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

Round out the year with seasonal celebrations full of festivities.

Downtown Dazzle Kansas City

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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Celebrate the season at Worlds of Fun’s latest and greatest attraction, which whisks visitors away to a festive wonderland filled with ice skating, holiday characters, rides and more—the perfect yuletide experience for the whole family.

Worlds of Fun, December 1–December 30

Handel's Messiah

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Triumphant in every way imaginable, don’t miss one of the most anticipated performances of the season, featuring nearly 200 musicians and special guest vocalists at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, December 8–10

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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Rock meets classical meets Christmas as this one-of-a-kind group hits the stage at Sprint Center for two sure-to-be legendary performances. 

Sprint Center, December 9, 3 and 8 p.m.

Plaza Kids Holiday Celebration

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Fit for every age, this night of festivities includes crafting, games and even a visit from St. Nick, all at the Kansas City Public Library.

Plaza Branch, December 15, 6:30 p.m.

Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express Train

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North Pole spirit is bountiful at Union Station thanks to the Holiday Express Train, which brings Santa, his elves, sleigh and more for a five-day visit.

Union Station, December 15–19

Christmas Stories at T/m

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Seasonal decorations and special displays mark this all-ages holiday event at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, December 16, 23, 1–3 p.m.

Whoville Holidays

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Meet the green one himself at The City Market, a free tradition that encourages guests to donate canned goods for Harvesters or new toys for the Salvation Army.

City Market, December 9–10, 16–17, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

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Head to Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland to experience the 25th anniversary tour of this holiday favorite—a unique performance full of Christmas cheer.

Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, December 22, 7 p.m.

Regional Holiday Favorites

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Several seasonal destinations beloved by many are only a quick sleigh ride away from the KC metro, perfect for half- or full-day trips right in the middle of the holidays. 

New Year's Eve Celebrations

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Between kid-friendly revelries and midnight countdowns in the Power & Light District, there's no better place to kick off the new year than in KC. 

December 31


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