Thanksgiving in Kansas City 2021

Find events for Thanksgiving 2021 across the Kansas City area.  We will have a full calendar of things to do across the nation, including Thanksgiving Eve parties, Black Friday alternatives and family friendly activities for Thanksgiving Weekend.

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting - Gladstone, MO - Nov 24, 2020
Virtual event in 2020

Festival of Lights – Kansas City - Kingsville, MO - Nov 11 to Dec 30, 2021
This family-favorite festival is a breath of fresh air during a hectic holiday season. Bundle up and wander a lighted outdoor path featuring immersive, botanically-inspired installations that celebrate the natural joy of the most festive season. More than 20 miles of lights highlight the natural forms of Powell Gardens’ tree collection, show off the exceptional architecture and landscape elements in the Gardens, and create paths through Instagram and holiday card-worthy photo moments.

Legendary Tree Lighting Ceremony at Legends Outlets - Kansas City, KS - Nov 13, 2021
Kick off the holiday season with a live concert, prize giveaways, complimentary hot cocoa, fun photo ops, special deals, and family-friendly activities such as face painting, balloon animals, roaming character appearances, photos with Santa, and more. The lighting ceremony will take place in the Center Courtyard at approximately 6 PM, but festivities will continue until 8 PM. Legends Outlets’ 45-foot Christmas tree, with 2,000 ornaments is synchronized to music, and will continue to brighten spirits until early January, 2022.

Christmas Holiday Throwback Series at Union Station - Kansas City, MO - Nov 19 to Dec 21, 2021
Watch classic and retro holiday movies including National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Elf, and the Polar Express, all at Regnier Extreme Screen, the largest movie theater screen in the region. Each movie will screen for a few days, check the website for the schedule and tickets.

A Christmas Carol at KC Reperatory Theater - Kansas City, MO - Nov 19 to Nov 21, 2021
For over 40 years, Kansas City’s beloved tradition has created holiday memories for families all around our community, with all the heart and spectacle you’ve come to love… start your family tradition this year and create memories that will last for many Christmas’s to come! Join Ebenezer Scrooge on his redemptive journey with Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and rediscover the true meaning of the holidays.

Northern Lights Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Zona Rosa Town Center - Kansas City, MO - Nov 20, 2021
Zona Rosa will kick off the 2021 holiday season with the annual lighting ceremony featuring the historic holiday crowns and majestic 55′ Christmas tree! North Park near Dillards

Thanksgiving Eve at Howl at the Moon Kansas City - Kansas City, MO - Nov 24, 2021
Turkey is good, but booze is better! Celebrate the long holiday weekend with some live music, dancing and drinks, with featured drinks, games, dancing and a great night out!

Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake - Lee's Summit, MO - Nov 24 to Dec 31, 2021
Now in its 34th year, this magical winter wonderland features more than half million lights and 175 animated displays, all designed and built entirely in-house by our talented crews! Your drive to the Longview Lake Campground begins at the Frank White Jr., Softball Complex. Admission is free. Voluntary exit donations benefit more than 35 local charities. Since its inception, Christmas in the Park has donated more than 1 million dollars to charities right here in our community. Weeknights earlier in the season are more likely to have shorter lines!

Thanksgiving Day 5K & Family Stroll - Overland Park, KS - Nov 25, 2021
5K on Thanksgiving

Ward Parkway Thanksgiving Day Run - Kansas City, MO - Nov 25, 2021
10K and 5K on Thanksgiving – Don your turkey hat, pose for pics and earn your pumpkin pie by running along beautiful Ward Parkway!

Holiday Lights on Farmstead Lane - Overland Park, KS - Nov 25 to Jan 7, 2022
Enjoy a light show synchronized to your favorite holiday and movie music.

Hyde Park Pilgrim Run - Kansas City, MO - Nov 25, 2021
5k on Thanksigiving morning

KCP&L Plaza Lighting Ceremony - Kansas City, MO - Nov 25 to Jan 9, 2022
Kick off the holiday season in style and join us for this beloved Thanksgiving tradition in Kansas City. In addition to the time-honored flipping of the switch, the show will feature performances, in addition to fireworks. The lights will be lit for the rest of the season

Paulie’s Penguin Playground - Olathe, KS - Nov 25 to Dec 25, 2021
Walk through the Craig family’s yard to view all of their lit figures and enjoy the show! It’s the largest single display in Johnson County, and donations will be accepted for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Holidays Alive at Union Station - Kansas City, MO - Nov 26 to Dec 10, 2021
Various events. Check out different events in the weeks leading up to the New Year!

Meet Santa at Zona Rosa - Kansas City, MO - Nov 26 to Dec 24, 2021
It’s that magical time of year for some of your holiday traditions, including meeting Santa in his Winter Wonderland at Zona Rosa.

Christmas Card Lane - Olathe, KS - Nov 26 to Jan 1, 2022
Entire subdivision of decorated houses tied together with giant Christmas cards featuring greetings from each family

EBT Santa’s Countdown to Christmas at Crown Center - Kansas City, MO - Nov 26 to Jan 3, 2022
EBT Laughing Santa, who first appeared at KC’s Emery, Bird, Thayer department store in the early 1900s, has been providing memories for new generations at Crown Center since 1979. Children of all ages will marvel at this Jolly Ol’ Soul as he chuckles his way through the holiday season while counting down the days until Christmas.

Holiday Luminary Walk - Overland Park, KS - Nov 26 to Dec 18, 2021
During the four weekends following Thanksgiving, take a stroll along the lit pathways to experience the magical Gnome and Fairy Villages, serene winter woods by candlelight, and the colorful Children’s Garden. Enjoy musical performances in four different locations and visit with Santa in his Woodland Depot. The gardens are bright with color – while the quiet woods are lit with candles lining the walkways. Trees, buildings, and bridges are all part of the show, with thousands of lights aglow.

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Crown Center - Kansas City, MO - Nov 26 to Jan 3, 2022
The 100-foot-tall Mayor’s Christmas Tree, one of the nation’s tallest, is the centerpiece for an illuminating holiday celebration. Kansas City’s Mayor and a celebrity guest will flip the switch to light the tree. Members of the Kansas City Chorale will perform during the ceremony.

Santa’s Arrival at Crown Center - Kansas City, MO - Nov 26 to Dec 24, 2021
Santa Claus arrives in a horse-drawn carriage to kick off the holiday season. Join Santa as he makes his way to Santa’s Gingerbread Station, where he resides through December 24. No admission fee

Santa’s Gingerbread Station at Crown Center - Kansas City, MO - Nov 26 to Dec 24, 2021
Santa Claus will welcome the public throughout the holiday season for visits, wish lists and photos. A photographer will be on-site to take photos for a fee, or you may take your own.

Holiday Choirs at Crown Center - Kansas City, MO - Nov 29 to Dec 19, 2021
Beautiful music fills the halls of Crown Center, as nearly 70 area school, church and community choirs perform everyday. See the scheduled choirs La href=””>here

More Fall Activities in Kansas City:
Apple Orchards and Cider Mills
KC Haunted Houses
Ghost Tours
Halloween Events

One thought on “Thanksgiving in Kansas City 2021

  1. Steph says:

    We want to spend Thanksgiving weekend in Kansas City and don’t know where to stay. We have heard about the lights…where is that? Is it best to stay downtown to see the lights? Where can we find a traditional thanksgiving feast that is not a “chain” and is nice? Santa Claus visit?

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