2016 Guide to Holiday Character Appearances in Kansas City

The Ultimate Santa Adventure at Oak Park Mall (November 5-December 24)
Adventure to Santa – a DreakWorks DreamPlace is a one-of-a-kind interactive Santa adventure. This year, families will make the journey with the help of a mischievous and hungry panda in this all-new adventure featuring the cast of Kung Fu Panda.

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops (November 12-December 24)
Head to your local Bass Pro Shop (Independence or Olathe) for photos with Santa, games, crafts, and activities for the kids!

Santa Claus Express on the Midland Railway (November 25-December 11)
Take a train ride with Santa Claus on the Santa Claus Express! See Santa in his own decorated passenger car (built in 1898), enjoy hot drinks and fresh baked sugar cookies and take pictures of your kids in their favorite pajamas.

Santa Arrives at Crown Center (November 25 | 10 a.m.)
Santa Claus arrives in a horse-drawn carriage to kick off the holiday season. Join Santa as he makes his way to Santa’s Gingerbread Station, where he resides through December 24.

Santa Saturdays (November 26-December 17 | 12-5 p.m.)
Children are invited to visit Santa at the Russell Stover pop-up shop on the Country Club Plaza (306 W 47th Street) and share their wishes while parents take free photos. At the end of the visit, families are encouraged to give donations, 100% of which will be distributed equally between three charities: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, and Jackson County CASA. Visitors can also explore rare candy pieces, create custom holiday gifts and more.

Breakfast with Santa at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop (November 26, December 10 | 8:30 a.m.)
Enjoy the decorations of the Heritage Center, breakfast (pancakes, sausage, fruit, coffee and juice), crafts, and a visit with Santa. The Mahaffie Singers will perform Christmas carols from 9-10:30 a.m.

Kansas City Parks’ Santa’s Wonderlands (December 2-3)
Join family and friends at one of two local parks for a festive celebration of the holiday season! Events include live music, entertainment with the Rockin’ Rob Show, light displays, and a visit from Santa Claus. Dates, times, and locations are as follows:

  • December 2, 6-8 p.m.: Gillham Park
  • December 3, 5:30-8 p.m.: Penguin Park

Holiday Party at the North Kansas City Community Center (December 2 | 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.)
Get in the holiday spirit and celebrate with your neighbors at the North Kansas City Community Center! There will be entertainment, arts and crafts projects, refreshments and holiday goodies. Children will visit and take pictures with Santa, and each pre-registered youth ages 15 and under will receive a gift!

Visit with Santa at Zona Rosa (December 3-24)
Santa will greet children and listen to their holiday wishes in this popular storybook scene in The Grove at Zona Rosa. Santa makes his formal arrival at Zona Rosa at 6 p.m. on December 2 with a fun pajama party for the whole family!

Holiday Wild at the Kansas City Zoo (December 3-4 | 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Zoo patrons will have an opportunity to meet Santa, participate in holiday activities, follow along on guided tours, and more. Friends of the Zoo (FOTZ) members can arrive on December 3 between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. for an exclusive breakfast snack and meet-and-greet with Santa! You can also catch Santa diving inside the cold weather penguin exhibit at 2 p.m. and a penguin march outside at 11 a.m.

Breakfast with St. Nicholas at Strawberry Hill Museum (December 3 | 8-11 a.m.)
A $10 fee includes breakfast, a visit with St. Nicholas and one picture.

A Visit from St Nicholas at Shoal Creek Living History Museum (December 3 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Enjoy a visit with St Nicholas in the Thornton Mansion after taking a walking tour through the museum’s holiday decorated homes and log cabins which are brought to life with re-enactors in 19th century theme. Horse-drawn sleigh rides through the countryside will be provided 12-4 p.m.

A Country School Christmas (December 3 | 1-3 p.m.)
Santa Claus, carols, and local storyteller Joyce Slater will bring their holiday cheer to the Lanesfield Historic Site, 18745 S Dillie Road, Edgerton, Kansas (Johnson County). Santa will give out holiday treats and listen to the holiday wishes of visitors alongside holiday caroling from the Edgerton Rainbow Connection Children’s Choir. Visitors will also have the opportunity to write letters to Santa and make an ornament to take home.

Cookies with Santa at Lee’s Summit PLAY (December 4, 3-6 p.m.)
Join Kansas City Moms Blog and Lee’s Summit PLAY for an afternoon with Santa! Enjoy cookies and open play at Lee’s Summit’s newest gathering place for families. Tickets available now!

Whoville Holidays at the City Market (December 10-11, 17-18 | 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)
Meet the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who in the warmth of Cindy Lou’s Whoville home at the City Market. Bring in three or more non-perishable canned goods for the “Help a Who” promotion benefiting our partners at Harvesters or a new, unwrapped children’s toy benefiting the Salvation Army.

KC Southern Holiday Express Visits Union Station (December 16-20)
Our kids are bound to have fond memories of coming to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, then hopping aboard the Holiday Express at Christmas time. The Southern Holiday Express (or Rudy, as it is known by many of its visitors!) is parked on the north side of Union Station and guests can walk through the train cars decorated in creative holiday paraphernalia. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

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