KC's Can't-Miss Holiday Shows


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

Perfect for all ages, this beloved Christmas tale receives a charming, lyrical rendition for the stage at The Coterie Theatre.

WINTER WONDERLAND

Join the  Kansas City Jazz Orchestra as it swings through the season, featuring modern interpretations of timeless yuletide jingles.

THE NATIVITY

This seasonal favorite put on by Mesner Puppet Theater showcases larger-than-life puppets that bring the biblical story to life at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral.. 

THE KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY PRESENTS HANDEL'S MESSIAH

This classical masterpiece is a triumph of the season thanks to nearly 200 Kansas City Symphony musicians and vocalists all performing in perfect harmony at the Kauffman Center.

CHRISTMAS IN SONG

From sacred to secular, the entire family will love the music in this spirited holiday show at Quality Hill Playhouse.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Ebenezer Scrooge discovers the reason for the season in this joyful presentation of Dickens's Christmas classic, returning to the Kansas City Repertory Theatre's wonderful Spencer Theatre.

THE NUTCRACKER

 Head to the marvelous Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts for a captivating Kansas City Ballet performance of this enchanting tale.

A SPECTACULAR CHRISTMAS SHOW

MTH Theater at Crown Center’s musical medley of a Christmas show features holiday tunes in a rousing performance you'll remember the rest of the season.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

Kansas City Symphony's festive, all-ages concert experience features timeless carols, ringing bells, exceptional musical ensembles and even Saint Nick.

Kelli O'Hara, Broadway star in concert

Kelli O’Hara is one of the biggest stars on Broadway, and her work in film, television, and opera have made her acclaim even greater. The Tony Award winner will bring her unique mix of classicism and show business to Kansas City for selections from Broadway and the Great American Songbook.

Hugh Jackman

Academy Award®-nominated, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning performer, Hugh Jackman will bring The Man. The Music. The Show to Sprint Center on Oct. 13. You will see Jackman performing hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Misérables and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra.

Paul Childres Concert in the Caves

Blending Pop, R&B, and Soul, Paul Childers is leading a new breed of Singer/Songwriters and Guitarists. Paul finds a way to blur the lines cast between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix styles of guitar playing, a Motown rhythm section, and Pop vocal melodies. He is returning to the caves for another epic show! 

B-Side mini 2019

We're celebrating our second annual music festival - in a teenier way!
 
Join us Oct. 4th First Friday for B-Side Mini!
 
Acts include our house band I Threw a Chair, Winny Wallet and the Workshop, and local musician Sean Groff.
 
Inside the gallery we will be showing many mini works, small doodles, sculptures and more.
 
Big thanks to Brewery Emperial for providing the event with beverages!

Merriam Drive Live!

Downtown Merriam will transform into a street and lawn party full of music on two stages, food trucks, adult beverages and a Cornhole Tournament. Performers include: Four Fried Chickens & a Coke; Red Guitar; Stolen Winnebagos; Fast Times and Noe Palma. Enjoy this annual music fest for FREE in downtown Merriam.

Brahms’ Fourth and Bach’s Fantasia

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor
Paul Jacobs, organ
 
J.S. BACH/ELGAR Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor
MICHAEL DAUGHERTY Once Upon a Castle for Organ and Orchestra
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4
 

Finlandia and Schumann’s Piano Concerto

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
Michael Stern, conductor
Martin Helmchen, piano
 
SIBELIUS Finlandia
R. SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
DANIEL KELLOGG The Golden Spike (Kansas City Symphony commission, world premiere)
SMETANA “Blaník” from Má vlast
 

The Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City Fall Concert

The Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, healthcare students, as well as other musicians from the Kansas City area.  This fall concert will include: The New World Symphony - Dvorak , Fanfare for the Common Man – Copeland, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cello, s Gion Overture - Jose Gonzalez Granero