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16 Things to do this 2016 Holiday Season in Kansas City

Oct 19, 2016
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There are so many things to do around Kansas City this time of year- from fall festivals to holiday marts and Christmas themed shows there is something for everyone! Sometimes I fell as if we get stuck in a rut in our daily routines and we don't branch out at all. Well here are some ways to branch out this season. There are tons more that I won't list but these are my top picks for y'all!

Check out:

Treasures of the Kings: 18th Century French Interiors in Miniature at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. Open daily except Tuesdays 10 am - 4 pm from October 17- December 31st "T/m is honored to premiere three new fine-scale miniature room settings on long-term loan from Ede & Ravenscroft, the oldest tailor in London and the exclusive provider of robes for the British Royal Family."

Junior League Holiday Mart at Bartle Hall in Downtown KC. October 20-23 It's the largest fundraiser for the Junior League of Kansas City with over 20,000 people in attendance last year with hundreds of unique gifts to get for loved ones this year!

Pumpkins and Mums Fall Festival in Downtown Excelsior Springs October 22nd 8 am - 9 pm. This is more of a traditional fall festival with crafts, vendors, artists and a LOT of children's activities including face painting, pumpkin painting, pony rides, etc.

Screenland at the Symphony: Phantom of the Opera at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Go see the original Phantom of the Opera movie with live music playing the soundtrack. There is one showing of this on October 27 at 7 pm.

Running Dead 5K at the KC Renaissance Festival grounds. This race consists of zombies vs humans! You can sign up to be a human and run the 5K or sign up to be a zombie and "stalk/chase" the humans. Free face painting starts at 8:00 am and registration is $40 day of. Don't miss it on October 29th from 8 am - 2 pm.

Northland Safe Trick or Treat at Zona Rosa. Come take your kids to a fun and SAFE environment to enjoy Halloween. October 31st starting at 5 pm there will be a haunted house, crafts, and lots and lots of candy!

Cabaret! at the Musical Theater Heritage in Crown Center in Downtown KC. Check out a classic musical (8 Tony Awards) during this season with a performance on Thursdays - Sundays from November 3 - 27.

Lyric Opera of KC "The Marriage of Figaro" at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. My mom and I have season tickets to the Lyric Opera. We saw Hansel and Gretel a couple weeks ago and it was phenomenal so don't miss this show! There are four showings on November 5, 9, 11, and 13 at 7 pm.

Day of the Dead Festival at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. This traditional El Dia del Los Muertos festival is free and open to the public on November 6-7.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Coterie Theater in Crown Center downtown KC. While the Coterie caters to children but I have gone as an adult and enjoyed it just as much as a child would. The Coterie is for all ages and you won't want to miss out on the experience of seeing such a classic Christmas story come to life. Talk a walk around Crown Center after and maybe even go ice skating when the rink opens. This show runs Tuesday - Saturday from November 8 - December 31.

A Christmas Carol at the Spencer Theater. Another classic show for the Christmas season- don't miss out on taking your kids (ages 4 and up) and making Christmas memories. There is always a showing of A Christmas Carol somewhere each year in KC so you might want to make this a tradition! Showings are Wednesday - Sunday from November 18 - December 24!

Plaza Lighting Ceremony at the Country Club Plaza. The lighting ceremony for the iconic CCP starts on Thanksgiving Day (November 24) at 5 pm and lasts until the lights turn on at 6:50 with fireworks after. The lights will stay on from November 24 - January 15 from 5 pm- 3 am daily.

KC Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Crown Center downtown KC. Come out and enjoy the evening at Crown Center and stay for the lighting of the HUGE Mayor's tree! My family and I went last year and we actually had a great time! It was wonderful- I think we will be heading back this year too! Check it out on November 25th!

Kansas City Ballet "The Nutcracker" at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. You seriously won't want to miss a classic ballet of The Nutcracker. My sister-in-law went two years ago and said it was amazing. They glide through the air and you will have visions of sugar plums dancing in your head for weeks to come. Showings are Wednesday - Sunday from December 3 - 24.

Day in the Life: Christmas During the War at the National World War I Museum. This is something that I am very interested in actually. There will be living history actors showing how soldiers and their families celebrated Christmas during the war. Don't miss this on December 11th!!

Screenland at the Symphony: Home Alone at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Just like the Phantom of the Opera show go see Home Alone with the soundtrack provided by the KC Symphony! Showings are daily December 21-22nd!

I hope you choose to do at least one thing on this list and have such a great holiday season!!
What about you? Do you have anything fun to do in KC that I missed or what is something you love to do in your hometown during this season!?


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