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Weekend Agenda

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top picks for December 4-6.

Photo by Paul Andrews

Friday

Prepare to be dazzled. Downtown Dazzle returns this year with free trolleys stopping at festive KC spots such as the Power & Light District, the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Crown Center and Union Station this weekend, with dedicated holiday activities along the route. Tonight sip a hot chocolate at a happy hour 4-6 p.m. at The Living Room, snap photos with Santa and a live reindeer 4-8 p.m. at KC! Live Block, catch a Quixotic Fire performance at the Crown Center Ice Terrace at 7:30 p.m., and Coffee Cake KC food truck goodies 6-10 p.m. at Union Station.

Throw on your jammies and bring the family to The Grove at Zona Rosa for a pajama party with St. Nick 4-6 p.m. A special storytime will be followed by kid-approved entertainer Mr. Stinky Feet, which you can watch alongside Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The event also includes giveaways and Santa’s favorite sugar treat, cookies.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Heart headline Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City’s inaugural Rock the Ribbon event at The Midland. The group’s rocking performance as well as auction items up for grabs help raise money to support local breast cancer screenings, support services, education and more. Only a few tickets (including VIP, which include a photo opportunity with Heart and a private cocktail reception) are still available, so order now.

Bonus pick: Holiday shopping opportunities abound, but we’re partial to tonight’s Sip & Shop at 8183 Studio, where Kansas City Canning Co., Janesko Jewelry, Wood + Salt, Hello Happiness Card Company and other homegrown businesses will be setting up shop 5-9 p.m. Local wares from even more great makers are waiting for you at the Gypsy Market Holiday Sale at The Bauer.

Saturday

Saturday has its own share of golden shopping opportunities. Get in the holiday swing with Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair’s seasonal market today and tomorrow at the Uptown Shoppes. You’ll find items to wear, display, eat, give and keep for yourself, plus the first 100 people each day who bring a new children’s book to donate or make a monetary donation to The Family Conservancy will get a swag bag. And don’t forget the end of another semester means another end-of-semester exhibition and sale from the creative minds at the Kansas City Art Institute. See students’ pieces throughout campus 5-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

It’s hard to describe the power of the 250 voices singing Handel’s “Messiah”, but we can think of one word for it: magical. The Independence Messiah Choir joins with the Kansas City Symphony and Symphony Chorus to continue the 99-year tradition with shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Will Kansas City Ballet’s new take on “The Nutcracker” also become a beloved KC classic? Find out. Get your tickets to the performances, which start tonight and are can’t-miss thanks to all new choreography by Artistic Director Devon Carney. The production also features exquisite costumes, sets and special effects, making the classic story feel new again. Performances run today through Christmas Eve.

Sunday

The Heartland Men’s Chorus takes over the Folly Theater this weekend for its non-traditional holiday tradition, “Kansas City Christmas.” This year’s performance includes selections from Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” and the Straight No Chaser hit “Text Me Merry Christmas,” alongside a heaping helping of mischief. Wear an outrageously tacky holiday sweat for a chance to be featured on stage during the concert.

KC Repertory once again delights with “The Santaland Diaries,” based on acclaimed writer David Sedaris’ brief career as a Macy’s elf. Leave the kids at home for the subversive holiday favorite at Copaken stage now through Christmas Eve.

Hotel Phillips becomes shopping headquarters 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with Hello Art’s annual Small Works Show and Holiday Sale, which this year is taking over four levels of the hotel. Shoppers will enjoy complimentary valet parking, live music throughout the day, complimentary mimosas, Bloody Marys, coffee and hot chocolate and the prices—most works available for purchase are under $100. Fuel up before (or after) hunting for the perfect find with Hotel Phillips’ breakfast and brunch buffets.

Check back next week for info on more events you won’t want to miss!