. Fully decked out for Christmas, Youthfront’s Camp West features an illuminated lake walk with interactive experiences to retell the Nativity story!

December 2-4, 2021 Register Here

Mayor’s Tree Lighting /Christmas in the Park, Gardner KS

November 29th at 7:00pm.

This year will be in person with seasonal music, a message from the Mayor and a visit from Santa. Mr & Mrs Claus will even have a workshop for you to visit.

Cornerstone Park: Gardner, KS

This is the 30th annual Christmas event in Gardner, KS starts with the Mayor’s tree lighting ceremony online. The mayor will give a speech too! You can watch on their Facebook page.

Already sold out!

Taste Bud’s Kitchen: 5336 151st St. Leawood, KS 66224

This Christmas cooking class is for adults, 18 & older. You can come create yummy holiday classes with your friends and enjoy some much needed adult time!

** BYOB. If you’re over 21 you can bring adult beverages to drink.

Christmas in the Courtyard, Merriam KS

December 3rd from 6:30pm-8:00pm.

A donation of a canned food item, new toy or cash is requested.

Merriam Community Center: 6040 Slater Street Merriam, KS

Come see Santa arrive in his sleigh and take pictures with him in the sleigh with Mrs. Claus! This is the perfect, safe holiday event for the whole family!

There will be a Christmas Tree Lighting at Merriam Municipal Plaza as a new annual event. Don’t miss out on the holiday fun!

Drive Thru PJ Party

Friday, December 3rd, 2021; 5:30 to 7:30pm.

This FREE holiday event will be a little different this year. It’s a drive thru Santa Sighting! While it is free, they are asking you bring a box mac & cheese as a donation for Feed Northland Kids.

You can enjoy cookies & milk while you take pictures with Santa and enjoy the holiday lights on display at Zona!

Celebrate Olathe and Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting

December 3rd, 2021

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Olathe Community Center

Holiday Living Windows at Independence Square

December 3rd, 2021

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Independence Square

This free Christmas event is fun for the whole family! This is the 4th annual holiday event that features 20+ decorated windows.

Local artists will create magical holiday scenes in store windows for the theme of “From Our House to Yours”, so come check out the Christmas themed windows!’

Snowmen Cupcakes Class

December 11th and January 22nd.

Taste Bud’s Kitchen: 5336 151st St. Leawood, KS 66224

This holiday cooking class is for children 2 to 8 years old AND a caregiver. Come create these favorite snowmen cupcakes with your little ones to get in the holiday spirit and enjoy a fun treat together!

Cruising with Santa Claus

Saturday December 4th, 11th and 12th.

Three locations from 9:00am- 12:00pm

December 4th The Goddard School of Overland Park

December 11th at Summit Fair

December 12th at Legends Field, Home of the Kansas City Monarchs

Legends Outlets: 1843 Village West Pkwy, Kansas City, KS 66111

Share the magic of the holidays from your car! Drive through the North Pole with games, treat & drinks, activity kits and more fun. Snow princesses will be there too!

Make sure to bring your letters to Santa has you can drop them off at the end of the path!

Breakfast with Santa

Leawood City Hall

Come spend a morning with Santa and enjoy a all you can eat pancake, sausage, juice & coffee breakfast provided by Leawood Lions Club. Bring your camera and get pics with the big Guy!

Saturday, December 4, 2021. Choose 8:30am-10am, or 10:30am-Noon.

Christmas Open House at Mahaffie Stagecoach

December 4th, 2021; 10:00 am- 4:00 pm

1200 E Kansas City Rd, Olathe, KS 66061

Get in the holiday spirit at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop Saturday December 5th. Make ornaments, visit Mahaffie House and ride the stagecoach or make a gingerbread house.

Enjoy the Heritage Center decorations, make an ornament or a gingerbread house, and visit the Mahaffie House!

Rides are $3 per person ages 3 and up and gingerbread houses are $4.

Smithville Candy Land Christmas Events

December 4th and December 10th 12:00pm-5:30pm.

Parade to follow at 6:00pm on the 4th December.

