Festivity in Kansas City


Kansas City culture is around us every time of the year; however, the family fun activities that kick start the cold weather take the cake. Between the beautiful light displays and busy holiday hustle, Kansas Citian’s have an abundance of entertainment. One of the most popular holiday spots is the historic Plaza in downtown Kansas City. Every year for over 90 years, the buildings are covered in magnificent lights that enhance the enchantment of the Plaza. Accompanied by live entertainment and treats, the lights continue to bring our community together. Another impressive display can be found at downtown Union Station. Inside the station, at the Holidays Come Alive exhibit, there is a sky-high tree decorated with all types of unique ornaments. There are family activities for children of all ages including the holiday train. This is an activity that my children especially adore. For only $5, certain ages can ride a magic train around a little town.



A fairly new activity takes place at a Kansas City favorite, Worlds of Fun. Starting now until December 31, bring the whole family along for a winter transformation during Winterfest. Some rides are open and there is also a Charlie Brown Christmas Spectacular, Coca-Cola Polar Bear Plaza, and many more festive attractions. I don’t think there is anything better than cheer and charity all in one. In Olathe at Paulie’s Penguin Playground, there are inflatable penguins and hundreds of lights to enjoy with kids of all ages. It takes place in the backyard of Paul Craig, who accepts donations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of his late mother, Betty Craig. Any of these family activities can stir up some holiday cheer, but my all-time favorite is the Deanna Rose Farmstead Holiday Light Show. Bundled up with our favorite flavors of hot chocolate, my kids and I crank the radio and watch in amazement as the lights illuminate the night sky. I look forward to sharing all of these experiences with my kids and I hope that you can, too!




-Amy Jossie

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