This year is quickly coming to a close, but there are still a few things you can do in Kansas City to commemorate 2016. Whether you live in Overland Park, Shawnee, or Leawood, you’ll discover dozens of holiday happenings, activities, shows, and performances in KC over the next couple months. Here are 13 of our favorite, must-attend 2017 holiday events in Kansas City to help you and your family ring in the new year.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Back by popular demand this year, Rudolph brightens Kansas City’s holiday season in this 60-minute stage performance based on the original televised classic. Awww, look at that cute nose.
When: November 8th – December 31st
Where: The Coterie Theater (2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO)
Price: Tickets start around $12
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol, an all-time favorite of ours at McCarthy/Morse Chevrolet, returns this year for its 36th annual stage show. Follow Scrooge through this retelling of Dickens’ classic story, and maybe you’ll also discover the true meaning of Christmas.
When: November 18th – December 24th
Where: The Spencer Theater (4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, MO)
Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
What’s 100-feet tall, more than a century old, and lit up like a Christmas tree? Crown Center’s Christmas tree, of course. Come watch as one of the country’s oldest and tallest trees become a centerpiece for this 2017 holiday season.
When: November 25th (5:30 p.m)
Where: Crown Center Square (2500 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO)
Santa Dives at the KC Zoo
Bet you didn’t know that Jolly Saint Nick likes to indulge in sea dives once in a while. This year he visits the KC Zoo to swim with the penguins, red velvet Santa coat and all. Get there early and watch the penguins as they form a waddling parade line toward the pool!
When: November 25th – 27th (Santa Dives: 2 p.m. / Penguin March: 11 a.m.)
Where: Kansas City Zoo (6800 Zoo Dr., Kansas City, MO)
Price: Free with zoo admission
While it might not be quite as magical as the Polar Express, the Santa Train will surely charm kids and adults alike this holiday season. Sing Christmas carols, drink hot chocolate, and snap some photos with Santa as this locomotive travels through Old Towne Belton.
When: November 26th – December 3rd
Where: 502 E Walnut St., Belton, MO
Price: View website for updated pricing
Christmas in the Park
With 300k lights, nearly 200 animated decorations, and infinite amounts of holiday cheer, this year’s Christmas in the Park display should turn even your family’s Grinch into a rabid fan of Christmas. Take a drive through this fairyland when it opens in Lee’s Summit.
When: November 23rd – December 31st
Where: Longview Lake Campground/Park (1499 SW County Park Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO)
Price: Free (donations appreciated)
Santa’s Gingerbread Station
Who built this gingerbread paradise? The world may never know. But you and your family can still enjoy exploring this mysterious and interactive display when it re-opens in KC after Thanksgiving.
When: November 25th – December 31st
Where: Crown Center Ice Terrace (2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO)
KC North Holiday Party
Featuring snacks and refreshments, arts & crafts projects, and more entertainment than you could shake a candy cane at, this family-focused holiday party should be a wintery blast for participants of any age.
When: December 2nd (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.)
Where: KC North Community Center (3930 N.E. Anitoch, Kansas City, MO)
A Spectacular Christmas Show
The Musical Theater Heritage’s holiday performance embraces more than just Christmas. Upbeat family-friendly comedy, musical acts, and holiday costumes make this stage show anything but standard.
When: December 9th – 23rd
Where: Musical Theater Heritage at Crown Center (2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO)
Price: Tickets start at $17; Kids free with adult entry.
Let It Snow at Union Station Planetarium
Ever wonder what it’d be like to live in a snow globe? Visit the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium this December to find out. The culmination of the Let It Snow performance comes in the form of a laser show featuring a beautiful soundtrack from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. What more do you need to know?
When: December 10th – January 8th
Where: Union Station Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium (30 W. Pershing, Kansas City, MO)
Price: $3 General admission/Free for members
Skate with Santa
Bet you didn’t know that Mr. Claus also likes to practice his double Lutz. Tie some skates to your feet and join in on the ice escapades when he stops by the Line Creek skating rink this December.
When: December 17th (2 p.m.)
Where: Line Creek Community Center Ice Arena (5940 Waukomis Dr., Kansas City, MO)
Price: $6 Admission/$4 Admission with non-perishable food donation
The floating confetti, champagne toasts, and hors d’oeuvres are perfect lead-ins to the live Times Square countdown and impending midnight kiss. Don’t miss one of the biggest New Year’s Eve parties in Kansas City!
When: December 31st (9 p.m. through midnight)
Where: Kansas City Live Block (1330 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO)
Price: Ticket prices vary
New Year’s Eve Party at Paradise Park
For a more kid-friendly NYE celebration, check out Paradise Park when they host their own version of the world-famous ball drop in their Foam Factory. End your celebration early, put the little ones to bed, and prep the bubbly for the real ball drop.
When: December 31st (Noon to 6 p.m.)
Where: Paradise Park (1021 NE Colbern Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO)
Price: $6.99 plus tax
Set Your 2017 Resolution to Buy a New Car
Many New Year’s resolutions involve going to the gym, but we’re here to inform you that you don’t have to sweat to make yourself feel better. Instead, carry over that holiday cheer and visit McCarthy/Morse Chevrolet. As a premier Chevy dealer near Kansas City, we’re here to guide you toward Chevy special offers on a variety of new vehicles that have all of the modern, state-of-the-art safety technology imaginable. Contact us at 866-453-2062 or stop by our showroom at 9201 Metcalf Ave in Overland Park to see why we’re one of the best car dealers in the area.
Happy holidays from all of us at McCarthy/Morse Chevrolet, your local Overland Park used car dealership and Chevy dealer!