Join Us for Holidays 2018

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!

Holiday Schedule

DON'T MISS! Dinosaurs Revealed: Journey Across America
Nov 17 • Kick Off Ceremony beginning at 10 AM. Special performances by Harmonium, Quixotic and More!
Nov 20 • Capitol Christmas Tree Tour Stop in KC
Nov 27 - Dec 22 • Theatre for Young America – Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
Dec 1 & 2 • "Holiday Swing" Indie Craft Fair
Dec. 3 • Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
Dec 8 • CELLbrate The Holidays in Science City
Dec 9 • Holiday Dance Showcase in Grand Plaza
Dec 14 - 18 • Kansas City Southern Holiday Express
Dec. 15 • Trombone Christmas Concert at 11 am & Snow Globes Performance at 1 pm in Grand Plaza
Dec. 15 & 16 • Academy of the Arts – Nutcracker: All Jazz'd Up
Dec. 29 • Grand Plaza re-route 5:00 pm Holiday display not accessible
Dec. 30 • Grand Plaza re-route all day: Holiday display accessible from North (10 am – 5 pm)
Dec. 31 • Grand Plaza re-route all day: Holiday display accessible from North (10 am – 5 pm)
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 16 - 21: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation [more info]
Nov 23 - 29: Elf [more info]
Nov 30 - Dec 6: Home Alone [more info]
Dec 7 - 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 14 - 18

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

Dec 14: 2 - 5 pm & Union Station Members Only 6 pm - 8 pm
Dec 15 & 16: 10 am - 8 pm
Dec 17: 11 am - 8 pm
Dec 18: 11 am - 5 pm

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.

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 6th 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: Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 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 Dinosaurs Revealed: Journey Across America 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.

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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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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