Holiday Events in Kansas City

Dazzling lighting ceremonies to illuminated shopping excursions and everything in between, Kansas City is an unforgettable holiday getaway. As you plan your travel itinerary, make sure these must-see holiday events are on your list.

Dazzling Lights and Stunning Sights

Country Club Plaza Lights


  • Kansas City's most iconic holiday display makes its return for the 92nd year as the Country Club Plaza is adorned in thousands of twinkling lights. Explore the neighborhood and soak in the Evergy Plaza Lights all season. Beginning Nov. 25
  • Lace up your skates and take in the picturesque sights at the Crown Center Ice Terrace, recognized by USA Today as one of America's top ice skating rinks. Skate rentals, lessons and private parties are available. Nov. 5-March 13, 2022
  • Every moment of the season shines bright at Union Station. In addition to towering trees, festive decorations and classic seasonal films, the Holiday Reflections walk-thru village returns to offer a mesmerizing stroll through one of Kansas City's most historic spaces. Nov. 26-Dec. 27
  • Make your way through Winter Magic at Swope Park, a mesmerizing drive-through display featuring a mile of lights. Proceeds benefit KC Parks improvement projects. Nov. 2-Jan. 2, 2022
  • Thanksgiving week marks the return of Christmas in the Park, a festive drive-through display in Longview Lake Park with more than 500,000 lights. The event is free, but donations are accepted to benefit local charities. Nov. 24-Dec. 31
  • The Soul of Santa brings a full lineup of holiday cheer to 18th & Vine, including a tree lighting, community breakfast and toy giveaway, plus a concert at the Gem Theater. This year, an expanded celebration brings a second weekend of events to the Shops on Blue Parkway. Dec. 3-4, Dec. 10-11
  • Independence's Vaile Mansion offers tours of the stately Victorian property dressed in its finest holiday decor during A Victorian Fashionable Christmas. Nov. 26-Dec. 30
  • Stroll the glowing paths of Powell Gardens during the Festival of Lights, returning for its fifth season. New this year is a holiday-themed tiki bar, plus several new and captivating light installations. Nov. 10-Dec. 30

Stellar Shows

KC Ballet Nutcracker


Local Shopping


Legends Holiday Shopping


  • The City Market's Merry Market features a major new addition this year, with the Strawberry Swing bringing more than 75 local artists and makers to the neighborhood in a European-inspired, open-air market. Stop by to explore all kinds of shopping options along with local food, warm drinks and more, every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Nov. 26-28, Dec. 3-5, Dec. 10-12, Dec. 17-19
  • Find everything on your list and step into the holiday spirit at Legends Outlets in KCK. The shopping destination offers more than 75 stores and plenty of seasonal celebrations, including a nightly Christmas tree light show, holiday movies on the lawn and more. Beginning Nov. 13


Access more holiday resources to find all the ways you can celebrate the season in Kansas City, from stunning displays to shopping hotspots.

Holidays in KC

More KC Holiday Events

Lenexa Freedom Run


Santa Fe Trail Drive & Pflumm Road
Lenexa, KS 66215
United States

Community Days Parade


Santa Fe Trail Drive & Pflumm Road
Lenexa, KS 66215
United States

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