Holiday Theater and Shows in Kansas City

Check out the lineup of holiday performances in Kansas City this season including dance, theater, movies and song!


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
November 7 – December 31

Back by popular demand, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, is live at the Coterie Theatre. Rudolph and his friends, Clarice, Hermey the Elf, and Yukon Cornelius learn what makesret you different makes you special. As one reviewer put it, “If adorable is at the top of your Christmas list, save an afternoon or evening for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical… as rich as eggnog!”

Classic Holiday Movies
November 18-December 21

See classic movies on the big screen at Union Station this season. Tickets are $3.50/person.

  • Nov. 17 – 22: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • Nov. 24 – Dec. 7: Elf
  • Dec. 8 – Dec. 31: Polar Express

A Christmas Carol
November 21 – December 24

For over 40 years, Kansas City’s beloved tradition has created holiday memories for families all around our community, with all the heart and spectacle you’ve come to love… start your family tradition this year and create memories that will last for many Christmases to come! Join Ebenezer Scrooge on his redemptive journey with Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and rediscover the true meaning of the holidays. You’ll meet the Cratchits, Tiny Tim, and the irresistible Fezziwigs, and hear the lush and joyous Candlelight Carol — all this and more, to kindle your Christmas spirit. Share the season with the people you love at A Christmas Carol.

Nutcracker, All Jazz’d Up
December 15-December 17

Traditional show but with a twist. This delightful show incorporates tap, ballet, jazz and more. We even have Santa! The show is ideal for all ages and runs for approximately one hour and 15 minutes.

Laser Holiday Magic
November 17 – December 31

Celebrate the season with Laser Holiday Magic at the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium. We’ve gathered a selection of our favorite holiday tunes and brought them to life with gorgeous laser choreography. Vibrant animations and gorgeous abstracts dance above your heads, as the music takes you away from the hustle and bustle. It might be cold outside, but it’s nice and toasty under the dome! Gather up your loved ones and share the one of a kind experience that is Laser Holiday Magic.


The Nutcracker
December 1-24

Kansas City Ballet’s annual tradition, The Nutcracker, is back to awe audiences once again and is hailed as “positively oozing charm” by The Washington Post. The classic, Victorian-era story by E.T.A. Hoffman featuring Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, Dr. Drosselmeier, and the Sugar Plum Fairy is a magical theatrical experience wrapped with exquisite costumes, grand sets, and captivating choreography. Let your wonder ignite and feel the glimmer once more as your childhood dreams return and inspire you to IMAGINE AGAIN.

The Jewish Nutcracker
December 3 & 10

“The Jewish Nutcracker” returns for its third year and follows Rebecca and the Nutcracker on their magical journey from Bubbe’s house to the Land of Nosh, encountering everything from mice to dancing dreidels! Featuring our Encore students, this is a tradition not to be missed! This year, audiences have two options: enjoy a pre-event tea party followed by a streamlined performance on December 3. Meanwhile, Encore families can choose from two performances on December 10 that will include additional music.

December 5, noon 

Experience the sounds of the season, tuba-style! Registration is now open for performers to participate in TubaChristmas 2023 which will again be held outdoors at Crown Center Square. Tuba and Euphonium players are invited to perform in this fun and festive holiday concert. Come dressed for the weather, and in your Christmas finest to add to the ambience. Registration is $10 and must be paid in advance.

Audiences may enjoy the free noon-hour performance in the Crown Center Square without a reservation. Bring your own chairs and be ready to sing along to some holiday classics. This event is weather permitting.

It’s a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play
December 7-23

Reimagined for the stage as a live radio broadcast, the iconic world of George Bailey and his affable helper angel, Clarence, unfolds as you’ve never seen before. This show is at the Musical Theater Heritage at Crown Center.

A Very Merry Christmas Pageant, Heartland Men’s Chorus
December 2, 3, 10

Step into the spotlight of the most fabulous holiday extravaganza ever! Join us as 140 singing contestants compete for the coveted crown, taking you on a theatrical journey through eclectic holiday favorites. From classic carols to contemporary pop hits, our performance will remind you that the holidays are about joy and togetherness. With stunning vocal performances, high-energy dance numbers, and a heartwarming message, A Very Merry Christmas Pageant is a must-see event that will fill you with the festive spirit.

The Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert
December 8-9

Your Kansas City Symphony presents Disney’s “The Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert” featuring a screening of the complete film with the musical score performed live. Join The Muppets for this classic Charles Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Gonzo, as Dickens, narrates the story with the help of Rizzo the Rat. The film also features Miss Piggy as Emily Cratchit, Fozzie Bear as Fozziwig and Robin the Frog as Tiny Tim. Scrooge receives visits from spirits of three Christmases — past, present and future. They show him the error of his self-serving ways, but the miserable old man seems to be past any hope of redemption and happiness.

Christmas Festival at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
December 14-17

Festive fun for your family! Kansas City’s grandest holiday concert returns as the Symphony and Symphony Chorus present unique musical arrangements of cherished Christmas carols, songs of the season, a family sing-along, plus exciting guest vocalists for a healthy dose of Christmas cheer. Plus, an early visit from Santa!

Trans-Siberian Orchestra 
December 16, 2:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert
December 21-24

See one of Tim Burton’s most celebrated films like never before! The full feature film, “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” will be projected in its entirety on a giant screen in Helzberg Hall with dialogue, singing and effects, accompanied by Danny Elfman’s darkly charming score played live by your Kansas City Symphony.

Buddy’s Holly Jolly Christmas
December 22-23

Zachary Stevenson returns to MTH with his Buddy Holly Holiday tribute show (say that 3 times fast!) Zach is one of the most charismatic performers you’re likely to see and he’s got holiday favorites as well as a some Buddy Holly classics in store for you as he and his band serve up a unique Holiday treat! This show typically sells out in advance so don’t wait!

Sarah McGinnity
Sarah grew up in Manhattan, Kansas (Go Cats!), she moved to Minnesota where she met her husband, Shea. Realizing how much she hated snow in May, she convinced him to move to Kansas City in 2010. Together they have lived in Midtown, Waldo, the Plaza, and now Overland Park. Sarah is mom to 10-year-old, Henry, 7-year-old Clark and 5-year-old Lucy. She has her master’s in urban administration and is passionate about making Kansas City a more equitable and supportive community. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, hike, travel as much as possible, and experience all things Kansas City!