December is always a busy month with holiday decorating, baking, parties and oh yes, shopping. Outside of all that fun, we found some really fun events and things happening around KC this month. We also included a holiday lights section!
Winter Wonder Week – Dec 14th 3pm – 7pm
Downtown Overland Park is putting on this amazing event that includes a cookie bake-off, pictures with Santa, sleigh rides, music and a luminary walk! I have a feeling the kids would love everything about this!
Reindeer Games and Selfies with Santa – Dec 14th 11am – 1pm
Need to wear out the kids before nap, take them to the Lenexa Rec Center for snowball fights, homemade ornaments, cookie decorating and oh, a picture with Santa! They’ll have lots of other fun things for the kids to do!
Restaurant and Bars…
This is a holiday pop up restaurant on the Plaza and at Rockhill. This pop up is decked out with all things Christmas. They even have holiday themed cocktails and food. You can also buy the fun holiday themed drinkware.
Grab your Hawaiian shirt and head to the back room at the Julep for this fun popup! Lots of fun fruity and fun beverages!
This is one of my favorites. It’s not your normal frozen pot pies, you know the one you grew up eating. They have amazing specials and I haven’t had anything I didn’t love! It’s a perfect warm comfort food for these winter months.
Another favorite is Rye! We have not been to the new location on the Plaza but I’m sure it’s just as amazing. One of my go to favorites is their Chicken and Dumplings. And don’t forget a slice of pie. They have the BEST pies! We always get a slice of Lemon Meringue pie no matter how full we are!
Take the family to enjoy Charlie Brown’s Christmas play. Charlie Brown has always been a family favorite and love that they took the animated classic and turned it into a play. They have a jazz trio playing the music, how fun!
There is always something magical about the Nutcracker and we love watching it every year. Start a new tradition by dressing up and seeing this amazing ballet performance. They have a family VIP experience with private reception suite before the show and at intermission. Free wine, kids drinks, holiday treats and hands-on activities. Costumed characters from the show will make a special VIP-only appearance at intermission!
Family Tree Nursery has invited Santa to their beautiful stores. Bring the kids and get a picture with Santa!
If you need an excuse to go shopping, head over to Park Place to find Santa while you’re picking up gifts. Santa will be walking around Park Place waiting to get a picture of you and the kids!
Head to Union Station to see Santa and tour the holiday train for free! The holiday train, Rudy, has a flat car that carry’s Santa’s sleigh, a miniature village, a gingerbread boxcar and so much more!
Hear some carols as you are walking through the Plaza enjoying the lights.
Grab your strollers or date night partner for a beautiful lite walk through the Arboretum. They have music, hot apple cider to keep you warm and give you all the holiday feels.
Want to see all the Christmas inflatables in one location? Head out to Olathe to walk through this fun setup!
Drive through a the number one rated neighborhood for Christmas lights and decorations. It’s located at 131st Place and Antioch.
Keep warm in the car and watch the synchronized light show!
Drive though Candy Cane Lane in Prairie Village to see amazing Christmas lights. This has been a 60 year old tradition!
Walk through holiday lights and unique botanically-themed displays. They also have a variety of activities and food/drink.
Drive through Longview Lake to see all the amazing lights.
Hope you have some time to get out and enjoy all of these holiday festivities. Let us know if you make it out to any of them. Happy Holidays!