Around the region

Ingram's monthly calendar of significant events


“The Nutcracker”
If you grew up mesmerized by the late Todd Bolender’s interpretation of “The Nutcracker,” this will be your last Christmas season to catch a Kansas City holiday tradition. The show’s 33-year run comes to a close after this year, giving way to an updated production by the Kansas City Ballet’s artistic director, Devon Carney, in 2015. This year’s performances run through Christmas Eve, concluding with the 1 p.m. show on Dec. 24, all at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $49 for adults.
816.931.2232 |

“Mission Project Concert”
The Mission Project, dedicated to helping those with Down syndrome and autism learn to live independently, presents its
4th Annual Holiday Concert with the Kansas City Symphony. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $52.
913.689.2773 |

“Candy Cane Run”
Bodies Health & Fitness invites you to run off some of that holiday noshing with the Candy Cane Course 5K & 10K, starting at 8 a.m. at Starlight Theatre. Free pictures with Santa, plus milk and cookies, following the race.
816.524.7733  |

“Help Humane Chili Dinner”
A benefit for the Help Humane Society, this chili dinner runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at  Grandview Assembly of God, 12400 Grandview Road. Tickets are $7 per person, and kids 3 and under will be served at no charge.
816.318.4357. |

“Sounds of the Season”
The Kansas City Civic Orchestra presents its annual holiday favorite, with music by Mozart, Prokofiev and other classic composers, starting at 7:30 p.m. at Atonement Lutheran Church in Overland Park. Admission is free.
913.648.0595 |

“Jingle Bell Run/Walk”
No need to worry about the December temperature at this benefit for the Arthritis Foundation—the race is underground at Meritex Executive Park in Lenexa. Additional activities include jugglers, a magician and an appearance by Santa. The entry fee is $30.
913.262.2233 |

Derrick Thomas Award
The Third and Long Foundation will present its 2014 Derrick Thomas Community Service Award, featuring a luncheon with former Chiefs great Neil Smith, starting at noon at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. Tickets are $30.
816.931.5855 |

“An Unbound Experience”
The global relief organization formerly known as Christian Foundation for Children and Aging will roll out cocktails, foods from around the world, live music, a silent auction and more, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the organization’s headquarters, 1 Elmwood Avenue in Kansas City, Kan. Tickets are $35.
913.384.7187 |

“Symphony Christmas”
The Kansas City Symphony Chorus
will feature Christmas carols and yuletide songs, plus a visit from Santa, in a series of performances that run through Dec. 21 at
the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts.
Adult tickets are $30; children’s are $15.
816.471.0400 |

“Holiday Express”
Back for a 14th year, Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express will bring Santa and his elves to Union Station for three days. For this train, no tickets are needed, but you can help with a donation to the KCS Charitable Fund, which provides gift cards to the Salvation Army. It’s open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday,
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

“FCS Championship”
Still yearning for a college-football fix now that the regular season is over? See the 2014 NCAA Division II Football Championship game at Sporting Park, where the winners of the Dec. 6 semifinal games will square off for the national championship. It kicks off at 4 p.m., and tickets are $20-$70.

“K-State vs. Texas A&M”
And if college basketball is more to your liking on this date, the Sprint Center is host to Kansas State and Texas A&M in a game the brings together two former Big XII Conference foes. Tipoff in the game, broadcast nationally on ESPNU, is set for 6 p.m., and tickets are available for $10 up to $65.

“Mizzou vs. Oklahoma State”
Another match-up of former Big XII rivals pits the Missouri Tigers against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, tipping off at
8 p.m. at the Sprint Center. Tickets range from $13 to $58.

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