After a year like 2020, everyone could use a little joy and holiday cheer. And the best way to help get you in the spirit of the festivities is to experience Kansas City’s holiday events. Shake the humbugs from your shoulders and mark your calendars with these fun and cheer-filled activities of the season.
Drive Through Several Festive Lights Displays
In the comfort of your pajamas and with your cup of hot cocoa, you can drive through and see the thousands upon thousands of twinkling lights at one of the many displays going on through December. One of Kansas City’s most iconic drives is the Country Club Plaza, now in its 91st year of holiday displays. Enjoy Christmas in the Park displays with a drive through Longview Lake Park. Or you can load up the family for a tour through Winter Magic in Swope Park.
Take in A Show (Virtually, too!)
The Kansas City Repertory Theatre and its all-star cast of favorites are keeping with its holiday tradition. Only this year, audiences can experience the magic of A Christmas Carol from the comfort of their own homes. Streaming on-demand through December 31st, the whole family can enjoy the story of Scrooge and the magic of Christmas miracles. The MTH Theater at Crown Center is offering a virtual and couch-friendly showing of A Spectacular Christmas Show, too. Sing along with the whole family, and from the warmth of home, to classic holiday songs from December 10th through the 23rd.
The Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair
With socially distant and crowd limitations, the Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair might just be the perfect family outing this season. This open-air market showcases some of Kansas City’s most iconic artisans and unique treasures that make perfect holiday gifts. Enjoy the aromas of classic holiday drinks as you roam the historic and festively decorated Union Station. Get your tickets and support the local small businesses in a safe and cheerful environment. It’s a Kansas City holiday event not to be missed.
Crown Center Ice Terrace
Nothing says holiday fun quite like lacing up the skates for a twirl on the ice. This year’s schedule at the festive Crown Center Ice Terrace is a little different, but you can make reservations today through March 7th of next year. Reservations can be made in advance and up to two days ahead of time for you to enjoy the spectacular sights with the little ones. Honored by USA Today as one of the nation’s top ice rinks, the Crown Center Ice Terrace is a festive way to get out of the house and enjoy a little holiday cheer. And if you’re interested in an even more private setting, book the rink all to yourself (and around regular hours) for a private party skating adventure.
Giving Back for the Holidays
To really embrace the spirit of the season, you can volunteer with one of many Kansas City, MO. charitable organizations, to give back to others in need or with non-profits in the area. Donate wish list items to local animal shelters through the Wayside Waifs homeless animal organization. Santa’s Express County Christmas always needs volunteers through the National Agriculture Center and Hall of Fame. Or donate holiday dinners through the Harvesters Community Food Network. And Nourish KC is always in need of food preparation volunteers to provide meals to those with food insecurities.
There is always a host of fun things to do in Kansas City, MO. But around the holidays, this city is bright with spirit, and there is no shortage of festivities. To learn more about this great city and what makes it so attractive to families, contact us!