Downtown KC is brimming with holiday arts & entertainment on every corner


Big Balloon Build KC is an international festival that’s coming to 18th & Vine this weekend. Balloon artists from across the globe will light up Downtown KC, and create a holiday toy town. Click here to learn more.

What’s shakin’ in Downtown KC: 12.1-12.7

Big Balloon Build KC @ Gregg/Klice Center – now building

Disney Princess: The Concert @ The Midland – Sunday

FIFA World Cup Watch Party: U.S. in Round 16 @ KC Live! – Saturday

First Friday festivities @ Crossroads Arts District & West Bottoms – Friday

NFL Game Day Experience: Chiefs vs. Bengals @ KC Live! – Sunday

Unique Eats and Eateries of Kansas City @ Central Library – Tuesday

Urban Mining Vintage Market @ Martini Corner – All Weekend

The Lyric Opera presents ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors,’ a 50-minute opera about the season’s true meaning told through music, live singing, and puppet mastery. This special holiday gift opens Friday and continues through next weekend.

+ Holiday Cheer in Downtown KC +

Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Lyric Opera – opens Friday

Bows in the Bottoms & Tree Lighting @ West Bottoms – Friday thru Sunday

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train @ Union Station – Sunday

Holiday Choirs in concert @ Crown Center – now singing

Holiday Open House & Studio Sale @ Belger Arts – Friday & Saturday

Holiday Pops with The Doo Wop Project & Kansas City Symphony – Friday

Holiday Reflections @ Union Station – now sparkling

Ice Terrace celebrating 50 years – now skating

Kansas City Ballet’s seasonal tradition returns to the Kauffman Center beginning Wednesday, Dec. 7. The Nutcracker continues to awe audiences year after year and is hailed as “positively oozing charm” by The Washington Post, promising grandeur, laughter, and a snowfall of holiday magic!

Kansas City Ballet presents The Nutcracker @ Kauffman Center – opens Wednesday

Merry Market: Gifts, Giving, & Good Cheer @ City Market – Saturday & Sunday

Santa’s Gingerbread Station @ Crown Center – now charming

‘Tis the Season with the Heartland Men’s Chorus – Saturday & Sunday

Ugly Christmas Sweater + live music @ The Truman – Friday

Winter Market @ ArtsKC Gallery – Friday & Saturday

Enjoy festive shopping, food, and drink every weekend before Christmas at the City Market. Find unique gifts for everyone on your list from more than 75 outstanding artisans and makers curated by The Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair.

+ Live theater now on stage +

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever @ City Stage – now showing

Buddy’s Holly Jolly Christmas @ Musical Theater Heritage – now rocking

A Charlie Brown Christmas @ The Coterie – now delighting

Christmas in Song @ Quality Hill Playhouse – opens Friday

The Broadway Across America production of Pretty Woman: The Musical will light up the Music Hall with eight performances beginning, Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Milking Christmas @ The Living Room Theatre – opens Wednesday

The Piano Lesson @ Just Off Broadway Theatre – now playing

Pretty Woman: The Musical @ Music Hall – opens Tuesday

Sensatia Cirque Cabaret @ Quixotic Theater – now dazzling

A Spectacular Christmas @ Musical Theater Heritage – opens Thursday

Heartland Men’s Chorus Kansas City is back delivering a full spectrum of class, sass, and tidings of good cheer this weekend at the newly renovated Folly Theater.