Kansas City Symphony Christmas Festival
Opens 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Kauffman Center
The symphony and Symphony Chorus, with guest vocalists and musicians, will perform songs of the season. There also will be a visit from Santa Claus and, at each performance, an audience member will receive a jewelry prize from Helzberg Diamonds. Also, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16; 1 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20. Helzberg Hall. 816-994-7222. kcsymphony.org. $15-$80.
The Night the Buzz Stole …
6:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 15-17, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
The first of four nights of music presented by 96.5 The Buzz occurred last week, but The Night the Buzz Stole XXmas, XXXmas and XXXXmas will bring a variety of sounds to the Midland this week. German folk group Milky Chance and the Philadelphia duo Marian Hill are among four acts on Thursday’s bill. Friday will feature Third Eye Blind, with Band of Horses highlighting Saturday’s cast of performers. 816-283-9921. midlandkc.com. $29.65.
Best of Kansas City Comedy Show
8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at Folly
Four of the area’s top comedians — Mike Baldwin, AJ Finney, Mike Smith and Cortez Anthony Carter — are scheduled to take the stage in a benefit for the Bacchus Foundation. Baldwin won the prestigious Seattle International Comedy Competition in 2011. Finney was on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2014. Smith appeared on Season 13 of BET’s “Comic View.” Carter is co-founder of the I’m So Wyandotte Picnic. 816-474-4444. follytheater.org. $20-$50.
8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, and 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Kansas City Improv
Sheryl Underwood’s day job is as one of the five regular hosts on the CBS daytime talk show “The Talk,” and she has appeared in several movies and TV shows, including “Supergirl,” “The Odd Couple” and soap operas “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.” But the Little Rock, Ark., native got her show biz start in comedy and was the first female finalist in the Miller Lite Comedy Search in 1989. 816-759-5233. improvkc.com. $27.
William Baker Festival Singers
7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral
The 50-voice Festival Singers will present their 19th annual “Candlelight, Carols & Cathedral” concerts at two cathedrals that are a block apart in downtown Kansas City. The program will include folk carols from around the world, works by Nystedt, Brahms and Bach and the premiere of a work by composer-in-residence Ed Frazier Davis. 913-403-9223. festivalsingers.org. $5-$20.
Kansas vs. Davidson
6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Sprint Center
The Jayhawks should face a decent test in their annual visit to the Sprint Center. The Davidson Wildcats have played only two home games, but they are 5-3 and will have had 10 days off to prepare for Kansas since losing 84-73 at North Carolina. 816-949-7000. sprintcenter.com. $62-$127.
NCAA Division II Football Championship
3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Children’s Mercy Park
This is the third consecutive season the NCAA Division II championship game will be played at the home of the Sporting Kansas City soccer team, and the second time for Northwest Missouri State to play there for the title. The Bearcats (14-0), who were Division II champions in 2015 as well as four times from 1998 through 2013, will face North Alabama (11-1) in the final. Northwest Missouri State beat Shepherd, W.Va., 34-7 in the 2015 national championship game. sportingkc.com/childrens-mercy-park. $25-$70.
David Basse and Joe Cartwright Septet
7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Polsky Theatre
Two Kansas City jazz standouts will highlight this installment of Winterlude, a series of concerts featuring local and international performers. Pianist Joe Cartwright, a graduate of the UMKC Conservatory of Music, is the musical director for the NPR radio show “12th Street Jump.” Vocalist David Basse is a regular on “12th Street Jump” and hosts “Jazz with David Basse” on NPR. Carlsen Center, JCCC. 913-469-8500. jccc.edu/performing-arts-series. $10-$20.
Chiefs vs. Tennessee
Noon Sunday, Dec. 18, at Arrowhead Stadium
With 10 days to recover since their big Thursday night victory over the Oakland Raiders, the Chiefs should be rested as they enter the three-game homestretch of the 2016 season. They can’t afford to lose this home game against the Titans if they want to stay ahead of the Raiders in the AFC West. 816-920-9300. chiefs.com. $35-$295
8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Singer/songwriter Chrisette Michele won a Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for the song “Be OK” in 2009 and was nominated for Best R&B Album for “Better” in 2014. The Central Islip, N.Y., native is touring with Raheem Devaughn in support of her latest album, “Milestone.” This concert was postponed from Aug. 19. 816-283-9921. midlandkc.com. $20-$45.
2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22, at Chestnut Fine Arts Center
Costumed in turn-of-the-century attire, the Dickens Carolers include more than 50 performers from diverse backgrounds and walks of life. They are celebrating their 31st season of serving up holiday cheer, which includes annual appearances at the Chestnut. 913-764-2121. chestnutfinearts.com. $25.
Kansas City Symphony, Screenland at the Symphony: “Home Alone”
7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 21-22, at Kauffman Center
Composer John Williams wrote many of the late-20th century’s most admired movie scores, including this one, which will be performed live by the Kansas City Symphony while the movie shows behind it. The 1990 comedy stars Macaulay Culkin as an 8-year-old boy who is left behind when his family departs on Christmas vacation and then defends his home against two bungling thieves. Helzberg Hall. 816-994-7222. kcsymphony.org. $30-$85.