It’s that time of year again.. the leaves are beginning to cover the ground and winter is right around the corner. While it might be tempting to snuggle under a blanket and watch a movie as the temperatures begin to plummet, don’t let the frigid temperatures turn you into a homebody. This year, grab the whole family and check out these 7 fun winter activities in Kansas City.
1. Marvel at the holiday decorations in Union Station
Union Station is Kansas City’s favorite holiday destination – a one stop shop for all your favorite holiday activities. There’s no shortage of holiday cheer throughout the winter as a huge variety of activities are offered for all ages. Whether you’re in search of extravagant holiday decorations, Kansas City’s Holiday Express Train, holiday plays, performances, and movies, or anything else holiday related, then look no further than Union Station. Union Station has special holiday events and activities happening all winter long – click here to find the latest on all of Union Station’s holiday events.
2. Admire the lights at the Country Club Plaza
Thousands flock to the Plaza on Thanksgiving night to watch live performances and witness the annual “flip of the switch” that illuminates hundreds of lights around the Country Club Plaza (event details here). The annual lighting signifies the beginning of the Christmas season and serves as a fun family tradition for many families throughout the Kansas City area. The lights shine brightly all throughout the Plaza and remain lit until the middle of January, so if big crowds aren’t really your thing or you missed the ceremony then you still have plenty of time to enjoy the lights.
3. Hit the slopes at Snow Creek
Located just northwest of Kansas City, Snow Creek is the perfect spot to try your hand at skiing or snowboarding. While it’s not Breckenridge or Vail, Snow Creek is a super fun and affordable alternative for beginners or those just wanting to hit the slopes a little closer to home (details on hours, tickets, and rentals). If you’re just starting out, take advantage of the lessons offered and you’ll be speeding down the mountain in no time.
Skiing and snowboarding not really your thing? Spend an afternoon snow tubing instead! (more on snow tubing here).
4. Warm up with a free coffee tour
If you love coffee then this is the perfect winter activity for you. The Roasterie is one of the best spots in Kansas City to stop in and grab a cup of joe on a cold day. Even better than that, they offer a complimentary coffee tour where you can learn all about the process used to create their signature air-roasted coffee (tour details here). Take a step back from the traditional winter activities and warm up with a free coffee tour this year.
5. Horse-drawn carriage ride at the Country Club Plaza
There’s hardly a better way to admire the lights illuminating the Country Club Plaza than from a horse-drawn carriage. Whether you’re looking for a fun family activity or a romantic date night with your significant other, a carriage ride around the Plaza is the perfect idea (details on hours and rates).
6. Ice skating at Crown Center
It wouldn’t quite be winter without a few laps around the ice skating rink. Head to Crown Center in Downtown Kansas City for the best ice skating in the area (ice skating details here). Once you’ve tired yourself out ice skating, cozy up next to the Christmas tree in Crown Center and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate – Crown Center is a must-see during the holidays.
7. Tap into your competitive side at a hockey game
Bundle up and get your competitive energy flowing by heading to the ice rink to cheer on the Missouri Mavericks. The Missouri Mavericks, Kansas City’s only hockey team, compete throughout the winter at the Independence Events Center. Throw on a jersey, grab a foam finger and enjoy a hockey game this winter (schedule and ticket information here).
None of these activities quite what you’re looking for? Don’t fret! Check out Visit KC for frequent updates on all the happenings in Kansas City this winter!
Do you have any favorite winter activities in Kansas City to add to the list? Leave a comment below!