During this first December weekend, there are plenty of opportunities for holiday cheer. Here’s what to consider for your calendar.
Holidays in Crestwood December 1-3
Crestwood Shops is pulling out all the holiday magic for a three-day shopping event filled with festivities. Each shop will have artisan gingerbread houses made by local pastry chefs that you can bid on, Santa will be on the block, there will be live performances throughout the weekend, and plenty of special treats.
ArtsKC Winter Market 2022 December 2-3
So many local artists and creators signed up for ArtsKC’s annual Winter Market that ArtsKC expanded the event to two weekends! During this first weekend of the market, expect live performances from Alber, treats from Yas Sweets and Mooyuei Baker, 20 percent off of drinks from Café Corazon, and unique items to shop for from dozens of local artists.
Soul of Santa 2022 Holiday Celebration December 2-4
The 18th and Vine District’s annual Soul of Santa celebration kicks off on December 2 with a tree lighting and holiday benefit concert at The Gem Theater. Then, the Soul of Santa holiday market will be held from December 2-4 featuring artisan gifts from local makers, plus the opportunity to explore a Toy Town made from thousands of balloons at the Gregg/Klice Center.
18th Ugly Christmas Sweater Party December 2
Kansas City’s biggest Christmas sweater party is back at The Truman! The annual holiday fundraiser supports Operation Breakthrough, and this year’s party will include holiday-themed games, photo booths, an ugly sweater contest, raffle prizes, and musical performances from headliner Sugarhill Gang, Quite Frankly the Band, DJ Jon Marzette, and DJ Alex Reed.
HoliGays Party and Vendor Fair December 3
Cafe Cà Phê is hosting its inaugural holiday party featuring a pop-up shopping event filled with local gay-owned businesses. Proceeds from the party will benefit Umeshiso, a local “gaysian-owned business whose iconic rainbow cupping spoons have come to represent empowerment of marginalized people within and outside of the coffee industry. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enter raffles, participate in an open-mic, and receive free education from local LGBTQ+ organizations.