The holidays are here- and everyone in this house always looks forward to an outing (or two) to Crown Center. There’s so much to see and do there, especially in December! You might want to print this post out and hang it for all to see! Have fun!
Now through March 9: Crown Center Ice Terrace
Crown Center Square. Kansas City’s only public outdoor ice skating rink is open for its 41st season of great skating fun. Regular admission is $6, or complimentary for those over age 60 and children age 4 and under. Skate rental is $3, or skaters may bring their own. Hours through January: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday & Saturday. Hours during February and March: noon to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 11 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday. 816-274-8411. (The rink is open until March 9, 2014.)
Now through January 5
The Coterie, Crown Center Shops, Level 1. This Tony Award-winning timeless classic is a multicultural view of Oz with a soulful twist. Based on The Coterie’s acclaimed 2011 staging, described as “an event so unique and imaginative it’s in a class by itself” (The Kansas City Star), Dorothy and three friends ease on down a fabulous yellow brick road. A Coterie Shines series production intended for elementary and older audiences.816-474-6552 or TheCoterie.org
Santa’s Arrival at Crown Center
Crown Center Shops, Grand Boulevard entrance. Santa Claus arrives in a horse-drawn carriage to kick off the holiday season. Perry the Penguin, Tip from Crayola and other costume characters help greet Jolly Ol’ St. Nick. Join Santa as he makes his way to Crayola Christmas Land, where he resides through December 24. No admission fee. 10 a.m. 816-274-8444.
Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Crown Center Square. 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 Kansas City’s own Tech N9ne will flip the switch to light the tree. The tree is a symbol of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund, which is dedicated to assisting the city’s less fortunate. Program begins at 5:30 p.m. No admission fee. 816-274-8444.
After the holidays, the wood from the Mayor’s Christmas Tree is made into commemorative ornaments, which are sold the following year to benefit the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund.
November 29 – December 31
Santa’s Crayola Christmas Land
Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Showplace. Children can play on super-sized Crayola products, while waiting to tell Santa all their holiday wishes. Santa is in residence November 29 through December 24. The Crayola Christmas Land play area is open through December 31. No admission fee. Photos with Santa are available for a fee. Open during Crown Center Shops holiday hours. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Closed Christmas Day. 816-274-8444.
November 29 – December 31
Santa’s Gingerbread Village
Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Atrium. Three locomotives travel through a Santa’s gingerbread village in the North Pole, all created by the chefs at The Westin Kansas City and Sheraton Kansas City hotels. See the reindeer stable, Santa’s sleigh garage, the elves’ dorm, a doll, rocking horse, and ball factory, and even Mr. & Mrs. Claus’ home. No admission fee. Open during Crown Center Shops holiday hours. Closed Christmas Day. 816-274-8444.
Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Atrium. Beautiful music fills the halls of Crown Center, as more than 130 area school, church and community choirs perform on weekdays and Sundays. No admission fee. 816-274-8444 or CrownCenter.com/Choirs.
“A Spectacular Christmas”
Off Center Theatre, Crown Center Shops, Level 3. Musical Theater Heritage’s holiday show features a sackful of classic Christmastime songs from movies and musicals. It is funny, heartfelt, and sentimental, and features many of KC’s best-loved local performers. The performances will move you, and it’s perfect for the family at Christmastime! 816- 545-6000 or MTHKC.com.
December 7 and 14
Musical Fun For Kids
Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Atrium. Enjoy holiday music for kids and families on the first two Saturdays of December. The Doo Dads perform December 7, followed by Dino O’Dell & the T-Rex All-Stars on December 14. Shows at noon and 2 p.m. No admission fee. 816-274-8444.