Pocket-friendly Holiday fun

Derrius L. Ivy, Editor

As the semester ends and the holidays approach, it could be a good idea to get out, relax and celebrate. The holiday season is a time of cheer, family, and fun. It can also be a costly time of year too, but there are still plenty of free or inexpensive ways to bring in the holidays.

Here’s a list of things to do around Kansas City. Although all of them are not free, they are all family friendly and sure to get you feeling festive!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Nov. 8 – Dec. 31

The Coterie Theater

$11 to $17


The Ice at Park Place (Kansas)

Regular Schedule:

Nov. 17 – Jan. 3

Monday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday: 12 – 8 p.m.


A Christmas Carol

Nov. 18 – Dec. 24

Kansas City Repertory Theatre

$35 to $95


Christmas in The Park 2017

Nov. 22 – Dec. 31

Longview Lake Campground, 1499 SW County Park Road, Kansas City, MO 64134



Holiday Choirs

Nov. 24 – Dec. 23

Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Atrium, 2500 Grand, Kansas City, MO.


Santa’s Gingerbread Station

Nov. 24 – Dec. 31

Crown Center Shops, 2500 Grand, Kansas City, MO.


The Nutcracker

Dec. 3 – 24

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

$60.50 to $135.50


Luminate: A Holiday Laser Light Show

Dec. 3 and 10

Pershing Road and Main Street



Children’s Christmas Opera: Amahl and the Night Visitors

Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at St. John’s UMC, 6900 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO.



Whoville Holidays

Dec. 9 – 10 and 16 – 17

City Market Square

5th & Walnut, Kansas City

FREE with the suggested donation of three canned goods for Harvesters or a new toy for The Salvation Army USA.

The Great Santa Run

Dec. 11, 9 a.m.

Johnson County Community College

$12 to $40


Kids Create: It’s a DIY Christmas

Dec. 12 at 6:30pm at Mid-Continent Public Library Kearney, MO.


The KCS Holiday Express

Dec. 15 – 19 at Union Station

30 W. Pershing, Kansas City

Each event is free, open to the public and no tickets are required.

Jingle Jam

Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Westside Family Church, 8500 Woodsonia Dr., Lenexa, KS.


Crown Center Ice Terrace

Sunday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.