Downtown Dazzle: a Kansas City Holiday Experience

Downtown DazzleIt’s no secret that there are a ton of great holiday activities taking place across Kansas City in the month ahead. As parents, we’re constantly looking for ways to create lasting memories of the holiday season – which is why, whether you’re hoping to create new traditions or build on old family favorites, there’s no better way to enjoy the holidays in Kansas City than with Downtown Dazzle.

In its fourth year, Downtown Dazzle returns to Kansas City for another season of festive activities and celebrations. The event has historically been held during three weekends in December, but will span more than a month this year (running November 24-January 1) to welcome even more visitors downtown this holiday season. Downtown Dazzle offers guests custom lighting installations and free connectivity to top destinations like Crown Center, Union Station, Power & Light District and more to experience everything happening during the holidays in downtown Kansas City. This year’s event will feature a brand new lighting installation in Washington Square Park (north of Crown Center) that will serve as a key component to attract visitors to the area.

Returning for another year as part of Downtown Dazzle festivities, the wildly popular Urban Homes Tour on December 9 will showcase 20 residential properties in some of Kansas City’s trendiest developments. Each attendee will receive an Urban Homes Tour guidebook to present at each visited residence. Guidebook holders who visit six or more properties during the tour will be eligible to win a stay-cation package that includes a one-night stay at One Light Luxury Apartments in their luxurious guest suite, plus gift cards for area restaurants and entertainment.

In addition to the bright lights and festive atmosphere at each Downtown Dazzle stop, guests both young and old will again enjoy the convenience (and price – FREE!) of the KC Streetcar and the popular Downtown Dazzle trolleys which will transport visitors to activities at Crown Center, Union Station, Crossroads Art District, Power & Light District Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and City Market. From dinner in the Power & Light District to holiday shopping at Crown Center or everyone’s must-see holiday destination, Union Station, riders can take advantage of the streetcar or trolleys to commute to various points throughout downtown each evening. The trolleys will operate every Saturday between November 25 and December 23 from 5-9 p.m.; for streetcar operating hours, visit

The featured offerings, events and deals at each stop are different each weekend, so be sure to visit the Downtown Dazzle website for the most up-to-date schedule and information before you head downtown. Also, purchase a Be-Dazzled Booklet in advance of your trip and receive more than 40 deals and exclusive discounts to various downtown businesses available only to those with the booklet. The Be-Dazzled Booklet includes savings from top family-friendly destinations like Crown Center Shops, LEGOLAND, SEA LIFE, Union Station and many more.

To learn more about Downtown Dazzle, visit, “like” Downtown Dazzle on Facebook and follow @DazzleKC on Twitter or @DowntownDazzle on Instagram. The official hashtag for Downtown Dazzle is #DazzleKC.

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