16 Fantastic Things To Do in Missouri in December

December is filled with events and festivals celebrating the winter holidays. There are many things to do in Missouri from Christmas markets and parades, candy cane hunts, and Santa sightings to wine and cheese events and art extravaganzas.

The temperatures might be getting chilly, but it’s worth bundling up for some of these fun December events! Grab your warmest coat, mittens, and scarf, and have fun exploring Missouri during the most festive month of the year!

Fun Things to do in Missouri in December

Fun Things To Do in Missouri in December 2023

There are a lot of things to do in Missouri in December, and I update this regularly, so I suggest bookmarking this blog post as I plan to update it regularly with new information and updates.

The Haygoods Christmas Show in Branson – November 2 – December 30, 2023

Haygoods Christmas Show in Branson
Photo Courtesy of the Haygoods

The Haygoods music show is the most popular show in Branson, Missouri. The family band includes five brothers and one sister and they have been performing together since 1993. The Haygoods bring down the house night after night with incredibly tight harmonies, innovative, energetic choreography and epic performances on over 20 different instruments!

With two-three Christmas shows per week in December, you have plenty of opportunities to see The Haygoods Christmas show. The show takes place at the Clay Cooper Theater, which is a 2-minute walk from the Titanic Museum.

Location: Clay Cooper Theatre at 3216 W. Highway 76 Branson MO 65616

The Gingerbread Shoppe in Kirkwood – TBD

he Gingerbread Shoppe in Kirkwood, MO

Summit Produce at the Downtown Kirkwood Farmers Market hosts the Gingerbread Shoppe & Christmas market. Each year a 2500 + sq. foot holiday wonderland is created that is a fun, bustling, and high-energy environment. You will find more than 150 candy and candied items along with thousands of ornaments & hand tied bows, holiday home decor, novelties, locally grown poinsettias, stocking stuffers, local foods, baked Christmas goodies and so much more. The shoppe is also a Christmas Tree lot.

Location: 150 East Argonne Drive, Kirkwood, MO 63122-4308

Plaza Lights in Kansas City – Nov. 23, 2023 to Sunday, Jan. 9, 2024

Plaza Lights in Kansas City

Don’t miss the spectacular Plaza Lights in Kansas City. The Christmastime Light ceremony has been celebrated since 1930. The lights are turned on in the early evening on Thanksgiving Day. The lights will be illuminated daily from 5 pm to 3 am.

Each day a different child is selected at random from the audience to turn on the lights by flipping the big switch on the stage. Check the schedule for entertainment, virtual performances from various artists, window shopping, carolers, and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Location: 4745 Central St, Kansas City, MO 64112, the USA at Country Club Plaza.

PJs and Pancakes with Santa Claus Cruise in St. Louis – Various Dates

PJ’s and Pancakes with Santa Claus Cruise on the Gateway Arch Riverboats. Bring the whole family decked out in your Christmas PJ’s to enjoy a bountiful pancake breakfast, holiday activities, and the chance to spend time with Santa for a photo op. Reservations are required.

Cruise Times:

Saturday, November 25th | depart: 9:30am – return: 11:30am
Saturday, December 2nd | depart: 9:30am – return: 11:30am
Saturday, December 2nd | depart: 1:30pm – return: 3:30pm
Saturday, December 9th | depart: 9:30am – return: 11:30am
Saturday, December 9th | depart: 1:30pm – return: 3:30pm
Saturday, December 16th | depart: 9:30am – return: 11:30am

Location: 50 N Leonor K Sullivan Blvd, St Louis, MO

Victorian Festival of Christmas in Hannibal – TBD (Various Events)

Viewing the Plaza LIGHTS in Kansas City is a major attraction in Missouri every holiday season. Another not-to-miss experience is the Victorian Festival of Christmas in Hannibal. Events include Scottish Rite festival of trees, Babes in Toyland parade, Downtown Living Windows and the Candlelight Homes Tour.

Stroll through Hannibal this December and enjoy the live window decoration that make downtown Hannibal a historic Christmas scene. The Christmastime annual living window features the creativity of each business window night display that is revealed as a surprise, great characters, and entertainment.

Hannibal Jaycees’ Christmas Parade – TBD

The Hannibal Jaycees is hosting its annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2023. The parade starts at 6 p.m. at the end of Broadway with floats gathering in the Save-a-Lot parking lot. The route follows Broadway and then turns onto historic North Main Street. There, downtown merchants will greet shoppers at the Victorian Festival of Christmas. Be sure to grab those special gifts and support small local business!

Location: Broadway and historic North Main Street.

Dickens Christmas in Warrensburg – December 2, 2023

Sponsored by Warrensburg Main Street, the storefronts of Downtown Warrensburg will be brought to life by local artists during Dickens Christmas! This day-long event will include horse and wagon rides, carolers strolling down the streets, live music in local businesses, chestnut roasting on an open fire, a tree lighting ceremony and much more.

Address: Downtown Warrensburg

Candy Cane Hunt at Central Park in Chesterfield – December 2, 2023

Candy Cane Hunt at Chesterfield's Central Park

Kids can hunt down candy canes that have been hidden throughout Chesterfield’s Central Park. There will be candy canes, holiday characters, and lots of fun! The Candy Can Hunt starts at 4 pm and ends when all the candy canes are found.

Each age group will have its own areas for the hunt. Hot cocoa will be provided, and special holiday guests will be on hand to help candy cane hunters. After the hunt, stay for crafts and the first annual Holiday Tree Lighting.

