Guide to Holiday Character Appearances in Kansas City

Holiday Character Appearances in Kansas City

Morning the North Pole (December 7)

Join Kansas City Mom Collective on Saturday, December 7, for a fun-filled morning inside the North Pole Castle of Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool of Overland Park. TWO sessions are available: 9-11 a.m. or 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. with identical activities and food including a delicious brunch, cookie decorating, all North Pole activities and digital copies of your professional Santa picture. Tickets are on sale now and are expected to sell out!

Meet The Ice Queen (November 9)

You are cordially invited to *chill* with Elsa herself. Arendelle’s best will be stopping by Sweet Petites KC right before she heads back to the big screen. Meet Elsa, enjoy balloon fun with Pop Culture Sculptures, exclusive treats and more! Admission is FREE.

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops (November 16-December 24)

Head to your local Bass Pro Shop for photos with Santa, games, crafts, and activities for the kids!

Visit Santa at Oak Park Mall (November 9-December 24)

Visit Santa in Center Court near Dillard’s. If you’re hoping to time your visit right, please note that Santa takes a break to feed the reindeer from 1 to 2 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. You can even bring your pets (on a leash or in carrier) on November 11 and 18 and December 2 and 9 from 6 pm – 9 pm.

Donuts & Shenanigans with Buddy the Elf (November 23 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

For ALL AGES (even grown up kids). Join us for a holiday kickoff with everyone’s favorite elf! Includes: Donut Decorating Station (while supplies last), Snowflake Making Station, Shenanigans at various attractions throughout the Park, Photo Ops (‘cuz “smiling is our favorite!”)
*Attractions available at regular prices*

Santa Arrives at Crown Center (November 29 | 10 a.m.)

Santa Claus arrives in a horse-drawn carriage to kick off the holiday season. Join Santa as he makes his way to Santa’s Gingerbread Station, where he resides through December 24.

A Country School Christmas (November 30-December 28)

Experience a traditional 1904 old-fashioned Christmas with letter writing to Santa and create-your-own ornaments. Find old-fashioned stocking stuffers in the gift shop during your visit!

Breakfast with Santa at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop (November 30, December 14 | 8:30 a.m.)

Enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast in the festive Heritage Center at Mahaffie with Santa! It’s time for your yearly check-in with the big guy! Make it a special event by holding the meeting over a pancake and sausage breakfast in the festively decorated Heritage Center at Mahaffie. This event includes a craft for the kids and one printed photo per family. Space is limited and prior registration is required.

Kansas City Parks’ Santa’s Wonderlands (December 1-2)

Join family and friends at one of two local parks for a festive celebration of the holiday season! Events include live music, entertainment, light displays, and a visit from Santa Claus. Dates, times, and locations are as follows:

  • December 6, 6-8 p.m.: Gillham Park
  • December 7, 5:30-8 p.m.: Penguin Park
  • December 14, 2- 4 p.m.: The Bay/Longview Tract

For more holiday events from Kansas City Parks & Recreation, click here.

Meet the Fairy Princess (December 11-13)

The Fairy Princess returns to the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District. Share holiday wishes with The Fairy Princess and take home one printed photo, gift, and a sweet treat. Online, advanced ticket sales only, no walk-ins.

Visit with Santa at Zona Rosa (November 29 – December 24)

Santa will greet children and listen to their holiday wishes in his winter wonderland in The Grove at Zona Rosa. Santa also hosts a pajama party at Zona Rosa at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6. with a reading of the 12 Days of Christmas.

Mrs. Claus Preschool Storytime (December 4)

This special story time at Ernie Miller Park and Nature Center is for ages 2-6. $2 per person, including adults. No pre-registration required, pay when you arrive.

Holiday Wild at the Kansas City Zoo (December 7-8)

Zoo patrons will have an opportunity to meet Santa, participate in holiday activities, follow along on guided tours, and more. Friends of the Zoo (FOTZ) members can arrive on December 7 between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. for an exclusive breakfast snack and meet-and-greet with Santa! You can also catch Santa diving inside the cold weather penguin exhibit at 2 p.m. and a penguin march outside at 11 a.m.

Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus at Carolyn’s Country Cousins  

This gathering at one of our favorite fall destinations includes a full country pancake breakfast, a special craft and Christmas cookie to decorate as well as a visit and photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Check their site for updated date information.

A Visit from St Nicholas at Shoal Creek Living History Museum (December 7 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Enjoy a visit with St Nicholas in the Thornton Mansion after taking a walking tour through the museum’s holiday decorated homes and log cabins which are brought to life with re-enactors in 19th century theme. Experience a Civil War encampment, warm up by the “potbellied” stove in the school, find peace in the serene setting of an 1884 Church, see how 1880’s Swedish immigrants celebrated Santa Lucia Day and watch how lace was made in the Arnold Home. $5/person (5 and under free)

Live Nativity (December 14 | 2-5 p.m.)

Visit the KC Pumpkin Patch for a live nativity, pictures with Santa, holiday themed photo ops, cookie decorating, and more. Admission is $5/ person with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Olathe Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund.

KC Southern Holiday Express Visits Union Station (December 18-22)

Our kids are bound to have fond memories of coming to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, then hopping aboard the Holiday Express at Christmas time. The Southern Holiday Express (or Rudy, as it is known by many of its visitors!) is parked on the north side of Union Station and guests can walk through the train cars decorated in creative holiday paraphernalia. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Sarah is mama to 8-year-old, Henry, 5-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. In between the crazy, she likes to try new restaurants, go for walks around the neighborhood, dig in the sand at Franklin Park and experience all things KC.