Your Guide to a Kansas City Christmas




Although I may be completely biased, Kansas City is the best city to spend the holiday season in. Compare it to more popular holiday destinations such as NYC or Chicago, but without the skyrocketing prices or ridiculous crowds. KC has everything these two cities have, but at more affordable prices and easier access. Let me explain further.

Kansas City transforms from your typical Midwest city to a winter wonderland when the holiday season comes around. Sights and activities for all ages are limitless, making it the perfect place to intake some Christmas cheer. As a Kansas City resident for the last 11 years, I know the best things to do when winter rolls around.This is your guide to a Kansas City Christmas.




Attached to the greeting-card mega company, Hallmark, Crown Center is an entertainment center and shopping center all rolled into one, making it a must-do on your list. My favorite part about this during the holidays is the skating rink. What would winter be without lacing up and gliding (or falling) around? Also located at Crown Center is Kansas City's own Mayor's Christmas tree. This bad boy stands taller than the Christmas tree on the White House lawn. Quite an impressive tree if I do say so myself.

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(For more information, visit crowncenter.com/)


Maybe it's because I'm a dancer, or because I've been so many times, but I feel like an essential part of the Christmas season is going the see The Nutcracker. The Kansas City Ballet does an amazing production of it and now that their performances are in the brand new Kauffman Center, it's even better. Even if you're not a big fan of classical ballet please go see their performance, you won't regret it!

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(For more information, www.kcballet.org)

You've probably all seen, or heard of, the Country Club Plaza. (If you haven't you need to get out more) Although the Plaza is an amazing and beautiful place throughout the year, it reaches its peak at the holiday season. Every Thanksgiving, the 15-block district lights up as its iconic Christmas lights are turned on for the season. This sight is amazing to see, whether you're there for the ceremonial switch or anytime throughout the season. One of the best ways to see the twinkling lights is from one of the Plaza's horse-drawn carriages. Anyone will feel like royalty touring the beautiful streets of downtown KC. (Fun fact: my parents got engaged on one!) The Country Club Plaza is the primo location for the best shopping and dining in Kansas City. Stop by my favorite popcorn store, Topsy's, for a great big tin of caramel, cheese and buttered popcorn. My mom buys at least two of these every year. Yum.  Last on your to-do list at the Plaza is actually located just outside of the Plaza area. Ward Parkway, one of the main streets that leads to the Plaza district, is home to some of the most impressive mansions you'll ever see in your life. When they're lit up during the holidays, they're exquisite. I love driving through these neighborhoods on the way to and from the plaza on dark winters nights, with the snow sparkling on top of all of lights.
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(Visit countryclubplaza.com for more info)




Union Station is exactly what it sounds like. Back in the day, Kansas City's Union Station was the thriving center of transportation as trains were coming and going all the time. Although there is much less train-traveling these days (though I highly suggest it if you've never done it before), Union Station has managed to continue to bring in visitors with their ever changing events and their very popular Science City. However, during the holidays, Union Station becomes quite the sight to see. From giant Christmas trees that stretch to the high ceilings, to train sets that weave between replicas of the Kansas City area, to a train kiddos can ride on, and even a Thomas the Train, lit up, waiting for kids to come play. The list goes on and on. No matter what you like, Union Station is the holiday play place for all ages. 





7 comments:

  1. Ice skating looks like so much fun!

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  2. Wow! Love this :) The nutcracker has to be my favorite part of Christmas :)

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  3. I love the holidays! Nutcracker is on our list this year. Cant wait!

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  4. So true! We moved to Springfield, MO but still go back to KC every year to do this checklist. (minus the nutcracker- i may have to add that!)

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