KC Holiday Guide

Kansas City is the place to be during the holiday season. From the famed Plaza Lights and shopping until you drop, to ice skating, New Year's Eve, and metro wide lighting displays, Kansas City is a truly a gem.  Start planning your holiday and see our top pick of things to do with the Kansas City Holiday Guide.


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    The Plaza Lights are one of Kansas City's most favorite traditions and is the official kick off of the holiday season. The famous ceremony, which began as 16 lights hung over a doorway, now includes over 80 miles of lights with 280,000 multi-colored bulbs outlining and illuminating the buildings and towers of the Country Club Plaza.

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    Kansas City truly is a shopaholics paradise--and these top shopping areas are perfect places to find a great gift for anyone on your list. From quaint boutiques, amazing shops and department stores, to discount outlets and vintage retailers, you'll find it all are here in Kansas City.

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    Entertaining guests during the holiday season in Kansas City and haven't a clue what to do? Here are the Top 10 Things to Do with Out-of-Town guests in Kansas City during the holiday season.

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    This Thanksgiving, why not make a reservation at one of these fine Kansas City establishments and leave the cooking to someone else? Plenty of reataurants in Kansas City offer buffets, traditional sit-down dinners or abbreviated menus with a casual approach on Thanksgiving. Be thankful that someone else has to do the dishes and revel in a Tryptophan induced coma.

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    Holiday lighting displays abound Kansas City --head to one of these great holiday displays around the Kansas City Metro.

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    New Year's Eve Guide

    Kansas Citians love to party, so why not ring in the New Year right at one of these fab parties around town? Includes venues, entertainment, and all other important info to ring in the New Year.
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    If you are looking to throw on your skates and sip some hot cocoa during the winter months at an outdoor rink or are looking for some indoor ice time year-round, Kansas City has many options both indoor and out.
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    There are pleanty of great shows and productions to see throughout December. Check out these KC Holiday shows and productions and you're sure to be dazzled this holiday season by KC's best performances.
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    Looking for a special gift for someone on your holiday list and can't seem to find it? Forgo the gift card and head to one of these great locally owned Kansas City stores for those hard-to-find and unique gifts for the holiday season..or anytime! Here are the Top Places for Unique Gifts in Kansas City.
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    A favorite holiday tradition of so many Kansas Citians, Christmas in the Park has over 300,000 glowing bulbs and 175 animated figures. Driving through, you can't help but be amazed at the enchantment and wonder of it all. Christmas in the Park truly is a Winter Wonderland for all ages.