Home For The Holidays

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Home For The Holidays

Continue Your Holiday Traditions at Union Station

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Home for the Holidays

Stay warm and cozy inside Kansas City’s favorite holiday destination, enjoying a variety of unique sights, sounds and experiences this holiday season. Connect with Kansas City’s holiday history and make new memories of your own in this most elegant holiday setting.

Featuring

Largest Indoor Holiday Tree • Indoor, Walk-through “Holiday Reflections” Experience • Holiday Plays & Performances • Breathtaking Decorations & Family Photo Ops • Holiday Movies & Planetarium Shows • Mini Train Rides • Exhibitions • Merry Science In Science City • Displays & Activities for the entire family!

Holiday Schedule

DATE EVENT LOCATION
11/18 – 1/1/23 Sky Station LIVE: Stars of Faith Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium More Info
11/18 – 1/1/23 Laser Holiday Magic Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium More Info
11/18 – 11/23 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Extreme Screen Theatre More Info
11/21/22 – 1/1/23 Holiday Reflections Grand Plaza More Info
11/25 – 12/8 Elf Extreme Screen Theatre More Info
11/26 – 12/23 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever City Stage Theatre More Info
12/4 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Haverty Family Yards
12/9 – 12/11 The Nutcracker, All Jazz’d Up ! City Stage Theatre More Info
12/9 – 12/20 The Polar Express Extreme Screen Theatre More Info
12/17 Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train Haverty Family Yards More Info
12/17 Merry Science Day Science City
12/31 Noon Years Eve Science City More Info
HOLIDAY REFLECTIONS

Presented by BOK Financial, Union Station expands and adds to its magical “Holiday Reflections” walk-thru holiday village. This spectacular themed experience fills Union Station’s massive Grand Plaza and features sky-reaching lights, dozens of decorated trees, forest friends and giant, floating mirrored ornaments PLUS a bigger-than-ever Rudy’s Wonderland where kids can ride the historic Jones Store Train (Mini Holiday Express Train). Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with brilliant sights and sounds as only Kansas City’s historic home can deliver.

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Photo of Union Station's "Holiday Reflections"
MAGICAL SLEIGH RIDE VR – LAPLAND ADVENTURE

New this year and exclusive to Union Station in Kansas City, explore Santa’s secret wonderland where the elves live and Christmas magic happens.  Slip, slide, fly and glide through Lapland after boarding Santa’s magical sleigh and securing your personal HD Virtual Reality headset to begin your immersive journey.  You’ll feel an incredible 4D range of sleigh motions, wind effects, sights and sounds.  Joining you will be a delightful animated character named, “D.A.S.H.”, who will guide you around the globe and even into space.  Hold on to your hats and antlers . . . this could be a bumpy ride!  This family-friendly experience will be one of the highlights of your holiday season and is conveniently located inside the wildly popular Holiday Reflections experience.  The Magical Sleigh Ride VR seats up to 6 people and is available as a separate, walk-up ticket.

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MINI HOLIDAY EXPRESS TRAIN

Take a ride on our miniature train! Often referred to as the Jones Store Train and beloved by generations at the holidays, it was once a popular attraction at the Jones Store downtown. Riders must be under 48″ tall (approximately 5-6 years of age and under). Accessible only with paid admission to Holiday Reflections .
Pricing: Union Station Members FREE | Non-members $5

Please ensure you are purchasing Mini Train tickets during the same time-frame of your Holiday Reflections tickets.

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Buy Tickets

Bring the family for only $3.50/ticket and enjoy seasonal throw-backs on the Region's Biggest Screen.

Classic Holiday Movies Presented by Canadian Pacific

Photo from Christmas Vacation

Nov. 18th - Nov. 23rd

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon.

Photo from Elf

Nov. 25th - Dec. 8th

Elf

Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

Still from Polar Express

Dec. 9th - Dec. 20th

The Polar Express

This is the story of a young hero boy on Christmas Eve who boards on a powerful magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus's home. What unfolds is an adventure that follows a doubting boy, who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole; during this ride, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery which shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

The Kansas City Southern Holiday Express returns for 2022! This six-car holiday train features intricate displays both inside and out, and will bring Santa Clause and his elves to visit Kansas City.

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HOLIDAY SHOWS AT THE ARVIN GOTTLIEB PLANETARIUM

Celebrate the season at The Planetarium with two wonderful holiday shows Laser Holiday Magic and Sky Station Live: Stars of Faith .

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Photo of boy from Noon Years Eve
NOON YEAR’S EVE

Join us for Noon Year’s Eve, sponsored by MRI Global, only at Science City, December 31st, Noon – 6:30 PM! Noon Year’s Eve is is THE place to have a fun, safe and education New Year’s Eve party for children of all ages and parents, too!

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LIVE SHOWS

Join us in the City Stage Theatre for Live Holiday Performances from Theatre For Young America , and Academy of the Arts .

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Help Support The Station

UNION STATION MEMBERSHIPS MAKE GREAT GIFTS FOR YEAR-ROUND FUN!

Give the gift of education, entertainment and discovery. The gift of Membership to Union Station is guaranteed to please, with great savings to year-round attractions and special touring exhibitions.

Gift memberships are sold as gift cards. When the recipient is ready to redeem your gift, they can go online and pick the membership that best suits their family.

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DONATE TO UNION STATION

More trees. More lights. More stunning beauty than ever before. Why? Because we ALL need this. And we need it in a way that only KC’s historic home can deliver.

Donate now to make an immediate and important impact. Be part of our beloved holiday traditions!

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Make a real and lasting difference! Union Station is an architectural treasure, but it has always been the people who have given this historic landmark a heart. Be one of those people.

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PERFORM WITH YOUR CHOIR…

Union Station Kansas City hosts holiday performances all season long, and we’d love to have you join us. If you are a school or college choir wishing to perform at the Station during this holiday season, we would be delighted to accommodate you.

Please read and submit this application.

No outside Santa Claus’ or any other costumed actor/s permitted without prior written consent from Management. All musical performances must complete registration and require prior written permission from Management.

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BELLS ARE RINGING…

…at Union Station!

Union Station and the Salvation Army have teamed up this holiday season to help our Greater Kansas City neighbors in need. Red kettles will be on site throughout the Holiday Season.