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Kansas City’s Ultimate Holiday FUN Guide 2017

Kansas City’s 2017 Ultimate Holiday to-do List is here!  Take a look at the fun things that Brigette, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad, has found to keep you entertained this holiday season.  Enjoy!

kansas city's ultimate holiday list

Kansas City’s Ultimate Holiday List 2017

The time has officially come! Lights, snow, and fun festive activities for the whole family. In true iFamilyKC style, I have done all the work for you compiled a list of all the must-see holiday attractions for you and your family this season. Pull out your date book and get ready to pencil in these dates for some fine holiday fun!


november holiday events


November Activities around Kansas City:


Now thru the 30th

Saturday, November 11th

Starts on Thursday, November 16th

Saturday, November 18th 11:00am

Saturday, November 18th

Saturday, November 18th


december holiday events

December Activities around Kansas City:


Friday, December 1st

December 1st-10th

Sunday, December 3rd

Saturday, December 9th

  • Strawberry Swing Holiday Craft Fair at Union Station

Sunday, December 10th

December 15th-19th

December 15th-January 5th

  • Trombone Concert at Union Station

Saturday, December 16th

Sunday, December 31st


holiday shopping deals kansas city

Holiday Shopping Deals Around KC:

November 17th-19th

  • US Toy Black Friday Sale (See our special coupon in this month’s issue of iFamilyKC!)

Friday, November 24th

$10 off winter sports (Check out their coupon in this month’s issue of iFamilyKC!)

  • Lipsense with Angie Judy

Call for details (816) 588-7412

  • LuLaRoe with Danelle Gassen

Call for details (816) 777-8704

  • Damsel in Defense with Self Safety Mary

Call for details (816) 309-3348

  • Thirty-One Gifts with Monica Bradford

Call for details (816) 260-6489

  • Young Living Essential Oils with Cara Middleton

Call for details (913) 575-1937

Check out their coupon for $10 off in this month’s issue of iFamilyKC!

meet with santa

 Meet and Greet with Santa in Kansas City:

Friday, November 24th at 10:00am

December 15th-19th

Friday, November 17th

Monday, December 4th, 11am

  • Breakfast with Santa at Keller Williams Realty in Overland Park

Saturday, December 9th

  • Caring Santa (for kids with special needs only) at Independence Center

Sunday, November 19th

holiday lighting ceremonies

Lighting Ceremonies around Kansas City:


  • Zona Rosa Northern Lighting Ceremony in the Town Square

November 18th

Saturday, November 18th at 5pm

  • Independence Square Lighting at Hinam Young Park

Friday, December 1st at 6pm

  • Plaza Lighting Ceremony

Thursday, November 23rd at 5pm

  • Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting at Crown Center 
  • Village at Briar Cliff Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Sunday, November 11th 3-6pm

  • Christmas in the Park, Frank White Jr Softball Complex

November 22nd thru 30th 5pm

  • Parkville Christmas on the River

December 1st, and the 6th thru the 10th

holiday movie showings

Holiday Movie Showings:


Union Station Holiday Classic Movies: 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Nov 17th-22nd

Elf November 24th-30th

Home Alone December 1st-7th

Polar Express December 8th-14th

Alamo Drafthouse:

Love Actually Movie Party

December 8th at 7pm


With so many activities coming up, this list will definitely serve as your go-to guide!

Kansas City Family Holiday Fun Guide

Kansas City Family Holiday Fun Guide

Thanksgiving seems to mark the true beginning of the holiday season: shopping, baking, snow, family time, and so much more! But what about seasonal family fun activities you can do right here in the Kansas City Area? Well there is plenty! Around the KC area there are tons of places that offer family friendly holiday experiences that your kids are sure to never forget! Here is your Kansas City Family Holiday Fun Guide!

Kansas City Family Holiday Fun Guide

1. Choose your own REAL Christmas tree!  This year take a visit to Fort Osage Christmas Tree’s in Independence MO where they offer acres of fresh and fragrant “choose & harvest” home grown trees along with a great family friendly atmosphere.  Along with your tree choosing, sip on a complimentary cup of hot chocolate, take free family snapshots in front of their holiday scenes, and receive guidance to your perfect tree! You may even get the help of an Alaskan Snow dog! PLUS the kids can meet SANTA, take a FREE snapshot with him, and receive a complimentary candy cane & coloring book!

