Join Us for Holidays 2017

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!

FINAL WEEKS Mummies of the World: The Exhibition
Nov 18 • "Holidays Come Alive" Kickoff Ceremony with Quixotic
Nov 18 - Jan 1 Mini Holiday Express Train
Nov 23 • All Union Station Attractions including Science City Closed for Thanksgiving
Nov 24 - Dec 30 • Downtown Dazzle
Nov 28 - Dec 30 • Raggedy Ann & Andy's Christmas Adventure presented by Theatre for Young America
Dec 1 - 3 • Piano Recitals in Grand Hall
Dec 3 • Holiday Dance Showcase in Grand Plaza with Special Guest, Mrs. Claus
Dec 9 • "Merry Science Day" in Science City with Special Guest, Mrs. Claus
Dec 10 • Strawberry Swing's "Holiday Swing" Indie Craft Fair
Dec 14 • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Dec 14 - Jan 1 • Kansas City Culinary Arts School’s Gingerbread House Display
Dec 15 - 19 • Kansas City Southern Holiday Express
Dec 16 - Jan 7 • Holiday Magic Laser Show at the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium
Dec 16 • Trombone Christmas Concert in Grand Hall, 11 a.m. - Noon
Dec. 16 • Snow Globe Performance in Grand Plaza, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Dec. 17 • "Nutcracker: All Jazz'd Up"
Dec 25 • All Union Station Attractions excluding Extreme Screen closed for Christmas
Dec. 31 • Noon Year's Eve in Science City
Dec. 31 • New Year's Swingin' Eve with Dave Stephens & the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra 7

Bring the family for only $3/ticket and enjoy these seasonal throw-backs on the Region's Biggest Screen.

Nov 17 - 22: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation [more info]
Nov 24 - 30: Elf [more info]
Dec 1 - 7: Home Alone [more info]
Dec 8 - 14: Polar Express PJ Party [more info]

Holiday Spirit Train
Mini Holiday Express 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

Dec 15 - 19

The Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train rolls in with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves to deliver magical memories and holiday cheer.

Dec 15: 2 - 5 pm & Union Station Members Only 6 pm - 8 pm
Dec 16 & 17: 10 am - 8 pm
Dec 18: 11 am - 8 pm
Dec 19: 11 am - 5 pm


astro botanicals
Astro Botanicals

From November 18th through December 31st, guests will experience a bold, new sculpture garden that’s going to catch the eye of nature lovers, art enthusiasts and will capture the hearts of the playful. Just outside Science City in the new Haverty Family Yards, eight inflatable sculptures between eight and 15 feet tall will “grow” in a unique and fantastical exhibition.

Holiday Swing

We’re bringing back the “Holiday Swing” Indie Craft Fair featuring more than 100 handmade and vintage vendors of Strawberry Swing to Grand Plaza. Come buy your Holiday gifts from local Kansas City Makers.

ON TRACK - 2017 Holidays Edition

Be sure to check out our Holiday Edition of On Track for an in-depth look at all things Union Station Holidays and more!

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Laser Holiday Magic
Laser Holiday Magic at the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium

Celebrate the season with Laser Holiday Magic. We've gathered a selection of our favorite holiday tunes and brought them to life with gorgeous laser choreography.

Noon Year's Eve
Noon Year's Eve

Join us for the 5th 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 and Kansas City Jazz Orchestra 7 at historic Union Station.


Holiday Model Rail Exhibit in Grand Plaza (FREE)

The Model Rail Exhibit you know and love has expanded into Grand 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

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 to our world-class traveling exhibitions, such as Mummies of the World: 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 in the Model Train Exhibit.

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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