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 Dazzle – now 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 District, Union 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:
- City Market introduces all new holidays features this year, including A Very Mery Market & Jingle Bucks Giveaway this Friday and Saturday, AND Breakfast with the Fairy Princess from 8-10 a.m. Saturday. Click here to learn more.
- Crown Center – Santa Arrives at 10 a.m. Friday to launch a spectacular day, featuring the start of EBT Santa’s Countdown to Christmas and the opening day of Santa’s Gingerbread Station. And, to cap off this magical day, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony set for 5:30. The 100-foot-tall Mayor’s Christmas Tree, one of the nation’s tallest, is the centerpiece for an illuminating holiday celebration. Mayor Sly James and a celebrity guest will flip the switch to light the tree.
- Power & Light District celebrates the season and Small Business Saturday with Sip, Shop & Support from noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy great deals, special holiday offers, samples from local brands at Cosentino’s Downtown Market and live music in various locations.
- Union Station – Holidays Come Alive is already under way – featuring 25,000 lights on the indoor Grand Hall Tree alone! “The holidays at Union Station are more than lights… they are about creating holiday experiences you can’t find anywhere else.
.Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature three Symphony performances this week, including:
- Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’ with Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto – Maestro Bernard Labadie returns to the Kansas City Symphony for this sparkling Thanksgiving weekend program at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
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.
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.
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:
- ArtsKCGo is the new, online guide to arts and cultural events in greater Kansas City – including Art in the Loop, Charlotte Street, First Fridays, the City’s all-new arts festival, Open Spaces, plus all other Downtown-centric arts events.
LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:
- Angel’s Rock Bar in the Power & Light District
- The Black Dolphin in the Crossroads
- Blue Room in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Brewery Emperial in the Crossroads Arts District
- The Brick in the Crossroads Arts District
- The Dubliner in the Power & Light District
- Garment House in the Downtown Loop
- Gem Theater in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Green Lady Lounge in the Crossroads
- Howl at the Moon in the Power & Light District
- KC Live Block! in the Power & Light District
- Kill Devil Club in the Power & Light District
- Knuckleheads Saloon in the East Bottoms
- Leinenkugel’s Kansas City in the Power & Light District
- The Majestic in the Downtown Loop
- The Midland in the Downtown Loop
- Mosaic Ultra Lounge in the Power & Light District
- Mutual Musicians Foundation in the 18th & Vine Jazz District
- The Phoenix in the Downtown Loop
- PBR Big Sky in the Power & Light District
- Prohibition Hall in the Downtown Loop
- Record Bar in the Crossroads
- The Ship in the West Bottoms
- Stockyards Brewing Company in the West Bottoms
- The Truman in the East Crossroads – Coming soon!
MUSEUMS are alive and well throughout Downtown, including these 16 destinations:
- Airline History Museum in Hangar 9 at the Downtown Airport
- American Jazz Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- American Royal Museum in the West Bottoms
- Arabia Steamboat Museum in the City Market
- Black Archives of Mid-America in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Hallmark Visitors Center at Crown Center
- Historic Garment District Museum in the Downtown Loop at 801 Broadway
- Kansas City Museum in northeast KC at 3218 Gladstone Blvd.
- Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
- Museum of Illusions at Union Station
- National Archives of Kansas City, west of Union Station
- National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame at the Sprint Center
- The National WWI Museum and Memorial at Liberty Memorial
- Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Science City at Union Station
- TWA Museum at the Downtown Airport
- Union Station Gallery at Union Station
For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com