Join Us for Holidays 2019

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 Holiday Express • Holiday Movies & Planetarium Show • Mini Train Rides • Exhibitions • Holiday Science In Science City • Displays & Activities for the entire family!

Holiday Schedule

Celebrate the magic of the holidays with a full season of award-winning fun and nostalgia at your historic Union Station. Laugh, dream, explore, make, sing and MORE at these one-of-a-kind events that are part of Kansas City’s holiday family tradition.

DON'T MISS! Genghis Khan: Bringing The Legend To Life
Nov 23 • Hands-on activities beginning at 10 AM.   Holiday Lighting Ceremony and Special performance by Quixotic at 6:30 pm
Nov 23 - Dec 28 • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Presented by Theatre for Young America
Nov 24 • Holiday Dance Showcase
Nov 28 • All Union Station attractions including Science City closed for Thanksgiving
Nov 30 & Dec 1 • Strawberry Swing’s “Holiday Swing” Indie Craft Fair. Purchase gifts from local crafters and makers. Food trucks and cash bar available.
Dec 12 - 13 • Piano Recital
Dec 14 • Merry Science Day in Science City. Members get in FREE.
Dec 15 - 17 • Piano Recital
Dec 18 - 22 • Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train
Dec. 19 - Jan. 16 • Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker
Dec. 21 • Returning!  Trombone Christmas Concert & Snow Globes Performance in Grand Plaza
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 the Dave Stephens Band

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

Nov 15 - 21: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation [more info]
Nov 22 - 27: Elf [more info]
Nov 29 - Dec 5: How The Grinch Stole Christmas [more info]
Dec 6 - 18: 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 18 - 22

Back for its 19th year, the train rolls in with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves. Members make reservations first!

Dec 18: 2 - 7:30 pm
Dec 19: 11 am - 6 pm
Dec 20: 11 am - 5 pm and 6-8 pm for Union Station Members
Dec 21 & 22: 10 am - 7:30 pm

Holiday Swing

Strawberry Swing’s “Holiday Swing” Indie Craft Fair. Purchase gifts from local crafters and makers. Food trucks and cash bar available.

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 at Science City

End 2019 with STEAM fun, 2000+ balloons and more at this 7th Annual event from Noon - 7 p.m. Don’t miss out on the balloon drop at 6pm!

New Year's Swingin' Eve
New Year's Swingin' Eve with Dave Stephens & the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra 7

Ring in 2020 in a venue like no other! Festivities will kick off at 8 p.m. in Grand Plaza. Buy your ticket today. This will sell out!


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 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!

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 Genghis Khan: 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.

Become a Union Station Member today. Special holiday benefits include:

  • FREE Holiday Mini Train rides for small children
  • FREE Admission to 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 award-winning Science City!

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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.

No outside Santa Claus’ or any other costumed actor/s permitted without prior written consent from Management. Please contact [email protected] for permission and inquiries. All musical performances must complete registration and require prior written permission from Management.

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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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