Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner with overnight guests this Thanksgiving weekend? Here are some FREE and cheap things to do with guests Thanksgiving weekend (after a nice, long, post-feast nap, of course).
Thursday, November 23, 2023
Location: Country Club Plaza
Time: 5 PM – 7 PM
If you’ve ever been to the Plaza Lighting Ceremony, you know how spectacular it is! If you haven’t been, you’re missing out. So when you’re finished with Thanksgiving dinner, take your guests for an evening of entertainment followed by a tour of the amazing Plaza Lights. There will even be a fireworks display.
Thursday through Saturday, November 23-25, 2023
Location: Crown Center Ice Terrace
Time: 3 PM – 10 PM on Thursday; 10 PM – 11 PM on Friday and Saturday
The Crown Center Ice Terrace is sure to impress people who love ice skating. And Kansas City’s first outdoor skating rink is open for most of the holiday weekend.
Friday, November 24, 2023
Time: 6 AM – 9 PM.
The stores have mostly given up on their midnight madness events in favor of more sensible shopping hours. But a few of the major shopping areas in Kansas City are still offering FREE gift cards and thousands of dollars in prizes in addition to their Black Friday deals. If you prefer to shop from home, some major online retailers are also offering big discounts for Black Friday. So if your guests like to shop, you could make a day out of it.
Friday and Saturday, November 24 & 25, 2023
Location: Overland Park Arboretum
Time: 5 – 9 PM (Last entry at 8 PM)
The holiday luminary walk is a great Kansas City date night or family event. It includes romantic candlelit trails, light displays, horse-drawn wagon rides, hot cider around a campfire, plenty of kids’ activities, and more.
November 25 – December 8, 2023
Location: Union Station
Time: 12:30 PM, 4 PM, 7:30 PM
Union Station is showing the movie Elf on the Regnier Extreme Screen. While you’re there, you can explore the station, which is pretty impressive in and of itself, especially when it’s all decked out for Christmas.
Thursday through Sunday, November 22-26, 2023
Location: Longview Lake
Time: 5:30 PM – 10 PM
Admission: FREE; donations are accepted.
Christmas in the Park is another Kansas City must-see at Christmas! This light show features more than 300,000 lights and more than 175 animated figures, and you can see it all from the comfort of your car. Tip: Lines will be long, so get there early.
Friday through Sunday, November 24 – 26, 2023
Time: Hours vary
Jazz is a Kansas City tradition; so the city has a lot of great jazz musicians. And there are plenty of places to hear live jazz that don’t have a cover charge. Of course, you’ll be expected to buy food and/or drinks, but you’ll probably want to eat out once or twice while your guests are in town anyway.
Friday through Sunday, November 23-25, 2018
Location: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Time: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
I haven’t been to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art lately, but my best friend says it’s one of her favorite places to go in Kansas City. The museum features traveling exhibitions in addition to its own collection of more than 33,500 objects. Museum admission is FREE; they also offer FREE audio-guided tours.
So, Don’t go broke or let your guests grow bored! Instead, try a few of these things to do with guests over Thanksgiving weekend.
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