2017 Guide to Holiday Musical & Theatrical Performances in Kansas City

A Charlie Brown Christmas (November 7-December 31)
Join Charlie Brown on a memorable journey as he tries to direct the school Christmas pageant. In their letters to Santa, everyone seems to be acting materialistic – so Charlie Brown tries to restore holiday spirit with a ragged little fir tree.

A Christmas Carol (November 16-December 24)
The Kansas City Repertory Theatre will be putting on a performance of this classic Charles Dickens tale with an all-new adaptation by KCRep Artistic Director, Eric Rosen. 

The Nutcracker (November 18-19)
The Blue Springs Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker at the Barbara Landes Performing Arts Center at Blue Springs South High School.

Raggedy Ann and Andy’s Christmas Adventure (November 28-December 30)
Those lovable cotton-stuffed dolls with their bright red yarn hair go on a fearless adventure in the Deep Woods to rescue light, warmth and the spirit of Christmas for the diverse population that lives in Marcella’s toy chest.

Paul Mesner Puppets’ “The Nativity” (December 1-3)
This celebrated annual spectacle comes alive again this December! Watch as a cast of over 40 puppeteers bring these larger-than-life Biblical characters to life, gracefully moving through the aisles of the historic cathedral with live musical and choral accompaniment.

The Nutcracker Tea Party (December 2-3)
Enjoy a one-hour version of the Nutcracker Ballet along with a delightful tea party. Watch the joy on the children’s faces as they delight in the specialty Nutcracker boutique, as well as have their photo taken with the dancers. Do some holiday shopping or select a keepsake at their boutique. It’s a sold-out event every year, so buy your tickets now!

TubaChristmas (December 4, 8)
All are welcome at this FREE lunch hour concert to listen to the sounds of the season, tuba style.

The Nutcracker at the Kauffman Center (December 7-24)
The Nutcracker is the heart of Kansas City’s holiday season! As soon as the lights dim, you’ll be transported to a magical place. From the magnificent sets and costumes to the acclaimed Kansas City Symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s wondrous music, you’ll witness some of the most glorious dancing on earth. Guests can have their photo taken with one of the characters from The Nutcracker one hour before and immediately after each performance; these $20 photos benefit Kansas City Ballet School.

Handel’s Messiah at the Kauffman Center (December 8-10)
The impeccable acoustics of Helzberg Hall together with your Kansas City Symphony and Chorus make this THE Messiah performance of the season.

Christmas Festival (December 15-19)
Kansas City’s favorite Christmas concert tradition returns for seven joyous performances with the Symphony and Symphony Chorus. Each show includes cherished Christmas carols and Yuletide songs, talented special guests, and a visit from Santa himself – as well as the opportunity to win a dazzling jewelry prize from Helzberg Diamonds.

Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ (December 22-23)
This rambunctious, colorful score will roar to life in the hands of the Kansas City Symphony as you follow Jack the Pumpkin King’s quest to seize Christmas.

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