The Nutcracker by KC Ballet | Brett Pruitt

Kansas City’s Can’t-Miss Holiday Shows 2019

Plays, musicals and other excellent stage shows keep Kansas City audiences entertained during end-of-the-year holiday celebrations. Make a list (and check it twice), because you won’t want to miss a single show.


A Charlie Brown Christmas by The Coterie Theatre

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas | Performed by the excellent company at the Coterie Theatre, this all-ages show has a little something for everyone, including a live jazz trio playing the TV special’s original Vince Guaraldi arrangements. Nov. 5-Dec. 29
  • Christmas In Song | Well-known holiday hymns and traditional Christmas tunes keep viewers grooving in their seats during this spirited Quality Hill Playhouse show that always brings the energy. Nov. 21-Dec. 22

A Christmas Carol by Kansas City Repertory Theatre | Cory Weaver


Handel's Messiah by Kansas City Symphony

  • TubaChristmas 2019 | Presented by the Kansas City Symphony, all area tuba and euphonium players are invited to participate (with advance registration) in these one-of-a-kind lunchtime shows at the Kauffman Center. Dec. 2, 6
  • A Spectacular Christmas Show | Dynamic singing and dancing highlight this rousing holiday performance, which showcases innovative arrangements and medleys of famous Christmas tunes at MTH Theater at Crown Center. Dec. 5-23
  • The Nutcracker | A beloved annual tradition, the Kansas City Ballet and Kansas City Symphony team up at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts to wow audiences in an enchanting rendition of this magical tale. Dec. 5-24
  • Handel’s Messiah | A nearly 200-person musical ensemble performs this classical masterpiece, featuring the Kansas City Symphony Chorus, special guest vocalists and more in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center. Dec. 6-8
  • The Nativity | More than 40 larger-than-life puppets bring The Nativity to life at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral in a wonderful adaptation from Mesner Puppet Theater. Dec. 6-8

Christmas Festival

  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra | Pyrotechnics, big-time tunes and other arena theatrics define this much-beloved holiday progressive rock performance at Sprint Center, featuring two same-day shows. Dec. 7
  • All Star Holidays | The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra brings out the stars for a one-night show as the top musical stars of Kansas City’s signature sound swing the night away with jazzed-up yuletide jingles. Dec. 10
  • A Magical Cirque Christmas | There’s hardly a more fitting venue for the stunning A Magical Cirque Christmas than the equally majestic Music Hall. Count on acrobatics, circus acts and holiday carols to wow during this one-night show. Dec. 17
  • Christmas Festival | Christmas Festival isn’t just an iconic Kansas City Symphony concert experience—it’s a veritable showcase of holiday spirit. Count on festive songs, carols and other surprises, plus a visit from jolly Saint Nick. Dec. 20-23