Joy to the World! Downtown is alive with holiday cheer, dinosaurs, & more

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Kansas City Ballet’s seasonal tradition continues at the Kauffman Center. ‘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!

What’s shakin’ in Downtown KC: 12.8-12.11

Cats in KC! K-State women’s basketball @ Municipal – Saturday

FIFA World Cup Watch Parties @ KC Live! – now kicking

Jurassic World Live Tour @ T-Mobile Center – thru Sunday

KC Cornhole Tournament @ Hy-Vee Arena – Friday

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

The Jurassic World Live Tour is coming to the T-Mobile Center in Downtown KC for seven performances thru Sunday.

+ Holiday cheer in Downtown KC +

Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Lyric Opera – thru Sunday

Bows in the (West) Bottoms – Friday & Saturday

3rd annual Christkindlmarkt @ The Campground – thru Sunday

The Fairy Princess @ Kansas City Museum – thru Sunday

Witness one of the Kansas City Symphony’s most beloved holiday traditions! Featuring the Kansas City Symphony Chorus and some of America’s most accomplished soloists, Handel’s ‘Messiah’ includes the iconic ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ and sweeping solos portraying one of the greatest stories ever told.

Handel’s Messiah – Kansas City Symphony @ Helzberg Hall – Friday thru Sunday

Holiday Choirs in concert @ Crown Center – now singing

Holiday Harmonies with Central Standard & Vocal Standard @ The Folly – Saturday

Holiday Reflections @ Union Station – now sparkling

Ice Terrace celebrating 50 years – now skating

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

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

The Nutcracker – Kansas City Ballet @ Kauffman Center – now delighting

Santa’s Gingerbread Station @ Crown Center – now charming

TubaChristmas concert outdoors @ Crown Center – noon Friday

Voctave, Vocal Ensemble @ The Folly – Friday

Winter Market @ ArtsKC Gallery – Friday & Saturday

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. Performances continues through Sunday.

+ Live theater now on stage +

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever @ City Stage – thru Dec. 23

A Charlie Brown Christmas @ The Coterie – thru Dec. 31

Christmas in Song @ Quality Hill Playhouse – thru Dec. 24

Milking Christmas @ The Living Room Theatre – thru Dec. 24

The Piano Lesson @ Just Off Broadway Theatre – thru Saturday

Pretty Woman: The Musical @ Music Hall – thru Sunday

Sensatia Cirque Cabaret @ Quixotic Theater – now dazzling

A Spectacular Christmas @ Musical Theater Heritage – thru Dec. 23

MTH’s annual holiday show ‘A Spectacular Christmas’ has become a Kansas City tradition. An original revue featuring holiday tunes from musical theater, innovative arrangements of holiday classics, and more! Opens Friday at Crown Center.