Downtown Smithville, MO

Head to downtown Smithville and visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. After, have some treats and wander around downtown to see all the festive excitement. This is a free Christmas event for the whole family, so come out & enjoy it together!

You can event drop off letters to Santa…

Christmas at Camp

December 2nd- 4th from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the gate. This will include a petting zoo, craft stations, classic holiday movies and more.

Youthfront Camp West: Edgerton, KS

Come experience the Christmas season with your whole family at camp! There will be an interactive Nativity scene, hot chocolate, bonfires, holiday music & tons of family fun together. You can also shop the holiday market from local makers in the area!

Kids 3 and younger are free and tickets can be purchase in advance or at the door.

KC Ballet’s the Nutcracker

December 3rd thru 24th 2021.

This is of course one of our most favorite holiday events in Kansas City each year. Not just for kids!

Westport Santa Dash 5K

December 11th at 10:00am.

This year will be back in person or done virtually. All participants will receive a long-sleeve race shirt or a Santa suit, a finisher medal/ornament, and holiday treats. The Elf Dash for ages 12 & under. All Elf Dash participants will receive a race shirt and goodie bag.

Use the hashtag #santadashKC to share your images and

Join hundreds of Santas in KC as they trek along special Christmas light holiday courses or run your own 5K. After the run enjoy the holiday treats that are included in your race packet. You will also receive a Santa suit and long sleeve thermal shirt.

This is one of the most unique Christmas events in Kansas City, so don’t miss out!

Breakfast with Santa, Gardner, KS

Spend a morning, December 11, 2021, with your munchkins at the North Pole! Parents, grandparents and children will love the “All You Can Eat” pancakes, sausage links and juice too! All from Chris Cakes. Kiddos can make a cute craft and have professional photos taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus; these will be available for purchase of $5. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make forever memories with the family!

Tickets will be pre-sold online and at City Hall up until 5:00 p.m. on December 10 for $5 – or purchase them at the door the day of for $6. Children under 1 year will not be charged. 

Holiday Cake-Off Class

Taste Bud’s Kitchen: 5336 151st St. Leawood, KS 66224

This cooking class is for kids ages 9 to 17. It is a 2 hour class where children will make holiday cakes and compete with others. It’s sure to be a good time.

Aerial Circus Boot Camp – Circuit Style!

December 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st at 5:30pm.

Learning2Fly: 4711 Lamar Ave, Mission, KS 66202

Come experience the incredible world of aerial fitness. We will move through a circuit with a silk, low trapeze, hammock, rope, cloud swing, and lyra (hoop).

Working out is so much fun when you have an indoor playground for adults. This class will bring out your inner child and your “try anything” spirit. Create an account at the website and sign up to rsvp. Space is limited. Fun never is!

Snow Princess Cupcakes Class

Taste Bud’s Kitchen: 5336 151st St. Leawood, KS 66224

This holiday cooking class is for children 2 to 8 years old AND a caregiver to make fun cupcakes together. Come create cute snowy princess cupcakes with your little ones to get in the holiday spirit and enjoy a fun treat together!

Reindeer Donuts Cooking Class

Sold out for 2021.

Taste Bud’s Kitchen: 5336 151st St. Leawood, KS 66224

This holiday cooking class is for children 2 to 8 years old AND a caregiver. Come create and decorate holiday donuts that look like reindeers! It’s the perfect Santa activity with your little ones to get in the holiday spirit and enjoy a fun treat together!

Cookies & Milk for Santa Class

December 21st, 2021.

Taste Bud’s Kitchen: 5336 151st St. Leawood, KS 66224

Another holiday cooking class is for children 2 to 8 years old AND a caregiver! Come get in the Santa spirit with your little ones to get in the holiday spirit and make treats for Santa!

** There are 2 timeslots available for this class.

Winter Mystery Basket Cooking Camp (4 days)

Taste Bud’s Kitchen: 5336 151st St. Leawood, KS 66224

4-8 y/o Cooking Class 9:00 am to noon

9-13 y/o Cooking Class 1:30 to 4:30 pm

Children will learn to cook all types of recipes from the mystery basket! If you’re looking for things to do over winter break, this is a great option!

