5 Popular Holiday Events in Kansas City You Must Visit
It is never too early to start planning for the holidays. In Kansas City, whether you enjoy a fun holiday show, want to take part in a special holiday shopping event, or just see some pretty lights, there is something for everyone. Here are some of the biggest holiday events in KC.
Plaza Lights at the Country Club Plaza
The light display at the Country Club Plaza is one of Kansas City’s most treasured holiday traditions. Each year, this lighting display kicks off the holiday season with an official ceremony on Thanksgiving evening. The celebration includes over 280,000 lights that stretch over 80 miles to illuminate the buildings of the plaza. The lights will stay lit throughout the whole holiday season.
Christmas In the Park
The Christmas in the Park display features over 300,000 lights and almost 200 animated figures. Visitors can drive through the park to see all the lights and designs created for the season that include Christmas characters that come to life. This annual display sets up at the campground at Longview Park and is open every night starting the Friday after Thanksgiving, and it runs through December 31.
Christmas in the Sky
Christmas in the Sky is a fun event that kicks off the Christmas in the Park event. Visitors can head to Longview Lake Beach for celebrity performances, a holiday show with singing and dancing, and the arrival of Santa on a mule-drawn sleigh bringing the first gift of Christmas. There is always a fireworks display set to Christmas music, and once the Christmas in the Sky celebration is over, guests can take their first rides through the park to see the light display. Christmas in the Sky takes place the day before Thanksgiving, and the gates open at 5 p.m. with fireworks at 7:30 p.m.
Holiday’s Come Alive
Head to Union Station in Kansas City for the annual Holiday’s Come Alive ceremony. This event takes place inside Union Station and includes several experiences. You can see the largest indoor Christmas tree, the Holiday City Southern Holiday Express Train, Holiday Movies and Planetarium Show, and there are even mini train rides for the kids. This holiday tradition also includes live performances, beautiful decorations, and activities for the whole family. It runs from November 23 through December 28 and is open seven days a week.
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol is a holiday tradition no matter where you live, and in Kansas City, you can see the annual performance put on by the Kansas City Repertory Theater. From November 18 through December 24, the actors will perform this classic holiday show that tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and how he learns the true meaning of Christmas. You can visit the Kansas City Repertory Theater for tickets, and they range from $35 to $95.
These are just a few of the many holiday events going on in Kansas City. Whether you want to get started on your shopping or enjoy the beautiful lights at the Plaza, you can visit one of these places and get in the holiday spirit.
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