Kansas City is known for its huge offering of holiday and wintertime shows that make for the perfect way to spend an evening out to celebrate the season. 

Make a list (and check it twice). Here are the hottest tickets of the season.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Nov. 8–Dec. 31

The classic stop-motion animation program comes to life on the stage at the Coterie Theatre.

 

A CHRISTMAS STALKING

Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 18–Dec. 31

Three women reunite during a blizzard in 1918, all while murder is afoot aboard The Mystery Train. Guests are as much a part of the show as the players themselves in this murder mystery dinner theater show. 

KC Repertory Theatre A Christmas Carol

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Nov. 20–Dec. 24

Charles Dickens’ revered Christmas classic still rings true, teaching audiences about the true spirit of life and Christmas. The show, put on by the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, takes the stage at The Rep’s magnificent new Spencer Theatre.

CHRISTMAS IN SONG

Nov. 25–Dec. 24

Pop music and traditional tunes combine to create a unique blend of Christmas spirit in Quality Hill Playhouse’s annual holiday showcase.

THE KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY PRESENTS HANDEL'S MESSIAH

Dec. 1–4

The KC tradition marks its centennial as more than 250 powerful voices from the Independence Messiah Choir, Kansas City Symphony and the Symphony Chorus join together to perform this masterwork in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

THE NATIVITY

Dec. 2–4

A Paul Mesner Puppets production, the biblical story is brought to life with a cast of 40 puppeteers and gorgeous, seven-foot puppets at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral.

THE NUTCRACKER

Dec. 3–24

The Kansas City Ballet heads to the Kauffman Center once again to perform the perennial holiday favorite.

KCJO SWINGS THE NUTCRACKER

Dec. 6

What would the holidays be in KC without a little jazz? Keep your Yule cool with catchy arrangements and classic big bang hits performed by the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra.

SANTALAND DIARIES

Dec. 8–24

David Sedaris’ delightfully twisted one-man show follows his brief career as an angry department store elf, a recent favorite tradition from the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

A SPECTACULAR CHRISTMAS SHOW

Dec. 9–23

MTH Theater's energetic holiday show features live music numbers in a format modeled after programs from the Golden Age of TV specials.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Dec. 10

Get into the holiday spirit with some of the group’s most unforgettable tracks performed at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

Dec. 15–18, 20

One of KC’s grandest holiday concerts highlights the season with cherished carols, guest vocalists, costumed characters and the 80-person Kansas City Symphony.

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