Top 4 Things to Do on Christmas Day in Kansas City, Missouri

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Whether or not you celebrate the Christmas holiday, there are a number of great activities and things to do on December 25 if you're visiting Kansas City, Missouri. From the Plaza Lights display and similar holiday decorations adorning some of Kansas City's streets to winter traditions like ice skating, you're bound to find something to do.

When you're planning your trip to Kansas City keep in mind that a number of restaurants, shops, entertainment centers, and government-run buildings and exhibits are closed in observance of the nationally-held holiday. You should make sure to check the establishments' websites for closures and holiday hours to avoid any unexpected interruptions to your Christmas Day adventures.

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See the Holiday Lights

Kansas City Plaza Lights
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Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO 64112, USA

From the famed Plaza Lights and holiday displays to a house that lights dance to Christmas music, you'll find it all in Kansas City, and all are free and fun to see on Christmas Day!

You definitely don't want to miss the Plaza Lights if you're in town for the holidays. With over 80 miles and 280,000 bulbs, this brilliant display lights up the entire Country Club Plaza shopping and dining district. Although some establishments are closed on the holiday, the lights themselves will be on at dusk, as usual.

Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake Park is also on full display on Christmas night, offering visitors a drive-through view of over 300,000 lights and 175 animated figures making for a winter wonderland experience.

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Watch a Movie

1400 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64105, USA
Phone +1 816-474-4545

With so many great movie theaters in town, you could have your own Christmas Day Film Fest. From discount showings to AMC's Fork & Screen with a full menu and bar, seeing a movie is a great way to see Christmas Day.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema offers a stylish bar and restaurant as well as dine-while-you-watch movies.

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Hit the Slopes at Snow Creek

Moon Fruit
1 Snow Creek Dr, Weston, MO 64098-9067, USA
Phone +1 816-640-2200

Whether you are an experienced skier, giving it a try for the first time, or just have the urge to play around in the white stuff, ​Snow Creek in Weston, Missouri has something for everyone.

So if you love to ski, want to shred on your snowboard, or dare to fly down a ski slope in a huge rubber tube, you can do it all at Snow Creek, and with their snowmaking abilities, you can have a white Christmas!

You could also hit the slopes near Kansas City in one of its many public parks, but there's no guarantee that snow will happen this Christmas.

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Go to a Casino

1 Riverboat Dr, North Kansas City, MO 64116, USA
Phone +1 816-472-7777

Even if you are not a gambler, the Kansas City Riverboat Casinos are also great dining, shopping, and entertainment destinations, and the casinos boast everything from great movie theaters and restaurants to concert venues, hotels, and spas.

This option isn't kid-friendly, but the casinos are almost all open on Christmas Day, serving up food and drinks to those not celebrating the holiday the traditional way.

Some favorites casinos in the area are Harrah's Casino with Moby's (an excellent place for seafood), Ameristar Casino's with Pearl's Oyster Bar and Arthur Bryant's, Crazy Olives, and Argosy with its amazing spa.

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Top 4 Things to Do on Christmas Day in Kansas City