Street view of the Country Club Plaza. (Charlie Warner)
Street view of the Country Club Plaza.

Charlie Warner

Christmas In Kansas City

So Much To See During Holidays

December 17, 2021


Charlie Warner, Managing Editor, Columnist

  “There is nothing to do in Kansas City.” That’s a common phrase among high schoolers. There is, in fact, a lot to do around the city, especially during the holiday season. From the Country Club Plaza to Union Station, there are a plethora of festive activities to bring about holiday cheer.

Country Club Plaza

     A highlight of Kansas City’s scenery is the Country Club Plaza – a charming area of the city anytime of the year, but during the holiday season, it’s ablaze with holiday cheer at night. There is a 92-year annual tradition of lighting the Plaza lights Thanksgiving night. With multiple restaurants and stores, visitors can spend night at The Plaza walking around or take a carriage ride, admiring the light.

Union Station & Crown Center

     Not too far up the road are Union Station and Crown Center. Union Station is decorated for the holiday season with spotlights and wreaths outside. The inside is full of Christmas trees, garlands and wreaths, creating a warm and cozy atmosphere. Union Station also has an indoor walk-through experience, called “Holiday Reflections,” which costs $5 per ticket.

     Crown Center is also decorated inside and out. The outdoor area has a huge Christmas tree and a winter-themed play area for children. Crown Center, which is famous for its ice skating rink, has the Crown Center Ice Terrace. Admission is $8, and it’s $4 to rent skates. The Ice Terrace also offers rink rental for private groups. Zona Rosa has an ice skating rink this year too, open for the first time, with decorations throughout the outdoor shopping area.

Winter Magic & Light Show     

Another popular winter activity is to go to drive-thru light shows. Winter Magic in Swope Park is a mile long drive-thru experience with different Christmas lights, and it boasts that it’s the longest animated light tunnel in the midwest. It is $21.25 for a car pass. Similarly, GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium has the Magic of Lights, which is another mile-plus long drive-thru. A little bit different, there is a Liberty Light Show put on by Pleasant Valley Baptist Church which is free. This one is like a drive-in, where cars park in front of a stage that has a Christmas show synchronized to music. Both are options to see some holiday lights.

     There are several different events, exhibits and activities for people to get out of the house and do this holiday season.

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