Winter Must Do’s in KC!

As the temperature drops in Kansas City and winter quickly approaches, look to this list to plan your perfect winter season!

Katie Stegeman, Reporter

As the temperature drops in Kansas City and winter quickly approaches, it means the beginning of all winter activities to enjoy with friends and family. Many students struggle with where to begin when planning, so this list will outline all the Kansas City winter season “must do’s”!

Ice skating is a favorite holiday tradition to many. It is available at Crown Center and also at Leawood’s ‘Park Place’. Crown Center’s rink is open November 4th until March 12th, with hours from 10am to 9pm on weekdays and later hours of 10am to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission for Crown Center’s Ice Skating rink is 8 dollars, with a fee of 5 dollars for renting skates. 

The Ice at Park Place is open all days (weather permitting) from 5-9 pm from November 18th until February 20th. Admission is 11 dollars, with a fee of 4 dollars for rental skates. Many attractions surround this rink such as seasonal festivities, food and drinks, and holiday shopping!

The Ice at Park Place! (Photo courtesy of

Seeing The Nutcracker is a popular yearly winter tradition for some, but it could also be yours! Throughout the month of December, the Kansas City Ballet puts on this show, setting the wintertime setting for their audience. Phenomenal dancers make this a great show, consistently astonishing the audience every year. 

Another cozy way to spend your time this holiday season is to go see a movie. Some up and coming movies are Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and Avatar: The Way of Water. With the easy access to movie streaming services, it’s easy to just stay home. But nothing can beat the movie magic of the theaters during the winter season!

As snow begins falling, and temperatures get closer to freezing, a perfect way to spend your free time is at Snow Creek in Weston, Missouri. Skiing, snowboarding, and tubing are available at this mini man-made mountain! Getting a day pass means experiencing all of this for around $40/day. Snow Creek is estimated to open around December 17th this year, but this date is uncertain and could change as weather is more known. 

Visiting the Country Club Plaza on Thanksgiving evening to view the lights turning on is one of the most cherished winter traditions by many Kansas citians. Thanksgiving evening marks the beginning of the season, lighting up the plaza until the middle of January. Many enjoy viewing other Christmas Light shows in the area as well, such as the Christmas in the Park lights.

Hopefully, you’re able to use this list to have the perfect winter season and end 2022 on a strong note!