This event also has a toy drive for SSM Health Cardinal Glennon. Donations will be accepted for Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

The Candy Cane Hunt will be held on Saturday, December 3th at 4 p.m. Registration is required and is $10 per child.

Address: Central Park; 16365 Lydia Hill Drive, Chesterfield, MO 63017

Annual Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade – Dec 2, 2023

The residents of Sedalia are familiar with this traditional festive parade celebration that has been held annually for over 50 years. The theme of this year’s Sedalia Christmas Parade is “A Superhero Christmas”. event will be hosted by the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce on December 2, 2023 from 6 pm – 9 pm. Hundreds of people in the community will kick off the holiday season and watch the parade as it makes its way from Ohio street to Downtown Sedalia.

Admission is free. The event will also feature free entertainment and music.

Location: Downtown Historic Region, Ohio Street at 7th Street Sedalia, MO 63301.

Breakfast with Santa in St. Joseph – December 2, 2023

Ring in December with Santa Claus at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art! Santa’s pancakes are served hot off the griddle with sausage, juice, coffee, and a special treat for the kids. After breakfast with Santa, participate in a special Gingerbread House-decorating workshop in the museum classroom.

Location: Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art; 2818 Frederick Ave St. Joseph, MO 64506

Kristkindl Markt at Stone Hill Winery in Hermann – December 2-3, 2023

Kristkindl Markt at Stone Hill Winery

Kristkindl Markt is a traditional German Christmas market in a heated Sherry House. Enjoy crafts, Christmas goodies, German traditional foods, carolers & mulled wine from 10 am-5 pm on Saturday, December 3.

Therefore, you should include this town in your festive season itinerary because it attracts visitors all over the world and makes everlasting memories. The festival will feature Christmas goodies, carolers, mulled wine, German music and dancing, crafts, live music, and fun for all ages.

This event is free to attend.

Address: 1110 Stone Hill Highway Hermann, MO 65041

>> Read our full review of Stone Hill Winery

Weston MO Candlelight Homes Tour – December 2-3, 2023

2021 Weston MO Candlelight Homes Tour – December 4th-5th

Residents of Weston come together to celebrate the 2023 Candlelight home tour which is an annual historic celebration. The celebration is a festive tradition celebration for Weston residents for over 40 years and features touring several historic homes, events, and a surprise tour within a tour.

In addition, there will be street activities which include Father Christmas, carriage rides, entertainment, carolers, and many more. The shops are getting ready, carolers are practicing, Father Christmas is rested up, and tasty treats are being planned….nobody does the holidays like Weston!

Tours run from 2-7 pm Saturday & Sunday.

Location: Weston United Methodist Church, 533 Main Street, Weston, MO

Say Cheese Wine Trail in Hermann – December 9, 2023

Say Cheese Wine Trail in Hermann

Sip and sample wine and cheese pairings, from the classic to the creative. Held annually on the second Saturday of December, the Say Cheese Wine Trail coincides with Hermann’s popular Kristkindl Markt, an Old-World holiday market.

2023 Say Cheese Wineries: Adam Puchta Winery, Bias Winery, Curling Vine Winery, , G. Husmann Wine Company, Hermannhof Winery, Reserve Cellars, and Röbller Vineyards.

You must be at least 21 years of age to participate in Wine Trail events.

Address: Various winery locations

The Prophecy Show at Jesse Auditorium in Columbia – Dec 11, 2023

The Trans-Siberian Experience is an extravagant Christmas musical production with a powerhouse group of classically trained musicians that come together to create nothing short of an electrifying evening of holiday rock music.

Performing in the style of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Prophecy Show has spared no details when it comes to the costumes, choreography, music, lasers and fog. Rediscover the multi-dimensional art form of rock opera with the Lead Guitarist Thomas Rudebeck.

Location: 9th and Conley Ave., Jesse Auditorium, Columbia, United States

“Holiday Cheer” with Guest Dancer, Tommy Wasiuta in St. Joseph – December 17

Join this winter tradition with the SJS performing Holiday Cheer! Enjoy festive songs of Christmas, seasonal favorites and Chanukah tunes. We’ll feature dance soloist, Tommy Wasiuta, in Morton Gould’s Tap Dance Concerto. You will delight in the light-hearted, virtuosity of this rare work. And no holiday concert would be complete without our sing-a-long. Reserve your tickets today!

Location: Missouri Theater at 717 Edmond Street, St. Joseph, MO 64501

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


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

Black Party XVII New Year’S Eve – Saturday, December 31, 2023

Black Party NYE at the Truman KC (1)

Usher in 2024 while Celebrating at the Black Party New Year’s Eve bash at the Truman in Kansas City. This is the longest-standing premium NYE party in Kansas City.

Don’t miss out on the six hours of unlimited premium drinks from 8 pm to 2 am, an all-inclusive New Year bash with DJ’s, dancing, New Year’s Eve Party Favors, and Hors d’oeuvres.

Location: The Truman KC – 601 E Truman Rd, Kansas City, MO 64106.

Missouri Weather in December

Temperatures in Missouri in December continue to cool down from last month. A daily low temperature average is 16°F (rarely falling below 10°F or exceeding 47°F). The daily high in November is about 43°F (rarely falling below 28°F or exceeding 65°F). December brings the chance of snow, but the good news is, with an average annual snowfall of 12.9 inches, Missouri is one of the least snowy states in the United States.

When you head out to the above December festivals and events, make sure to bundle up with mittens, a hat, scarf, and a warm jacket!

Missouri Events for Every Month

There are plenty of activities in Missouri every month and we have lists of the best things to do in Missouri for every month of the year! Just click any month to plan your next MO adventure! January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

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