1. ICE SKATING & 100FT CHRISTMAS TREES & CROWN CENTER SHOPPING
See the lights and the mayor’s Christmas tree (which is 100 ft tall), go ice skating at the ice terrace, then walk through the stores inside of Crown Center. My personal favorite is Hall’s, which has beautifully decorated Christmas trees and decorations throughout the store.
2. CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK
Visit Kansas City’s largest drive-through winter wonderland. It’s open nightly through New Year’s Eve and admission is free but donations are accepted (and the right thing to do if you can afford it). Donations benefit local charities.
3. BAKE CHRISTMAS COOKIES
Nothing really gets me into the holiday spirit like baking Christmas cookies with friends and family. I’ve made it a habit of tripling any recipe I use so that I can share them with classmates, coworkers, neighbors, and visitors.
4. VISIT THE HISTORIC WEST BOTTOMS
This is the oldest area of Kansas City, and it has the BEST stores, shops, and cafes. You’ll find something perfect for everyone on your list and be supporting local businesses, Yay! You’ll have to stop by The Painted Sofa, Easy Tiger and Bottoms Up Antique Market, they’re simply magical. Most shops are only open on weekends though, so make sure to check their hours.
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5. HOT COCOA & A CHRISTMAS CLASSIC
Go ahead, put on your PJ’s and comfy Christmas socks, make yourself a cup of hot chocolate, and put on your favorite Christmas movie. For me, that’s always been It’s a Wonderful Life. If you haven’t seen it already, it’s a really good oldie, like a really really good oldie.
6. ENJOY THE PLAZA LIGHTS
Online shopping is amazing and all, but actually going out with friends, grabbing a peppermint mocha and walking around all of the festively decorated stores is so much more fun and so much more Christmas-y. The Plaza is the perfect place to go shopping in the evening, and the lights make everything seem magical.
7. ATTEND A LOCAL HOLIDAY PERFORMANCE
Find that little black dress hiding in the back of your closet and go out on the town for a night. There are some really great shows this holiday season; there’s the Kansas City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, the KC Rep’s production of A Christmas Carol, and The Coterie’s A Charlie Brown Christmas.
8. Give Back
Christmas is a time for giving back. Find ways to give this season, whether it’s donating toys to a toy drive, donating time at a soup kitchen or giving back in another way.
9. SPEND AN EVENING AT THE BLUE ROOM
Blue Room, one of the greatest Jazz clubs in the country, serves cocktails and has great live music throughout the holiday season. It’s a great place to spend an evening with friends and listen to Jazz especially during the holidays when they have nights filled with Jazzy Christmas Music.
10. ENJOY UNION STATION’S GRAND HALL
Union Station goes all out for the holidays, and their decorations are beautiful. Plus, Union Station hosts a bunch of different holiday events that are either free or low cost.
What’s on your holiday bucket list this year?
I hope you found some new traditions, and have some new festive activities to do with loved ones.