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Things to do in Kansas City Thanksgiving weekend November 24-27

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thanksgiving weekend is a great time for family, and Kansas City offers plenty of opportunities to do something fun.

From tree lighting ceremonies to holiday exhibitions, sporting events to downtown concerts, there’s always something happening on the subway.

Here are just a few of the big events scheduled in the Kansas City area this weekend:

Holiday Reflections

For the third straight year, Union Station in Kansas City is going above and beyond when decorating its Grand Hall for the holiday season. Guests will find many new pieces at this year’s Holiday Reflections exhibition.

  • When: From now until January 1st
  • Where: Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City
  • Cost: $7+, buy tickets online
Holiday reflections 2022

Christmas in the park

The 35th Annual Festival of Christmas in the Park kicked off this week, bringing the drive-thru exhibit back to Jackson County. Christmas in the Park features 1 million lights and 200 animated displays. Organizers said they added a new 125-foot Candy Land display this year.

World Cup watch party

Kansas City once again proves it’s a football capital with special watch parties for US and Mexico games on Kansas City Live! at Power&Light.

Admission is 2 hours before kick-off. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, and guests are encouraged to arrive early to secure a seat. Here are this weekend’s clock parties:

United States vs England

Mexico vs Argentina

USA vs Wales World Cup Watch Party

Plaza Lighting Ceremony

One of Kansas City’s most beloved traditions returns on Thanksgiving night to ring in the holiday season. Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, will flip the switch at the 2022 Evergy Plaza Lighting Ceremony.

  • When: 5pm pre-show, 6pm ceremony on November 24th
  • Where: Country Club Plaza
  • For free

Cirque Dreams vacation

Cirque Dreams Holidaze comes to Music Hall ready to enchant guests this holiday season. The production includes holiday magic and adds aerial circus acts, jugglers and breathtaking acrobatics.

  • When: 25-27 November
  • Where: Music Hall, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City,
  • Cost: $31+, buy tickets online

Chiefs vs. Rams

The Chiefs host the reigning Super Bowl champion this weekend when Aaron Donald and the Rams head to Kansas City. If you can’t make it to Arrowhead Stadium, you can watch this game on FOX4.

  • When: 3:25 p.m., November 27
  • Where: Arrowhead Stadium, 1 Arrowhead Drive, Kansas City
  • Cost: Find tickets online

Wheel of Fortune Live

Do you like to play with the contestants of “Wheel of Fortune”? This holiday weekend, you could play the game yourself. The show embarks on its first-ever live tour, stopping in Kansas City. Fans have the opportunity to spin a replica wheel of fortune, solve puzzles and win prizes.

  • When: 7:30 p.m. November 25
  • Where: Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City
  • Cost: Find tickets online
KC Mayor’s Christmas Tree 2020

Kansas City Mayor’s Christmas tree lights

One of Kansas City’s greatest holiday traditions returns to the Crown Center on Friday. The city’s 100-foot-tall tree made the migration from Oregon and is now all bathed in lights. Mayor Quinton Lucas and KC native Morgan Cooper, a writer and producer known for the show Bel-Air, will flip the switch.

Luminous walk

Enjoy the Christmas lights at the Overland Park Arboretum. Take a stroll along the lighted pathways in the gardens and woodland while enjoying the illuminated trees, buildings and bridges.

  • When: 5-10 p.m. 25-26 November, other dates in December
  • Where: Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 8909 W. 179th St.
  • Cost: Ticket information here

Kodak Black

“Super Gremlin” rapper Kodak Black is bringing his show to Kansas City with friends Nardo Wick, GlorRilla and more.

  • When: 7:30 p.m. November 25
  • Where: T-Mobile Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City
  • Cost: $69+, find tickets online
T-Mobile Center in Kansas City
T-Mobile Center in Kansas City

Christmas lights in downtown Lawrence

Mayor Courtney Shipley and Hank Booth will count down and turn on the holiday lights in downtown Lawrence. Afterwards, families can find Santa to share Christmas wish lists and letters, and there will be a performance of the Cantemos Youth Chorale.

  • When: 5:30 p.m. November 25
  • Where: Downtown Lawrence
  • For free

For king + country

Get in the holiday spirit this weekend. Christian pop duo For King + Country are bringing their “A Drummer Boy Christmas” tour to Kansas City.

  • When: 7 p.m., November 26
  • Where: T-Mobile Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City
  • Cost: $25+, tickets can be found here

Belton Mayor’s Christmas tree lights

The Mayor of Belton will flip the switch on the Christmas tree and city lights, guests can also expect Santas and reindeer, a holiday parade, free food and more. This event is a fundraiser for the Belton Welfare Association’s Operation Santa. Guests are encouraged to donate canned goods and cash donations are accepted.

  • When: 4:30 p.m., November 26
  • Where: Belton Main Street
  • For free

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