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Holidays 2014

Stay warm and cozy inside Kansas City’s favorite holiday destination, enjoying a variety of unique sights, sounds and experiences this holiday season. Connect with Kansas City’s holiday history and make new memories of your own in this most elegant holiday setting.


Largest Indoor Holiday Tree • Holiday Plays, Performances • Breathtaking Decorations & Family Photo Ops • Kansas City Southern Hoilday Express • Holiday Movies & Planetarium Show • Mini Train Rides • Exhibitions • Holiday Science In Science City • Displays & Activities for the entire family!

Presented by Bank Midwest

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, Nov 22 | 10AM - 8PM

Holiday entertainment for the entrire family

Kiss Under the Clock with 99.7 The Point’s Kelly Urich

Tree Lighting | 5:15PM

  • Presented By

Science Santa in Science City*
• Dec 6

Holiday Dance Showcases
• Dec 14 & 21

Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express Train with Santa
• Dec 18-21

Polar Express Pajama Party in The Extreme Screen*[more info]
• Dec 19

Polar Express Pajama Party in The Extreme Screen* [SOLD OUT][more info]

Mrs. Claus Decorating Holiday Cookies In Science City*
• Dec 20

Noon Year’s Eve in Science City*
• Dec 31

* With paid admission

Holiday classics are on their way back to Union Station in the Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre for ONLY 2 BUCKS!
Starting Friday, Nov. 28th, showtimes at: 12, 2:30 & 7PM

Nov 28 - 30 Elf

Dec 5 - 7 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Dec 12 - 14 Home Alone

Dec 19 - 23 Polar Express

Holiday Spirit Train
Mini Holiday Train

Take a ride on our miniature train! Often referred to as the Jones Store Train and beloved by generations at the holidays, it was once a popular attraction at the Jones Store downtown. Riders must be under 48" tall (approximately 5-6 years of age and under). Members FREE; Non-members $5

Xtreme BUGS!
Kansas City Southern's
Holiday Express Train

Don't Miss This Great Holiday Tradition December 18-21!
Back for its 14th annual run, the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express train brings Santa Claus and his elves back to Union Station. The KCS Holiday Express is unlike any other train in the world!

Reservations are encouraged and can be made Thursday December 11th for Union Station Members and Monday December 15th for the general public.

Jingle AARGH The Way
Jingle ARRGH the Way!
A Christmas Pirate Adventure

Presented by Theatre for Young America
From the creators of How I Became a Pirate, another pirate adventure–this one to the North Pole. The comical plot comes to life with extravagantly improper characters, rollicking adventures and great songs. Showing Nov. 25, 2014 through Dec. 27 [more info]

Let it Snow
Let it Snow at the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium

“Let it Snow” features a new variety of festive classics from Frank Sinatra to Brenda Lee, and includes a stunning multi-media finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra. The soundtrack is visually enhanced with thematic animation, laser imagery, special effects and all-dome scenery in the audiovisual setting of the Planetarium’s Dome Theatre.
General Admission: $3

Xtreme BUGS!
Xtreme BUGS!

Xtreme BUGS are marching, flying, and crawling into Union Station! Get up close to these massive, moving, and buzzing insect and arthropod models. Come experience an environment that is larger than we are! Get up close and personal with over 100 giant bugs that are usually hidden from view.

Let it Snow
Holiday Science In Science City

Join us for Holiday Science in Science City all month long for exciting demonstrations, workshops & activities!

at The Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre

JERUSALEM immerses audiences into one of the world's most beloved cities. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions through the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families who call Jerusalem home. Join renowned archaeologist, Dr. Jodi Magness, as she travels underground to solve some of this city’s greatest mysteries.
General Admission: $6 (Check Box Office for current showtime listings for specific dates.)

Rock Mountain Express
Rocky Mountain Express at the Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre

Rocky Mountain Express propels audiences on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and highlights the adventure of building a nearly impossible transcontinental railway. General Admission: $6 (Check Box Office for current showtime listings for specific dates.)


Holiday Model Train Display in Sprint Festival Plaza (FREE)

Over 800 feet of track, the Holiday Model Train Exhibit has grown even larger this year! The display features eighteen consecutive running trains
and a 15-foot, 3-D, lighted Kansas City Southern Rudy train engine!

Union Station Memberships ...

... make great gifts for Year-Round Fun!

We're offering special Centennial Memberships – as well as regular memberships – to celebrate our 100th year. Special holiday benefits include:

  • FREE Holiday Mini Train rides for small children
  • FREE Admission to Polar Express Pajama Party & Science City's Noon Year's Eve
  • Schedule your time to visit Kansas City Sourthern's Holiday Express Train and Santa
  • Don't forget Union Station Members recieve FREE year-round admittance to Science City and Planetarium Shows!
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Starting November 22 you'll have the opportunity to send a letter to Santa!

Bells are ringing...

...at Union Station!

Union Station and the Salvation Army have teamed up this holiday season to help our Greater Kansas City neighbors in need. Click here to participate in the Red Kettle Campaign!

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