Holidays 2016

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!


Union Station has teamed up with the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center to offer the ultimate New Year’s Eve experience. Click here for more details and to book your New Year’s Eve package now!

Holiday classics are on their way back to Union Station in the Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre for ONLY 3 BUCKS! Showtimes at: 12:30, 3, 5:30 & 8PM

Nov 26 - Dec 1 Elf [more info]
Dec 2 - 8 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation [more info]
Dec 9 - 15 Polar Express [more info]
Dec 10 & 13 Vengan a ver la película Polar Express en pijamas [more info]

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).
Union Station Members FREE
Non-members $5

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Holiday Express Train
Kansas City Southern's
Holiday Express Train

Free to all guests!
Don't Miss This Great Holiday Tradition!
Back for its 16th 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!

Dec 16 - 20
Dec 16: 2 - 5 pm, 6 pm - 8 pm*
Dec 17 & 18: 10 am - 8 pm
Dec 19: 11 am - 8 pm
Dec 20: 11 am - 5 pm

*members only

Let it Snow
Science City

Don’t miss Holiday Science demos, workshops and more at Kansas City’s Internationally Awarded Science Center, Science City. Join us in the Santa’s workshop – The Maker Studio and in the Test Kitchen as we decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus!

Holiday Swing

New This Year! We’re bringing the “Holiday Swing” Indie Craft Fair featuring more than 100 handmade and vintage vendors of Strawberry Swing to Sprint Festival Plaza. A special Quixotic surprise will be included. Come buy your Holiday gifts from local Kansas City Makers.

Let it Snow
Downtown Dazzle

Third Annual Downtown Dazzle Kansas City - This spectacular downtown holiday experience returns the first three weekends of December delighting guests with even more experiences, activities, attractions, dining, and businesses, all connected by KC’s new crown jewel—the KC streetcar. Dec 2 – 3, 9 - 11 and 16 - 17

Downtown Dazzle
Let it Snow at the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium

Featuring a variety of festive classics from Frank Sinatra to Brenda Lee, and includes a stunning finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra. The soundtrack is visually enhanced with animation, laser imagery, special effects and all-dome scenery in the Planetarium’s Dome Theatre.
General Admission: $3

Noon Year's Eve
Noon Year's Eve

Join us for the 4th Annual Noon Year's Eve only at Science City, December 31st, Noon-7PM! Noon Year's Eve is is THE place to have a fun, safe and education New Year's Eve party for children of all ages and parents, too!

New Year's Swingin' Eve
New Year's Swingin' Eve

Kansas City’s Biggest New Year’s Eve Swing Party is Back . . . and Only At Historic Union Station!
Swing in the new year at the biggest celebration in KC, featuring the award-winning Dave Stephens Band at historic Union Station.


Holiday Model Rail Exhibit in Sprint Festival Plaza (FREE)

The Model Rail Exhibit you know and love has expanded into Sprint Festival Plaza. With over 800 feet of track, the Holiday Model Rail 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!

Open 7 Days a week: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm

POMPEII: The Exhibition

Relive the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the rediscovery of Pompeii in an all-new exhibition.

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Union Station Memberships ...
... make great gifts for Year-Round Fun!

Put a Union Station Membership at the top of your list. The benefits are big and include free, unlimited visits to Science City, a discount of 30% or more to our world-class traveling exhibitions, such as POMPEII: The Exhibition and so much more. Membership will also earn you an instant 10% OFF at Union Station’s Science City and Kansas City stores.

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Don't forget to send your letters to Santa! Located on B Level Tuesday - Sunday

Volunteer Opportunities

Make a real and lasting difference! Union Station is an architectural treasure, but it has always been the people who have given this historic landmark a heart. Be one of those people.

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Perform With Your Choir...

Union Station Kansas City hosts holiday performances all season long, and we'd love to have you join us. If you are a school or college choir wishing to perform at the Station during this holiday season, we would be delighted to accommodate you. Please read and submit this application.

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Bells are ringing... 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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Enjoy Special Holiday Offers From Union Station Restaurants and Attractions

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