Downtown flips on the holiday Dazzle this week

Downtown will be Dazzling this week, as holiday season celebrations begin to light up the Big Town. Roll the highlight reel for Thanksgiving week in arts, culture and entertainment – Monday to Sunday, Nov. 19-25:

Crown Center Ice Terrace – Kansas City’s only public outdoor ice skating rink – is open daily – including Thanksgiving – for its 46th season of great skating fun. The Ice Terrace is open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays now through January. And, it will be open from 3-10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Dinosaurs Revealed – Travel back 252 million years to discover dinosaurs that inhabited what is now North America. Your hands-on trek will bring you face-to-face with 26 life-size dinosaurs. The world premiere of Dinosaurs Revealed is on exhibit through Jan. 6 at Union Station.

Downtown Dazzlenow in its fifth year – welcomes you to celebrate the holiday season in the neighborhoods, theaters, restaurants and destinations of Downtown KC, including Crown Center, Union Station, the Crossroads Arts District, the Power & Light District, the City Market, the Westside, the 18th & Vine Jazz DistrictUnion Hill and the KC Streetcar. The seasonal event brings people together from across the region to explore Downtown Kansas City and celebrate the season special experiences, events and dining and shopping exclusives. Dazzle hits its full stride this week with a focus on:

.Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature three Symphony performances this week, including:

Danielle Nicole will headline a Thanksgiving eve party on Wednesday night at Knuckleheads.

Knuckleheads – the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 10 rockin’ performances this week, including the Danielle Nicole Band performing its 3rd annual Thanksgiving Eve Show American Music Experience and a very special tribute to Etta James and Aretha Franklin at 8 p.m. Wednesday; and The Jeremiah Johnson Band will rock the Gospel Lounge at 9 p.m. Friday.

The Midland will celebrating the Irish spirit this week with a KC encore performance by Celtic Thunder. The band is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a 75-city tour of the U.S. and Canada, including a stop in Downtown KC at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The Record Bar will light up the Crossroads with six nights of live music this week, including Ha Ha Tonka at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and two gigs with The Rainmakers at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Sprint Center will be soaring this week with four giant nights, including:

  • Hall of Fame Classic – featuring two nights of NCAA men’s basketball action at 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The game will feature Texas Tech, Nebraska, Missouri State and USC.
  • Twenty One Pilots will perform a Downtown flyover at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Special guests including AWOLNATION and Max Frost.
  • Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – After a career that has spanned more than 50 years, Bob Seger will hit the road one last time on their final tour with a stop at Sprint Center at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The Truman will feature Kasbo, the Swedish-born electronic music producer, with special guest Vancouver Sleep Clinic at 8 p.m. Friday.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including three productions this week:

  • Christmas in Song featuring a blend of sacred and secular, popular and traditional, this Kansas City tradition has been called “the best Christmas show in town” and “Kansas City’s most consistently stirring Christmas show for 15 years” by critics and audiences alike. The fun begins on Friday at Quality Hill Playhouse.
  • Musical Monday & Tuesday – Only nine musicals have ever been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and this production will feature them all! From George Gershwin to Stephen Sondheim to Lin Manuel Miranda, this show pays tribute to the landmark musicals that redefined how musicals impact the world. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the MTH Theater in Crown Center.
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – Back by popular demand, the beloved television classic soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Rudolph and his friends, Clarice, Hermey the Elf, and Yukon Cornelius learn what makes you different makes you special. Performances run through Dec. 31 at The Coterie at Crown Center.

ARTS – your guide to arts and culture in greater Kansas City:

LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:

MUSEUMS are alive and well throughout Downtown, including these 16 destinations:

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