Everything You Need to Know about New Year’s Eve in Kansas City

Updated Dec. 21, 2020: Most of Kansas City's New Year's Eve celebrations will not take place as usual. Instead, keep reading for a few ways to ring in the new year safely and still make it a memorable occasion.

As New Year’s Eve returns in Kansas City, it offers a time to celebrate, reflect and look forward to everything that the future holds in the City of Fountains. Here’s everything you need to know:

Raise Your Glasses


Although you're likely trading a full table of friends and family for something more intimate this year, Kansas City's restaurants have everything you need to craft your own celebration in unforgettable fashion.

Looking to start 2021 with a special occasion? Fine dining options around KC, from Corvino and Bristol Steak + Seafood + Social to Fox & Pearl and Le Fou Frog, offer menus to meet every taste.

Want to open the new year with some of Kansas City's favorite comfort food instead? Turn to the Peanut, Buffalo State Pizza or Pigwich for all kinds of satisfying flavors.

Complete your evening with a selection of spirits and to-go cocktails from local distilleries like J. Rieger & Co., Tom's Town and Union Horse.

Celebrate Close to Home

Lazia at the Crossroads Hotel

Kansas City's hotels offer inspired ways to ring in the new year without going far.

Indulge in a New Year's Eve staycation high above the city at one of KC's Downtown properties. Take advantage of a special package at Hotel Kansas City that includes a king guest room, plus dinner and drinks. Infuse fine art and upscale cuisine to your celebration at the 21c Kansas City, thanks to the hotel's attached art galleries and historic restaurant. Or count down at the Crossroads Hotel, with ultra-cool vibes filling guest rooms  and common spaces. You'll also find some of the neighborhood's favorite restaurants just steps away.

On the Country Club Plaza, enjoy a stay surrounded by contemporary elegance the Fontaine or historical charm at the Raphael Hotel. As a bonus, the famed Plaza Lights are right outside your door.

Want to take the whole family? Immerse yourself in merriment with the Great Holiday Escape KC Package, offered by Crown Center, Union Station and several nearby attractions. The package includes a stay at the Westin Kansas City and your choice of attraction tickets, placing local shops, top-tier entertainment and some of the city's best holiday displays within easy reach.

Light Up the New Year

Sunset over the Country Club Plaza with the Plaza Lights Shining

Many of the city's iconic seasonal displays, from the Mayor's Christmas Tree at Crown Center to the renowned Plaza Lights, continue to shine through the new year and beyond. Make your new year bright by striking out in search of a few dazzling sights.

Find more of Kansas City's holiday displays here.

More Celebrations

Looking for additional inspiration as you get ready to welcome the new year? Browse a lineup of plans at the Power & Light District. For family-friendly fun during the day, check out Noon Year's Eve at Union Station.