By: Victoria Haggerty, Reporter
Looking for something to do over Christmas break? Look no further, here is your guide to the best of the best things to do in Kansas City this December, and there’s something for people of all ages. From visiting Santa at Crown Center to watching the flawless Kansas City Ballet perform The Nutcracker, these December activities are sure to be magical.
Crown Center Ice Terrace is an outdoor ice skating rink that is open from November to mid March. Regular admission is $6 and free for children under 4 and adults over 60. Don’t have a pair of skates? That’s okay, you can rent them for $3.
Rink at Burlington Creek is an outdoor ice skating rink that is located in the Burlington shopping center by Smoothie King and Dominic’s Casual
Italian. General admission to skate is $12 which includes the skating session as well as rental for a pair of ice skates. Wanting to skate multiple times this season? Don’t worry, season passes are available for $60 (10 sessions and bring your own skates) or $85 (10 sessions and skate rentals).
Are the outdoors too cold for you? There’s no need to not ice skate, because Independence has an indoor ice skating rink called Centerpoint Community Ice. General admission is $8 and skate rental fees are $3.
Performed by the Kansas City Ballet Company at the Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts, The Nutcracker is a seasonal ballet that opens December 5 and continues until December 24. This year is an all new Nutcracker performance that should be better than ever. Ticket prices vary depending on the night and where the seats are located but on most nights groups of 10 or more will receive a discount or can take part in a group package.
Wanting to see the largest indoor Christmas tree? Check out Union Station this holiday season to get an upclose look and take in the holiday feel. Enjoy taking holiday pictures with friends and family as well as taking a
ride on the train. Make memories this holiday season in the heart of Kansas City.
- The Plaza
Gillian Flynn, author of the novel Gone Girl, flipped the switch that lit all of Kansas City on Thanksgiving. Visit the Country Club Plaza to check out these iconic lights that decorate the shopping district. Not only can you walk around and look at the lights, you can also take a carriage ride any time from 5 p.m.- 11:00 p.m. located on the corner near Victoria’s Secret and Scandia Down.
- Visit Santa
Have you been naughty or nice this year? You can let Santa be the judge of that. Take a journey through the life sized Crayola products and find Santa at the end of your trip waiting for you to tell him what you want and take a picture. Crayolaland (in Crown Center) is open until December 31st and is free to play in but costs for buying pictures taken with Santa.
Bass Pro Shops, located in both Olathe, Kansas and Independence, Missouri, create a small winter wonderland among their outdoor store to visit Santa. They also have free giveaways and craft activities for children on select days.
Take a break from Christmas shopping to visit Santa at the Independence Center where Santa sits in between two large Christmas trees. Talking to Santa is free but picture prices vary as well as mementos.
Charlie Brown Christmas at the Coterie Theatre
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Charlie Brown holiday special. The Coterie Theatre, located in Crown Center, is honoring the iconic Christmas story by bringing it to life. Ticket prices and shows vary and the show runs roughly around 55 minutes. Buy your tickets now to see everyone’s favorite holiday story in everyone’s favorite theatre.
Take a trip to Dr. Seuss’ Whoville on Saturday December 5, 12, & 19 at the City Market. Bring your camera with you so you can take pictures with both the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who.
Christmas in the Park
Take a drive through Longview Park and take in an extraordinary showing of lights at Christmas in the Park. View the lighting of a life sized gingerbread house or watch a light up skier jump over your car. Admission is free but donations are gladly excepted. Be sure to drop by Sunday-Thursday at 5:30-10pm and Friday-Saturday at 5:30-11pm. Make sure to get their right as it opens because bumper-to-bumper or slow moving traffic is to be expected.