Oh by gosh, by golly. It’s time for mistletoe and holly, and all the merriment that comes with another holiday season! Whether it’s discovering traditions around the world, creating your own spirited décor, seeing Christmas tree lightings or visiting the big guy himself, Kansas City, Kansas is filled with ways to get you in the festive feeling.
Strawberry Hill Museum Old World Christmas (November 2 – January 4)
Strawberry Hill Museum’s Olde World Christmas has been a tradition for Kansas Citians for many years. Each year the Victorian Queen Anne Style home is trimmed with elaborate décor reflecting how it may have been adorned during the time it was lived in by the Cruise-Scroggs family. Along with this the museum’s ethnic exhibits are updated to showcase Eastern European holiday customs, and additional limited-time exhibits display traditions from Mexico, Africa and Italy.
The Tea Room will also be open every weekend from 1 pm to 4pm. Stop in and enjoy a bowl of soup, assorted quiches, homemade desserts and a hot cup of tea either before or after your tour.
15th Annual Legendary Tree Lighting at Legends Outlets Kansas City (November 16)
When the weather turns cold, Legends Outlets Kansas City becomes a winter wonderland complete with twinkling lights, garland and of course – all the holiday sales. This year it all kicks off with the 15th Annual Legendary Tree Lighting. The lighting of the magical 45-foot tree is the main highlight of a celebration filled with kids’ activities, live entertainment, prize giveaways and even a visit from Santa.
Santa’s Wonderland at Cabela’s (November 16 – December 24)
Santa resides at Cabela’s through Christmas Eve! Santa’s Wonderland features a free photo with Santa, as well as kid’s crafts and wish list writing station. Grab a Bass Pass when you arrive so you can skip the line and explore the Mule Deer Museum, giant freshwater aquarium and more while you wait. Santa’s Arrival will be November 16th with caroling, s’mores, hot chocolate and family friendly activities.
Kansas City, Kansas Mayor's Downtown Holiday Lighting Festival (December 6)
This annual festival takes place inside the first floor of the Kansas City, KS City Hall! Christmas tree decorating, entertainment by local school and community groups, holiday characters, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, classic holiday movies, food trucks and more are all on the agenda. The highlight of the evening is the lighting of the Mayor's Tree at 7:00 PM, where the Mayor, Commissioners, and other elected officials will 'flip the switch' on holiday fun.
Breakfast with St. Nicholas at Strawberry Hill Museum (December 7)
St. Nicholas is due to arrive at Strawberry Hill Museum on December 7 for a delicious breakfast! Your Breakfast with St. Nicholas will include pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit and a drink. A $5.00 fee will get you a picture with St. Nicholas and, of course, a gift from him. Prices for breakfast are $5.00 for children and $6.00 for adults. Make the most out of your morning at the museum and stick around for the Olde World Christmas exhibit!
Hanging of the Greens (December 7-8)
Head to the beautiful grounds of Cider Hill Family Orchard for a day of DIY décor with the annual Hanging of the Greens! Use different types of evergreen, holly, pine cones and more to create wreaths, ornaments or whatever your crafty heart desires. Warm up with apple cider, wassail, cider donuts and check out Cider Hill’s country store for gift giving ideas.
Santa’s Express, 5K and One Mile Reindeer Route (December 14-15)
Santa’s Express 5k and One Mile Reindeer Route on Saturday, December 14 is a festive way to get your family moving! The holiday themed fun run will take you around the grounds of the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame and Wyandotte County Park. At the finish, celebrate with a train ride, cookies, and hot chocolate before visiting with Santa and enjoying the Ag Center's holiday activities!
Guests can visit Santa’s Express on Sunday, December 15 too for photos with Santa, train and hay rides and even more holiday activities and treats.
Find out what other holiday happenings you can join in on by checking out our calendar of events!
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