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Find KC Fun All 31 Days During December 2019

With festive lights, iconic performances and a blowout bash to end the decade, it’s easy to make the most of every day with 31 unforgettable things to do during December in Kansas City.


Union Station

Dec. 1 – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders | Kickstart December with a high-energy Chiefs showdown at Arrowhead.

Dec. 2 – Enjoy Winter Drinks and Dishes | Happy hour or date night, sample seasonal menus in KC.

Dec. 3 – Mayor’s Christmas Tree | Nothing inspires awe and wonder during the holiday season quite like this 100-foot fir at Crown Center.

Dec. 4 – A Christmas Carol | Don’t miss this favorite Dickens tale performed by the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

Dec. 5 – Marvel at Union Station | Hardly any destination is as wow-worthy as this architectural and cultural icon—especially during the holiday season.

Dec. 6 – WinterFest  Worlds of Fun transforms into a festive winter with a nightly tree lighting ceremony, live shows, ice skating and so much more.

Dec. 7 – Trans-Siberian Orchestra | A Christmas classic performed at the unbeatable Sprint Center.  

Dec. 8 – Candlelight Homes Tour | Head to Weston for an evening exploring this charming hamlet and featuring tours of three distinct homes.

Dec. 9 – Christmas in the Park | Drive through this winter wonderland as 300,000 festive lights twinkle bright—a family tradition for 32 years. 

Dec. 10 – All Star Holidays | See the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra bring out the stars for a one-night show as the top musical talent.


Zona Rosa | Northern Lights

Dec. 11 – Holiday Gift-Getting | Shop for loved ones by visiting KC’s collection of shopping destinations.

Dec. 12 – Straight No Chaser | The acapella group returns to Kansas City with holiday hits in store at Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland.

Dec. 13 – Holiday Luminary Walk | Candlelit trails and scenic winter wilderness accompany guests at Overland Park’s Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.

Dec. 14 – Holiday Maker's Market | Browse local maker's wares, apparel and more with a cup of coffee in hand during this festive, four-weekend event at The Roasterie Factory Cafe.

Dec. 15 – Crown Center Ice Terrace | Lace up your ice skates and join the rest of the city for rounds and rounds of merrymaking at Crown Center.

Dec. 16 – Santa Dives | Witness jolly Saint Nick dive and swim with countless penguins at the Kansas City Zoo in this kid-favorite annual event.

Dec. 17 – A Magical Cirque Christmas | There’s hardly a more fitting venue for this stunning show than the equally majestic Music Hall. 

Dec. 18 – Northern Lights | Pick out the perfect gift at Zona Rosa while hanging, larger-than-life crowns illuminate your path every step of the way.

Dec. 19 – A Charlie Brown Christmas | Performed by the excellent company at the Coterie Theatre, this all-ages show has something for everyone.

Dec. 20 – Victorian Seasons Greetings | Make your way to Independence to visit Vaile Mansion decked out in holiday cheer.


Kansas City Ballet, "The Nutcracker" | Ben Pruitt

Dec. 21 – Saint Louis vs. Kansas State | Head to Sprint Center to watch these two regional hoops teams duke it out.

Dec. 22 – Hanukkah Glow Party | Kick off the Festival of Lights at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.

Dec. 23 – Christmas Festival | A wonderous Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts show put on by Kansas City Symphony.

Dec. 24 – The Nutcracker | The Kansas City Ballet and Kansas City Symphony team up at the Kauffman Center in an enchanting rendition of this magical tale.

Dec. 25 – Tour the Plaza Lights | While most shops won’t be open, the Country Club Plaza is never more beautiful than when lit up at night during the holidays.

Dec. 26 – Visit Ancient Egypt | Head to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to discover life on the Nile in the institution’s latest exhibition, Queen Nefertari: Eternal Egypt.

Dec. 27 – Find Comfort Food Favorites | Cozy up to a warm bowl of ramen or a handmade hot cocoa.

Dec. 28 – Tour Queer Eye Spots | Revisit your favorite spots, as seen in Queer Eye seasons 3 and 4 on Netflix.

Dec. 29 – Sample Craft Beer | Raise a toast to Kansas City’s booming craft beer scene, no matter where you find yourself in the metro.

Dec. 30 – Try Out Winter Sports | Skiing, sledding or boarding, finish the year with a high-energy time on the slopes.

Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve in Kansas City | Party all night or spend time with the kiddos as the ball drops and ushers in 2020.