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Your guide to Christmas, holiday events throughout Kansas City 2014

Kansas City is a magical place during the Christmas season and we’ve got all the events covered for you

If you’ve been following our blog for the past couple years then you know that Christmas is one of our favorite holidays of the year. And we believe there is no better place to celebrate the holidays than right here in Kansas City. There are hundreds of events taking place throughout Kansas City over the next few weeks.  Here is your guide to those events, many of which kick into high gear right after Thanksgiving.

Your guide to Christmas and holiday events throughout the Kansas City area.

If you’ve been following our blog for the past couple years then you know that Christmas is one of our favorite holidays of the year. And we believe there is no better place to celebrate the holidays than right here in Kansas City. There are hundreds of events taking place throughout Kansas City over the next few weeks.  Here is your guide to those events, many of which kick into high gear right after Thanksgiving.

The holiday season officially begins when the switch is flipped at the Country Club Plaza Lighting Ceremony on Thanksgiving evening.

The holiday season officially begins when the switch is flipped at the Country Club Plaza Lighting Ceremony on Thanksgiving evening.

Country Club Plaza Lighting Ceremony marks official start to Kansas City holiday season

The holiday season officially begins when the switch is flipped at the Country Club Plaza Lighting Ceremony on Thanksgiving evening. Click here to read full story

The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting at Crown Center on Nov. 28

An event our kids won’t let us miss, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting at Crown Center features Christmas carols, live entertainment, fireworks, one of the nation’s tallest Christmas trees (take that Rockefeller Plaza) and giant-sized toys kids can run through and climb. This year’s program is Friday, Nov. 28 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Click here to read full story

Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake

Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake.

Christmas in the Park opens with song, dance, fireworks spectacular (with video)

Christmas in the Sky is like opening the first present of the holiday season. That is if your presents usually come with 100 costumed dancers and a full-on fireworks display. Click here for full story

Kansas City Parks and Rec hosting holiday celebrations all over town

You can tell your fondest Christmas wishes to the Fairy Princess, ice skate with Santa or hear the story of Chanukah this holiday season all thanks to the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department. KC Parks and Rec is throwing holiday celebrations all over town that will fit most everyone’s holiday expectations. Click here for full story

Kansas City Zoo’s Postcard To Adventure valid Thanksgiving weekend

The Kansas City Zoo is offering additional opportunities to use the Postcard to Adventure during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, including a chance to see Santa Claus swim with the penguins. Click here for full story

Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting at Crown Center in 2012. Kansas City

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting at Crown Center.

Kansas City’s Union Station marks start of holiday season with Kiss Under the Clock and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Kansas City’s Union Station officially marked the start of the Centennial Holidays Saturday, Nov. 22 with a festive day of family-friendly events, exhibits and performances. However there is still plenty to see and do at Union Station right up until Christmas. Click here for full story

Video: Santa Claus dives with the Penguins at the Kansas City Zoo

During the first three weekends in December, visitors can watch Santa Claus swimming with penguins. St. Nick will don a suit of another type and dive into the Helzberg Penguin Plaza’s cold pool. Click here for full story

Kansas City TubaChristmas

Kansas City TubaChristmas

Whoville Holidays opens November 29 in City Market

This year Whoville Holidays opens Saturday, November 29 at the north end of City Market and will return each Saturday through Dec. 20. Click here for full story

Make your holiday celebrations an historic event in Kansas City

Museums and historic sites across the Kansas City area are celebrating the holidays by recognizing old-time traditions, decorations and music of American Christmases past. You can make your holidays an historic event throughout the holiday season. Click here for full story

Christmas at Crown Center

Christmas at Crown Center

Santa and his “helpers” appearing throughout Kansas City area

Santa Claus will make several appearances throughout Kansas City in the coming weeks. Click here for full story

Kansas City’s Crown Center: Current schedule of events

There is no better place to be than Crown Center at Christmas. Here is a list of all the events taking place throughout the season. Click here for full story

Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express Train

Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express Train

Calendar of Events

In addition to theses venues, we place many individual events on our Calendar of Events which is updated daily. Click here to visit our calendar.

Kansas City International Airport preparing for Thanksgiving holiday travelers

Southwest Airlines announced new service between Kansas City International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport which began Feb. 1.

More than 383,000 passengers expected, 25 million nationwide Thousands of workers at Kansas City International Airport are gearing up for the annual Thanksgiving holiday travel rush. Airport officials suggest that travelers be prepared and … [Continue reading]

The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting at Crown Center on Nov. 28

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Sporting Kansas City's Seth Sinovic, Mayor Sly James will flip the switch to light tree An event our kids won’t let us miss, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting at Crown Center features Christmas carols, live entertainment, fireworks, one of … [Continue reading]

Country Club Plaza Lighting Ceremony marks official start to Kansas City holiday season

The holiday season officially begins when the switch is flipped at the Country Club Plaza Lighting Ceremony on Thanksgiving evening.

Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon, Dayton Moore will "Flip the Switch" at the Plaza on Thanksgiving The holiday season officially begins when the switch is flipped at the Country Club Plaza Lighting Ceremony on Thanksgiving evening. Thousands … [Continue reading]

Kansas City Parks and Rec hosting holiday celebrations all over town

You can tell your fondest Christmas wishes to the Fairy Princess, ice skate with Santa or hear the story of Chanukah this holiday season all thanks to the KC Parks and Recreation Department. KC Parks and Rec is throwing holiday celebrations all over town that will fit most everyone's holiday expectations.

You can tell your fondest Christmas wishes to the Fairy Princess,  ice skate with Santa or hear the story of Chanukah this holiday season all thanks to the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department. KC Parks and Rec is throwing holiday celebrations … [Continue reading]

Christmas in the Park opens with song, dance, fireworks spectacular (with video)

Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake

Event marks the official opening of the Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake Beach Christmas in the Sky is like opening the first present of the holiday season. That is if your presents usually come with 100 costumed dancers and a full-on … [Continue reading]

Details of proposed Grand Boulevard bikeway plan revealed at open house Nov. 25

The League of American Bicyclists named Kansas City a Bicycle Friendly Community at the bronze level in 2011.

Residents are invited to view plans, voice opinions to city staff Officials from Kansas City will present a proposed bikeway plan to transform the existing four-lane roadway into a road that will better accommodate motorists, bicyclists, … [Continue reading]