Downtown Dazzle: a holiday experience for the entire family

It’s no secret that there are a ton of great holiday activities taking place across Kansas City this month. As parents, we’re constantly looking for ways to maximize the fun while minimizing the chaos – from planning to execution, a holiday night out on the town can be easier said than done.

Moms, meet Downtown Dazzle.

In its third year, Downtown Dazzle conveniently connects visitors with Kansas City’s holiday adventures using special holiday trolleys and the KC Streetcar running between Crown Center/Union Station and the KC Power & Light District along Grand Boulevard. Last weekend, our Kansas City Moms Blog contributor team had the opportunity to experience Downtown Dazzle for the second year in a row – and with more than thirty kids in tow, our Saturday night in downtown Kansas City couldn’t have been any more fun (or have gone any easier)!

Downtown Dazzle

Highlights from our 2015 #DazzleKC adventure: a close-up view of the iconic Marriott Downtown, s’mores and “Elf” at Power & Light, a fire show from Quixotic Fusion, and of course, Union Station.

Highlights of this year’s Downtown Dazzle event include a larger-than-life LED lighting display titled “Luminate: a Holiday Laser Light Installation” which covers a 50,000-square-foot area spanning Pershing Road and Main Street in downtown Kansas City; a custom shopping experience connecting shoppers between Crown Center, Union Station, the West Bottoms, and the KC Power & Light District and featuring the 6th Annual Holiday Swing; an Urban Homes Tour showcasing multiple downtown residential properties; and more.

Riders can take advantage of the trolleys or the streetcar to commute to various points throughout downtown – from dinner in the Kansas City Power & Light District to holiday shopping at Crown Center or everyone’s must-see holiday destination, Union Station. The free holiday trolleys will run continuously on Fridays and Saturdays from 5-9 p.m. on December 9, 10, 16 and 17; click here to view the streetcar’s daily schedule and route.

Mom tip: The featured offerings, events and deals at each stop are different each weekend, so make sure to visit the Downtown Dazzle website for the most up-to-date schedule and information before you head downtown. 

To learn more about Downtown Dazzle, visit, “like” Downtown Dazzle on Facebook and follow @DazzleKC on Twitter or @DowntownDazzle on Instagram. To maximize your experience, download the free Downtown Dazzle app for announcements, maps, itineraries and a fun camera that allows users to snap, decorate and share holiday-themed photos. New this year: the app also includes a gaming element that will send gamers on a downtown scavenger hunt for chances to win an array of prizes. The official hashtag for Downtown Dazzle is #DazzleKC.

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