This post is sponsored by Crown Center, Kansas City’s Christmas tradition.
For our family, there is nothing more magical than Crown Center at Christmas time. For many in Kansas City, watching the lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree is the official kick-off of the Christmas season.
The Mayor’s Christmas Tree has been a Kansas City tradition at Crown Center since 1973 and is one of my family’s most favorite holiday traditions. Each year the wood from the Mayor’s tree is recycled into a fun new ornament designed by Hallmark artists. This year’s ornament is “Here Comes Christmas.” They are available for purchase now at Crown Center’s Customer Service for just $15.95 (plus tax). The proceeds from the sale of the ornaments go to the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund assists more than 4,000 people each year! Donations help provide gifts to hospital patients and elderly shut-ins, clothing and food for those in need, and parties for needy children.
This year’s tree, a Douglas Fir from Oregon comes in at 100 feet tall, that’s even taller than the trees at the White House and Rockefeller Center. The 14,000 pound tree is decked out in over 10,000 white lights making for a stunning backdrop for your holiday photos.
There is so much to do at Crown Center!
Ice skating at Crown Center has been a holiday tradition of many Kansas City families for 47 years. This year the ice skating season runs through March 8th. The Ice Terrace is open daily and season passes are available. Regular admission is $7, or free for adults over age 60 and children age 4 and under. Skate rental is $4, or skaters may bring their own.
The real Santa (ask my daughter) is at Crown Center. If you are looking for the most authentic and friendly Santa around, Crown Center is the place to come. Of course, they have a fabulous photographer and many affordable photo packages you can buy, but they are more than happy to let you take your own photos, too.
While visiting Santa don’t forget to save some time for Gingerbread Village. My daughter’s favorite is always the trains. They don’t allow strollers inside Gingerbread Station, but there is plenty of stroller parking just outside the door.
Christmas shopping made easy! I’m low key obsessed with the stores at Crown Center. From the kitchen gadgets at Function Junction, Kansas City-themed gifts at The Best of Kansas City, Chiefs gear at Sportibles, to unique toys at Toy Time you are sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.
To help get you in that holiday spirit, more than 110 area school, church and community choirs are set to perform every day through December 22. Grab a coffee or some dinner from the Crown Center food court and sit back and enjoy as the sounds of the holiday fill the air.
Take in a Show
There is something for the whole family to enjoy at Crown Center. See A Charlie Brown Christmas on the Coterie stage. The animated classic that we all love and enjoy comes to life on The Coterie stage as a live jazz trio plays the original Vince Guaraldi arrangements. Looking for a great date night, check out A Spectacular Christmas Show at the MTH Theater. A Spectacular Christmas Show features holiday music taken from musical theater as well as unique arrangements of some of your favorite holiday classics.
Be sure to check out CrownCenterChristmas.com for even more holiday fun all throughout the season!