7 Things To Do In KC the Weekend before Thanksgiving: November 19–21, 2021

Photo courtesy of Spencer Theatre
A Christmas Carol | Friday, November 19–Sunday, November 21

It’s opening weekend for KC Rep’s A Christmas Carol. This local rendition of Charles Dickens’ classic tale has delighted audiences for over forty years. The entire family can enjoy the tale of Scrooge’s journey through Christmas Past, Present and Future and get lost in the music and magic of this holiday classic. The show runs until December 26. 

Times vary. Spencer Theatre, 4949 Cherry St., KCMO. Prices vary.

Crossroads Hotel, staff photo
Hotel Le Skate | Friday, November 19

Crossroads Hotel is hosting a hotel skate party with live DJs and a disco ball, and I can’t imagine anything more iconic than roller skating under a disco ball in one of the city’s coolest hotels. Don’t have skates? Don’t sweat it, you’ll be able to rent some on the spot. Think you might work up an appetite? Crossroads Hotel just reopened their moody Italian restaurant, so you can make a night of it. 

6-10 pm. Crossroads Hotel, 2101 Central St., KCMO. $10.

The Rink at Zona Rosa | Friday, November 19–Sunday, November 21

Speaking of skating, are you looking for ice skating in the Northland this holiday season? Zona Rosa is opening its ice rink for this Friday—there will be public ice skating, pond hockey, and special events. Stop by Topsy’s at Zona for the ultimate Kansas City holiday tradish. 

Hours vary. Zona Rosa, 8731 N. Stoddard Ave., KCMO. Admission: $11. Skate rental: $4.

Makers on the Block Holiday Block Party | Saturday, November 20

Wanna shop local for the holidays and avoid shipping fiascos while supporting Kansas City artists? You do, obviously. Virgil’s Plant Shop is hosting a block party with over twenty makers and vendors. There will also be music, games, food, and of course, plants. Plus DJ Dan Cool will be there spinning records to set the crispiest of backdrops for your shopping pleasure. Can’t make this one? Here is a collection of even more local makers

11 am-6 pm. Virgil’s Plant Shop, 2763, Cherry St., KCMO. Free.

Festival of Lights | Friday, November 19-Sunday, November 21

Who wouldn’t want to usher in the holidays by wandering through the glow and twinkle of thousands of lights? Take a stroll through Powell Gardens’ captivating and colorful display, comprising nearly twenty miles of lights strung across the garden’s bountiful trees and architecture. While you’re there, you can also visit Santa and stay warm with a cup of their hot chocolate or Louisburg cider. Festival of Lights will happen this weekend through December 30. 

4-10 pm. Powell Gardens, 1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, MO. Prices vary.

KC Wine Co. Sip & Shop | Saturday, November 20

Need to wine-down before the inlaws come into town? Head to KC Wine Co. this Saturday for their Sip & Shop event. There will be local businesses and wines of all kinds—including wine slushes. 

10 am-5 pm. KC Wine Co.,13875 South Gardner Rd., Olathe. Free. 

Photo courtesy of Starlight
Van Gogh Alive | Now–Friday, December 31

The much-hyped Van Gogh show—the one that exists, not the one that sold millions of dollars worth of tickets to a “mystery venue” and then postponed—makes use of moving images, sounds, lights and fragrances to create a multi-sensory experience designed to transport you into the world of one of the most influential artists in history. It runs until the end of the year. And best of all, it has an actual location.

Various times. Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Road, KCMO. $30–$60.

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