Between family-friendly holiday performances and iconic lighting ceremonies—plus everything in between—Kansas City’s winter calendar is full of seasonal delights and memory-making merriment.

November

  • Santa Dives: Starting in November, visitors at the Kansas City Zoo can witness jolly Saint Nick dive and swim with countless penguins in this kid-favorite annual event. Nov. 23-25, Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16
  • Crown Center Ice Terrace: Romantic date or full-family outing, lace up your ice skates and join the rest of the city for rounds and rounds of merrymaking at Crown Center. Nov. 2-March 10
  • A Legendary Light Show: Legends Outlets Kansas City keeps shoppers in tune with thousands of dazzling lights synchronized to classic holiday songs every 15 minutes. Nov. 17-early Jan.

  • Northern Lights: Pick out the perfect gift in Zona Rosa, the Northland’s premier shopping district, while larger-than-life crowns suspended from above illuminate your path every step of the way. Nov. 17-mid-Jan.
  • Hall of Fame Classic: Kick off college basketball season with this tournament at Sprint Center and The College Basketball Experience. Be sure not to miss the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony as well. Nov. 18-20
  • Christmas in the Park: Gather the whole family and drive through Jackson County’s Longview Park & Lake for this favorite holiday pastime since 1988 that boasts more than 300,000 lights of varying colors and sizes. Nov. 21-Dec. 31
  • Downtown Dazzle: Downtown Kansas City’s all-encompassing holiday event features something for everyone, including tours of trendy, urban homes in the Power & Light DistrictRiver Market and more popular districts, customized shopping trips and other exclusive experiences. Nov. 22-Dec. 31

  • KCP&L Plaza Lights: Whether attending the treasured lighting ceremony—now in its 89th year—after Thanksgiving celebrations or visiting for holiday gift-getting and date-night dinners, this Country Club Plaza tradition is as magical as the season. Nov. 22-mid-Jan.
  • Holiday Luminary Walk: Candlelit trails and scenic winter wilderness accompany guests in this beloved event that takes place at Overland Park’s Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Nov. 23-24, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, Dec. 7-8
  • A Very Merry Market: The City Market’s inaugural artisan shopping experience features free admission and plenty of local makers—perfect for finding holiday gifts—plus food, drinks and more festivities. Nov. 23-24
  • WinterFest: Holiday cheer is in abundance at Worlds of Fun, as the amusement park transforms into a winter village that comes complete with a nightly tree lighting ceremony, live shows, ice skating and so much more. Select nights Nov. 23-Dec. 31

December

January

  • 2019 Kansas City Restaurant Week: Enjoy special, multi-course menus at some of KC’s hottest restaurants during this 10-day, two-weekend dining event benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kansas City. Jan. 11-20

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