The holidays are a time to give back to your Kansas City community and give you a chance to explore the city. Stay local this holiday season with these winter events right here in Kansas City. 

Plaza Lights

The annual Plaza Lighting Ceremony is a great way to kick off the holiday season in Kansas City. On Thanksgiving night, November 22, the Plaza will host live performances and giveaways to ring in the season. Light up your holiday season at the Plaza Lighting Ceremony this year.

Catch a Show

Looking to enjoy some fine arts around the holidays? A classic Kansas City holiday event is the ballet performance of the Nutcracker. Ring in the Christmas season at the Kauffman with Kansas City Ballet.



Skate Away

Ice skating is always a popular choice of activity when the weather cools down. The Crown Center Ice Rink is perfect for ice skating with family or friends. People of all ages can enjoy the winter weather at the Crown Center Ice Rink. 


Sweet Sips

Always on the hunt for that perfect cup of hot cocoa? Explore Kansas City and find your perfect cup of hot chocolate by comparing local coffee shops’ hot cocoa. Try out Messenger Coffee Co., Christopher Elbow, and Panache to start.

Holiday Adventure

Make good use of those upcoming snow days with a day trip out of Kansas City. Drive down to Branson to see Silver Dollar City covered in Christmas lights, or visit Weston’s Snow Creek to enjoy skiing and snowboarding.