Seasonal events help locals and visitors alike embrace the holiday spirit. Kansas City’s newest and grandest holiday tradition is WinterFest, a Worlds of Fun experience where you can let yourself be whisked away to a magical winter village filled with ice skating, family rides, seasonal décor, live entertainment, a nightly tree lighting and more. Guests can get wild by visiting the Kansas City Zoo this winter, where they can explore Helzberg Penguin Plaza before stopping by to see Berlin the polar bear, who will be right at home in the cooler weather.
Meanwhile, children love meeting Santa and his elves when the Holiday Express Train pulls into Union Station. The locomotive brings an entire stockingful of North Pole spirit to the beautiful 102-year-old station, including Santa’s sleigh, a gingerbread boxcar and more. People of all ages hit the Crown Center Ice Terrace to skate to their heart’s content. Southwest of Downtown KC, skaters can visit the Ice at Park Place in Leawood, Kan., where festivities are as essential to the experience as balance is to staying upright on the ice. Skiers, snowboarders and tubers can get their downhill thrills at Snow Creek in Weston, Mo., the perfect way to get outside and carve up slopes all throughout winter.