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 17-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.

A Christmas Carol with Gerald Dickens, a Special Engagement (November 19-21)
The great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens returns to select Mid-Continent Public Library branches for a special engagement. A professional actor in England, he leaps, laughs and sobs as he portrays the voices of “A Christmas Carol” – bringing the story to life for audiences both young and old. 

Classic Holiday Movies at Union Station (November 17-December 14)
Relive the magic of your favorite holiday classics on Union Station’s 5-story Extreme Screen! Shows cost just $3 and include National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (November 17-22), Elf (November 24-30), Home Alone (December 1-7) and The Polar Express (December 8-14).

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.

Simple Strings Dulcimers Christmas Concert (November 29-December 21)
Enjoy Christmas classics played by members of the Simple Strings Dulcimers, and learn the history of the songs and instruments they play.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (November 30-December 10)
In this hilarious Christmas production, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – described as “the most inventively awful kids in history.” The comedy is adapted from the best-selling young adult book by the same name.

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.

Dickens Carolers (December 6, 16)
Get into the Christmas spirit with a performance by these festive singers dressed in beautiful Victorian attire.

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.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (December 8-10)
In this hilarious Christmas production, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – described as “the most inventively awful kids in history.” The comedy is adapted from the best-selling young adult book by the same name.

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.

Ms. Dennise’s Christmas Puppet Theater (December 9, 22)
Join the Lee’s Summit Puppeteers for two charming and lively tales that star Santa himself! Then stick around for two more delightful stories about Little Blue Riding Hood and a hilariously forgetful dog.

Christmas with the Cool Cats (December 9, 21)
Terry Bell and his band, the Cool Cats, squeeze the most out of all those holiday favorites in this fun-loving holiday accordian concert.

Mr. Stinky Feet’s Christmas (December 9-18)
A Kansas City favorite, Jim Cosgrove presents Mr. Stinky Feet’s Christmas! Celebrate the holidays with singing, dancing and more. Fun for the whole family!

Holly Jolly Christmas at the Puppetry Arts Institute (December 9, 16)
Enjoy a festive holiday puppet show presented by local puppeteer Kraig Kensinger.

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.

The Mystery of Christmas (December 15-17)
A Christian re-write of Tchaikovsky’s original Nutcracker, the Holy Spirit (Sugar Plum Fairy) takes Clara back to Bethlehem to witness the birth of Christ, the heavenly host rejoicing, and the Nations of the world presenting their dances before the King of Kings.

Laser Holiday Magic at the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium (December 16-January 7)
Celebrate the season with a selection of favorite holiday tunes brought to life with gorgeous laser choreography. A one-of-a-kind holiday experience!

American Youth Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ (December 16-17)
Don’t miss the magic and tradition of this holiday classic which includes a 40 foot growing tree, snow falling on stage and a live orchestra highlight this Overland Park tradition.

‘The Nutcracker Ballet’ benefitting the Northland Christmas Store (December 16-17)
This full-length ballet performed by the Ibsen Dance Theatre and the Ibsen Ballet Theatre Youth Academy is completely volunteer-run and not-for-profit with funds raised benefitting the Northland Christmas Store.

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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One Response to 2017 Guide to Holiday Musical & Theatrical Performances in Kansas City

  1. shelly abbott November 25, 2017 at 10:30 pm #

    Do you have a listing of the large church theatrical music Christmas programs