Of course, we don’t want you to shop until you drop, but it’s truly possible with the distinct shopping districts available in Kansas City. The city’s shopping areas offer fashion’s favorite labels, fun and funky gifts, high style and affordable prices. But what sets Kansas City apart as a shopping destination is the experience each district creates for the visitor, making finding the perfect gift fun for everyone! Whatever your tastes, we have it all in Kansas City.
Downtown Kansas City
The Crossroads Arts District
for unique stocking stuffers like handmade stationery from Hammerpress or artisanal chocolates from Christopher Elbow
. In the Power & Light District
, look to Envolve for chic women’s styles or shop eight stores in one at The Garment District
—a hip fashion collective with a bar nestled inside.
A little further north of downtown and straight out of the mind of Dr. Seuss, City Market
transforms itself for Whoville Holidays, a yuletide celebration featuring The Grinch, art activities and a Cindy Lou Who look-alike contest.
After a long afternoon shopping the avenues of downtown KC, it’s time for a light meal. Venture off the beaten path to the Westside area. Popular picks range from small plates at Lill’s on 17th
and savory crepes at Chez Elle, to farm-to-table fare at The Westside Local.
Country Club Plaza
KC’s famed Spanish-inspired shopping district touts more than 120 stores inside a 15-block area. New outposts
include Kate Spade New York, H&M and Moosejaw, but be sure to explore the local stock, too. Originals such as Halls
and Standard Style Boutique
provide local flavor to this fashionable district.
You’re in for a treat. Miles and miles of holiday lights adorn the Plaza for seven weeks each winter. Outlining every shop, dome and tower of the entertainment district, Plaza Lights
is one of KC’s most treasured traditions.
If it’s museums you crave, peruse The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
, one of the nation’s premier general art museums, or go wild in the Toy & Miniature Museum
, where it’s like
Christmas morning every day.
Home to Hallmark Cards, this creative complex houses several unique finds—everything from handmade chocolates and fine fragrances to Chinese jewelry and sports memorabilia. Browse seasonal gifts at Holiday Magic
, tween gifts at Club 223
and one of only two Crayola Stores
Marvel at the 100-foot Mayor’s Christmas Tree, one of the nation’s tallest. Or visit the Holiday Train Village at Union Station
, an elaborate display of miniature trains that zig and zag through a wintry scene.
Dive into SEA LIFE
, KC’s first aquarium, and LEGOLAND Discovery Center
, both new at Crown Center. Or explore the National World War I Museum
, an American treasure lying
just around the corner.
At Briarcliff Village
, shop to your heart’s content inside a Tuscan-inspired setting. Nell Hill’s
has earned a reputation for its cottage-style home furnishings, while Land of Paws
is a dog’s best friend.
is known for reviving several of KC’s popular holiday traditions. Shop in style beneath the Northern Lights
—gigantic, beautifully-lit crowns that sparkle in the moonlight—or share your family’s holiday wishes with the Fairy Princess
Step on the factory floor and see how hogs are made at Harley-Davidson factory
, where tours are free. If it’s time for pampering, escape to The Spa at Briarcliff
— 60 minutes in the
“floating” pool is as restorative as four hours of rest.
Check in to Brookside Toy & Science
, a mom-and-pop toy store lined with games, microscopes and the like. And good luck getting the kids to leave the Reading Reptile
, one of the country’s oldest booksellers for little ones.
Acquaint yourself with the Ghost of Christmas Past at the John Wornall House Museum
. Decked to the nines for the holiday season, this 1858 home doubled as a field hospital during the Civil War.
Celebrate your sales with cocktails at several great watering holes, such as The Well
and Remedy. Then refuel with modern-made comfort food at Julian
. Executive Chef Celina
Tio was a contestant on Top Chef Masters.
On the Kansas Side
The Sunflower State is dotted with quaint shopping districts, such as Corinth Square
, plus larger, well-known developments like Oak Park Mall. Stretch your Christmas dollar even further at Legends Outlets
, with a long list of factory stores and big-name outlets—including Nike, Saks Off 5th and Brooks Brothers.
Watch thousands of twinkling lights dance in tune with concert-quality holiday music during the Legendary Light Show. Also cool: lacing up your skates for a spin on The Ice at Park Place
, the only ice skating rink in Johnson County.
If the family is along, make a splash at Great Wolf Lodge
, an indoor waterpark where the temperature is always 84 degrees. Or relax and catch a show at New Theatre Restaurant
featuring Broadway-style shows and award-winning cuisine.