New Year’s Eve Events

Find a full list of kid-friendly New Year’s Eve events too!

Other Things to Do in December

If you’re looking for other holiday things to do with your family, check out these activities:

Fly High with Aerial Fitness

Shawnee, KS

Let the kids burn off pent up energy with a class at Learning 2 Fly in Shawnee. Bonus: They also offer winter break camps for families so the kids can have fun while they’re out of school.

Go Horseback Riding with the Family

Lee’s Summit, MO

Create lasting memories with your family while horseback riding with Sunset Trails Stables in Lee’s Summit. They offer trail riding for all skill levels or you can bring your own horse to ride on their trails.

Create Magical Works of Art

Closed until further notice.

Kansas City, MO

Using leftover pieces from the Hallmark manufacturing process, families who visit Kaleidoscope at Crown Center can create unique works of art and have a great time doing it, too. Family art sessions are free. Visit them online for a full schedule of available dates.

Enjoy a Night Out for You & The Kids

Leawood, KS

Your code loving kids (ages 7-14) are going to love participating in Parents Night Out at Code Ninjas in Leawood. Drop the kids off and head out for an evening on the town or get in some of your holiday shopping. Be sure to also look at the schedule for available camp options and regular classes.

Get Your Hands on History

Kansas City, MO

The National World War I Museum & Liberty Memorial no longer offering hands on History.. Your family will learn about and discover real life artifacts from the war during this interactive session. You only need to RSVP to get in.

Get The Kids Ready for Family Pictures

Northland, Lee’s Summit, and Olathe

Get the kids photo ready with a fun haircut from Shear Madness. They have three metro area locations to choose from. Stay tuned to the current issue of iFamilyKC for special offerings year round.

Jump Around & Get Down

Lenexa, KS

Get in a family workout with low impact trampoline time at Urban Air in Lenexa. Your family will love creating lasting memories together at their location. Be sure to check out their special events online and don’t forget about their indoor playground specially designed for your little jumpers.

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Paint Me a Story: Pete The Cat Saves Christmas at Paint, Glaze, and Fire

Every other Friday and select Tuesdays

Story varies each session.

Overland Park, KS

Head on over to Paint, Glaze, and Fire for a Pete The Cat Saves Christmas themed Paint Me A Story workshop with your kiddos. Don’t miss out on a holiday themed family night happening on Friday, December 14th. Tickets to these events sell out fast – Head online for a full schedule.

Holiday Express Train at Union Station

Cancelled for 2021

Check online for specific times

Union Station: 30 W Pershing Rd. Kansas City, MO 64108

A long-standing Kansas City Christmas tradition, the Holiday Express Train at Union Station is back for its 18th year. Your family can enjoy this free experience that includes a tour of the train (with Santa’s sleigh, reindeer, elves’  workshop) and a visit with Santa inside Union Station.

Coding Camps and Holiday Special Pkgs from Code Ninjas

Code Ninjas Leawood, Lee’s Summit, Lawrence, Olathe, Lenexa, and St. Joseph ALL provide lessons, winter break camps and awesome holiday packages that make the perfect gift.

Your kids can learn to code in day camps or 3-day camps…you choose what fits with your schedule! Kids will interact in fun, hands-on activities including coding, game-building, robotics, & problem solving.

Camps run year round when kids are out of school. Learn more at Code Ninjas.

New Years Eve GLOW Bash

Regular Glow sessions listed. Nothing for New Year’s specifically.

Sky Zone Lee’s Summit: 2801 NE McBaine Drive Lees Summit, Missouri 64064

Sky Zone Kansas City: 6495 Quivira Rd. Shawnee, Kansas 66216

Jump into 2021 at our New Year’s Eve GLOW Bash at Sky Zone!

Music, lasers, dancing, and jumping transform the park at night! Wear clothing that illuminates under black light and you glow too! Giveaways and fun games for everyone who celebrates with us AND get a free shirt with your ticket purchase!

