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A Kansas City Winter Wonderland

Perfect Attractions for the Holiday Season

Kansas City is famed for BBQ, jazz, their numerous fountains, and for being one of the friendliest cities in the Midwest. The city is a popular family destination with numerous activities for everyone to enjoy, especially during the holidays.

1. National World War I Museum

Escape the cold and head indoors to visit the #1 ranked attraction in Kansas City, The National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial. As the only American museum dedicated to preserving World War I artifacts through its numerous exhibits, it is truly one of a kind. Through the displays of photographs, videos, personal belongings and more, this museum goes beyond history textbooks and puts you in the shoes of everyday living of the soldiers. There's so much to see tickets are good for two days. 

2. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Come see a treasured holiday favorite, "The Nutcracker" at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. It's the home to the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera and the Kansas City Ballet, and features two performance halls. Visitors rave about its acoustics as well as its exterior architecture and modern interior design. View their schedule for a full listing of events or check out their website for regularly scheduled tours that cover architectural highlights and give a thorough overview of the project.

3. Union Station

KC's central hub for transportation is a historical destination that features shops, exhibits and more. Find your holiday spirit at Union Station with the annual Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train. For 16 years, this train has been bringing Santa Claus and his elves back to Kansas City. Visit with Santa and take a tour of the special train that includes a smiling tank car, a flatcar carrying Santa's sleigh, reindeer, a gingerbread boxcar and more surprises for the whole family to enjoy. 

4. Kansas City Zoo

There's no better time to visit the Kansas City Zoo than during the holiday season. Mingle with Santa, his elves, and Mrs. Claus during the Holiday Wild event. Then watch Santa plunge into the penguin exhibit. The Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with the Polar Bear Passage becoming the North Pole and the Helzberg Penguin Plaza turns into the South Pole. See what lions do during enrichment time with Christmas trees decorated with meatball ornaments. The zoo is home to more than 1,300 animals; you'll certainly see your fill of animals exotic, aquatic and everything in between.

- By Ettractions Digital Content Editor PAULA MARINO

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