Around the Region

“The Nutcracker” - The Kansas City Ballet presents its annual favorite with its interpretation of The Nutcracker. Shows run most days through the 1 p.m. Christmas Eve performance, and tickets start at $29 for adults. 816.931.2232 |



Through Dec. 26

“Christmas Carol”
If you missed any of the past 32 years, this is your chance to catch the Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s annual rendition of the Charles Dickens classic. Daily performances at Spencer Theater on the UMKC campus—except for Dec. 25. Tickets start at $29.
816.235.2700  |


Through Dec. 30

“Spirit of Christmas Past”
The Bingham-Waggoner Estate in Independence offers this 19th-century spin on the holidays with Spirit of Christmas Past, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1–4 p.m. Sundays. (closed Dec. 23–25). Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 6–16.
816.461.3491  |


14 | Saturday

“Father Christmas”
The Alexander Majors House Museum presents a day of hands-on crafts and visits with Father Christmas. It’s free for adults and children under 2; $10 for children over 2.
816.44.1858  |

“Holiday Marketplace”
Roeland Park Community Center will buzz with holiday shopping options from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Holiday crafts for the kids, hot chocolate and doughnuts, visits with Santa and more. Free admission.


16 | Monday

“Orphan Justice”
The Orphan Justice Center will have a recruiting event, followed by a training session 5–5:30 p.m., for those interested in serving as Family Friends for OJC’s foster/adoptive families and Safe Families. It starts at 4 p.m. in the conference room at the center’s offices in Grandview.


19 | Thursday

“Christmas Festival”
The Kansas City Symphony presents its 2013 Christmas Festival, starting at 7 p.m. at Helzberg Hall in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Singing, handbells, a children’s chorus and the symphony chorus will hold six performances. 


21 – 22 | Saturday – Sunday

“One Holy Night”
This free Christmas concert runs from 7–9 p.m. each night at Blue Springs Baptist Temple.


23 | Monday

“Elf’s Day Off”
Just in time for harried elves, a few hours to let the little ones run off some holiday steam before the big night. It runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roeland Park Community Center. Admission is $7 for adults and children 3 and over, and includes lunch, graham-cracker house-building and pool time. RSVP by 12/19.


31 | Tuesday

“New Year’s Eve at K-PAC”
One of the region’s hippest places to ring in the new year will be the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, with varying times and packages starting at $95. That includes all food and drinks, musical performances and more.
816.994.7200  |

“Omega Ball”
Omega Psi Phi fraternity presents Omega Ball XII, a fund-raiser for college scholarships to deserving young men in the Greater Kansas City area. It starts at 7 p.m. at the Overland Park Convention Center, and tickets run from $60 to $90.




5 | Sunday

“Pre-Renovation Finale”
The new year won’t offer a lot of opportunities to check out the Toy & Miniature Museum; it will close after Jan. 5 for major renovations and won’t be open again until 2015. This day before that project starts will run from 1–4 p.m. at the museum on the UMKC campus.