Guide to Kansas City Holiday Events and Diversions

Lighting Displays, Ice Skating, Shows, Shopping, and Parties

Kansas City is a great place to be during the holiday season. From the famed Plaza Lights display and abundant holiday shopping opportunities, to ice skating, New Year's Eve celebrations, and metro-wide seasonal home decorations, Kansas City is full of family-friendly diversions. With this guide, you can start planning your holiday fun now.

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    Begin the holiday season this year by being kind to yourself. This Thanksgiving, why not make a reservation at a fine Kansas City restaurant and leave the cooking to someone else? Plenty of restaurants in Kansas City offer buffets, traditional sit-down dinners or abbreviated menus with a casual approach on Thanksgiving. Be thankful that someone else will be doing the the dishes.

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    Entertaining guests during the holiday season can be challenging. Here are the Top 10 things to do with out-of-town guests in Kansas City during the holiday season.

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    The Plaza Lights display at Country Club Plaza are one of Kansas City's favorite traditions and the official kickoff of the holiday season. The famous ceremony, which began as 16 lights hung over a doorway, now includes more than 80 miles of lights with 280,000 multicolored bulbs  illuminating the buildings and towers of the plaza.

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    A favorite holiday tradition of so many Kansas Citians, Christmas in the Park has more than 300,000 glowing bulbs and 175 animated figures. Driving through, you can't help but be amazed at the enchanting colors and designs. Every year, they turn the campground at Longview Lake into a winter wonderland.

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    There are numerous Christmas lighting displays abound Kansas City, both on public buildings and private homes. Head to one of these great holiday displays around the metropolitan area.

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    Lucky for you that Kansas City is a shopaholics paradise. We've found the perfect shopping venues 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 in Kansas City.

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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 gifts for the holiday season or anytime. Here are the top places to find unique gifts in Kansas City.

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    Whether you want to throw on your skates and sip some hot cocoa during the winter months at an outdoor rink, or skate indoors year-round, Kansas City has numerous rinks and other options.

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    There are plenty of great shows and productions to see all through December in Kansas City. Check out these holiday shows and productions. You're sure to be dazzled this holiday season by the great performances in the metropolitan area.

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    Kansas Citians love to party, so why not ring in the New Year right at one of the great parties around town? Your options include private and public parties, clubs, restaurants, and every other place where a crowd is ringing in the New Year.