16 Fantastic & Fun Things To Do In Kansas City in December

Last updated on April 19th, 2024 at 08:47 am.

It’s that time of year! The winter season is a great time to put on some holiday music, sip hot chocolate, and spend time with the people that mean the most to you. For anyone looking for a holiday adventure, there are a ton of activities and things to do in Kansas City in December.

Of course, you’ve got the classic Kansas City events such as the Plaza Lights Show and the must-see Trans Siberian Orchestra performance. But there are also new and unique things to be experienced this December 2023 holiday season for those in Kansas City, like The Muppet Christmas Carol live in concert with the KC Symphony, and even holiday-themed stand-up at KC’s comedy theater The Bird. I’m personally looking forward to the Winter Magic drive through light show!

Fun Things to do in Kansas City in December

Superb Things to Do in Kansas City, MO in December 2023

Whether you’re looking for things to do in Kansas City today, date-night ideas, family outings, or free things to do, we’ve got you covered with ideas to make this December in Kansas City feel extra special. 

We hope this list is fun inspiration to explore KCMO in December. We also have lists for the best things to do in St. Louis in December and the most fun things to do in the state of Missouri in December.

A Christmas Carol at Spencer Theatre | Nov 21 – Dec 24, 2023

Christmas Carol

Running for over 40 years, the live production of A Christmas Carol by The Rep has become a metro tradition. Featuring Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and other family favorites, A Christmas Carol is a timeless tale offering a great way for the KC community to get into the holiday spirit and rediscover the true meaning of Christmas.

This will be one of the most fun things to do in Kansas City to celebrate the holidays.

Location: 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO 64110

Related Post: Our Festive Guide to Holiday & Christmas Events in Kansas City

The Plaza Lights | Nov. 23, 2023 – Sunday, Jan. 9, 2024

Plaza Lights in Kansas City

The Plaza Lights are iconic for anyone in Kansas City around the holidays, featuring over 200,000 bulbs strung across the Plaza. That’s 80 miles of lights if stretched from end to end! The Plaza has plenty of shopping and restaurants for the whole family or for a cozy night out with a significant other. 

The Evergy Plaza Lighting Ceremony will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov 23, 2023. At 6:52 p.m., members of the Kansas City Current—the city’s professional women’s soccer team—will flip the switch.

The November 23rd schedule includes the following (update is pending)

  • 5 to 6 p.m.: Pre-lighting performances and giveaways from the main stage
  • 6 to 7 p.m.: 93rd Annual Evergy Plaza Lighting Ceremony
  • 6:52 p.m.: Ceremonial flip of the switch featuring Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick
  • 7 to 8 p.m.: Post-ceremony concert with The Elders

If you’re a fan of the Plaza Lights, you can also check out the Northern Lights at Zona Rosa or the Legendary Light Show at Kansas City’s other popular shopping districts.

Location: 4706 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64112

Crown Center Ice Terrace | November 3, 2023 through March 10, 2024

Outdoor ice skating in Kansas City

This will be the 50th annual opening for the Crown Center Ice Terrace! Admission is $8 per person, with $5 skate rental fees, and completely free for children under 4 years old. There are also group rates and private party options for anyone looking to go with a larger group or book a corporate holiday party. 

To warm up after enjoying this outdoor ice rink, you can walk across the street to find the Mayor’s Christmas Tree, Lego Land, Sea Life, or visit Santa himself at the Crown Center Gingerbread Station through December 24th.

 Location: 2450 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64108 

First Weekends at urban mining | November 30-December 3, 2023

Urban Mining first weekend in April

Urban Mining is a unique once-monthly vintage venue featuring authentic vintage furniture, art, decor, lighting, antiques, traditional and mid-century, industrial era, and maker-crafted treasures.

Each month you’ll find fresh inventory from more than 40 entrepreneurs who mine the entire urban area and beyond for exceptional authentic vintage treasures.​ On Sunday all remaining inventory is 10% off.

Thursday 5-8pm, Friday11am-7pm, Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday 12-5pm

Address: 3111 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO 64109

First Fridays at the Crossroads Art District | December 1, 2023

First Friday at Crossroads

Every first Friday of the month the KC Crossroads fills with galleries and exhibits of artists of all kinds! This experience offers an immersive view at the art of local, national and even international artists!

Enjoy local restaurants, breweries, food trucks and shops. This event is free to the community. Parking can be a challenge due to road closings for the event, so consider taking the complimentary KC Streetcar that runs through the area.

This is one of many free things to do in Kansas City this month.

Location: Crossroads Art District, Downtown Kansas City, MO

First Weekends in the West Bottoms | December 1-3, 2023

December’s Warehouse Weekend theme is Bows in the Bottoms and is perfect for holiday decorations of all kinds.

The West Bottoms transform into a treasure-hunting paradise during the first weekend of each month. Antique and vintage stores open their doors for those in search of furniture, home decor, and the occasional have-to-have statement piece. 

During the weekend of festivities, the eclectic nature of the West Bottoms is on display from street entertainers, escape rooms, food trucks, and more! 