Kansas City Family Holiday Fun Guide

2. A perfect age old holiday tradition for a family outing is ICE SKATING! Bundle up in your hats, coats, and gloves and Glide around the rink with the ones you love for some holiday fun!  The Crown Center Ice Terrace is the ONLY public outdoor skating rink in the Kansas City area. It’s like a winter wonderland, enjoy holiday music as you skate as well as view the beautiful holiday décor at crown center!

Kansas City Family Holiday Fun Guide

  • 3. Enjoy Christmas lights one the most beautiful and fun holiday traditions. Rather driving around your neighborhood or going to a showing, lights are always a fun sight to see! One thing everyone in the Kansas City Area should do at least once is see the amazing lights at the Country Club Plaza. Thanksgiving night is the Plaza lighting ceremony where everyone can gather for giveaways, concerts and entertainment while they wait for the “flip of the switch” where the lights come on for the first time of the year! Even if you can’t make it to the ceremony you haven’t missed out the beautiful lights shine from 5pm-3am daily spreading holiday cheer through January 13!

Kansas City Family Holiday Fun Guide

4. Take the kids out for an unforgettable holiday meal. Trex Café at the Legends Outlets is offering Breakfast with SANTA CLAUS throughout the month of December. Reserve your spot NOW and you and your kids can enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet along with caroling, FREE goodies, Raffles and, cool prizes all in the company of Jolly Ol St. Nick himself!

Kansas City Family Holiday Fun Guide

Kansas City Family Holiday Fun Guide

5. Give the kids a unique Santa experience they will cherish FOREVER by taking a ride on a Christmas train! You can take your ride on the Midland Railway with Santa himself on board! Enjoy caroling, cookies, hot cocoa, shopping and sitting on Santa’s lap! PLUS each little rider will receive a gift from Santa! Another option is to take a road trip to the Branson Scenic Railway and board the Polar Express. Little ones can board the train in their pajamas and enjoy Christmas stories, caroling hot cocoa, and treats all on their way to the NORTH POLE where they will meet Santa and receive special gifts! Both trains provide great holiday fun. Tickets for both are ON SALE NOW!

Kansas City Family Holiday Fun Guide

  • 6. Head to the City Market for their Whoville Holiday Weekends! Who’s of all ages can meet and take a picture with the GRINCH, PLUS kids are invited to come to Cindy Lou Who’s home to make tons of fun arts and crafts! Whoville Holidays is a FREE event but donations are encouraged for the “Help a Who” campaign. You can bring canned goods, or new unwrapped toys! Give back while having fun!

Kansas City Family Holiday Fun Guide

7. If you have older kids they may enjoy going with you to the Kansas City Ballets Annual Production of the Nutcracker. With elaborate sets and costumes you will be transported to a magical world of Christmas toys, ballerinas, and sugar plum fairies accompanied by magnificent music and amazing dancing. Now being performed at Kansas City’s new Kauffman Center! Tickets on sale NOW for Dec 1-23!

Kansas City Family Holiday Fun Guide

8. Give the little ones a chance to get their shopping done at the “Children’s Small Mall” at the C.W Parker Carousel Museum in Leavenworth, KS. Tons of gifts are donated from vendors. Each child will get to shop the store accompanied by one of Santa’s Elves and choose gifts of their choice for their Mom, Dad, Grandparent, or loved one. While the kids are shopping parents can sit, visit and sip hot cocoa. After the kids check out they can take a ride on the museum’s historical and fun Carousel! Check out these photos from last year’s event.

Kansas City Family Holiday Fun Guide

9. After the Christmas Holiday winds down comes New Years Eve. Always a fun holiday for both adults and kids. Those kids that are too young to make it midnight are in luck! They can ring in theNoon Year” at Wonderscope Children’s Museum. This event runs from 9am to 1pm on New Year’s Eve and includes performances by Mr. Stinky Feet, Fun Games, Crafts, a balloon drop, snacks and MUCH more! REGISTER NOW! They will have a blast PLUS their party will be out of the way and maybe their parents can enjoy a night out!

There you have it! Who knew KC offered so much family friendly holiday fun!? Hopefully this guide will help you and your kids have one of the most exciting holiday seasons yet. For even more holiday happenings around the area visit: http://www.visitkc.com/events/holiday-events/index.aspx?pix=0&orderBy=


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