Opens at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at Crown Center
Crown Center gets such an early start on the holiday season that visitors might be tempted to wear shorts during the first few weeks of the four-month skating season. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday through January; shorter hours in February; special hours on holidays; closed Christmas. 816-274-8411. crowncenter.com. $6; skate rental, $3.
“A Christmas Carol”
Opens 8 p.m. Nov. 17 at Spencer Theatre
Kansas City Repertory Theatre will present a new adaptation of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Runs through Dec. 24. 816-235-2700. Tickets are $30-$102 through kcrep.org.
Christmas in the Sky
5 p.m. Nov. 22 at Longview Lake Beach
Performances by singers and dancers will be followed by the arrival of Santa Claus, then by fireworks. Also, Christmas in the Park opens, 5:30-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; runs through Dec. 31. makeyourdayhere.com.
Plaza Lighting Ceremony
5 p.m. Nov. 23 at Country Club Plaza
The flip of the switch for Kansas City’s traditional holiday kickoff is scheduled for 6:45 p.m., with fireworks and a concert to follow. Lights will shine 5 p.m.-3 a.m. daily through mid-January. countryclubplaza.com/event/plaza-lights.
Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
5:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at Crown Center Square
Mayor Sly James and a celebrity guest will light the 100-foot tree. Also, Santa’s arrival at Crown Center Shops, 10 a.m. Nov. 24. 816-274-8444. crowncenter.com. Free.
Opens 5 p.m. Nov. 24 at Worlds of Fun
Among the attractions of this first-time event will be a 70-foot tree on the new International Plaza, live holiday music, ice skating, costumed characters and shopping. Open Friday-Sunday through Dec. 17, then daily through Dec. 30 (except Dec. 24-25); 5-10 p.m. all days except 5-11 p.m. Saturday. 816-454-4545. Tickets are $15-$45 through worldsoffun.com.
Kansas City Ballet, “The Nutcracker”
Opens 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Muriel Kauffman Theatre
The holiday production returns to Kansas City for its 45th year. Runs through Dec. 24. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-931-8993. Tickets are $40.50-$140.50 through kcballet.org.
Christmas with Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith
7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Sprint Center
The Grammy winners will be joined by a full symphony orchestra, as well as Jordan Smith, winner of Season 9 of “The Voice.” 816-949-7000. Tickets are $39.50-$125 through sprintcenter.com.
Kansas City Symphony, Handel’s “Messiah”
7 p.m. Dec. 8-9 and 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at Helzberg Hall
The Kansas City Symphony Chorus and several guest vocalists will join the symphony for Handel’s most famous work. Kauffman Center. 816-471-0400. Tickets are $25-$70 through kcsymphony.org.
3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at Sprint Center
In what has become an annual Kansas City tradition, TSO will perform “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.” 816-949-7000. Tickets are $38.50-$75 through sprintcenter.com.