Continue the KC Holiday Tradition at Crown Center

This post is sponsored by Crown Center. From ice-skating beneath the towering Mayor’s Christmas Tree on Crown Center Square to visiting Santa at Santa’s Gingerbread Station, there is something for everyone. 

There is nothing that says Christmas in Kansas City like Crown Center. This year is no different.

Our family has been pretty careful since March – staying away from indoor places and unfortunately missing a lot of our favorite things. When reviewing Crown Center’s new holiday plans, we felt comfortable continuing one of our favorite Christmas traditions of spending an afternoon experiencing the lights and fun at our favorite KC attraction.

We reserved a time to visit with Santa and walked right into Santa’s Gingerbread Station. Although the interactive part of the area wasn’t available the gingerbread scenes created a festive atmosphere, and we had fun finding Santa’s elves. Santa was so interactive and friendly that I almost forgot we were all masked and distanced. The kids sat on gift boxes and gave their Christmas requests before taking a picture. It will definitely be the odd picture in our Santa series but I hope it will also be a sweet memory in a season of missing out.

Professional images of your visit with Santa are available for a fee, or you may take your own photo for free.

We made our ice skating reservation 40 minutes after our Santa visit, which left us time to grab dinner at Unforked. We checked in at the Ice Terrace at our reservation time. Admission this year is $7 plus $4 if you need to rent skates. Fifteen people are admitted every 15 minutes, which allowed for no trouble distancing while putting on our skates or on the ice. We stayed masked throughout our skating, which we didn’t mind at all because it kept us extra warm! There is nothing like skating around the rink and seeing the Mayor’s Christmas Tree twinkling.

After skating, the kids were ecstatic to play on the wooden vehicles around the tree. I love seeing their joy at the ability to do something that feels normal (and safe). I cannot overstate our gratitude for Crown Center’s ability to maintain our favorite parts of a Kansas City Christmas while keeping our family as safe as possible.

Mom Tips for a Crown Center Visit

  • Make your reservations as soon as you know your plans. Now that the holiday season is in full swing, the times go fast.
  • Mask up. Masks are required everywhere and protecting each other is another way to ensure we can enjoy a few familiar parts of the season.
  • Visit the Crown Center Customer Service for kid packet from Kaleidoscope. While the attraction remains closed, you can grab art supplies to create safely at home.
  • Get a treat to go from Chip’s Chocolate Factory. While some of our favorite stores were closed in the evening (check before you go for modified hours), we were able to pick fudge and chocolate covered marshmallows to end the night sweetly.

Reserve your Santa visit time now!

Sarah is mama to 9-year-old, Henry, 6-year-old Clark and 4-year-old Lucy. After growing up in Manhattan, Kansas (Go Cats!), she moved to Minnesota where she met her husband, Shea. Realizing how much she hated snow in May, she convinced him to move to Kansas City in 2010. Together they have lived in Midtown, Waldo, the Plaza before migrating to Johnson County. Sarah has her master’s in urban administration and is currently in the Kansas City Centurions program. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, travel (but never to the same place twice), and experience all things Kansas City!


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