The holidays are fast approaching, and family productions are getting underway. This year's Kansas City area family friendly holiday shows include concerts, plays, ballets and even a puppet show!
A Spectacular Christmas Holiday Show
December 5 - 22, 2013
Off Center Theatre, 2450 Grand, Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Professional theater company whose concert-style productions bring alive the American Musical like never before. Full bar and free parking. Tickets from $10. Learn more.
Twas the Night Before Christmas by Theater of Young America (TYA)
December 10 - 29, 2013
H&R Block City Stage, 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108
This new play based on the beloved holiday poem brings to life the wild holiday adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl on their quest to find out why Santa missed their house last year. Tickets from $9. Learn more.
Kansas City Symphony Christmas Festival
December 13 - 16, 2013
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, MO
Kansas City's grandest holiday concert returns for six performances. The Symphony and Symphony Chorus present stunning musical arrangements of cherished Christmas carols and songs of the season, and welcome exciting guest singers and musicians for a healthy dose of Christmas cheer. Plus, an early visit from Santa! Learn more.
A Laura Ingall's Wilder Christmas
December 12 - 15, 2013
Blue Springs City Theatre
2000 NW Ashton Dr., Blue Springs, MO
During their poorest winter ever, when the death of their son, Freddie, and the devastating hoards of grasshoppers have forced the Ingalls family to backtrack, Laura overhears wealthy Mrs. Starr ask Ma if she can adopt Laura as her own. Will Laura face life without Ma, Pa, Mary and Carrie? This original play, based on actual events in Laura's life, shares the little-known chapter of the Ingalls family in Burr Oak, Iowa, and Laura's discovery of the true meaning of enduring family bonds. Tickets from $8. Learn more.
The Nativity, by Paul Mesner Puppets
December 13 - 15, 2013
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, MO
Puppeteers present this larger-than-life size staging of the birth of Jesus Christ as adapted from biblical and 14th century Miracle play texts. Tickets from $9. Learn more.
Twas the Night Before Christmas by Fountain City Brass Band
December 14, 2013
Fountain City Brass Band's annual Christmas concert with free reception after the concert. Tickets from $5. Learn more.
Storybook Christmas by Puppetry Arts Institute
December 14, 21, and 22, 2013
Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Rd., Independence, MO 64052
Share the Yuletide season with Pinocchio, the Tinman of OZ, Alice in Wonderland, Humpty Dumpty, and Storybook characters galore. All come together on stage in a talent show of festive puppet fun. Tickets $5 per person. Learn more.
The Nutcracker by American Youth Ballet
December 14, 2013
Tchaikovsky's holiday classic, The Nutcracker, performed on Johnson County Community College's Yardley Hall Stage. Don't miss the magic and tradition. A 40ft growing tree, snow falling on stage, and a live orchestra highlight Overland Park tradition. Learn more.
Dicken Carolers in Concert
December 20, 21, 22, and 23, 2013
Chestnut Fine Arts Center, 234 N Chestnut, Olathe, KS 66061
The voices of the Dickens Carolers have been compared to those of heavenly angels! Treat yourdelf to a special holdiay gift as you relax and listen to your favorite holiday melodies sung by the Dickens Carolers in Concert. Tickets $22. Learn more.
"Joy to the World" Christmas Benefit Concert
December 20, 2013
The Folly Theater, 300 West 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
Come enjoy a night of Christmas music in one of Kansas City’s most historic venues. All proceeds go to support a local start up company called World Help Solutions whose passion is to provide technology solutions for local health care workers on the ground in developing countries. Tickets from $15. Learn more.
Kansas City Ballet's The Nutracker
December 1 - 24, 2013
Muriel Kauffman Theatre, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, MO
A joyous holiday classic featuring the breathtaking sights and sounds - a magic Christmas tree, dazzling costumes and scenery, stunning choreography and dozens of beautiful dancers, all paired with the Kansas City Symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable music. Learn more.
Christmas in Song
November 21 - December 24, 2013
Quality Hill Playhouse, 303 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO
Blend of traditional, popular, gospel, and classical holiday show will delight all audiences. Learn more.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Lost Christmas Eve
December 22, 2013 (2 shows)
Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64106
Celebrating 15 years of touring with an encore and final performance of their multi-platinum rock opera, "The Lost Christmas Eve." Bring a canned food item to support Harvesters and receive a complimentary entry voucher for the GRAMMY Museum Experience at Sprint Center. Tickets from $31. Learn more.
Rudolph the Recycled Reindeer
November 22, 2013 - January 1, 2014
Martin City Melodrama & Vaudeville Co., 9601 Metcalf, Overland Park, Kansas 66212
Delight in this holiday performance featuring the world famous Water Glass Symphony. Tickets from $10.99. Learn more.
November 12, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Coterie Theatre (inside Crown Center), 2450 Grand Ave., Kansas City, MO 64108
By popular demand, The Coterie returns to Oz in the Tony award-winning, timeless musical classic. Dorothy and three friends ease on down a fabulous yellow brick road. Tickets from $12. Learn more.