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

Country Club Plaza Lights


  • Kansas City's most iconic holiday display makes its return for the 91st 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. Nov. 26-Jan. 10, 2021
  • 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. This year, reservations are required to skate. Nov. 6-March 7, 2021
  • Make your way through Winter Magic at Swope Park, a mesmerizing drive-through display featuring nearly a mile of lights. Proceeds benefit the KC Parks Summer Camp Scholarship Fund. Nov. 2-Jan. 2, 2021
  • 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. 25-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 virtual concert for all to enjoy. Dec. 4-5

Stellar Shows

Kansas City Ballet


Local Shopping

Holidays at Union Station


  • Inspired by Europe's open air holiday shopping events, the Strawberry Swing Holiday Market brings makers and artisans together in an outdoor setting at Union Station. Enjoy warm drinks and a festive setting as you browse gifts from a variety of local retailers. Nov. 28-29, Dec. 5-6, Dec. 12-13, Dec. 19-20
  • 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. Nov. 20-Dec. 31

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