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Holiday Music and Performances in Kansas City

November 17, 2022


Discover Kansas City's best Holiday and Christmas shows and performances in 2022! Below you'll find a fantastic list of musical performances and plays sure to delight the whole family!


Performances that are Especially Fun for Kids


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

November 26 - December 23

The Herdman kids are a rough-and-tumble bunch who create mayhem wherever they go.  Cast in the church’s annual Christmas pageant, they bring their own unique interpretation to the familiar events. Remarkably, they help everyone rediscover its true meaning. The Seattle Times calls it “One of the best Christmas stories ever – and certainly one of the funniest.” 

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

November 15-December 31

Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson

The animated classic will come to life on The Coterie stage - and a *live jazz trio* will play the original Vince Guaraldi arrangements! Join Charlie Brown on a memorable journey as he tries to direct the school Christmas pageant. In their letters to Santa, everyone seems to be acting materialistic - so Charlie Brown tries to restore holiday spirit with a ragged little fir tree. Experience the power of this wonderful story live onstage as Charlie Brown turns to his best friend Linus to learn the season’s real meaning. Special encore song: Snoopy’s Christmas Eve encounter with the Red Baron

 

Miller Marley Presents Clara’s Dream and a Musical Revue

December 17 & 18

Since 2005 Miller Marley's Youth Ballet has come together with guest performers to present a condensed version of "Nutcracker" ~ just perfect for audiences of all ages. This adaptation of "Nutcracker" follows Clara on a magical journey that leads her into a dream-like world filled with some of your favorite scenes from this holiday classic ballet in a shortened show. Prior to "Clara's Dream" other performing groups from Miller Marley entertain with a variety of dance styles. Each year something new comes to this show. Come to see what surprises are in store this year!

 

KC Symphony's Christmas Festival

December 15-18

Bring your family to experience a concert that feels like Christmas! No loud, overpowering electronica — just beautiful arrangements of carols and songs of the season, performed by your KC Symphony, Symphony Chorus, and amazing special guests. From the family sing-along to an early visit from Santa, come and take a musical sleigh ride with us!

 

Tuba Christmas at Crown Center Square

December 9

Experience the sounds of the season, tuba-style! Registration is now open for performers to participate in TubaChristmas 2022 which will again be held outdoors at Crown Center Square. Tuba and Euphonium players are invited to perform in this fun and festive holiday concert. Come dressed for the weather, and in your Christmas finest to add to the ambiance. Registration is $10 and must be paid in advance.

Audiences may enjoy the free noon-hour performance in the Crown Center Square without reservation. Bring your own chairs and be ready to sing along to some holiday classics. This event is weather permitting.

12PM – Performance

 

Performances for all to enjoy:

 

A Spectacular Christmas

December 8-23

MTH’s annual Holiday show has become a Kansas City tradition. An original revue featuring Holiday tunes from Musical Theater, innovative arrangements of Holiday classics, and more! A high-energy singing and dancing extravaganza that has proven to be a Yule log-filled, figgy pudding fun-fest for the entire family.

 

The Doo Wop Project Christmas

December 2

Ring in the holiday season with The Doo Wop Project’s brand new ‘Holiday Pops’ concert with the Kansas City Symphony!  Featuring Broadway stars of Jersey Boys, Motown: The Musical, and A Bronx Tale, this new symphony experience combines The Doo Wop Project’s celebration of one of America’s most beloved music genres with everyone’s favorite holiday hits, sung in true “Doo Wop style.” 

 

The Family feat. Lonnie & Chloe McFadden

December 6

Swing into the holiday spirit with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and KC's beloved father-daughter duo, Chloe and Lonnie McFadden! Jazz is often portrayed as a family tree, with branches running from folks like Bessie Smith to Charlie Parker to Herbie Hancock, intertwining here and there throughout the history of the music. Sometimes, though, we are blessed with generations of artists, talent and love for the music passed down from season to season. In Kansas City, one such legacy of royalty exists in the phenomenal McFaddens. Sharing their story are Lonnie and Chloe, inviting us all to an illustrative "holiday dinner" where everyone is welcome. 

 

Kansas City Ballet Presents

The Nutcracker

December 7-24

Kansas City Ballet’s annual tradition, The Nutcracker continues to awe audiences year after year and is hailed as “positively oozing charm” by The Washington Post. The classic, Victorian-era story by E.T.A. Hoffman featuring Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, Dr. Drosselmeier and the Sugar Plum Fairy is a magical theatrical experience wrapped with exquisite costumes, grand sets, and captivating choreography. Let your wonder ignite and feel the glimmer once more as your childhood dreams return and inspire you to IMAGINE AGAIN.

 

Kansas City Symphony Presents

Handel’s Messiah

December 9-11

Witness one of the Kansas City Symphony’s most beloved holiday traditions! Featuring the Kansas City Symphony Chorus and some of America’s most accomplished soloists, Handel’s Messiah includes the iconic “Hallelujah Chorus” and sweeping solos portraying one of the greatest stories ever told. Handel’s glorious choral masterpiece will bring hope and joy to your Christmas season. 

 

Kansas City Symphony Presents

Elf™ in Concert

Film + Live Orchestra

December 21-24

Buddy was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. This holiday season relive this heartwarming holiday classic on a giant screen as every note of John Debney's wonderful score is played live to picture by your KC Symphony in Elf™ in Concert! MPAA Rating: PG


Buddy’s Holly Jolly Christmas

December 1 – 3

Zachary Stevenson returns to MTH with his Buddy Holly Holiday tribute show (say that 3 times fast!) Zach is one of the most charismatic performers you’re likely to see and he’s got holiday favorites as well as some Buddy Holly classics in store for you as he and his band serve up a unique Holiday treat! With only 3 performances, this show typically sells out in advance so don’t wait!



The Jewish Nutcracker: Short & Suite with optional Tea Party

December 4 and 11

“The Jewish Nutcracker” returns for its second year and follows Rebecca and the Nutcracker on their magical journey from Bubbe’s house to the Land of Nosh, encountering everything from mice to dancing dreidels! 


'Tis the Season

Heartland Men's Chorus

December 11

The Heartland Men's Chorus is back delivering a full spectrum of class, sass, and tidings of good cheer! Considered as "Kansas City's must-see signature holiday experience," this seasonal spectacular is filled with over 100 high-energy performers, timeless classics, special guests, and enough cutting-edge yuletide twists to leave you laughing all the way to New Years! 

Naughty, nice, or somewhere in the middle, 'TIS THE SEASON to join HMCKC for Kansas City's official "non-traditional holiday tradition!"


KPR's Big Band Christmas

December 10

Liberty Hall, Lawrence, KS

KPR's holiday jazz concert, Big Band Christmas, is making a return for the first time since 2019! Join us at Liberty Hall on Saturday, December 10, for a special holiday performance by the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. Celebrate the season and dance the night away with KPR hosts and staff. 


A Christmas Carol 2022

Nov 18 - Dec 24

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 to come!