By Michael Amado 

Attention! The holiday season is among us, and Kansas City is the place to be. This holiday season there is plenty of places with activities for all to enjoy. All these attractions are within the greater area of Kansas City and low-priced. Whether it’s a date night or family night, all members of the party are in for a great time. From light gazing, ice skating and theatre plays, there is an activity for everyone. 

Widely popular, the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri is filled with over 280,000 lights. To put that into perspective, how many lights there are? There are over 80 miles of lights hung up around the shopping center. The shopping center is located at 4706 Broadway Blvd. in Kansas City, Missouri. 

The Mayor’s Christmas Tree is also another attraction in the downtown area of Kansas City. Located in Crown Plaza, the tree is over 100 feet in height. After the holidays, the tree will be taken down and the wood will be cut into ornaments for the next year. A tradition that many locals have come to appreciate. All of the proceeds will go towards benefiting the less fortunate. 

Christmas in the Park is another great destination for families. It features a wonderland of over 300,000 lights set up around Frank White Jr. Softball Complex in Lee Summit. The park will be open until December 31st and is open at 5 p.m. every day. 

If you are interested in ice skating in a place with less traffic on the ice rink, the Ice at Park Place in Leawood, KS is a great option . It will be open after the holidays until February 18th, 2019. The prices are relatively low at $8 for admission and $3 for skate rentals. Their hours vary from week to week. To get a view of the hours, visit

There are three main Christmas play specials going on through the month of December. Rudolph The Red nosed Reindeer: The Musical began in November and will have its last showing on December 30th at the Coterie Theater in Kansas City. The Nutcracker will be showing at the Kauffman Center of Performing Arts from December 6th-26th. To see showings and purchase tickets, please visit the Kauffman Center of Performing Arts website.  On December 26th, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be performing at the Sprint Center in Downtown Kansas City at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. 

There is much to do in the month of December around the Kansas City area. Each activity listed is guaranteed to be a great time for family and friends. 

Michael Amado is a senior at the University of Saint Mary pursuing a degree in Digital Communications.