Holiday Theater and Shows in Kansas City

Check out the lineup of holiday performances in Kansas City this season including dance, theater, movies and song!

NOVEMBER

Baby Shark: The Christmas Show
November 13

The phenomenon that is Baby Shark (Dooooo do, dooooo do, doo-do, doo-do, doo-do, doo-do) continues with this extra-special holiday-themed experience. Join Baby Shark and pal Pinkfong for a new all singing, all dancing adventure under the sea where they’ll learn about Christmas. In addition to pre-school favorites including ‘Wheels On The Bus’ and the iconic theme song, there will be holiday classics such as ‘Jingle Bells’ and many more!

A Charlie Brown Christmas
November 15 – December 31

The animated classic will come to life on The Coterie stage – and a *live jazz trio* will play the original Vince Guaraldi arrangements! 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 song: Snoopy’s Christmas Eve encounter with the Red Baron!

Classic Holiday Movies
November 18-December 21

See classic movies on the big screen at Union Station this season. Tickets are $3.50/person.

  • Nov. 18 – 23: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • Nov. 25 – Dec. 8: Elf
  • Dec. 9 – Dec. 20: Polar Express

A Christmas Carol
November 18 – December 24

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!

Mannheim Steamroller
November 20

With the release of Mannheim Steamroller’s first holiday album 1984 came the kind of fame that made the act a veritable Christmas time tradition. With founder and composer Chip Davis at the helm, the all-American music troupe continues to tour extensively, bringing Yuletide cheer to audiences throughout the US with a unique Neo-Classical take on popular carols and songs. It’s no wonder that Mannheim Steamroller is the top-selling Holiday Act of all time!

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
November 25-27

A specially themed holiday show, Holidaze sees various Christmas ornaments magicked to life as the seasoned troupe of 30 performers from over 12 different countries combine their talents into 20 acts, transforming themselves into costumed characters and perform astonishing feats that celebrate the holiday season with spectacle, imagination and whimsical joy.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
November 29-December 23

“One of the best Christmas stories ever – and certainly one of the funniest.” – The Seattle Times. Barbara Robinson’s play, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, based on her novel of the same name, is a widely beloved Christmas tale, warm and incredibly funny, full of characters both relatable and utterly unique.

Laser Holiday Magic at the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium

November 18 – Jaunary 1

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

DECEMBER

Buddy’s Holly Jolly Christmas
December 1-3

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 7-24

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.

TubaChristmas
December 9, noon 

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.

Spectacular Christmas Show
December 8-23

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 4 & 11

“The Jewish Nutcracker” returns for its second year and follows Rebecca and the Nutcracker on their magical journey from Bubbe’s house to the Land of Nosh, encountering everything from mice to dancing dreidels! Featuring our Encore students, this is a tradition not to be missed! This year, audiences have two options: A streamlined production of the Jewish Nutcracker known as the “Short & Suite Jewish Nutcracker” will be on December 4th at 4 pm. This is the perfect length of show for kids of all ages! We welcome all to enjoy a tea party following the “Short & Suite Nutcracker” as a ticket add-on to meet the characters on our famous sleighdel, create holiday crafts, and eat a latke or two.

Tis the Season, Heartland Men’s Chorus
December 11

Considered as “Kansas City’s must-see signature holiday experience,” this seasonal spectacular is filled with over 100 high-energy performers, timeless classics, special guests, and enough cutting-edge yuletide twists to leave you laughing all the way to New Years! Naughty, nice, or somewhere in the middle, ‘TIS THE SEASON to join HMCKC for Kansas City’s official “non-traditional holiday tradition!”

Christmas Festival at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
December 15-18

Bring your family to experience the concert that feels like Christmas! No loud, overpowering electronica — just beautiful arrangements of carols and songs of the season, performed by your KC Symphony, Symphony Chorus, and amazing special guests. From the family sing-along to an early visit from Santa, come and take a musical sleigh ride with us!

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 26, 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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