Kansas City is an exciting place during the Christmas season. Whether you love music and theater, holiday light displays, or you just want a little seasonal exercise, you can find it in the KC metro area. Here’s a short list of local holiday fun, and links to web sites where you can find the details.
(**Hurry! The activities with a ** by their names will end the first weekend in December.)
**Handel’s Messiah, Dec. 3-6. The Kansas City Symphony teams with the Independence Messiah Choir and the Symphony Choir to perform Handel’s masterpiece. A 99-year tradition. For more information, click Handel’s Messiah.
**Overland Park Arboretum Luminary Walk, Dec. 4-5, 5:00-9:00. Walk a mile of candlelit trails. Featuring holiday lights, live entertainment, Santa Claus, and horse-drawn wagon rides. For details, click Luminary Walk.
A Christmas Carol, now through Dec. 24. This is the 34th production of the classic Dickens story for Kansas City Repertory Theater. For tickets, click Marley’s Ghost.
The Nutcracker, Dec. 5-24. The Kansas City ballet presents an all-new production of the classic ballet. For tickets, click Mouse King.
Christmas light displays. The Country Club plaza may be the most famous light display in Kansas City, but it’s hardly the only game in town. For details about a light show near you, provided by kcparent.com, click Christmas Lights.
Union Station, all season long. Union Station plans events for all ages, from the KCS Holiday Express train to the New Year’s Swingin’ Eve bash. For details, click Meet Me Under the Clock.
Outdoor Ice Skating:
Crown Center Ice Terrace, November-March. The classic Kansas City skating experience. For details, click Cold Weather Fun.
Ice at Park Place, through Jan. 19. Now in its eighth season, Park Place in Leawood boasts the only outdoor rink in southern Johnson County. For details, click Wear Mittens.
Rink at Burlington Creek, I-29 and 64th Street in the Northland. This newcomer also offers hockey hours, and broomball. For more information click Northland Ice.
More, More, More! If you’re looking for something that’s not on my list, try the Kansas City Star’s holiday entertainment section, or KCParent’s ultimate Christmas fun guide.
Have I missed anything? Leave a comment with information about your favorite holiday fun.