Annual Holiday Events in Kansas City

Crown Center Ice Terrace
Nov. 4 – March 12

Kansas City’s only public outdoor ice-skating rink celebrates its 50th season of great skating fun. Enjoy public skating daily, closed on Christmas. Group rates and private parties are available. Admission is $8 plus $5 skate rental (4 and under free). Or purchase a Season Pass for $120. Make a reservation online.

Ice Skating at Burlington Creek 

If you live north of the river, you’ll want to check out The Village at Burlington Creek. Located on 64th Street (or Tom Watson Parkway in Parkville), the area includes a quaint little shopping district that allows you to enjoy an evening out with the family before or after skating. Check the website for up to date information.

The Ice at Park Place

The Ice at Park Place, Leawood’s only outdoor ice rink, is open every day (weather permitting) mid-Nov. throughFebruary, including holidays. The Ice is surrounded by seasonal festivities, amazing restaurants, and local, specialty shopping. Enjoy special events like Skating with Santa, Royalty Skate, and Valentine’s Day Skate. The Ice is available for groups, birthday parties, field trips, and special events, and offers group discounts and charitable fundraising opportunities.

Christkindlmarkt
Nov. 17, 3-7 pm.

Come get into the holiday spirit at Christkindl at Moonlight Markt! This fun event will feature all the things you love about Moonlight Market AND Christkindlmarkt! Do some holiday shopping from our vendors, enjoy some delicious food truck bites, watch the Mayor light the Mayor’s Christmas Tree, enjoy live dancers and singers and more!

Lighted Christmas Parade, Excelsior Springs
Nov. 19

It’s Excelsior Springs’ biggest event of the year! Join us for the greatest parade, the Lighted Christmas Parade! The parade kicks off following the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting. Pick a spot on Broadway or Thompson and enjoy the show. Parade begins at approximately 6:05 PM. More info here.

Holiday Reflections at Union Station
Nov. 21 – Jan. 1

This year, Union Station expands and adds to its magical “Holiday Reflections” walk-thru holiday village. This spectacular themed experience fills Union Station’s massive Grand Plaza and features sky-reaching lights, dozens of decorated trees, forest friends and giant, floating mirrored ornaments PLUS a bigger-than-ever Rudy’s Wonderland where kids can ride the historic Jones Store Train (Mini Holiday Express Train). Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with brilliant sights and sounds as only Kansas City’s historic home can deliver. Learn more.

The Arboretum by Candlelight
Nov. 25 – Dec. 17

During the three weekends following Thanksgiving, take a stroll along the lit pathways to see intricate Gnome and Fairy Villages, serene winter woods by candlelight, and the colorful Children’s Garden. Enjoy musical performances in four different locations and a horse-drawn wagon ride through the forest, while the quiet woods are lit with candles lining the walkways. The gardens are bright with color. Trees, buildings, and bridges are all part of the show, with thousands of lights aglow.

For a quieter date night experience, a Candlelight Stroll will be held Dec. 1.

EBT Santa’s Countdown to Christmas
Nov. 25 – Dec. 31

Don’t miss one of Kansas City’s favorite pieces of Christmas nostalgia. EBT Laughing Santa, who first appeared at KC’s Emery, Bird, Thayer department store in the early 1900s, has been providing memories for new generations at Crown Center since 1979. Children of all ages will marvel at this Jolly Ol’ Soul as he chuckles his way through the holiday season while counting down the days until Christmas.

The Strawberry Swing’s Holiday Swing
Nov. 25 – Dec. 18

The Strawberry Swing and The City Market are excited to announce a partnership that is sure to become The Midwest’s premier, open-air European-style holiday experience. Featuring The swing’s juried makers, street food vendors, holiday drinks, strolling entertainers and other festivities, including holiday lights and decor, Merry Market is sure to delight Kansas Citians and beyond. Makers will be in the Farmers Market pavilions facing outward so guests can shop outdoors with lots of space and fresh air. It will be the perfect place to find unique gifts for everyone on your list while supporting small, local businesses, keeping our community strong.

 

Christmas on the River
Dec. 2, 6 p.m.

Join Downtown Parkville for holiday entertainment, holiday character photos, hayrides, treats, hot chocolate, train rides, reindeer food and a holiday fireworks shows at 8:45 p.m.

Lawrence Christmas Parade
Dec. 3, 11 a.m.

Marking the 29th year of tradition, you and your family won’t want to miss the 2022 Christmas Parade. The Lawrence Christmas Parade is one of the most unique parades in the nation. Authentic horse-drawn carriages parading down Massachusetts Street is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. Cozy up with hot cocoa and blankets. Feel the true holiday spirit while watching dozens of beautiful horses and wagons adorned in garland and bells. Join us to celebrate American heritage and keep our tradition alive this holiday season.

Christmas Open House at Mahaffie
Dec. 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Enjoy the Heritage Center decorations, make an ornament, and visit the historic Mahaffie House. Visit Santa in the Heritage Center. Free admission! Stagecoach rides $3/person ages 3 and up, making a gingerbread house is $4/house.

Great Santa Run 5K
Dec. 18

The 14th annual Great Santa Run 5K is a great way to celebrate the holiday season while supporting Operation Breakthrough, one of Kansas City’s favorite charities. We are excited to once again hold the event at Johnson County Community College, where we will provide a post-race breakfast for race participants at no extra charge.

Sarah grew 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, and now Overland Park. Sarah is mom to 10-year-old, Henry, 7-year-old Clark and 5-year-old Lucy. She has her master’s in urban administration and is passionate about making Kansas City a more equitable and supportive community. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, hike, travel as much as possible, and experience all things Kansas City!

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