An ongoing series, we’re highlighting some of the most important events, exhibits and can’t-miss activities each month of the year.

November means the holiday season is officially here thanks to lighting ceremonies and season-long events.

Crown Center Ice Terrace Opening Day

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A holiday favorite, Crown Center is home to some of the best ice skating in the Midwest, perfect for skaters of every age and conveniently located right in the heart of Downtown KC.

Crown Center, November 3

Storytelling Celebration

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Gather the whole family 'round the proverbial campfire for this 18th annual event, featuring lively tales, mythical beasts, legends and more. 

Plaza Branch, November 10, 6:30 p.m.

Lady Gaga

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Pop superstar Lady Gaga’s world tour makes a stop in KC for a rousing show featuring already-classic megahits, all at Sprint Center.

Sprint Center, November 15, 7:30 p.m.

A Christmas Carol

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Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic returns to KC for its 37th season, this year with a lively new adaptation sure to remind audiences about the true spirit of Christmas. Catch the Kansas City Repertory Theatre production at the wonderful Spencer Theatre.

Kansas City Repertory Theatre, November 17–December 24

Legendary Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Light up the night in this favorite KCK tradition at Legends Outlets, now in its 13th year. 

Legends Outlets Kansas City, November 18, 5 p.m. 

Northern Lights Holiday Lighting Ceremony

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Gift-getting feels more royal than ever amongst the decorative, larger-than-life crowns illuminated each holiday evening at Zona Rosa, a premier shopping district in the Northland.

Zona Rosa, November 18, 6–9 p.m.

CBE Hall of Fame Classic

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College basketball kicks off another season of thrilling hoops action at Sprint Center in this annual tournament featuring some of the best hardwood talent in the country. 

Sprint Center, November 20-21

The 88th Annual KCP&L Plaza Lighting Ceremony

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Timeless in every way imaginable, the 88th Annual Plaza Lighting Ceremony is a quintessential KC holiday tradition—and a delightful reminder of the Spanish-inspired Plaza’s undeniable beauty. 

Country Club Plaza, November 23, 5–8 p.m.

Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting

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Crown Center’s magnificent centerpiece towers more than 100 feet high and is illuminated by more than 7,200 white bulbs, proving it a proud showcase of Kansas City’s seasonal spirit.

Crown Center, November 24, 5:30 p.m.


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Catch a free showing of this modern holiday classic featuring Buddy the Elf, the four main food groups (which include candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup) and loads more laughs, all the Kansas City Public Library.

Plaza Branch, November 24, 6:30 p.m.


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Kansas City’s newest and grandest holiday tradition, let yourself be whisked away as Worlds of Fun is transformed into a magical winter village filled with ice skating, family rides, seasonal décor, live entertainment, a nightly tree lighting and more. 

Worlds of Fun, November 24–December 30

Downtown Dazzle

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A city as great as KC deserves a season-long celebration of the holidays. Downtown Dazzle does just that—and so much more—thanks to customized shopping trips, exclusive experiences and an uber-popular urban homes tour. 

Downtown KC, November 24–December 31

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