If you are looking for things to do in Kansas City this winter, we have compiled a list of the best activities and attractions in the city. Whether you are a fan of outdoor winter sports or prefer to stay indoors, there is something for everyone in this list. We’ll cover some of the fun indoor and outdoor things to do in this post so you’ll be prepared no matter what the weather brings us. So put on your coat and gloves (just in case) and get ready to have some fun!
The Winter Months are notoriously known for holidays in KC, and that is true, but there’s so many more fun things to do so we’ll cover those in this post. Visit around town and you’ll find that many of the eateries around town are in the holiday spirit, too, with decorative lights which is a sign of the season ahead. You’ll see that many things are fun in the city around this time of year.
With all of the fun local attractions in the city, you might wondering where you even would start.
Let’s start with a plan, first: to watch A Christmas Carol!
Watch A Christmas Carol
One of the finest productions in is the Christmas Carol at the KC Repertory Theater around the holidays. It’s one of the most remarkable shows, and it sells out quickly. Book as soon as possible once tickets go on sale, as these also make fantastic presents.
Your spouse or significant other will surely enjoy the season. If you’re dating, there are also several date ideas that are fun around this time of year. Just after “cuffing season”, the winter time is perfect for lots of activities for couples all around town.
And there’s no better romantic time of Winter than go to the Country Club Plaza Lighting Ceremony!
See The Plaza Lights Ceremony
If you’re looking for things to do in Kansas City during the winter, The Plaza Lights Ceremony is a must-see. Every year, the city puts on a spectacular show with more than 100,000 lights synchronized to music. It’s definitely worth checking out!
Take a tour on a magical helicopter ride over the Plaza Lights above the Country Club Plaza. Why not go on a helicopter ride if you want to see the Plaza Lights in an unusual way? The views from up above are breathtaking, and it’s something you’ll never forget.
Kansas City has a lot to offer visitors, and the Helicopter Tours are one of the best ways to see it all! The experienced pilots will take you on an aerial tour of the city, giving you a unique perspective that you can’t get from anywhere else. You’ll be able to see landmarks like Union Station and Crown Center from above, as well as some of Kansas City’s beautiful parks and neighborhoods.
If you’re searching for a more romantic option, why not go on a horse-drawn carriage tour of The Plaza? You and your loved one may snuggle beneath a blanket as you enjoy the spectacular Christmas lights. A visit to the Country Club Plaza is a must on any trip to Kansas City. This shopping and entertainment area has something for everyone, with distinctive retailers, restaurants, and bars.
Ice Skating at the Crown Center
With beautiful views of downtown KC, a festive atmosphere, and plenty of skating options for all skill levels, the Crown Center rink is a must-visit during any winter visit to KC.
During the winter, ice skating on the Crown Center Ice Terrace is a must-do. If you’re looking for somewhere to get out of the cold, head to Legoland Discovery Center. There are rides, attractions, and even a Lego-themed restaurant to be found there.
For those people with astrology signs of Scorpios, Capricorns, Sagittarius or Aquarius, your birthday is likely during one of the cold winter months in Kansas City. There are still a lot of fun ways to celebrate a birthday in Kansas City.
Mayor’s Christmas Tree Ceremony
In the heart of downtown Kansas City, you can find the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Ceremony. Every year, the mayor and his family light up a beautiful tree in front of city hall to celebrate the holiday season. There is always plenty of food, music, and fun to be had at this festive event!
Go see the festivities at Union Station
Be sure to check out the festivities at Union Station. There’s always something going on at Union Station, from holiday celebrations and concerts to special exhibits and family-friendly activities. While at Union Station, be sure to visit Science City because this is a great place to go, especially with kids when they have their interactive exhibits.
Shopping at The Legends Outlets Kansas City
With dozens stores and restaurants, you’re sure to find something that catches your eye at The Legends. And if you’re looking for some great deals, be sure to check out the outlet stores!
Kansas City today includes The Legends Area which offers a mini paradise that is outside, but still very walkable in the winter months.
Watch a movie at the AMC Theatres in Country Club Plaza
If you’re looking for something fun to do in Kansas City this winter, why not check out the AMC Theatres in Country Club Plaza? They offer a wide selection of movies to choose from, and you can even buy tickets online ahead of time to save yourself some time.
If you’re searching for the ideal present for your significant other, look no further than our couples spa packages. There are a variety of massage treatments to choose from, each with its own set of benefits.
The AMC Theatres in Country Club Plaza offer a great movie-watching experience, and you can buy tickets online ahead of time to save yourself some time.
Kansas City’s Plaza is also right next to some of the local bar spots, like Westport, so there’s a spot to get away from it all, too.
More Rapid-fire Ideas
If the above isn’t your cup of tea, here’s some more to keep the ideas flowing:
- When classes are out of session for K-12 and college for winter break, you can consider taking some fun classes as a group or just for you.
- During the winter months, snowbirds have been increasingly deciding to visit Kansas City due to seemingly milder temperatures in recent years. This is led to an increase in fun lodging places also partly due to the rise of Airbnb and other short term rental sites. Why not try staying at a B&B rental this year?
- The holiday season often correlates with family and that can certainly be true for those living in Kansas City. The holidays bring a lot of contradictions — increased stress but also a strong desire to enjoy our time with family, and sometimes also wanting to be away from them at the same time.
- When the roads aren’t slick, you might also want to find something to do at night which you will have many options the closer to the city that are located. For adults, there are fun adult options such as taking a limo ride and seeing the holiday lights in local neighborhoods and visiting old friends as they come back in town for the holidays.
- Visiting the Nelson Atkins museum is never a bad idea, especially to be able to clear your mind and just be able to view contemporary art and artifacts from around the world, around this time of year.
- A gift shop can offer some you some last-minute gift ideas for the upcoming gift exchanges.
Ultimately, you want to create the type of experience you want to live this summer. Whether you’re looking to be amongst the visitors or avoid them, you have your options when enjoying the type of fun experience you want this season.
As a guest contributor and KC sports fanatic, I get to experience a lot in the city. Author of 'Next Kansas City Experiences', I enjoy trying out new experiences in Kansas City and sharing my review so other people can also enjoy their time in KC.