Festive Stages

Plays, musicals & other notable winter shows in Kansas City, MO

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Performed by the excellent company at the Coterie Theatre, this all-ages show has a little something for everyone, including a live jazz trio playing the TV special’s original Vince Guaraldi arrangements. NOV. 5–DEC. 29

Christmas in Song

Well-known holiday hymns and traditional Christmas tunes keep viewers grooving in their seats during this spirited Quality Hill Playhouse show that always brings the energy. NOV. 21–DEC. 22

Actors performing on stage during a production of A Christmas Carol at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre in Kansas City, MO
A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Viewers of every age enjoy this faithful retelling of the charming Christmas classic—an unforgettable way to get in the spirit of the season, put on by the tremendous Kansas City Repertory Theatre. NOV. 22–DEC. 29

A Spectacular Christmas Show

Dynamic singing and dancing highlight this rousing holiday performance, which showcases innovative arrangements and medleys of famous Christmas tunes at MTH Theater at Crown Center. DEC. 5–23

Actors from the Kansas City Ballet and Kansas City Symphony performing on stage with a hot air balloon prop during a production of The Nutcracker at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO
The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

A beloved annual tradition, the Kansas City Ballet and Kansas City Symphony team up at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts to wow audiences in an enchanting rendition of this magical tale. DEC. 5–24

Handel’s Messiah

A nearly 200-person musical ensemble performs this holiday masterpiece, featuring the Kansas City Symphony Chorus, special guest vocalists and more in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center. DEC. 6–8

The Nativity

The Nativity story as you’ve never seen it before, retold using more than 40 larger-than-life puppets at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral in this wonderful adaptation from Mesner Puppet Theater. DEC. 6–8

All Star Holidays

The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra brings out the stars for this one-night show as the top musical stars of Kansas City’s signature sound swing the night away with jazzed-up yuletide jingles. DEC. 10

Christmas Festival

This iconic Kansas City Symphony concert experience is a veritable showcase of holiday spirit. Count on festive songs, carols and other surprises—plus a visit from jolly Saint Nick. DEC. 20–23

Mark your calendar

There’s never a dull moment during wintertime in KC, including 2020 Kansas City Restaurant Week (Jan. 10–19), special shows and other favorites.