Holiday Luminary Walk | Joe LeBlanc

2019 Winter Events and Festivities in Kansas City

Perfect for family, friends and loved ones, Kansas City sparkles and shines a little brighter during the most wonderful time of the year—meaning there’s never a dull moment, no matter how you choose to spend the season.


NOVEMBER

WinterFest | Worlds of Fun

Downtown Dazzle | Downtown Kansas City’s all-encompassing holiday event features something for everyone, including live shows, customized shopping trips and other exclusive experiences. Nov. 1-Dec. 31

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 CenterNov. 1-March 8

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. 16-early Jan.

Holiday Kickoff Lighting Ceremony | Decorated in splendid holiday fashion, Union Station marks another season of festive fun with this lighting ceremony featuring a performance from Quixotic and tons more family-friendly entertainment. Nov. 23

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

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. 23-mid-Jan.

Hall of Fame Classic | Kick off college basketball season with this tournament at Sprint Center, right next to The College Basketball Experience. Be sure not to miss the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony as well. Nov. 25-26

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. 26-Dec. 30

Plaza Lights

Evergy Plaza Lights | Whether attending the treasured lighting ceremony—now in its 90th 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. 28-mid-Jan.

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. 29-30

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. 29-30, Dec. 6-7, Dec. 13-14

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. 29-Dec. 1, Dec. 7-8, 15-16, 21-22

Victorian Seasons Greetings | Make your way to Independence to visit Vaile Mansion when it’s completely decked out in holiday cheer. Nov. 29-Dec. 30

Mayor’s Christmas Tree | Nothing inspires awe and wonder during the holiday season quite like this towering tree at Crown Center, which stands more than 100 feet high and shines bright with 7,200-plus white bulbs. Nov. 29-Jan. 1

Festival of Lights | Venture through beautiful Powell Gardens on this mile-long journey decorated with colorful lights and other amazing, holiday-themed displays. Nov. 29-Jan. 5

DECEMBER

Kansas City Chiefs Fans

Kansas City Chiefs Home Games | Join the Sea of Red and cheer on the Kansas City Chiefs as they push to finish another strong season at Arrowhead Stadium. Dec. 1, 15, 29

23rd Annual “A Visit from St. Nicholas” | The Shoal Creek Living History Museum lets visitors of all ages celebrate Santa in 19th-century style. Dec. 7

Coleman Dollhouse Opening | Spend the day with your family at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures for a look at this special, nine-foot-tall dollhouse that's dressed in holiday decorations—an annual tradition in its own right. Dec. 7 

Missouri Town 1855: A Christmas Celebration | Travel back in time to the mid-1800s and experience the Christmas holiday as the pioneers did during this Missouri Town 1855 event. Dec. 7

NYE Live! at the Power & Light District

Candlelight Homes Tour | Head to Weston for an evening exploring this charming hamlet and featuring tours of three distinct homes. Dec. 7-8

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. 7, 14, 21

New Year’s Eve in Kansas City | New Year’s Eve in Kansas City is a time to celebrate, reflect and look forward to everything that the future holds in the City of Fountains. Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve at WinterFest | Head to Worlds of Fun for this special event featuring live music, Snoopy’s Rockin’ NYE Countdown, fireworks and other family-friendly entertainment. Dec. 31

JANUARY

Park at the Fontaine

2020 Kansas City Restaurant Week | Savor and save with special multicourse menus during Kansas City’s premier dining event—all with a portion of proceeds benefitting The Don Bosco Centers. Jan. 10-19

LIVE SHOWS

Kansas City’s Can’t-Miss Holiday Shows 2019

Plays, musicals and other excellent stage shows keep Kansas City audiences entertained during end-of-the-year holiday celebrations. Don’t miss the hottest tickets of the season.