Holiday Theater and Shows in Kansas City


The SpongeBob Musical
November 5 – January 2

A legendary roster of Grammy Award winners… One of the world’s most beloved and unforgettable characters… Turn them loose on stage and what do you get? The undersea town of Bikini Bottom! Inhabited by an ever-optimistic yellow sea sponge named SpongeBob and his equally quirky circle of friends and neighbors: Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and even Plankton! Their pleasant existence is interrupted when it is discovered that Mt. Humongous will erupt within the next 48 hours and obliterate Bikini Bottom.  SpongeBob powerfully proves to one and all that optimism really can save the world, and shows everybody that he is not “just a simple sponge.”

Classic Holiday Movies
November 19-December 21

See classic movies on the big screen at Union Station this season. Tickets are $3/person.

  • Nov. 19 – 24: Jack Frost
  • Nov. 26 – Dec. 2 Elf
  • Dec. 3 – 9  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • Dec. 10 – 21 Polar Express

A Christmas Carol
November 26 – December 18

Penny-pinching and bad-tempered old miser Ebenezer Scrooge goes on the adventure of his life, from his past to his present and beyond and learns that the value of gold will never equal that of genuine love for his fellow men. The classic tale thrills with it’s beloved characters and message of compassion, love and kindness and of course, Christmas spirit!

The Elves and the Shoemaker
November 30-December 23

A new dramatization of the classic story of elfin kindness by Theatre for Young America. In the quaint old shoe shop of Andrew Schumaker times are hard. Andrew struggles to pay his rent to keep his small business afloat, but his hardhearted landlady Gertie Gorfaddle wants to evict him. Enter the magical, loving elves, Mimsey and Morel, who transform the grim world with music and dance and good deeds—even warming the cold heart of Gertie with the sweet spirit of Christmas.

Laser Holiday Magic at the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium

Celebrate the season with a selection of favorite holiday tunes brought to life with gorgeous laser choreography. A one-of-a-kind holiday experience!


Buddy’s Holly Jolly Christmas
December 2-4

Zachary Stevenson returns to MTH with his Buddy Holly Holiday tribute show. Zach is one of the most charismatic performers you’re likely to see, and he’s got holiday favorites as well as some Buddy Holly classics in store for you as he and his band serve up a unique holiday treat.

The Nutcracker
December 3-24

Kansas City Ballet’s annual tradition, The Nutcracker, is back to awe audiences once again and is hailed as “positively oozing charm” by The Washington Post. The classic, Victorian-era story by E.T.A. Hoffman featuring Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, Dr. Drosselmeier, and the Sugar Plum Fairy is a magical theatrical experience wrapped with exquisite costumes, grand sets, and captivating choreography. Let your wonder ignite and feel the glimmer once more as your childhood dreams return and inspire you to IMAGINE AGAIN.

December 3, noon – 1 p.m.

The Kansas City Symphony’s TubaChristmas is back, live and in person! Tuba and Euphonium players come together in this fun and festive holiday concert on Crown Center Square. Enjoy this free noon-hour performance, weather permitting. Bring your own lawn chairs.

The Snowy Day by Mesner Puppet Theater
December 4-10

Using inventive puppetry, the Mesner Puppet Theater (MPT) brings Keats’ stories to life in this charming collection featuring “Whistle for Willie,” “Goggles!,” “A Letter to Amy” and “The Snowy Day.”

Spectacular Christmas Show
December 9-23

MTH’s annual holiday show is more magical than ever and a bona-fide Kansas City tradition! Filled with holiday tunes from musical theater as well as innovative arrangements of holiday classics, it’s a Holiday treat sure to fill your entire family with the Christmas spirit! There’s no better place than Crown Center during the Holiday season. 

The Jewish Nutcracker
December 12

This adaptation was created by our very own Maggie Osgood Nicholls, Director of Encore at The J and it will follow Rebecca & the Nutcracker on their magical journey from Bubbe’s house to the Land of Nosh… encountering everything from mice to dancing dreidels! Featuring the Encore dance, tumbling and Acro students, this annual production will become a tradition not to be missed!  

Christmas Festival at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
December 16-19

Kansas City’s grandest holiday concert returns! Your Symphony and Symphony Chorus present stunning musical arrangements of cherished Christmas carols, songs of the season and our exciting guest vocalist, Broadway star Ashley Brown. Enjoy a healthy dose of Christmas cheer, plus an early visit from Santa!

The Mystery of Christmas
December 17-19

Every December people gather together to watch Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. The Mystery of Christmas is a retelling of The Nutcracker, but the mystery it reveals is the true meaning of Christmas. Instead of traveling to the Land of Sweets, Clara is taken back to the birth of Our Savior. She witnesses His birth and the angels giving praise to God. Then, she sees the nations come to worship and bow down before Him. The story is completed by Clara seeing the redemption of the Cross and how God reconciles all the nations back to himself. This is the Mystery of the Ages.

A Magical Cirque Christmas
December 21, 8 p.m.

The world’s greatest entertainers unite for a spellbinding and incredible holiday production at the Kansas City Music Hall.

New Years Cabaret
December 27-28

The final Musical Monday/Tuesday of the year. A night of upbeat and electric tunes as well as celebratory songs to ring in the New Year

Trans-Siberian Orchestra 
December 29, 3 p.m., 8 p.m.


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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