Sky Zone Noon-Years Eve

Sky Zone Kansas City: 6495 Quivira Rd. Shawnee, Kansas 66216

Sky Zone Lee’s Summit: 2801 NE McBaine Drive Lees Summit, Missouri 64064 (December 30th)

Celebrate New Year’s Eve early at Sky Zone this year! Kids can jump for 2 hours for only $24.99. There will also be New Year’s Eve party favors & a special mini slushy toast a 12:00 pm!

Come jump around & ring in the new year just a tad early.

Sky Zone New Year’s Eve Overnight Lock In

Sky Zone Kansas City6495 Quivira Rd. Shawnee, Kansas 66216

Sky Zone Lee’s Summit2801 NE McBaine Drive Lees Summit, Missouri 64064

Drop the kids off for a night full of jumping fun…and you can have fun with your friends! Kids will enjoy a live DJ, prizes, relay races, dance contests, GLOW jump, & freestyle jump.  There will be snacks, pizza, & drinks all night long too. It is only $34.99 to reserve your child’s spot today!

Don’t forget to bring your own pillow!

NOON Year’s Eve at Science City

December 31st from 10:00am-5:00pm

Tickets are $14 and must be purchased in advance. This family friendly noon year’s eve is great for the whole family. Union Station Members are FREE

Science City: Kansas City, MO

Join in on an event the whole family will LOVE at Science City inside Union Station for Noon Year’s Eve where you can participate in fun, hands-on science demos and workshops, a spectacular science stage show, interactive maker activities, a giant 2,500+ balloon drop, and more. Visit online for full details.

Breakfast with Santa & Ceramics

December 5th from 9:30am-11:30am.

Ceramic Cafe: 9510 Nall Ave. Overland Park, KS 66207

Decorate ornaments & create a clay impression of your kids’ hand prints & footprints for Christmas ornaments at this fun Christmas events.

Santa will be there for pictures and continental breakfast is included! Call 913-383-0222 to reserve your spot today.

St. Nicholas Visits The Shoal Creek Living History

Shoal Creek Living History Museum in Olathe, KS

Visit St. Nicholas during their holiday celebration, complete with decorated homes, villagers in costume & a letter writing station!

The fee is $5 per child, but totally worth being immersed in the fun.

A Magical Cirque Christmas

December 21st  at 8:00pm

Kansas City Convention Center

This unique Christmas experience is for one night only! See stunning cirque artists perform various acrobatic stunts accompanied by all your favorite holiday music. Tickets are on sale now.


December 4th from 3:00pm-6:00pm

Shawnee, KS

Join the city of Shawnee for family friendly entertainment, Santa and reindeer sightings, and the mayor’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony all at the annual Christkindlmarkt, free for families.

Trans Siberian Orchestra

December 29th from 3:00pm-6:00pm and 8:00pm-10:30pm

Sprint Center

Come see the world renowned Trans- Siberian Orchestra as they perform their “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” during their winter tour.

Get your tickets now, so you don’t miss out on this holiday classic!

Breakfast with Santa at the Irene B. French Community Center

December 4th from 9:00am-10:30am. Registration deadline is December 1st.

Merriam, KS

Merriam Parks & Rec has an exciting Gingerbread Man themed event for families this year that includes breakfast, story time, a fun craft, and special time with Santa all for just $5 per adult (children get in free with a paying adult). Grab your tickets before November 29th.

Jingle Jamboree at Mesner Puppet Theater

Shows are touring and need to be booked.

Mesner Puppet Theater: 1006 E Linwood Blvd. Kansas City, MO

Join  Randall P. Nutbutter and his friends as they get ready for the ultimate Christmas party… the Jingle Jamboree. Come sing along with all your puppet pals during these fun Christmas shows!

Holiday Lights & Festive Sights

December 3rd from 6:00pm-8:00pm.

5:00 – 8:00 pm

Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center: 6200 Martway Mission KS 66202

Come visit Santa & Mrs. Claus at this fun Christmas event AND SWIM! There will be a horse drawn carriage, choir, balloon art, hot cocoa, s’mores, indoor playground & more.

This is a free thing to do too!

Hometown Holidays in Liberty

December 4th from 2:00pm-5:00pm

There will be tons of fun all day! Find the full schedule of activities online.