Friday Dec 1st 9:00am through Sunday the 3rd 5:00pm

Location: West Bottoms, 12th Street Bridge Entertainment District, Kansas City, MO 64102

The Nutcracker at Kauffman | December 1-24, 2023

Nutcracker ballet

Similar to the Plaza Lights and A Christmas Carol, The Kansas City Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker is a KC metro holiday tradition. This annual showing continues to awe audience members of all ages with magical costumes, glimmering sets, and top-notch choreography. Take yourself back to childhood and dance with sugarplums this Christmas at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Location: 1601 Broadway Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64108

American Royal Chairman’s Uptown Hoedown | December 2, 2023

Enjoy live music, dancing, and delicious food and drinks at an old-fashioned party while supporting the American Royal’s mission to impact the future of agriculture. The Chairman’s Uptown Hoedown event will be nothing short of a country throwdown for a good cause, and especially great for a couple’s night out in Kansas City. 

Location: Hale Arena 1701 American Royal Ct. Kansas City, MO 64102

Weekend Fun at the Nelson Art Gallery – (Dec 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31)

The Nelson Atkins Art Museum is offering a fun-filled activity this December as part of their free “Weekend Fun” series for families! The theme for winter 2023 is Express Yourself! with hands on sessions and workshops changing each week. Lessons run on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December.

Location: 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

The Muppet Christmas Carol™ in Concert Film + Live Orchestra | December 8-9, 2023

Why watch a movie at home when you could visit the Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts and enjoy a heartwarming holiday film on the big screen?

Kansas City Symphony presents Disney’s “The Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert” featuring a screening of the complete film with the musical score performed live. Join The Muppets for this classic Charles Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog, Gonzo, Miss Piggy, and Fozzie Bear.

In this story Scrooge receives visits from spirits of three Christmases — past, present and future. They show him the error of his self-serving ways, but the miserable old man seems to be past any hope of redemption and happiness.

Location: 1601 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108

Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express| DATE: TBD

Kansas City Southern's Holiday Express

With its high ceilings and world-class architecture, Union Station is a must-visit during holiday festivities. As most Kansas Citians know, every year Union Station offers a model train gallery that delights hobbyists and passersby.

This December the real deal will be visiting Haverty Family Yards at Union Station! Kansas City Southern’s six-car holiday train will feature intricate themed displays and will bring Santa Claus himself to Kansas City.

This event is on of the many free things to do in Kansas City this month. It’s open to the public which makes it a great experience for families and couples. For anyone looking for a little more, you can make a reservation to do a walk-thru tour.

Location: 30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108, Haverty Family Yards

The Bird Comedy Theater Holiday Spectacular | Saturday, December 23, 2023

The Bird Comedy Theater Holiday Spectacular

Kansas City’s newest comedy club is bringing the laughs this December with The Bird’s Holiday Spectacular. This is an 18+ venue making it the perfect date night spot in KC this winter. The Holiday Spectacular will be a comedy variety show that’s sure to bring plenty of merriment and warmth.

If you’re not able to make their Dec 23rd event you’re in luck since they’re offering several winter themed shows this December, including a free First Friday show!

Location: 103 W. 19th St Kansas City, MO 64108

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra | December 16, 2023

The Ghost’s of Eve tour by the multi-platinum Trans-Siberian Orchestra is playing at the T-Mobile Center this December 16th. Touted as a ‘multi-generational holiday tradition,’ this must-see performance offers two showings. Kansas City is one of only 60 cities in North America that will get to experience the tour this holiday season and tickets start at just $39!

Location: 1407 Grand Boulevard / Kansas City, MO 64106

Annual New Years Stampede Rodeo – December 29-31, 2023

Stampede Rodeo

Kick off the new year at the Stampede Rodeo! This family-friendly and affordable event features standard rodeo activities as well as arts and crafts, music, and a variety of food vendors. The Stampede is 3 full days of rodeo action offering all 9 sanctioned events for three associations.  Tickets are $10-$20.

Location: 1701 American Royal Drive, Kansas City, MO 64102

Kansas City NYE Live at the Power & Light District | December 31, 2023

new years eve

NYE Live is one of Kansas City’s biggest and most well known New Years Eve parties, with ticket options in silver, gold, and platinum packages to meet any budget. A champagne toast is included at midnight for all ticket packages! 

The Power & Light district has the largest selection of downtown bars and nightclubs, so there is a spot for everyone at this 21 and over NYE event. This location is along the KC Streetcar route as well to allow for safe travel to and from Power & Light.

Location: 13th & Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106

Zoo Year’s Eve at the KC Zoo | December 31, 2023

If you’re looking for more family fun this New Year’s Eve, the Kansas City Zoo has you covered! Zoo Year’s Eve is the perfect event for taking the kiddos and runs from 10am-12pm on December 31st.

The zoo will offer family-friendly party games, dancing, and activities in addition to being able to see more than 1,700 animals and featured exhibits. For Jackson and Clay county residents, zoo admission starts at $8.75, and kids 2 and under always have free zoo entry.

Location: 6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City, MO 64132

More Kansas City Holiday Fun!

We hope you enjoyed our list of fun things to do in Kansas City, Missouri in December.

But, if you are still wondering what to do in December, check out our list of top things to do throughout Missouri in December!

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About the Author: Alexa Meisler is a travel writer living in Kansas City, Missouri. She specializes in uncovering the hidden gems of Missouri’s big cities and historic towns. Since relocating to Missouri in 2020, she’s shared her adventures and experiences through the Travel in Missouri website, offering a unique perspective on her new home state. Read Alexa’s full bio here.

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