By Jenah Wieczorek, Army Spouse
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! There are so many fun things to do at Ft. Leavenworth and in the greater Kansas City area. We highlighted a few of our favorite Fort Leavenworth activities below.
• Fort Leavenworth Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 1st from 4-6pm at Zais Park. Come see Santa, take a carriage ride, hear the school choir sing and then watch the tree light up! Make sure to dress warm.
• A Christmas Carol
December 1st and 2nd at 7:30 pm at Xavier Theatre on the University of St. Mary Campus. This play is sure to get you in the mood for Christmas. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids/students.
December 2nd from 10am-3pm. This annual event is the biggest fundraiser for the FLSC and hosts 100 vendors ready to meet your Christmas shopping needs. The gates of Ft. Leavenworth are open to the public and tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite or at the door. Ticket sale proceeds go towards scholarships and grants for military spouses and children!
• A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol
December 5th and 7th from 7-8pm at the Theatre on Ft. Leavenworth. A fun adaptation of everyone’s favorite holiday tale. This theatre is free and open to the public.
• CYS Super Saturday
Need some Holiday help or perhaps just need a day to get your holiday shopping done? CYS presents Super Saturday, Holiday Edition! The CDC will be available for child care for children six weeks thru Preschool and K-5 on Saturday, December 9th.
Did you know you can take a short drive to Weston, MO and ski, tube, and snow board? Fresh powder and family fun await your family with a projected opening date of Dec. 15th. Check their website for further updates and the live camera!
• 312th Army Band Holiday Concert
December 9th at 7 pm at the Lewis & Clark Center. This event is free and open to the public.
• Leavenworth Candlelight Homes Tour
December 10th from 1pm-7pm at the Leavenworth County Historical Society on 5th street. This event is in its 26th year and will take a tour through Leavenworth’s historic homes and mansions. Ticket sales benefit the historical society and are tax deductible!
December 16th at 11 am at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Give back to our fellow military and veteran community by laying wreaths on the graves.
• Christmas Break
Starting around December 18th-January 3rd- Fort Leavenworth Schools will be on Christmas Break. Leavenworth and Lansing Schools will end around the 21st and 22nd. Enjoy your family time!
GET OUT OF TOWN!
While some families want to stay local, others feel the itch to get out and about and see what the surrounding cities have to offer. Kansas City, MO has a plethora of holiday activities going on. A few highlights are below.
Kansas City Zoo
Bundle up and take the family to the Kansas City Zoo! Penguin marches, Winter Wonderland, and Santa diving with the Penguins are just a few of the events going on in December.
So many holiday events take place at Crowne Center. The Ice Terrace is already operating and runs through March if you like to skate. The Mayor’s 100 foot Christmas Tree Lighting and visit from Santa takes place the day after Thanksgiving and is always a crowd pleaser. Add in the local restaurants and shops, and this is a full day event.
The Sprint Center is hosting all sorts of events! Christmas with Amy Grant and Michael Smith will be held on December 8th, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be in town December 9th and 10th, The NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship will take place December 14-16th, and Kid Rock will be in town December 31st to help KCMO ring in the New Year.
Hanukkah Glow Party
Celebrate the festival of lights with the whole family on Dec. 17. Crafts, a DJ, and a baby area will be set up at Jewish Community Center Social Hall in Overland Park. For more details and ticket information, email Amy Ravis Furey at email@example.com.
Kansas City’s Holiday Express Train
Santa and his Elves come rolling into Union Station December 15th-19th. Families can visit with Santa and tour the train for free, but reservations are required! Union Station will also have numerous holiday movies running all through December.
Power & Light’s District
The KCP&L district hosts many events for the holidays. You can pub crawl for charity, have brunch with Santa, S’mores with Santa, and more!
Country Club Plaza, Zona Rosa, and Legends, Oh My! These shopping meccas are decorated head to toe with Christmas lights and sales! Knock out all your holiday shopping at any of these great venues. These locations are also surrounded by numerous restaurants and coffee shops so make a day of it.
Musicals and Plays
If these outings are more your speed, you are in luck. The Nutcracker is at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts from December 7-24. The Kauffman Center will also show The Nightmare Before Christmas on December 22-23rd. And A Charlie Brown Christmas will run from Nov. 7-Dec. 31 at the ever popular Cotertie Theatre.
2018 is approaching fast! Here are some upcoming highlights.
New Year’s Union Station
Ring in the New Year at one of the largest parties in the KCMO area! Union Station will have a live swing band, hot appetizers, and a champagne toast at midnight.
New Year’s Eve 2018 at Howl at the Moon
Howl at the Moon is hosting a huge party with an open bar appetizer buffet, champagne toast at midnight, dancing and more! Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
Kansas City Restaurant Week
Multi-course meals for a good deal at over 150 area restaurants. Eat to your heart’s desire while supporting a great charity the week of Jan. 12-21.
The holiday season can be go, go, go for lots of families, and it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle. As a military community, we know that there will be local families with a loved one deployed, away on TDY, or they simply can’t travel home to be with their extended family during the holidays. CGSC and SAMS are filled with numerous International families also. We encourage you to think of these families and invite them over!
If you are stationed in the Fort Leavenworth area or are headed this way on your next PCS, visit PCSgrades.com for all the latest happenings, base housing info, neighborhood info, school ratings, realtor and moving company recommendations.
Author: Jenah Wieczorek, PCSgrades Social Media Director, is an Army spouse and Santa Claus to 2 boys. She is a two-time recipient of the First Cavalry Division Commander’s Award for Volunteer Excellence, the Department of the Army Award for Patriotic Civilian Service, and is a member of the U.S. Cavalry and Armor Association’s Order of St. Joan D’Arc. Jenah enjoys coffee from 9-5, wine from 5-9, leggings as pants, reading and spending time with her boys. She currently resides in Fort Leavenworth, KS with her family.