Guide to Holiday Theater and Shows in Kansas City

NOVEMBER

A Charlie Brown Christmas (November 5-December 29)

Join Charlie Brown on a memorable journey as he tries to direct the school Christmas pageant. In their letters to Santa, everyone seems to be acting materialistic – so Charlie Brown tries to restore holiday spirit with a ragged little fir tree. Experience the power of this wonderful story live onstage as Charlie Brown turns to his best friend Linus to learn the season’s real meaning. Special encore: Snoopy’s Christmas Eve encounter with the Red Baron!

A Christmas Carol with Gerald Dickens, a Special Engagement (November 10-12)

The great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens returns to select Mid-Continent Public Library branches for a special engagement. A professional actor in England, he leaps, laughs and sobs as he portrays the voices of “A Christmas Carol” – bringing the story to life for audiences both young and old.

A Christmas Carol (November 22-December 29)

Kansas City’s beloved holiday tradition returns with all the heart and spectacle you’ve come to love over 39 years. Join Ebenezer Scrooge on his redemptive journey with Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and rediscover the true meaning of the holidays. You’ll meet the Cratchits, Tiny Tim, and the irresistible Fezziwigs, and hear the joyous Candlelight Carol — all this and more, to kindle your Christmas spirit. Share the season with the people you love at A Christmas Carol.

Classic Holiday Movies at Union Station (November 15-December 14)

Relive the magic of your favorite holiday classics on Union Station’s 5-story Extreme Screen! Shows cost just $3 and include National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (November 15-21), Elf (November 22-28), Home Alone (November 29-December 5) and The Polar Express in Your PJs (December 6-18).

Laser Holiday Magic at the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium (November 23-January 5)

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

The Nutcracker (November 23-24)

The Blue Springs Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker at the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre.Tickets are $11.50 and $13.50 if purchased in advance online.

DECEMBER

TubaChristmas (December 2,6)

Make a joyful noise! All area tuba and euphonium players are invited to join the festivities, and all are welcome to enjoy this FREE lunch-hour concert. Advance registration and a fee are required to perform. Janet M. Stallmeyer and Donald L. Flora generously underwrite TubaChristmas.

The Nutcracker at the Kauffman Center (December 5-24)

The Nutcracker is the heart of Kansas City’s holiday season! As soon as the lights dim, you’ll be transported to a magical place. From the magnificent sets and costumes to the acclaimed Kansas City Symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s wondrous music, you’ll witness some of the most glorious dancing on earth. Guests can have their photo taken with one of the characters from The Nutcracker one hour before and immediately after each performance; these $20 photos benefit Kansas City Ballet School.

Spectacular Christmas Show (December 5-23)

Fun for the entire family, MTH’s annual Christmas Show at Crown Center features holiday music taken from Musical Theater as well as innovative arrangements of Holiday classics. An upbeat and dynamic show full of singing, dancing, show tunes, and Christmas classics! 

Buddy’s Holly Jolly Christmas (December 5-8)

After three sold-out performances last year, 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!

Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge (December 6-15)

Mrs. Bob Cratchit, a minor character in the Dickens, takes center stage here. No longer loving and long suffering, Mrs. Bob is in a rage: She’s sick of Tiny Tim (the goody-goody crippled child), she hates her twenty other children (most of them confined to the root cellar), including oversized Little Nell, and she wants to get drunk and jump off London Bridge. As the Ghost loses more control, the plot morphs into parodies of Oliver Twist, “The Gift of the Magi” and It’s a Wonderful Life. And to make matters worse, Scrooge and Mrs. Bob seem to be kindred souls falling in love. With a dénouement that is two parts Touched by an Angel and one part The Queen of Mean, Scrooge’s tale of redemption and gentle grace is placed squarely on its head.

Mesner Puppet Theater’s ‘The Nativity’ (December 6-8)

This celebrated annual spectacle comes alive again this December! A cast of more than 40 puppets, including beautiful seven-foot puppets, live music and a choral accompiment grace the stage for this biblical enactment.

The Nutcracker Tea Party (December 7-8)

Enjoy a one-hour version of the Nutcracker Ballet along with a delightful tea party. Watch the joy on the children’s faces as they delight in the specialty Nutcracker boutique, as well as have their photo taken with the dancers. Do some holiday shopping or select a keepsake at their boutique. It’s a sold-out event every year, so buy your tickets now!

Jingle Jamboree, Mesner Puppet Theater (December 11-28)

Chipper chipmunk Randall P. Nutbutter is preparing for the biggest Christmas party ever…the Jingle Jamboree! Yet his holiday decorations, cookies and presents keep going missing. With the help of the audience and a cast of wacky characters, Randall solves the mystery just in time for the Jamboree to begin! Featuring favorite sing along songs and audience participation.

Handel’s Messiah at the Kauffman Center (December 6-8)

Since its 1741 premiere, Handel’s Messiah has absolutely dazzled audiences. Experience this glorious oratorio, brought to life by nearly 200 musicians onstage, including our Kansas City Symphony Chorus and very special guest vocalists. The superior acoustics of Helzberg Hall filled with full and glorious sounds guarantee you’ll savor every note.

Frozen, Jr. (December 6-15)

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

Coming Up Christmas at the Puppetry Arts Institute (December 7, 14)

Puppet pals share talent in a festive Holiday revue. Yuletide songs and merry tales bring the magic of Christmas alive!

Making Spirits Bright with the Heartland Men’s Chorus (December 7,8)

Kansas City shines brightest during the holidays so come flip the switch on your holiday season with Heartland Men’s Chorus! This concert illuminates the season with classic carols, nostalgic holiday favorites, and of course those hilarious numbers that make your face light up like the Plaza lights. Join HMC for the holiday celebration that has a little something for everyone!

Christmas Festival (December 20-23)

Kansas City’s favorite Christmas concert tradition returns for seven joyous performances with the Symphony and Symphony Chorus. Each show includes cherished Christmas carols and Yuletide songs, talented special guests, and a visit from Santa himself – as well as the opportunity to win a dazzling jewelry prize from Helzberg Diamonds.

The Mystery of Christmas (December 13-14)

A Christian re-write of Tchaikovsky’s original Nutcracker, the Holy Spirit (Sugar Plum Fairy) takes Clara back to Bethlehem to witness the birth of Christ, the heavenly host rejoicing, and the Nations of the world presenting their dances before the King of Kings.

American Youth Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ (December 14-15)

Don’t miss the magic and tradition of this holiday classic which includes a 40 foot growing tree, snow falling on stage and a live orchestra highlight this Overland Park tradition.

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Sarah is mama to 8-year-old, Henry, 5-year-old Clark and 3-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 works part-time as a content strategist. 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.

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