Top 5 Things to Do on Christmas Day in Kansas City

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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. 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, even on the holiday.

When you're planning your trip to Kansas City, Missouri, 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.

Explore the following list and its linked articles to discover a whole world of fun on Christmas in Kansas City.

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See the Holiday Lights

Kansas City Plaza Lights
Photo Courtesy
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
+1 816-474-4545

With so many great movie theaters in town, you could have your own Christmas Day Film Fest. From the dollar show (ok $2, now) to AMC's Fork & Screen (full menu and bar!), seeing a movie is a great way to see Christmas Day!

We recommend visiting the former AMC Mainstreet, now Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, which offers a stylish bar and restaurant as well as dine-while-you-watch movies.

For another classic-feeling movie experience, you can also check out the Cinemark Palace at the Plaza (and check out some lights while you're in the area), which is situated in a movie theater building that was first built around the 1930s.

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Go Ice Skating

Crown Center
Courtesy of Crown Center.
2425 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
+1 816-274-8411

In Kansas City, you can only ice skate outdoors a few months out of the year, but on Christmas Day you can head to Crown Center's Ice Terrace or Park Place's outdoor rink and it should be ready for you.

There are many indoor rinks as well if it's too cold out (be sure to call ahead to make sure they are open), including the Line Creek Community Center and Ice Arena, which has a limited schedule on Christmas Day.

You can also check out the Kansas City Ice Center, which offers a state-of-the-art facility for indoor ice skating, hockey, and other winter sports.

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Hit the Slopes at Snow Creek

Moon Fruit
1 Snow Creek Dr, Weston, MO 64098-9067, USA
+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
+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 of our 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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