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Photo by Jill Toyoshiba of The Kansas City Star
Photo by Jill Toyoshiba of The Kansas City Star

Here’s what’s happening in Kansas City Nov. 25-27


Santa’s Arrival at Crown Center

Step away from your Thanksgiving leftovers for a chance to greet St. Nick as he arrives in a horse-drawn carriage at Crown Center. The shopping center’s Santa Claus will reside at Santa’s Gingerbread Station through Dec. 24 for pictures, but kids and adults can enjoy the exhibit and climb aboard the Crown Center Express Train Engine through Dec. 31. More details about the event can be found here.

Santa Dives with the Penguins

Head to the Kansas City Zoo Friday for a sight unlike any other. At 2 p.m., Santa Claus will be taking a dive with the penguins at Helzberg Penguin Plaza. You’ll get a glimpse of Mr. Claus underwater and watch the penguins follow his lead. The event continues Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and is included with zoo admission.


Luminary Walk

The Country Club Plaza isn’t the only destination for holiday lights this weekend. At the Overland Park Arboretum, you can stroll through the candlelit trails into a wonderland of music and entertainment from 5 to 9 p.m. Visitors can expect to see gnome and fairy villages, horse-drawn carriages, a campfire and Santa Claus. Tickets are $9 per person and can be purchased here.

Kansas City Symphony Classical Series

Conductor Bernard Labadie and pianist Robert Levin join forces Saturday at the Kauffman Center for a night of Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn that you won’t want to miss. The show begins at 8 p.m., and tickets can be purchased here.


Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos

Take a break from holiday shopping and decorating to watch the Chiefs face their rivals this Sunday in a 7:30 p.m. game on NBC. Invite your friends and family over to help finish off those Thanksgiving leftovers, or head to Woody’s Sports Pub for a watch party that includes $2 off of all burgers and $3 off of well and domestic drinks.