The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be at 5:10 pm with holiday activities all day. Passport shopping begins at 10 am, with family activities from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Kids can get their pictures taken with Santa, make holiday crafts & s’mores, as well as enjoy live music & dancers.

Santa’s Wonderland at Gillham Park

NOTHING FOR 2021 – Gillham Park

Come see Santa and enjoy a wonderful wonderland experience. Celebrate the holidays in Kansas City with music, entertainment and light displays.

Don’t forget to bring your camera for that special photo with Santa.

Skate with Santa at Line Creek

NOTHING FOR 2021 – Line Creek Ice Skating Rink

Come enjoy this free holiday event during public open skate. Santa will be there to skate with you. Plus, there will be a photo booth!

Holidazzle Children’s Festival

NOTHING FOR 2021 – Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center: 3700 Blue Parkway Kansas City, MO

This is a free Christmas event for the whole family – a children’s festival that shows a Christmas movie, while children enjoy arts, crafts & refreshments!

Bring your whole family…why not the neighbors too? Get everyone in the holiday spirit!

The Nativity at Mesner Puppet Theater

415 W. 13th St Kansas City, MO

Celebrate the Nativity with a cast of more than 40 puppets at Mesner Puppet Theater in downtown Kansas City. This celebrated annual event is not one to miss. Grab your tickets now as there are only three performances to select from this year.

C.W. Parker Carousel Museum SmallMall

Leavenworth, KS

Kids can do their own Christmas shopping for holiday gifts. (with the help of elves, of course  in a safe environment at the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum) After shopping at the small mall, kids will participate in a fun craft, visit with Santa, take a free ride on the carousel, and even take home a bag of reindeer food.

The Nutcracker by the Kansas City Ballet

December 3rd-24th

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Come enjoy this classic holiday show as it graces the stage at the Kauffman Center by the Kansas City Ballet, accompanied by music from the Kansas City Symphony. This is sure to make your holidays come to life.

Worlds of Fun Winterfest

Worlds of Fun CANCELLED FOR 2021

Get in the holiday spirit with music, shows, lights, and holiday characters at the Worlds of Fun Annual Winterfest Celebration happening each weekend in December. There’s no shortage of holiday things to do.

Ticketed admission into the park is required. Visit online for more details.

Candy Cane Lane Christmas Lights Tour

NOTHING FOR 2021- The View: 13500 Byars Road Grandview, Missouri 64030

All aboard the Christmas Light tour! This is one of the most unique Christmas Events in Kansas City.

Travel around Kansas City to see all the lights on this mobile Christmas party. Enjoy hot coffee and cocoa, yummy cookies and of course all the festive fun. Tickets are $25 and registration ends on December 11th.

Breakfast with Santa in Grandview

NOTHING FOR 2021 – The View: 13500 Byars Road Grandview, Missouri 64030

Enjoy this fun Christmas event while having breakfast with the big guy himself! Pancakes, holiday crafts and photos with Santa is a great way to kick off your holiday season.

Cost is $6 in advance or $10 day of. Register online today

Grandview Christmas Event: Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 2nd from 6:00pm-6:30pm

Grandview, MO

Stop by the annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony at The View. Listen to The Night Before Christmas, drink hot chocolate, cookies and Christmas carols.

Donations of canned food, toiletries or cash requested.

Breakfast with Santa at Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch

NOTHING FOR 2021- Enjoy a full country breakfast along with Santa and Mrs. Claus at this fun holiday event for kids.

Plus, make a special holiday craft, decorate Christmas cookies and of course get your photo taken with Santa. Tickets are only $15 per person and 12 and under are free.

The Nutcracker

Yardley Hall: 2345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210

If you’re looking for classic holiday things to do, watch The Nutcracker performed by The American Youth Ballet. Tickets are $16-$24 and you can purchase them online.

We hope your family finds fun things to do in Kansas City throughout December! There are so many Kansas City Christmas things to do…

No matter how you choose to celebrate the holiday season, spending time with your family is what matters. If you know of other fun things to do for Christmas (or another holiday) in Kansas City, drop ’em in the comments!

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